Muskerry Golf Club
23 Hole Parkland   

Course Facts:
Co. Cork
Secretary/Manager: Hugo Gallagher
Captain: Donal O'Regan
Lady Captain: Dolores O'Sullivan
Telephone: 021-4385297 President: John Deasy
Competitions: 021-4381022 Vice-Captain:  
Fax: 021-4516860 Hon. Secretary: Maryll McCarthy
E-mail: Club Pro: Martin Lehane 021-4381445
Website: Hon. Treasurer: Michael McGrath & Carmel McCarthy
Founded: 1907 Designed by: Alistair Mackenzie
Open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available.
Membership: 649 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €40 Early Bird €30 Clubhouse opening hours: 9.00am to 11.30pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €50 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: €15/20 Dress Code: Neat and casual, jacket and tie required evenings
Green Fees For Opens: €20 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Weekends
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Midweek
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: No

Course Description:

This lovely old course has matured beyond its turn of the century vintage. It nestles in the midst of all that is best of the Irish countryside. The course rewards the aesthetically appreciative as well as those who rise to the challenge of the golf. The first five holes make for a flat and gentle start that does not prepare one for the demands of the par 3, 6th - a shot across the valley to a green on a distant ledge. From there to the 14th hole the hand of Alister McKenzie is very evident. Holes seven to nine spiral there way along and around the hillside to the top of the course where a fascinating, loop of four holes (10 to 13) await. The final four holes provide as good a finish as will be found anywhere. The tee shot to the par three 15th calls yet again for precise clubbing. If a four is managed, at the demanding 16th  "well done". A par or better, at the 17th means that the second shot across the Shournagh, which runs immediately in front of the green is nothing less than perfect. Accurate placing of the tee shot on 18 twixt wood and rive, is the prerequisite for the successful second shot again across the width of the meandering Shournagh river that flows beside the fairway and across the front of the green.

Reflection on the round throws up the startling realisation that no two holes throughout the course are even remotely alike and leaves little cause for wonderment that the last amateur to lead the professionals in the qualifying rounds of the British Open  (1939) was a Muskerry Man.

Open & Major fixtures 2008:






No fixtures until 2009.

Club History

On Opening Day - May 4th 1907 - Dr.  Anislee Hudson , the Honorary Secretary , outlined the club’s aims and objectives and an exhibition match was played by the McNamara brothers from Lahinch , one of whom John was the Muskerry Golf Club  Professional . Champagne corks popped to mark the christening ceremony and the club was wished long life and prosperity. Twelve months later the first Annual General Meeting is recorded in the club minute book.

Affiliation to the GUI followed in 1910 and the course was extended to 18 holes under the supervision of Dr Alister Mackenzie, who was paying his first visit to the South of Ireland. Further major development was undertaken in 1958 and the late 60’s paving the way for the magnificent facility that exists nowadays  - the great finishing stretch, in particular making for a wonderful and exciting challenge.

The Great James Bruen played most of his early golf at Muskerry and it was indeed the club that gave him his first handicap of six in 1935 and, within a year, he had become the first Irish player to win the British Boys Championship at Royal Birkdale. Representing Muskerry he also won the Irish Close Championships of 1937 (Ballybunion) and 1938 ( The Castle) and while still a schoolboy at Presentation Brothers College Cork in 1938 , he put Muskerry on the International map by inspiring Britain & Ireland to their first victory over the United States in the Walker Cup Competition .

International Michael Power brought honour and glory to the Club when defeating the great Joe Carr in the 1951 Irish Close Championship at Cork Golf Club Little Island while another Club member Larry McCarthy, after a distinguished  record with the Irish senior Team , was chosen as non playing Captain in 1977.

The Late Taoiseach, Jack Lynch was Club president in 1970, while former Golfing Union of Ireland President Pat Foley was honoured with Presidency of the European Golf Association in 1977 . P. J. O'Connor was elected to the council of the Munster branch of the GUI in 2001

In the playing Arena Muskerry’s representatives have worn the club colours with pride and passion and pennants adorning the new clubhouse opened in June 1997 reveal national honours were achieved in the

Irish Senior Cup 1946 1947 and 1953, Irish Junior Cup 1954 and 1962 and

Pierce Purcell Shield 1971 and 1978.

Muskerry Juniors and Juveniles have been to the fore in recent years Garry Healy played Munster Boys from 1995 to 1996, playing 12 Matches. David O'Donovan played Munster Boys in 1994. Niall Turner won the U-17 Trophy in the Irish Boys Amateur Close Championships at Strandhill in 2000 and went on to represent Ireland in Boys Home internationals and Europeans and subsequently was selected on the Great Britain  & Ireland team to play the Rest of Europe in the Jacques Legaise Trophy in 2001.

David Daly was selected for the Munster U-17 Team and the Irish U-17 panel in 2001 and Ronan Twomey won the Kerry Boys in Ballybunion in 2001 and set a new Course record in Adare Manor (63) competing in the Munster Boys Championship in the same year.


Take the road from Cork City to Blarney and Muskerry Golf Club is on your right-hand-side before you reach the village of Blarney.

Members Achievements

Muskerry Golf Club celebrated their Centenary year in 2007 with style when they did the double at Shandon Park Golf Club in 2007, wining the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup and the All-Ireland Jimmy Bruen Shield, to add to their long history of wins in the Cups & Shields.

Muskery Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Irish Junior Cup and made the long journey to Belfast to compete in the All-Ireland deciders. They were drawn against Leinster Champions Balbriggan in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Wednesday 12th September.

First on the tee was Eoin O'Callaghan against Gerald Gallen who put the first points on the board for Muskerry with a 4 and 3 win. He was followed by Daniel Hallissey who lost out to Ian Reynolds by 2 and 1. Next up was Dave Lane against John Fitzpatrick, Dave won by 4 and 3. the penultimate match say Gordian Barry lose out to Peter Slevin by 4 and 3. So it was all down the bottom match of Ger O'Shea against Liam Rooney, but Ger had everything under control when recording a convincing 6 and 4 win to put Muskerry into the All-Ireland Final the following day.

They were drawn against Ulster Champions Belvoir Park Golf Club, who had dismissed Connacht Champions Castlebar by 4 matches to 1 match enroot to the final.

First on the tee on Thursday was Eoin O'Callaghan against Ian Browne, who again put Muskerry on their way with a 5 and 3 win. He was followed by Daniel Hallissey who beat Martin Kelly by 3 and 2. With 2 points on the board David Lane came up against Declan O'Hara with the Belfast man winning by 3 and 2. Gordian Barry was to deliver the vital 3rd point and the All-Ireland green pennant when he beat Alan McMillen by 3 and 2. Ger O'Shea playing anchor could not repeat his brilliance of the previous day when he lost out to Mick Malone by 6 and 5.

Muskerry Golf Club recorded their 3rd All-Ireland title in the Irish Junior Cup with a 3 matches to 2 match decider against Belvoir Park Golf Club.

Muskerry Golf Club won the Munster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield at home on 1st July 2007 when they beat Dooks Golf Club by 3 1/2 matches to 1 1/2 matches, when the team was Paul Herlihy with Denis Lynch, Daniel Hallisey with Eoin O'Callaghan, David Lane with Jerry O'Callaghan, Jackie Solan with Gordian Barry, Ben Hart and Michael McGrath and Michael O'Leary, Sean Cronin, Denis Keane, Adrian O'Sullivan, James Hornibrook and Neil O'Brian, they were managed by Maurice Leahy assisted by Dermot Linehan.    

They made the long journey to Shandon Park Golf Club in Belfast, to compete in the All-Ireland Semi-Final against Leinster Champions Templemore on Friday 14th September.

The team on the day was Paul Herlihy with Denis Lynch against David Hughes with Kevin McEntee; the Muskerry pair put the first points on the board with a 1-hole win. Next up were Daniel Hallissey with Eoin O'Callaghan who halved their match against Pat Keegan with John O'Shea. They were followed by David Lane with Jerry O'Callaghan who also halved their match against Eoin Flanagan with John Hopkins. The penultimate match say Jimmy Hornibrook with Neil O'Brien record a resounding 5 and 4 win over Liam Hoctor with Noel Mannion. The anchor match of Gordian Barry with Jackie Solan against Morgan Byrne with Joe Morris ended with a 4 and 3 win for Muskerry.

In the afternoon they met Ulster Champions Scrabo Golf Club in the All-Ireland decider, Scrabo had dismissed Tuam Golf Club in their Semi-Final by 4 matches to 1 match.

First on the tee were Paul Herlihy with Denis Lynch against Tim Ballie with Bill Fulton who lost their match by 3 and 2. They were followed by Daniel Hallissey with Eoin O'Callaghan who put the first points on the board wit a 2 and 1 win over Mark Johnston with David Thompson. Next on the tee were David Lane with Jerry O'Callaghan against David Graham with Richard Corry and they had a very convincing 7 and 5 win over the Ulster men. Jimmy Hornibrook with Neil O'Brien played in the penultimate match against Nigel Carson with Ross Henderson; this match went down to the wire before Muskerry closed it out on the 20th-hole and clinch the All-Ireland. The anchor match Gordian Barry with Jackie Solan against Tom Mageean with Glen Thompson was also tight with the Scrabo men shading it with a 1-hole win.

So Muskerry Golf Club added their first All-Ireland Jimmy Bruen Shield to their long list of All-Ireland green pennants on this their Centenary Year.

David Daly was selected for the Munster Boys' team in the Interprovincial Championships at Headfort Golf Club from August 28-30 2002.

Muskerry won the South Munster Area final of the Irish Mixed Foursomes, when they beat Douglas by 4.5 matches to a .5 match at Monkstown in May 2001.

Niall Turner was selected on the Irish Boys' team for the Home Internationals at Moortown, Leeds in August 2001.

P. J. O'Connor was elected to the council of the Munster Branch of the GUI for 2001.

Muskerry Gol Club has a long and proud history in the National Championships, having won the Irish Senior Cup at Co. Sligo G. C. in 1953, and at Lahinch G. C. in 1947, having won it the previous year at The Royal Dublin G. C. They did the double in 1953 when they captured the Barton Shield as well. They won the Bulmers Junior Cup at Royal Portrush G. C. in 1962 and at Carlow G. C. in1954, and the Bulmers Pierce Purcell Shield at Co. Sligo in 1971.

Muskerry Golf Club won the All-Ireland Barton Shield in 1953, when the team was Michael Power, Larry McCarthy, Harry J. Rice, Michael J. Hegarty and E. F. Casey.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup on three occasions, first in 1946, when the team was, W. M. O'Sullivan, H. J. Rice, Michael J. Hegarty, Rev. J. Hegarty, B. G. Dargan, M. Cronion and M. Power. They won it the following year with the same team.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Senior Cup in 1953, when the team was W. M. O'Sullivan, Michael Power. Larry McCarthy, Harry J. Rice, Michael J. Hegarty, J. F. Lawlor and E. F. Casey.

They won the All-Ireland Irish Junior Cup on two occasions, the first in 1954, when the team was D. A. O'Mahony, B. Brennan, J. Glynn, E. F. Kenire, J. D. Murphy and P. J. Aherne. They won it again in 1962, when the team was P. J. O'Donoghue, P. A. Linehan, J. A. O'Shaughnessy, A. Keary and E. F. Kenire.

They won the All-Ireland Pierce Purcell Shield in 1971, when the team was P. O'Regan, D. Quane, F. Cronin, J. Casey, P. Casey, J. Grey, J. A. Taylor, J. Murphy, D. Bradley, D. Healy, D. Murphy and J. K. Quinlan. T

hey won it again in 1978, with J. Grey, J. J. Murphy, D. Hughes, K. Casey, P. A. Lehane, C. Hegarty, J. O'Brien, D. Leahy, F. Gannon, J. Conway, J. O'Connell and L. Harkin.

They won the Munster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 1949, when the team was M. Power, M. J. Hegarty, W. M. O'Sullivan, L. McCarthy, J. H. Rice and E. P. O'Flynn. They won it again in 1960, when the team was J. A. Mahon, M. Power, L. McCarthy, J. D. Murphy, T. Moriarty and L. O'Neill.

They won the Munster Final of th Irish Junior Cup in 1947, when the team was B. G. Dorgan, M. J. Hegarty, J. Power, D. O'Sullivan, J. Kiely and M. B. McHugh. They won it again in 1952, with E. F. Casey, F. McNicholl, D. O'Mahony, J. Fitzpatrick, M. Coughlan and B. O'Leary.

They won it again in 1969, when the team was J. A. O'Mahony, J. D. O'Leary, J. O'Connell, J. Hamilton, J. Clancy, J. O'Shaughnessy, D. Farrell and J. O'Donovan, they were captained by D. Quane.

They won it last in 1974, with B. Shine, D. Dineen, J. Cronin, D. O'Carroll and J. Mulcare.

They won the Munster final of the Pierce Purcell Shield two years in a row in 1970, when the team was D. Bradley, P. Curtin, J. Hogan, D. Linehan, D. Murphy, J. O'Brien, P. O'Regan, D. O'Sullivan, B. Quinlan and J. A. Taylor, they were captained by J. Gray. They won it the following year, with P' O'Regan, D. Quane, F. Cronin, J. Casey, P. Casey, J. Grey, J. A. Taylor, J. Murphy, D. Bradley, D. Healy, D. Murphy and J. K. Quinlan. They next won it in 1978, when the team was Joe Grey, C. Hegarty, D. Hughes, J. O'Connell, K. Casey, J. Conway, J. Murphy, D. Leahy, F. Gannon and G. Lehane. The won it again in 1981, with J. Murphy, J. Grey, N. McGrath, C. Ryan, M. O'Mahony, J. Hornibrook, J. Healy, T. Waldron N. O'Connor, S. Tate and B. McSweeney, they were captained by S. Garvey.

They won the Munster Final of the Jimmy Bruen Shield in 1998, when the team was, B. Fitton, F. O'Suilleabhain, G. Cotter, L. Harte, K. Manley, R. Twohig, P. Turner, J. Hornibrook, T. Purcell, M. Leahy, N. Turner, B. Kirby, R. Twomey, T. Buckley, B. Mullins, D. O'Brien, D. Healy and T. Casey, they were captained by B. O'Leary and J. O'Leary.

They won the silver medal in the GUI-Bulmers 32 County Medal Challenge at Newlands Golf Club in September 2000, when the team was Brian O'Keeffe, Alan Daly, Dan Walsh and Pat Barrett.

They won the Munster Club Youths at Nenagh Golf Club in 2001, when the team was John O'Neill, Niall Turner, David Daly and Ronan Twomey, they were managed by Pat Turner.

They won the Aer Lingus Munster Youths' in 1983, with Stephen Heelan, Jimmy Hornibrook, Pat Manley and were captained by John O'Leary.

Paddy Harrington played in the Seniors Home Internationals at Nairin Golf Club in 2002 and won the Irish Seniors 60+ at Limerick Golf Club the same year.

The Ladies of Muskerry Golf Club won the ILGU Munster Intermediate League in 1990, when the team was Eileen Buckley, Marian Hegarty, Mary Healy, Bridie Casey, Aedin McCarthy, Lucia Ahern, Paula McNamara, Eleanor O'Regan, they were captained by Teresa McCarthy.

The Ladies won the Munster Junior Cup in 1982, when the team was, P. McCarthy, B. Horgan, E. Buckley, P. Rohan and A. McCarthy.

They won  the ILGU Junior League in 1978, when the team was, B. Casey, P. O'Hara, A. Egan, M. Murphy, A. Ahern and D. Foley.

They won the Munster Junior League in 1979, when the team was, B. Casey, P. O'Hara, P. Quinlan, E. O'Regan, L. Ahern and A. O'Neill.

They won the ILGU Munster Junior League in 1985, when the team was, Bridie Casey, Monica O'Driscoll, Ena Styles, Eileen Buckley, Maureen O'Reilly, Diane Linehan and Barbara Wiese, they were captained by Peg Quinlan.

They won the Cork Junior League in 1951, when the team was, R. Gamble, R. Healy, K. South, K. Barry-Murphy and B. Cronin.

Niall Turner won the under 17 Trophy in the Irish Boys' Amateur Close Championship, with rounds of 69, 73, 69 and 69 (280), at Strandhill, on 25th August 2000. Niall represented Ireland in the Boys Home Internationals in 2001and played for G. B.& I. against the rest of Europe in the Jacques Legaces Trophy.

James Bruen played Walker Cup from 1938 to 1951. J. McKenna represented Munster in 1983. Gary Healy played Munster Boys from 1995 to 1996, playing 12 matches.

David O'Donovan played Munster Boys' in 1994. David Daly was selected for Munster Under 17 in 2001. Ronan Twomey won the Kerry Boys' in 2001.

Card of the Course (metres)
Hole No Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 385 372 362 4 4 385 5 11
2 185 175 165 3 8 135 3 16
3 425 415 405 5 14 343 5 9
4 411 401 391 4 2 347 4 3
5 356 348 342 4 10 321 4 1
6 182 172 165 3 6 183 4 17
7 425 415 393 5 18 302 4 5
8 165 152 142 3 12 128 3 14
9 309 285 274 4 16 264 4 7
Out 2,843 2,735 2,639 35   2,408 36  
10 322 292 290 4 15 256 4 18
11 361 344 339 4 9 334 4 4
12 156 144 136 3 11 140 3 13
13 373 351 343 4 3 333 5 8
14 446 433 423 5 17 381 5 12
15 152 132 140 3 13 116 3 15
16 391 346 331 4 5 320 4 2
17 405 377 366 4 1 331 5 10
18 354 352 350 4 7 354 5 6
In 2,960 2,771 2,718 35   2,565 38  
Total 5,803 5,506 5,366 70   4,973 74  
SSS 70 69 67     74    

Men's Course Record: Am: 64 K. Bornermann, Pro: 66 Jimmy Hegerty
Ladies Course Record:

Alternative Card of the Course (metres)
Hole No White Par Index Red Par Index
1 385 4 2 362 5 11
2 243 4 18 185 4 18
3 256 4 16 201 4 3
4 158 3 10 115 3 9
5 356 4 6 321 4 1
6 182 3 4 183 4 17
7 425 5 14 302 4 5
8 165 3 8 128 3 14
9 309 4 12 264 4 7
Out 2,479 34   2,061 35  
10 322 4 15 256 4 16
11 361 4 9 334 4 4
12 156 3 13 140 3 13
13 373 4 3 333 5 8
14 446 5 17 381 5 12
15 152 3 11 116 3 15
16 391 4 5 320 4 2
17 405 4 1 331 5 10
18 354 4 7 354 5 6
In 2,960 35   2,565 38  
Total 5,439 69   4,626 73  
SSS 69     73    

Roll of Honour

Men's Captains

1990 Comdt. F. Bushell

1991 Finbar Gannon

1992 Maurice Danaher

1993 F. Cronin

1994 A. Buckley

1995 D. Horgan

1996 Donal Healy

1997 Donal Healy

1998 Eugene Hall

1999 Brian Murphy

2000 Bill Mullins

2001 Brendan Quinlan

2002 Roy Devine

2003 Feidhlim O'Suilleabhain

2004 Dan Lynch

2005 Fred Twomey Snr.

2006 Michael Horgan

2007 James O'Driscoll

2008 Joe Lane

2009 Bob O'Leary

2010 Hugh O'Donnell Keenan








Ladies Captain
Joe Redmond 1990 President

Lady Captains

1990 Aedin McCarthy

1991 Teresa McCarthy

1992 Teresa O'Riordan

1993 Mrs. B. Maher

1994 Mary Healy

1995 Maureen O'Reilly

1996 Sadie Carey

1997 Noreen Philpott

1998 Helen McDonnell

1999 Breda Kiely

2000 Bridie Casey

2001 Marie Allen

2002 Theresa Sheehan

2003 Kathleen O'Keeffe

2004 Liz Cronnin

2005 Jo Deasy

2006 Pauline Cotter

2007 Mary Healy

2008 Marian Nugent

2009 Marie Magee

2010 Mary Buckley


  1991 Men's Captain
Gerard O'Dwyer 1991 President
  1992 Ladies Captain
  1992 Men's Captain
Paddy Curtin 1992 President
  1993 Ladies Captain
  1993 Men's Captain
P. J. O'Connor 1993 President
  1994 Ladies Captain
  1994 Men's Captain
M. Jones 1994 President
  1995 Ladies Captain
  1995 Men's Captain
Pat Casey 1995 President
  1996 Ladies Captain
  1996 Men's Captain
D. V. Sheehan 1996 President
  1997 Ladies Captain
  1997 Men's Captain
Conor O'Malley 1997 President
  1998 Ladies Captain
F. Cronin 1998 President
  1999 Ladies Captain
  1999 Men's Captain
Jim O'Driscoll 1999 President
  2000 Ladies Captain
  2000 Men's Captain
Pat Sheppard 2000 President
  2001 Ladies Captain
  2001 Men's Captain
Liam Costello 2001 President
  2002 Ladies Captain
  2002 Men's Captain
Joe Lane 2002 President
  2003 Ladies Captain
  2003 Men's Captain
Jim Donovan 2003 President
  2004 Ladies Captain
  2004 Men's Captain
Eamonn Carey 2004 President
  2005 Ladies Captain
  2005 Men's Captain
Liam Harkin 2005 President
  2006 Ladies Captain
  2006 Men's Captain
Tony Buckley 2006 President
  2007 Ladies Captain
  2007 Men's Captain
Thomas Philpott 2007 President
  2008 Lady Captain
  2008 Men's Captain
Michael Mulhall 2008 Men's President
Ruth Barron (6) 2008 Lowest Lady Handicap
David O'Donovan Jnr. 2008 Lowest Men's Handicap
Niall Turner 2008 Lowest Men's Handicap

Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Teresa MacCarthy   12th   143 m
Jonathan Davis 6 June 1998 2nd   243 m
Ronan Twomey 18 July 1999 8th   148 m
Mary O'Donovan 1 September 1999 8th 5-wood 148 m
Aidan O'Shaughnessy 1 July 2000 8th   148 m
Ronan Twomey 4 September 2001 8th   148 m
Shane O'Neill 4 November 2001 8th   148 m
Frank Kelleher 4 November 2001 8th   148 m

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