Birr Golf Club
18 Hole Parkland   


Course Facts:
Address
The Glenns
Birr
Co. Offaly
Secretary/Manager: Joan Grimes
Captain: Joe Slevin
Lady Captain: Rita Delaney
Telephone: 057-91-20082 Presidents: Tony McTague & Gemma Butler
Public No: 057-91-20082 Vice-Captain:  
Fax: 057-91-22155 Hon. Secretary: Michael Ashe & Mary Bolger
E-mail: birrgolfclub@eircom.net Club Pro: Kevin McGrath
Website: www.birrgolfclub..ie Hon. Treasurer: Arthur Joyce & Kay Kelly
Founded: 1893 Designed by: Eddie Connaughton
Not open for membership. Societies are welcome and group rates are available. (20+)
Membership: 550 Course opening hours: Daylight hours
Green Fees Midweek: €15/30 Clubhouse opening hours: 10.30am to 11.30pm
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: €15/30 Mobile phones: Not on course or in clubhouse
Green Fees With a Member: 50% Dress Code: Neat casual, no denim
Green Fees For Opens: €15 Catering: Full catering facilities
Practice Area: Yes Days to Avoid: Sundays
Club Hire: Yes Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days
Buggy Hire: Yes Pre-booking for open tournaments: 14 Days in advance
Soft spikes: No    




Course Description:

The post-glacial terrain of Birr’s 18-hole course, with its glens and eskers, presents a challenge to the most discerning of golfers.
Established in 1893, originally part of the estate of the Earl of Rosse, the course measures 5,754 m. The combination of natural sweeps, hollows and hillocks along with carefully designed course layout provides an exiting challenge to golfers of all levels of experience.

The fairways sweep beautifully towards the carefully manicures greens. This is a magnificent golf course, with the clubhouse facilities to match.
Situated in the centre of Ireland and within a short drive of all major sea and air terminals. The Glenns are a must for all touring golfers, where you are assured of a real Irish welcome, to a recently renovated and modernised golf course complemented by full bar and catering facilities.

Birr is the home course of Richie Coughlan, who played Walker Cup in 1997, now playing his professional golf in the USA and he is being followed by 2001 South of Ireland Champion Justin Kehoe who was 9-under par when finishing the match on the 13th at Lahinch. Birr has a well-stocked golf shop and driving range located adjacent to the entrance.




Open & Major fixtures 2008:

Event

Start

Finish

Type

Duration


No fixtures until 2009.
       




Club History

Founded 1893, affiliated 1893.




Location

Birr Golf Club is located 2-miles from the heritage town of Birr. From Birr, follow the R439 out of town for Banagher. The right turn for the golf club is signposted.






Members Achievements

Birr Golf Club won the Central Towns in 2006, when they beat Tullamore Golf Club at Tullamore the team was, Tony McCormack, Fintan Dolan, Tom Moylan, Tony McTague, John Delaney, K. P. Kelly, Ciaran Slevin, Tom Wright and Michael Stephens, they were managed by Paddy Kirwan and Derek Ryan.

Birr Golf Club were Runners-Up to Mullingar Golf Club in the Leinster Final of the Barton Shield at Luttrellstown in 2002. The team was Michael Horan, Seamie Breen, Justin Kehoe, Kenny McGarry and Joe Lyons. They were captained by Michael Lyons.

Lady Captain, Mary Grennan (20) and her Captains Prize winner Kathleen Dooley (17) were beaten into second place on a count back, when they qualified for the National Finals of the Volkswagen-Irish Independent Lady Captains Classic at Co. Sligo Golf Club in August 2002, when they returned 40 points. 

Justin Kehoe won the World Universities Championship and was selected on the Irish Team for the Home Internationals at Royal St. David's Golf Club in Harlech, Wales, from September 11th-13th 2002. 

Justin Kehoe was selected on the Irish Team to play in the Eisenhower Trophy in Kuala Lumpur from the 24th to the 27th October 2002.

Justin Kehoe won the South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch in 2001. He played the most remarkable golf I have ever seen in my life. Yes I have seen "The Tiger" and others. Justin opened up with birdie, eagle, birdie had another on his way to the turn. He then proceeded to ream off four birdies in a row to finish the match. I don’t expect to see that sort of golf again around Lahinch, mind you he did have two three-putts. Justin was selected on the six-man Irish team for the European Strokeplay championship in Denmark on the 22nd to the 25th August 2001, won by none other than Stephen Browne. He then joined his fellow U. C. D students, including Mark Campbell, Paul McDonald and Mark O'Sullivan. when winning the All-Ireland Bulmers Barton Shield at Newlands Golf Club 20th September 2001.

Justin Kehoe was selected together with Graham McDowell, representing Ireland at the Belgium International Juniors, from 22nd to 26th August, 2000. He played for the Irish Youths team against Scotland at Cork G. C. in June, 1999. He also played Leinster Youths in 1998 and 1999 at Waterford G. C. and in April 1999 when they won the Interprovincial Championship having played Leinster Boys from 1996 to 1997, winning 10 of his 12 matches.

A. McIntyre qualified for the National Finals of the Irish Times-Mitsubishi Motors Women's Masters. She returned 30 points in the semi-final at Glasson Golf Hotel & Country Club on the 23rd of August 2001. Then it was on to Galway Bay & Country Club for the Final on 13th September.

Prior to 2001:

Birr won the Irish Mixed Foursomes at Galway in 1979.

They won the Barton Cup in 1994, when the squad was P. Madden, J. O'Neill, T. Nevin, M. McGarry, F. Golding, J. McMenamin, M. Horan, M. Tracey, P. Kirwin, M. Yates, E. Nevin and F. Horan. They were managed by M. Lyons and S. Breen.

Y. Guinan was selected on the I. L. G. U. Junior squad in November 2000.

Richie Coughlan played Walker Cup at Quaker Ridge G. C. N. Y. in 1997, and participated in the Home International matches from 1991 to 1994. He won the Joe Carr Perpetual Award in 1990, with 115 points. He also played in the Boys from1989 to 1991. and played Leinster Youths from 1990 to 1992 (playing 18 matches). B. Davis played Leinster Youths from 1986 to 1988.

Joe Lyons went from 3.6 to 0.9 between Jan and July in 1999-that takes a lot of good golf at his level. He won the Gort Scratch Cup in May, followed by the Birr Scratch Cup.





Card of the Course (metres)
 
Hole No Blue White Green Par Index Red Par Index
1 358 345 300 4 11 266 4 8
2 130 126 123 3 17 126 3 14
3 382 372 350 4 3 310 4 6
4 315 305 300 4 15 249 4 11
5 522 510 400 5 5 416 5 1
6 466 456 438 5 9 363 5 5
7 369 359 355 4 4 252 4 13
8 169 163 154 3 13 120 3 18
9 413 407 400 4 1 325 4 4
Out 3124 3043 2820 36   2427 36  
10 358 335 330 4 8 310 4 3
11 390 380 363 4 2 358 5 16
12 356 346 340 4 12 348 5 7
13 364 355 349 4 6 326 4 2
14 174 166 160 3 14 162 3 9
15 150 145 140 3 16 139 3 15
16 302 294 285 4 18 233 4 12
17 350 344 306 4 10 278 4 10
18 397 388 380 4 7 349 5 17
In 2841 2753 2653 34   2499 37  
Total 5965 5796 5473 70   4926 73  
SSS 71 70 69     72    

Men's Course Record: Am 62 Peter Lawrie (+2) 14/07/1996 Pro: 68 Robert J. Browne



Roll of Honour

Lady Captains

1990 G. O'Meara

1991 Rita Enright

1992 Ena Gilefoyle

1993 Mary D'Arcy

1994 Delores Clarke

1995 Bernadette McTague

1996 Ann Frawley

1997 Mary Ryan

1998 Emer Hanniffy

1999 Doreen McKenna

2000 Gemma Cullen

2001 Ann Kenny

2002 Mary Grennan

2003 Mona Collins

2004 Bernie Meagher

2005 Martina O'Brien

2006 Ann McIntyre

2007 Yvonne Boland

2008 Collette O'Brien

2009 Mary Sullivan

2010 Kathleen Doorly

2011 Rita Delaney

2012

 

Men's Captains

1989 Michael Yates

1990 Jimmy O'Neill

1991 Arthur Joyce

1992 Con Kennedy

1993 Pat O'Gorman

1994 Michael Grogan

1995 John Loughnane

1996 John Murphy

1997 Frank Kenny

1998 Bernard Quigley

1999 Michael Lyons

2000 Robert Ryland

2001 Dr. Patrick Greally

2002 David McDowell

2003 George Boyd

2004 Sean Loughnane

2005 Jim McMenamin

2006 John O'Hare

2007 Billy Donlon

2008 Patrick O'Brien

2009 Tom Rigney

2010 Bernard Kennedy

2011 Joe Slevin

 

Lady Presidents

1990 Lady Rosse

1991 Lady Rosse

1992 Lady Rosse

1993 Sheila O'Brien

1994 Lorna Doorly

1995 Sheelagh Grennan

1996 Roma Gilmartin

1997 Mary O'Gorman

1998 Majella Duffy

1999 Elsa Rock

2000 Jo Butler

2001 Patsy Burke

2002 Antoinette Enright

2003 Lorna Hogan

2004 Annette Kenny

2005 Gladys O'Mara

2006 Ena Guilfoyle

2007 Mary Darcy

2008 Bernadette McTague

2009 Mary Ryan

2010 Dooreen McKenna

2011 Gemma Butler

2012

Presidents

1990 Lord Rosse

1991 Lord Rosse

1992 Lord Rosse

1993 Lord Rosse

1994 Des O'Donnell

1995 Michael Ashe

1996 Jimmy O'Neill

1997 Tim Kenny

1998 Dr. Paddy Greally

1999 John O'Meara

2000 Matt Spain

2001 Brian Graham

2002 Arthur Joyce

2003 Tony Hogan

2004 Pat O'Gorman

2005 Tom Enright

2006 Des McDowell

2007 Fintan Dolan

2008 Michael Liffey

2009 Tony McCormack

2010 David McDowell

2011 Tony McTague

2012

 

 
Anne Kenny (8) 2008 Lowest Ladies H'cap
Steven Grant (+3) 2008 Lowest Men's H'cap
Michael Horan 2008 Lowest Men's H'cap


Holes-in-One
Person Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Laurence Smith 20 August 1999 14th   171 m
Laurence Smith 21 May 1999 14th   171 m
Ray Landy 16 August 1999 14th   171 m
Michael J. Ashe 14 June 1999 8th   169 m
Martin Cleary 20 June 1999 8th   169 m
Tony Hogan 15 March 1999 15th   226 m
Pat Madden 11 January 1998 3rd   126 m




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