Golf in Ireland
The Royal Curragh Golf Club was the first golf club built in Ireland in 1853. Golf in Ireland continues to enjoy a healthy patronage rating fourth in the Top Ten Most Popular Sporting Activities of 2008. Also in 2008, membership in the Golfing Union of Ireland was at 166,419 and membership in the Irish Ladies Golf Union was 49,822, making them third and seventh in the Top Ten Sports by Club/Association Membership respectively. Golf ranks third in Euros spent on activities in Ireland by overseas travelers bringing 183m in 2012. In the same year, the game of golf contributed over 15b Euros to the total European economy. In 2007, Pádraig Harrington became the first golfer from Ireland to win The Open Championship, the oldest of the four Men's major championships.
History of golf in Ireland
Although most historians agree that the birthplace of golf occurred in Scotland, the sport has a rich and colorful history in Ireland. Dating back to the mid-1800s, one of the fascinating aspects of Ireland's golf history is that many of its oldest courses are still around today, giving players and tourists a first hand account of its history. Today, Ireland is one of the nations with the most golf courses per capita in the world.
Golf in the modern world originated from a game played on the eastern coast of Scotland in the Kingdom of Fife during the 15th century. Golf was officially introduced in Scotland in 1421. The game quickly spread throughout Europe due to the royal endorsement of King Charles I who brought the game to England. One of the oldest and most popular courses at the time was the Royal Curragh Golf Club, which opened in 1856. It quickly spread to Ireland from Scotland.
The Professional Golfers’ Association (Great Britain and Ireland) was founded in 1901 and is based out of The Belfry, England. It was established to professionalize careers in golf and grow the golf community in Great Britain and Ireland. The Association initially included 70 members and has now grown to over 7,500.
The Golfing Union of Ireland was established in 1891, making it the oldest national golfing union in the world. It is based out of Carton House, Maynooth. It currently represents 430 golf clubs and 170,000 members, compared with the nine original founding clubs. Union business is conducted by a Central Council and four smaller governing branches: Connacht, Leinster, Munster, and Ulster.
The Ladies’ Golf Union of Great Britain and Ireland was founded in 1893, just two years later. It is based out of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. The LGU works to provide women golfers opportunities to participate and compete and to aide British and Irish women in becoming successful golfers, domestically and internationally. The LGU also actively works to attain gender equality in golf and provide a unified voice to work for the interests of women golfers.
The Irish PGA Championship has been held annually at many of the nation's courses since its founding in 1907. It is the oldest tournament in Ireland. The 2015 champion is Niall Kearney. The Irish Open is a professional tournament established in 1927. It was revived in 1975 and is now on the European Tour and a qualifying event for the Open Championship. The 2015 champion is Søren Kjeldsen from Denmark. The Irish Amateur Open Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event established in 1892 by the Golfing Union of Ireland. It has been held at the Royal Dublin Golf Club since 2007 and the 2015 champion is Gavin Moynihan. The Irish Senior Open is a 54-hole stroke play event in the European Seniors Tour. It was established in 1997. The Volopa Irish Challenge was established in 2015 and is a tournament on the Challenge Tour.
Past tournaments held in Ireland
Ireland has twenty-six different counties, seven different types of regions, and nearly 300 different courses to suit any golfers needs. Courses in the West offer views alongside the Atlantic Ocean which symbolize links-style golf instead of the standard Country Club "tree-lined" look. Then there are courses with great history such as Portmarnock in the Dublin region, which was home to fifteen Irish Opens. If you are looking to play what our golfing forefathers played on, then there are courses that were established in the 19th-Century such as Lahinch in County Clare (1894) and the Royal Curragh Golf Club in Kildare (1858) that still receive great amounts of play and tourism. Here is a list of notable courses in Ireland;
Courses in Ireland
- Adare Manor Golf Club:19
- Ballybunion Golf Club (Old):1
- Ballyliffin Golf Club (Glashedy):8
- Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old):18
- Belmullet Golf Club (Carne):10
- Blainroe Golf Club
- County Louth Golf Club:6
- County Sligo Golf CLub (Championship):7
- Donegal Golf Club:17
- Dooks Golf Club
- Druids Glen Golf Club:16
- Enniscrone Golf Club(Dunes):13
- European Club:5
- Fota Island Golf Club (Deerpark)
- Headfort Golf Club (New)
- Island Golf Club:9
- K Club (Palmer):21
- Killarney Golf and Fishing Club (Killeen)
- Killeen Castle Golf Club
- Lahinch Golf Club (Old):2
- Mount Juliet Golf Course Conrad:20
- Old Head Golf Links:14
- Portmarnock Golf Club (Championship):3
- Portsalon Golf Club
- Rosapenna Golf Club (Sandy Hills):11
- Tralee Golf Club:12
- Trump International Golf Links, Doonbeg:15
- Waterville Golf Club:4
Pádraig Harrington was the first golfer from Ireland to win The Open Championship. Shane Lowery won The Open Championship 2019 at Royal Portrush. Other notable Irish golfer's include; Darren Clarke , Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell , Sir Alexander William Shaw Founder of Limerick and Lahinch golf clubs; Rhona Adair, a female Irish golfer who contributed to the first American book on golfing for women entitled Golf for Women in 1904; and Paddy Skerritt who won many Irish tournaments with his greatest success at the 1970 Alcan International.
- Rhona Adair (1878–1961)
- Hugh Boyle (28 January 1936 – 23 May 2015)
- Harry Bradshaw (9 October 1913 – December 1990)
- Joe Carr (22 February 1922 – 3 June 2004)
- Richie Coughlan (born 7 April 1974)
- Eamonn Darcy (born 7 August 1952)
- Pat Doyle (10 March 1889 – 29 March 1971)
- Paul Dunne (born 26 November 1992)
- Philomena Garvey (26 April 1926 – 5 May 2009)
- Stephen Grant (born 14 April 1977)
- Pádraig Harrington (born 31 August 1971)
- Mabel Harrison (1886 – 22 April 1972)
- Florence Hezlet (c. 1884 – 2 November 1945)
- David Higgins (born 1 December 1972)
- Justin Kehoe (born 14 February 1980)
- Jimmy Kinsella (born 25 May 1939)
- Peter Lawrie (born 22 March 1974)
- Shane Lowry (born 2 April 1987)
- Leona Maguire (born 30 November 1994)
- Lisa Maguire (born 30 November 1994)
- Jimmy Martin (1924 – 14 February 2000)
- Joe McDermott (born September 17, 1940)
- Michael McGeady (born 11 May 1978)
- Paul McGinley (born 16 December 1966)
- Damien McGrane (born 13 April 1971)
- Mark McNulty (born 25 October 1953)
- Colm Moriarty (born 12 June 1979)
- Gary Murphy (born 15 October 1972)
- Keith Nolan (born 11 January 1973)
- Christy O'Connor Jnr (19 August 1948 – 6 January 2016)
- Christy O'Connor Snr (born 21 December 1924)
- John O'Leary (born 18 August 1949)
- Denis O'Sullivan (born 11 March 1948)
- James Cecil Parke (26 July 1881 – 27 February 1946)
- Kevin Phelan (born 8 November 1990)
- Alexander William Shaw (27 October 1847 – 1923) Founder of Limerick and Lahinch golf clubs
- Paddy Skerritt (29 May 1926 – 21 November 2001)
- Des Smyth (born 12 February 1953)
- Simon Thornton (born 18 March 1977)
- Philip Walton (born 28 March 1962)
- Philip Wynne (born c. 1873)
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