ABOUT COBH GOLF CLUB
WELCOMING & FRIENDLY MEMBERS OWNED CLUB, LOCATED WITHIN MINUTES OF THE N25 & CORK CITY.
Club President 2018
I am honoured and delighted to serve the Club and all its members as your President for 2018.
A lot has been achieved at Cobh Golf Club in the past years. Thanks to the help of our great sponsors and many committed members who voluntarily gave so much of their time to the Club, the quality and playability of our course is between the best in Munster and our clubhouse and restaurant has become a comfortable and fashionable place to relax, eat and socialise.
It will be a joy for me to support further progress and to extend the well-known welcoming and friendly atmosphere in our members-owned club to all of our guests.
Yours in Golf!
Mens Captain 2018
It is a great privilege and honour to serve as your Club Captain for the coming year.
Having witnessed all the past efforts of our hardworking committees and members over the last few years, it is my intention to continue to bring our club to the highest level possible. We now have a wonderful golf course which is second to none, a newly refurbished clubhouse, a newly laid car park, as well as additions to our practice area. All of these improvements, combined with our stunning views of the harbour make Cobh Golf Club a club of which we are proud to be members.
I would like to pay special thanks to the members, visitors and sponsors who through their hard work and dedication have made this a possibility and I and my Committee look forward to their continued support for the 2018 season.
Lady Captain 2018
As Lady Captain of Cobh Golf Club 2018 I consider it a huge honour and privilege to be Lady Captain of our Club for 2018. I look forward to meeting up with both Members and Visitors alike in our beautiful Clubhouse and on our magnificent Golf Course.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish my fellow Officers and all Committees the very best for the year ahead and wish you the Members & Visitors all the best for the coming year both on and off the Course.
Yours in golf,
Mens Committee 2018
Pat Feen – Captain
Eddie Frahill – Vice-Captain
Darren Devlin – Hon Secretary
Tommy Plunkett – Competition Treasurer
Patrick Donnachie – Competition Secretary
Tom Cronin – Handicap Secretary
(Vacant) – Youth Officer
Seamus Barry – Committee Member
Denis Ryan – Ex Officio
David Banim – Committee Member
John Barry Connolly – Committee Member
Management Committee 2018
Pat Feen – Chairman & Mens Capt
Teresa Delius – President
Marie Hughes – Lady Captain
Eddie Frahill – Mens Vice Captain
Marguerite O’ Brien – Lady Vice Captain
Darren Devlin – Hon. Secretary
Terence Murphy – Hon. Treasurer
Steve McCormack – Course Manager
Noreen Kelly – Committee Member
Billy Milner- Committee Member
Ben Price – Committee Member
Denis Ryan – Ex Officio
Ladies Committee 2018
Marie Hughes – Captain
Marguerite O’ Brien- Vice Captain
Angie Higgins – Hon Secretary
Heather Casey – Competition Treasurer
Jacqui O’ Regan – Competition Secretary
Mary Feen – Handicap Secretary
Christina Cronin – Committee Member
Eileen VanLeeuwen- Committee Member
SHORT HISTORY OF COBH GOLF CLUB
In 1986 after an inaugural meeting at the Commodore Hotel in Cobh, a group of 150 Cobh People paid each £150 to start a new Golf Club and with it the construction of a new Golf Course at Ballywilliam, at the east end side of Cobh.
The land was leased from a local farmer, after redevelopment plans of a former short-lived course at Newtown were refused in early 1985. Over the coming 15 months, Bob O’Keeffe (who also built the Semple stadium in Thurles) built the 9-hole course to the plans of well-known golf course architect Eddie Hackett.
The first home of the club was a family cottage formerly owned by the Barry family which was converted into a licenced clubhouse.
The cost for the course was around £100,000. 150 Gents and 75 Lady memberships were sold at cost of £150 and £75 each, and several life memberships were sold for £1,000 to finance the build.
The course was opened to members over the last week of June in 1987. An official opening day followed on 04th of July 1987. Christy O’Connor Sr played as honorary guest in a 4-ball with John Morris Jr, George Mellerick and John McHenry (see below).
A ‘Golf Clinic’ was also given by Christie O’Connor. The official Opening Dinner was thereafter held in the Commodore Hotel.
The Ballywilliam golf course would be played as a 9-hole course for the next 22 years. From the mid 1990s, the club had grown to a membership of more than 350 Gents and Lady golfers. The first clubhouse was however, demolished and replaced by a new build that was opened in 1996.
Plans for an extension of the Ballywilliam course were often discussed, but an appropriate site for another 9 holes could never be acquired at Ballywilliam. So, it was decided in 2005, to make plans for a brand-new 18-hole course. Land should be acquired if and when sufficient land became available anywhere near the town of Cobh.
In 2006, a 125-acre site at Marino Point in an elevated position overlooking Cork Harbour and Fota Island came on the market. The Club members raised over €1m to acquire this land. However, planning delays unfortunately meant, that work could not commence until 2008. All funds were invested into the new course. The course was completed in record time just over 12 months later.
The unofficial opening of Marino Point Golf Course for members of the Club took place in June 2009. In the first year after play started, the course was brought into excellent shape.
Shane Lowry, the 2009 Irish Open Champion, then officially opened the new course to the public in July 2010 and in good tradition, played a game (yes, his balls at the 10th ended in the water!). He gave a golf clinic to members of the public, who had arrived in hundreds to celebrate the opening.
The construction of the new course had been carried out in the mid of the financial crisis, and the sale of land at Ballywilliam, which was supposed to finance the new clubhouse, unfortunately fell through. For two more years, three portakabins served as provisional tea/coffee room, changing rooms and shower facilities.
A larger provisional clubhouse was then built and completed by members in 2011 – on a mainly voluntary basis. The Club had attracted over 600 members at this stage, and many Juniors had started playing and availed of the new course and training facilities.
Over the next few years the course went from strength to strength, but it became necessary to upgrade the provisional clubhouse. In 2017, sufficient funds were raised to carry out a refurbishment and bring the clubhouse to the required standards. The new clubhouse now features modern changing room and shower facilities as well as a luxurious lounge and restaurant area, which is served by fully equipped kitchen facilities.
The opening of the newly refurbished clubhouse coincided with the 30 Year anniversary of Cobh Golf Club.
With the now matured widely-praised excellent course, an on-location fully equipped Pro-shop and the modern clubhouse facilities, the future of golf in Cobh looks brighter than ever.
In 30 years, Cobh Golf Club has remained members-owned. The club is run and managed by golfers for golfers. Membership fees have been kept reasonable because voluntary work and genuine enthusiasm for the sport have contributed greatly to the success of the Club over all the past 30 years.
Today, Cobh Golf Club is one of the highest-rated courses in Munster, and provides a genuine and spectacular challenge to high- and low handicap golfers.
Greenfee players and Societies are warmly welcomed. Come and be part of a great golf experience!