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Balbriggan Golf Club and Balbriggan Golf Course
Balbriggan Golf Club and Balbriggan Golf Course
Welcome To Balbriggan Golf Club
Details Correct As Of 07/04/2015


CONTACT DETAILS
Address    Blackhall
Town    Balbriggan
Postcode    Co. Dublin
Secretary / Manager    Janet Halligan Administrator
First Name / Manager   No Information Given
Telephone    8412229
Fax    8413927
Club Website Address   www.balbriggangolfclub.com
Email Address   balbriggangolfclub@eircom.net
Course Information Line Telephone    8412229 ex 1
Greenkeeper    Peter Byrne
Club Professional    Nigel Howley
Telephone    8412229
Fax    8413927
Pro's Website Address   No Information Given
Pro's Email Address   No Information Given
Club Steward / Manager    Helen Doherty Catering
Telephone    8412173
Fax   No Information Given
COURSE INFORMATION
Number Of Holes    18 Hole
Course Yardage    6000
Par    71
Yardage Markers On Course   yes
Changing Room Facilities   yes
Handicap Certificates Required   no
Driving Range   no
Soft Spikes Required   no
Society Day(s)     Mon , Tue , Wed , Thur , Fri , Sat
Type Of Club    Members
Course Type    Parkland
GREEN AND MEMBERSHIP FEES
Green Fees Weekdays    35
Green Fees Weekends    45
Green Fees Twilight   No Information Given
Green Fees Junior   No Information Given
Green Fees Society   No Information Given
Green Fees Other   No Information Given
Joining Fee    8000 can be paid on a phased basis
7 Day Membership Fee    787
5 Day Membership Fee    N/A
Ladies Membership Fee    N/A Full Members
Junior Membership Fee   No Information Given
Country Membership Fee   No Information Given
Other Membership Fees   No Information Given
Membership Fee Information   No Information Given
PRO SHOP SERVICES
Proshop Available   yes
Club Hire Available   no
Club Repairs Available   yes
Custom Club Fitting Service   no
Trolley Hire Available   yes
Electric Trolley Repair   no
Buggy Hire Available   yes
Lessons Available   yes
Course Planner Available   yes
CLUB HOUSE FACILITIES
Bar Available   yes
Breakfast Available   yes
Lunch Available   yes
Afternoon Tea Available   yes
Dinner Available   yes
Accommodation Available   no
CLUB HISTORY
1895: Had circumstances been otherwise, the club might now be celebrating its centenary instead of a half-century of existence. Around the turn of the century a few efforts were made to add a golf club to the sporting amenities of the area. The main one came around 1895 when land was obtained at Bremore, Balbriggan. A pavilion was purchased and funds raised by subscription. Unfortunately, owing to a legal technicality, the granting of the relevant lease became impossible and the project had to be abandoned. The pavilion was sold to a very progressive Balbriggan Cricket Club.

1933: Another effort to get golf established in the town came in 1933. The Hampton Demesne was the proposed site, but owing to a number of difficulties, including it seems, a lack of support for the move among potential members, this initiative died a death.

1939: The idea that golf could take root in Balbriggan kept recurring. In 1939, the year World War II broke out, it was estimated that 30 residents of Balbriggan were playing golf, and they were members of either Laytown and Bettystown or Skerries. The golfers from Bettystown, unknown to themselves, had a role in the foundation of Balbriggan Golf Club when they formed an unofficial body known as the Balbriggan Alliance. For a number of years this grouping held competitions confined to Alliance members and built up their own sense of camaraderie and identity.

1945: As 1945 dawned G.L. McGowan became aware that a 48 acre site at Blackhall, right opposite his front door, was coming on the market. John Purfield, who, in later years, lived in the big house at Blackhall, remembers his first intimation of what was afoot. "I got a message from the Lawyer to go to his house. When I got there he pointed out the land opposite and said "What dye think of that? Will that make a golf course?". Monday, August 6, 1945 - an auspicious day in World history. That was the day the Americans dropped the Atom bomb on Hiroshima. Many thousands of miles away, an altogether more peaceful event took place: the official opening of Balbriggan Golf Club.

1951: By 1951 a telephone and a radio had been installed. And there was a debate about whether members of Rush, Skerries and Laytown should become country members of Balbriggan.

1954: By 1954 membership subs had risen to £5 5s 0d and the ladies were paying £3 3s 0d.

1955: Expenditure exceeded income in 1955 by £220 due to the exceptional outgoings of £259 on a tractor replacement.

1963: Now 18 years old, the club faced a question about its future, as the lease from the landlord, Colonel Scriven, was due to expire. By happy coincidence, that years Captain, Dr Edward Caraher, was a former comrade of Colonel Scriven. He was the the right man in the right place at the right time. Colonel Scriven had been considering his option as the year drew on. Dr Caraher approached him about the possibility of selling the lease. There was no telling what the reaction would be, but happily it was immediately positive. "The money Ive been getting from you (£150 per annum) doesnt keep me in cigarettes. Of course Ill sell", Col. Scriven told Dr Caraher. Balbriggan Golf Club were landlords at last.

1971: The owner of "Maguires Field", a seven acre site which now includes the present day practise ground came to Joe McGowan after G. L. McGowans death. He told him that his uncle had extracted a promise that if ever the land came up for sale, the Golf Club would have first refusal. He was now prepared to honour that committment. The land was purchased for £7,000.

1982: Two more big fields known as "Foxs Land", which today includes the second, third, fourth, fifth and tenth holes were bought.

1985: For many years, extending to 18 holes had been merely an aspiration. But as the golf boom gathered pace and membership numbers increased it became a reality during this year.

1988: "Hoares Land", a 31.5 acre site was purchased in September 1988, further consolidating the Clubs boundaries and enabling further course development.

1991: On April 27 the new clubhouse and course were officially opened. It was an occasion of great significance, and one which the founder members could hardly have envisaged on August 6, 1945.

1999: Improvements and fine-tuning any golf course are not only necessary, they are imperative. During this year major work was carried out on the seventh and twelfth holes. Designed by Pat Ruddy, these two holes now support sand based greens and very challenging second shots!

2000: Plans are currently being drawn up to further improve certain holes on the course. In years to come the course may not resemble that which was planned by the founding members. But without their foresight and courage we might still be travelling to Skerries or Laytown and Bettystown for a chance to partake of the noble game.

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OTHER INFORMATION
Balbriggan Golf Club is an 18 hole parkland golf course situated in north County Dublin only minutes from Dublin Airport.

Located about 20 miles north of Dublin city, the course is easily accessible being just off the M1. Follow the sign to Balbriggan and we are on the right hand side as you approach the town from the South.To arrange a tee time please contact Nigel Howley our Club Professional.

Established in 1945, and after many phases of development, the course presents a challenge to all who play it.

After your round of golf why not relax and have a drink in our comfortable clubhouse.


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TRAVEL DIRECTIONS & MAP
Located about 20 miles north of Dublin city, the course is easily accessible being just off the M1. Follow the sign to Balbriggan and we are on the right hand side as you approach the town from the South.To arrange a tee time please contact Nigel Howley our Club Professional.


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