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Bagenalstown Golf Club, County Carlow.

Founded in 1910.

The nine-hole course, designed by Mr W C Pickerton of Portmarnock, was laid out on gravel and loam soil and had a total length of 2,900 yards. The longest hole was 457 yards and the shortest 160 yards. The station was ½ mile from the course which was between the Great Southern & Western Railway and the Carlow and Bagenalstown Road near the home of Mr C R Norton, chairman of the club. The captain in 1910 was A D La Touche. 

The local hotels were Wards and Dooley’s. 

Professional from 1910 - 1912 was J Kehoe, and from 1912 to 1913 J McKillop. The course was to be re-designed in 1914 when a large number of bunkers were to be added, and the greens re-laid.

In 1914 the secretary was F B Brown, Long Range, Bagenalstown. The Professional was still J Kehoe. The membership was 100 Gents and 50 Ladies. There was no entry fee. Subs were £1 for gents and 10/- for ladies. Family tickets were available at £2. Visitors’ fees were 1/- a day, 5/- a week and 10/- a month. Sunday play was allowed with caddies.

 

Bagenalstown Golf Club, County Carlow. The clubhouse and course.

The golf clubhouse at Bagenalstown.

 

1922 and 1923 the joint secretaries were F B Brown and P F Newman. Visitors’ fees were now 2/- a day, 5/- a week and 10/- a month. Record score of 36 for both amateur and professional.

The professional and green keeper from 1929, probably until the course closed, was M O’Reilly.

In 1940 and 1947 the secretary was P J Fitzpatrick, Main Street, Bagenalstown, telephone number 8. The 9-hole course had a S.S.S and Par of 76 and a membership of 120. Amateur course record holder was J Jordan 34. Visitors’ fees were unchanged.

Bagenalstown Golf Club had disappeared by 1951.

The Google Map below shows Bagenalstown Train Station. If anyone knows the exact location of the former golf course please get in touch via the “Contact Us” facility on the website homepage.