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Lisdoonvarna Golf Club, County Clare. (1905 - WW2)

In October 1905 the proprietress of the Lisdoonvarna Hotel, Mrs Bulger, called on the great Harry Vardon to advise on the layout a nine-hole course. The links were to be at Thomond House.


Lisdoonvarna Golf Club, County Clare. The early course was at Thomond House.

The early course was laid out at Thomond House.


The course had a grand opening in 1906 the secretary at the time was Dr O’Sullivan. Despite this the club seemed to struggle and was stated to have become defunct in 1910.

The club was revived in 1923 when a successful dance was held to raise golf club funds. Willie McNamara of Lahinch was called in to layout out this later nine-hole course. The following appeared in the Irish Times in August 1923 “Lisdoonvarna boasts a nine-hole course. Sulphur water and dancing seem to be the chief things in Lisdonnvarna, but golf is coming along nicely”

The following were the leading lights regarding golf at the resort; Mr Sheedy, Mr Lynch, Mr O’Loughlin and Mr Maguire.

Mr Sheedy was appointed secretary in 1923 and he continued in the position until the outbreak of WW2.

There was a mention for the course following WW2 but as with many clubs it probably never survived the war.