Irish Women's Close

Holywood Ladies Golf Club was the first women’s golf club in Ireland, founded in 1888, with their inaugural competition held on 27th February, 1989. A year later, the first inter-club match took place between Holywood and Royal County at Portrush. Soon after, there were Ladies Clubs established in other parts of Ulster at Auchnacloy, Belmont, County Down, Dungannon, Killymoon and Lurgan.

Irish Women's Close Championship Trophy

Two years after the Golf Union of Ireland was formed in 1891, the Irish Ladies Golf Union was established at a meeting in the Girl’s Friendly Society Lodge, Belfast on Friday 15th December 1893. Present were delegates from Royal Belfast, Dungannon and Royal County, Portrush and a decision was taken to organize the first championship meetings at Carnalea in 1894, Portrush in 1895 and Newcastle in 1896.

The first ladies’ national competition was played the following year at Carnalea in Bangor, with Clara Mulligan from Royal Belfast – the newly elected ILGU Hon. Sec. – beating Nellie Graham from Lisburn 3&2 in the final of the match play contest. Nellie got over the disappointment of losing the inaugural championship by winning editions three and four at Royal County Down and Royal Dublin after changing her home club to RCD.

Incredibly, only four women would capture eighteen of the next twenty-four titles available up until 1925.

May Hezlet from Royal Portrush lost the first final she took part in as a 16-year-old girl at Malone in 1898 but twelve months later she made up for this loss by beating her big rival Rhona Adair 5&4 at Royal County Down. She would go on to win another four titles between 1904 and 1908 and in three of these finals she defeated her sister Florence. May also wo...

Irish Women's Close host courses

Bundoran

Gem Ireland - Best in Area

Bundoran Golf Club is set delightfully on the shores of Donegal Bay. The club dates back to 1894 and it's inextricably linked with Christy O'Connor.

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Carlow (Deerpark)

1st Carlow - Best in Area 32nd Ireland Ranking

Carlow Golf Club is located close to the bustling market town of Carlow in a delightful wooded deer park that once formed part of the estate of Henry Bruen. The site is wonderfully undulating and the ground feels pleasantly sandy and springy underfoot.

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Castleknock

16th Dublin - Best in Area

Castleknock Golf Club is set in mature woodland, with the 3rd to 6th holes, in particular, enjoying the dramatic wooded backdrop of the Liffey Valley.

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Castlerock (Mussenden)

2nd Londonderry - Best in Area 4th Northern Ireland Ranking

Living in the shadow of its famous neighbours, Portstewart and Royal Portrush, Castlerock Golf Club is every bit as good, and the Mussenden will not disappoint.

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Cork

2nd Cork - Best in Area 30th Ireland Ranking

Cork Golf Club is one of the most attractive courses in Ireland. It's an Alister MacKenzie gem that's delightfully situated on a tiny peninsula called Little Island...

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County Louth

1st Louth - Best in Area 11th Ireland Ranking 57th Britain & Ireland Ranking

The approach road to the links of County Louth Golf Club, or Baltray as it is better known, named after the local fishing village, is especially uplifting.

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Donegal

4th Donegal - Best in Area 18th Ireland Ranking

The Murvagh peninsula jutting out into Donegal Bay is the home of Donegal Golf Club. It’s an enchanting and isolated setting for a big links course.

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Irish Women's Close Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Shane Derby Courses Played 28
2 erik k Courses Played 26
3 Ryan Gribben Courses Played 25
4 Shane Kelly Courses Played 24
= Michael Keating Courses Played 24
= Donal O’Gorman Courses Played 24
= Steven O' Sullivan Courses Played 24
8 Kevin O Hanlon Courses Played 23
9 Donal Murphy Courses Played 22
= Jorn Greve Courses Played 22