The Curragh Golf Club
Curragh, County Kildare
Tel : +353 (0)45 441238

The Curragh Golf Club, founded in 1883, has the oldest Golf Course in Ireland dating from 1852. The Curragh, a plain of over 4,700 acres, is owned by the Department of Defence. It is renowned for housing the biggest military installation, and for having a unique natural grass sward, which is conducive to being the home of the Irish Race Horse Industry.

In 1851 David Ritchie came to Ireland from his native Edinburgh, where he had been a member of the ancient golf club at Musselburgh (founded 1774). On his death in 1910 it was reported that he claimed 'to be the oldest golfer in Ireland, as he had ample proof of playing with the late Mr. Alexander Love on links he organised on the Curragh in the early 1850's. In 1852 the Earl of Eglington, who was British Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and founder Captain of Prestwick Golf Club (1851), played on the Curragh. On 12th March 1883 the Irish Times newspaper carried the following announcement: 'Maj. Gen. Fraser, V.C., C.B Commanding the Curragh Brigade, has sanctioned the formation of a garrison golf club. The Rules of the Club will be the same as those of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St.Andrews.' Membership was confined to Officers of the Curragh British Garrison and there was neither an entry fee or subscription. By 1889 the course was eighteen holes and affiliated to the Golfing Union of Ireland. On 24th September 1910 the title 'Royal' was conferred on the Curragh Golf Club, a title, though not normally used, is still valid.

The Curragh Golf Club continues to maintain a tradition of military and civilian participation in the management of it's affairs. The Club centenary in 1983 was marked by the presence of the Captains of the Royal & Ancient, Royal Musselburgh and Prestwick, all of which have historic connections with the Curragh.

The Club has approx. 1,000 members, of all categories, of which 650 men and women enjoy full membership. Visitors are most welcome.

Dublin - Cork/Limerick motorway exit for Newbridge interchange. Left exit at roundabout then right at the first junction (Lumville). Signposted from the motorway.

Further Information
Information herein provided by the club 26 Aug 1998.

Course Details

Course Name: Curragh Holes: 18 Yardage: 6035 SSS: 71
Yardage 6035 for the men; 4928 for the ladies.
A course unique (Irelands oldest) in that it is built on an open grassland plain which is designated a National Heritage Area. The natural grassy sward provides for excellent drainage. The wide variety of holes, together with the spacious layout, ensures that new challenges are always at hand. On first assessment it appears that the Course provides a licence fur the 'wild hit' as the rough is short and there are generous tracts of ground between fairways. However, clever tactics are required to navigate well placed grassy banks, a variety of trees and the beautiful native gorse. Its length and natural vegetative hazards quickly compel the over ambitious to re-assess their target score. The course is extremely popular to visiting golfers and societies.

Military requirements over the years demanded that the course be changed many times. Barracks, parade grounds and firing ranges stand where there were fairways and greens. The Club continues to play over this historic area of the Curragh plains which encompasses trenches dug by soldiers preparing for the First World War, a Cavalry Camp and the Abattoir (demolished in 1996) which dated back to the year of the Curragh Camp's foundation in 1885. The Curragh Camp was handed over by the British Army to the Irish Defence Forces on 16th May 1922.

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  • The Curragh Golf Club

    Aidan Butler wrote on: Feb 3, 2004

    I have played this course many times over the years and always look forward to the visit. Because of the topography it is the closest you will get to a links course inland - which makes it very attractive in bad weather. Altough the Curragh is classed as a plain they built the golf course around some hills. You will not be bored with just up and down par 4s' - each hole is completley individual and a challenge for all handicaps. As Irelands oldest club make sure you take time to have a look at all the old photographs and memorabilia in the club house.
    Just mind the sheep dirt and wipe your shoes before entering!!!!


      • RE: The Curragh Golf Club

        joseph conroy wrote on: Jan 24, 2011

        i think the curragh is a very good golf course and i agreed with all the good written about it.


          • RE: The Curragh Golf Club boundry fenceing.

            Joe Conroy wrote on: Aug 23, 2013

            I refer to my curragh golf club course review of approx three (3) months ago.on that occassion I was reliably informed that a mr snell had carried out the erection of the boundry now in possession of the correct information, and would lilke to retract all that I said in my previous review and replace it with the following: I would like to thank our 2013 capt Declan Rasmussen (lt col) and his various committes of the club for the erecting of this great fence that has improved the curragh golf course 100%.very sorry for any inconvience caused.



    Maj Joe Quinn wrote on: Nov 25, 2003

    Can you please confirm if your Golf Club had any connection with Yeomanry Officers?


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Francis H. Collopy 7/01

    Francis H. Collopy wrote on: Jun 30, 2001

    On a 16 day trip to Ireland, we played Ballybunnion, Tralee,
    Killarney(Mahony's Point), Lahinch, Lee Valley, Killorglin and The Curragh.
    Our entire foursome loved The Curragh the best. The conditions, the views,
    the gorse, the layout and the fact that it has the longest history of Golf
    in Ireland added up to a great experience. The value was great as well, and
    we are telling all our friends in the States how great it was and not to
    miss 'The Curragh Golf Club'. I guess we were fortunate that we played when
    the 'foot in mouth disease' was a concern and all the sheep were off the
    course. Some members told us we were lucky. We are glad we had a chance to
    play it.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Patrick Griffin hcp 9 02/99

    Patrick Griffin hcp 9 wrote on: Jan 31, 1999

    I have played this course on a number of occasion's. It start's with a tricky P5 and is followed by a long P4.The third hole is quiet easy but you have to keep your drive to the left.
    The 4th is a long P3and the fifth is a P4.
    The sixth is aP4, with the 7 a p5, the 8 is a P5, the ninth is a par 4, and is the hardest hole on the course.
    The 10th is a par 3.The 11th is a par4.
    The 12th is a par 4 and is the 13th.
    The 14th & 15th are par 5's.
    The 16th is a par 3.
    The 17th is a long par4.
    The final hole is a dog leg left par 4.
    The course is a good test of your ability and has a fine clubhouse.


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