Limerick Golf Club
Limerick Golf Club is located at Ballyclough, on the southern outskirts of Limerick city in Ireland. It is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland, founded by Alexander Shaw in the same year as the Golfing Union of Ireland, in 1891. The course and clubhouse are located on the original site of Roxboro Castle and grounds and boasts an 18-hole, mature, parkland layout. The design of the course evolved over a number of years and had contributions from course designers such as Lionel Hewson, John D. Harris and Dr. Alister MacKenzie - who was the architect of Lahinch and Augusta National. The current layout measures 6500 yards in length and has a par of 72.
|Tournaments hosted||JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am, 1990, 1995, 2000|
|Course record||63, Stuart Appleby, 2000|
Limerick has one of the largest memberships in the country with over 1300 members, and a long tradition in competitive golf in Ireland - having won 14 national titles. The club's most recent such win was the All-Ireland Girls' Championship in 2010. It was the first Irish club to win a European title at senior level when capturing the European Club Championship in 1980. It has played host to many championships over the years - including an exhibition match in the 1930s which included eleven-time major winner Walter Hagen and John Burke. It is now home to the Munster Mid-Amateur Championship.
The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am, the biggest pro-am event of its kind in Europe, had its home at Limerick Golf Club from 1990, with the last staging in July 2000. The field included some of the biggest players in the game, such as Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara, and raised over €19,000,000 for local charities. Both of these players returned to Limerick Golf Club in 2001 and were conferred with Honorary Life Membership. Tiger Woods presented the flag from the 18th green of The 2000 Open Championship, held at St. Andrews, to the Club. This event grew too large for the Ballyclough course and moved to Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort in 2005.
A new clubhouse was constructed in 2007 and was officially opened by The Open Champion, Pádraig Harrington, in September of that year. Harrington was conferred with Honorary Life Membership of the club.
The club shares its name with a Limerick Golf Club located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA, which is a public facility.
- Limerick Golf Club Website - About Archived 2007-11-18 at the Wayback Machine
- Cotter, Patrick J., "A History of Limerick Golf Club, 1891 - 1991", 1991, The Treaty Press.
- JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am - History Archived 2007-10-22 at the Wayback Machine
- Limerick Golf Club Website - 2000 Open Flag Archived 2007-11-18 at the Wayback Machine