Here is the result of the Open Days competition April 14/16 for Bearna, Galway Golf Club
Connemara is the name given to the western portion of County Galway, which lies between Lough Corrib and the Atlantic and is one of the most popular destinations for tourists to come to. Situated in the west of Ireland, it is one of the most scenic areas on the island. It’s craggy mountain peaks, expansive sandy beaches and laced network of lakes exemplify the peaceful solitude and rugged beauty of the west. It has its own unique culture and much of the area, stretching from Bearna to Carna, is Irish speaking.
Golfing in Connemara is as diverse as the landscape it occupies. There are only four courses but each brings their own individual challenges.
Bearna Golf Club
Situated only 5 miles from Galway city this is located at the gateway to Connemara. This Galway golf club is cut right out of the surrounding landscape and is, in fact, the only moorland golf course in Ireland. It was carved out of a typical Connemara landscape of granite rock, bog, gorse and heather. The result is a challenging course of outstanding quality and unique character. With stunning views of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands and the Burren, and the smell of the bog and the gorse which lingers in the air, this is a course which will ignite your senses. The design has resulted in generously proportioned fairways, many elevated tee boxes and some splendid carries. Great care has been taken to construct extra large greens with subtle burrows that will test even the best golfer. The final four holes especially provide an amazing finish to a satisfying and memorable experience. Relax in the bar afterwards and soak up the spectacular scenery.
Connemara Isles Golf Club
Connemara Isles Golf Club is located in the heart of the Conamara Gaeltacht. This distinctive island
9 hole course offers a unique opportunity to play golf on the edge of the Atlantic ocean while enjoying
the breathtaking views of Cill Chiaráin Bay, Cnoc Leitir Móir and Cnoc Mordáin. Established in 1993, this charming and challenging course is set in tranquil links at Eanach Mheáin. The flora and fauna of the course provide a colourful backdrop to a magnificent golf course. A causeway from the mainland brings an island into play where ocean inlets and rocky outcrops provide natural hazards demanding steady nerves. One of the highlights of Connemara Isles is the clubhouse…the only thatched clubhouse in Ireland!
Oughterard Golf Club
Only 25km from Galway city Oughterard Golf Course comprises 18 championship holes that are lined with mature native Irish trees, including oak, hazel and birch. It is an excellent test of golf, with numerous water features and sand bunkers, which are strategically placed to protect the par of the course. A lush parklands course featuring traditional limestone walls throughout the property it is situated between Lough Corrib to the east and the Connemara Mountains to the north and north west, providing a truly spectacular setting. The clubhouse, converted from majestic farmhouse buildings, offers visiting golfers every modern facility, including a well-stocked pro shop, a first-class restaurant and a homely and welcoming bar.
Connemara Golf Club
Although it is a long drive out from Galway city Connemara Golf Links mixes the stunning natural and unique beauty of the western Irish landscape and the the skills of a great architect to create a memorable golfing experience. Nestled between the scenic splendour of the 12 Bens mountain range and the rugged Atlantic ocean, this is a test from start to finish. The back nine, in particular, have been acknowledged as the equal to any in the world. A testament to the skill of its designer, Eddie Hackett deftly enhanced the rugged environment to create this dramatic championship course. Situated between the Twelve Bens mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, the 18 holes are every bit as challenging as they are beautiful, a point driven home by the twisting dog leg on the breathtaking 1st hole. There’s also a newer course, which offers a game along the Atlantic for an exhilarating nine holes.
Bearna Golf Club are hosting a fundraising competition in aid of the NBCRI on Thursday 24th April. The format is a Charity 3 Ball Team Event with 2 scores to count on each hole. It is open to both Ladies and Men. Entry is €10 euro for Bearna members and €15 for visitors. Book on-line. Please bring your friends and support a very worthy cause.
Below are the results for the GSS Galway Stationery sponsored competition April 12-13, 2014. Well done to all Bearna members who competed. Format was stroke and men were off the white markers.
Congratulations to our dynamic duo Bearna Golf Members Siobhan Hunt and Nuala Timoney who won their second round match against Galway Golf Club in the Irish Daily Mail Foursomes. Thay are motoring along nicely after beating Connemara Golf Club in the first round. Well done!!
Below are the results for the Open Competition in Bearna, Galway Golf Club.
Located at the gateway to Connemara, Bearna Golf Club is set in a unique and natural Connemara landscape of of granite rock, bog, gorse and heather. Surrounding the course you will authentic peat bog where local people have cut turf for many generations. During the summer you will see the stacks of turf cut, dotted all around the bog.
There is an abundance of interesting flora and fauna in the area. Bearna has used the natural lie of the land and the used the features of the landscape to give golfers a special Galway golf experience.
Below are the results for the weekend competition at Bearna Golf Club, 4/5/6 April. The format was stableford with men teeing off from the white markers. We are very grateful to Dubarry for sponsoring our competition here at Bearna, Galway golf club.
Here is a good write up about Bearna, Galway Golf Club in this blog by Kevin Markham. He includes Bearna in his list of Ireland’s Best Hidden Golfing Gems. Some very kind words indeed! I like to think that there are several great golf courses around the area, such as Galway Bay Golf Club, Connemara Golf Club and Galway Golf Club to name a few, and it was also particularly satisfying to see a fine course like Portumna Golf Club feature so highly too. With so many fine west of Ireland golf clubs we can be very proud of ourselves.
There are plenty of options to pick from for anyone going golfing in Galway. We here at Bearna, Galway golf club, offer a unique experience as we stand on the gateway to Connemara. The landscape of Connemara has lent itself to some interesting and different designs in the area with Galway Bay Golf Club, Oughterard Golf Club, Galway Golf Club, Connemara Golf Club and Connemara Isles Golf Club all offering special challenges to any enthusiastic golfer. So many options!
At Bearna, we have used the landscape to carve out our own individual Connemara golf club. Using the lie of the land and keeping the features of the landscape it is truly one of the best Galway golf club experiences. At 400 ft above sea level you really do get some spectacular views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Come see for yourself!
Attention all junior members of Bearna, Galway golf club. Registration for junior membership at Bearna, Galway Golf Course has commenced. Please pay Pat or Cathal in the office when you arrive on Sunday.
For any new junior Bearna members wishing to join we have a fantastic programme set up for younger members, both boys and girls, who want to go golfing in Galway. Every Sunday juniors meet up at 3pm here at Bearna. There, under the watchful eyes of our junior convenors, Colm Timlin and Ailish McDermott, along with our PGA Tour Professional Geoff Kelly we will help your game develop. During the summer Geoff will take our junior members out for extra lessons on Wednesdays as well as running golf clinics for juniors during the week. Many of our juniors have adult handicaps and some have won some of the major prizes at the club in the last few years, such has been the pace of their development here at Bearna, Galway golf club. This year we hope that they will compete in more Galway golf competitions. You can be assured that any juniors joining Bearna are receiving the best Galway golf club coaching.
For more detail on joining Bearna, Galway golf courses you can contact us here or if you or looking for a junior Bearna members form then you will find it here.
If you are looking to play golf in Galway soon then come to Bearna Golf Course. There are lots of Galway open competitons and now, every Monday and Wednesday we are running a new one. Bearna golf club has been rated as one of the best Galway golf clubs by Kevin Markham in his book ‘Hooked’. You can now play this top Galway golf course for only €10 on our open days. so if you are planning to go golfing in Galway or looking for good value society golf in Galway then this is one of the best Galway golf deals going. For more details on how to make a booking at Bearna Golf Club then see the poster below for more detail.
For any Bearna members wishing to play please contact us at Bearna Golf Club or put your name on the timesheet
For any Bearna members interested in playing matchplay here at Bearna, Galway golf course, please read the information below:
From Bearna golf Club Mens Captain – The GDSI Single and Fourball Matchplay competitions 2014
The entry form for the above competions are now posted on the noticeboard in the mens locker room in Bearna golf club.
Closing date is 31st March. First round to be completed by the end of April.
From Bearna Golf Club Lady Captain– Single and Hi-Lo Fourball Matchplay competitions 2014
The lists are up in the locker room for the Club Match Play Singles and Hi Lo competitions.Entry is €5 for the singles and €5 per person for the Hi Lo.
Closing date for entries is Thursday 27th of March, the draw and rules will be posted soon after that date.
Make sure you get in early so not to miss out on one of the best Galway golf competitons!
Our golf season kicked off at Bearna Golf Club, Galway golf course, with a fundraiser for Galway Hospice. Lots of money was raised for a very worthy cause. There was agreat turnout from our members, proving that, indeed, we do have one of the best Galway golf clubs around!! Well done, and thank you, to all who participated.
From April we are starting our new Galway golf club open competitions in Bearna Golf Club. Entry is only €10 to all GUI members. See the poster below for all details.
Galway Golf Opens at Bearna Golf Club
Bearna members and committee would like to wish Louis & Ines Fourie our new caterers a very warm welcome to Bearna, Galway golf club, and every success as they take over the bar and catering facility in the clubhouse. They will be open for business from Friday the 21st of March and we would encourage you all to support them whenever possible. The Restaurant/Bar will be open daily with an extensive menu planned once they are up and running. Initially Louis will offer a selection of freshly prepared dishes to suit all tastes and is open to suggestions on your preferences. Louis will also be happy to rovide refreshments for anyone booking society golf in galway. You can be assured that anyone playing will have one of the best Galway golf experiences now with Louis on board!! The Bar/Restaurant will also be available for private functions. Louis can be contacted directly on 089 4317455
This article appeared recently in the City Tribune – The article was written by Kevin Markham. Some years ago Kevin Markham drove around Ireland in a camper van, playing and reviewing every 18 hole golf course for a book entitled ‘Hooked’. The article makes interesting reading as Kevin lists what he thinks are the best Galway golf courses.
I am both honoured and delighted to be the Lady Captain of Bearna Golf Club for the coming year. I intend to continue the good work of our previous Lady Captains and promise to represent the ladies of this club to the best of my ability. I will certainly make it my business to ‘fly the flag’ at every opportunity.
I will promote Bearna Golf Club whenever I possibly can and would urge you to do likewise, be it encouraging new members or inviting friends/colleagues to play our course.
The priority for us all this year is to retain existing members, attract new ones and encourage visitors to play and also to revitalize the social aspect of the club. In this regard I would ask all of you to partake in any social occasions and fun competitions that we intend having during the year. These occasions are a simple way of getting to know our fellow members and integrating new members.
There is a busy calendar of events scheduled for the year ahead and I would urge you to participate in our own club events and also through interclub representation.
I look forward to meeting you on and off the golf course and heres to a great golfing season for 2014
Lady Captain 2014
Happy New Year from everyone at Bearna Golf Club. Best wishes, and good golf, for 2014.
From everyone at Bearna Golf Club we wish you a very Happy Christmas!
The fixture list for Bearna Golf Club for 2014 is now available. Click here
The annual Christmas Mixed 9 hole Scramble will be held on Saturday 14th December
Register at 10.30am - Shotgun start at 11am
Minced pies and mulled wine to follow. Entry fee €5
Mens and Ladies Committees
Invoices will be sent out to all members in the next few days. If any member wishes to pay in installments St Anthony’s and Claddagh Credit Union have a sceme whereby you can pay by installments over the course of the year.
Any Bearna member can take out a loan of €800 at 9.5% (9.9% APR), enough to cover membership to the golf club and the members club. There are 12 monthly payments of €70.16. Interest is €41.76. Total payment is €841.76.
For more information contact Tony Coyle in St Anthony’s and Claddagh Credit Union at 1800 28 55 26.
Our very own Connacht Rules Official Barbara O’ Keeffe recently sat the R&A rules exam at St. Andrews, Scotland and not only passed with distinction but secured joint first place overall.
A number of rules officials from all over the British Isles sat the exam which is recognised throughout the R&As jurisdiction as reflective of the delegates understanding of the rules, and for Barbara to come out on top was a fabulous achievement.
Congratulations and well done Barbara…. We are all very proud of you here in Bearna Golf Club.
The Annual Ladies Christmas Lunch will take place in the club house on Saturday 7th December at 1.00pm. Please RSVP Imelda McGovern on 087 262 7461 by Wednesday 4th to reserve your place and let her know of any special dietary requirements. The Cost of the Lunch is €15 and our Lady Captain Deirdre Squires has chosed Cope as Lunch’s Charity.The prizes for the Hampers and Christmas Cracker will be presented at the lunch.
We look forward to seeing you on the day!
Geoff Kelly, our resident golf professional, is continuing his lessons for beginners and improvers every Monday morning at 9.30am. Geoff has played the PGA Tour and has over 40 years teaching expereience in Australia, Spain and Ireland. He caters for all levels. If you wish to play you can contact us here at:
Course: 091 592677
Geoff: 086 818 57 32
To help launch the re-opening of our Bar & Restaurant under new management, we are holding an Open Competition & Family Fun Day here at the golf club this Saturday. See the poster for details.
I have just created an account on Flickr for Bearna Golf Club. Have a look at it here:
and as always, if you have any interesting photos why not send them on to me so i can share them with everyone else.
Hope you like the photostream
Club Honours Night is Friday 22nd November – Tickets are on sale now from Deridre Squires and Derek Bryan. Make sure to reserve your place as it is sure to be a great night!
On 25th November we will begin a Christmas Cracker with a twist! This will be is a 9 hole Singles Stableford. Play any day of the week and as often as you like. Entry fee €3 and re-entry is € 2. The twist is only 3 scores will count on your card but you don’t know which 3! So play your best and hope for the best! This competition will run for 2 weeks and the prizes with be presented at the Christmas Ladies Lunch.
On Thursday November 14th we will have a Mixed Scramble with the Seniors. Check in at 9.00am for a 9.30am shotgun start. Entry is €5 and the prizegiving will take place directly afterwards with a mulled wine and mince pie reception!!
From Monday 11th to the 24th we will have a new competition “ Pat’s Hamper”. Pat Donnellan has very kindly sponsored a Hamper Competition for the Ladies. The format is a 14 hole stableford and the cost of entry is €3 and re- entry is €2. Play as often as you like any day of the week.
Winter green fees are now in place. €20 Mon – Fri, €25 on Sat – Sun. There are no winter tees, normal tees still in use. Placing on the fairways, and finally, i am sure you will all be devestated to hear that there is a free drop out of all bunkers until further notice!
Below are the voucher competition results for October 5/6.
The format was stableford and men played off the whites.
Our Second 14 hole Hamper Competition started on the 13th October and will run for approximately two weeks. The weather is fabulous for golf and the course is in brilliant condition so it’s a great opportunity to get out and play. There are a few prizes for each competition and in order give everyone a chance to feature in the prizes we have a penalty system in place. Two penalty points for first place, 1 penalty for second and 1 for third. The Prizes will be presented at the Ladies Christmas Lunch. on Saturday 7th December.
Congratulations to our Bearna Girls, Ciara Lynagh and Caoimhe Slemon who have qualified for the All Ireland Finals of the Junior Medal Competition at Seapoint GC on Wednesday October 30th 2013. Only 50 Girls from all over Ireland qualified to play in this Competition, 4 of which are from Connacht so we are very proud of our two Bearna Girls! Well done to you both.
Congratulations to Pierce Glynn who is Bearna Golf Club’s Golfer of the Year 2013. In what proved to be a tight competition this year Pierce managed to pip Colm Feeney to the title my just 15 points in the end. Well done Pierce!