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Carlow Golf Club


Club House at Gotham

Photograph of the first club house for Carlow, then known as the Leinster Golf Club, situated at Gotham. Gotham was mid may between Carlow and Maganey and was conveniently reached by rail from either station. This first pavilion cost 99 and it was erected in 1904.

Mr. J.D. McDonald

(Note: The car in the photo is probably a 1902 Wolseley, registration C 9.)

Carlow Golf Club was originally known as the Royal Leinster Golf Club.

Club House at Gotham Club. It was founded at a meeting in the Clubhouse Hotel, Carlow, (later known as St. Brigids Hospital), on May 18th, 1899. The co-founders were Dr. Francis Brennan of Castledermot County Kildare and P. Lynch, The Abbey, Athy, County Kildare.

The first course was at Gotham between Carlow and Maganey. It was a 9 hole links, and was officially opened in July 1899. Captain C. Duckett Steuart was the first Captain of the club. The Landed Gentry and professional classes were prominently represented in its membership. Membership fees were set at one guinea (21 shillings) for gentleman and 10 shillings and 6 pence for ladies.

The Great Southern and Western Railway facilitated members travelling to Carlow or Maganey Stations for golf purposes. They were offered return tickets at single fares which could be procured from "the Honorary Secretary".

The name of the Golf Club changed to Carlow Golf Club on June 27th 1902. The club was affiliated to the Golfing Union at that time also. Messrs Thompsons a well-known Carlow engineering firm, built the pavilion at Gotham in 1904. It cost 99.

The Golf Club moved to a site at Oak Park on the Bruen Estate in 1922. Cecil Baracroft was the architect and designed this 18 hole links on a 164 acre site. Mr. Bruen was President of the Club between the years 1912-1927.

The Clubhouse was destroyed by fire in 1960. However, in May 1961, Carlow Golf Club purchased the Deerpark site from the Irish Land Commission for a sum of 2,500. The architect of the new clubhouse was Mr. Shaffrey and the builder was Mr. Edward Byrne. His tender of 12,400 for the construction was accepted by the club in 1962.

The new clubhouse at Carlow Golf Club was officially opened by the then President Hugh O'Donnell. The 9 hole Oak Park course adjoins the 18 hole Championship course at Deerpark since 2003.

A map of Gotham Co. Kildare.  Underlined are the Townlands of Maganey, Jerusalem, GothamGotham OSi map c.1838 and Oak Park for reference.  Scale is 1:50 000 (1 Mile to 1") OS Discovery Series maps.

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This signpost to Gotham House can be found north of Carlow.
Photo info courtesy of Carloman c2006
(click on the image to read about 'The Wise Men of Gotham' by Frank E. Earp)

Golf Club meeting 1899

Account of Council Meeting of Carlow Golf Club (Leinster Golf Club) from Carlow Sentinel 1899. It cited Captain Duckett Steuart of Steuart Lodge, Leighlinbridge as Captain of the Club. Eleven gentlemen and three ladies were elected members of the club on that occasion.

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Golf Clubhouse Fire 1960

Article from the Carlow Nationalist and Leinster Times August 1960 on the fire which destroyed the Carlow Golf Club's Clubhouse

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Establishing a Golf Club

Account of the meeting which established Carlow Golf Club from Carlow Sentinel 20th May 1899. The meeting took place in the Club House Hotel Carlow. It stated that the club would be known as "The Royal Leinster Golf Club". The subscription was to be one guinea for gentlemen and 10 shillings and six pence for ladies. The grounds were situated at Gotham which was midway between Carlow and Maganey railway stations.

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''The Captains Table'' - Carlow Golf Club (1899 - 2004). by Seamus Connellan. It is well illustrated with both black and white and colour photographs.

This book recently appeared for sale on eBay


Nationalist and Leinster Times, June, 1938.

The feat of Cecil Ewing in the final of the British Open Gold Championship last week is something of which all golfers in Ireland may be proud. He had hard luck in defeat at the hands of America's Yates, but I am convinced that if he continues to provide such first-class golf in the future he will soon be a world champion. The result of his success has given him his place on the British Walker Cup team against America. His brother Harry Ewing is a very popular member of the Carlow Gold Club, he recently married Shelia Kehoe daughter of Watty and Mrs Kehoe Pembroke, Carlow.

Source: M. Purcell (PPP)

Website - Barney Hennessy Memorial Golf Society

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2001 County Carlow IGPTM

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