History Of Mitchelstown Golf Club
Founded in 1910 Mitchelstown Golf Club lived a quiet and genteel life as a nine hole golf course for the better part of seventy years. In the late eighties as the Irish economy and society was entering a new phase it became apparent that Mitchelstown Golf Club needed to look forward. Being surrounded on all sides by valuable and expensive farming land the move to an eighteen hole course was not easy in financial terms so the step forward was accomplished in two stages. Stage one was the construction of six new holes which opened in 1994. Stage two followed some years later with the construction of a further six holes which opened in 2003 and the dream of a top class eighteen hole course had been realised.
Both stages of the new development were designed by David Jones of Bangor, Northern Ireland. David has had a chequered career as a touring professional both on the regular European Tour and later on the Seniors Tour. In all, David has designed a total of seventeen courses in Ireland, Finland, Turkey, Kenya and Tanzania.
The Munster branch of the G.U.I. voted Mitchelstown Golf Club Munster Club of the Year in 2011 in recognition of the progress made by the club and the achievements of the club’s Junior Cup team in winning the All Ireland Championship.
In January 2015 Kevin Markham, a respected voice in Irish golf (and author of “Hooked”) included Mitchelstown in a list of top ten courses with a green fee of twenty euro or less. Kevin described the course as follows:
” A course of two parts : the newer holes spill across an open hillside while the older holes work between big trees and a river. A few cracking holes, of which the 14th and 15th are thrilling and the par four 4th is superb, with a long second shot into a deep dell of trees, across the River Funcheon”.
The book “Mitchelstown Golf Club : The First 100 Years” is available to all new members free of charge.