A message from our 2013 Captains
As Captains of Lahinch Golf Club, in this the year of the Gathering 2013, we would like to extend a very warm welcome to all members and visitors, both from Ireland and overseas. Located on the edge of the village, Lahinch Golf Club is known as the St. Andrew’s of Ireland and has been a golfing mecca for over 100 years.
We recognise that Lahinch is a special place and we are very proud of our Club. Since its foundation in 1892, Lahinch Golf Club is rightly regarded among the world’s finest links golf courses. The Old Course today is a spectacular links and is a product of design originally by Old Tom Morris and, more significantly, in the 1920′s by Alistair McKenzie. The Old Course was dramatically modernised and further enhanced by Martin Hawtree in 2003 and is consistently ranked among Europe’s Top 20 and the World’s Top 50 golf courses.
We have two 18 hole golf courses at Lahinch Golf Club – the McKenzie classic Old Course and the Castle Course. The latter was once fondly known as the ‘Ladies’ Course’.
The South of Ireland Championship is held annually in Lahinch in late July. This important fixture on the Men’s amateur circuit boasts winners such as golfing greats Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley.
As a measure of its status as a top class links course, Lahinch is regularly visited by players prior to The Open Championship. Stewart Cink practiced at Lahinch prior to his win in 2009 and stated that his time at Lahinch formed the basis for his win.
One of our most distinguished members was the late Dr. Patrick Hillery, President of Ireland 1976 – 1990. A native of nearby Spanish Point, he regularly enjoyed a friendly fourball at Lahinch.
This year from the 19th to 22nd August, we are proud to host the Women’s International Team Challenge [W.I.T.C.]. This prestigious event will welcome players from Royal Liverpool, Nairn, Southern Hills, Fisher’sIsland, Merion, The Country Club and The Olympic Club, with eight teams of six players competing for the trophy.
We hope to see friends and family on our fairways throughout the year and we look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful Club.
Mar Chaptaein Chlub Gailf Lahinch, Chlub Gailf An Leachta, i mBliain seo An Gathering dhá mhíle is a trí déag, cuirimid Fáilte Uí Cheallaigh roimh ár mbaill agus ár gcuairteoirí, ón tír seo agus ó gach cearn den domhan. Tá súil againn clann is cairde a fheiceáil ar na bánóga i rith na bliana atá romhhainn.
Céad Míle Fáilte roimh gach éinne. Táimid ag tnúth go mór le bualadh libh go pearsanta inár gclub iontach.
John Madden & Aedín McCarthy
2013 Club Captains