It’s been called Wicklow’s friendliest Golf Club, and that seems just about right. There’s a laidback sensibility about a club that really doesn’t have anything to prove. There’s that beauty, a history going back over 100 years, and there’s the little matter of all the masters of the game that have come out of this one little corner of Ireland.
But, hey, enough of our yakking. Here’s the real deal…
Delgany Golf Club is one of the few remaining members-owned golf clubs in County Wicklow – and it’s also one of the oldest members-owned clubs in the country, having been established in 1908.
Delgany prides itself on its strong family-based ethos and friendly atmosphere. The club is also steeped in history…
The Ryder Cup came to Ireland for the first time in 2006 and Delgany Golf Club has some strong connections with this famous event. It is the only golf club in the world to have produced four Ryder Cup players in Harry Bradshaw, Jimmy Martin, John O’Leary and Eamonn Darcy. The strong Bradshaw family connection continues to the present day. Furthermore, Eamonn Darcy is a grand-nephew of Patrick J. Doyle, the first golf professional in Delgany Golf Club who subsequently became a well-known tournament and teaching professional in America.
Ryder Cup Links
Harry Bradshaw is one of the legends of golf. He played in the Ryder Cup in 1953 1955, and 1957. He also tied for the 1949 British Open but lost on a play off, won the Dunlop Masters in 1953 and 1955, won the Irish Professional Title 10 times, and was on the Irish team which won the World Cup (then known as the Canada Cup) in 1958.
Jimmy Martin, who played in the Ryder Cup at Birkdale in 1965, was born in the Delgany area. Among his many achievements, he represented his country on 5 occasions in the Canada/World Cups and won the Carrolls International.
John O’Leary was a member of Delgany Golf Club and played in the Ryder Cup in 1975. His tournament victories include the Greater Manchester Open in 1976 and the Carrolls Irish Open in 1982.
Eamonn Darcy was born and raised beside Delgany Golf Club and played in the Ryder Cup in 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1987. He has also enjoyed many other victories such as the World U-25 title, and the Dubai Dessert Classic.
The clubhouse has a Ryder Cup bar with memorabilia of the 4 Ryder Cup players, which is well worth a visit.
Following an investment of almost €6 million by the members in 2003 to 2006, Delgany Golf Club now has a remodelled golf course with sand-based greens and tees to USGA specifications. The remodelled course was designed by the well-known Irish golf course architect, Patrick Merrigan.
In addition, the newly-redeveloped Clubhouse offers members and guests alike excellent facilities and services.
Delgany Golf Club now presents golfers with an almost completely refurbished course offering a new challenge in a unique landscape and traditional environment.
You can also get a little spoken history of the club with Delgany dynamo Shay Clear right here, plus a glimpse of those early years with some remarkable Pathé News footage of the club in 1921 and 1924 right here.