Course Guide

Measuring just over 6200 yards from the white tees Athy Golf Club is a par 72 course with a great variety of features to test and challenge golfers. Greens here are meticulously maintained and hazards here are diverse and plentiful so as to keep players entertained. The course can be enjoyed by golfers of all standards and all are sure to have a good day when playing here.

The Front Nine

Hole 1

This is a challenging opening par 4 with the prevailing wind taking us to towards trees on the right. With trees on the left many prefer to hit less than a driver off the tee. One is still faced with a well protected green for your second shot and be aware of the out of bounds on the right, especially as you are near the green.

    Hole 2

    Not as innocent as the distance suggests as there are two large fairway bunkers protecting each side of the fairway. You are then faced with a short to mid iron to a green protected with a deep bunker in front of the green. Many players prefer to play the 2nd shot into a breeze because there is not too much room behind the green.

      Hole 3

      A long par 3 to a well protected green and the advice is not to go right where trees and a bunker await you and a boundary fence for those who go way right. The river & lake are not really in play but “player beware”.

        Hole 4

        Our high index hole with a wide fairway, however the boundary fence on the right and the trees on the left act like a magnet. While this is the best birdie opportunity on the course please remembers the bunkers on both sides of the green plus those on top of the hill catch many players.

          Hole 5

          It is not a long Par 5 but you must hit your tee shot straight and then ensure your 2nd shot is played short of the river and preferable on the right half of the fairway to allow you have a safer short 3rd shot to the green. The green has an imposing lake to the left, with a quick run off and there are two large bunkers to the right. Oh by the way do not be long either as trouble awaits you behind the green.

            Hole 6

            A mid length par 3 from a tee set into the hill with a nice view past the river to a well protected green. If you miss the green do not be short, right or long as you then have a difficult up and down for your par.

              Hole 7

              Yes it appears to be a straight forward mid length par 4 but there are several bunkers placed strategically to catch a drive that leaves the fairway. Your 2nd shot is to a long narrow green and skill is required to make 2 putts on this undulating two tiered green.

                Hole 8

                This is a par 5 which can yield birdies and a lot worse. Do not go left off the tee but do avoid the bunkers to the right. This is a classic risk and reward par 5 as the 2nd shot is played to a green with a small opening through bunkers and there are trees lurking either side of the approach to the green.

                  Hole 9

                  Be straight off the tee and avoid trees straddling the fairway plus the bunkers left and right in driving range. The second shot is played to a well protected green and it is not advised that you miss the green left, right or long.

                    The Back Nine

                    Hole 10

                    At driving distance you have trees left and right, you have some chance on the left but totally blocked on the right. Second shot is to a two tiered and well protected green with a deep bunker to the left of the green.

                      Hole 11

                      A short uphill par 3 with bunkers guarding the entrance. This is a sloped green and a cross hill or down hill putt will not be easy.

                        Hole 12

                        A driveable par 4 with bunkers and trees either side of a narrow fairway. There can be some challenging putting pin positions on this green.

                          Hole 13

                          A wide driving area but do not go well left or right where you can encounter trees, bunkers or long grass. The second shot can be a distance into the wind but the two tiered green is large and inviting.

                            Hole 14

                            Another mid length par 3 to an elevated green with bunkers short. Hard to make 3 from off the green as it has delicate slopes. Putting from above the hole can be challenging.

                              Hole 15

                              The big hitters can go close to this par 4 green but the trees left and right are well situated. There are two green side bunkers and the first one of these can have a major bearing on your second shot.

                                Hole 16

                                This is our Index 1 hole where length and accuracy is required. There are plenty of trees all up the left of this hole and to a lesser extent on the right. The trick here is landing on and putting on this green which can resemble an upturned saucer. A par here is a bonus.

                                  Hole 17

                                  A 90% dog leg hole and the tee shot must be precise to see around the corner. If the drive is too long you will be in the trees and regardless the second shot will be to a long narrow two tiered green protected by bunkers. Please be short if you are going to miss this green.

                                    Hole 18

                                    Going for home on this par 5 be wary of the bunkers off the tee and of course the trees on the right. A well struck 2nd shot can get close to the green if you miss the fairway and green side bunkers. Beware of the out of bounds all the way down the right of this hole, especially as you near the green and the clubhouse.

                                      Latest News

                                      Draw has been made for final day. The draw is now available on BRS.  Top qualifiers on 66 net, Stephen Shaughnessy, Alex MxQuaid (Jnr) and Seamus Whelan. Some players on 80 are among the 108 qualifiers. Good luck to all.


                                      The draw has been made. You can now go to BRS to see your time and playing partners for Saturday or Sunday. Best of luck to all.


                                      Captains Prize

                                      First weekend Saturday July 8th and Sunday July 9th.

                                      Final day Saturday July 15th. Time sheets on BRS.


                                      Divot Bags are provided at entrance to the course for use on the course during your round of golf.   They are provided for the benefit of the course and as a member we ask you to take one with you when you commence your round of golf. On completion of your round of golf please return the Divot Bag at either of the 2 Black Bins provided marked “DIVOT BAG RETURN” One Bin is located at exit of 18th. Green and the other bin is located near to gate at entrance to 10th. Tee Box. Thank you for your co-operation.

                                      The Ruby Walsh Pro Am has been raising money for Crumlin Children’s hospital since 2005. This year, in association with its sponsors Simply Workflow and Creane & Creane, the tournament is being held in Athy Golf Club on August 12th.

                                      Teams of four can register as either Corporate (€450) or Private (€300) by contacting Kathleen Gray on 059 863 1729 or

                                      All developments within the hospital are fully funded by charitable donations from the public which is why the target for this year’s tournament is €20,000. It will go towards developing the Children’s Outpatients Department, which sees 80,000 children pass through it each year.
                                      We would love if you could join us on the day in support of this worthy cause.
                                      Athy Golf Club


                                      Congratulations from all at Athy Golf Club go to Fred Darling, who held his nerve to capture Mr Richard Kelly’s Captains Prize. Having slept on the lead all week, Fred kept his cool to hold off his nearest challenger Kealan Bolger who chased him all the way home. On a testing course setup that did not yield too many low scores, Fred’s score of 141 meant that he would hold bragging rights over all comers for the next 12 months.

                                      Congratulations to all the prize winners over the two weekends but particular praise must also go to Eugene O’Toole, winner of the Gross Category, Ivor Hegarty who won the Past Captains Prize, the three Category Winners, Paddy Ennis, Kieran Kelly and Martin Doyle and also to the Ladies Prize winner, Paula O’Flaherty.

                                      For our captain Richie, this event was the pinnacle of many years work on behalf of the club and all of us at Athy Golf Club are very grateful for all the hours he has put in over the years on behalf of, and representing the club. We wish him all the best for the remainder of his year as Captain.

                                      Again, thanks must also go to Roy and his team of greenkeeping staff who had the course in immaculate condition for the two weekends.



                                      What were saying

                                      • 1st day leaders in Lady Captain Joans prize. Susan ORourke 72 Brid Myres, Ida Murphy, Angela Fitzsimons, Jo Whelan 73, Diane Stanley 75.4 hours ago
                                      • Good wishes to our Lady Captain Joan & all the players in action today vying to win her coveted prize ⛳️. Can someone pls tweet Rd 1 scores👍7 hours ago
                                      • Lady Captain presenting Catherine Moore with the Joe McLoughlin Cup which she won in Roscrea on Monday. day ago

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