Mullingar Golf Club
About the Course
Mullingar Golf club moved to its present location in 1937. James Braid designed this demanding 18 hole classic par 72 course with four par threes and four par fives, using the natural lie of the land, that was part of the Belvedere Estate. Mullingar Golf Club is set in a mature parkland location, with a fantastic variety of very old oak, beech, chestnut, lime and various other indigenous trees.
The amateur course record stands at 64, set by Gareth Shaw (Lurgan G.C.) when winning the Mullingar Scratch Trophy in 2005. Since 1963 the venue plays annual host to the Mullingar Scratch Trophy one of the leading amateur golf tournaments on the Irish calendar. Over the years, the best amateurs in the game have competed in, and won this tournament. Previous winners include the legendary Joe Carr, major winners Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry, twelve Walker Cup players and a half a dozen Ryder Cup team members as well as numerous Irish International team players.
The feature par three second at a little over 200 yards is probably still one of the best par three holes in the country, and was left largely untouched when the club decided to upgrade the course in the early noughties, work which included USGA standard greens and tees; strategic bunkering and the relocation of four greens, with respect and sympathy for the Braid design.
This latter work was delivered to the design of renowned professional and designer David Jones. The open plan spacious clubhouse was extended from its original structure in the early 1990s.