- 1905: Rosslare Golf founded by Mr James J Farrell as a proprietary club. Entry Fee: Two guineas, Annual Sub: Two guineas. Ladies: No entry, Sub: One guinea.
- 1908: Re-established as a members’ club under a management committee.
President: Sir William Paul, Captain Richard W Elgee,
Hon Sec: James Bell Pettigrew
Members: 124 Men, 95 Ladies.
- 1909: Accounts showed income of £150, Green Fees £16, and net profit £17.10.0. It was decided that a new Club house was required. The Hon Sec went to the members for help to raise finance for the new pavilion in amounts ranging from £3.00 – £5.00 pp.
- 1925: Rosslare House becomes the new Clubhouse with its first liquor license.
- 1926: A Tennis Club was founded in tandem with the golf. Courts were located in the carpark.
- 1928: Messrs Hawtree & Taylor were commissioned to design the new 18 hole course. (They are the mysterious men pointing the way on the various new signs around the club today!)
- 1934: Rosslare comes a Championship course hosting the Irish Close Championship, The Irish Golf Cup Final & The Barton Shield Final.
- 1939: The first major Inter Club win was celebrated when Rosslare “disposed of Grange 3/2 in the Milltown Junior Cup.”
- 1940: Rosslare won the All Ireland Final 0f the Junior Cup beating Limerick in Royal Dublin. Stableford scoring system introduced speeding up play.
- 1941: The Golf Course was closed for some time as up to 30 contact mines drifted ashore.
- 1948: 1st Proshop opened
- 1948: The watering system on the course was deemed “less than satisfactory” and a Sub- Committee was selected to travel to Portmarnock to inspect their system. History repeats!
- 1958: A major storm caused severe erosion to the course resulting in major changes to the course layout, First wooden groynes installed by Board of Works.
- Early 50’s: National recession results in finances being very tight. The overdraft of £2,500 was a cause of major concern to the Committee!!!
- 1959; First Draught Guinness introduced.
- 1962: Tuesday was designated Ladies Day.
- 1969: The lady Captain was allocated a reserved car parking space
- 1968; Rosslare became the first provincial club to install a fully automated watering system at a cost of £8.000.
- 1969: Austin Skerritt & Committee organised the first Pro-Am which was a huge success. It was historic as it was the first such event organised by a golf club without commercial backing. Professionals included Christy O’ Connor Snr, Peter Townsend, Harry Bradshaw, Jimmy Martin among others.
- 1969: The Golfer of the Year was introduced and was won by Terry Fortune. In 1974 it was won by a young Brian Hall O’Mahony. This caused major controversy and led to a change in the constitution disallowing under-seventeens from winning majors. RGC was publicly criticised in the Sunday Press for this attitude.
- 1971: The Seniors Open Championship was held.
- 1975: The building of the extra nine holes was first mooted.
- 1975: A young Mairead Mullins (Rosslare) was selected to play for the Irish Girls’ Team Home Internationals in Bristol. In the same week she reached the 3rd round of the British Girls’ C’ship. (In 2010/11 she represented Ireland in the Irish Senior Ladies International.)
- 1990: During the building of the Burrow archaeological evidence was discovered which showed that the site was inhabited as early as 1 AD.
- 1992: The biggest tournament ever played in Rosslare occurred when the Carroll’s Irish Matchplay Professional Cup was held.
- 1992: An upgrade of the existing course and the Burrow Course were completed, designed by Christy O Connor
- 1992: Jim Hall was appointed full time Secretary Manager. He retired from the position in 2003.
- 1993: First Lady President Carrie Mahoney was appointed.
- 1994: Ladies won the Midland Shield.
- 1998: Green fee income topped £280,00 putting it in the top echelons of green fee league
- 1999: Clubhouse was upgraded and refurbished.
- 2001: Ladies attain equality and become full members.
- 2002: Dave Noonan was selected for the Irish Senior Team.
The New Century: 2006-2015
- 2006: Rosslare GC enjoyed great golfing success this year:
The Fred Daly Leinster followed by the Fred Daly All Ireland
The Ladies Junior Foursomes reached the All Ireland Final.
The Jimmy Bruen team won Leinster & All Ireland.
- 2009: Fred Daly Team again won the Leinster and All Ireland.
- 2013: Barton Shield win Leinster
- 2014; Senior Cup also win Leinster
- 2015; Full Circle- President John Mullins, Capt Paud O’Brien, Lady Captain Joan Wallace, Lady President Susan Hogan and the first Lady Hon Secretary Carol O’ Brien.
Membership: Men 750 , Ladies 250
Entry Fee: €1,414, Annual Sub: €707
Does history repeat itself???
- 2015: Irrigation systems, finances, development………..!!!!!!!
As you can imagine this is a very condensed version of the history of RGC over 110 years and apologies to anyone who achieved greatness and whom I have omitted. I must credit the late Tom Williams and his book “Fairways of the Sea” commissioned for the centenary in 2005 for the above information. Well worth reading if you haven’t already done so.