Delgany Golf Club was established in 1908 and is situated in the heart of County Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland. The ethos of Delgany Golf Club goes back to its foundation by members of Greystones G.C. who were then not allowed to play golf on Sundays on their own golf course. Interestingly, the first competition was played over nine holes on Good Friday that year and on St. Stephen’s Day of the same year the first 18 holes competition was played. This was also the first Captain’s Prize won by Clem Robertson who was subsequently killed in the First World War.
The fine golfing tradition of Delgany Golf Club can be traced back to Saturday, 18th September 1909 when Harry Vardon, one of the great names in the history of golf, played an exhibition match against the Irish champion, Michael Moran. Vardon, who won over 36 holes by 3 and 2 , playing with only 7 or 8 clubs in his bag, said after the match that “he drove like a lion but putted like a lamb”. Apparently during the match several defects in the original layout of the course became evident and Vardon was subsequently engaged by the Club to make recommendations about the future layout of the course. He advised how the greens and bunkers could be improved and he made many other suggestions which were accepted by the Club.
The Ryder Cup came to Ireland for the first time in 2006 and it is interesting to note the strong connections that Delgany Golf Club has with this famous event. It is one of two golf clubs 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. These strong links with the Ryder Cup were maintained when in the 2006 event, Darren Reynolds, a member of Delgany Golf Club caddied for Paul McGinley.
Following an investment of almost €1.5 million by the members, Delgany Golf Club reopened its remodelled golf course with sand based greens and tees to USGA specifications on the 26th June 2004. As part of this investment a state-of-the-art Course Maintenance facility was also completed earlier in the year.
The bulk of this work was carried out over a three-month period in the summer of 2003 during which the Delgany members were kindly accommodated in neighbouring Clubs. The remodelled course was designed by the well-known Irish golf course architect, Patrick Merrigan, and was constructed by SOL one of Ireland’s leading golf course contractors. In his design, Patrick Merrigan was anxious to blend the newly constructed areas into the existing and natural contours of the course in order to make the new and old features indistinguishable while improving its year round playability and the overall enjoyment of the Delgany golfing experience.
Delgany Golf Club now presents golfers with an almost completely refurbished course offering a new challenge in a unique landscape and traditional environment. In addition, the newly redeveloped Clubhouse (a further investment of over €3.5m by the members)became operational in mid February of 2007 and offers members and guests alike excellent Clubhouse facilities and services. Delgany Golf Club wishes all its members and visitors many happy hours playing the remodelled course and may everyone continue to enjoy the friendly Delgany hospitality on and off the golf course.