Golf as a sport has a reputation for being male dominated, stuffy, full of old rules and regulations, reserved for the elite of society; the retired and the flat capped, stripy trouser wearing individual. A gentle sport and quite frankly boring!
We could tell you that it’s an 18 hole parkland course, we could tell you that the first 9 holes contain 5 mature par four holes, two par fives and two par threes. The back 9 contain 6 rugged par fours, 2 par threes and 1 par five. But beyond these fun facts Skibbereen Golf Club is much more than this to its members.
If you are reading the first few lines nodding away at the reputation then keep reading, you might learn something new!!
So in short Skibbereen Golf Club is quite frankly a slice of heaven, a place to switch off, leave your worries (and your mobile phone) at the car park and stride off out onto the course and hit a few golf balls.
Your golf balls might go in every direction except straight, bounce off a few trees (sorry trees) but who cares, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you have enjoyed the beautiful panoramic views, fresh air and you have had a good natter with your pals and a good laugh at your efforts! We challenge you not to come off the course in good form!
The club membership ranges in age from young children right through to our oldest member at 90, yes you read that right, 90 years old! So if you have a potential golfing child prodigy sitting at home bring them up to the course and get them involved, they could well be your pension pot if they go professional, it’s an investment, you can thank us later!
Speaking of professional’s we are lucky enough to have two fabulous golf pro’s who are warm, welcoming and make the sport accessible to everyone, they also have a great sense of humour (trust us that helps when you are starting out). Make sure to look up Sarah Claridge & Kieran Lynch when you get here, their classes are brilliant!
Let me be clear, nobody wears stripy trousers or knitted tank tops around these greens, at best a set of waterproofs or maybe one of our lovely new branded hoodies. We are quite cool actually!
This is not a gentle sport, ask anyone who has huffed and puffed up the hills and the steep slopes of the back nine. They know that the heart definitely gets a workout, so anyone who wants to get fit and doesn’t want to be lycra clad in a gym then this is your perfect solution!
The members are lovely, you probably meet them every day walking around Skibbereen and surrounding areas, except when you join the club you will bump into them on street and spend time waxing lyrical about that shot you hit or missed (grr) last week when you played.
Sounds unlikely, trust me we all thought that before the addition kicked in!
Did we mention this could be quite addictive? It’s probably best to warn you on a few things!
It’s VERY addictive. You will meet a lot of new lovely people. You might go missing at regular intervals (approximately the time it takes to complete 9 holes). Once you get to learn about the game you will spend some time dreamily looking up a new set of irons or golf shoes. Very quickly the mysterious golfing terms come out of your mouth like you knew all along what a birdie or double bogey was! Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
So what do you need to join us!! A good pair of waterproof shoes, some golf clubs (you get some second hand fairly cheaply till you become addicted), an open mind and a good sense of humor!
Don’t know anyone in the club? Don’t worry you soon will if you join, we will make sure to introduce you to similar ability people and people who are available at similar times.
So how do you join us? Contact Kieran in the Golf Club on 028 21227 or email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to join us why not choose our “Pay as you go” as a start off. Its €195.00 per year and €24.00 Golf Ireland membership or check out our price list for a full list of options SKIBBEREEN MEMBERSHIP 2021_R1 (1) (2)