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With golf set to be the first to benefit from eased restrictions, what deals are local clubs offering?

Golf clubs around the world enjoyed a boom in activity in 2020 as it was one of the activities that experienced the least restrictions.

Though courses were closed on a number of occasions, they were opened earlier than other sports facilities and clubs duly saw a surge in memberships.

While that posed some challenges for clubs, it was a welcome reversal following years of declining membership.

Currently golf clubs are closed around the country but they are once again expected to be among the first to be allowed to re-open if the Coronavirus-related restrictions are eased next month.

And for the many people who have left the game in recent years or would like to take it up, they will no doubt be looking around to see what it will actually set them back to become a member somewhere.

With that in mind we have looked around at the various local clubs to see what they’re charging for membership and what offers they have in place.

Here we take a look at all seven Laois clubs as well as at Athy, Castlecomer and Roscrea, all of whom are within easy driving distance.

Abbeyleix

  • Full Membership: €599
  • Full Husband and Wife: €1150
  • Senior Over 65: €525
  • Senior Husband and Wife: €950
  • U-35: €350
  • Over 80: €300
  • Junior Membership (No GUI Card): €50
  • Junior Membership (With GUI Card): €75
  • Student Membership: €125
  • Distance/Country Membership: €225
  • Social Golf (excluding competitions ie. no competitions, no GUI card): €200
  • Special Offer: €400 Full Membership scheme Year 2: Recruit a new or lapsed member and both members are locked at €400 (Per person) each year for a period of two years.
  • Pavilion Membership: €50

Athy Golf Club

Athy

  • New Full Members: €500 + €50 machinery levy
  • 24 to 30 years: €360 + €50 machinery levy
  • 31 to 40 years*: €500 + €50 machinery levy
  • Overseas Membership: €250 + €25 machinery levy
  • Country membership: €300 + €50 machinery levy
  • Student  – 18 to 23 (in full time education): €200
  • Student – 11 to 17: €85 or €115 when playing in competition
  • Cubs – 6 to 10: €30
  • Clubhouse Membership – €50
For enquiries re membership please contact Ned O’Donnell – ned1950@me.com
or 086 8124247.
* This originally read 31 to 49 years. This was a typo and should have read 31 to 40 years, which has now been correct. 

Castlecomer Golf Club

Castlecomer

  • Family Membership: €1,202
  • Male: €622
  • Female: €622
  • Male/Female U-35: €393
  • Male/Female 1st time deal: €400
  • B Membership (Over 65 with 15 years membership): €466
  • Existing full member with new member: €1,000
  • Distance Membership: €333
  • Country Membership: €326
  • 5-day Member: €264
  • Pavilion: €25
  • Mature Student Over 23: €306
  • 3rd Level Student Under 23: €109
  • Junior Secondary School: €75
  • Junior Primary School: €50
  • Super Senior (Over 80 with 15 years membership: €214

Additional Golf Ireland fee of €24 plus insurance of €27 must also be paid on almost all of the above membership options. 

You can find out more about Castlecomer’s membership options here. 


Mountrath Golf Club

Mountrath

  • New Full Membership: €400
  • Distance Membership (Residing outside 65 km): €300  GUI/ILGU
  • Student Subscription: €150
  • Juvenile Subscription: €55
  • Country Membership (Must be a full member of another GUI/ILGU Affiliated Club: €200

All of the above rates include the GUI/ILGU levy. 

More information including application forms available on our website. 

Portarlington Golf Club

Portarlington

  • Male/Female Full: €675
  • U-35: €415
  • U-29: €350
  • Lady Associate: €475
  • Student: €130
  • Junior: €95
  • Overseas: €275
  • Country: €300
  • Pavilion: €105

You can find out more about Portarlington’s membership options here. 


Portlaoise

  • New Member: €375
  • Full Member: €475
  • Family: €900 (children under 18 years)
  • Student: €154
  • Away: €200.00
  • 5 Day: €225.00 (T &C applies)
  • Juvenile: €105.00
  • For further information: email portlaoisegolfclub@gmail.com or telephone 0578661557

Rathdowney Golf Club

Rathdowney

Full: €550
Husband and Wife (Full Member): €1,050
Senior (Male or Female): €430 (A senior member is a member over 65 years of age with 15 years continuous membership)
Husband and Wife Senior: €800
Country Member: €300
Social: €250
Student: €125
Juvenile (U-17) with Handicap: €50
Juvenile: €25

For the duration of the COVID-19 shutdown contact Matt Doyle on 086 0537356 or Sean Bolger on 087 9356509 or Adrian Sheppard on 085 2445738 to discuss your membership options or any urgent query


Roscrea Golf Club

Roscrea

  • Full Membership: €650
  • Under 30: €300
  • Family (2 Adults): €1110
  • Distance (More than 40km): €350
  • New member (Year 1 and 2): €425
  • Student (18-25): €150
  • Lapsed member: €425 (Year 1 and 2)
  • Social (no GUI handicap): €260
  • Juvenile: €50

Contact gerdooley3@gmail.com 087 2801618 or Martin Donnellan 087 2500966 for more information.


The Heath Golf Club

The Heath

New Member Offers

  • 1st Year: €425
  • 2nd Year: €620
  • Under 30: €300
  • Under 26: €150
  • Junior: €50

Click here for more information. 


The Heritage

The Heritage

  • New full member: Male €975 /Female €875
  • Under 35s: €595
  • Five-day member: €775
  • Overseas membership: €500
  • Country member: €500
  • Beginner member: €500
  • Student (over 18): €375
  • Student (under 18): €220
  • Juvenile: €150
  • Family (two adults and two children under-16): €1950

Contact: info@heritageresort.ie or 057 8642321.

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