The Legends

Over Cork Golf Club’s illustrious history many of the world’s best golfers have played our superb course. In fact, 15 British Open Champions have played our course since 1896 with a total of 29 Claret Jugs between them. The full list of winners are as follows: Harry Vardon, George Duncan, Arthur Havers, Alf Perry, Alf Padgham, R.A.’Reg’ Whitcombe, Richard Burton, Fred Daly, Henry Cotton, Max Faulkner, Peter Thompson, Tony Jacklin, Seve Ballesteros, Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry. Below is a select list of some of the legends of the game who have played the course.

Shane Lowry won the Irish Amateur Close Championship at Cork Golf Club in 2007. He turned Professional in 2009 following his victory in The Irish Open as an Amateur. Shane has gone on to have a very successful career in Professional golf culminating in his victory in The 2019 Open Championship.

Paul McGinley pictured accepting Honorary Life Membership of Cork Golf Club has played the course many times “I have happy memories of Cork Golf Club both as an amateur and professional. The course has always impressed me.” Paul won 4 times on the European tour and famously holed a 10 foot putt on the 18th at the Belfry to win the 2002 Ryder Cup for Europe. Paul was also winning Captain for Europe for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Graeme McDowell won the 1999 Irish Youths at Cork Golf Club. Graeme has 14 professional career wins and been a member of the European Ryder cup team on 4 occasions. His career highlight to date is winning the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach.

Padraig Harrington is a three time major winner of the 2007 and 2008 Open Championship and the 2008 PGA Championship and is the captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup. Padraig played in the Cork Scratch Cup and the Youths Interprovincials at Cork Golf Club in 1992. Watch Padraig share a funny anecdote from his experience.

Ian Woosnam the famous Welsh professional golfer whose career highlights include winning the 1991 Masters, playing in 8 consecutive Ryder Cup teams and captaining Europe to the 2006 Ryder Cup win at the K Club. Ian Woosnam pictured here at Cork Golf Club during a visit in May 1994 with the late Liam (Doc) Murphy caddying for him.

Seve Ballesteros played an exhibition against Liam Higgins at Cork Golf Club in August 1983. Over the duration of his career, Seve won 90 international tournaments including 5 Majors and 5 Ryder Cup wins as both Player and Captain.

Christy O’Connor Jnr won the Carrolls Matchplay tournament in 1981. He also played in many Pro Ams during the 1990s and 2000s at Cork Golf Club. Christy’s professional career is best remembered for his 3rd place finish in the 1985 Open Championship at Royal St. Georges and defeating Fred Couples in the 1989 Ryder Cup to help secure a European victory.

Eamonn Darcy famously beat Ben Crenshaw on the last hole at the 1987 Ryder Cup to help Europe secure their 1st victory on U.S. soil and whose career highlights include 4 wins on the European Tour and appearing on 4 Ryder Cup teams. He also played many Pro Ams in the 1990s and 2000s at Cork Golf Club.

Peter Allis played in many Professional Tournaments during the 1950’s & 60’s. He won over 20 tournaments and played in 8 Ryder Cups, partnering Christy O’Connor Snr. in many foursomes & fourball matches. Following his playing career he went on to become a well known Golf Course Architect and following the death of Henry Longhurst’s death became the voice of golf on the B.B.C.

Christy O’Connor Snr won the 1963 Irish PGA and 1964 Jeyes tournaments held at Cork Golf Club. Christy won 20 British and Irish tournaments and finished in the top 10 in the Open Championship on 10 occasions as well as playing 10 successive Ryder Cup matches. Christy O’Connor is pictured with Ronnie Shade (Scotland) in the 1965 Carrolls Tournament at Cork Golf Club.

Billy Casper winner of 3 majors, 51 PGA tournaments, 8 Ryder Cups and Ryder Cup Captain said the following after playing Cork Golf Club; “The stretch of holes from the 4th to the 10th compare with any golf course I have played.”

Jimmy Bruen is synonymous with Cork Golf Club and was Irelands first golfing superstar. He famously won the 1946 Amateur Championship. Read more about Jimmy Bruen here

Fred Daly is best known for winning the 1947 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Fred won the 1941 Irish Open at Cork Golf Club.

Henry Cotton won 3 Open Championships 1934, 1937 and 1948. Henry is pictured at the 1932 Irish Open at Cork Golf Club.

Harry Vardon won the British Open on 6 occasions. He was invited to Cork Golf Club in 1909 to play an exhibition match against club pro David Brown.

Pictured right are some more of the many great golfers to grace Cork Golf Club over the years. Brian Huggett (Top Left), Ronnie Shade (Top Middle), Bernard Gallacher (Bottom Left), J.B. Carr (Bottom Middle) and Dave Thomas (Far Right).