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Newcastle West Golf Club (NCWGC)

How to find us

How to get to Newcastle West Golf Clun.

Ideally located on the main tourist routes between Shannon Airport (50 Miles) and Kerry Airport (35 miles).

From Newcastle West

  • Take the Ardagh / Foynes road from Newcastle West. 
  • Beyond Ardagh Cross  take the second right (at the fork, sign post for Golf Club on your left). 
  • Continue on this road: take the second right. 
  • Continue on this road, take the first right.
  • Continue straight (For approx mile ). 
  • Golf Club entrance is on you left-hand side. 

From Limerick

  • Continue forward past the Rathkeale by-pass towards Newcastle West. 
  • Take the third exit on right hand side (Signposted- Golf Club/ St Kierans GAA Club).
  • Continue approx. mile and take the first right hand turn (Signposted Golf Club).
  • Continue for approx. 1 mile. Take first Left (Signposted Golf Club).
  • Continue forward for approx. 1 mile, take right hand turn (Signposted Golf Club).
  • Continue on straight. The Golf Club entrance is on your right hand side. 

From Foynes/ Askeaton

  • On the Limerick side of Foynes there is a right hand turn off to Newcastle West (Left hand turn off from Limerick/ Askeaton direction). 
  • Continue on through Shanagolden Village. 
  • As you approach Ardagh there is a 50km speed sign and the sign for Ardagh on your left hand side.
  • Immediately after these signs there is a sharp left hand turn on to a by- road. (There is a sign post for the Golf Club directly opposite this turn off on your right hand side, but it is difficult to spot before you get to it).  
  • Continue on this road: take the second right. 
  • Continue on this road, take the first right.
  • Continue on straight (For approx mile) and the Golf Club entrance is on your left hand side.

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The Beginnings..

On the 14th April 1938 eight prominent local businessmen met in a room in Egan's Central Hotel Newcastle West to decide and agree on the formation of a Golf Club. After a number of meetings negotiations were successfully concluded with a local landowner, Mr McCoy, to lease land at Killeline and the Club was on its way.

The dual role of giving lessons to members and to supervising the development work on the course was given to a Mr D. Murray, a professional golfer from Tipperary.

Caddies were a prominent feature of the early days of the Club with 4 local men recorded as being official caddies of the Club.

The official opening of the Club took place on the 14h September 1938 when the V. Rev. Cn Hannon drove off the first tee. This was a huge event in the area and marked the beginning of our journey.

The first competition was held on the 21st September 1938 and was won by Mr. D. O' Dwyer. Mr J. Ambrose was second.

The earliest record of the first hole in one is recorded as being achieved by Mr James Griffin. This was of such significance that a report on it was sent to the Press for publication.

During the war rationing of goods and essentials was a way of life and this also extended to the use of golf balls. On the 31st March 1942 it was decided to ration golf balls to one per month. If a member wanted to have a ball re-covered it would cost 1s 3d for each ball.

It was on the 23rd March 1942 that affiliation to the Golfing Union of Ireland was discussed and agreed.


In 1992 at a specially convened meeting it was decided, after much discussion, to relocate the existing 9 hole Club to a location at Rathgonan Ardagh and to develop an 18 hole Championship course.

This foresightedness by the Committees and Members has paid off handsomely for all members as we now enjoy one of the finest parkland courses in the South West and as every year goes by its reputation has gown to such an extent that it is now on the list of most golfers as a must play course.

Play commenced on the new course in May of 1994 and over the past number of years substantial development work has been carried out which has resulted in the creation of a magnificent course and clubhouse facilities. One of the many important decisions taken by the Club has been to ensure that all members and visitors enjoy the best of facilities and the warmest of welcomes.

The Club has invested heavily in course development and maintenance, clubhouse, bar and catering facilities, provision of a 10 bay fully covered and floodlit driving range,18 hole putting green, chipping green and a Pro-shop headed by a qualified Professional.

Newcastle West Golf Club, from humble beginnings in 1938, has evolved into one of the finest parkland courses in the South West and with the drive, ambition and forward thinking attitude of its committees and members it will continue to lead the way in Golf Club development well into the future.

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