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56 GOLFING MAGAZINE THE CLUBHOUSE LEADER ROGANSTOWN www.roganstown.ie It's not far from Royal Tara to Roganstown Hotel and Country Club, close to Swords and Dublin Airport, where full membership for 2016 is €1,299 or €800 for a 5-day membership. There are also special rates for Seniors (€700), Under 30s (€850), Senior 5-days (€700), Seniors over 65 (€1,000) - a bargain considering Roganstown is a championship venue that has hosted the PGA Southern Championship on three occasions. GALWAY BAY www.galwaybaygolfresort.com There's also great value to be had in Munster and Connacht with the Castlemartyr Golf Resort in East Cork and the Galway Bay Golf Resort in the City of the Tribes both outstanding venues. Galway Bay, which was created by the late Christy O'Connor Jnr, has upgraded both the course and clubhouse in recent years and yet full membership for men and women is still only €990 while couples pay €1,980 and Juniors just €140. CASTLEMARTYR www.castlemartyrresort.ie At Castlemartyr Golf Club, an inland links created by renowned course designer Ron Kirby - whose credentials include such Irish masterpieces as the Old Head of Kinsale, Dromoland Castle and Gleneagles - there is a joining fee of €2,000 and an annual subscription of €1,100. Ladies don't pay a joining fee and the subscription is just €800, making it a tempting venue for those living in East Cork. As for the Senior men, there is a €1,500 joining fee and an annual subscription of €800 to play a truly five-star venue. Roganstown Castlemartyr class while the 5km walking track is another of the great attractions of The Heritage. SLIEVE RUSSELL www.slieverussell.ie If hotels are your thing, the Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf and Country Club in Co Cavan, which put the Maguire twins, Lisa and Leona, on the map, is a true gem. Full membership, for both men and women, costs just €975 with 5-day membership at €710. However, the first year in both those categories is only €780 and €580 respectively, while distance membership for full and 5-day members is €650 and €380 respectively. ROYAL TARA www.royaltaragolfclub.com Ireland is full of historic clubs and Pádraig Harrington still fondly remembers his Leinster Boys' Championship win at Royal Tara in 1988. It's a superb, traditional parkland course, manicured beautifully and full membership for over 35s (male or female) is just €978 (plus levies). Those under 35 pay €733 (plus levies) while the under 30s pay €489 (plus levies) for the privilege of being a member the club situated just beneath the storied Hill of Tara. The outstanding re-development of the course by Des Smyth and Declan Branigan means it now has sand-based greens for year-round playability and a magnificent clubhouse, which opened in 2000 to mark the start of an exciting new era for one of Ireland's premier clubs. Royal Tara Galway Bay

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