Hermitage Golf Club
We hope you will follow in the footsteps of many famous people such as Major winners Padraig Harringhton ,Rory McIlroy, Bing Crosby, Prince Rainier, President Hillery, Ryder Cup Captains Seve Ballesteros, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam, and Paul McGinley enjoy the test that is Hermitage.
I had the most enjoyable game of golf with friends at Hermitage this summer.
The course was a real challenge and the greens were of a quality only seen on tour.
Thank you to your captain and members.
Rory McIlroy 2015
The Hermitage Golf Course is situated in the Barony of Newcastle and the District of Esker (Eiscear Riada) or the Sandy Ridge, approximately one mile from the village of Lucan in West County Dublin. The Esker forms portion of a natural post ice-age ridge that with little interruption stretches East-West from Dublin to Galway, and is frequently mentioned in early Irish literature. About the year 150 AD, as a result of a treaty, it marked an early division of Ireland into Conn’s half and Mogh’s Half. The Ridge of Esker is traceable about one mile south and south-west of the area of the club.
The ruined Castle of Ballyowen, which is due south of the clubhouse was in 1650 the residence of a Jacobite family named Nottingham who suffered forfeiture of their property about 1690, after the Revolution. That castle and the neighbouring Castle of Ballydowd appear to have been the principal residences in the district.
The next residence of importance, was erected about the year 1700 and was occupied by Major General Robert Napier, an early branch of the Napier family of Lough Crewe, County Meath. About 1740 the place was passed to the Hon. Robert Butler, M.P. for Belturbet. Sir Lucius O’Brien (Lord Inchiquin) became the owner about 1780 to be followed by the Hon. James Fitzgerald in 1798.
In 1818 Robert Brennan was in occupation, and Lord Sherborne, the owner, “sold the townland, tenements, hereditaments and premises” to him for the sum of £8,400, consisting of 139 acres, 3 roods and 6 perches, Irish Plantation measurements (including four and a half Irish acres of the river Liffey), the centre of the river forming part of the townland boundary.