I'm looking to join a cheap golf course close to Dublin in order to become a member of the GUI and gain a handicap.
I know of Elm green and Corbalis approx €350 to join and then pay as you play.
What other courses are there in the vicinity that I could join?
Preferably within an hour's drive from Dublin city centre
Thanks in advance
Hollystown GC, over near Blanchardstown also had some cheap membership scheme, where you paid a memebership & got reduced fees.
It would work out much cheaper to join a club somewhere in the country if it's just a GUI hanicap you want.These clubs don't really care if you use their facilties or not.
The cheapest clubs in dublin to join are all the "pay as you play" courses.
Another one to mention besides elm green and corballis would be the open golf centre.
Hazel Grove in Tallaght is cheap, Not pay and play
Citywest is only €400 to join and obtain a gui handicap. I think the green fee there after is only €20 for the lakes course. Hibernian are based on their championship course and also offer roughly the same rates. But you can join most clubs down the country for as little as €200 to become a country member and obtain a handicap.
You can only get Country Membership if you are a member in another club.
I dont think thats right, my mum joined a club down in Roscommon so she could get a handicap while she learned to play in Leopardstown. Was the cheapest way to get a GUI handicap, ok its means you need to go to Roscommon 3 times but still.
Your best bet is if you are not a Dub, try to join a course near where you are originally from, they should let you join.
Country Membership is a differnet thing than being a member of a club thats in "the country". The cheapest way is to actually join a club thats outside dublin as a full member, or pavillion, 5-day or something play your 3 rounds and get a handicap. Then you are free to play where you like in Dublin.
Castlerea golf club in Roscommon is the cheapest way of you getting a handicap. you can get country membership for about 125 euro and no you don't have to be a member of another club. the beauty of Castlerea is that in order to get your handicap all you have to do is send them three cards from any other course as long as there signed by a full gui member. so in theory you can have a full handicap and never play the course. i reckon this is your best option because once you have your handicap you can play in any open competiton. and during the summer there's practically one on every day.
i think they were banned last year for dodgey hcap's,if it wasn't them it was some other club in Roscommon
Portlaoise gc is only €200 for the distance membership,you have to play 3 rounds on the course(as far as i know that would be the norm)
As far as I know Dublin City Golf CLub (in Tallaght) do a cheap entry & pay as you play option.
THe Christy O'Connor Course is also pretty cheap as far as I know. Its out near the airport.
It was Boyle GC as far as I remember. Not sure if they are accepting new members as this was a number of years ago. I know a few lads that play opens around Dublin all year and have country membership in Slievenamon.
Played Headford old for 25 last bank holiday. Amazing.
Not really near but not so far also.
Grange castle in Lucan is a decent course and not too steep, pay as you play also.