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Royal Tara golf course, County Meath, Ireland Proud Hosts of the GUI All Ireland Cups & Shields Finals 2013
Royal Tara golf course, County Meath, Ireland
Royal Tara golf course, County Meath, Ireland

History of Royal Tara

Old clubhouseRoyal Tara Golf Club, situated just two kilometres off the M3 motorway just seven kilometres south of Navan, celebrated the Centenary of its foundation in 2006. It is a tree-lined 27-hole layout, offering a haven of peace for member and visitor alike. The mature beech, oak and ash trees, combined with the addition of vibrant floral colours, give an aura of beauty and tranquillity.

The History of the Club, compiled to mark the 2006 Centenary celebrations, has a foreword by Padraig Harrington who talks about his victory in the Leinster Boys’ Championship in 1988 at Royal Tara, as being his first “major”, and how that experience instilled him with confidence for his future in both Amateur and Professional golf.

Mid clubhouseSituated just beneath the storied Hill of Tara, the Club started life as Navan Golf Club, situated just 5 kilometres from its current home, when it was founded in 1906. Possessing only a leasehold interest in the lands then available them, the search for a more commanding amenity brought it to the magnificent lands of the Bellinter Estate in 1923, the site of its current amenity, and the name changed to Bellinter Park Golf Club.

It was not until the mid-60s that a new band of forward thinking and inspired members were bold and brave enough to greatly expand the potential of this unique site by acquiring a freehold amenity over the lands and immediately moved to expand the facility to 18 holes and build a new Clubhouse.

With those arrangements financed and in place, the name of the club was changed to Royal Tara Golf Club to give its location an instantly recognisable geographical location. And while the club spent the next 25 years consolidating its position as one of the true gems of Irish inland golf, in the late 1980s an opportunity to purchase additional land to move the facility from 18 holes to 27 holes was taken. The outstanding re-development of the course by Des Smyth and Declan Branigan, featured sand-based greens for all-year-round playing. Play on the magnificent new facility commenced in 1990.

New clubhouseThese new playing attractions inspired a greatly increased membership and, after a varying number of extension designs had been carried out on the then Clubhouse, in the late 1990s a decision was taken to construct a purpose-built Clubhouse to provide all facilities which modern day golfers expects of their Club. The result was the construction of one of the country’s finest ever private club complexes that, following it’s opening in 2000, has greatly been admired by member and visitor alike.
“Welcome to Tara. Tara of the welcomes.”