The Hilary Golfing society was founded in 1953 by Suttons Michael Fitzpatrick when the need was identified for competitive golf and match practice in advance of the golfing season. The society, which was originally to have been called ‘The Top Twenty’, was ultimately named after the Hilary law term which extends from Christmas to Easter each year.
The Hilary committee initially comprised Michael Fitzpatrick, JB Carr and Gerry Owens and were subsequently joined by Noel Fogarty and John Conway. Eligibility of the society was reserved for three or lower handicaps but allowed four handicappers who had senior cup experience. Also included were some of the leading professionals of the time including Harry Bradshaw, Nicky Lynch, Christy Greene and Paddy Skerritt. Over the years the society has included most of the leading amateurs some of whom went on to very successful amateur and professional careers.
Venues for the outings in the early days included Royal Dublin, Sutton, Portmarnock, Newcastle and Baltray. More recently the society has played at Mount Juliet, European Club, Portmarnock Links, Bettystown and Seapoint. The members of the Hilary GS have always been warmly welcomed up to and including the present day when outings are still facilitated by the host clubs on Sundays.
At each outing there are individual and team prizes but the main award of the society is undoubtedly the Gold medal awarded to the player with the overall best nett score over a selected number of outings. In 2003 the society added the Niall O Brien Silver medal, in honour of the long time member and supporter, which is similarly awarded for the overall best gross score. In recent years as the costs of green fees and prizes has escalated, the society has been supported through sponsorship. We continue to be very fortunate to have RaboDirect as a sponsor for 2015.
It also has its own tie which is available at each outing and now through the benefit of this new website will be able to offer other advantages to members. As the Hilary GS moves into its 61st year, it is very well supported but has limited availability for new members. If you are four handicap or less and feel you would like to play please download the application form, fill it in and return as directed.