Anyone fortunate enough to be paired with Enda Glynn at Lahinch Golf Club in southwest Ireland can consider himself blessed. Glynn was born fifty-nine years ago in a house beside the old third tee. He penned the official club history, and it’s no stretch to say he feels a spiritual bond to the place. He is, after all, a Catholic priest.
As a boy, Glynn would sneak onto the course, hoping to avoid being caught by Bill McCavery, the longtime pro. “But,” says Glynn, sounding rather priestly, “I came to love him very much.” Enthralled with golf, Glynn went on to caddie and eventually became a two handicap. (He now plays off six.)
Although Glynn has served most of his career in parishes around Galway, an hour and twenty minutes north, he recently moved back to Lahinch to undertake another book, about the history of this lovely seaside village. He’s at the club at least a few days each week, if not to play a round then for breakfast and good fellowship. “One of the abiding attractions of Lahinch,” he says, “is that you always see the same faces, which makes us and our many returning visitors feel most welcome.”
Lahinch Golf Club
County Clare, Ireland.
Unknown, 1882; Old Tom Morris, 1894; George Gibson, 1907; Alister MacKenzie, 1927; Martin Hawtree, 2003.