John P. Dolan, PGA Professional

With over 15 years experience in the golf industry I have a wealtth of experience to offer the modern day golfer. I started off as a green keeper, I spent 3 years training at the world famous St Andrews where i earned my qualification as a Golf Course Manager. In 1999 I joined the Pga and spent 5 years training under David Keating at Charleville Golf Club. From there i have worked at a number of clubs, Killarney, Thurles, Regents Park Golf School London, Ballyliffin. View PGA Profile.

Now at Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club I hope to use all the skills I have learnt down the years to look after both members and visitors.

One of our priorities is Junior Golf. They are the future of the Club and we feel that they need to be nurtured and guided properly from the day they begin so we run regular golf camps throughout the year specifically for them. Dates and times will be regularly posted on the website.


Golf Lessons

  • ½ Hour Lesson: €20 ( Includes 3 hole playing lesson)
  • 1 Hour Video Lesson: €40 (Includes 3 hole playing lesson)
  • Package deal 6 lessons €100 (Includes 3 hole playing lesson)
  • Group Lessons: Sharing lessons is a fun and informative way to improve your game.

Our professional will structure lessons so that your time is utilized to the maximum, treating each student as an individual and individual analysis given accordingly. These group lessons are suitable for all levels and abilities.


Services Available

  • Club Repairs
  • Measurement of equipment specifications
  • Determine the loft, lie, length and swingweight of each club in your set.
  • Re-shafting Service
  • Extensive range of high performance shafts in stock. Specialist shaft advice.
  • Re-gripping Service
  • Extensive range of grips to chose from.
  • Grip-sizing included in the service.
  • Loft and Lie adjustment. Have your irons adjusted for optimum accuracy and ball flight.(Head material and design mean not all irons can be adjusted) Swingweight adjustment Adjustment of swingweight can improve both feel and timing.
  • Club Length Adjustment. Club length can have a major influence on the quality and consistency of your ball striking.

Tips and Advice from “The Pro”!


Golf Ettiquete

If you are new to the game, or just need to brush up on your golf etiquette, here are some basic rules of the road that will help keep the game enjoyable for you and those around you.

Keep It Safe

  • Do not swing your club until you know that others in your group are at a safe distance. Likewise, keep your distance when others are swinging. Be aware to steer clear of trouble.
  • When practicing your swing, never swing in the direction of another player. There may be pebbles or twigs or other matter in the grass that could fly up and injure a playing partner.
  • Do not hit the ball until you are certain that the group ahead of you is out of range. If your ball appears headed toward another player or another group, give them a warning by yelling out, “Fore!”
  • Observe the safety suggestions posted in golf carts and drive carefully. Golf etiquette requires keeping your cart off the grass as much as possible.
  • Never throw clubs in anger. In addition to being rude and childish, it could also be dangerous.
  • Maintain a Good Pace
  • Keep the round moving by being prepared to hit your shot when it is your turn. You probably don’t like waiting on other groups – don’t make other groups wait on you.
  • The player who is away hits first in a group. However, in friendly matches (as opposed to tournament play), this rule can be ignored in favor of “ready play” – players hit as they are ready. All players should agree to “ready play” before it is put into effect.
  • Do not spend too much time looking for a lost ball, particularly if there is a group behind you ready to play. If you insist on taking the full five minutes alloted to look for lost balls, golf etiquette says wave up the group behind to allow them to play through. Always try to keep pace with the group ahead of you. If space opens in front of you, allow a faster group to play through.
  • When two players in a cart hit to opposite sides of a hole, drive to first ball and drop off that player with his club, then drive to the second ball. After both players hit, meet up farther down the hole. When walking from your cart to your ball, take a couple clubs with you.
  • Taking only one club, then having to return to the cart to retrieve a different club, is a huge time-waster.
    Always leave the putting green as soon as your group has finished putting.

Be Kind to the Course

  • Observe cart rules. Some courses will post “cart path only” signs; others will ask you to observe the “90-degree rule.” Do as you are told – Keep carts away from greens and hazards.
  • Repair all divots.
  • Repair all pitch marks on the green.
  • Always rake the bunkers after hitting to erase your footprints and damage to the area where your ball was.
  • Never take a divot on a practice swing.

And a Few More Golf Etiquette Hints

  • Quiet, please! Never talk during another player’s swing. Do not yell out following a shot. Even if boisterous behavior doesn’t bother your playing partners, there are other people on the course who may be within earshot.
  • Be aware of your shadow on the putting green. Don’t stand in a place that causes your shadow to be cast across another player or that player’s putting line. Never walk through a playing partner’s putting line. Your footprints might alter the path of a partner’s putt. Step over the putting line, or walk around (behind) the partner’s ball.