History of The Course
John Cusack’s name has become synonymous with the development of Trim into a thriving town. His vision for this development is epitomised by the “jewel in the crown,” Knightsbrook Hotel , Spa and Golf Club Resort. His relationship with Christy O’Connor Jnr ensured that the golf course would be one of the finest in the country.
This has been borne out by the consistent ratings in the top fifty golf courses of Knightsbrook Golf Club. Christy O’Connor credited John Cusack’s trust in him as a course designer, as the single most important factor in ensuring that the final product would be a top class course. “He gave me free rein to develop the course to the highest standards,” O’Connor told a large gathering at the first John Cusack Memorial Pro-Am in 2008.
Former President of Knightsbrook, Oliver Perkins, was closely associated with the project from conception to completion and recalls how in March 2006 he accepted the invitation of John Cusack to become the first Captain on Knightsbrook Men’s Golf Club. “John felt that my experience of being Captain in the Heath Golf Club would bring needed experience to the new club with mainly members who were new to the running of the game. Mrs. Fionnuala O’Byrne was chosen to be Captain of the Ladies Golf Club. Mr. Gerald Reilly was appointed first President of the Club”.
One of the first tasks was, to become affiliated to the G.U.I. with a new Constitution. This was achieved the with the expertise of Gavin Hunt, Director of Golf. The next task was the setting up of a Men’s Golf Club Committee to run the Men’s Club for 2006 and 2007. The new committee consisted of Gerald Reilly, Oliver Perkins, Thomas Renehan, Rory Dowling, Des Keegan, Steve Scully, Brian Heffernan, Jonathan Cusack, Eddie Canty and James Canty.
This championship course was designed by Christy O’Connor and was officially opened on the 6th May 2006 with the cooperation Meath County Council was also very cooperative.
Former President, Oliver Perkins remembers that the “the location of the third and fourth holes was occupied by the proposed Trim Outer Relief Road and needed a material revision of the County Plan to move the road. After Christy O’Connor persuaded the County Council that this land was a must for a Championship Course, the council members decided to amend the statutory plan and relocated the road. Thus, the third and fourth holes exist”.
Mr. Perkins was nominated as the first Captain in 2006 and continued in that role until the first A.G.M. in December 2007 at which Mr. Des Keegan was elected Captain for 2008. Following Des, Steven Scully was Captain in 2009, Liam McMenamin in 2010. In 2011, Jonathan Cusack, son of the founder, as Captain for 2011. The late John Cusack would have been very proud to see his only son in this position especially during the hosting of the Junior Solheim Cup in September 2011. Liam McMenamin became President in 2012 and Seán Ó Díomasaigh, former Hon. Secretary, became Captain in January 2012 and was succeeded by Frank Leonard also a former Competitions’ and Handicap Secretary in 2013. Gerry Ryan, former Captain and President of Westmanstown Golf Club was Captain in 2014 and the office passed to Glaswegian born Colin McAllister in 2015. He was former Competitions’ and Handicap Secretary. Thomas Renehan, one of the original committee members and former Hon. Secretary was elected Captain in 2016. In 2017, Seamus Lanney had the honour of serving as Captain and his successor in 2018, is John Tobin who formerly served as the clubs Hon. Treasurer.
Since its inception, Knightsbrook Golf Club’s membership has grown exponentially to its present level, with new members joining every year. Regular club competitions are played and major club competition days attract a large number of members. The club also takes part in a number of inter-club competitions each year. A significant numbers of new members joined Knightsbrook Golf Club in 2012 and membership figures have continued at around 250 each year since. Jonathan Cusack, proprietor and former Captain is the current President.
Gavin Hunt served as Director of Golf from 2005 to 2014 and was succeed by Audrey Rooney. Dominic Murray is now Golf Operations Executive ably assisted by Kate Jones.
The land on which Knightsbrook Golf Course is built consists substantially of the farm of the Reilly family, which also has a strong tradition in the Trim area over many years.
Indeed the magnificent family home stands a proud landmark on the course and serves as a reminder of the vibrant farm which was cultivated over the years by the Reilly family. Gerald Reilly, a local councillor for many years and a member of the original family still lives in the beautifully restored period house. Gerald served as the first President of Knightsbrook Golf Club.