The first reference to golf in Dunmore refers to a course in Quarter during the 1920's. The course there was described as a tough test over hilly and sandy ground.
Despite the fact that over the years Dunmore produced many fine golfers most of whom were members of Ballyhaunis GC there was no organised golf in Dunmore until the lat 70's. The festival had been running for a number of years when a group of golfers decided to organise a fun day in Ballyhaunis. The year was 1978 and it was sponsored by the late Conor Fahy. The day became a huge success and the prizes were coveted by all. It was not unusual to have close to 250 golfer taking part. The original format was singles, often a fourball played out of one bag but that didn't lessen the fun. Tommy Keenan was in charge of handicap allocation Eventually a scramble was introduced and this proved equally if not more of a draw.
In 1988 Dunmore Golfing Society was formed and this introduced many golfers to organised golf. The Society played throughout Connacht and went on tours to Waterford and Donegal. Eventually the Golf Club evolved from the society.