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Golf Guide to Ireland: Southwest Courses

Golf Courses in Southwest Ireland

Adare Golf Club
Adare Golf Club and Adare ManorAdare Golf Club, an 18 hole championship course on the 840 acre estate of Adare Manor, was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., one of the most respected and best known golf course architects in the world. From his first impression of Adare Manor as having all the flavour of Augusta, he has created an Irish masterpiece to match the challenge of champions.

Par 72 - 7,138 Yards - R Trent-Jones Snr.

Ballybunion Golf Club
Ballybunion - the famed 11th approach Needing no introduction, Ballybunion is one of the most famous links courses in the world. Fuelled by tributes from the likes of Tom Watson, Ballybunion is the most visited Irish golf course. The Old Course is a truly natural links course. The contours of both fairways and greens, combined with the sea breezes, provide the main challenge. Accurate approach play is required, with little room on either side of the smallish greens. Ballybunion does favour those who can bump and run the ball onto the greens.

The Cashen course provides 18 spectacular holes each with its own character. Set between the sea and a river, the course tends to flow up and over the massive dunes. There are many elevation changes and several approach shots require ample thought on club selection. A tough walk, caddies are advisable.

Old Course: Par 71 - 6,542 Yards - Jo McKenna
Cashem Course: Par 72 - 6,216 Yards - Robert Trent Jones Snr.

Dingle Golf Club (Ceann Sibeal)
Dingle - the most westerly golf course in EuropeSometimes referred to as the St. Andrews of Ireland, Dingle is the most westerly golf course in Europe. The scenery is magnificent, with beautiful views of the entire Dingle peninsula, the Atlantic oceans and the Blasket Islands. The course itself, another Eddie Hackett design, is a traditional links layout featuring a winding stream that winds its way across the entire course.

Par 72 - 6,696 Yards - Eddie Hackett & Christy O'Connor Jnr.

Dooks Golf Club
Dooks - Charming & QuirkyOn the north section of the Ring of Kerry, Dooks is a charming links course that remains unchanged in nearly a century. The course presents a traditional links challenge and is typified by the green on the par-3 13th - a huge bowl that requires as much luck as skill to approach the flag. Another stunning location, with mountains all around and the beautiful Dingle Bay stretching away towards the Atlantic.

Par 70 - 6,010 Yards

Fota Island Golf Club
Fota Island Golf ClubChallenging, par 71, championship course which is very much in the traditional mode, featuring pot bunkers and undulating putting surfaces. Originally designed by Christy O'Connor Jr. and Peter McEvoy, the course is now upgraded to European Tour standards. Reopened ies in the heart of a 780 acre estate. The splendid woodlands are woven into a chin September 1999,the Irish Open was played here in both 2001 and 2002.

Par 71 - 6,927 Yards - Christy O'Connor Junior

Killarney Golf Club
Killarney Golf ClubIn a beautiful setting by the famous Lakes of Killarney, the golf club offers two world famous courses - Kileen and Mahony's Point. Kileen is the flagship course and hosted the Irish Open in 1991 and 1992. Mahony's Point is the older course and has perhaps the most famous pas-3 18th in golf, almost 200 yards over the lake's edge.

Kileen: Par 72 - 7,121 Yards
Mahony's Point: Par 72 - 6,780 Yards

Old Head of Kinsale Golf Club
Old Head - the most spectacular course on Earth?The stated goal of being known as "the most spectacular golf course on Earth" is not unattainable. Old Head golf course is built on a strip of land that juts 2 miles into the Atlantic Ocean framed on all sides by cliffs that reach 300 feet in places. The par-72 layout will challenge all levels of golfer and choosing the most appropriate tees is the first challenge!

Par 72 - 7,245 Yards - Joe Carr & Pat Merrigan

Ring of Kerry Golf Club
Ring of Kerry Golf Club - Spectacular TestRing of Kerry boasts a spectacular setting overlooking Kenmare Bay and provides a superb test of golf. There are planty of spectacular holes to choose a favourite from - the 5th & 7th on the front nine and the 13th and 14th on the back are particularly memorable.

Par 72 - 6,869 Yards - Eddie Hackett

Tralee Golf Club
Tralee Golf Club - Arnold Palmer designedTralee is a special place both for its setting beside Barrow Strand and because it represents Arnold Palmer's first design project in Europe. Our favourite holes are the monster par-5 that doglegs around the beach and the dreaded 12th that is often rated the best hole on the course - it is certainly the hardest.

Par 71 - 6,890 Yards - Arnold Palmer

Waterville Golf Club
Waterville Golf Club - a dream fulfilled The dream of a wealthy Irish-American, John Mulcahy, was realised in 1973 when the present day Waterville golf links opened for play. In yet another spectacular Kerry setting Waterville is a home to some fine links holes many with story's to tell. The "Mass Hole" is where Irish Catholics celebrated Mass during penal times, "Mulcahys Peak" is allegedly where the dream was born, and "Liams Ace" is the site of perhaps the most extraordinary hole-in-one ever recorded. Oh, and the first hole is named "Last Easy"!

Par 72 - 7,182 Yards - Eddie Hackett

 

 

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