A number of World Famous Golf Courses.
Adare 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 Golf Course needs 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 themost 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 Sibéal)
Sometimes 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
On 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
Challenging, 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
In 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.
Killorglin Golf Course This 18-hole, parkland course opened in 1992 and is maturing into a challenging but fair test. Located in the heart of County Kerry, it is probably the most scenic course anywhere. Visitors are assured of a friendly welcome. Bar and restaurant facilities are available all year round Killorglin Golf Club has excellent facilities and is great value for money. The course consists of four par fives, four par threes and 10 par fours. It is overlooked by two mountain ranges, the MacGillicuddy Reeks and Slieve Mish. In turn, the course overlooks Castlemaine Harbour and the River Laune.