Ireland Golf Courses:
(Ireland golf courses provide the most exillerating golf and these listed links Golf courses are near to Ballybunion)
Ireland Golf Courses:
1. Dooks Golf Course -Glen Beigh - Co Kerry
Golf has been played in Dooks since 1889. It was introduced to the local aristocracy by officers from the Royal Horse Artillery attending compulsory training at the nearby Glenbeigh Artillery Range.
The golf course is set out on one of three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle Bay. In the immediate foreground are the sand dune peninsulas of Rossbeigh and Inch and just a few miles away the whitewashed houses of Cromane fishing village provide an eye catching distraction. South eastwards are the famed McGillycuddy's Reeks, to the southwest are the lovely cooms and hills of Glenbeigh and across the bay to the north are the Slieve Mish and Dingle mountains.
And so far the golfer who is seeking a beautiful and tranquil environment to enjoy good golf. Dooks presents a convincing case. Hole number 13 best illustrates the charm and magic of Dooks. It is a throw back hole to the time when golf began. Greens lay where they fell and were better for it.
Lahinch Golf Course, Lahnich Co Clare
Lahinch Golf Club: Its Origins.
In 1892 OFFICERS of the famous Black Watch Regiment stationed in Limerick came upon a vast wilderness of duneland two miles from the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Being good Scotsmen, they knew at once that they had found the perfect terrain for a golf links. When this came to the attention of Alexander W. Shaw and Richard J. Plummer, prominent officials of the Limerick Golf Club, they at once went out and made enquiries. The result was a second journey on April 9th when an eighteen-hole course was marked out. They were helped in the laying out of the course by officers of the Black Watch Regiment. On Good Friday, 15th April 1892, Lahinch Golf Club was duly founded, and the first game of golf played there.
Doonbeg Golf Course , Doonbeg Co Clare
This is a course I want to be identified with, one I will be able to say with pride -- ' I did that one.' I am the luckiest designer in the world . . . because of the uniqueness of the site."
Old Head of Kinsale , Kinsale West Cork
Old Head Golf Links is built on a 220-acre diamond of land, jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic; the promontory is almost an island with numerous caves running beneath your feet as you play the course.
The links and practice area occupy 180 acres and the remaining 40 acres of unspoilt cliff frame the course and rise in places to over 300 feet.
Comprising of five par 5's, five par 3's and eight par 4's, the links stretches to over 7,200 yards from the tips and with a minimum of six tees on every hole, the course provides a stern test to the touring pro and high handicapper alike.
Nine holes play along the cliff tops, and all eighteen holes provide stunning ocean views. The 360-degree vistas will distract you, but do not relax too much as the ever-changing sea breezes will challenge you at every turn of this par-72 layout.
The following personalities were involved in the creation of Old Head: Dr Joe Carr, Paddy Merrigan, Ron Kirby, the late Eddie Hackett, Liam Higgins and Haulie O'Shea.
Waterville , South Kerry
Waterville Golf Club
Baterville area and Ballinskelligs Bay play an important part in the mythology of ancient Ireland. According to the Book of Invasions written about 1000 AD, Cessair, the grand-daughter of Noah, landed in Ballinskelligs Bay after the flood and became Irelands first invader. Here, too, the last of the mythical invaders, the Milesians, settled in 1700 BC and reportedly left behind many of the archeological sites found in the area. These rich legends along with the earliest memories of Kerry history combine to form a mystical aura that visitors to Waterville can sense even today. No area captures this feeling more than the sand hills and strands that border Ballinskelligs Bay and forms the present day Waterville Golf Links.
"The Green is considered a sporting one, and the views from it are very fine while the Atlantic breezes that blow across it are invigorating and refreshing. The hazards are such as are usually to be met on the seaside course." An accurate description, you may understandably believe, of the Waterville Golf Links that we know and love so well today. Except that these words were written as long ago as 1897 in the pages of the Sportsman's Holiday Guide and the article credits "the exertions of the Reverend J.G. Fahy" for bringing the, game into this remote vastness.
Dingle Golf Course
6,696 yards, Par 72 Traditional Championship Links. Each hole on this magnificient links is carved from the natural landscape of one of the most unspoiled parts of Europe, with hazards laid down long before the game of golf was dreamt of, including a winding "burn" that twists and turns through the entire course.
As you play, the whole panorama of the Dingle Peninsula is revealed - hidden bays with small fishing villages, glorious hills and mountains and the Blasket Islands out in the wild Atlantic. This area abounds in archaeological treasures wild flora and fauna, arts and crafts and ancient Gaelic culture.
The Irish language is still spoken here.
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Tralee Golf Course
Opened in October 1984 Tralee Golf Course was the first European golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. When he first saw the area upon which his company was to build Tralee golf links, he was ecstatic about the possibilities. "I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course" he said."I designed the first nine but surely God designed the back nine", Palmer explained. "I am happy that we have one of the worlds' great golf links here."
"The setting is quite the most magnificent backdrop for a golf course that I have ever encountered", wrote Peter Dobereiner, the famous golf writer, not long after the course was opened.
It is Tralee Golf Club's fourth permanent course since the club was first established in 1896. Each of the clubs's three courses in the town of Tralee were plagued by the high average rainfall. They were almost unplayable during the winter, so it was decided to ask Arnold Palmer to design a course in Barrow in 1980.
Shannon Golf Course
The serenity and magnificent vista of the Lordly Shannon River forms the backdrop to this prestigious and highly rated 18 hole championship golf course. An excellent test for the great ( and not so great). It has been played by many of the worlds leading professionals - Ballesterous, Faldo, Torrence, Lyle, Langer, Norman and our own Christy O'Connor junior and senior.
Strategically placed mature trees and bunkers combine with the south westerly winds from the Shannon Estuary to place a premium on club and shot selection. At the same time it is fair to both high and low handicap golfers.
For a true ''Céad Mile Fáilte'' and a most enjoyable golfing challenge without the rigours of climbing) start or finish your Irish golfing holiday at Shannon Golf Club. You can play the course within ten minutes of arrival or before departure. Situated beside the Airport there is no need to sit in departure lounge for hours on end waiting for flight calls or waste a day without golf on arrival. A simple telephone call will confirm booking or use the booking form on the web page
Killarney Golf Club
Golf has been played in Killarney since 1891, originally on a nine hole inland course. Then in 1939 it was expanded to an 18 hole course. The expansion brought the course to the lakeside and added outstanding beauty.
This superb course, situated beside the famous lakes of Killarney, is a good test for golfers of all skill levels. At 6164 metres it is the shortest of our three courses, but with a combination of well undulated greens, well positioned bunkers and water hazards, wayward shots will often find big trouble.
Pictured here (above) the 18th, and signature hole of Mahony's Point a stunning par 3 over the lake. It measures 179 metres from the back tees, and with the wind coming in from the lake, it usually plays even longer.
The par 5 13th,(right) a great hole with an approach shot to an elevated green, which is very difficult to hold.