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Golf Courses in Ireland

There are more golf courses in Ireland per capita than in any other country.  In 2009 there were 340 eighteen hole golf courses in Ireland.  Today there are fewer although Google lists 472 facilities.  The golf courses vary between fine links along the coasts with bewildering holes, which crawl up the side of cliffs or hide in sand dunes, and beautiful gracious parkland courses situated around fine houses. They are recognised as among the most beautiful in the world.  Some are testing others are a fun doddle in the sun (or usually rain).  Some have been created by master  course builders and others pulled together to suit local need and aspiration.

I intend to play 25 of those courses in one summer- for fun.

Old Head Course

Old Head Course If, as I did, you drive out to the lighthouse beyond Old Head Golf course,  climb to the top and look back over the course , it appears neat, tidy in a chaotic frame.   From there you see Kinsale Head is a diamond  and that the cliffs  were used to create preposterous looking holes with  wide [...]

Dooks Golf Course

Dooks My first impression was that its dimensions were immense. Walking out to the first tee, the dunes flowed around me carrying my eye to the sea beyond and the Dingle Peninsula. It is an expansive setting unalleviated by many trees and those that can be seen lean inland, permanently bent and misshapen by the prevailing winds. In reality [...]

Bantry Bay Course

Bantry Bay There are few obvious birdies on this course.  The first is a short par 3.  The second is on the edge of the sea.  For Ladies it is 364 yards to the flag.  It was at the back leaving little space between the hole, the gorse and the sea.  The green undulates and frustrates.  It was a [...]

The Kenmare Course; marrying old and new!

    The course was originally 9 holes played across the hill on the lush meadow land beside the estuary, on ground leased for a penny a month from the Marquis of Lansdowne.  In 1993, the second 9 was opened, necessitating a golfer's traffic light to cross the road between the two parts. The first three holes are on the [...]

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry Course The first hole invites a stonking long drive up a steep slope to an unseen flag.  The fairway begins after 100 yards or so of broken ground.  Thus from the first tee the strength and power required to play this course is advertised.  Or so it seemed and in response I buried my rabbit first [...]

Cork – what a delight!

Looking up the 1st Fairway, I was reminded of smart golf courses in California where industrial factories, skyscrapers and houses pop up between the trees.  Cork has that same feeling. It is on Little Island, a little distance from the Port of Cork.  Ireland’s industry encroaches on the course, as gasometers, chimneys, warehouse walls seen in the distance. That [...]