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 drive in the rough.  By the third hole, which is a 114   Par 3 up a three tier waterfall through two banks of rock and gorse to a sloping green, I had recovered mentally and made the distance easily although the sheer height from the tee to green daunts many a golfer.

There are four Par 3 holes and each is dramatic and tough.  The final is the 18th which is across water onto a pimple green with a backing wall.

The twists and turns of the course come and go in a succession of observed beautiful vistas as it repeatedly turns back toward the sea or buries itself again in the mountain side.  There are many unusual and challenging holes and I liked the 13th..  The tee platform is elevated over a steep hill with a dry stone granite walled stream guarding an undulating green.

The three Par 5 holes which are over 400 yards long seem far shorter because they twist and turn around hills and between trees

The greens are tricky with clever undulations and unsuspected slopes.

This is a course where slope and hidden difficulties will test your skill and continuous climbing and descending will test your fitness.

Course Details:

  • Par:   73
  • Length:  6663  Ladies 5885
  • Address:  Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club
    Templenoe Kenmare Co Kerry
  • Telephone:0646442000
  • Website:  www.ringofkerrygolf.com
  • Fun Factor: loveit