Lahinch. Only 30 miles from Shannon Airport, this is an opportunity to work out the jet-lag kinks and toil your way around some of the truest links holes in golf. Golf was first played here in 1892. A don’t miss course.
Ballybunion. Playing Ballybunion Old is the highlight of any golf trip to Ireland, and one of Tom Watson’s favorite courses in the world. Tee times here require early planning. The first hole is not for slicers. A slice will put you in a graveyard full of Celtic crosses!
Tralee. Arnold Palmer’s first European design effort, it opened in 1984. The front nine is fairly quiet, with generous fairways, open and exposed. The back nine is encased in mountainous sand hills with long rough grass. At times you feel you need a tour guide to help you through the narrow fairways and tall dunes. Located near Barrow northwest of the town of Tralee.
Waterville. A sightseeing drive around the Ring of Kerry should be combined with a round of golf at Waterville, lying at the tip of Inveragh Peninsula. Golf has been played here since the 1870’s and although up to 7,200 yards in length, is not as punishing as other seaside links courses, although the back nine can be quite difficult due to the tall sand hills.
Killarney. Here are 36 holes on the shores of the Lakes of Killarney, routed over parkland. Choose from O’Mahony’s Point or the Killeen course. Both are excellent.
Old Head of Kinsale. Only a few years old, Old Head of Kinsale offers Pebble Beach quality views and those who have played it say it is one of Ireland’s greatest courses. Plan to overnight in the little village of Kinsale and play it twice if you can. It is that good!
Doonbeg. Doonbeg opened in April 2002 near Lahinch. It is on a par with Scotland’s Kingsbarns, and one you will definitely want to add to your play list when visiting the Southwest of Ireland.Home