Golf Courses in West Ireland

Golf Courses in West Ireland
Golf courses in West Ireland have gained recognition for their natural beauty and unique use of land. Seaside links courses, located on the Atlantic Coast, are flowing feats of golf course engineering that incorporate natural contours and obstacles in order to make unique and challenging playgrounds for some of the best golfers in the world.

Carne Golf Club

Located on the Mullet Peninsula in the far West of County Mayo, this remote golf course offers magnificent views of Blacksod Bay and the Atlantic islands, with the ocean present on nearly all sides. The finely constructed course is seen as one of the greatest works from the late Eddie Hackett, a renowned Irish golf course architect. Although this 18-hole championship links course is only 6,700 yards in total (an average of about 350 yards per hole), obstacles such as enormous sand dunes and the merciless winds of the Atlantic Coast make this course a true challenge, even for professionals. Although quickly gaining recognition, Carne still maintains a natural, old-world feel due to its isolated location.

Co. Mayo, Ireland

Enniscrone Golf Club

In October of 2008, Green Golf Ball voted Enniscrone the "Club of the Month," deeming it "An absolute Gem of a course... One of the best courses in the west of Ireland." The club is situated on the Atlantic Coast of County Sligo, and was originally constructed in 1918; in 1974 it was redesigned by the legendary Eddie Hackett, and in 2001 once more by Donald Steele. The scene is natural and breathtaking, with panoramas of Killala Bay and Bartra Island while the Ox Mountains loom in the distance. There are actually two courses at this club: the 18-hole Dunes course as well as a nine-hole course called Scurmore. The principal Dunes links course offers many challenges, including a handful of blind tee shots, some very long par-fives, and small greens nestling up with formidable sand dunes.

Enniscrone Golf Club
County Sligo, Ireland

Ballybunion Golf Club

Located in the southwest county of Kerry, this championship golf club has hosted such prestigious tournaments as the Home Internationals in 2003 and the Palmer Cup in 2004. The History of Ballybunion Golf Club dates back to 1893, becoming a full 18-hole course in 1927. Today, there are two courses: the Old Course and the Cashen Course. The Old Course is a definitive 18-hole seaside links course with sharp and relentless contours, narrow fairways, long grass dunes and an intensely natural feel. Named for the mouth of the river beside which it is located, the Casheen Course opened in 1982. With high sand dunes and tricky green locations, this course has been rated among the top 100 courses in the world by Golf Magazine.

Ballybunion Golf Club
Sandhill Road, Ballybunion
County Kerry, Ireland

Article Written By Justin Higgins

Justin Higgins has traveled throughout South America. He writes articles that appear on various websites with a focus on travel and science-related topics. Higgins is a graduate from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology.

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