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OUR FAVORITE 9-HOLE TRUE
LINKS IN IRELAND
MILLTOWN MALBAY, COUNTY CLARE, IRELAND
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Golf as it has been played along Ireland's West Coast for 120 years.
SPANISH POINT Golf Club
A little-known and largely
unremarked 9-hole course, Spanish Point is located along Ireland's West
Coast approximately mid-way between two famous, highly-ranked neighbors:
Lahinch (to the north) and Doonbeg (to the south). Spanish Point is
built among rugged, hilly dunes overlooking the beach at Spanish Point,
scenic and unprotected from the Atlantic weather, be it kind (shown
above) or fierce. Spanish
Point is no golf resort. It is a local club of considerable age and
tradition, built on a coast with a remarkable history. Its amenities are
simple and sufficient. Its members and staff are welcoming and devoted
to the game, the course, and the location. Spanish Point provides a
glimpse at golf as originally played along the Irish seaside. This is no
nostalgic theme park. Come to play a quick nine, but leave time for a
second nine like Ireland itself, Spanish Point is hard to leave.
PANISH POINT Golf Club
is a seaside course which comes
within 100 yards of the sea. It opened in 1896 as a par 27
course, but has
been remodeled over time to its
current par-34 configuration. With undulations, hills, and
rugged rough, Spanish Point offers variety and challenge. When
the Atlantic winds blow, which is most of the time, the course
takes on a very different character, especially at the 159-yard,
par 3 #9/18, called The Terror.
Point Golf Club is close to Lahinch, one of the world's great courses. Like
A fair day at Spanish Point may
mean rain-free, but
strong Atlantic breezes can still cause havoc with play.
courtesy Spanish Point Golf Club.
Lahinch, Spanish Point is located
along the notorious Atlantic (western) coast
of Ireland in rural County Clare, about one-third of the way between the
southernmost point and northernmost points on the island. And, like Lahinch, the course is both picturesque and challenging.
But, unlike Lahinch, Spanish Point is a course for everyone, and at the right price.
point Golf Club
Milltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland
Tel: (+353) (0) 65 708 4198
OPEN TO PLAYERS OF ALL
No handicap certification or proof of club
Advance tee times required.
Courses Open & Playable Year Round.
LENGTH & PAR: 9 Holes,
Par 34, 2,640 Yards
5 Par-4's, 3 Par-3's, 1-Par-5
Par 68, 5,280 yards played as 18 holes
Pull Cart (Trolley): YES.
Club Rental: YES.
Practice Areas: two greens, plus bunkers
& chipping area.
Clubhouse with Bar.
BOOKING OF TEE TIMES
(recommended in advance):
Tel: (+353) (0) 65 708 4198
HOME AT FIRST make your tee-time reservations
at Spanish Point Golf Club
as part of your
next trip to Ireland. There is no service fee for this service!
2 miles south of the village of Milltown Malbay on the N67 (8
south of Lahinch).
HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS:
Killaloe, in eastern
County Clare about 75 minutes
drive east of Spanish Point.
OTHER REGIONAL COURSES OF
County Clare; historic, tough, scenic coastal links Old Course
8 miles north of Spanish Point. Rated #6 on Golf Digest Ireland's "2012 Top 100
Irish Golf Courses" and #41 on
Golf Digest's list of "Top 100 Courses Outside of
the USA". Expensive, busy many
international players, and restricted by
handicap. Second Lahinch course, the
Castle Course, is significantly less
expensive and crowded, and is not as
long or challenging as the Old Course.
Doonbeg, about 10
miles south of Spanish Point along the Atlantic coast. A new
(2002) Greg Norman-designed coastal
links course on isolated property some
miles from the nearest town. Created
as a resort community hopeful to lure
international golfers as a second
home in Ireland, Doonbeg has had some
success at least as a golf course,
begin currently rated #23 in Ireland on Golf
Digest Ireland's list "2012 Top 100 Irish Golf Courses".
Like Lahinch, above,
Doonbeg is expensive and exclusive,
with strict handicap limits.
few miles south of Lahinch and north of Doonbeg, and with similar terrain,
and challenge, Spanish
Point doesn't get the crowds, and costs very little per round.
Why drive 50 miles
to play golf on a 9-hole public course? There are good reasons:
1. Not everyone has the right handicap to get on
every golfer wants to pay for the Lahinch or Ballybunion experience. Not every golfer
wants to go to the trouble of arranging for a tee-time far in advance and chancing bad
weather at Lahinch or Ballybunion. But many golfers would like to experience an Irish
links course along the famous Atlantic coast. Spanish Point offers challenging Irish
links golf at delightfully low rates, without requiring tee times or handicap cards.
2. Close by are beaches, beautiful
countryside, and Irish history and culture. Spanish Point itself is one of
several suspected landfalls of crews of the ill-fated Spanish Armada, who failed in their
attempt to destroy the Elizabethan English Navy. Visit the towering Cliffs of Moher, about
15 miles north, Irelands great Atlantic sea wall. Explore the Burren,
County Clares mysterious moonscape, littered with monuments
from prehistory and the Middle Ages. Stop at a pub in Milltown Malbay, a typical County
Clare village known for
traditional live Irish music in its
traditional Irish pubs.
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