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SPANISH POINT LINKS, COUNTY CLARE, WEST CENTRAL IRELAND         Home At First Photo

Golfing Gems on the Emerald Isle.

 

          Ireland ranks with Scotland as a world class destination for golfers. With over 200 golf courses, including several top-ranked championship seaside links courses and currently 7 courses ranked in the top 100 in the world, Ireland is a golfer's paradise. Excellent 9-hole and 18-hole courses are found throughout Ireland, in inland locations as well as along the coasts. Most of these welcome guests, primarily on weekdays (Monday through Friday), and offer club rental and motorized cart rental. The famed championship courses may require that guests provide a handicap card from the USGA certifying the candidate's proficiency at the game in order to obtain a tee time.
         See the following charts for information about some excellent courses within reach of HOME AT FIRST locations in Counties Tipperary & Clare (Central Ireland), Counties Cork & Kerry (Southwest Ireland), Counties Sligo & Donegal (Northwest Ireland), and the Antrim Coast (Northern Ireland).

 

FREE ADVANCE BOOKING OF TEE-TIMES!
          HOME AT FIRST can pre-arrange golf tee times at many of the courses listed below for its Ireland guests, who order by completing a special form after they sign up for their Ireland trip. There is no additional booking charge for this service, and golfers can arrange to play a different course each day if they wish, paying only the regular guest fees at each golf course.
          HOME AT FIRST
also offers a special pre-paid 2-course package combining rounds over two days at the famed Ballybunion and Lahinch Old Courses.
        Guests also can arrange tee times independently in Ireland, as weather and their mood dictate, but it's best to do so at least 24 hours in advance (more for the internationally-famed courses).

 

CENTRAL IRELAND COURSES
Counties Tipperary, Kerry (north), Clare, Kildare, Limerick, Dublin, & Kilkenny

COURSE NAME LOCATION DESCRIPTION

Greens
Fees* &
Handicaps

Motor Carts Club Rental

ADARE MANOR
RESORT

TOP INLAND COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)61 396566
E-mail:

reservations@adaremanor.com

Adare Manor Golf Club, Adare,12 miles south of Limerick City on the Limerick-Killarney Road N21

Adare Manor (1995) is long (7,453 yards, although there are three progressively shorter alternate tee-boxes per hole), wooded, and involves water (3 lakes and the River Maigue) in the play of several holes. Architect Robert Trent Jones claims to have attempted to give Adare Manor "the flavor of Augusta National."

High/Extreme
€80–€125

Dec-Mar: €80
Apr & Oct: €95
Nov: €90

May-Sep: $125
YES
&
Caddies
YES
ADARE MANOR LOCAL
Tel: +353 (0)61 396204
E-mail:
info@adaremanorgolfclub.com

Adare Manor Golf Club, Adare,12 miles south of Limerick City on the Limerick-Killarney Road N21

Adare Manor (1902) is short (5,764 yards, par 69), tight, and mature, wooded, and involves water (the River Maigue) in the play of several holes. If the resort's course is likened to Augusta, the local course — an Eddie Hackett design — may be an Irish version of Merion.

Low
25
(every day)
NO YES
BALLYBUNION
TOP LINKS COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)68 27146
E-mail:

info@ballybuniongolfclub.ie

1.6 miles south of Ballybunion village at the mouth of the Shannon in County Kerry.

Two great links courses. Both the par- 71 Old Course and the par-72 Cashen Course offer great challenge. The Old Course is currently ranked 26th in the world outside of the USA. Some rate the Cashen Course even higher.

Super
OLD COURSE
€180

Max Handicap:
Men-24 Women-36

High
CASHEN COURSE
€65

NO;
Caddies

 

YES &
Caddies

YES
THE K CLUB
TOP INLAND COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)1 601 7200
E-mail:
resortsales@kclub.ie

Straffan on the River Liffey in County Kildare.

Two new (1991) Arnold Palmer's par 72 parkland courses (Palmer Course and Smurfit Course) on the River Liffey at Straffan west of Dublin. Setting: international resort with all the amenities. Palmer Course used for the Ryder Cup in 2006. Smurfit Course hosted annual Smurfit European Open 1991-2007.

Super
PALMER COURSE
€220

Super
SMURFIT COURSE

€135

YES;
Caddies
YES
LAHINCH
GOLF CLUB
OLD COURSE

TOP LINKS COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)65 708 1003
E-mail:

info@lahinchgolf.com

At Lahinch near the Cliffs of Moher on  County Clare's Atlantic coast.

"The St. Andrews of Ireland", designed by Old Tom Morris (1894) and modified by Alister MacKenzie (1927) and Martin Hawtree (1999). The Old Course is a world class (ranked 41st outside of the U.S.) par-72 championship true links. 28km northwest of Ennis on N85/N67.

Extreme to Super
€90-€150

Handicap: Men-28 Women-36
NO;
Caddies
YES
MOUNT JULIET
TOP INLAND COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)56 777 3070
golfreservations@mountjuliet.ie

12 mi. SE of Kilkenny on N9 at Thomastown. County Kilkenny.

Challenging 7,300-yard, par-72 parkland resort course on elegant 1,500 acre estate. Designed by Jack Nicklaus (1991). Site of 3 Irish Opens and 2 AMEX World Golf Championships. Unique 18-hole putting course. Large practice area, restaurant, and complete facilities.

Low to Extreme:
€33–€100
dependent upon day and month
of play
YES YES

NENAGH

VALUE LOCAL COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)67 31476
E-mail:

info@nenaghgolfclub.com

4 mi. north of Nenagh on Old Birr Road at Beechwood, northern County Tipperary.

Fair but challenging 2001 upgrade of 1973 Eddie Hackett 18, itself an expansion of a 1929 9-hole Alister Mackenzie local course. Now a championship 18-hole, 6,625-yard, par 72 parkland course. Large practice area. Restaurant.

Low
€25
YES YES
PORTMARNOCK
TOP LINKS COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)1 846 2968
info@portmarnockgolfclub.ie

Along the Irish Sea, 10 mi. north of Dublin and 10 miles east of Dublin Airport, on peninsula south of Portmarnock village, County Dublin.

Rated #1 in Ireland and #12 in the world outside of the USA by Golf Digest, this venerable (1894) links course has been the site of many great championships, including 19 Irish Opens. First 18 of its 27 holes are the original, and holes 14 through 18 are classics. Women may play as visitors but may not become members.

Extreme to Super:
€125 Nov-Mar

€185-195
Apr-Oct.

Lunch included in the greens fee.

NO YES
PORTUMNA
TOP INLAND COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)90 974 1059
E-mail:
info@portumnagolfclub.ie

SE County Galway at the top of Lough Derg, principal lake of the Shannon waterway. One mile west of Portumna town on the R353 (Ennis Road).

Almost new course (1992) for an old club (1913), carved out of the mature pine forest just north of the lake. Little sand, few hills, not much wind, and only one water hole (17th), but challenging due to tight fairways through the forest.

Low
20 – Mo-Fr
25 – Sa-Su
(Sunday tee-times are restricted)
YES YES
SHANNON
Tel: +353 (0)61 471849
E-mail:
info@shannongolfclub.ie

1/2 mile from Shannon International Airport, County Clare.

6,874 yard, par-72 American-style course near the airport. Dining facilities.

Moderate/High
55 – Mo-Fr
65 – Sa-Su
YES YES
SPANISH POINT
CLASSIC LINKS
Tel: +353 (0)65 708 4198
E-mail:
info@spanishpointgolfing.com

2 miles south of  Milltown Malbay village on N67, County Clare.

9-hole, 2,640-yard, par-34 seaside links course dating from 1896. 8 miles south of Lahinch. Advance tee times not required. Open to all golfers. Challenging, friendly, pure.

Low
€20 – Mo-Fr
€25 – Sa-Su

(18 holes)
NO YES
THURLES
Tel.: +353 (0)504 21983
E-mail:
thurlesgolf@eircom.net

1 mile south of Thurles town on the N62 Cork Road.

6,663 yards, par 72 parkland course in County Tipperary. Thurles is neither especially long, nor wet. Its primary challenge is its mature woodland setting. Essentially an moderate cost, local course, Thurles also  occasionally hosts national and provincial championships.

Low
25 – Summer
€15 – Winter
YES YES

NORTHWEST IRELAND COURSES
Counties Sligo & Donegal

COURSE NAME

LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

Greens
Fees &
Handicaps

Motor Carts Club Rental
BUNDORAN
HISTORIC LINKS
Tel: +353 (0)71 9841302
E-Mail:
info@bundorangolfclub.com

22 mi. north of Sligo town; 12 mi. south of Donegal town on the N15.

6,221 yard par-70 seaside links designed by the legendary Harry Vardon, 6-time British Open champion.

Low/Moderate
€35–€45
YES YES
DONEGAL (Murvagh)
TOP LINKS COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)74 973 4054
E-mail:
info@donegalgolfclub.ie

5 mi. south of Donegal town on the N15 at Murvagh.

New (1973), long (7,386 yard, par 73), beautiful and (when windy) difficult links course. Ranked #20 in Ireland and deserves to be the site of a major championship.

High
€60–€70
YES YES
ENNISCRONE
TOP LINKS COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)96 36297
E-mail:
enniscronegolf@eircom.net

1/2 mi. from Enniscrone on the Ballina road. 45 min. west of Sligo Town in far western County Sligo near the border with County Mayo.

7,033 yard par 73 true links in NW County Sligo. Can be quite challenging in the wind. Known for its beauty at sunset. Ranked #15 in Ireland and has appeared on the top 100 list of golf courses outside of the United States.

High
60–€70
YES YES
NARIN & PORTNOO
CLASSIC LINKS
Tel: +353 (0)
74 954 5107
E-mail:
info@narinportnoogolfclub.ie

25 mi. NW of Donegal town just off the R261 at Narin.

Natural links on peninsular setting with water & wind affecting most holes. Not long (6,856 yard, par 73), but plays long when windy (which is much of the time). Friendly, local welcome to visitors. What you should be looking for in classic Irish links golf.

High
€60–€70
YES YES

COUNTY SLIGO
(Rosses Point)
TOP LINKS COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)71 9177134
E-mail:
info@countysligogolfclub.ie

5 miles northwest of Sligo town at the end of the R291, Rosses Point Rd.

Famous 6,818-yard par 71 links on the tip of Rosses Point peninsula in Drumcliffe Bay. Scenic, challenging Ranked #11 in Ireland.

Extreme
125
Handicap
Certificates
required
YES YES

NORTHERN IRELAND COURSES
Counties Antrim & Londonderry

COURSE NAME

LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

Greens
Fees & Handicaps

Motor Carts Club Rental
CASTLEROCK
CLASSIC LINKS
Tel: +44 (0)28 7084 8314
E-mail:
mark@castlerockgc.co.uk

6 mi. west of Coleraine on the A2.

6,747 yard par 73 links course with scenic views. A challenging and relatively well-kept secret on the Causeway Coast.

EXTREME
60–7
5
YES YES

PORTSTEWART
TOP LINKS COURSE
Tel: +44 (0)28 7083 2015
E-mail:

jeanie@portstewartgc.co.uk

1 mi. west of town center of Portstewart.

3 18-hole courses including the Strand Course, one of the gems in the 3-pointed crown of Causeway Coast links courses. 7,004 yards, par 72. Overshadowed by neighboring Portrush's fame, but almost equal in challenge.

Championship
Strand Course:
EXTREME
100–120

Riverside and
 Old (Town) Courses:

LOW
RIVERSIDE: 22–27
OLD (TOWN): 10–15

YES YES
ROYAL
PORTRUSH

TOP LINKS COURSE
Tel: +44 (0)28 7082 2311
E-mail:
info@royalportrushgolfclub.com

Dunluce Course ranked #3 in Ireland. Valley Course shorter, easier and much less expensive. 1/2 mi. east of Portrush town along the A2 Bushmills Rd.

Both courses designed by Harry S. Colt. Dunluce Course is currently rated #13 in the world outside of the USA. Only off-Britain site of British Open
in history (1951). Tight driving with devilish rough. 7,143 yards, par 72, SSS 73.

Dunluce Course:
Super
155–175

Max. handicaps:
Men: 18
Women: 24

Valley Course: Moderate
42.50–55

NO YES

SOUTHERN IRELAND COURSES
Counties Cork & Kerry (south)

COURSE NAME

LOCATION

DESCRIPTION

Greens
Fees &
Handicaps

Motor Carts Club Rental

BANTRY BAY
VALUE COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)27 50579
E-mail:
info@bantrygolf.com

1 mi. N of Bantry town on west (sea) side of the N71.

6,719 yard par 71/73 cliff top seaside course with scenic views. Opened 1975. Designed by Eddie Hackett and Christy O'Connor, Jr.

Low to Moderate
€34–€38

No handicap requirements.
YES YES

FOTA ISLAND
TOP INLAND COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)21 488 3700
E-mail:
reservations@fotaisland.ie

10 mi. east of Cork City on Fota Island,
County Cork

Three long (7,000+ yards) inland resort course layouts with scenic views. Deerpark Course site of Irish Open 2001, 2002, & 2014. Refurbished & expanded in the 2000s. Challenging. Open to all levels of visitors. Multiple tee boxes. Weekday rates not unreasonable.

DEERPARK COURSE
75-€95

BELVELLY &
BARRYSCOURT
 COURSES
€65-€85

No handicap requirements.

YES-
all 3 courses.
YES

OLD HEAD
TOP SCENIC COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)21 477 8444
E-mail:
reservations@oldhead.com

20 min. south of Kinsale 40 min. south of Cork City on the Old Head of Kinsale,
County Cork.

7,159 yard par 72 cliff top resort course with spectacular ocean views that ranks it with the world's most stunning golf locations. The late, great Eddie Hackett participated in designing the course. Very expensive. Caters to well-heeled visiting golfers. New in 1997.  Challenging — especially in high winds — but 5 tee positions help.

SUPER

HIGH SEASON:
€220
Mid-May thru
early October

LOW SEASON:
€160
April to
Mid-May, & remainder of October

Men's Handicap:
24 or under
Ladies' Handicap:
36 or under

YES YES
WATERVILLE GOLF LINKS
TOP LINKS COURSE
Tel: +353 (0)66 947 4102
E-mail:
info@watervillegolflinks.ie

Waterville, Iveragh Peninsula, on the Ring of Kerry about an hour west of Kenmare, Co. Kerry.

7,311 yard, par 72, true links at the SW extreme of Ireland. Original 9-hole ITT company (transatlantic cable) course was redesigned into 18 holes by Eddie Hackett in 1973 and Americanized into a golf links resort by Tom Fazio (1990s-2006). Ranked #23 in the world outside of the USA.

SUPER

WEEKDAYS
€150
May thru
September

WEEKENDS
€170
May thru
September

No handicap requirements.

YES YES

   *GREENS FEES RATINGS: LOW=15-35 MODERATE=€36-55; HIGH=€56-80; EXTREME=€81-130; SUPER=€130+
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