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Lahinch Golf Club

LAHINCH, COUNTY CLARE, IRELAND

LAHINCH OLD COURSE 8TH HOLE, PAR 3, 166 YDS, #12 HANDICAP
Photo ©
Lahinch Golf Club and GibsonPics.com

Lahinch Old Course is rated #5 on Golf Digest Ireland's List of Top 100 Irish Courses.

LAHINCH Golf Club  A world-famous classic Irish links with two 18-hole courses, Lahinch combines a nearly legendary golf history, a remarkably rugged course topography, a dramatic setting on Ireland's weather-washed Atlantic coast, and a tradition of fine Irish hospitality to create a brand that draws aficionados from around the world to play the Old Course, one of the shrines of golf. Held in such veneration is Lahinch's Old Course that it continually ranks high on lists of top courses. Golf Digest's list of Top 100 Courses Outside of the USA ranks the Old Course at #41. Golf Digest Ireland's list of Top 100 Irish Courses ranks the Old Course at #5 in Ireland.

 

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AHINCH Golf Club's OLD COURSE occupies an especially dramatic site
among high barrier dunes that separate habitable western County Clare from
the onslaughts of the unchecked Atlantic. The Old Course also occupies an

important niche in the story of golf in Ireland. Scotland's Old Tom Morris —

by 1894 already credited with designing (at least in part) classic links courses

in Scotland at CARNOUSTIE, PRESTWICK, & MUIRFIELD in Scotland — was recruited to create a links among the massive rolling dunes at Lahinch. Morris, who had also been both head greenskeeper and golf pro at St. Andrews in Scotland, thought the Lahinch site the finest natural setting for golf he had yet encountered. Morris's resulting course, now named the Old Course, effectively set the bar for links course design around the perimeter of Ireland, creating a set of excellent seaside links courses that rival the finest in Scotland and have today made Ireland a top golfing destination. Reason enough that Lahinch Old Course has long been nicknamed the "St. Andrews of Ireland".
          But history at Lahinch did not end with Old Tom Morris. While the Old Course still boasts two original Old Tom Morris holes, the course has twice undergone major re-designs, once during the late 1920s when the great course architect Alister MacKenzie — he of Augusta National and Cypress Point fame — was retained to update Morris's original 18 holes. Then in the late 1990s the Old Course at Lahinch was remodeled again, this time by the respected English course designer Martin Hawtree. The continual evolution of the Old Course has ensured that Lahinch remains ranked among the world's top golf courses.

 


 

LAHINCH Golf Club

LOCATION:
      LAHINCH Golf Club
      Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland
      Tel: (+353) (0) 65 708 1003
      Fax: (+353) (0) 65 708 1592
      e-mail: info@lahinchgolf.com

      WEBSITE

Visitors Welcome:

• Playing the Old Course at Lahinch is restricted to male golfers with handicaps of 28 or less and women with handicaps of 36 or less. Because no handicap certification or proof of club membership required, golfers without registered handicaps may play Lahinch if they are able to play at a competency equivalent to the handicap requirements

• Advance tee times required.

• Courses Open & Playable Year Round.

LENGTH & PAR: Old Course - 18 Holes, Par 72/74
     • Blue Championship Tees: 6,959 yards, Par 72
     • White Tees: 6,613 yards, Par 72
     • Green Tees: 6,339 yards, Par 72
     • Red Ladies' Tees: 5,502 yards, Par 74

LENGTH & PAR: Castle Course - 18 Holes, Par 69/69
     • White Tees: 5,488 yards, Par 69
     • Green Tees: 5,344 yards, Par 69
     • Red Ladies' Tees: 4,849 yards, Par 69

GREENS FEES:

    MAY through SEPTEMber:

     • 18-Hole Championship Old Course: Mo-Fr: €135; Sa-Su: €150.
     • 18-Hole Castle Course: Mo-Fr: €35; Sa-Su: €35.

    april & OCTOber:

     • 18-Hole Championship Old Course: Mo-Fr: €90; Sa-Su: €110.
     • 18-Hole Castle Course: Mo-Fr: €35; Sa-Su: €35.

    MARCH & NOVEMber:

     • 18-Hole Championship Old Course: Mo-Fr: €75; Sa-Su: N/A.
     • 18-Hole Castle Course: Mo-Fr: €30; Sa-Su: N/A.

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FACILITIES:

• Golf Cart (Buggy): none. Lahinch is a classic links, traditionally for walkers.
• Pull Cart (Trolley):
€4 — reserve in advance. Tel: (+353) (0) 65 708 1003.

• Club Rental: €40 — reserve in advance. Tel: (+353) (0) 65 708 1003.
• Caddies available:
Senior Caddy: €45/1-bag; €80/double-bag.
    Standard Caddy: €30/1-bag. Fore Caddy: €20/golfer (minimum 2 golfers)
    Request Caddies in advance. Tel: (+353) (0) 65 708 1003.
• Practice Area including Putting Green.
• Clubhouse with Restaurant & Bar.
• Visitors' changing facilities.
• Pro Shop.

BOOKING OF TEE TIMES (required in advance):
      Tel: (+353) (0) 65 708 1003
      Fax: (+353) (0) 65 708 1592
      e-mail: info@lahinchgolf.com
    ON-LINE —
Credit Card information necessary to hold booking. 100% of greens
               fee charged to your credit card to secure your tee-time booking.
    CANCELLATIONS & NO-SHOWS: Cancellations of existing bookings outside of 30
               days prior to play are subject to a 75% green fee penalty charge.
               Cancellations within 30 days of play are subject to a 100% green fee
               penalty (no refund). No-shows (without notice of cancellation) are
               penalized 100% of greens fees. Full refunds will be issued in the event of
               course closure (for bad weather or any other reason).

    BOOKINGS ARE TRANSFERABLE: Can't make your tee-time? You may designate
               a substitute player (who matches course booking restrictions), or even
               move your tee-time to another available date/time that suits your needs.

    Let HOME AT FIRST make your tee-time reservations at Lahinch Golf Club as
        part of your next trip to Ireland. There is no service fee for this service!

DIRECTIONS: The course is along the west side of the R478 (Liscannor Rd)
         just north of its junction with the east/west N67 (Ennistymon Rd) in Lahinch
         town. Lahinch is about twenty miles NW of Ennis, principal town in County Clare.
         Ennis is about midway between Lahinch on the west coast of County Clare and
         Killaloe, on County Clare's "east coast", along the River Shannon at its outflow
         from Lough Derg.

    NEAREST HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS: In Killaloe, Co. Clare, CENTRAL Ireland
         at the southern end of Lough Derg, about 90 minutes east of the course. Other
        
Home At First Central Ireland lodgings are within about two hours of Lahinch.

A VERY DIFFERENT REGIONAL COURSE OF NOTE:

• Spanish Point: Milltown Malbay, County Clare. Why include this local 9-hole course? Located along the Atlantic coast 8 miles south of Lahinch, Spanish Point offers links golf in an authentic setting, providing an opportunity to experience Irish golf the way it has traditionally been played. The weather, the landscape, the ocean, and the point of the game are the same at Spanish Point as at its neighbor Lahinch. The international acclaim, the amenities, the number of players, and the price per round are the big differences at Spanish Point. And no place is friendlier.


 

 

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ISTORY: Golf at Lahinch began in 1892,
when members of the Limerick Golf Club
with help from Scottish military officers laid out an 18-hole course on the vast expanse of sand dunes wasteland at Lahinch.

Old Tom Morris.
OLD TOM MORRIS.
Photo courtesy Lahinch G.C.

          In 1894 legendary Scottish golfer, Old Tom Morris (of St. Andrews) was invited to come to Lahinch and suggest improvements. Old Tom was taken with the natural golfing terrain. He believed his course revisions put Lahinch on a par with the great links courses of Scotland. Because of the Old Tom Morris connection Lahinch Old Course is often called the "St Andrew's of Ireland".
          Even with Old Tom’s redesign, the club was not finished tinkering with Lahinch. In 1927 another major Scottish course architect, Dr. Alister MacKenzie,  —

Augusta National and Cypress Point are his

 

triumphant USA designs — was brought to Lahinch. He relocated some holes into the dunes and created a number of elevated, undulating greens.

          In 1935, the club renovated the course again, altering several greens and tees. A second course, the shorter, less demanding Castle Course, was added as a 9-hole course in the 1960s and expanded to 18 holes in the 1970s. In the late 1990s English course architect Martin Hawtree (his credits include modifications at the great Portmarnock links in eastern Ireland, and the excellent Sunningdale and Royal Birkdale courses in England) was hired to update MacKenzie's 70-year-old layout, and made significant changes to many of the holes, increasing the course's challenge in response to developments in the modern game of golf. Lahinch continues to be a work in progress, fully prepared to continue its evolution as golf evolves. Blessed with one of golf's great natural settings, Lahinch's evolution will continue to promise one of the game's great links course challenges.


THE OLD COURSE & SOME NOTABLE HOLES

LAHINCH OLD COURSE 15TH HOLE, PAR 4, 466 YDS, #1 HANDICAP
Photos © Lahinch Golf Club and GibsonPics.com

 

 

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AHINCH Lahinch offers two 18-hole courses, the Old Course (1894) and the Castle Course, added in 1975. Because the Castle Course has a distinct personality and set of challenges of its own, this review is limited to the

internationally ranked Lahinch Old Course.

          Lahinch Old Course, beside being one of the top-ranked courses in Ireland

(currently 5th as ranked by Golf Digest Ireland, behind Royal County Down, Portmarnock, Royal Portrush, WATERVILLE, and Ballybunion), is rated 41st in the world outside of the USA by GolfDigest.com. Every hole offers unique challenges making Lahinch Old Course the ideal host venue for the prestigious South of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship, which has been held at Lahinch every September since 1895. To illustrate the variety of challenge — and the outstanding beauty of the Old Course — here are images and descriptions of a few of the more interesting Old Course holes:


#4 – 'Klondyke'

DESIGNED BY OLD TOM MORRIS

LAHINCH OLD COURSE 4th HOLE "KLONDYKE": PAR 5, 475 YDS, #18 HANDICAP
One of two remaining unaltered holes from Old Tom Morris's original 1894 layout, "Klondyke"
is a short par-5 that requires a blind second shot from the narrow valley fairway across a great
sand hill to the unseen green. Holes like Klondyke illustrate the wisdom of hiring a caddy at Lahinch.
Photo © Lahinch Golf Club and GibsonPics.com


#5 – 'Dell'

DESIGNED BY OLD TOM MORRIS

 

LAHINCH OLD COURSE 5th HOLE "DELL": PAR 3, 154 YDS, #16 HANDICAP
Second of two remaining unaltered holes from Old Tom Morris's original 1894 layout, "Dell"
is a short par-3 that requires a blind tee shot to a green hidden between two high sand hills. After
more than a century, Dell remains one of the most photographed and controversial holes in golf.
Photo © Lahinch Golf Club and GibsonPics.com


#7

LAHINCH OLD COURSE 7th HOLE: PAR 4, 411 YDS, #6 HANDICAP
Hole 7 is one of the outstanding par-4s that have earned Lahinch Old Course its international ranking.
Reaching the narrow, elevated 7th green is a challenge rewarded with fine views of the beach and Liscannor Bay.
Photo © Lahinch Golf Club and GibsonPics.com


#11

 

LAHINCH OLD COURSE 11th HOLE: PAR 3, 170 YDS, #13 HANDICAP
One of the completely redesigned holes of the 1999 Martin Hawtree alteration to the Old Course,
Hole 11 requires a precise tee shot to overcome the Atlantic breezes, avoid deep rough,
deeper greenside bunkers, sentinel dunes, and the beach of Liscannor Bay.
Photo © Lahinch Golf Club and GibsonPics.com


#13

LAHINCH OLD COURSE 13th HOLE: PAR 4, 279 YDS, #17 HANDICAP
Looking back toward the tee from the well-protected, three-tier 13th green, the rugged character
of the Old Course is exposed. In the distance is the ruin of medieval Dough Castle, which flanks
Hole 7 of the Castle Course in flatter, less-challenging golf terrain.
Photo © Lahinch Golf Club and GibsonPics.com


 

 

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HE REGION: Lahinch (population less than 600) is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean eight miles north of Milltown Malbay and Spanish Point

(home of a top-quality 9-hole links of the same name) and three miles west of the market town of Ennistymon. Lahinch town is adjacent to the golf club and is

a classic County Clare town of small shops, lively pubs with traditional Irish music, and

friendly locals.
          Around the bay to the northwest are the
Cliffs of Moher, six miles of limestone cliffs. Almost 700 feet high, the cliffs are among the highest in the British Isles.
          Also nearby is a broad, rocky, limestone plateau called
The Burren. The unusual landscape is made mysterious by its many prehistoric sites.
          Galway city is within reach to the north, and County Kerry, with its famous coastal peninsulas (and more
great links golf courses) is immediately south of County Clare, across the expansive barrier of the Shannon Estuary.
          Inland, eastern County Clare,
Limerick and County Tipperary, with their green hills, clean rivers and great lake, Lough Derg, are easily reached. This is the home territory of HOME AT FIRST’s Central Ireland travel program, an ideal location for travel throughout much of the Republic of Ireland.

Main Street antique shop, Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland.
Photo © Home At First

Main Street antique shop, Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland. Photo © Home At First.


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