The West of Ireland Golf trip, where the golf courses have been chiseled from the landscape, present some of the most natural and challenging links you are likely to find anywhere in the world.
Perhaps the courses are not as well known as their counterparts in south west Ireland or indeed in Northern Ireland, but nevertheless these courses are simply unmissable!
Starting at Connemara Golf Links, and working your way northwards, you will be blown away by the stunning vistas and challenging course layouts.
Connemara has been described as a miracle , and the nearby town of Clifden offers some great accommodation options as well as a lively selection of bars and restaurants.
Travelling north along the coast and on to Carne Links, near Belmullet at the furthest western point. The 27 holes of golf at Carne more than compensate for the journey!
Travelling eastward you will reach Enniscrone Golf Links, one of the rising stars of Irish golf. The dunes are simply jaw dropping, and if the wind is up, and which it invariably is, be ready for as stern and thrilling a round of golf you will ever play!
The Seasons Lodge guesthouse, will provide nice lodgings and a hearty breakfast to have you fit and raring to go as you move on to County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point. Home to the West of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship, be prepared for a feisty round at County Sligo, as this course will give you nothing for nothing. Inspired by the spectacular Ben Bulben mountain backdrop, this is a course you will want to return to.
Nearby Strandhill Links is a gem, not as well known as County Sligo, but worth a visit, when you are visiting the region.
In the words of the famous Irish poet WB Yeats, whose grave also lies under the shadow of Ben Bulben, when considering the west of Ireland golf trip, you might think "All changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born"
What is it about the Old Head golf links on the south coast of Ireland that inspires golfers to describe it as one of the most spectacular golf courses in the world? For nearly twenty years, we have been including the Old Head on south west Ireland golf itineraries, and we cannot recall meeting anyone who did not marvel at the experience. We could say that most people are blown away, not be the wind, but by the combination of the golf course presentation and jaw dropping vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and nearby headlands.
As you drive out along the headland a sense of expectation builds as you survey the rich and green pastures of the surrounding countryside. Soon you reach the end of the road, quite literally, and pass through the gates that take you on to the Old Head. It is an assault on the senses from every direction. To the left you see greens perched close to the edge of the headland which tumbles towards the Atlantic. To the right, you catch a glimpse of the 12th hole, with its tee box tucked in by the cliff edge and you wonder how you will navigate your drive to the fairway waiting on top. As yo drive further along, the iconic lighthouse comes in to view as it towers over the 18th tee. The clubhouse, nestles quietly and unobtrusively in the background. There is no better place to enjoy a drink and something to eat either before or after your round.
The Old Head is one of a select few courses in the world that leaves a lasting impression etched in the golfers memory. An Irish golf tour is all the richer for its inclusion.
Enniscrone Golf Links -Voted 14th Best Golf Course in Ireland’s Top 100 - A must play on your next Ireland Golf Trip!
Enniscrone Golf Links was voted 14th Best Golf Course in Ireland’s Top 100 - A must play on your next Ireland Golf Trip!
This spectacular golf links is located on the scenic West Coast of Ireland in County Sligo. Enniscrone known for having some of the largest dunes in Ireland, jutting out on a promontory into Killala Bay at the mouth of the River Moy Estuary.
Founded in 1918, today Enniscrone Golf Club offers 27 holes of links golf. Combining some of the best Irish links golf on the Dunes course, or on the Eddie Hackett-and Donald Steel designed nine-hole, 3,367 yard, Scurmore Course.
The Dunes, is a 7,033 yard, par 73, championship links course, often a venue for National and Golfing Union of Ireland’s top amateur events. It evolved from Eddie Hackett’s original 18-hole design. The traditional links layout was reconfigured to include six new holes in the seaside dunes. Renowned architect Donald Steel designed the six new holes, and The Dunes was further refined to include four men’s tee boxes to suit golfers at all handicap levels.
It is no wonder that Enniscrone is considered a must play golf course on a west of Ireland golf itinerary. In planning their Ireland golf trip, many golfers play Enniscrone as well as nearby Carne Golf Links and County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point.
Please review Enniscrone and the other stunning golf courses on our North West Ireland golf trip.
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