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Golf in Ireland

IRELAND'S GOLF HISTORY SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

IRELAND'S GOLF COURSES ARE KNOWN THROUGH-OUT THE WORLD, here we mention just a few…

THE EUROPEAN CLUB

This superb links course was designed by Pat Ruddy and is owned and run by the Ruddy family. Located at Brittas Bay in Wicklow this course is another newcomer to the golfing scene. It can boast some of the best links golf in the country and has been rated in the top 10 courses in the country in recent years.As always with links golf, this course provides a forum for a battle with the elements and on a windy day The European Club can provide as tough a challenge as can be seen anywhere in the Ireland!

OLD HEAD OF KINSALE

The Old Head Golf Links is quite simply one of the most remarkable developments ever conceived in the history of golf; an Atlantic promontory that will never be rivaled in terms of drama and beauty. The 220 acre site of five par 3's, five par 5's and eight par 4's is configured as two returning loops of nine holes. Eight of the holes play directly along the cliff tops, providing an exhilarating test of golf and concentration. On a fine day, the Old Head can actually accommodate a fairly low return but the vagaries of the

BALLYBUNION GOLF CLUB (Old Course)

After playing Ballybunion for the first time, a man would think that the game of golf originated here. Located on the Shannon estuary, it is a true seaside links course, virtually treeless and a course of sharp contours throughout. There appears to be no man- made influence. It looks like a course laid out on land back in the 10th century.There is a wild look to the place the long grass covering the dunes that pitch and roll throughout the course making it very intimidating.Yet the course is eminently fair. While there would appear to be a lot of blind shots, there aren’t. Even where there are blind shots, you are given a good idea where you must hit the ball. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Senior, and first opened for play in 1982, the Trent-Jones Cashen Course is Ballybunion's magnificent new course, located among amazingly high sand dunes at the mouth of the River Cashen.To say the course looks natural in its setting is to do it an injustice. The course flows with the land and uses the natural contours to full potential.This is a dateless golf course which after playing makes you ask yourself if you've ever played amid quite such surroundings. Rated in the top 100 by Golf Magazine, the vast majority of Cashen's green positions have been copied by many new course designers. Spectacular and supremely challenging, what can never be copied is the majestic landscape and fresh sea air that is distinctly part of the Ballybunion experience.

THE K CLUB

Set amongst 700 acres of lush Kildare countryside, the Palmer Course at the K Club is arguably the finest parkland golf course in Ireland.Designed by Arnold Palmer, the course hosted the prestigious Smurfit European Open on numerous occasions and of course became the first Irish venue to host the Ryder Cup in September 2006 – when Europe memorably recorded a resounding victory. If ever a golf course reflected the personality of its designer, then surely the Palmer Course at the K Club is it. And while it may seem odd to describe a golf course as charismatic and cavalier, from the moment you arrive at the first tee here, a unique atmosphere envelops you.

The K CLUB – SMURFIT COURSE

The Smurfit Course at The K Club has already been described as one of the great inland golf courses to be developed in Ireland. Best depicted as an inland links the course has many dramatic landscapes with dune type mounding throughout. This assists in making the course into a true Championship Golf Course with many vantage points for spectators to view the Golf Professional at work. Coupled with this point, some fourteen acres of water have been worked into the design especially through the final phase of Hole No's: 13 to 18. A watery grave awaits many a golfer on the home stretch.

WATERVILLE

Since opening in 1973, Waterville has enjoyed great popularity and has hosted some of the world’s leading professionals from Faldo and Floyd to Stewart, O’Meara and Woods, all of whom have been captivated by the course. “One of the greatest golf courses ever built. I have never seen a more consistent succession of really strong and beautiful golf holes than here." 3 times British Open Champion Sir Henry Cotton.

ADARE MANOR GOLF CLUB

Set on 230 lush acres of the Adare Manor Estate, Adare Manor Golf Club was designed by legendary golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and offers a magnificent parkland layout. From his first perception of Adare Manor as having all the flavour of Augusta National, he has created a true masterpiece and one of the leading parkland courses in Ireland.


NOTES ON GOLF IN IRELAND

The majority of Golf Clubs in Ireland require a handicap of 24 for men and 36 for women. Some golf clubs may request a certificate of handicap.

Generally it is necessary to have a good knowledge of the etiquette of golf.

There is almost always a course available but we suggest you reserve it in advance.

Each Golf Club has its own set of rules.

Normally Golf Clubs require a non-refundable deposit in order to guarantee a booking - especially for groups.

It is necessary to reserve caddies in advance - we cannot guarantee their availability otherwise. The price of a caddie varies from € 25.00 to € 35.00 for every 18 hole round (price does not include a tip). It is necessary to pay the caddie master for the services of a caddie.

It is possible to hire a golf cart at almost all Golf Clubs but it is always a good idea to book in advance.

Dress code is important.

Some clubs will request a list of players names, home clubs and handicaps, if not already supplied.

Most Golf Clubs require that a group check in at reservations at least 15 minutes before their tee-times.

Full pre-payment or (non-refundable) deposit is required to confirm tee-times at Golf Course.

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