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Carne Golf Links

Co. Mayo, Ireland

In a remote corner of the northwest of Ireland, along ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’ is one of the world’s great links courses that is well worth the pilgrimage to reach. The Carne Golf Links of Belmullet Golf Club has only been in existence since 1992, yet it feels like it has been there forever and is one of the more natural links you will ever have the privilege of playing.

Sitting on a peninsula almost 450 feet above sea level overlooking Blacksod Bay and the historic islands of Inis Gloire and Inis Geidewild, the layout is the last design of the late great Eddie Hackett.

It traverses a variety of linksland, and elevation changes and plays amongst some of the most dramatic and towering dunes to be found anywhere. The natural landscape is so suited for a golf course with natural tee and green sites, that there has been very little earth moved in the construction of any of the three nines.

A perfect example is the signature 11th, a 363-yard par 4, one of the most unusual and confounding holes you will ever encounter. From an elevated tee you hit down to the corner of an extreme dogleg where you will see the approach shot to a previously hidden elevated green. Brave long hitters can take their chances to hit the green in one with a drive directly over the dunes that must clear at least 320 yards.

Course Details

Top 100 Golf Course in UK & Ireland
Top 10 Golf Course in Ireland
Ideal Location for a North West Ireland Golf Tour
Opened in 1992
Designed by Eddie Hackett

The History of Carne Golf Links

The course was the brainchild of the community to bring golf dollars to this hauntingly beautiful but remote section of Ireland.

The original nine holes opened in 1992 and Hackett completed and opened the second nine in 1993. Today this 18-hole course is known as ‘The Hackett 18’ and is played as the featured course every other day.

In 2013, the third nine, known as ‘The Kilmore 9,’ designed by Jim Engh and Ally McIntosh was opened to much fanfare as it traverses some of the largest dunes in the world.  When this nine is combined with the front nine of The Hackett 18, it is known as ‘The Wild Atlantic Way Dunes Course’ and is played on alternate days from The Hackett 18.

When planning your North West Ireland golf trip allow two days for Belmullet. The best way to experience all that Carne Golf Links has to offer is to spend the night in the charming town of Belmullet. Take time to enjoy the Irish craic and fantastic local seafood, then play The Hackett 18 and The Wild Atlantic Dunes Course over two days. You will not receive a warmer welcome at any club in Ireland.


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