LAHINCH GOLF CLUB - Lahinch features a couple of blind holes and true classic links flavor. Golf Magazine rates it #35 in the world (2017 ranking). Lahinch Golf Club was laid out in 1892 by Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews fame, and in the early 30's, Dr. Alistair MacKenzie rededsigned some holes, making it one of the best links courses in Ireland. Some even call it "The St. Andrews of Ireland", but that might be selling it short as far as difficulty goes. It is in the scenic area of western Ireland, complete with ruins, cliffs, blind tee shots and plenty of wind. Lahinch is famous for some legendary weather forecasters: goats that huddle around the clubhouse when a storm approaches.
DOOKS GOLF CLUB - Dooks is a traditional links course with a unique character that must be seen to be believed. A classic links course and considered one of the great “sleeper courses” in Ireland! Close to Killarney, Dooks is an an excellent golf option while in Kerry and golf has been played here since 1889. The par 70 golf course is set out on one of three stretches of sand-dunes at the head of the bay. It plays much longer than the scorecard suggests! And so, for the golfer who is seeking a beautiful and tranquil environment to enjoy good golf, Dooks presents a convincing case. Hole number 13 best illustrates the charm and magic of Dooks, because it is a throwback to the time when golf began. A good course with carts available, make sure to give it a whirl while in County Kerry.
WATERVILLE GOLF LINKS - This is an outstanding links, overlooking Ballinskegs Bay, and was once proclaimed “the most heavenly hell on earth”. Sometimes Waterville is ranked in the world top 100, and always it’s ranked in the top 2 or 3 courses by visitors on a southwest Ireland golf holiday. At Waterville, the earth, sky, mountains, ocean and the ever-present teasing winds combine to excite the senses. Golf in Waterville owes its beginnings to a foreign influence. It gained initial impetus from the laying of the trans-Atlantic telegraph cable and then the workers who came to Waterville in the 1800’s. With so many men stationed in such a remote location, it was inevitable that their minds would turn to sport and recreation. Golf was undoubtedly featured on the agenda from the 1800’s forward. The course features a nice statue in tribute to former Captain Payne Stewart, and the course was tuned up by Tom Fazio in 2005, to much world acclaim. Tiger Woods has often practiced for the British Open at Waterville. Access to Waterville is by means of the scenic Ring of Kerry route (half way around) making it a spectacular sightseeing day. Some carts are available or plenty of caddies.
TRALEE GOLF CLUB - Designed by Arnold Palmer and situated on a beautiful corner of Kerry's southwest coast, some of the greatest views in the world can be seen from the tough holes. The front nine is a little easier but the back nine is as good and tough as it gets! Palmer said: "I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course". The layout spans 160 acres onthe western side of Barrowe's Island. The clubhouse is among the most welcoming of all the west coast courses. It is only about 45 minutes from Killarney.