Golf Tours of South-West Ireland
Just when you think you’ve discovered the perfect golfing corner of Ireland, another contender appears. Hand in Hand Golf Tours of the South West include such gems as Killarney, Dooks, Ballybunion, Waterville, and Tralee. From rugged links courses to lush parkland, we have the perfect golfing experience for you. Here is an overview of what to expect, but we will tailor your golf tour to suit your taste and itinerary.
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is a historic golfing venue set in Killarney National Park on the shores of Lough Leane. Host to the Irish Open a remarkable four times and home to two 18-hole championship courses, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is an experience you will not forget. The Killeen course combines breathtaking lakeside scenery with challenging golf to players of all abilities, and water features at virtually every hole.
The Mahony’s Point course also offers stunning views of the lakes and the McGillicuddy Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range. The final three holes are particularly dramatic: You play in the direction of the lake, with the 18th hole being described as “one of the most memorable holes in golf.”
You can also play on the nine-hole Lackabane Course.
Dooks Golf Club
Dooks Golf Club suffers because of its proximity to other, more famous golf courses. If it were any place in the world, it would be the subject of a hundred rave reviews, celebrating it as a gem among courses. It may be neglected due to its more high-profile neighbours, but this takes nothing from its quality.
Set on the stunning shores of Dingle Bay, it is a beautiful place to play a round. It is also one of Ireland’s oldest golf clubs, dating from 1889. The course was redesigned in 2002 by Martin Hawtree, making it a top links course well worth including in your golf tour of Ireland’s southwest.
Ballybunion Golf Club
If you’ve played the lush rolling parkland greens of Killarney, the rugged links course of Ballybunion will come as something of a pleasant shock. This is a very different kind of golf. Designed to make the most of the dramatic dunes of the northwest coast of Kerry, Ballybunion presents a choice of exceptionally testing links courses.
The Old Course is a par 71 course that has often featured in lists of the best golf courses in the world. It is also a favourite course of former U.S. president Bill Clinton. The par-72 Cashen Course was designed by Trent Jones. It is as challenging as the Old Course and even more rugged.
Waterville Golf Club
If you play golf at Waterville, you will notice a statue honouring the late Payne Stewart. He was a devoted fan of the course, and it is not difficult to see why. Eddie Hackett’s masterpiece redesigned the original golf course’s nine holes to create today’s front nine,
which contrast neatly with the more exposed back nine, swiftly transitioning to the challenge and beauty of links golf. Tom Fazio’s 2006 redesign simply confirmed Waterville as one of the world’s top 20 links courses.
Tralee Golf Club
Featured on Golf Channel’s top ten ocean courses, Tralee offers players superb views of the wild Atlantic Ocean. Indeed, designer Arnold Palmer pointed that he only designed the first nine holes; God designed the back nine.
Each hole has a story associated with it, and a stunning view rewards each shot. With towering natural dunes, rolling fairways, testing rough, and cliff top tees and greens, Tralee offers a rewarding challenge for any golfer.
Fancy a taste of golf in the southwest?
There are many more great courses to choose from. Contact us at Hand in Hand Tours and we will arrange the ideal golfing experience for you.