Located in the South West corner of Ireland, County Kerry is a true haven for golfers with five of the world’s Top 100 Courses in the region. Also known as ‘The Kingdom’, Kerry now has a reputation for having some of the best golf in Europe and worldwide. Read on to find out why you should play all the classic golf courses in Kerry.
Ballybunion Golf Links…
Ballybunion Golf Links is internationally famous and many legendary golfing figures have hailed it as one of the greatest golf courses in the world. As you arrive into the historic town of Ballybunion, you will immediately see the sweeping links golf course and the very name ‘Ballybunion’ is known by all golf enthusiasts.
Again, another world renowned golf course, Waterville, located on the Ring of Kerry, plays on an amazing platform surrounded by the sea. If you fancy escaping for a few rounds of golf where you can enjoy views of the unspoilt Kerry landscape then a visit to Waterville Golf Course is a must. This is a challenging golf course and is always well maintained so you can test yourself against the dunes of Waterville.
Tralee Golf Course…
Tralee, renowned for it’s annual festival ‘The Rose of Tralee’, is the largest town in County Kerry. Located in the northern half of County Kerry it’s a bustling town which has seen great commercial development in recent years with quality shopping, tourist attractions and a vibrant nightlife scene.
As for Tralee Golf Course, it’s located at Barrow Point, just 8 miles west of Tralee town. And the golf course itself has many scenic and picturesque holes with fine views of Mount Brandon and surrounding Peninsulas. All in all, a great course that is well worth a visit.
Killarney Golf and Fishing Club…
Located just 3 miles west of Killarney town centre, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club boasts a state of the art clubhouse on the lake from which you’ll see the club’s two main golf courses, Killeen and Mahony’s Point. And you can expect to experience some of the most amazing views of Killarney’s lakes and mountains as you golf your way around either course.
Killeen Golf Course has been the host of many major and minor championships which include the 1996 Curtis Cup matches between amateur teams from women in the USA and in Great Britain. Nick Faldo also graced Killeen Golf Club and won the 1991 and 1992 Irish Open.
Mahony’s Point Golf Course is the shorter of the two courses and has an abundance of holes and vantage points on the lake.
Dooks Golf Club is situated just outside the town of Killorglin and is “one of the best kept secrets in Irish golf” according to Ronan Rafferty, Sky Sports and European Golfer of the Year,1989. The following titles were achieved by Dooks Golf Club:
Top 20 Courses: No. 16 Dooks.
10 most difficult courses: No. 6 Dooks.
10 best value courses: No. 1 Dooks.
Top 10 courses for welcome: No. 8 Dooks.
Need we say more? And we haven’t even covered the superb coastal views that you’ll find as you play across the dunes of Dooks!
Ring of Kerry Golf and County Club…
With spectacular scenery overlooking Kenmare Bay, The Ring of Kerry Golf course is yet another golfer’s paradise. The Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club has an 18 hole course and in recent years has managed to establish itself as a favourite among Irish PGA Professionals and many celebrities.
Kenmare itself is a popular bustling little town with an abundance of restaurants, colourful pubs and attractive boutiques along with a whole host of outdoor activities and of course, the wonderful sport of golf!