Holidays in Ireland
Coolclogher House is the perfect rental property for a Golfing Vacation
in Ireland. Ireland is a Golf adventurers dream, with over 400 Golf Courses
throughout the length and breadth of the country to choose from. Whether
you are a dedicated and experienced Golfer or a relative novice you are
sure to enjoy an unforgettable round of golf at one of the numerous 18
hole and Championship Golf Courses within easy driving distance of Coolclogher
The wonderful natural beauty of Co Kerry provides a stunning backdrop
to many of the courses detailed below - but beware, with such breathtaking
scenery all around, it can be difficult to keep your eye on the ball!
Killarney Golf Club
has been played in Killarney since 1891, originally on a nine hole inland
course. Then in 1930 it was expanded to an 18 hole course. The expansion
brought the course to the lakeside and added outstanding beauty.
The flagship of Killarney's three courses, this is truly one of the greatest
courses in the country. At 6474 metres it will certainly challenge the
longest of hitters and with water on almost every hole accuracy is essential.
Killeen played host to the Carroll's Irish Open in both 1991 and 1992,
and proved to be a stern test for the Pro's. For the 1991 Carroll's Irish
Open, only three players finished under par for the tournament.
Killarney's second superb course, situated beside the famous Lakes of
Killarney, is a good test for golfers of all skill levels. At 6164 metres
it is the shortest of the three courses, but with a combination of well
undulated greens, well positioned bunkers and water hazards, wayward shots
may find big trouble.
The latest addition to the Club, this course is still in its infancy but
is already proving to be quite a challenge. At 6410 metres it is of championship
standards and the design is fantastic. With lakes and streams running
through the course, it adds to the beauty and also adds a lot of danger
to crooked shots.
Tralee Golf Club
Representing the first European design of Arnold Palmer, Tralee Golf Club
in southwestern Ireland is one of the most spectacularly beautiful golf
courses you will ever encounter. And while beauty often masks certain
deficiencies in a golf course, that is certainly not the case with Tralee.
Having completed his masterpiece, Palmer commented: "I have never
come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf
course. I am happy that we have one of the world's great links here".
Ross Golf Club
This is a unique championship standard 9 hole course, only 5 minutes
walk from Coolclogher House. A truly spectacular setting with mountains,
lakes, woodland, Ross Castle and Flesk River. Affiliated to the Golfing
Union of Ireland and with professional tuition available, Ross Golf Club
is the ideal setting to play a relaxed round of golf and meet some of
the locals. Refreshments are available all day and there are clubs and
caddy cars for hire.
Beaufort Golf Club
among 200 year old trees, 12th century castle ruins, fairy lios and rolling
hills, Beaufort Golf Course is designed for all golfers and is within
15 minutes of Coolclogher House.
The course presents magnificent views of the McGillycuddy Reeks from
all points. Carved from natural terrain, every hole offers the golfer
fair but demanding shots with lake, mature trees and deep bunkers penalising
the wayward. Special features on this par 71 Championship course are the
multiple tee boxes, generous fairways, large contoured greens, and Castle
Core which dominates the back nine is an integral part of this challenge.
Waterville Golf Club
by one enthusiast as 'The Hope Diamond' on the Ring of Kerry, this course
was the dream of Irish American Jack Mulcahy. Designed by Irelands pre-eminent
golf architect, Eddie Hackett, Waterville has achieved status as 'one
of the best' in only 25 years. The 14th and 18th holes were selected by
Christy O'Connor in his all-Ireland greatest 18. From the 17th tee you
have spectacular views of the course, the bay, the sea and the distant
mountains. Every hole is distinct with not a weak one to be found among
Ballybunnion Golf Club
The Old Course
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 where there is a wild look to the place with 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 arenít. Even where there are blind shots, you are
given a good idea where you must hit the ball. The course doesnít fool
The Cashen Course
the moment that you shoot out of the funnel at the 1st right, up until
your final drive over a wasteland, and thence to the magnificent finish
of the elevated 18th green, you will have traversed a quite incredible
golf course. Many of the green surfaces, traps and contours have been
created by nature, no architect could have designed better.
There is no more natural a golf hole in the world than the 10th, an
outrageously beautiful stretch of God-given terrain but many will consider
the 13th to be the most spectacular hole on the course. From the landing
area you will be looking at perhaps the most superb green-site that has
been conceived. As for the par fives, their length and challenge is matched
only by their stunning beauty.
Ring of Kerry Golf Club
one of Kerry's foremost golfing experiences, the Ring of Kerry Golf Club
sits majestically overlooking spectacular Kenmare Bay. This 18 hole, par-71
world-class, golf course nestles between the towering majesty of the MacGillycuddy
Reeks and the Caha mountains and enjoys an unspoilt view of one of the
most panoramic scenes to be found on any golf course in Ireland.
Designed as a 'world class' golf course you will find the course sufficiently
flexible to challenge competent and experienced players from the back
teeing areas, yet capable of being played and enjoyed by the average handicap
player from middle and forward teeing areas. The course is also of a standard
capable of hosting smaller professional golf events, both Irish and European.