Featured Irish Golf Course
Dooks Golf Links
Dooks Golf Links
Founded 124 years ago, Dooks Golf Links is situated in the panoramic corner of Dingle Bay, Co.Kerry. This course serves up some of the most spectacular views that Irish links golf has to offer with the McGillycuddy’s Reeks to the east, the hills of Glenbeigh to the west and to the north are the Dingle Mountains and Slieve Mish.
The course is set out on one of three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle Bay. The course is known to be the hidden gem of the south-west, with golfers getting to experience links golf at it’s best without the premium green fee. The number of rounds played has been growing year on year and 2017 is set to be it’s most successful year to date.
The front 9 features some tightly laid out holes where accuracy is paramount. Most notable is the par-4 7th which is almost impossible to reach in 2 if the wind is against. The 150 yard 13th hole has been quoted as a throwback to the time when golf began, with the approach playing into an amphitheatre style green. The closing hole, a long, slightly uphill par 4 to a guarded green provides a tough ending to a wonderful track.
The Clubhouse is a modern building with locker facilities for visiting golfers, a Pro-shop and Bar/Dining room. The bar and dining facilities offer visiting golfers the opportunity to relax in comfort and the opportunity to chat with the members. A menu which includes both light snacks and more substantial meals, all freshly prepared using local produce is available throughout the day.
With Killarney only 30-40 minutes drive away, it is the best option for accommodation in the south-west. Known as Ireland’s premier tourist town, Killarney has countless, top quality hotels, all a short walk from the town centre. Whether you are looking for a luxurious 5* Hotel, a comfortable 4* Hotel, a friendly 3* Hotel or a welcoming Guest House, Killarney has plenty to offer. For 5* you can choose the centrally located Killarney Park Hotel while the Hotel Europe and Aghadoe Heights which are both located outside the town. If 4* would be your preference your options include the Malton Hotel, Randles Court Hotel or Killarney Plaza. 3* Hotel or Guest House selection can be made at McSweeney Arms Hotel, Eviston House Hotel, Fairview Guest House or the Killarney Lodge, all of which are only a short walk from the town centre.
Local Bars & Restaurants
For a small town option, Glenbeigh has some great options for food and drink! Rumours Bistro, Towers Restaurant and The Olde Glenbeigh Hotel are all located in the centre of the town, just over 5 minutes from the Golf Links. For a unique dining experience, you can visit the Red Fox Inn, on the Killarney road to Dooks, part of the Kerry Bog Village Experience.
Alternatively, you could travel back to Killarney which has about 50 pubs, so it’s no wonder that this little town in the south-west of Ireland is one of the top destinations in the country! This is quite a number considering that Killarney is a small town, so you’re sure to find something to suit your taste. From traditional Irish pubs to lively disco bars, Killarney is sure to not disappoint. Some of the best would be The Danny Mann for Craic agus Ceol (Fun and Music), K-Town Bar for Live Music, The Grand Hotel Bar & Nightclub for great bands and late night fun, Buckley’s for Real Traditional Music, Murphy’s for Drink, Food & Entertainment and Tatler Jacks for some live sport.
The selection of top restaurants would rival the bars, with options from Pub Grub to al-a-carte to fine dining, there is an option for every taste. A full list of the restaurants can be found here.
Local Sights & Attractions
Dooks Golf Links is located along the Ring of Kerry and if you would like to take in some sights either to or from your round, there are a number of shortened routes you can take between Killarney and Dooks. Rossbeigh, one of Ireland’s finest beaches, is located a short drive from Dooks. If an insight into Ireland in the 18th century would be of interest, a visit to the Bog Village is a must, only 5 minutes from Dooks Golf Links, the village gives you a fascinating insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland in the 18th Century. The village is the only one of its kind in Europe and is one of Kerry’s leading tourist attractions. Ideal for families and tourists with spacious parking and a restaurant and bar onsite.
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