SWING South West Golf Trail
Ballybunion Old, Dingle,
Killarney Killeen, Lahinch,
Old Head, Ring of Kerry
Play all our SWING clubs in our Ultimate Golf Challenge for an extreme golf experience in the South West of Ireland.
Courses: Old Head, Cork, Killarney Killeen, Waterville, Tralee, Ballybunion Old & Cashen
Length: 7,200 yards
Old Head Golf Club located 7 miles from Kinsale town is a links Course built on a 220-acre diamond of land. It is a remarkably dramatic piece of Ireland, protruding over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. From the tips, the course stretches to over 7,000 yards with a minimum of five tees per hole. The 220-acre site of five par 3’s, five par 5’s and eight par 4’s is configured as two returning loops of nine holes. Eight of the holes play directly along the cliff tops, and all eighteen holes provide stunning ocean views.
With the ever-changing sea breezes, the course provides a stern test to the touring pro and the high handicapper alike. The course has been described as “the most spectacular course on earth” and since its creation in 1997, has become a “must play” for all discerning golfers the world over.
Length: 6,770 yards
Cork Golf Club is a parkland/heathland course, which is located five miles east of Cork City on Little Island and only 30 minutes from Cork International Airport. The course opens with several holes of classic parkland, broad rolling acres of emerald turf studded with stands of ancient trees, rising gently to an escarpment overlooking the River Lee. From there comes an easy descent to two holes hugging the river bank over
From there comes an easy descent to two holes hugging the river bank over country rich in gorse and with a distinct touch of heathland. The final holes are played in an area known as ‘The Park’ and the requirement for accuracy from the tee does not diminish. More intimidation awaits on the elevated 17th tee with out-of-bounds down the left it takes a strong nerve to keep a score going at this hole. At 426 yards the final hole is also demanding – straight and long is the only means of securing a safe par. This course has beauty, variety and challenge in equally generous scoops.
The final holes are played in an area known as ‘The Park’ and the requirement for accuracy from the tee does not diminish. More intimidation awaits on the elevated 17th tee with out-of-bounds down the left it takes a strong nerve to keep a score going at this hole. At 426 yards the final hole is also demanding – straight and long is the only means of securing a safe par. This course has beauty, variety and challenge in equally generous scoops.
Length: 7,123 yards
Killarney Killeen is one of three parkland courses at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, located 3 miles west of Killarney Town. It is nestled amidst the splendour of the famous Killarney lakes with the spectacular backdrop of the Macgillycuddy Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland. The Killeen Course is the jewel in the crown, offering spectacular lakeside scenery but is the most challenging of the three. It is consistently rated amongst the world’s top courses. At 6564 metres it will challenge long hitters with accuracy being vital as there is water on virtually every hole.
Killeen was the host venue of the 2010 and 2011 Irish Open with England’s Ross Fisher and Simon Dyson emerging the respective winners.
Length: 6,802 yards
A breathtaking challenge – the legendary Tom Watson described the glorious links at Ballybunion Golf Club as the best in the world. High praise indeed for this magnificent test of golf which meanders menacingly through massive dunes on the shores of the Atlantic. The Old Course (Par 71, 6598 yards) consistently ranked as one of the
The Old Course (Par 71, 6598 yards) consistently ranked as one of the worlds top ten golf courses, features a graveyard by the first tee, which some say is a warning to golfers who breeze through the first five holes only to come face to face with the ever changing 6th, the fiendish 8th, the daunting par four 11th and the devilishly tricky 15th
Length: 6,975 yards
Tralee Golf Club founded in 1980 is located 8 miles Northwest of Tralee town on the Barrow Peninsula. A sensational Arnold Palmer designed links course alongside a beautiful rugged coastline where one can see the ocean from every hole and a seascape. It lies on the Southwest coast of Ireland at the gateway to the Dingle and Fenit Peninsulas and is one of the world’s most scenic and spectacular true links golf courses.
The magnificent beach and surrounds featured prominently in the epic film Ryan’s daughter on the gentler outward nine you will negotiate the 6th, 7th and 8th known locally as Palmer’s loop. The back nine is a world of extraordinarily wild and massive dunes. The 12th hole is probably the most examining 2nd shot hole in golf where you are faced with a second shot to an elevated green with a deep ravine protecting the green.
From the 14th tee there is a breathtaking view of Banna Strand which is renowned in song and story. The downhill par three 16th and the doglegged 17th are two more outstanding holes. “I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course. I am happy we have one of the world’s great links.” Arnold Palmer
Length: 7,355 yards
Waterville Golf Club founded in 1889 is located on the Ring of Kerry, approximately 1 mile from the village of Waterville and 50 miles from Killarney. Links land is a geological rarity, less than one percent of all the courses in Ireland and the British Isles are championship links, Waterville is one of these. After 80 years of play, the original nine hole course was redesigned by the famous Irish golf architect, Eddie Hackett and the late owner, John A. Mulcahy. Today Waterville is truly mystical. The course gradually introduces the player to its special tempo and rhythm and concludes with a symphony of links beauty. Each hole at Waterville is a wonderful experience, with the 2nd and 3rd holes, both par fours, being particularly impressive. The par three, 17th is probably Waterville’s feature hole. Waterville is one of the finest links golf courses in the world, never mind Ireland.
The course gradually introduces the player to its special tempo and rhythm and concludes with a symphony of links beauty. Each hole at Waterville is a wonderful experience, with the 2nd and 3rd holes, both par fours, being particularly impressive. The par three, 17th is probably Waterville’s feature hole. Waterville is one of the finest links golf courses in the world, never mind Ireland.
The Links resort includes Waterville Golf Links, Waterville House, the Directors residence, and a four-star 18th-century manor. Guests enjoy preferential access to Golf Links and one of the finest salmon and sea trout fisheries in Ireland.
Length: 6,885 yards
Doonbeg Golf Club founded in 2002 is situated about 4 miles North of Doonbeg village and only 45 minutes drive from Shannon International Airport. Set along 1.5 miles of crescent-shaped beach and dunes on Ireland’s south-west coast, Doonbeg Golf Club designed by two-time British Open champion Greg Norman is a thinking man’s course, with a premium on accuracy over power. The majestic dunes, centuries old, reach almost 100 feet. Norman’s philosophy of least disturbance has produced a course created by nature and laid out by man. The
The par-72 layout features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back, playing 6,885 yards from the back tees. The speed and direction of the wind causes a consistent variation in play – to allow for a range of conditions and abilities, most holes feature five or more tee locations. The most natural routing within the existing dunes resulted in an uncommon combination of five par 3’s and five par 5’s. With such unique attributes and stunning views of the Atlantic from 16 holes, it’s clear you’ll never play another course like it.
Length: 6,950 yards
Lahinch founded in 1892 is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland and the Old Course is one of the most respected links courses in the world. It sits right on the Atlantic coastline on the South West Coast of Ireland in county Clare. Lahinch Golf Club has two courses the Castle Course and the Old Course. The Old Course is frequently referred to as the ‘Saint Andrews of Ireland’ as it looks out on the ever-changing Atlantic Ocean. It is a classic links course with rolling dunes and fairways and typical MacKenzie greens. There isn’t a mundane shot on the entire golf course, and your jaw will often drop at the views. Undulating fairways, heavily guarded greens and blind shots are among Lahinch’s challenges.
The Old Course is frequently referred to as the ‘Saint Andrews of Ireland’ as it looks out on the ever-changing Atlantic Ocean. It is a classic links course with rolling dunes and fairways and typical MacKenzie greens. There isn’t a mundane shot on the entire golf course, and your jaw will often drop at the views. Undulating fairways, heavily guarded greens and blind shots are among Lahinch’s challenges.
There isn’t a mundane shot on the entire golf course, and your jaw will often drop at the views. Undulating fairways, heavily guarded greens and blind shots are among Lahinch’s challenges. “Lahinch will make the finest and most popular course that I, or I believe anyone else, ever constructed.” Dr. Alastair Mackenzie
Length: 6,586 yards
(Also called Ceann Sibeal) was founded in 1924 and it is located on Sybil Head west of Ballyferriter on the western extremity of the Dingle Peninsula. The Ballyferriter and Dingle area is rich in Gaelic tradition with the Irish language still very much a part of everyday life. The Club is known as the most westerly golf club in Europe.
Each hole on this magnificent links golf course is carved from the natural landscape of one of the most unspoilt parts of Europe, with hazards laid down long before the game of golf was dreamt of, including a winding burn that twists and turns through the entire course. As you play the course at Dingle Golf Club, the whole panorama of the Dingle Peninsula is revealed – hidden bays with small fishing villages, glorious hills and mountains and the Blasket Islands out in the wild Atlantic. This area abounds in archaeological treasures, wild flora and fauna, arts and crafts and ancient Gaelic culture.
These magical and mystical qualities will make your round of golf at Dingle Golf Club one you will never forget.
“This course has everything that St. Andrews has to offer, and more!” Christy O’Connor Jnr
Length: 6,586 yards
Located 8 miles south-west of Killorglin off the N70 Ring of Kerry route. Golf has been played here since 1889 and the course represents traditional Irish links golf at its best, offering the visitor a unique links experience in a majestic environment.
The links course is set on one of the three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle bay. In the immediate foreground are the sand dune peninsulas of Rossbeigh and Inch and just a few miles away the whitewashed houses of Cromane fishing village provide an eye catching distraction. South eastwards are the famed McGillycuddy’s Reeks, to the Southwest are the lovely cooms and hills of Glenbeigh and across the bay to the north are the Slieve Mish and Dingle mountains.
A truly magical location for a stunning golf course.
“Dooks is maybe the loveliest little golf club in the world. Certainly, I have never been more totally surrounded by superb scenery than at Dooks” David Davies – The Guardian
Course: Links to Parkland
Length: 6,663 yards
Dromoland Golf Club was founded in 1961 and is located inNewmarket-on-Fergus6 miles Southeast of Ennis and 8 miles fromShannonInternationalAirport. The Club is situated within the Dromoland Castle Estate and is a must play golf club on the west coast ofIreland. The golf course is a wonderful parkland challenge that meanders through the estate amongst fine trees and around many natural lakes. It is situated on 400 unspoilt acres of lush wooded parkland enhanced by the gently flowing River Rine which becomes a feature for three of the many beautiful holes on the course.
The natural terrain of the landscape at Dromoland Golf Club poses a considerable challenge to even the lowest handicap, with a profusion of yawning water hazards and concealed bunkers.” A challenging parkland course, amidst the peace and serenity of a beautiful location.” – Gary Player
If you would like to broaden the package by adding 3,4,5 star accommodation and transport we would be more than happy to help. We can layout the golf & accommodation itinerary in a way that best suits your driving times etc. so you can enjoy the ultimate experience without hassle, so all you need to worry about is the great links and parkland golf ahead of you each day.
Cost per person May – Sept from €1,650 and October/April from €1250
– Valid for 2018 at the different rates for the different months.
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