Carne Golf Links, Belmullet, County Mayo
Founded 1992. Links Course
If the term “hidden gem” is an overused expression when describing golf courses, then the phrase should have been exclusively reserved for Carne Golf Links. One of the most westerly courses in Ireland and located about 90 minutes northwest of Westport, the experience of playing at Carne is matched by the experience in getting there but there is no doubt that this is a pilgrimage is worth making. The original 18 holes were designed by legendary Irish course designer, Eddie Hackett and Carne was in fact his last links design project. So impressed was he with the original layout that he commented “don’t change anything after I’m gone or I’ll turn in my grave”. An additional nine holes opened for play in 2013 and if you are making the journey to play Carne, then it’s a good idea to stay for an additional nine. When playing Enniscrone and County Sligo in this part of the country, Carne Golf Links is another in the must-play category.
The main attraction of Ireland as a golf destination may indeed be its great golf courses but the overall experience is influenced by many other factors including great accommodation options, restaurants, pubs, people, and not least it’s stunning scenery and superb visitor attractions. Each region offers something very different and with all locations being quite close together, it’s very easy to mix the stunning countryside and coastline with more urban attractions.
We work closely with our clients to recommend what suits their trip best. You may have a full day to spend sightseeing or you may prefer to squeeze in a quick scenic stop on the way to or from the golf course but we will make sure that you maximise your experience at all times. The below is intended as a very general guide to sightseeing in West and Northwest Ireland Ireland.
Often the path less travelled in Ireland, the region has much to offer. Galway is a vibrant city with excellent restaurants, shops and pubs and it’s a great base from which to explore the the area. Moving west towards Connemara and the beautiful town of Clifden, you will encounter some of the most ruggedly beautiful scenery in Ireland and should include a visit to Connemara National Park and take a hike up Diamond Hill. Other recommendations include Kylemore Abbey (pictured below), the scenic Renvyle Peninsula, Aran Islands and the Quiet Man Museum in Cong.
Travelling north from Connemara, Westport is another lively, picturesque town from where you should make sure to visit Westport House and Gardens, while the more energetic amongst us will enjoy a hike up Croagh Patrick, known as Ireland’s Holy Mountain (pictured below). Another interesting stop is the Ceide Fields Visitor Centre near Ballycastle, while the towering Slieve League Cliffs and Glenveagh National Park should not be missed when in Donegal.