Ceann Sibeal (Dingle)
Ceann Sibeal Golf Club, Ballyferriter, County Kerry
Founded 1924. Links Course
One of the lesser known links courses in Southwestern Ireland, Ceann Sibeal (Dingle) Golf Club is nonetheless a worthy addition to any schedule in the region. Situated on the spectacular Dingle Peninsula, a trip to play here can be combined with a stunning drive along the peninsula and lunch in Dingle itself. Ceann Sibeal offers exceptional value for money and it’s a great way of keeping the overall costs in check without compromising the experience.
Designed by the legendary Eddie Hackett, Ceann Sibeal measures 6,700 yards but makes up in character what it might lack in length. Ceann Sibeal is known as the most westerly golf course in Europe and is one of the hidden links gems of the Irish southwest. Each hole is carved from the natural landscape, while its hazards were laid down by nature long before the game of golf was even dreamt of, including a winding burn that twists throughout the entire course.
Offering so much superb scenery, interesting attractions and beautiful little towns and villages, it is impossible to find the time to take in everything in this region of Ireland. The main city is Cork and while in the area, visitors should be sure to include the likes of Blarney Casstle, Fota Wildlife Park, Cork City Jail Heritage Centre, Titanic Experience Cobh and Midleton Distillery.
Another location you are likely to find yourself is Kinsale, a beautiful harbour town south of Cork City and convenient for play at the Old Head Golf Links. Known as the gourmet capital of Ireland, Kinsale boasts many superb restaurants but you should also take in a Kinsale Harbour Cruise and visit the stunning Charles Fort just outside town.
Killarney is a particularly popular location for golfers and as a central base from which to play the great courses nearby, Killarney is hard to beat. Whether you have a full free day to take in the sights or a half day before or after golf, there is much to see, including the scenic Dingle Peninsula, Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, Torc Waterfall, the Gap of Dunloe, Killarney National Park, Ross Castle and Kate Kearney’s Cottage.
A typical golfing itinerary in the Southwest would see you spend at least some time in the Clare area, from where you can play the likes of Lahinch & Doonbeg. Here again, there are many options. If you are travelling with family, a trip to the Aillwee Caves in Ballyvaughan is a great day out, while other locations of interest include the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, the Burren Centre and Craggaunowen Living Past.