Connemara Golf Links, Ballyconneely, County Galway
Founded 1973. Links Course
Originally designed by Eddie Hackett and Tom Craddock, Connemara was founded in 1973 and an additional nine holes were subsequently added in 2000. Perched on the edge of Europe, Connemara Golf Club is located between the Twelve Bens Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean in one of the most scenic settings imaginable but is also less than 90 minutes from Galway. Connemara may not command such international recognition as the likes of Ballybunion, Tralee or Lahinch but it is a fine links golf course, a stern challenge and a definite inclusion when in the area. It’s the perfect addition when travelling from Westport towards Galway or Shannon and is one of those courses that also balances the books in terms of value for money.
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.