Dooks Golf Club, Glenbeigh, County Kerry
Founded 1889. Links Course
Situated just 35 minutes from Killarney on the scenic Ring of Kerry coastal route, Dooks is one of the hidden links gems of the Irish Southwest. Dooks is an understated and friendly club but the quality of the course is excellent and the warmth of welcome one of the very best. A round here offers great value for money and illustrates the strength in depth of golf courses in this region.
Another club with its roots firmly in the 19th Century, the initial nine holes at Dooks were laid out in 1889 and the course opened as an 18 hole layout as recently as 1970. Dooks was substantially remodeled by renowned architect, Martin Hawtree, from 2002 and the current layout opened for play in 2006. Measuring just over 6,300 yards from the medal tees, Dooks’ par 71 layout is certainly worth its place amongst the best of the Southwest.
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.