Dromoland Castle Golf Club, Dromoland, County Clare
Founded 1961. Parkland Course
The redesigned Dromoland Castle is a welcome addition to the array of great golf courses in the region. Not so long ago, the course layout did little justice to its opulent surroundings but thanks to a 2003 redesign project led by Ron Kirby and legendary Irish Amateur Joe Carr, Dromoland Castle now measures some 6,300 yards from the medal tees and more than adequately compliments the stunning castle hotel on-site.
It may never command the stellar reputation of its near links neighbours at Lahinch and Doonbeg and may also be second in terms of quality to nearby Adare Manor but Dromoland is now a golf course worth playing in its own right. And if you happen to be staying at Dromoland Castle itself, a round here is highly recommended given the time.
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.