Enniscrone Golf Club, Enniscrone, County Sligo
Founded 1918. Links Course
Amongst the most challenging traditional Irish links golf courses, Enniscrone began life in 1918 as an unrefined nine-hole course near a seaside village but the course was extended to 18 holes in 1974 under the hand of Eddie Hackett, a man who has played a huge part in shaping so many great Irish courses.
Today, Enniscrone offers 27 holes on 400 acres of magnificent links land and the Championship Links has most recently been ranked at 60th in Golf World’s top 100 courses in Britain and Ireland. Frequent host to major Irish amateur events, as more people discover the merits of Enniscrone over time, it will begin to command the international recognition it deserves.
Often the path less travelled in terms of golf, this region has much to offer. Galway is a vibrant city with many excellent restaurants, shops and pubs and it’s a great place to spend a few days. Moving west towards Connemara, you will encounter some of the most ruggedly beautiful scenery in Ireland and you should include a visit to Connemara National Park near Letterfrack. Other recommendations include Kylemore Abbey, the Renvyle Peninsula, Aran Islands and the Quiet Man Museum in Cong.
Travelling north from Connemara, Westport is another lively town where you should take some time to visit Westport House, while the more energetic might enjoy a hike up Croagh Patrick, known as Ireland’s Holy Mountain. Another interesting stop is the Ceide Fields Visitor Centre near Ballycastle, while the Slieve League Cliffs and Glenveagh National Park should not be missed when in Donegal.