Carlingford Rd (R173),
Dundalk, Co. Louth
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Rural countryside and woodland.
Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock
4 km NE of Dundalk
Take the M1 from Dublin and follow direction Belfast. Continue on the motorway until its end just north of Dundalk (ignore signs for Dundalk South and Dundalk Central). At the end of the motorway take the second exit off the second roundabout, direction Carlingford (R173). After approx 1 km, Ballymascanlon House Hotel is on your left.
Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Golf & Leisure Club: Conveniently situated just a few minutes from the Dublin - Belfast motorway, this stay-and-play venue combines its own well designed hotel leisure course, with the opportunity to drive to some of the more famous names of Irish golf not so far away (Royal County Down and County Louth included).
Although lacking championship length, the course at Ballymascanlon is not without its fair share of testing holes. The mainly tree-lined fairways demand a good level of accuracy (rather than length) from the tee, with water hazards also getting into the act on a few occasions - the par-4 7th has one of the toughest of the water-guarded greens. The short, downhill par-5 4th hole is one of the most picturesque on the course, where a tight tee-shot has to be guided between an opening in the trees. Mid and high handicappers will be tested around Ballymascanlon; low-handicappers may however find it a bit on the short side. With pleasant views onto the Mountains of Mourne, and some ancient burial sites (dolmens) adjacent to the course, Ballysmascanlon has plenty of interesting features, if not abundant length.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course.
The original mansion house, in which the hotel is located, dates from around 1840, although the estate has been the family seat of the Scanlons of Oriel since 833 AD.
Carlingford Road (R173), Dundalk, Co. Louth
+353 (0)42 935 8200Visit website
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