Carlow, Co. Carlow
18 holes. Heathland course. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original design by Cecil Barcroft (1899). Later modifications to greens and bunkering by Tom Simpson & Molly Gourlay (1937).
9-hole par-35 Oakpark course.
40 km NE of Kilkenny
From the centre of Carlow follow the N9 direction Dublin. After 2.7km Carlow GC is signposted on your left (after Deerpark roundabout and Statoil Filling Station).
Carlow Golf Club: The 18-hole Deerpark course here at Carlow, laid out over a former wild deerpark, presents the opportunity to play one of Ireland's lesser known inland gems. The feel is quite different from Ireland's classic seaside links or the newer parkland offerings, which seem to be springing up all around.
Some describe Carlow as an inland links, others a classic heathland course (although without the heather). Whatever description is applied, this wonderfully mature and challenging course is structured around a single hill, giving panoramic views onto surrounding countryside. The hill provides the terrain for some fabulous golf holes - not least the plunging par-4 8th and the par-5 18th, played from the top of the hill. You'll also not forget the 12th and 16th holes - two world-class par-4's.
The course is well-designed so that the occasional climbs do not feel too onerous, and green-keeping throughout is usually of a high standard. The greens are generally quite small and run fast and true. Definitely put Carlow on your route planner as you travel down to the south-west or back up to Dublin, and enjoy one of Ireland's best kept secrets.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].
Players generally walk this course.
Carlow started life in 1899 as the Leinster Golf Club with a nine-hole course at Gotham. The name was changed to Carlow GC in 1902 and in 1904 the first clubhouse was constructed for the tidy sum of £99. The Club moved to its current location in 1922. Recent head professionals at Carlow have included the legendary Christy O'Connor Jnr, long-time pro Andy Gilbert, and successful European Tour Damien McGrane.
Ireland: 35th best course in Ireland (Golf World, 2023).
Kilkenny Road, Carlow, Co. Carlow
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