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Connemara Golf Links

Ballyconneely,

Clifden, Co. Galway

  • Office

    +353 (0)95 23 602
  • Pro shop

    +353 (0)95 23 502
  • Fax

    +353 (0)95 23 662
  • Golf pro

    Hugh O'Neill (PGA Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    27 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Eddie Hackett

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7055
6235
5460
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
75
71
72

At the same location:

Above distances are for the A-B combination. The C-nine (Outlaw), at 3145 yards from the back tees, is shorter than the other two nines.

Location

Latitude:

53.420991

Longitude:

-10.143954

How to get there:

100 km W of Galway

From Galway take the N59 west; from Westport take the N59 south. In the town of Clifden take the R341, direction Ballyconneely. After approx 5 miles bear right in Ballyconneely (at Keogh’s Pub) and follow direction Bunowen. Take first right past Bunowen Castle. Follow Golf Course Road to entrance.

Connemara Golf Links

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 1973

Connemara Golf Links: Wild, wonderful and west - and about as far west as Ireland's mainland will take you. Perched on the edge of Europe, the golf course at Connemara can be a little bit of a trek to get to, but the drive out here and the dramatic coastal scenery that awaits, offers the travelling golfer an unforgettable round.

This classically open seaside links is laid out on undulating coastal terrain, where rock formations protrude through the ground as much as sand dunes sit on top of it. The opening holes are the flattest, but things become distinctly more undulating and interesting the further your round progresses. Ballyconneely Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are stunningly in view from all 27-holes ... something to marvel at in good weather, but possibly curse if the wind and rain is coming at you horizontally, as is sometimes the case.

Playing to your handicap on a first outing represents an ambitious target. On the closing stretch (B-9) the long par-3 13th serves up a real tester, while the greens at the par-5 14th and par-4 15th are cut high into a hillside. With the natural splendour of the Twelve Bens mountain range etched against the skyline, it's easy to be captivated by Connemara's immensely scenic and wonderfully rugged links golf course.

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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct): €85 (all days).

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available (if pre-booked).

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

The Irish playwright and novelist Oscar Wilde once described Connemara as a "savage beauty". This rugged and largely undeveloped corner of County Galway, bordered on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, is regarded by many as the real emerald of the Emerald Isle.

From the Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic, they say you'll know you're in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. This natural terrain and unspoilt environment offers the visitor a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend the kind of generous hospitality which is the essence of Ireland.

Published ranking

2019 Golf World rating: 26th best course in Ireland.

Where2Stay

  • Renvyle House Hotel3-star

    Connemara, Co. Galway

    +353 (0)95 43511

    Visit website

    Renvyle House is a historic country house hotel, situated in the wild splendour of Connemara on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is located on 200 acres which include a private lake, a 9-hole golf course, 1km of beach, woodlands and gardens.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      No

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Connemara

  • Ballynahinch Castle4-star

    Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway

    +353 (0)95 31 006

    Visit website

    A luxury castle hotel, Ballynahinch Castle is located at the heart of the Ballynahinch Estate, 450 acres of beautiful woodlands, gardens, lakes and rivers. This sporting country estate offers a secluded retreat for any visitor.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      No

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Connemara (35 km)

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