Drogheda, Co. Louth
18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Current layout by Cecil Barcroft (1914); substantially modified by Tom Simpson & Molly Gourlay (1938).
40 km S of Dundalk / 55 km N of Dublin.
From the M1 motorway (approx 35 km north of Dublin) take the Drogheda exit (not Drogheda South) and follow direction Drogheda Centre. After 2.2 km at traffic lights by bus terminal (Bus Eireann) turn right. After o.2 km turn left direction Town Centre / Baltray (R167). After 50 metres (after crossing river) turn immediately right direction Baltray / Docks. After o.4 mls in front of dock gates turn left and then immediately right onto the Baltray Road (R167). Follow north bank of the River Boyne for 5.2 km, then turn right direction Baltray. After o.6 km turn right into golf.
County Louth Golf Club or "Baltray" as it is also known, is home to an understated gem of a course. The layout will appeal equally to links golf aficionados and golfers simply wanting an enjoyable round on a wonderfully natural coastal golf course. This classic links layout, designed by Tom Simpson and Molly Gourlay, benefits from great routing, many excellent and testing holes, and a quiet and natural setting. The par-3s in particular are a real delight.
Baltray will continually keep you on your toes, steadily weaving its way through an impressive area of sand dunes, with generally good-width fairways guiding you onto the fast and sloping greens. Maintenance standards are generally good here, further contributing to the undoubted pleasures of an outing at County Louth.
Although not as endowed with inspiring ocean views as are many of Ireland's great links courses, Baltray nonetheless captures that natural, through-the-dunes style of golf, from which the game originates. A wonderful and authentic test, great enjoyment and lasting memories are all on offer, courtesy of this Irish gem.
Visitors welcome on weekdays (not Tues) and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course.
County Louth has hosted several big championships including the Irish PGA Championship in 2000, won by Paul McGinley.
Tom Simpson's co-designer at County Louth was Molly Gourlay, a member at Camberley Heath Golf Club, one of the most prominent women golfers of the 1920/30s, and one of the first female golf course architects.
2019 Golf World rating: 68th best course in Britain & Ireland; 11th best in Ireland.
Stameen, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth
+353 (0)41 983 7737Visit website
County Louth; Seapoint
West Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth
+353 (0)41 30965Visit website
Co. Louth; Seapoint.
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