Photo of County Louth Golf Club "Baltray"

County Louth Golf Club


Drogheda, Co. Louth

  • Office

    +353 (0)41 988 1530
  • Fax

    +353 (0)41 988 1531
  • Golf pro

    Paddy McGuirk (PGA, Head Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

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

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Current layout by Cecil Barcroft (1914); substantially modified by Tom Simpson & Molly Gourlay (1938).

SSS or slope






How to get there:

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 "Baltray"

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1892

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.

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  • Photo of County Louth Golf Club "Baltray"
  • Photo of County Louth Golf Club "Baltray"
  • Photo of County Louth Golf Club "Baltray"
  • Photo of County Louth Golf Club "Baltray"
  • Photo of County Louth Golf Club "Baltray"
  • Photo of County Louth Golf Club "Baltray"
  • Photo of County Louth Golf Club "Baltray"
  • Photo of County Louth Golf Club "Baltray"
  • Photo of County Louth Golf Club "Baltray"
  • Photo of County Louth Golf Club "Baltray"
  • Photo of County Louth Golf Club "Baltray"
  • Photo of County Louth Golf Club "Baltray"


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays (not Tues) and weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' Sept): Mon-Thur €165; Fri-Sun €185. Shoulder season (April & Oct): €120.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].

Other information

Players generally walk this course.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

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.

Published ranking

GB&I: 54th best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2020/21).
Ireland: 11th best course in Ireland (Golf World, 2019).


  • Boyne Valley Hotel & Country Club3-star

    Stameen, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth

    +353 (0)41 983 7737

    Visit website
    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:


    • Golf within 30 km:

      County Louth; Seapoint

  • Westcourt Hotel3-star

    West Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth

    +353 (0)41 30965

    Visit website
    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:

      Co. Louth; Seapoint.

    • Golf within 30 km:

      The Island

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