Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original layout designed by the club members, with several subsequent makeovers. Substantial redesign by Martin Hawtree (2005).
34 km W of Killarney
From the centre of Killorglin follow the N70 direction Ring of Kerry / Cahersiveen. After 10.5 km turn right direction Dooks GC. After o.7 km turn left into golf.
Dooks Golf Club: Can there be a more natural and breathtakingly beautiful place to play golf than Dooks? Walk up from the clubhouse to the first tee and the links credentials of the course immediately become apparent; walk to the second tee and the exquisitely beautiful setting stretches out before you ... the Slieve Mish mountains to your left, Rossbehy Creek behind you and Inch Point jutting into Castlemaine harbour in front of you.
As for the golf course, Dooks is a solid links layout with several short par-4s. Plenty of gorse bushes narrow things down off the tee, so an emphasis on accuracy over length is frequently required.
The whole area is wonderfully natural, with the golf course making use of good size sand dunes. Dooks may not be as grand or spacious as many of the top-rated links courses. But its beauty and rustic charm has won many a golfer's heart, and won a worthy place on the list of Ireland's best "hidden gems".
Visitors welcome on weekdays and Saturdays; more restricted on Sundays.
Must book in advance. Proof of handicap may be requested.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course. Caddies and golf carts available if pre-booked.
Golf has been played at Dooks since 1889, introduced to the local aristocracy by officers from the Royal Horse Artillery. To this day, Dooks Golf Club is one of the few remaining habitats for the protected Natterjack toad - hence its adoption as the club's emblem. The club's motto is: “There are no strangers here – only friends we have yet to meet”.
Ireland: 33rd best course in Ireland (Golf World, 2019).
Caragh Lake, Killorglin, Co. Kerry
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Killarney (Killeen, Mahony's Point and Lackabane courses); Beaufort
Caragh Lake, Killarney, Co. Kerry
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Hotel Ard na Sidhe is a wonderful old world Victorian style house, commanding an impressive view over Lake Caragh. Ard na Sidhe means the fairy hill, which is located to the rear of the house with passages leading to a large cave.
Killarney (Killeen, Mahony's Point, Lackabane courses); Beaufort
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