Dooks Golf Club


Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry

  • Office

    +353 (0)66 976 8205
  • Pro shop

    +353 (0)66 976 8205
  • Fax

    +353 (0)66 976 8476
  • Golf pro

    Daniel Sugrue (PGA Head Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Original layout designed by the club members, with several subsequent makeovers. Substantial redesign by Martin Hawtree (2005).

SSS or slope






How to get there:

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

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1889

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".

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Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and Saturdays; more restricted on Sundays. No outside visitors during Nov and Dec.

Must book in advance. Proof of handicap may be requested.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18 holes in high season (mid-April thru' late-Oct): €170 (all days).

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Caddies and golf carts available if pre-booked.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

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”.

Published ranking

Ireland's 30th best course (Golf World, 2023).
Britain & Ireland's 149th best course (Golf World, 2022).


  • Caragh Lodge3-star

    Caragh Lake, Killorglin, Co. Kerry

    +353 (0)66 9769 115

    Visit website
    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:


    • Golf within 30 km:

      Killarney (Killeen, Mahony's Point and Lackabane courses); Beaufort

  • Hotel Ard-na-Sidhe4-star

    Caragh Lake, Killarney, Co. Kerry

    +353 (0)66 69105

    Visit website

    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.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:


    • Golf within 30 km:

      Killarney (Killeen, Mahony's Point, Lackabane courses); Beaufort

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