Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Estate,
Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Original layout designed by American course architect Brook L. Wigginton (1961). Significant improvements made by Ron Kirby and Joe Carr (2003).
17 km NW of Limerick
Take N18 south from Ennis direction Limerick / Shannon. After 7.7 km take R512 exit direction Quin / Dromoland. At roundabout at top of exit ramp follow R458 direction Newmarket-on-Fergus. After 800 m Dromoland Castle is on your left.
Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club: In 2003 Ron Kirby was commissioned to significantly improve the golf course at Dromoland Castle, installing new greens, tees, drainage and one or two layout changes, which also added 850 yards to the course's length.
The essential ingredients of undulating parkland obviously remained - the course contains a pleasant mix of both open and more wooded stretches, sometimes in expansive countryside, sometimes more tree-lined and other times hugging the castle's impressive lake. The plunging par-3 7th, with the castle and lake as a backdrop, is one of the great holes on the course.
However, there are also some potential card-wreckers, particularly those involving water and most especially the 11th, which requires a precise drive over a marsh and onto a ribbon-like strip of fairway.
Dromoland's golf course doesn't quite measure up on all counts to some of Ireland's premier parkland courses (e.g. K Club, Carton House or Mount Juliet), but in combination with the castle, it does provide a top-quality Stay & Play location and a great base from which to discover the west of Ireland.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 28; women 36.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
The ancestral home of the O'Brien family (also known as the Barons of Inchiquin), Dromoland Castle is one of the most famous baronial castles in Ireland. The O'Briens are one of the few native Gaelic families of royal blood - direct descendants of Brian Boroimhe (Boru), High King of Ireland in the eleventh century.
Ireland: 56th best course in Ireland (Golf World, 2019).
Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare
+353 (0)61 368 144Visit website
This luxury 5-star castle hotel overlooks its own championship golf course and a glistening lake. Seamlessly blending old-world elegance with contemporary luxury, Dromoland Castle offers gourmet fine dining, a 5-star luxury spa, indoor heated pool and a wide array of outdoor sports and leisure activities.
Dromoland, Co. Clare
+353 (0)6568 23000Visit website
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