Esker Hills Golf Club

4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Esker Hills Golf Club Est. 1996

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Esker Hills Golf Club: It must have been difficult to envisage the creation of a championship golf course amongst this tightly folding and somewhat hilly terrain. However, that didn't deter Christy O'Connor Jnr from designing a thoroughly absorbing, challenging and highly enjoyable layout.

Every hole at Esker Hills, home club of Open Champion Shane Lowry, has its unique contours and challenges. Sometimes a blind drive or approach shot is required, at other times water hazards try to get into the act. Whether meandering uphill or down dale, along tree-lined fairways or into more open spaces, O'Connor continually keeps the interest of the golfer in mind, testing your overall game, but fairly so.

The greens are generally large and sloping, with good quality bunkering offering additional defence. If you choose to walk the course you'll certainly have burnt off some calories by the closing stretch, but you'll also have the opportunity to reflect on a wonderfully scenic, always probing and delightful layout here in the midlands of Ireland.

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Making Contact

Esker Hills Golf Club
Tullamore, Co. Offaly 
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Office   +353 (0)57 935 5999
Pro Shop   +353 (0)57 935 5999

  +353 (0)57 935 5021

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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Rural countryside.
Designer: Christy O'Connor Jr.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6626 5836 5043
Par 71 71 72
SSS or Slope 71 69 71
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How2Get There?

35 km SE of Athlone
From Tullamore in Co. Offaly, follow the N80 direction Clara and Moate. After approx 5 km turn left off the N80 and follow direction Esker Hills.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes: Sun-Fri €30; Sat €35. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Handicap required.
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire (if booked in advance).

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

Esker Hills is home to European Tour professional and Open Championship winner Shane Lowry. Shane had a glittering amateur career at Esker Hills, which culiminated in 2009 when he became the first amateur golfer ever to win the Irish Open championship. In 2019, as a professional, he went one better and became one of the select band of Irish golfers to lift the Claret Jug as the (British) Open Champion.

Sculpted by natural forces at the end of the last Ice Age (10,000 years ago), County Offaly's narrow ridges of sand and gravel now form the Esker Riada and provide Esker Hills golf course with its contouring. Research has shown that a nine-hole golf course existed for a number of years from 1885 adjacent to the present 16th tee. The revival of golf in this natural location was the brainchild of the Molloy and O'Brien families who own these lands.

Nearby Tullamore is home of the world famous Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.

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Golfer's Comment
A challenging course that really makes you think your way round >>> a few quirky holes, but overall very well designed >>> hilly, take a buggy.
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Latitude: (53.295362)
Longitude: (-7.563980)
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Tullamore Court Hotel 4-star
Tullamore, Co. Offaly
+353 (0)57 934 6666

Located on the outskirts of Tullamore, Co Offaly, the Tullamore Court Hotel is an ideal central Ireland location, just over 60 minutes to Dublin, Galway and 75 minutes from Limerick. A short 5-minute walk from Tullamore train station, the hotel offers luxury accommodation, highly acclaimed food and extensive leisure facilities, which includes a 20-metre swimming pool.

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Golf within 30 km New Forest; Mount Temple; Tullamore (not yet covered by Where2Golf).
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Bridge House Hotel & Leisure Club 4-star
Tullamore, Co. Offaly
+353 (0)57 932 2000

Tullamore is located in the heart of Ireland, 90 minutes from Dublin. Two championship golf courses (Esker Hills and Tullamore) are within a short drive of the Bridge House Hotel.

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