Galway Bay Golf Resort


Oranmore, Co. Galway

  • Office

    +353 (0)91 790 711
  • Pro shop

    +353 (0)91 790 712
  • Fax

    +353 (0)91 792 510
  • Golf pro

    Dara Ford (PGA Head Professional).
  • Academy

    Galway Bay Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

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

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Christy O'Connor Jr.

SSS or slope






How to get there:

12 km SE of Galway

From Galway take the N6 direction Dublin / (Limerick N18). At roundabout where N6 and N18 split, follow N18 direction Limerick. At next roundabout leave N18 and follow direction Oranmore. After passing through Oranmore, look for right turn 500 m after Texaco Filling Station, direction Galway Bay G&CC. After 2.9 km turn right direction Galway Bay G&CC. After 500 m turn right and follow signs to golf and hotel.

Galway Bay Golf Resort

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

Est. 1993

Galway Bay Golf Resort: Located on the wonderfully scenic Renville peninsula, across the bay from the city of Galway, the Galway Bay Golf Resort previously offered an excellent Stay&Play opportunity on Ireland's west coast. Although the onsite hotel closed in 2007 (pending a relaunch at a future date), the Christy O'Connor golf course remains very much open for play.

O'Connor's skilfully crafted design effortlessly blends into its immensely scenic surroundings. Galway Bay remains prominently in view throughout, with several holes routed directly alongside the Bay's shoreline. Rather than natural sand dunes, the layout benefits from well shaped mounding, producing easy-going undulations and an open links-style character. From both the front and back nines, which wrap around the end of the peninsula, the Bay is constantly in view.

On several holes anything hit too far right off the tee may come to a watery end in the Bay. In addition, three or four good-size ponds in the middle of the course might also create a splash. An abundance of partly-concealed crater-shaped bunkers will also command your attention, and further emphasise the need for good quality shot-making.

The Renville peninsula is an inspiring location of great natural beauty and tranquillity. However, if the wind is coming in hard from the Atlantic, it can take on a fiercer demeanour, adding to the golfing challenges this enjoyable course lays down.

List of courses: Ireland - West


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season: €150 (all days).

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

Other information

Players generally walk this course.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Galway Bay has hosted some top-level Irish regional and national championships, including the Irish PGA Championship in 1994 won by Darren Clarke.

Published ranking

Ireland's 61st best course (Golf World, 2023).


  • Oranmore Lodge Hotel4-star

    Oranmore, Co. Galway.

    +353 (0)91 794 400

    Visit website

    The Oranmore Lodge Hotel is situated just off the N6 approach to Galway, offering ease of access to Galway city, Galway Airport and all local attractions. The luxury accommodation comprises a variety of standard and executive rooms, with free WiFi throughout the hotel. There is also a full leisure centre and gymnasium on site.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:

      Galway Bay

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Galway; Bearna.

  • Galway Bay Hotel4-star

    The Promenade, Salthill, Galway.

    +353 (0)91 520 520

    Visit website

    The seafront Galway Bay Hotel boasts 153 elegantly designed bedrooms including four executive suites with plush contemporary décor and interiors. This 4-star hotel has been awarded many prestigious dining accolades.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:

      Galway GC; Bearna.

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Galway Bay

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