Ballybrittas, Co. Laois
18 holes. Open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Seve Ballesteros & Jeff Howes
Above distances are for the championship course. Also at The Heritage is the nine-hole par-3 Leix Academy Course.
65 km SW of Dublin
From the M7 motorway (between Kildare and Portloaise) take the Mountmellick / Killenard exit (R422) and follow direction Mountmellick / Killenard. After o.5 km at roundabout turn right direction Mountmellick (R445). After 3 km, just after entering Ballybrittas, turn left direction The Heritage. After 1.8 km turn right direction The Heritage. After 1.4 km turn left into The Heritage.
The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort: At the time of its opening, it was difficult to keep count of the number of excellent new golf courses being added to the golfing scene around Dublin. The Heritage was up there with the best of them ... the sumptuous clubhouse facilities matched by the quality and naturalness of the golf course.
The terrain here at The Heritage is largely open and linksy. The Seve Ballesteros & Jeff Howes designed layout includes plenty of intriguing rough-edged, crinkle-cut bunkers. Water plays its part in the form of natural ditches, tumbling brooks, ponds and a small lake, alongside which the 9th and 18th holes run back to the clubhouse.
Although much of the course is played in view of the 5-star hotel, there is still a feeling of expansiveness and constantly changing scenery, based on fairways that do not crowd each other and glorious views of rural Ireland beyond the course. Considerable tree-planting has further enhanced this parkland course.
Stay&Play at The Heritage: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course.
The Heritage hosted the Irish Seniors Open in 2005, a European Seniors Tour event, as well as the European Tour's Seve Trophy in 2007 and 2009. <br/><br/>Just 2km from The Heritage is Emo Court - a magnificently restored country house and gardens designed by James Gandon.
Ireland: 83rd best course in Ireland (Golf World, 2023).
Killenard, Co. Laoise
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The Heritage at Killenard presents a world-class hotel, renowned championship golf course, international bowls stadium, extensive spa and health club in the heart of Ireland.
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