nr Blessington, Co. Wicklow
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Lakeside (Pollaphuca Reservoir)
Patrick J. Merrigan
35 km SW of Dublin
From the M7 motorway approx 35 km south-west of Dublin, take the Naas / Blessington exit, and follow direction Naas. After 1.2 miles approaching the centre of Naas, follow the N410 direction Blessington. After 11.5 km, at traffic lights in Blessington, turn right onto the N81 direction Tullow / Tulfarris. After 7.2 km (just after sharp bend and Poulaphuca House) turn left direction Tulfarris GC. After 1.6 km turn left direction Tulfarris GC. After o.8 km turn left into golf.
Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort: Situated on three peninsulas that jut into the expansive Blessington Lakes, the majority of this course is played either alongside or within view of this large reservoir, providing a stunning backdrop for the excellent 18-hole layout.
A small pond greets you at the first two holes, a par-5 followed by a par-3, establishing the need for careful course management from the start. Its at the par-3 6th that the big water arrives and the scenic interest really takes off. With a strong and well-maintained parkland layout on gently undulating terrain, Tulfarris provides a fair golfing challenge throughout, with stunning lakeside views from most holes.
Mature oaks, beech and small copses of tall pines all help to create the impression that this course has existed for many, many years. In the fine array of Ireland's lesser known golfing gems, here is one of its crown jewels.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course.
A plaque at the halfway house helpfully explains that the lake at this point is known as Phoulaphouca Lake, translated as The Hole of the Pooka - and a pooka in Ireland is a spirit or ghost.
Ireland: 61st best course in Ireland (Golf World, 2019).
Blessington Lakes, Co. Wicklow
+353 (0)45 867 600Visit website
Tulfarris House was built in 1760 on the grounds of Tulfarris Castle, the home of the early Irish chieftains. Nowadays Tulfarris is home to a hotel, golf and leisure resort.
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Main Street, Blessington, Co. Wicklow
+353 (0)45 865 199Visit website
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