Restrictions are starting to ease up and some link golf courses are starting to reopen and with social distancing in place.
Ireland is considered by many golfers to be one of the top places in the world for enjoying an 18-hole round. If you’re visiting Co. Kerry, the county boasts no shortage of picturesque links courses with epic coastal views and is certainly the most popular destination for golfing holidays.
Thriving tourist destinations such as the Dingle and Iveragh peninsula offer a host of scenic and magnificent courses. All courses are designed to suit players of all skill levels, no matter how good or bad (if you’re like me) you may be. So, if you’re a casual player primarily seeking enjoyment with a group of friends or if you’re experienced and competitive looking for new challenges to enhance your game, then don’t worry because we’ve hand-picked some of the best one’s try out!
Ceann Sibéal Golf Club is one of the golf clubs which have recently re opened their doors to members within the 5km perimeter, things aren’t quite back to normal yet, so safety and social distancing measures are in place.
The glorious course is a fair test for all abilities and is situated on the Dingle Peninsula along the breath taking Wild Atlantic Way, with Mount Brandon and the Blasket Islands providing a captivating backdrop at either side. Experience the beauty of an 18 hole, 6.680-yard course carved from natural landscape.
Fun fact! Did you know the course was designed by the legendary man known as the ‘Father of golf course design’ – Eddie Hackett? Hackett built his career on producing simple but stunning courses at modest budgets. He never formally trained as an architect and only started designing courses in his later years. The real love for the sport began as a child when Eddie had ongoing spells of Tuberculosis, his doctor encouraged him to take up golf as he thought it would be good for his health.
There are some important safety and social distancing measures in place, please read here before booking.
Waterville golf club
Established in 1889, Waterville golf club is one of the oldest in Ireland and is honoured as one of the most prestigious golf courses in the world, the club still continues to develop and grow in popularity over the 100 years that is has been around. Famous golfing legends such as Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara praise this truly mystical experience. The course is set in the beautiful Village of Waterville, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and combines the beauty of classic links land – a true geographical rarity. No wonder why the golf course is among the top 20 links courses in the world!
The small coastal village of Waterville is located between the Atlantic Ocean and Lough Currane on the scenic and famous Ring of Kerry along the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s a great seaside resort for many, with a long beach right beside the town. Did you know?!? Silent-movie star Charlie Chaplin famously holidayed in this tranquil haven in the 60s with his family, returning every year for more than a decade.
This course may not be open at the time this article was published, but watch this space here for all the latest updates on when does opens! The course is stretched to over 7300 yards with 18 holes so when it reopens you won’t have to worry about social distancing.
Dooks golf club
Also founded in 1889 is Dooks golf club, amongst one of the 10 oldest golf clubs in Ireland. It is often described as one of the true gems of Irish Golf. The club is situated in a panoramic setting in a corner of Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry. You will see the Atlantic Ocean from every hole and Ireland’s highest mountain range, the McGillycuddy Reeks, overlooks every shot.
Dooks golf club is situated in Glenbeigh, a cosy village tucked in between the circuit of hills from Seefin mountain to Drung hill, also known as the ‘Glenbeigh horseshoe.’ It’s one of Kerry’s finest mountain sceneries
This beautiful course is opening soon, click here for developments.