Ireland is one of my favourite golfing destinations anywhere!
The golf is varied, and tremendous fun.
And the Irish hospitality, music, pubs, sightseeing all make for a wonderful golfing holiday.
Any golfing trip to Ireland MUST include Lahinch, which I rate as one of the very best of an elite group of Irish courses
....everyone knows Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Portmarnock, and Ballybunion rate with the best in the world, but in my opinion Lahinch compares favourably with this elite group.
Sited on the west coast near the renowned Cliffs of Moher, Lahinch is a few hours and a ferry ride north of Ballybunion.
The club dates from 1892, and has a fine heritage with Old Tom Morris, and later Dr Alister McKenzie being significant contributors to the course design as it has evolved over the years.
Lahinch is a beautiful golfing site with spectacular duneland abutting both the beach and estuary.
Two holes by Old Tom will forever be the calling cards for Lahinch.
The par 5 Klondyke plays down a narrow valley before requiring a completely blind long second over a large dune to a green sited hard against a stone wall, with road beyond.
If Klondyke doesn't grab your attention, then the next hole, the par 3 Dell will!
Dell is a short iron par 3 to a green completely hidden between two dunes. You simply aim at the white rock on the top of the first dune, and hope...
These two quirky holes may be the face and memory of Lahinch, but the sheer quality of the rest of the course will soon become apparent.
McKenzie worked some of his magic here, and although some of that was lost over the years, a remodelling in 2003 by Martin Hawtree concentrated on restoring much of the McKenzie influence- and it has worked
Notable holes such as 3, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 & 14 are wonderful, visual, strategic, golf holes..
The Lahinch GC logo features goats...
But I am not kidding when I say this is a serious golf course and one not to be missed.
The Travelling Golfer can tailor a golf trip to Ireland to suit your group. For itinerary suggestions please see Destinations: The Best of Ireland