A Wealth of Activities near Cliffs of Moher Hotel – Lahinch Golf Club
Fancy a game of golf? Lahinch Golf Club is only a five-minute drive from the Cliffs of Moher Hotel and 40 minutes from Shannon International Airport.
Lahinch, which has been nicknamed a “golfing mecca”, boasts two 18-hole links golf courses: the famous Old Course, with incomparable views of the sea, and the Castle Course. Both have a classic links layout. It has often been described as the “St. Andrew’s” of Ireland. The original links was laid out by Old Tom Morris. Alister MacKenzie, who co-designed Augusta National Golf Club
This picturesque course has welcomed tour professionals such as Luke Donald, Davis Love and Jim Furyk. Phil Mickelson also happens to be an Honorary lifetime member.
The Old Course is home to the South of Ireland Amateur Championship which attracts the best up and coming golfers Ireland has to offer. Past Winners of note would have to be Darren Clarke who won in 1989, Paul McGinley in 1991 and Graeme McDowell winning in 2000. Padraig Harrington has finished runner-up on two occasions also.
5-star reviews for two excellent courses
It is a testament to the Lahinch golf courses that their Tripadvisor reviews overwhelmingly give 5 stars out of 5. As of December 2016, not one single review is below 4 stars. Many reviewers praise the excellent condition of the course, describing it as “difficult but fair” and calling attention to its challenging blind shots and true rolling greens. Reviews consistently rate it as “truly one of the best golf courses” and it has become the favourite of many players from all over the world for its intrinsic quality, as well as its absolutely stunning views of the sea.
4th in the Top 100 Golf Digest Golf courses in Ireland
Lahinch came in 4th in the 2017 Golf Digest Volvo Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses in Ireland. Golfing legend Phil Mickelson, who named Lahinch his favourite links course in the world, is an honorary life member. In his own words, “Some of my fondest memories of great golfing holes in the world include the number four and five holes at Lahinch.” These are now the third and fourth holes, the fourth hole being the infamous Klondyke, part of Old Tom Morris’ original design. According to one golfing enthusiast, “Nobody would build this hole today. I am so glad someone did in 1894.” Excellent reviews by Graylyn Loomis of Lahinch GC
The Old Course was originally designed by Old Tom Morris, with later reworks by Alister MacKenzie. It is right on the seaside, with a wide panorama over majestic Liscannor Bay Co. Clare. It is indeed quite old: it was founded in 1892, making it one of the oldest golf courses in Ireland. It offers lots of blind shots, sand dunes and memorable holes. It is the more popular of the two courses at Lahinch Golf Club.
Lahinch Old Course was ranked the No. 23 Golf course in the world by a panel of 240 golf course architects, as published in the July 2013 edition of Golf Course Architecture.
Watch the introductory video of the Lahinch Golf Club, County Clare, This short video gives you an idea of the unique challenge of this Irish links course and the sheer beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way.
The Castle Course: more forgiving, but still lots of fun
The other course, the Castle Course, is shorter and flatter, so less challenging, but still a lot of fun to play. Unlike the Old Course, it is not right by the sea. Thus, it is more sheltered and less windy than the Old Course. The castle after which this course is named is Dough Castle, whose ruins are visible from the golf course.
Enjoy an exhilarating game of golf out on the dunes, then retire to the Cliffs Of Moher Hotel for some well-deserved rest and relaxation and a delicious meal around a cosy fire.
Our gastropub welcomes you in style with tasteful decor and top quality contemporary art on the walls.
After a day, out on the golf course, sit down to a lavish meal in our gastropub and sample the best local food the Burren has to offer: tender and juicy lamb, just-hauled-in seafood and local artisan products, including delicacies from the Burren Smokehouse, St Tola cheeses and chocolates.
Then settle down in front of the fire to sample our fine range of premium Irish whiskeys and gins.
To cap off a wonderful day, get some quality sleep on our Ultimate Flotation beds. Each of our 23 rooms also features a marble-tiled en-suite bathroom, luxury toiletries, a flat-screen TV offering international channels, and a Nespresso machine.
For additional luxury, make sure to ask for a second-floor room – and enjoy breathtaking views of Liscannor Bay from your own private balcony!
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