Golf in Killarney, County Kerry

Golf in Killarney and South West Ireland

Golfing enthusiasts the world over recognise Kerry is home to the finest golf that Ireland has to offer. Killarney Earls Court House Hotel is the ideal base for playing a choice of spectacular and challenging championship Golf courses in Co. Kerry Ireland - Ballybunion, Dooks, Killarney, Tralee and Waterville. For more information on Golf in Killarney, visit Killarney Golf . All these courses are easily accessable from our Hotels central location in Killarney.

Main Courses in South West Ireland

Golf CourseTypeLocationTelephone number
Ballybunion Golf CourseLinksBallybunion+353 68 27 146
Beaufort Golf CourseParklandBeaufort+353 64 44440
Cean Sibeal Dingle Golf CourseLinksBallyferiter+353 66 156255
Dooks Golf CourseLinksGlenbeigh+353 66 9768205
Kenmare Golf ClubParklandKenmare+353 64 41291
Killarney Golf & Fishing ClubParklandKillarney+353 64 31034
Old Head Golf LinksLinksKinsale+353 21 4778444
Dunloe Golf courseParklandKillarney+353 64 44578
CastlegregoryLinksTralee+353 66 7139444
Ring of Kerry Golf & Country ClubParklandTemplenoe+353 64 42000
Tralee Golf CourseLinksTralee+353 66 7136379
DingleLinksDingle+353 66 9156255
Waterville Golf LinksLinksWaterville+353 66 9474102

Ballybunion Golf Club

Ballybunion situated on the western Atlantic coastline has two separate courses. The Old Course (Par 71, 6,593 yards) and the Cashen Course (Par 72, 6,216 yards), which was created by golf architect, Robert Trent Jones Senior. The Old Course is consistently ranked as one of the world's top ten courses. The legendary Tom Watson described the glorious links at Ballybunion as 'the best in the world, I consider it a true test of golf'. This is a magnificent golf course, which meanders through massive dunes and leaves one with the distinct feeling this course existed here forever on the shores of the Atlantic.

Beaufort Golf Course

Beaufort Golf Club is set amongst 200 year old trees, a 12th century castle ruin and the lush, rolling hills of Killarney. The course presents magnificent views of the McGillycuddy Reeks mountain range, with generous fairways and large contoured greens. The golf course is amidst the Churchtown Estate, the centrepiece of which is the Georgian house built in 1740. The ruins of Castle Core stand beside the 13th green and it was from here the stone was taken to build the house. A traditional welcome is assured at Beaufort.

Dingle Golf Course

Dingle Golf Course is a Par 72, 6,696 yards Traditional Championship Links course. Each hole on this magnificient links is carved from the natural landscape of one of the most unspoiled parts of Europe, with hazards laid down long before the game of golf was dreamt of, including a winding "burn" that twists and turns through the entire course.As you play, the whole panorama of the Dingle Peninsula is revealed - hidden bays with small fishing villages, glorious hills and mountains and the Blasket Islands out in the wild Atlantic. This area abounds in archaeological treasures wild flora and fauna, arts and crafts and ancient Gaelic culture.The Irish language is still spoken here.


Dooks Golf Club is truly the beautiful traditional course of south west Ireland as golf started here in 1889. It is an 18-hole links course. The Golf Course is set out on one of the three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle Bay. In the immediate foreground are the sand-dune peninsulas of Rossbeigh and Inch and just a few miles away the whitewashed houses of Cromane fishing village provide an eye-catching distraction. The MacGillycuddy's Reeks are to the south, and the hills of Glenbeigh lay across to the south west and across the bay to the north are the Dingle Mountains.


Kenmare Golf Club was founded in 1903, and was extended to 18 holes in 1993.Whilst the course can be very exacting for a good player, it is never unfair to the weak.The early holes stretch along the picturesque Roughty river estuary, while the remaining holes provide panoramic views of Kenmare Bay and the Roughty Valley.The course is just a two minute walk from Kenmare town with its many fine hotels, guesthouses and restaurants.This venerable old golf course cannot be omitted from a golfer's itinerary.

Killarney Golf and Fishing Club

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is located beside Lough Leane, the largest of the three lakes of Killarney and has panoramic views of the Killarney mountains. Killarney Golf Club is blessed by having three parkland 18-hole championship courses. The Killeen course was the venue for the Irish Open in 1991 & 1992, the event was won by Nick Faldo who displayed his great skill and determination to win the tournament two years running. It also hosted the 1996 Curtis Cup. Mahony's Point (Par 72, 6,781 yards), Killeen (Par 72, 7,123 yards), and Lackabane (Par 72, 7,095 yards) are nestled amidst the serene splendour of the Macgillicuddy Reeks. The inspiring setting of incomparable beauty in the colourful and varied shrubbery throughout the courses, has moved many an overseas golfer to extol it as 'the most enchanting place on Earth'

Old Head of Kinsale

The Old Head Golf Links occupies one of the most remarkable locations unlikely to be rivalled ever in the search for the perfect Golf course, in terms of spectacle and beauty. The course, rich in historical and archaeological content, with its castle ruins, rises hundreds of feet of dramatic cliffs above the ocean, surrounded by most spectacular views of the Atlantic on all sides.

Tralee Golf Course

The championship links course at Tralee, designed by Arnold Palmer is justifiably proud of the reputation it has gathered as a stern challenge to even the most gifted of golfers. It occupies an unrivalled array of tall sea cliffs and sand dunes amidst rugged terrain at the edge of the wild and ever changing Atlantic ocean, which is forever challenging throughout the course. The Sliabh Mish and Brandon mountain ranges provide a panoramic and spectacular background to this very popular course. The back nine holes offer a stern challenge to even the most skillful golfer.


Ranked among the Top 25 International Courses, Waterville is truly a mystical Links in the Kingdom of Kerry. It is one of the oldest Irish clubs, having been founded in 1897 with the arrival of the trans-Atlantic telegraph cable from the United States. After 80 years of play, the original nine hole course was redesigned by the famous Irish golf architect, Eddie Hackett and the late owner, John A. Mulcahy. Waterville is a truly mystical golf course. The clubhouse is unique with ocean vistas, golf art, antique memorabilia and the warm ambience of its members.

Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club

The Ring of Kerry Golf Course was designed By Eddie Hackett The architectural brief was to design a 'world class' golf course that is sufficiently flexible to challenge competent and experienced players from the back teeing areas, yet be capable of being played and enjoyed by the average handicap player from middle and forward teeing areas. The brief also included that the golf course be to a standard capable of hosting smaller professional golf events, both Irish and European.The course boasts panoramic views across Kenmare Bay and combined with the spectacular Kerry mountains as a backdrop, the setting is unsurpassed anywhere in Europe.

Dunloe Golf Course

Dunloe Golf Course is a magnificent 9 hole course, which is set amid the glaciated valley of the world-famous Gap of Dunloe, is a course you cannot miss. The spectacular scenery, with views of the beautiful Lakes of Killarney and the enchanting, sweeping mountains of the McGillicuddy Reeks distinguishes it from all others leaving it in a class of it's own. If you feel like practicing before or indeed after your game, our adjoining golf complex of 30 indoor and outdoor driving bays, a large 18 hole putting green, chipping, pitching and bunker practice areas, offers practice facilities second to none. Our resident P.G.A. Professional is available for individual or group lessons. The complex also boasts a fully equipped club house, coffee shop and snack bar. Our golf shop stocks everything the golf enthusiast may need. Tax-free shopping is available to non-EU residents.Golf club and trolley hire are available at moderate rates.So give us a call. We are just 10 minutes from Killarney on the N72 road.

Castle Gregory Golf Club

Castlegregory is a superb links course situated between the scenic Lough Gill and Brandon Bay.The magical colours of Mount Brandon act as a magnificent backdrop to the 2938 yard par 34 nine hole course.The tranquil setting of lakes, mountain and sea, combined with the excellent use of the natural features ensures that Castlegregory provides golfers with an enjoyable but testing challenge.A pond on the ninth has been specifically built in front of the green and in which the Natterjack toad, a creature much beloved in the area has proliferated since the golf course began.Castlegregory Golf Course is the home to numerous species of wildlife both flora and fauna.

Driving Time in minutes from Earls Court House

Ceann Sibeal, Dingle75
Old Head120
Ring of Kerry30


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