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Course Name Distance from Cottages Course Type Par
Lahinch Golf Club 12km Links 72
Doonbeg Golf Club 45km Links 72
Galway Bay Golf Club 72km Parklands 72
Gort Golf Club 72km Parklands 71
Doolin Pitch n Putt 2km Pitch n Putt 54

Lahinch Golf Club

Lahinch Golf Course is located 15 minutes from Doolin cottages. Known widely, if somewhat misleadingly, as the St. Andrews of Ireland, Lahinch is a marvelous place. Lahinch is one of Ireland's oldest golf clubs and is one of the best loved by both Irish golfers and visitors alike. The setting is superb, right beside the village of Lahinch adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.

The championship quality and classic feel of the links is the work of Alister Mackenzie (of Augusta and Cypress Point fame) but there is a charm and a quirkiness that belongs only to Lahinch. And you get a glorious whiff of Old Tom Morris at two of golf's most famous and exquisite anachronisms - the holes they call “The Dell” and “The Klondyke”.

There is no doubt that Lahinch is one of the finest links courses in the world and the setting just outside the seaside village overlooking the ocean makes Lahinch a continued favourite of all visiting golfers.

For more information, visit www.lahinchgolf.com

Doonbeg Golf Club

Doonbeg Golf Course is located 45 minutes from Doolin cottages on a truly remarkable site near the tiny parish of Doonbeg in County Clare. Designed by two-time British Open champion Greg Norman, and officially opened in the Spring of 2002, the course is a true links that will test a golfer's skill and mettle, and it has won accolades from golfers and media worldwide.

Tough and uncompromising, the Standard Scratch Score of 74 gives an indication that this course, though just over 6,800 yards, is not easy. Fourteen of the greens and twelve of the fairways required no changes at all, just a simple mowing of the grass. Routed along the existing 100-foot dunes, the layout is a simple loop of nine holes out and nine holes back, but the speed and direction of the wind make the course uniquely challenging every time you play. The towering fescue rough throughout is nearly impenetrable but they are nicely balanced by the wide fairways. The most memorable hole is the par-3 14th (pictured above), a short iron across a deep valley of dense dune grass to a green perched on the very edge of the coast line.

This is likely to be the last true Links that will ever be built in either Ireland or Britain and is the first designed by Norman in this part of the world.

The golf course is part of a luxury 5 star hotel offering accomodation, a spa, and fine dining restaurants in Doonbeg. This luxury resort in Europe also offers wedding and event venues, as well as conference rooms and meeting facilities, vacation packages, and more.

For more information, visit www.trumphotelcollection.com/ireland/

Galway Bay Golf Club

The Natural water hazard is the Atlantic Ocean; such is the dramatic backdrop to this Par 72 PGA Championship 18 hole golf course that is Galway Bay Golf Resort. When designing the course, former Ryder Cup and World Cup golfer Christy O'Connor Jnr superbly blended the stunning backdrop of Galway Bay and the rugged curves of the Atlantic coastline with mature trees, water hazards, concealed bunkers and highly acclaimed putting surfaces. With variable wind speed and directions this Championship Galway golf course plays differently each day posing a considerable challenge to even the lowest handicap golfers, yet it is a true and fair test of golf.

For more information, visit http://www.galwaybaygolfresort.com/

Gort Golf Club

Gort Golf Course is located 50 minutes from Doolin cottages. Designed by Ryder Cup star, Christy O' Connor Junior, and officially opened in August 1996, Gort Golf Club is an 18 Hole Championship Golf Course, set in 160 acres of picturesque parkland on the edge of the world famous Burren and within 200 yards of the historic monastic settlement of Kilmacduagh. Christy Jnr., himself was particularly excited by the new course at Gort, where he regards, the four Par 3's as among the best on offer at any course in Ireland. His equally famous uncle, Christy Senior and his good friends Eamonn Darcy and Des Smyth were loud in their praise of both the course and the club house.

For more information, visit www.gortgolf.com

Doolin Pitch & Putt

Doolin Pitch and Putt is located less than ½ mile from Doolin Cottages. This is one of the finest Pitch & Putt courses of its kind. It's 18 holes of fun and enjoyment for the pro's and novices alike, with bunkers around all greens, and the odd water hazard thrown in for good measure. Ideally situated on the sand dunes of Doolin overlooking the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Mother. For more information, visit http://www.doolinpitchandputt.com/

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