Hazardous lakes, unexpected bunkers, and unpredictable coastal weather; Galway offers the kind of courses golfers dream of defeating. Bringing that little something extra to the tee, Galway hosts world-class, professionally designed golf courses, paired with the vast natural beauty of the wild and windswept Irish coastline. Take a look at our selection of the most spectacular and exciting places to play golf in Galway, including our very own Ashford Castle course.
Our 9 hole, par 35 course sits in the sprawling 350 acre parklands of the Ashford Castle estate. Expertly curved around the estate’s natural features, renowned Irish golf architect Eddie Hackett’s creative design links 2,996 yards of challenging and stimulating fairways. Cruise your way around the course at your leisure, ready for the ambitious par 5 midway round.
Cregmore Park Golf Club
This par 72 Championship course is ideal for those seeking a more relaxed pace. Designed by Dr. Arthur Spring, there are two lakes and a whopping 82 bunkers that come into play over its 18 holes. Always open to visitors, Cregmore Park holds open competitions every Thursday and Bank Holiday weekend.
A Christy O’Connor Jnr course, Glenlo Abbey is not one for the faint of heart – even the surrounding rolling hills won’t shelter you from the challenging winds coming in from Lough Corrib, and that’s before you’ve tackled the seven water hazards. A recently developed 9 hole parkland course with a fantastic driving range, this is the perfect place to practice your swing.
Athenry Golf Club
Offering up a stunning mixed terrain of park and heathland, this 18 hole course is playable all year round and is kept in perfect condition. Alongside a pro shop, Athenry Golf Club has spruced up its clubhouse and restaurant, the latter of which provides a fantastic view of that all-important 18th hole. Easily located five minutes off the motorway, Athenry hosts visitor open days throughout the year for those looking to experience the best of golf in Galway.
Galway Bay Golf Resort
Another O’Connor masterpiece, 300 acres of lush greenery await at Galway Bay Golf Resort; teamed with the beautiful backdrop of the Atlantic coastline this course really is something special. Play your way around the 18 holes of this par 72, all the while watching out for craftily concealed bunkers. Resident instructor and PGA Golf professional Raymond Ryan is on hand for those seeking lessons, or if you’d rather work it out solo there’s a brilliant Golf Academy with chipping greens and putting areas aplenty.
Galway Golf Club
Located around the bay from the Galway Bay Golf Resort, the Galway Golf Club boasts a location to rival all others with its stunning glass-fronted clubhouse providing panoramic views of Galway Bay and neighbouring Clare Hills. The course itself has more of a parkland feel – the 18 hole, Dr. Alistair McKenzie creation has been rated a par 70, and dates back as early as 1895. Looks like it’s high time to grace the greens.
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