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Lahinch Golf Club – Castle Course

County Clare, Ireland


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    At a Glance

    Course Architect Commander John D. Harris
    Par 69
    Course Type Links
    Course Length 5,018 Metres / 5,488 Yards
    No. Holes 18


    It has been described as ‘The St Andrews of Ireland’ and many other complimentary titles. Those who know and love the place firmly believe that Lahinch Golf Club doesn’t need comparison with any of the game’s other world class venues. From the infant days back in 1892 up to its 125th anniversary, the Club has stood out on its own merits as a golfing institution like none other. Lahinch Golf Club is renowned for the way the links has retained all of its old virtues. It has benefited from the willingness, over the decades, to move with the times and is now regarded as one of the best and most enjoyable challenges to be found anywhere in the golfing world. Nearby golf destinations include Lahinch Old Course, Trump Doonbeg Resort, Galway Bay Golf Resort and Dromoland Castle Hotel; all on the Wild Atlantic Way.


    The legendary Old Tom Morris set the highest standards for the course from the outset. He was followed by equally celebrated architects Charles ‘Mo’ Gibson and Dr Alister MacKenzie. In more recent times, the expertise of Dr Martin Hawtree ensures its place in the higher echelons of all golf rankings.

    Club Details

    Dough, Lahinch, Co. Clare, Ireland
    +353 65 708 1003

    Club Information

    Course Description

    Although the Old Course is the crown jewel at Lahinch, The Castle Course is a fun links course that’s ideal for a warm-up or warm-down before playing The Old Course. It’s shorter than its older sibling, more forgiving and less undulating, but still exciting as it has retained its links-feel. Some of the Par-4 and Par-5s feel quite short, but a good drive is always welcome where you can take advantage of the bump and run. The course is away from the sea but has interesting viewpoints as it is not simply out and back.


    Unveiled in 1975, Lahinch’s Castle course was named after Dough Castle, although all that remains from that castle is the battlement and can be viewed when playing the 7th hole of the Castle course. Although the terrain is not as dramatic as the Old course, the Castle course still features many blind shots to challenge everyone. As can be expected from an established and reputable club, the course conditions are immaculate, service is fantastic and a round on both courses is a memorable way to experience the area. We recommend playing 36 holes of golf in the day, starting on the Castle and playing the Old in the afternoon, with lunch at the clubhouse in between.

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