Galway Bay Golf Course

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Course Description

This course sits on a spacious estate of 300 acres and overlooks the lovely Galway Bay, it was designed by Christy O Connor Jnr, opening in 1993. This beautiful links championship course of Par 72 stretches to 7,308 yards from the championship tee's. It is often referred to as a seaside parkland, owing to its location, and has a strong American design influence.

The course has a lovely layout, the course has been designed using the natural terrain to its best advantageous, whilst retaining a wealth of historical features. Features of the course come from the natural surroundings, with mature trees, flurries of gorse, natural water features and the Atlantic Ocean feature prominently. A plentiful use of bunkers provide another aspect of this course.

With ever changing wind speed and directions this Championship golf course plays differently every day presenting a significant challenge to even the lowest handicap golfers, it is a course that necessitates accuracy between the bunkers, yet it is a true and fair test of golf. Whilst you take time to choose your club pause and enjoy the magnificent vistas of Galway Bay, Galway City and the Aran Islands in the distance.

You can look forward to a well maintained course, it has a gently rolling landscape, the shaped fairways are wide, the greens are generously sized and like velvet, the crater-shaped bunkers are concealed.

Excellently blending the stunning backdrop of Galway Bay and the rugged curves of the Atlantic Coastline makes this course a true challenge golfers of all levels. It also provides the most breath-taking views. 

Tournaments hosted at Galway Bay Golf Course

  • European PGA West of Ireland Championship: 1999

Our Favourite Hole

The par 4, 12th hole is especially special. This hole is a sharp dog legged long par 4 which demands a long drive and a very accurate tee shot. The second shot then plays downhill over a lake, thar sits to the front and the right of the putting surface. It might be best to lay up here. This is a great golf hole.

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Course Information

Course Type: Links
Year Founded: 1993
Holes: 18
Course Architect: Christy O'Connor Junior
Course Facilities:
  • Bar
  • Clubhouse
  • Driving Range
  • Golf Buggy Rental
  • Golf Club Rental
  • Golf Trolley Rental
  • Pro Shop
  • Putting Green
  • Restaurant
  • Teaching Golf Pro

Course Scorecard

Front Nine:


Champion Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Champion Tee Par: 5 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4
Champion Tee Yards: 605 489 463 185 402 576 165 500 479
Champion Tee Metres: 553 447 423 169 368 527 151 457 438

Back Nine:


Champion Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Champion Tee Par: 4 4 4 3 5 3 5 4 4
Champion Tee Yards: 492 451 479 194 599 206 593 417 526
Champion Tee Metres: 450 412 438 177 548 188 542 381 481

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