Lahinch Golf Course - Old Course

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Lahinch Golf Club is located in County Clare, in the West of Ireland, it is one of the country's oldest golf clubs dating back to 1892. It lays claim to two excellent link golf courses, the oldest and most impressive is the Old Course. It was designed by Old Tom Morris back in 1892 but has underwent a number of alterations and improvements over the years by a number of different golf architects and the result is an outstanding course set admist an exquisite landscape, some of the original holes still remain. It is a par 72 course, that measures 7,229 yards from the back tees.

The course is a genuine links course, wild yet fairly forgiving and uses the natural terrain to its best advantage. It lies directly on the seafront and has amazing views from a number of the holes out across the Atlantic Ocean. It has a traditional out and back layout. It has an undulating terrain, plenty of obstacles as well as blind spots. Then there is the wind to contend with, owing to its exposed location, depending on its direction and strength it can really impact your game. Each hole is different here, some quirky and with a number of memorable ones. Features of this wonderful course include blind spots, humps and bumps, mounds, huge sand dunes and marren grass. Being a hilly course it can be tough to walk so it might be best to get a buggy.

The course starts well and continues to improve as you go round. The undulating rolling greens are slick, running true and are well protected by bunkers, the crisp-turf rolling fairways are excellent, they are tight, the rough is unforgiven and there are lots of well placed bunkers. It is a hitters and shot makers course, they will score well here.

Awaiting you here is a tough test of golf and stamina but this is easily balanced out by the stunning scenery, it is a thoroughly pleasurable course to play.

Lahinch continuously features in the Top 10 courses in Ireland and consistently within the Top 50 lists of worldwide golf courses. Lahinch has benefitted from outstanding designers from its inception through to modern times and the result is a world class golf course, that offers a magnificent experience.

Tournaments Held Here

None to date.

Our Favourite Hole

For a course with so many wonderful holes, it was a difficult decision but we leaned towards the 4th. This hole is referred to as the Klondyke and is one of the most revered, it is a short par 5, 475 yards, the tee-shot is played from a coastal ridge into a narrow valley between dunes, you are then left entirely blind for your second shot that you need to get over the enormous Klondyke sandhill, a 35 foot dune, to a green that rests next to the boundary wall, the fairway is some 200 yards from the green. It is one of the original holes and is somewhat unusual.

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Course Information

Course Type: Links
Year Founded: 1892
Holes: 18
Course Architect: Alister MacKenzie, Donald Steel, Martin Hawtree, Martin Ebert, Thomas Mitchell Morris, Tom MacKenzie
Course Facilities:
  • Bar
  • Changing Rooms
  • Clubhouse
  • Golf Caddies
  • Golf Club Rental
  • Golf Trolley Rental
  • Pro Shop
  • Putting Green
  • Restaurant
  • Teaching Golf Pro

Course Scorecard

Front Nine:


Men's Tee Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Men's Tee Par: 4 5 4 5 3 4 4 3 4
Men's Tee Yards: 357 503 406 449 146 363 333 153 392
Men's Tee Metres: 326 460 371 411 134 332 304 140 358

Back Nine:


Men's Tee Hole: 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Men's Tee Par: 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 5
Men's Tee Yards: 409 152 488 251 445 437 191 404 487
Men's Tee Metres: 374 139 446 230 407 400 175 369 445

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