Golfing Around the Ring Of Kerry
Skellig Bay Golf Club, Waterville
Skellig Bay was designed by American Golf Architect Ron Kirby.
Situated overlooking the magestic Ballinskelligs Bay and set among natural megalithic stonework and indigenous bog deal, there can be few more visually stunning locations for a golf course than the Skellig Bay Golf Club in Waterville.
The course opened for play in Spring 2006 and has already been rated in Ireland’s ’Top 50’.
Over the years Kirby has worked with many of the worlds great designers: Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Snr and Gary Player. Ron regards Skellig Bay as his own creation and is very proud of this addition to the other great courses in the South-West of Ireland.
“Skellig Bay is full of challenging golf holes” says Sunday Independent Golf Correspondent, Dermot Gilleece. “…and is built in the traditional design that advocates visibilty, fairness and enjoyment”. The club is open for membership – Single and Family – and welcomes visitors / green fee guests all through the week.
Waterville Golf Links
Golf at Waterville Golf Links is a mystical experience: the beauty of classic links land, surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements.
Over 100 years old, Waterville Golf Links is rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world.
Links golf combines sand dunes gorse and native grasses, firm fairways, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces – all intertwined by the ever changing weather. Links land is a geological rarity.
Less than one percent of all the courses in Ireland and the British Isles are championship links yet Waterville Golf Links is one of these.
It is no wonder that the world’s best players test their mettle here.
Dooks Golf Club, Glenbeigh
The golf links is set out on one of the three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle bay. In the immediate foreground are the sand dune peninsulas of Rossbeigh and Inch and just a few miles away the whitewashed houses of Cromane fishing village provide an eye catching distraction.
South eastwards are the famed McGillycuddy’s Reeks, to the Southwest are the lovely cooms and hills of Glenbeigh and across the bay to the north are the Slieve Mish and Dingle mountains. A truly magical location for a stunning golf course.
Dooks Golf Links is not as exposed as some Irish courses and features an amazing variety of gorse, heather and wild flowers. The “gentle” wind is never far away and the narrow genuine sandy fairways and well contoured greens offer you a real taste of traditional golf at its very best.
It is important that intending visitors make their reservation as early as possible. Evidence of handicap may be requested. Times set aside for visitors are 10.00 to 13.00 and 14.30 to 17.00. A limited number of caddies are available and should be requested when making your reservation.
Visitors are always welcome at Dooks.
Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club, Templenoe
Golf Course Designer – Eddie Hackett
The architectural brief was to design a ’world class’ golf course that would challenge competent and experienced players from the back tees, yet be playable and enjoyable for the average handicap player from middle and forward teeing areas. The brief also included that the golf course be to a standard capable of hosting professional golf events, both Irish and European. There can be no doubt that these aspirations were fully realised.
The course boasts panoramic views across Kenmare Bay. Combine this with the beautiful Kerry mountains as a backdrop and you have one of the most spectacular settings in Ireland.