Lahinch Golf Club in County Clare is boasts two of the finest links golf courses in the world. One of many links courses to play along the Wild Atlantic Way, Lahinch has had a prominent role in Irish golfing folklore for many years. Golf at Lahinch dates back to 1892, and the unpredictable winds and towering dunes have made it a pillar of Irish links golf ever since.
In 1999, Martin Hawtree successfully redeveloped the MacKenzie course, bringing it back to prominence as it now provided the modern player with a stern challenge. The re-routing of some holes has brought more panoramic ocean views into play, heightening the experience even further. It has received a wealth of acclaim ever since, consistently ranking highly amongst the world’s great links courses. It also boasts two infamous blind holes, the ruins of Dough castle, as well as a family of goats that roam freely across the land.
The Castle course is the less challenging of the pair, but it is still a fine examination of any player’s game. The designers have made good use of the water and sand, the hazardous positions of which can catch out any player. The natural dunes that are nestled around the course offer a fine border for the individual holes.
Lahinch enjoys a wonderful reputation around the world for the calibre of its courses. It certainly does not disappoint, and should be a course for every player to get around to. It certainly would make a fine stop on a tour of Wild Atlantic Way links courses.