Golfing Heaven, Golf in Kerry
For many visitors the main attraction in the Skellig Region is golf. Take your pick from world class championship link courses and popular nine- holers with wraparound 360- degree views – there is something to cater for everyone from novices to pros. The Skellig Region’s reputation as a world class golfing destination is enhanced by the spectacular scenery and the unique hospitality you will encounter everywhere you go. Many of the world’s top players have been so taken with the region’s links courses that they come back year after year.
Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara traditionally make a golfing pilgrimage to Waterville in the run up to the British Open each year. Ranked among the Top 25 International Courses by Golf Digest, Waterville is truly a mystical Links in the Kingdom of Kerry. The par three, 17th, known as “Mulcahy’s Peak” is probably Waterville’s feature hole, but most would agree with Gary Player when he described the 11th as “the most beautiful and satisfying par 5 of them all”. It runs for almost 500 yards through majestic dunes. You feel almost in a world of your own as you stroll along the fairway reflecting how well the hole merits the name, “Tranquillity”.
The late Henry Cotton, three times British Open Champion, probably said it best when he commented: “Waterville has to be one of the greatest golf courses ever built. If it were located in Britain, it would undoubtedly be a venue for the British Open. I have never seen a more consistent
succession of really strong and beautiful golf holes than here.”
Waterville Golf Links
Over 100 years old, Waterville is rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world.
Dooks Golf Course
Golf has been played in Dooks since 1889, when it was introduced to local aristocracy. It is one of the oldest Links coures in Ireland.
Skellig Bay Golf Club
Skellig Bay is a stunning Ron Kirby designed championship golf course. Over 7,400 yards in length, the course has 5 tees on every hole and is a must play course for all visitors to Southern Ireland.