Lahinch Golf Club Old Course Key Information
|Row 0 - Cell 0||Row 0 - Cell 1|
|Address||Lahinch, Co. Clare, Ireland|
|Phone Number||00353 65 708 1003|
|Green Fees||€225 - €275|
|Visitor Times||Telephone club for booking information. Visitors must take at least one caddy per group|
|Slope Rating||133 (Blue), 131 (White), 128 (Green), 132 (Women's Red)|
|Designed by||Old Tom Morris, Dr Alister MacKenzie|
Golf Monthly Verdict
There’s a great mix of holes at Lahinch, some asking for raw power, others for a more subtle approach. The natural contours of the land and the ever-present wind make for a superb natural test. A superb design that has stood the test of time and been sympathetically improved in recent years. It's rugged golf but with a polished finish.
REASONS TO PLAY LAHINCH GOLF CLUB OLD COURSE
– Brilliant and testing links layout
– Great example of Dr Alister MacKenzie architecture (together with other notable contributors
– Great competitive history, including recent Irish Open
UK & Ireland Top 100 Golf Courses 2023/24 - 26
Lahinch played host to a thrilling Irish Open in 2019, won in some style by Jon Rahm. The event showcased the quality of the design and test offered by the Old Course, which is one of the best golf courses in Ireland. That, combined with the extensive works described above, has seen Lahinch climb to six places to 26th on the 2020/21 ranking.
Golf at Lahnich on the County Clare coast began in 1892 when two officials of Limerick Golf Club laid out 18 holes with the assistance of officers from the “Black Watch” regiment. Old Tom Morris made improvements in 1894 but it was Dr Alister MacKenzie who, in 1927, created the course largely still in play today.
The Old Course is one of the finest examples of MacKenzie’s architectural prowess. His use of natural slopes and raised greens created a superb and rugged test of links golf.
Between 1999 and 2003 Martin Hawtree completed a renovation project to bring the striking links into line with the modern game in a way sympathetic to the MacKenzie design. It was a great success.
A round at Lahinch is an exciting adventure and an exacting test. It’s a supremely natural course and one where every shot in the bag will be tested. The fairways run through huge grass-covered dunes to fast greens with devilish run-offs.
Combine all this with perfect bunker placement, you have a supremely strategic test.
There’s a great mix of holes, some asking for raw power, others for a more subtle approach. The natural contours of the land and the ever-present wind make for a superb natural test.
Lahinch added new Championship Tees on Holes 13 & 18, extending course length to 7066 yards. Significant work was completed on grass surfaces, bunkers and all areas of the golf course ahead of the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in July 2019. Other recent improvements include a new halfway facility opened during 2020, extensive repair/maintenance programme of work was carried out on the coastal defence structure (rock armour) and new practice facilities were added, including a driving range tee box complex and the construction of an indoor performance centre.
What The Top 100 Panel Said
This is one of the most unique golfing treasures anywhere on earth! From 1-18 the flow feels faultless, no pauses in brilliance, no dull moments and the brilliance is never repetitive. I think this place really finds the balance between a championship test and sheer enjoyment. It's a real natural beauty.
This is a must-play golf course for the purist given its design. It is one of the best in Ireland and the course is enmeshed with the town as a tourist destination not unlike St Andrews. It is a considered design as holes do not run in the same direction and there is a constant change in wind direction as one progresses through the round.
Lahinch Golf Club Old Course Location
Lahinch Golf Club Old Course Green Fees
|17th Apr - 30th Sep||€275|
Lahinch Golf Club requires visitors playing the Old Course to take at least one caddie in the group. If caddies are not pre-booked, the Club will arrange for a minimum of one fore-caddie to accompany each group.
Lahinch Golf Club Old Course Scorecard
Best Courses Near To Lahinch Golf Club Old Course
Set amidst the incredible dunes overlooking Doughmore Bay in County Clare, Greg Norman’s brilliant layout at Doonbeg has been further enhanced by Martin Hawtree since the Trump Organisation took over in 2014. It’s a spectacular setting for golf and this fabulous layout makes the very most of the stunning surroundings. It’s a modern classic.
Ballybunion justifiably enjoys a worldwide reputation for its imperious setting on Ireland’s wild, west coast. The club dates back to 1893, and following a very enjoyable limbering up over the opening six holes, the Old Course shifts into overdrive as you reach the rugged cliffs at the 7th. From then on, you work your way though spectacular dunes where it is all too easy to be distracted by the visual feast that awaits.
For more great courses nearby, check out our guide to the best golf courses in Ireland.
Best Places to Stay Near Lahinch Golf Club Old Course
Lahinch Coast Hotel and Suites - Book now at Booking.com
Just off the beach, Lahinch Coast Hotel and Suites offers a seasonal sauna, spa bath, and a steam room. There's the cozy Aberdeen Bar, with a fireplace and the Dunes Restaurant serves home-cooked meals and full Irish breakfasts between March and November.
Vaughan Lodge Hotel - Book now at Booking.com
Very good location close to the village and the golf course. Spacious rooms, good breakfasts and fine dining in the evenings. A family run hotel.
Lahinch Golf Club Old Course Gallery
Lahinch Golf Club Old Course Historical Top 100 Ranking UK&I
- 2023/24 - 26
- 2021/22 - 26
- 2019/20 - 32
- 2017/18 - 28
- 2015/16 - 26
- 2013/14 - 23
- 2011/12 - 16
- 2009/10 - 11
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a caddie at Lahinch?
The Club requires visitors playing the Old Course to take at least one caddie in the group. If caddies are not pre-booked, the Club will arrange for a minimum of one fore-caddie to accompany each group.
How do you get a tee time at Lahinch?
You can either book online using the club's website or you can phone them directly on 00 353 65 708 1003.
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Fergus is Golf Monthly's resident expert on the history of the game and has written extensively on that subject. He is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and the history section of "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin , also of Golf Monthly.
Fergus once shanked a ball from just over Granny Clark's Wynd on the 18th of the Old Course that struck the St Andrews Golf Club and rebounded into the Valley of Sin, from where he saved par. Who says there's no golfing god?
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