Lahinch is derived from the old Irish name Leithinsi, a half island. The village dates back to the 18th century and grew in popularity thanks to George I, who believed that eating periwinkles and sea-grass was healthy.
Golf at Lahinch dates back to 1892. Three local Limerick golfers laid out an 18-hole course, assisted by officers of the Scottish “Black Watch” regiment who were stationed in Limerick at that time.In 1894, Old Tom Morris was commissioned to make improvements to the layout and he made excellent use of the natural terrain, especially the giant sand dunes.Old Tom believed that Lahinch was the finest natural course that he had seen.
In the mid 1890s, the West Clare Railway made the town more accessible and consequently, people flocked to Lahinch to stay at the new Golf Links Hotel.The whole town lives and breathes golf.Bernard Darwin wrote the following in his book, The Golf Courses of the British Isles, published in 1910: “The greatest compliment I have heard paid to Lahinch came from a very fine amateur golfer, who told me that it might not be the best golf in the world, but was the golf he liked to play best. Lest this may be attributed to patriotic prejudice, I may add that he was an Englishman born and bred.”
In 1927, Dr Alister MacKenzie redesigned the course, relocating a number of holes closer to the bay.The redesign work took one year to complete and featured undulating triple tiered greens.MacKenzie was pleased with his work and said: “It will make the finest and most popular course that I, or I believe anyone else, ever constructed”.
Unfortunately, in 1935, the same time that MacKenzie was designing Augusta with Bobby Jones, the Lahinch committee decided that his greens were too tough for the average golfer. John Burke was granted the remit to flatten them out.Happily, in 1999, Martin Hawtree knowledgably reinstated MacKenzie’s characteristics, completing Lahinch’s restoration.
Lahinch is an enchanting place to play golf. It’s rugged, distinctive, unusually varied and immensely entertaining. It’s a traditional out and back layout, situated next to the lovely beach of Liscannor Bay.
Each September, Lahinch hosts the South of Ireland Championship, an annual occurrence since 1895.The “South” is a matchplay competition, which attracts many spectators and some great amateur golfers, although it is unlikely that anybody will beat John Burke’s record.The “King of Lahinch” was the South of Ireland champion 11 times between 1928 and 1946.
Views across the bay from the 4th are uplifting. This 428-yard par four, has a blind drive to a hidden fairway and the approach to the green is obscured by a hill on the right. The 5th is a short par five named Klondyke. It's one of the most unusual holes in golf and an Old Tom speciality. The tee shot needs to find a narrow rippled fairway located in a valley between dunes. A blind second shot then has to negotiate Klondyke, a towering sand dune that straddles the fairway some 200 yards away from the green. It's certainly a quirky hole but it's also very memorable.
The Old course at Lahinch is an absolute gem.Take note of where the goats are. If they are sheltering near the clubhouse, take your umbrella – you are in for a wet round!
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Played the course from fairway mats in March. In spite of that, it was still a marvellous experience, as the course is great. The stretch of holes from no. 3 to 8 is particularly memorable. The only reason why I cannot give it a perfect score is that the last two holes are fairly average which results in an anti-climatic finish (in contrast to other great links courses such as Carnoustie, Waterville or European, which, in my view, have no weak holes). It would have been better if the (comparatively) weaker holes were played earlier (like the 4th and 5th at Ballybunion). Nevertheless Lahinch
is definitely worth playing.
Played Lahinch Old for the first time last October. Have played many links course in GB & Ireland (including Muirfield, St Andrews Old, Royal Dornoch, Moray, Cruden Bay, Machrihanish, Hillside, S&A, Royal Cinque Ports, St Enodoc, Royal Portrush-Dunluce, Portmarnock, Co. Sligo, Ballyliffin & Baltray) and Lahinch has gone to the top of my list. Just love playing in the dunes with several blind holes & great views although admittedly it's probably too challenging for me.
Absolutely outstanding course. Challenging layout with excellent greens, lots of memorable holes, great course condition, Klondyke and Dell holes quirky but absolutely playable and adding spice and history to this course. We also loved the setting in the middle of this lovely seaside town and next to a great beach. Very friendly staff and members. You can tell that this is a true and welcoming golf club. One guy in our group woke up with a bad stomach and could not play and the club was happy to reimburse the green fee. We ranked Lahinch top of our list of courses we played last week, ahead of Tralee, Ballybunion and Doonbeg (in that order). We will definitely be back and play at least a double round in Lahinch, this course is second to none and is at the same level as the best Scottish courses I have played so far like Carnoustie and the Ailsa.
Played last week as part of a golf tour that included Ballybunion, Waterville and Tralee. Lahinch stood out head and shoulders above the others. Had the services of a wonderful caddie named Aaron, that made a huge difference to the enjoyment of the course. Greens and fairways in excellent condition, but the layout of the links was truly great. Anyone visiting this place must try to get in a second round, as it would be much more fun playing Lahinch the second time around. Will easily go back if given a chance. 6 ball rating for me.
Played the course last week (23 May). The greens were in very poor condition - there are clearly problems with the 12th green. We should not really have been charged the full green fee. The course itself (as described so well below) is old fashioned with plenty of blind shots. Not entirely to my taste, but it will certainly keep you thinking...but not enough to forgive the very poor putting surfaces :(
Played the old course over the june bank holiday weekend and the greens were in super condition apart from the 12th which i was told was a new green. Great course, well deserving of its rating
When an expert speaks, people listen… even closer when two talk. After designing Lahinch, the era's master Architect, Old Tom Morris, boldly declared, "I consider the links as fine a natural course as it's ever been my good fortune to play over." This adoration – which introduced Lahinch, gave it worldwide recognition, and has defined it since – wasn't alone. After renovations in 1927 another architectural expert, Dr. Alistair MacKenzie, lauded it: "Lahinch will make the finest, most popular course that I or anyone ever constructed," echoing his predecessor. In 1892 Limerick's Black Watch Regiment discovered enormous sand hills, massive dunes, envious topsy-turvy, Atlantic Oceanside linksland along Ireland's West coast that became Lahinch Golf Club.
Quintessentially, epitomizing links golf, this setting – breathtaking and so enchanting it seems fairytale-like – is however, double-edged: Helplessly exposed, it's defenceless against the often typical brutal conditions. Lahinch is a shot-maker's haven: Creativity and innovation offset awkward stances/side-hill lies; Discipline, patience, and perseverance combat heather, gorse, relentless wind, and inevitable bad bounces/breaks. With intimidating, "hold-your-breath" tee shots (3, 7), ingenious bunker placement (labelled MacKenzie's best), and several blind shots (some world-renowned), Lahinch's options force golfer to think/strategize. Futile and often disastrous, the "Grip it and rip it" philosophy isn't recommended.
Blessed with natural, distinct, and tremendously varying green sites: steep fall-offs (1), along ridges (9), against stone-wall boundaries (18), atop chasms (3) and plateaus (10, 15), maddeningly three-tiered (13), and impossibly nestled between two giant protruding dunes (14), Ireland's annual South Amateur site presents a challenging environment.
Nevertheless, it was modernized/toughened in 2001 by Martin Hawtree, resulting in a "restored MacKenzie course." Lahinch's driveable par 4 (13), reachable par 5's (2,4, 12), and shoreline-hugging, seaside holes (2, 3, 6, 8) make for "fun, exciting" Golf. Dog-legging left and right, holes climb uphill and tumble downhill, over ravines and hillocks, through valleys and hollows, around knolls and hummocks-enhancing this fun and creating a magical Golf excursion. With shots somewhat extinct nowadays... i.e. over Klondyke (4th) – the huge dune interrupting approach shots. The Dell (5th) – a baffling, one-of-a-kind, retro, blind par 3, the 7th drive (over previous green), and the aforementioned 14, Lahinch is a trip back in time, a link to the past, a glimpse of bygone days. Is there a bell golfers ring? No, better – a human, greeting and ensuring golfer's safety while directing "traffic" at the criss-crossing intersection on 5 and 18! (Pinching oneself remedies the "Wake me I must be dreaming" prevalent feeling).
The minimal proximity between clubhouse and first tee means a "most scrutinized swing" and "opening tee shot." Further, engaging quirks include a shared fairway (14 and 15), visible castle-ruins, a hole using two separate greens (11), and goats (Club's logo) acting as barometers (roaming course in good weather, seeking shelter when bad is coming. It’s this oddity that fascinates, educationally mesmerizes us, and puts Lahinch in its own class.
So much more than just a game – here Golf is a way of life! (Sundays the course doubles as a dog park for locals). Eye opening, this interconnectedness is irresistibly enamouring. For students of the game the experience is peerless. Like visiting an old well-kept museum/shrine it thrills while seducing, and tingles the spine while changing the golfer's life. There's only one Lahinch and this timeless design oozing character, while simultaneously disparaging today’s length factor, continues to captivate golfer after golfer. The experts were right. Beau Kazzi
Played Lahinch with a group of 8 in 2007 and believe that it is one of the most interesting layouts you will ever play. It basically sits in the middle of town heading North and then back again. On the first few holes, town pedestrians are walking on sidewalks just to the right of the fairway (in some cases just a few yards from where you are playing shots). Loved the 2nd par 5 on the front, where you hit Driver up the hill (with a slight fade) and then a blind approach over the 30 foot hill in the middle of the fairway to the green. Quirky but interesting. The next hole, a par 3, is also a blind shot with the same hill coming into play. We heard stories that kids would sit behind the hill and anything that came close to the hole would be placed into the hole for a "hole in 1". I/We really felt that the course was magical and that the service was second to none.
Played it in the inevitable gale with two old friends from the R.A.F. We all loved it but were not so keen on the number of Americans around the place!Very difficult but rewarding and the greens were sublime if tricky.
My chums were allowed to take their Labradors on who also seemed to enjoy it!!
Hospitality was fantastic we drank Bushmills into the early hours then collapsed extremely happy with the days events!!
If it were not for Americans, the course would now be run by Germans...or have you forgotten?
21 June 2012
Joe - is that honestly what they teach you over there....? I suppose you also believe that Americans built the Pyramids, Colliseum and Great Wall of China!
Everything a great links course should be. Stunning views, blind shots, rollercoaster greens make this one of the best I have played. Comparable to Cruden Bay in it's quirkiness, maybe too much to be compared with the very best but an absolute joy to play even if the price is a bit steep when compared to UK prices.
Comparable to Cruden Bay??? No way... What is so quirky about Lahinch (apart from Dell and Klondyke)? For me, there is a full class between those 2...
Played in early July on a wonderful sunny day. Lots of reviews call this course "fun" and I am not sure that it does this course justice - behind RCD, Lahinch is #2 for me (ahead of Ballybunion, Old Course, Pebble Beach, and many others ranked ahead of it). The feel of the place is ideal to me - the right mix of old school golf with a touch of being laid back (RCD was a bit stuffy to me, but the course overcame that). The course had a great mix of holes from the daunting links type hole of RCD, to the blind, old school funky holes (4 and 5) and open let it rip (18). If I could pick one course I have played to be a member, Lahinch is it for me.
You must play Lahinch if you get the chance. It is about the most fun you can have on a golf course anywhere. It's the course i'd play in golf heaven, as it is outrageously beautiful, fabulously maintained, and a riot to play. it rightly deserves its place amongst the very best golf courses in the world.
Played in Sept. 2008. One of the favorites of our American club golfers group of SW of Ireland. Challenging, traditional links play with some incredible challenging holes and sweeping, hilly and rolling terrain. Very nice welcome and clubhouse. Particularly memorable were #3-6 and #11-13.
Someone below said it best. Lahinch is a fun course to play. There are holes here you will just not find anywhere else in the world, and for that reason alone I would recommend it. Try and do your scoring on the par fives (easier said than done) because the fours and threes will eat you up if you're slightly off your game. Of particular note are the 3rd, 6th and 7th when the course takes you on a roller coaster ride up and over those big dunes. We played twice last weekend and the condition of the course was superb and the greens were as good as any I've ever seen on a links. If I had to think of one minor criticism, and one reason perhaps not to rank it up there with the very best, it's that the par 4 13th seems to have been squeezed into the layout somewhat. There seemed to be room to extend the tee quite some way further back and at 279 yards it's just too short a hole to really challenge the good player.
Whilst I agree with the majority of your review, I find it strange that you did not like the 13th which I think is a gem of a short par-4 and one of the only relatively untouched holes from MacKenzie's routing.
07 June 2010
Have to agree, the 13th is the best short par 4 I've ever played. A narrow entrance to a 3 tiered green with a big roll off on the front. Go a smidgen right and you are dead. Left and you're in some deep bunkers. You'll see an awful lot more 5's than 2's here in top competitions.
The pro shop at Lahinch displays the title “professional and golf club maker” – and, sure enough, when you go inside, you find an old workshop with a golf club in a vice on the workbench right next door to the counter… all part of the golfing empire of Robert McCavery, 50 years a professional/assistant pro with the club in 2009, though he’s still 10 years shy of the service attributed to Bill McCavery from 1927 to 1987! I digress somewhat from a review of the Old Course, but it gives you an immediate flavour of the atmosphere as you stand by the 1st tee – you’re about to embark on a round of old-fashioned golf, the likes of which is still played by people steeped in the traditions of the game. Martin Hawtree is said to have made nearly 100 visits over the five year period that renovation work was carried out here from 1999 and I can pay no higher compliment to that commitment than to say that you would not know anything had been done! Changing 14 greens, rebuilding 16 tees, adding 2 new par threes and rerouting 4 holes – surely not? The course looks as if it has been in its present form for the 100+ years that golf has been played at Lahinch, such is the quality of the restoration work. You might read, in advance of playing here, about the quirky “Klondyke” and “Dell” holes, the nearby Liscannor Bridge and ancient O’Brien Castle, the goats on the hillside, the blind shots, the tumbling terrain and the magnificent views of Liscannor Bay - no amount of homework will adequately prepare you for the thrilling golf that you will encounter at Lahinch, believe me. You can always tell that you’ve really enjoyed a course when you walk off the 18th thinking the round has just flown in… it seemed like barely minutes had passed by when I walked off the final green. I hope it’s not too long before I return. Jim McCann
We (2) are going to Ireland to play 13 of the links courses in June and July this year (from Australia). I find your well written, informative, honest and positive reviews on all the courses that you have played most valuable. Thanks
05 April 2009
Greg, thanks for the response, it's much appreciated. Good reviews are not guaranteed on this website, they have to be earned, and Lahinch achieves that with ease. Please take time to post a review, no matter how brief, on all the courses you play in the summer. I hope the weather is kind for you and that you've spaced out your 13 games over a sensible time span - unlike last year when our threesome played 13 rounds in SEVEN days!!! Good luck.
Not much to add to what has already been written…Except that those two “1 ball ratings” are completely absurd, shocking and ridiculous. I would really like to know what the person writing May 11th 2006 favorite course is!!! Ballybunion feels a bigger club, Waterville a tougher track but Lahinch is probably the most fun of them all and it remains one my favorite course anywhere. The routing is superb, the location idyllic. The other “1 ball reviewer” must have been really unlucky as the welcome both in the club house and in the Pro shop (only the 4th Pro since the creation of the club!!) are wonderfully Irish, understand extremely friendly. A little word on the Castle Course on the other side of the road that is not mentioned anywhere: not a great course, probably not even a gem, pretty short and easy, but a good warm up for the BIG course!
For all you links golf fanatics out there, please tell me if there’s a better course than Lahinch. I need to play it. I’ve just paid my second visit on a deserted Thursday evening, having negotiated a reduced green fee, I flew round in two and a half hours, beaming from ear to ear the entire time. I didn’t come close to my handicap through my own rustiness and a very ‘sporty’ spring breeze but boy was it gloriously good fun. All the Par 3’s are picture postcard gorgeous, the Par 5’s sublime and without a weak Par 4 you have the complete course. Good play is rewarded and bad punished by the plethora of strategically placed bunkers. It never feels like a slog and remains fair with its landing areas (especially on blind or semi blind shots) and it’s run offs, unlike many links courses I could name. Pure links pleasure, Lahinch – my favourite!
After we got out of sight of the clubhouse we played it from the tips. And the wind blew. It was a bear. But loved it. From the straightforward and difficult ( #1) to the unusual #5 (The Dell), to the 3 reachable par 5's (depending on wind) and a series of sensational par 4's it was all good. If you want to score, get a caddy. We had Pat (a member) and he was excellent. Go to Kenny's downtown and go to Doolin and have one at O'Connors. Hope you enjoy it as we did.
we played the Old Course yesterday 19/9/07. The weather was awful but the course was wonderfull a really great links from nwhat we could see which was not a lot . This is however my worst experiance playing golf in Ireland which I adore , we were treated with no respect whatsover and received service that was the worst I have ever had .
Many words are used to describe the top golf courses on these pages but none I have read would offer anything close to an apt description of the Old Course at Lahinch - it has everything. Lahinch is a brilliantly strategic golf course, there are blind shots but on each one the landing areas are expansive enough to keep them fair, the bunkering is fantastic and all of the greens brilliantly contoured except the par 5 18th which, in a stroke of exquisite simplicity, is pancake flat providing a chance for matches to be seized and cards to be improved with a well struck putt on the last. The Top 10 of these rankings are traditionally dominated by the links of the Open rotation as understandably they have an added stigma and history as tournament courses and because they are regarded by "those that know" as the best tests of golf. Lahinch combines a sterling test of golf with a character and fun that is often lacking elsewhere and for me comes only from playing in a truly natural, dune infested links playground. No other course I know of combines these two facets so brilliantly. Places like St Enodoc and North Berwick have the charm but lack length or consistency in regards to the quality of golf hole, whilst County Down, Waterville, Hoylake, St George's and other courses on the Open rotation are undoubtedly great courses but frankly aren't half as much fun to play as Lahinch. Ballybunion may get close to achieving this combination but it is let down by a couple of weak early holes. Lahinch has 18 crackers, all of which are great golf holes in their own right and where the amazing views, elevation changes, towering dunes, rolling contours and endearing quirks add not only to the overall experience but more importantly are integral to the course itself and the way you are forced to play it. It is comfortably the best course I have played in the UK & Ireland and I would be very surprised if anything displaces it. From the top courses I have left to play, I have high hopes for the Ailsa at Turnberry and may reserve the "best of the best" tag until that too has been "ticked off" but even if there are one or two better tracks in the UK & Ireland then there certainly aren't many more than that. In summary, if you can find a place where a golfer will feel more invigorated by both his surroundings and his sport than when standing on the rolling links of Lahinch I will be very surprised. By all rights this is, at the very least, a Top 10 course and for my money anything outside the Top 5 would be an injustice.
Great review!!Totally agree....Lahinch shares my n.1 spot with the Ailsa too,as well as RCD and Muirfield!
Quite simply the best pure links golf course available. Top of the Irish Charts. Pure jazz. She is a lady of immeasureable charm and character. Lahinch will leave you in a trancelike state as she reveals her wonderfully soothing tracks and delightfully devilish dancefloors. This is golf at its best. Cajun also wanted me to say, "The green bible is a courseplanner of note". The ultimate links golf experience. A belter.
This is a ‘must play’ course of the highest order. Having played all the top seaside courses in the North West and Northern Ireland, I believe Lahinch is head and shoulders above them all and is definitely my favourite. I’m sure my enjoyment had something to do with the weather – warm, clear skies and not a breath of wind. The Old Course, like all links courses would be an extremely tough test with the wind whipping in off the Atlantic.Think links golf, think blind shots, pot bunkers, sea views, sweeping beaches, heavily undulating fairways and greens, Lahinch has the lot and goats!
This is classic links golf at it’s best, the stretch from 2 to 8 being particularly note worthy. For ‘old school’ links fanatics, you cannot beat holes 4 and 5. Four, a short par 5 with your blind second having to head straight over a large sand hill to a green tight to the road. Followed by the blind par 3 fifth with the green tucked away within the dunes is quintessential links golf. Forget about the cost of the green fees, go play and enjoy, and pray for some good weather.
Wow, what a golf course. I played here this week and I can say that the combined package of the course and the views is spectacular.
A very enjoyable experience from the minute you sign in. Expensive at 145 Euro but the little details like the fact that the course planner is included are a nice touch.
Played it in May 2006. A good course, but I am not bothered about ever going back again. One or two par 4s are stupidly long and a you need a hard hat walking off the 18th tee in case a ball comes flying over the huge hill to your right (towards the 4th green). No, nothing special
I am amazed at the high ranking this course gets. It was the most disappointing course we played in three trips to Scotland and Ireland, and nothing else was close. The routing of the holes is convoluted and bizarre. I love golf in this part of the world, but truly this one baffles me. (The Dell hole was cool.) When you have to put a lad on the hillside to direct traffic as holes cross one another, you have a mess. I expected to see a windmill hole, and get a free game if I birdied 18. You won't do it, but I suggest you leave this one off your itinerary. A day looking at castles with the wife would be better.
Anyone true golfer who would rather spend a day looking at castles rather than playing Lahinch is a fool. This is one of the world's finest examples of links golf perhaps only bettered by Ballybunion's Old course in all Ireland. No idea why it took you three trips to Ireland to realise that you didn't like the course. Perhaps the castles were closed those days?!
Playing golf at Lahinch is about as good as it gets. Lahinch is everything a links course should be. There are fast running fairways, beautiful dogleg par fours with demanding tee shots, driveable par 4's, and of course the quirky yet fascinating par 5 Klondyke and the blind par 3 Dell. Klondyke and Dell are truly wierd holes, but to me they are part of what makes links golf such a challange and such a difference from what we experience in the USA.
The course is a great challenge from the uphill first, especially if into the wind. The downwind holes are no bargain, and you need to carefully plan your strategy on each shot. I"ve read where they are actually renovating part of the course, which only makes me want to return and see what they have done.
I've only played two rounds at Lahinch, but this is a course I where I would love to be a member and play every day.
This very well could be the number one best/greatest golf course in the world.
It has "the hand of a geat architect
A gorgeous, seaside setting
A long and storied history
Its earned the nickname "The ST. ANDREWS of Ireland for good reason
What a great course! From the challenging first hole with it's steeply banked approach to the fast running downhill second, this course never fails to challange and delight the player. The blind shots of Klondyke and Dell add to the amazement, as do the goats. Lahinch is intimately associated with the town and you have the very real sense that the course is part and parcel of the community. This course demands solid play, but is visually pleasing and most of all it is fun.
The members are wonderful. A member of our community got stuck in Lahinch during September 11, 2001, and they allowed him to play for free while he was waiting to get a flight back to the United States. This short of friendship exemplifies the best of what golf is all about, and I will take every opportunity I can to return to Lahinch. Don't miss it!
From the moment you step up from the parking lot onto the first tee you know this is a serious golf course as you are surrounded by the pro shop and trophy room and watched by many people as you attempt to calm the nerves and drive uphill onto the links. Unfortunately, this course is famous for the Klondyke and the Dell, the two most overrated holes in the world outside of the Road Hole. What it should be famous for is the best collection of par 4's in Ireland, along with County Down. This is the best course in the Southwest, and reason enough to fly to Shannon. Outstanding layout, tradition galore, very good condition, and totally memorable and engaging.
Played the Old course last month and thoroughly enjoyed it, a really memorable experience which started with a beautiful sunrise and the ferry across the Shannon. The course is very traditional and typically Old Tom Morris. Much has already been said about the 4th and 5th holes, but seeing really is believing and it takes you back to the days when blind shots were commonplace. Lahinch should not be missed.
This is really really good – some stunning holes starting as early as the 3rd – blind drive over a big dune and a tough approach. The 4th named ‘Klondyke’ is a classic …. short par five with a blind second shot. Fortunately a marshall stands on top of the dune as your guide – without this charming touch, you would be all over the place – brilliant. Next hole is another blind tee shot – par 3 over yet another dune into The Dell – classically different but wonderful. The course starts well, is great in the middle and finishes well – Lahinch makes a welcome entry into my top 10 courses played. AN.
Played the Old Course at Lahinch on a breezy day in september,with just a few drizzles from the sea.Lucky enough weather wise. I got my tee time moved 1 hour earlier which was perfect as the forecast for the afternoon was pretty bad.Lucky enough also to have oversea members from the US playing with me and telling me all about the layout as the stroke saver was no longer available. This was just the best day out playing golf!Played under my handicap and this course is just superb. I thought my model in this area would remain Doonbeg but I must say it has been beaten,the kind of defeat you remember for all your life!! All this to say that Lahinch is now my favorite of this area and I have played all the best,including Ballybunion.Had a big smile all day long and didn't want it to end.... And for 63 euros and some cents,student discount,this is just a bargain.Really understand why it has been set in 3rd position in the top100 book.played earlier this summer at Royal County Down,number 2,but the weather conditions were pretty bad.So I suppose I will have to return to Newcastle to fully be able to compare those 2 giants...But I suspect the difference is going to be very very slim....Cédric
What a wonderful testing golf course. Lasting memories are the tee shot on the third where you have to carry about 230yrds at 30ft high just to get on the fairway, the 6th is a killer straight into the Atlantic wind and there are a barrage of long par fours on the back nine that make getting to the 19th more of a physical challenge than you could ever imagine. Great conditions,hugely challenging weather, friendly staff at the course and wonderful layout make this an absolute must if you have the opportunity to play golf in southern ireland. The only negative is Americans who for some reason insist on taking photographs of each and every shot.
I might agree with Old Tom and say that Lahinch is a most natural golf course to play. Even with the recent changes in the course, the holes were layed out in the a most flowing natural manner. I enjoyed playing Lahinch more than any in southwest Ireland because of the layout (great variety and use of the terrain) and the scenery (great ocean and beach views). You must play Lahinch if you are in southwest Ireland.
Always a great course and following the recent changes made by Martin Hawtree it is possibly the best course in Ireland and UK - go play it if you don't believe me. It is a course that has everything, great variety of holes - no two holes are alike, no weak holes and each presenting a different challenge, unique holes e.g. Klondyke and Dell, some absolutely great holes e.g. par 4 6th would grace any golf course, they even have an extra spare par 3 that is better than most par 3's elsewhere, holes with and against the wind and others where the wind will be across, scenic holes beside the ocean atop one of the best tracts of dunesland. All good and knowledgeable golfers will appreciate this magnificent test of golf.
Surely one of the top handful of courses in the UK and Ireland.
Few courses can be said to have NO weak holes, but Lahinch is one of them. Lahinch keeps you captivated from beginning to end. Last time I played, some greens were in need of sunshine but the way the course winds its way through the dunes give a feeling of great exhilaration.
Worthy of a higer ranking than given here and other publications. Some of the finest golf in the world.
They have a par 3 hole that is not used despite it being to a standard far superior to the best hole on most courses. That's spoiled!
Links golf at its finest - whatever the weather.