Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club

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If you like a course with a view and like to play just nine holes then Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club is the place for you. 

This nine-hole course sits on 100 acres of superb parkland and in mature woodland surrounding the Eighteenth Century castle in Ballyheigue.

If that's not enough to convince you to pay a visit, then you should also know that the course commands superb views of the breath-taking Ballyheigue beach with its white sand.  

Add the fact you also see the Brandon Mountain in the distance and you can surely see why Ballyheigue Castle is worth a visit. The club welcomes visitors at any time and excellent facilities are provided, including the availability of clubs and motorised buggies for hire.

Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club was opened in 1996. It is a course of rolling parkland, challenging holes, ranging from 185 to 534yd that will satisfy the demands of the best golfers. 9 holes that are a very pleasant challenge with doglegs, ponds, raised greens, in-fact it has the lot.

The course is squeezed onto pretty small acreage and is only nine holes. But it's plenty long and modern at 3,441 yards with large greens and bunkers. It's parkland in style, but sits just off the coast. It features a handful of sharp dogleg holes. 

The fifth is a long par-5 with an almost 90-degree dogleg right with a stone wall and burn running along the edge that swallows up shots hit left. It's one of two long and tricky par-5s, with the seventh playing back toward a green in the shadows of the castle. 

The eighth and ninth stand out in particular as you walk along an old stone wall to cross over to the other side of the property that overlooks the sea.  

The eighth is a downhill par-3 with the best views of the sea on the course. The ninth is a short par-4 about 300 yards long playing up to the doorstep of the castle. 

The remaining holes play around light trees and within stone walls that encircle the course. 

For golfers looking to squeeze in a quick nine on perhaps a travel day or simply wanting to try something a little different on their trip (without spending much cash), this is a great option with a rolling layout, large greens and hole variety in a charming Irish seaside village.



Its a great place to play, not as easy as it looks. The views are amazing. Lacks the space for 18 holes which is a real shame. It was played by Tom Coyne and mentioned in his book -A Course called Ireland. It is well worth playing, just off the road between Ballybunion and Tralee.

Unable to get into Ballybunion golf course, we found the Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club on a recommendation from a local. The course was beautiful, challenging, well maintained, and affordable.

We were able to book a tee time a day in advance (on a Sat morning!), and the woman that runs the course made us feel at home. Greeting us as she opened the pro shop, she invited us to have some coffee with her and told us about the course.

It was more like visiting an old friend than buying a round. I am sure there are courses that are more lovely than this one, but if you are looking for a spontaneous round while visiting Tralee, this was a great experience. Also, they rented us clubs for an embarrassingly low rate.

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