Beaufort Golf Club

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Beaufort Golf Club is a superb 18 hole parkland championship golf course located just 10 minutes from Killarney Town on the Ring of Kerry road.

Beaufort Golf Course is a spectacular course in stunning surroundings and is enjoyable for all standards of golfers. Part of the Churchtown Estate, the centre piece of which is the Georgian house built in 1740 by Sir Roland Blennerhassett. 

The estate was bought in 1860 by James MacGillycuddy Magill who turned it into one of the largest dairy farms of its time in the Southwest region and remained that until recent times.

James’s grandson and great grandsons closed the farm in the early nineties and with the help of golf architect Arthur Spring, developed Beaufort Golf Course which was officially opened in 1995.

The golf course was sold in 2006 and the new owners then redeveloped it into one of the finest parkland courses in the southwest region. 

The ruins of 15th century Castle Core standing beside the 15th green was designed as a square tower house. Castle Core (Castle of the round hill) was built circa 1480 by the MacGillycuddy’s, a branch of the O’Sullivan Mo’r clan.

Fearing that it would have been taken by the English forces Donagh MacGillycuddy burnt the castle in 1641 but restored it in 1660. Donagh went on to become High Sheriff of Kerry in 1687.

The castle was abandoned by Donagh’s son Denis in 1696 when he married into the Blennerhasset family in nearby Killorglin Castle. The stone of Castle Core was taken to build the Georgian house which is currently on the grounds of Beaufort Golf Club.

Facilities at Beaufort Golf Resort include a championship 18 hole golf course, friendly Clubhouse, Bar and Restaurant, Pro Shop, Putting Green and Car Park. There has been significant upgrading to Beaufort Golf Course in the past 2 years.

These improvements include the addition of lakes, fairway bunkers, irrigation systems and mounds. The golf course was redesigned by Tom Mc Kenzie, a world renowned golf architect and is gaining a strong reputation as one of the hidden gems of the South West of Ireland.

The course is maturing nicely and it enjoys good natural drainage which allows golf to be played all year round.

The back nine are sited nearer the mountains on the South side and are dominated by the presence of Castle Core, a 15th century ruin situated near the 13th green.

Two holes of note are the 187yd par 3 8th where the tee shot is played from a small copse to a green protected by deep bunkers and the 482 yd. par 5 12th which winds its way along a shaded valley to a well-protected green.

How do you get there:

From Killarney head west and follow the road signs for Killorglin and the Ring of Kerry. Approximately 4 miles (7 Kilometres) along this road take a left hand turn for Beaufort Village. Cross Beaufort Bridge and take the next right turn into Beaufort Village. Continue straight along this road for approximately 2 miles until you see the sign for Beaufort Golf Club on your left. 

Beaufort to Kerry Airport- 25mins – (25kms) 
Beaufort to Cork Airport- 1hr 30 mins – (100kms) 
Beaufort to Shannon Airport – 2 hrs – (144 kms) 
Beaufort to Dublin Airport – 4hrs 30mins – (324 kms) 

Ferry Port 
Beaufort to Cork – 1hr 30 mins – (100kms) 
Beaufort to Rosslare – 4 hrs – (277kms)

Beaufort Golf Club,
Co Kerry,

AddressBeaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 E8HW, Ireland

Phone+353 64 664 4440

Additional Information

·         Caddy Hire: Yes

·         Club Professional: Tony Conveney

·         Course Designer: Original course Arthur Spring; redesign T McKenzie, M Ebert

·         Course Type: Parkland

·         Holes: 18

·         Opening Times: 7am-10pm, 7 days

·         Par: 71

·         Practice Green: Yes

·         Pro Shop: Yes

·         Course Distance: 6,404m

·         Visitor Tee Times: Availability every day



1.Played there today . Staff so welcoming . Course well maintained with good signpostings Magnifcant views After a wonderful round relaxed and enjoyed lovely home cooked food Great day out.

2.Beaufort is a quaint little village not far from Killarney and Beaufort Golf Club is set on the grounds of an old estate just outside the village. The views from every angle of the course are stunning with mountains and castles.

The course itself is well laid out, beautifully maintained and offers a good test of your golfing skills. The clubhouse is very quaint with a great atmosphere and lovely homemade food being served. Would highly recommend.


3.A friend and myself played Beaufort a day after playing Mahony's Point. The Killeen course at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club was closed due to recent poor weather and so we decided to try Beaufort.

We received a wonderfully warm welcome from Helen in the club house. The course was beautiful and in very good shape considering the recent weather and time of year. We were fortunate with the weather and the views are beautiful.

Beaufort is unfortunately in the shadow of the better known Killarney courses but is an absolute must if you have time. The course is forgiving and being a parkland course there is plenty of room for the more wayward golfers among us! I can highly recommend visiting Beaufort. You will have a memorable day's golf.


4.Every golfer who loves the game dreams of playing in Ireland. Dreams of the big names: Lahinch, Ballybunion, Killarney, Tralee. Those in the know who visit Kerry will add Dooks, Waterville.

Those really in the know will add Beaufort. A heavenly 18th century parkland estate outside Killorglon at the foot or the Magillicuddy Reeks, Ireland's tallest mountains.

Outstanding, marvelous, wonderful. Huge rolling greens. Oak and chestnut lined fairways, awe inspiring mountain backdrop. In any other country in the world would be a nationally ranked golf course. Add it to your trip. Play it. Remember it. And yes fees 1/4 the price of the famous Irish courses.

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