is a superb links golf course situated between the scenic Lough Gill and
Brandon Bay, at Stradbally, near Tralee, Co. Kerry.
one of the most stunning golf courses in the world – Panoramic vista of Mount
Brandon to the west, overlooking Brandon Bay. Beenoskee & Slieve Mish to
the south, Cahirconree (famed in the Irish mythology of Fionn McCool &
Cuchulainn) is to the south east, as you look over Lough Gill. To the east /
north east is the famous Maherees peninsula.
The fact that this is a 9-hole course should be overlooked; this is a very attractive and rugged seaside links course on the Dingle Peninsula. The magical colours of Mount Brandon act as a magnificent backdrop to this 5876 yard par 68 nine-hole course. The tranquil setting, combined with the excellent use of natural features ensure that Castlegregory provides golfers with an enjoyable but testing challenge.
Dr. Arthur Spring did the course design in 1989; plans
exist for acquisition of additional land for a second nine. The Course is rarely closed even during a harsh winter
as the proximity to the sea keeps the area frost and ice free.
Its nine holes measure 2529 metres from the white tees and have a par of 34. Players here can enjoy either 9 holes or the full 18 depending on availability. The surrounding natural environment plays an important role in this course and its tough yet refreshing nature.
The course is often cited as one of the best 9 holes in Ireland and it is easy to see why, the stunning scenery and almost perfect condition of the course make for a brilliant combination that can be a test for even the most experienced of players.
It starts off with a superb par-5 in the down land, along the coast of a stunningly beautiful lake, its swan population impossible to count!
From here you turn into some wonderfully natural dunes, with the next 8 holes offering fantastic links golf, and the rare opportunity for some peace and solitude in this region, for a fraction of the cost of the other area courses.
The facilities at Castlegregory are as to be expected and full amenities can be found here. Tee times for visitors to this course are generally good and the green fee rates here offer exceptional value for money for all.
Due to the great green fee rates this is a popular choice for many who want to enjoy the sport they love without having to break the bank and also for those that are new to the sport and don’t want to spend too much.
Location wise the course is relatively secluded at first glance which makes the perfect location for a links course however it can be time consuming to visit here from locations further afield.
However it is less than a half hour drive from both Tralee and Dingle making it a good choice for locals or people visiting the area for a period of time. There are a handful of hotels in the local area that can provide a fair selection of options for visitors.
The club is also home to the Natterjack Toad and a visit promises a happy
mixture of good golf, friendly welcome and impressive surroundings.
This little nine hole golf links, set in the dunes of Castlegregory is one of the best golf secrets in Ireland.
Castlegregory Golf and Fishing Club
Address: Castlegregory Golf Club, Stradbally, Castlegregory
Telephone: (066) 7139444
Facebook: Castlegregory Golf and Fishing Club
From Tralee take the main N86 road to Dingle. Keep going straight at the Camp junction, you are now on the R560 still heading towards Dingle on the famous Conor Pass Road.
Keep on this road for about 10 miles, do not turn down into Castlegregory village when you see the sign! Turn right at Stradbally village and head down towards the sea.
Veer left over
the hump backed bridge. You will see the beautiful Lough Gill on your right.
Turn right before you come to the beach and you are there.
1 As a golf nut, my visit to this stunning 9 hole course every August is my main chillaxing event of the year. Its views are imply outstanding; you get a 'full in the face' load of fresh air; a warm welcome; reasonable fees and the course is always in a great condition.
Its a challenge if you've not
played the course before, and even if you know you're way around, its never the
same twice due to the weather that seems to change every hour!! However, its a
an enjoyable challenge that must be experienced.
Go give it a go!
2 What a delightful challenging
nine holes and the best thing is you get to play it twice and correct your
errors from the first time round BUT
Being Ireland the weather will have changed and it's all different
The par threes are really challenging and long into wind on two of them playing 200 + into a wind that knocks a high ball out of the sky into a hollow which needs a very good chip to get out of
I would like to see the markers on the blind drives to be better marked
The one on the sixth nearly impossible to see
Greens very good and hard
Great day out with excellent pub food close by
3 A nine hole course that should
not be missed!
Played in wind made the course very challenging, however that is the beauty of the course! Situated right next to the beach it needs some protection against erosion as otherwise a classic will be lost in time.
Hopefully some rocks can be placed on the beach to keep from loosing this gem.
The clubhouse is run by the local members and these sort of courses are as important as the famous ones in the area.
4 Come over for dinner with us
said the other half to an elderly uncle settled in nearby Killarney as we
holidayed self catering in Castlegregory village.
Not being shy he duely accepted but winked slyly to me ....and I'll bring a second set of clubs..ive a trwat in store for you before we eat...and so it was i was introduced to this local 9 hole links course...he being a single handicapper in contrast to your truely i took pevert pleasure in seeing him struggle with the courses hidden but intriguing challenges...it made me feel good to be certain...we came for more the following day even if bacchus and its influence was now an unwelcome companion!!!
5 This little 9-hole golf course, set in the dunes of Castlegregory, is one of the best golf secrets in Ireland. As a visitor, you can play 9 holes for EUR 20...18 holes, using different tees, for EUR 40...the course is beautiful...and challenging. There are no tee times, and it has never been crowded when I've played there. Really a find if you want to play a typical Irish links course without the complications of booking at one of the more well-known courses.
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