Kenmare Golf Club

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This famous old course is a fair test of golf and is unique in that it suits all standards of golfers. It is the jewel in the crown of the late great Mr. Eddie Hackett, one of the games premier golf course architects.

Kenmare Golf course boasts some of the finest scenery imaginable. The views over Kenmare Bay and the surrounding mountains are breath-taking. The course has some great feature holes and is always in first class conditions, which are all the ingredients for a wonderful round of golf.

Founded in 1903, the course was extended to 18 holes in 1993. Ideal for a pleasant round in a lovely, lush setting. Some of the longer holes are in the ‘’new nine’’ on the other side the main road. The course is only a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Kenmare town and is close to hotels and guesthouses. The welcoming, colonial-style clubhouse is an unusual feature.

The clubhouse building was an old Indian hunting lodge and was brought back to Ireland by Lord Lansdowne. It offers all the modern facilities that today’s golfer requires.
Bar with open fire, Pro Shop, Club/Pull cart hire. 

Kenmare Golf Club is situated in South Kerry. It derives its name from the Gaelic 'Ceann Mara' meaning 'Head of the Sea'. The modern Irish name is 'An Neidin', in English 'The Little Nest', due to the town's picturesque location between the mountains of Kerry in a valley formed during the ice age. The town is the focal point in a region unsurpassed in the variety and unspoiled beauty of its scenery.

Whilst the course can be very exacting for a good player, it is never unfair to the weak. The famous old course is a fair test of golf and is unique in that it suits all standards of golfers.

The course has some great feature holes which are always in first class condition, and have all the ingredients for a wonderful round of golf. The early holes stretch along the picturesque Roughty river estuary while the undulating ground to the 'new' nine holes provide panoramic views of Kenmare bay and the Roughty Valley. 

A fantastic view on a panoramic background is an ideal setting for the final six holes of golf in this breathtaking location.

Additional Information

·         Caddy Hire: Yes

·         Course Designer: Eddie Hackett

·         Course Type: Parkland

·         Holes: 18

·         Opening Times: 8am-7pm, 7 days

·         Par: 71

·         Practice Green: Yes

·         Pro Shop: Yes

·         Course Distance: 6,066yd

·         Visitor Tee Times: Tee times are available everyday to visitors.


1. A beautiful course to play especially for a first-time visitor to Ireland and Kenmare. It's a rolling and lush course. The front 9 is a bit more challenging than the back. The staff was friendly and helpful in setting me up with clubs, plenty of golf balls and tees. And, of course, the course pub was the perfect place to hoist a pint or two. I enjoyed the whole experience.

2.If staying in kenmare and looking for a round on a course within a 2 minute drive go for the little beauty. The 1st and 2nd hole didn't blow me away. Then a walk across the road through a housing estate had me thinking the worst.  

However to my surprise the course came alive once we crossed the road. Opened up into a typical parkland course. Well kept and some lovely views of the surrounding countryside. The course itself is not long. Quite short compared to your average course but it's not easy either.  

Plenty of trouble if your not online and greens are tricky in parts. You come back across the road for the 13th which didn't bother me at all as the finishing holes were all great. Clubhouse is small but does have locker rooms and a bar. Enjoyed a nice pint of Heineken afterwards.. price was 35 euro. Maybe a little over priced for what it is but by no means a rip off.


3.A very scenic and ideally situated parkland golf course in the center of the town of Kenmare at the start of the beautiful Ring of Kerry.

There are some great views of the surrounding countryside and landscape when playing this challenging 18 Hole Course. However the best holes are found on the original 9-Hole part of the course right on the water’s edge of Kenmare Bay. 

Well worth a visit for a relaxing and scenic game.


4.We stayed in the holiday homes in Kenmare Golf club for a surprise 50th the end of April. The holiday home's are amazing, they have everything you could image and the view is stunning. I couldn't recommend staying here highly enough. We had dinner on the Saturday night in the Golf club, again beautiful. There was a large group of us aged from 86yrs down to 2yrs and everyone came away refreshed from a fabulous few days!!!! 


5.Four seniors played yesterday, great website, friendly and helpful reception, all very speedily organised. Spotless and very tidy facilities all close to the bustling and neat town. Large car park and busy in early morning. Tee time booking essential.

The course is a wonderful mixture of old wooded areas, wide fairways and testing superbly tended greens and some fun bunkers.
The course is a variety of stunning waterside holes towards the end of the 18 holes, the 17th and 18th are spectacular.

Great value days golf and we will be returning, thank you John O'Sullivan for your courtesy and kindness.

200 metres from Kenmare town, located on the left hand side just before you enter the town from the main Cork / Killarney road R569.


Killowen Road
County Kerry
Phone(s): +353 (0) 64 41291
Fax: +353 (0) 64 42061


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