Lahinch Golf Club, South West Ireland
Lahinch Golf Club is one of the best golf links courses to play in Ireland. Notably, Lahinch GC is situated approximately north-west of Shannon airport on the west coast of Ireland. Whereas, both the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren Geo National Park are the widely known attractions in West Clare, Ireland. Golfers from all over the world come to visit historical sites and play Lahinch on the same day!
Lahinch opened in 1895 by Old Tom Morris and in 1926 and Dr Alister MacKenzie re-designed the course. Without any doubt, Lahinch is the foremost links courses to play on the West coast of Ireland. Notably, Lahinch is a traditional Irish golf links course. Essentially, the front nine is played away from the clubhouse and the back nine is played back to the clubhouse.
A Tail of two nines at Lahinch Golf Club
Lahinch Golf Club is a difficult links course to play well. Typically, I rank my golfing experiences by a number of factors.
- Such as, how the hole plays? Meaning that after an excellent tee shot, will golfers play a long, medium or short iron shot to the green?
- How difficult are the Bunkers, Rough to play from?
- Are the blind shots fair or full of danger?
- General golf course presentation based on my golf course management expectations, from my good old days working as a Golf Club Pro.
- Indeed, it is important to look at the greens in play as some greens are guarded by nasty bunkers! Dealing with the slope, speed and how receptive the greens are.
- On course services, such as the food and beverage cart.
- Caddy services, golf shop, and clubhouse.
- Notably, I would rank a golf resort in more detail. Needless to say that it is important to investigate specifically, rooms and quality of sleep. Also, the quality of the food & beverage presentation.
My Course Summary:
Taking my points from one to seven it fair to make the following statement. Generally speaking, the course is kept in as good a condition as possible for the number of golfers that play Lahinch. You can check in for golf quickly at the golf shop, pop upstairs if you need a quick bite or drinks before you play. Also, you will meet your caddy on the 1st tee and all of this happens right around the 1st tee. Which makes life really easy.
The putting and chipping green are next to the car park, a short game area is located right across the street. Whereas, the practice ground is a 5-minute walk from the 1st tee and the practice facilities are great. Finally, I would suggest arriving nice and early to warm up, hit balls, chip & putt.
The 6th Hole at Lahinch
It’s is worth noting that the 6th hole is my favourite hole on the front nine. The golfers play from a raised tee box and the hole doglegs to the leg. Ideally, hit your tee shot down left the side of the fairway. Also, ensure that you don’t over hit the fairway as the bunker that awaits you is a major penalty.
From the fairway (hopefully after a good tee shot) take aim for the centre of the green. Because the greenside bunkers on the right are very difficult to play from. That said, if you miss the green left, the rough is brutal and if you over hit the green, the back of the green is also very difficult to chip from.
The green slopes from back to front and has a couple of tiers. Lots of pin positions to make the hole as difficult a test as golfers need. Indeed, a par is a good score on the 6th on any day of the week. That said making a birdie on the 6th is like Christmas!!
Notably, the front nine at Lahinch is a unique set of holes. Clearly, driving the ball straight and accurate is the key to scoring the front nine. Also, on holes three, six and seven golfers are hitting to a raised fairway. Whereas, on holes two, four and nine golfers are hitting onto a lower level fairway. Indeed, the tee shot landing areas are much flatter on the back nine compared to the front nine.
The Back Nine Story
As noted the back nine has fewer sand dune elevations than the front nine. But, there are a number of holes where you will be hitting onto a slightly raised green. Such as 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th & 18th. It is worth noting, because you may need to add a few more yards to your calculations when you are selecting what club to play.
The 2 par 3s, the 11th and 16th are super fun holes. Where the 10th, 12th, 14th & 15th are really challenging par 4s. Also, the 13th is risk/reward short par 4, and the hole can be driveable downwind, with really tough greenside bunkers to play from if miss the green. Finally the 2 par 5s, the 12th and 18th can be really tricky.
I would recommend that if you can’t hit any of the par 5s in two. Certainly, lay up to a distance that is comfortable for you to hit the green with a full sand wedge or pitching wedge. Because, if you hit your second shot too close to the green, you are left with a difficult pitch shot.
To summaries Lahinch Golf Club. The Golf Experince is brilliant at Lahinch.
Lahinch News 2021
Just every other golf course in Ireland, Lahinch Golf Club will reopen from the 26th of April for club members only. There are a range of Covid 19 protocols that the club is following set out by the Irish Government. Notably, you can review those protocols from Lahinchgolf.com. Certainly, I would recommend contacting the club if you have tee times booked for 2021.
Dates of Interest for 2021.
- South of Ireland Championship. The dates of play are from the 21st to the 25th of July 2021.
Old News from 2020
After the great success of the Irish Open hosted at Lahinch and Lahinch Golf Club. The Golfers are coming to play in their 1000s for 2020. From looking at Lahinch’s online timesheet, there are a large number of the days are completely booked out. So what to do for a game? If the date is booked out for a game, contact the club and ask to be put on the waitlist for that date. Also, if you are in Lahinch for a few days, call into the club and ask to be waitlisted for that day.
Competition dates of Note for 2020 at Lahinch GC:
- 22nd – 26th of July South of Ireland Amateur Open
Older News from 2019
Lahinch Golf Club, dates to note 2019:
- 4th July – 7th July the course will be closed for the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open.
- 24th of July – 28th July The South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship will be played
- 1st of Aug – 18th Aug Lahinch Golf Club Members’ Festival of Golf.
- 9th of Sept to 13th Sept Home Internationals.
Mainly at Lahinch, the month of August is kept for club members and golfers should avoid the first two weeks.
Dooley Noted on Lahinch Golf
Indeed, five tips to improve scoring at Lahinch Golf Club.
- From the rough, play for the flyer lie and the front of the green.
- Should the ball miss the green, use a putter where possible to avoid a duff chipped shot!
- Ensure that good information is received to play tee shots on the correct line.
- Play sideways with a lofted club from the heavy rough.
- Play for the centre front section of greens and hire a caddy!
OF COURSE, there are other courses to play when travel dates clash! Such as Trump Doonbeg, Dromoland Castle, Ballybunion Golf Club, Tralee Golf Club, Ennis Golf Club, Shannon Golf Club, and Castletroy Golf Club in Limerick.