Lahinch Golf Club
First Established: 1892
Designed By: ‘Old’ Tom Morris, Alister MacKenzie, Dr. Martin Hawtree
There are two courses which together form Lahinch Golf Club, namely the ‘Castle’ course and the ‘Old’ course, with the former being the much younger and less well-known of the two. However, due to its shorter length, less undulating nature and lavish fairways, the Castle course almost deliberately acts as an introduction, as a worthy warm-up to the main event – the historical and world-famous Lahinch Old course, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2017.
The Old course at Lahinch is so much more than simply a course designed by the same architect who famously designed Augusta National. The Old course, firmly in its own right, is world-class and enthusiastically proclaimed to be so by many past and current professionals, golfing journalists and amateurs alike; the initial course architect, ‘Old’ Tom Morris is credited as stating that Lahinch was the finest natural terrain he had ever seen.
The Old course truly possesses an abundance of natural beauty and rugged magnificence, including numerous embracing sand dunes which surround many holes, some of which you must hit your approach shot over to reach the hidden green. Lahinch will provide you with a stern challenge but will also leave you with a deeply exhilarating sense of awe, and many fond memories.
*Images courtesy of Lahinch Golf Club