Ring of Kerry Golf Course - Par 72 - 6,814 Yards
The Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club is located amidst the most stunning scenery imaginable. Overlooking beautiful and serene Kenmare Bay with the Kerry mountains providing a wonderful backdrop, the setting is surely one of the best in Ireland. The course itself, 6814 yds from the medal tees, is hilly with dramatic elevation changes and a challenging layout. Lakes abound ready to catch your errant ball, should you be distracted from your shot by the surrounding views. Strictly speaking a Parkland course, it has a definite links feel given its sand-based fairways and greens and its proximity to the bay.
Two of ‘The Ring’s’ signature holes lie on the back 9. Hole 13, ‘An Neidin’, is a 200 + yd Par 3 from an elevated tee which provides fabulous views of Kenmare Bay. The green slopes heavily from left to right and is protected by water. Par is a good score for this hole. Hole 14 ‘Tahilla’ is ‘The Ring’s’ number 1 index hole. A long par 4, it requires length and accuracy off the tee. The fairway narrows all the way to the green and is surrounded by trees with a huge bunker in front. On the front 9, hole 5 ‘Moll’s Gap’ is a short par 5, usually into the prevailing head wind. It’s a classic risk/reward 2 shot to an elevated green which is guarded by a steep incline and water.
In short, the Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club is a beautifully-designed course set amidst unbelievable scenery, where every hole is memorable.
Quotes and Comments
"The Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club is one of my favourite courses in Ireland with its stunning views, challenging layout and great hospitality"
- Ian Botham (English Cricketer and Healthy Grandad)
"I have playe most6 of the major championship courses in the world and none betters the Ring of Kerry"
- Philip Walton (Irish Ryder Cup Hero)
"A superb course set amidst the finest scnery in the world"
- Terry Wogan (BBC Radio and Television Broadcaster)
"Truly awesome! A great challenge of golf, but manageable in truly amazing scenery"
- Mal Keavaney (Sports Editor/Munster Press Golf Cociety Captain)
"Wonderful location. Lived up to and surpassed expectations"
- Nick Lanigan, England
"The most beautiful and the most challenging course I have ever played"
- Mrs. Pat Garth, England
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BBC broadcaster Terry Wogan runs an annual Children in Need charity auction. In 2003 the Ring of Kerry Golf Club put a prize of glifhts, accommodation and a round of golf at the Ring with English cricketer Ian Botham. This raised £11,000 for children's charities in 2003 and £12,000 in 2004.
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For a sample golf tour itinerary of southwest Ireland that includes the Ring of Kerry Golf couse see our Killarney based golf vacation.