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Dingle (Ceann Sibeal)

Founded: 1924
Designer: Eddie Hackett, Christy O’Connor, Jr.
Championship Length: 6,690 yards
PAR: 72
Type: Links
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Who this course is best for:

A golfer seeking to play a lesser known, a scenic links course, and would like to play a enjoyable round of golf at a great value.


Located on the Dingle Peninsula, Ceann Sibeal, or Dingle Golf Club as it’s also known, is the most western golf course in Ireland and, for that matter, Europe. The course is certainly the best kept golfing secret in Kerry, but at 6,690 yards in length, Ceann Sibeal is one of Ireland’s truly traditional championship links courses and is a real test of golf. If Christy O’Connor, Jr. was misguided in commenting, “This course has everything that St. Andrews has to offer and more,” then it wasn’t by much.

Every hole on the magnificent links at Ceann Sibeal has been carved from the natural landscape of one of the most remote and unspoiled parts of Ireland. The hand of Mother Nature laid down its many hazards, including a winding burn that twists and turns throughout the entire course, long before the game of golf was even dreamt of. The course is characterized by tricky undulations and swales, the very building blocks of pure links golf. Known as the St. Andrews of the Irish southwest, the mystical qualities of Ceann Sibeal will ensure that any round played here will be a memorable experience.

During the course of your round, the whole panorama of the Dingle Peninsula is revealed: hidden bays with small fishing villages, glorious rolling mountains and the rugged Blasket Islands out in the wild Atlantic Ocean. The Ballyferriter and Dingle area is rich in Gaelic tradition with the Irish language still very much a part of everyday life, while the region is also blessed with ancient archaeological treasures, wild flora and fauna, and a rich tradition of arts and crafts.

Course review content courtesy of Golf Publisher Syndications

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