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Lahinch – Old Course

ranked #35 by Golf Magazine
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Founded: 1893
Designer: Old Tom Morris, Alister MacKenzie
Length: 5,502-6,950 yards
PAR: 72
Type: Links
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Who this course is best for:

An Ireland golf tour group looking to play an Alister Mackenzie famed links course ranked in the world top 100 golf courses.

Overview:

No Ireland golf package would not be complete without a round at the iconic Lahinch GC Old Course located on the Irish coast less than an hour from Shannon Airport. Known for stunning views of the Atlantic and the Cliffs of Moher, and the iconic goats that patrol the course. Lahinch is truly a magnificent oceanfront links course worthy of a visit from any golfer. GOLF Magazine currently has Lahinch ranked #36 in the world. 

Famed for the back to back “blind” holes Klondike (4th) and Dell (5th), Lahinch evolved over time into the course it is today. Later, in 1895 after designing the new links course, Old Tom Morris stated it was “the finest natural course he had ever seen”. Finally, in 1928 Alister Mackenzie’s tweeks turned Lahinch into the course you see today. The Irish Open was staged here in 2019 and won by Jon Rahm with a spectacular final round 62. 

Lahinch GC Old Course stretches from 5502 to 6950 yards. However, most visitors play the 6339-6613 sets of tees, which is plenty of challenge for anyone!

The goats you ask?  They are incorporated into the club logo, and legend says if they are grazing in the dunes the weather will be ok, but if they start to gather beside the clubhouse then the rain is on the way! 

Hogan’s Alley: 

“Lahinch is tight and tough and an excellent challenge for all, even on a calm day! You’ll love the 5th hole, aka ‘The Dell’, where you will try to aim over the white rock indicating the pin. Then walk around the dune to see who is closest! What I like best about Lahinch is the classic design and the quaint, old-school feel to the club and town. This is a must play course in southwest Ireland!”

– Bill Hogan is the CEO of Pioneer Golf and has played golf in 58 different countries since entering the golf travel industry over 30 years ago. Hogan serves as a Panelist for the Golf Magazine World Top 100 and for Platinum Clubs of The World. 
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Tours that include this Course

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Doonbeg

The Compact Southwest

Five rounds of golf:

  • Waterville
  • Ballybunion-Old Course
  • Tralee
  • Lahinch-Old Course
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Visit the beautiful southwest of Ireland and enjoy the top five links courses:

  • Waterville
  • Ballybunion-Old Course
  • Tralee
  • Lahinch-Old Course
  • Old Head
Lahinch Golf

Lahinch-Old Course

Highest Ranked Top 100 – Ireland

Six rounds of golf including:

  • Waterville
  • Ballybunion-Old Course
  • Tralee
  • Portmarnock-Championship Course
  • The European Club
  • Lahinch-Old Course
European Club

The European Club

Highest Ranked Top 100 – Ireland & N. Ireland

Eight rounds of golf:

  • Waterville
  • Ballybunion-Old Course
  • Tralee
  • Portmarnock-Championship Course
  • The European Club
  • Lahinch-Old Course
  • Royal County Down-Championship Course
  • Royal Portrush-Dunluce Course
Lahinch Golf

Lahinch-Old Course

Along the Coast – Southwest to Northern Ireland

Seven rounds of golf:

  • Waterville
  • Ballybunion-Old Course
  • Tralee
  • Lahinch-Old Course
  • Old Head
  • Royal County Down-Championship Course
  • Royal Portrush-Dunluce Course