Connaught Links Courses
The dramatic scenery and splendour of the Connaught region created wonderful natural landscapes for golf course designers to hone their skills. Like all areas in the west of Ireland, the first obstacle to a good score is Mother Nature herself. The golfer will find that he or she will not alone have to contend with the cunning and guile of architect allied to the terrain, but must adjust for what is benignly known in local parlance as the “westerly breeze” coming straight across three thousand miles of Atlantic Ocean.
The unwitting visitor may be told in advance that conditions are breezy but there is no problem playing, only to find what they would regard as a gale when they stand up on the first tee!
Nowhere on the west coast is this more evident than in Belmullet (Carne), County Mayo. Up at the tip of north Mayo, the course is defenceless against the elements coming in across the western shore. It makes for a wonderful challenge for any golfer. The weather conditions are just another part of the course, like the carefully placed bunkers and sand traps. The player must use all his skills in club selection and manufactured shots to combat the almost permanent windy conditions. The bump and run shots, together with the punched approach iron shots are worth working on before you play any of the links courses in Connaught. We advise that you arrive prepared and if you do, you will really enjoy your day. If Cromwell were around now, he might just consider coming to Connaught to try the links courses himself instead of banishing the natives to there!
The following are links golf courses in Connaught.