Gold Coast Golf Club, Ballinacourty, Dungarven, Co Waterford
Although the Gold Coast golf course is technically a parkland layout, we include it under the links section because of the seaside location and the fact that is partly dune built. The course was expanded in the 90′s from a 9 hole to an 18 hole championship length.
The course offers unrivalled views of Dungarvan Bay, the Irish Sea and Helvick Head. It is worth walking the course simply for the scenery. The original nine holes were planted in 1939, and these trees have grown tall and thick.
The mature tree line lined fairways of the older holes are cleverly mingled with the long and challenging newer holes. The 256 yards first gets a most enjoyable round off to a challenging start, for this is one of the original holes and lined on both sides of the fairway by trees.
The 8 th is a shorter version of the spectacular 16th at Cyprus Point. The 15th par four of 397 yards is probably the signature hole with tee shots needing to carry an inlet of the Bay to reach the haven of the fairway and from there it is a testing medium to long iron to reach a well-protected green.
The finish at the Gold Coast is, in fact, one of the most testing anywhere. The 16th is a par five of 520 yards, the 17th a cracking four of 473 yards and the 18th a monster 561 yards. Maurice Fives, the course architect, cleverly mingled the old and new until now the Gold Coast Golf Course boasts a 6788 yards, par 72 layout that will certainly test the most seasoned golfers. For the ladies, the 5,531 yard course is equally demanding and rewarding.
The Club welcomes Visitors and Societies. Full Hotel facilities and an indoor leisure centre are available on site. Membership is available with no levies.
Green fee group rates available on request. Discounts are available to residents of Clonea Strand Hotel, Gold Coast Golf Hotel and all Clonea Resort self-catering facilities and buggies, trollies and clubs available for hire.
Gold Coast Golf Club
County Waterford, Ireland