Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, Killarney, Co Kerry
Set in probably the most beautiful place in the world, the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club consists of three courses all of which provide a wonderful experience of the game on all levels.
With three championship courses, the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club can offer three totally unique options and challenges to the golfer.
Mahony’s Point the shortest of our three courses at 6,800 yards is a lakeside course with spectacular views including the famous, breathtaking 18 th described by Gene Sarazen as “one of the most memorable holes in the world”.
Lackabane, which opened for play in 1999 is a Parkland course providing an excellent golfing challenge with enough water hazards that add both beauty and danger in equal measure.
Killeen, the jewel in the crown, re-opened in 2006 offering both spectacular lakeside scenery and also challenging golf to long hitters with water features on nearly every hole and fast greens. Nick Faldo, on winning the first of his two successive Irish Opens in 1991, was one of only three players to finish under par. That was before the changes in 2006, which will provide an even tougher challenge.
Good practice facilities are available at the club should you need to sharpen your game before you take on your choice of Course.
Mahony’s Point – this would be considered to be the course most suited to all levels of golfer. It is the shortest of the three courses with wide fairways and large flat greens. However well positioned bunkers and water hazards ensure that there is enough danger to spoil a good round.
Lackabane – this provides a good test of the long hitter with generous fairways and tough undulating greens. Lakes and streams feature throughout the course.
Killeen – there are tight tree lined fairways and water features on nearly every hole. Large, fast undulating greens, add challenge in equal measure to the beauty of this course.
The Killeen course is very much the flagship course at the club. The Killarney lakes and high mountain range provide an imposing backdrop to this Championship course. Re-opened in June 2006 the course is slightly longer with faster greens that have been brought closer to the water hazards around the course. At 6564 metres it will challenge long hitters with accuracy being vital as there is water on virtually every hole. Nick Faldo on winning The Irish Open in 1991 was one of only three players to finish under par. The challenging golf is matched by the spectacular views with the 10 th being a firm favourite where you are playing virtually onto the lake.
This already challenging course has just got tougher with more length added to the course, faster redesigned greens and numerous water hazards. Long accurate shots will be rewarded on this course.
Killeen hosted the Irish Open Championship in 1991 and 1992 with Nick Faldo emerging victorious on both occasions.
In 1996 the Curtis Cup was played on the course with the ladies of Great Britain and Ireland beating the USA in a famous victory. The course offers fabulous lake views on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes with a spectacular par 3 on the 10th virtually playing onto the lake. The 13th is a very tough Par 4, possibly the toughest hole on the course affectionately known as the ‘Tiger’ Hole.
Mahony’s Point course
The shortest of our three courses has spectacular views of the famous Killarney lakes overlooked by the McGillicuddy Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland . The final three holes are breathtaking as you play towards the lake with the 18 th described as “one of the most memorable holes in Golf”, a par three of nearly 200 yards that requires a huge carry across the corner of the lake. Discover for yourself why the 18 th is the most photographed in the world.
While Mahony’s Point is the shortest but most scenic and friendly of our three courses, it presents an enjoyable challenge to golfers of all standards, the combination of undulating greens, well positioned bunkers and water hazards ensure that there is enough danger to spoil a good round.
The course hosted the Irish Ladies Open Championship in 2003 – won by Sophie Gustafson from Sweden and also the Irish Ryder Cup Challenge 2006 – won by Australian, John Wade. The course presents fabulous lake views on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd holes as well as the 15th, 17th and 18th. At the 13th, the spectacular scenery of the lakes comes into view, which never fails to impress even the regulars! You finish with breathtaking views on the last three with the 18th, the most photographed often described as “Heavens Reflex”.
Lackabane is the newest of the three courses at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club. This Parkland course opened officially for play in 2000. Lakes and streams are a feature throughout the length and breadth of the course, adding beauty and danger in equal measure. At 6410 metres off the very back tees the long game will be tested to the full, as competitors in the 2002 Ladies Irish Open and the European Ryder Cup Challenge Tour participants experienced in 2005.
This course is suited to mid to low handicap golfers and is an excellent test of the long game. It is a course that requires thought and rewards good shots. It is a seriously good test of golf with hazards and water features with a good variety of holes. The 3 rd is a par 4 of less than 300 yards, while the 7 th is a par 5 that stretches to almost 600 yards with fast undulating Greens that can prove every bit as challenging as Augusta National.
Donald Steel designed course, which opened in 2000.
Hosted the Irish Ladies Open Championship in 2002 – won by Iben Tinning from Denmark .
The course hosted the Ryder Cup Challenge Tour Event in 2005, won by Mark Warren of Scotland and the Irish Ryder cup challenge 2005- won by Scotsman Marc Warren. There are lake views from the High Tee’s on the 4 th and 6 th, as well as on 11 th and 12 th signature holes plus the 3 rd and 15 th. The toughest hole is the 18 th, a long par 4 playing into the prevailing wind.
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
TEL: +353 (0) 64 6631034
FAX: +353 (0) 64 6633065