Connemara Golf Course

The Ballyconneely and Slyne Head peninsula is a wild and beautiful coastline. Reaching out in to the Atlantic Ocean Rocky inlets are scattered along the coast interspersed with sandy  machair.  Machair is a fertile low-lying grassy plain found on part of the northwest coastlines of Ireland and Scotland and is the ideal ecosystem to lay out a world class golf course without having too much of a struggle to keep things in top condition. It is the envy of those who do not have this type of ground for their course. It was on this type of ground that golf was developed over 500 years ago.

In the early 70s Eddie Hacket designed and oversaw the laying out of the course. Unlike the better-known of Hackett’s contemporary golf course architects, who commonly moved tons of soil to create their courses, Hackett worked like the architects of a bygone era, laying out a course on the land as he found it. As Hackett said himself, “I find that nature is the best architect . . . I try to dress up what the Good Lord provides”. With this philosophy he made a unique course Ballyconneely that will leave a lasting impression on those who play it. It requires concentration to play this course as the stunning scenery of the Atlantic and the Twelve Bens mountain range provide a serious distraction.

Voted Best Links Course in Connaught 2013, 2016, 2018, 2023 and 2025 by Golfers Guide to Ireland, this 27 holes Championship Links course, surrounded by the sea and mountains, was opened in June 1973.

. This beautiful isolated links course is a testament to the vision of her founders and in the short years since, it has become established as one of the finest links in the country. Truly natural, with the unique addition of a rugged, rocky landscape with breathtaking view on every hole is a challenge to all. An additional 9 holes designed by Eddie Hackett and Tom Craddock were introduced in 2000. A true gem to be discovered and enjoyed, this is not only the Number #1 course in Galway but also the only links course and played host to the Men’s Irish Amateur Close Championship in 2013 and the Women’s Irish Amateur Close in 2023.
The Ballyconneely and Slyne Head peninsula is a wild and beautiful coastline. Reaching out in to the Atlantic Ocean Rocky inlets are scattered along the coast interspersed with sandy machair. Machair is a fertile low-lying grassy plain found on part of the northwest coastlines of Ireland and Scotland and is the ideal ecosystem to lay out a world class golf course without having too much of a struggle to keep things in top condition. It is the envy of those who do not have this type of ground for their course. It was on this type of ground that golf was developed over 500 years ago.
In the early 70s Eddie Hacket designed and oversaw the laying out of the course. Unlike the better-known of Hackett’s contemporary golf course architects, who commonly moved tons of soil to create their courses, Hackett worked like the architects of a bygone era, laying out a course on the land as he found it. As Hackett said himself, “I find that nature is the best architect . . . I try to dress up what the Good Lord provides”. With this philosophy he made a unique course Ballyconneely that will leave a lasting impression on those who play it. It requires concentration to play this course as the stunning scenery of the Atlantic and the Twelve Bens mountain range provide a serious distraction.

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There is a delightful club house as the 19th hole, a favourite with everyone for after game refreshment.

Ballyconneely, Co. Galway, Ireland
Phone: +353-(0)95 23502
www.connemaragolflinks.com

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