County Louth

County Louth

County Louth Golf Club

County Louth Golf Club | NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Courses

County Louth Golf Club, more affectionately known as ‘Baltray’, a links course of the highest pedigree which is one of the best in Ireland. Located in the historic Boyne valley region on the East coast of Ireland, the club is just 45 minutes from Dublin and the city's airport.

Its proximity to the Irish Sea provides stunning coastal views and a unique links golfing experience. The ever-changing coastal weather conditions adds another element to an already challenging golf course.

County Louth hosted the Irish Open on two occasions during the 2000s. On the latter occasion, held in 2009, the club was etched into Irish golfing history. It was the venue for Shane Lowry's incredible victory as an amateur, and the Irishman still remains the most recent amateur to win on the DP World Tour.

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A Brief History of County Louth Golf Club

The original course at County Louth Golf Club was laid out by Thomas Gilroy in 1892. There were significant modification in 1938 by Tom Simpson and Molly Gourlay, his assistant. Since then, the course has remained relatively unchanged due to the success of these alterations.

The club has been a steadfast host of the prestigious East of Ireland Golf Championships since its inception in 1941. Furthermore, in recent years, it has had the privilege of welcoming the Irish Open, serving as its venue in both 2004 and 2009, truly earning its place in the top 100 UK golf courses.

County Louth Golf Club Review | NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Courses

County Louth is a seaside course of rare consistency, beautifully draped across its landscape, only lightly bunkered and never forced. 

The opening holes are exactly what you would want – on a big scale, with generous fairways and welcoming greens – until you reach the par-5 3rd. Suddenly you are asked to play into oblivion only to find a green with a significant run-off to the left, followed by a short par 4 to a rolling fairway.
There are pleasant surprises around every corner. A satisfying blend of honest-as-the-day-is-long testers on the flatter territory, plus forays into the dunes, a couple of sharp doglegs and some changes in elevation.
The short holes here are especially good, in a subtle and unshowy kind of way. You won’t find any of them on the front of a glossy book or magazine but they ask demanding questions with some intriguing contours on and around the greens. County Louth is a fine course, and surely among the top 10 in the land.

What are the County Louth Golf Club green fees?

In the high season (Apr-Oct), green fees are £188/​€220 Monday to Thursday and £205/€240 Friday to Saturday.

In the winter (Nov-Mar), green fees are £85/​ €100 Monday to Friday with no play on weekends.

What are the County Louth Golf Club membership options?

County Louth has several membership options that aim to accommodate different needs. If certain membership options are closed, it is due to number limitations.

These are the current membership options:
  • Full Membership - closed currently     
  • 5 Day - closed currently                  
  • Overseas                  
  • Pavilion                        
  • Student - closed currently                       
  • Junior & Minor - closed currently        

You can apply for a membership/request further information using the contact form on their membership page.

Where is County Louth located?

County Louth Golf Club is located in the village of Baltray, Ireland. There are many sites of interest near County Louth. For example, the historic town of Drogheda is just a short drive away from the golf club, where you can explore its charming streets, visit St. Peter's Church, or learn about the town's history at the Highlanes Gallery.

Additionally, the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is a short drive from County Louth Golf Club. It's a significant historical site where you can learn about the famous battle that took place in 1690.

For international visitors, Ireland's capital city Dublin is just over an hour away, as is Dublin Airport.

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