Enniscrone Golf Club

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Enniscrone Golf Club has a long and stories history, one that lasts more than a century after the club was founded in 1918.

The course sits on the Atlantic coastline of the Republic of Ireland, on its western side, and it has played host to several prestigious events including European and Irish junior tournaments.

Enniscrone underwent a major redesign at the start of the 1970s, with Eddie Hackett designing the lay-out that the 18-hole course has to this day.

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A Brief History of Enniscrone Golf Club

Enniscrone Golf Club was founded by a group of local golf enthusiasts just after the First World War. The venue was first founded in 1918, with a 9-hole lay-out being designed and built.

1930 saw the lay-out expanded to 18 holes, and in the same year, it hosted the Irish Close Championship for the first time. 40 years on from that, renowned golf course architect Eddie Hackett was the man behind a major overhaul of the complex and the course.

A new clubhouse was opened in 1989, offering modern facilities and stunning views of the course and the Atlantic Ocean. Since then, the venue has played host to the European Boys Team Championship and the Irish Women’s Close Championship, among other big tournaments.

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The Dunes Championship Links course is a highly-regarded links course, offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and challenging layout to offer a true links golf experience. Enniscrone is a par-73 course which measures more than 7,000 yards from the Blue tees, the tips.

The course opens with a 400-yard, dog-leg right par-4. It is tight up at the green, but a wide fairway provides ample room for any first tee shot nerves. The 2nd is then the first of five par-5s on the property. Measuring at 556 yards, only the very longest of hitters can reach in two, but it plays back to wards the gorgeous views of the North Atlantic Ocean.

At 208 yards, the par-3 3rd requires an accurate long iron approach, before the second par-5 at Enniscrone comes quickly. There are three par-4s measuring more than 400 yards on the front nine, with the third par-5 coming at the 7th. It is a straight away, 533-yard hole, and can be reachable for the biggest of hitters. 

The back nine begins with a 375 yard par-4, and provides a birdie opportunity, before one of the most picturesque holes on the course. The par-3 11th sees you play over the dunes. At 170 yards, club selection is crucial to a two-tiered green. Two short par-4s follow which can see a good scoring start to the back nine at Enniscrone. The 14th is the first par-5 on the back nine, and is very narrow from tee to green.

The closing stretch at Enniscrone begins with a tough par-4, measuring at more than 425 yards. 16 is the last of those five par-5s, and at just 507 yards, it is very reachable in two. 17 is a short par-3 at just 150 yards, before the final hole sees you play back to the clubhouse. A large green is surrounded by swails and bunkers, meaning that if you miss, you won’t have a flat lie for your chip. A birdie opportunity that can quickly lead to big numbers on the card. 

Where is Enniscrone Golf Club located?

Enniscrone Golf Club is situated in the west of Ireland, on the coast of the North Atlantic Ocean. The course lies just down the road from the town of Enniscrone, with Ballina sitting approximately 10 miles to the south.

Sligo Airport and Ireland West Airport Knock are the nearest airports in the region, with both around an hour away from Ennsicrone. However, international visitors may find it easier flying to Dublin Airport. The two places are on opposite ends of the country, with more than 150 miles between them.

What are the green fees at Enniscrone Golf Club?

To play the Dunes Championship Links course throughout the summer months, it will cost you €175. The Scurmore, a 9-hole course, can be played twice for 18 holes, for just €35.

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