4th Fairway.

7th Fairway.

6th Green.

6th Hole.

The recently re-designed Dromoland championship golf course offers a serious challenge to all golfers. The 18-hole course underwent a five million euro makeover and opened for full play on April 1st, 2004.  The course measures over 6,850 yards, roams through the extensive woodlands and around the feral lakes of this 16th century estate with subtlety and sensitivity. 

The Golf Shop provides golfers with carts, trolleys, caddies, clubs, and a great selection of clothing. There is also a snack bar at the shop.

Paul Coleman is the golf course supervisor, and he is a graduate of Myerscough College, Preston. Paul has worked at prestigious venues such as Druids Glen and the K Club, and has experience in international golf events. The course was designed by Ron Kirby and J. B. Carr, who now has his own golf travel packages.

Paul has had visits from colleagues, such as Gerry Byrne from the K Club (host of the 2006 Ryder’s Cup) and Aidan O’Hara from Mount Juliet, both of which are growing the same new green — “Penn A4” — grass. Both superintendents have been high in their praise of the quality achieved at Dromoland:

“The new greens will add an extra dimension to the play at Dromoland. Our own members will be faced with a new challenge in their short game as green speeds increase and the ball will require more control. Purchases of lob wedges have been high on the agenda of our members lately!”

Ron Kirby was recruited by Robert Trent Jones in the 1960s to design golf courses in the U.S. and England. In 1970 he formed an association with golf architect Arthur Davis, based in Georgia, working alongside Gary Player. Ron was then asked to join Jack Nicklaus Golf Design Services in 1986 to take responsibility for all of Jack's European projects.

Famed throughout the world for his work designing courses like those at Gleneagles, Sun City, and the Paris International, in Ireland, he is celebrated for his work at Mount Juliet in Kilkenny and at Old Head near Kinsale, where he first worked with Joe Carr.

J. B. Carr remains one of Ireland's greatest sporting heroes, having won over 40 major championships, including three British Amateur Titles in 1953, 1958, and 1960. His stature as a world figure in the game of golf is reflected by the fact that he was the recipient of the Bobby Jones Award in 1961 and the Walter Hagen Award in 1967.

Joe Carr played in the Walker Cup a record 13 times and led the British and Irish team as playing captain in 1963 and non-playing captain two years later. He was honored with the Captaincy of the Royal & Ancient, the highest honor in world golf, in 1991-1992, and he remains the only Irishman ever to have held this position.

These two golfing legends are immensely proud of their new creation and they are certain that their recreated Dromoland vision is the “Augusta of Ireland.” They could very well be right! Carr Golf and Corporate Travel specializes in organizing golf vacations to Ireland and Scotland. Based in Ireland, Carr Golf prides itself on the level of service offered. 

9th Hole near Club House.

11th Hole.

10th Hole and Dromoland Castle.