GOLFING BREAKS

Our close proximity to some of Ireland’s premier golf clubs, makes St. Thereses B&B the perfect stay for your golfing break away. Have a look at some of the clubs and courses below.

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Courtown Golf Club

Courtown Golf Club is a picturesque and challenging golf course located only 2 kilometers from St, Thereses B&B. Founded in 1936 the golf course was upgraded to 18 holes in 1974. It was built on a piece of land that was once part of the old Courtown estate.  With it’s panoramic views of the South Irish Sea and the beautiful North Wexford coast it provides a delightful distraction to many a bad round.

Courtown is a mature parkland course, par 71 and almost 6000 metres in length. Every fairway is lined to reward the accurate golfer and punish the wayward.

The Pro Shop located near the 1st tee box stocks a large variety of the top names in golf and is run by the resident I.G.P.A. professional Mr. John Coone.

In addition Courtown is serviced by a comfortable and inviting clubhouse.

More info: http://www.courtowngolfclub.com/

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Ballymoney Golf Club

Situated only 1 kilometer North of St. Thereses B&B, Ballymoney Golf Course, is celebrating 23 years in business this year (2016)

The course is open to all members seven days a week. No exclusivity.

The Par 71 parkland course is a gem among Wexford courses.  Located just three kilometres from Gorey town and three kilometres from Courtown in the beautiful county of Wexford, it is conveniently located near exits from the M11, making the course accessible for local and Dublin members.

They offer a great golfing experience at affordable rates. This makes Ballymoney Golf Club the ideal choice for your Home Club or Society Outing. Their  membership is now open, and there is no entrance fee.

The par 71 parkland course has grown and matured into a challenging golfing experience for golfers of all levels. The course is set in the picturesque surrounds of Ballymoney, and affords excellent views of local Tara Hill, which dominates the landscape.

More info: http://www.ballymoneygolfclub.ie/

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Seafield Golf Links & Spa

A CHAMPIONSHIP-STANDARD COURSE IN A PARKLAND SETTING

Irish Open winner Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose, US Open Champion Retief Goosen, Barry Lane, Trevor Immelman and Paul Lawrie. Just some of golf’s living legends to have played Seafield Golf Club’s spectacular 18-hole cliff-top parkland course. Designed by internationally renowned Peter McEvoy to the highest USGA specifications, Seafield, on its superb coastal setting, provides a true test of every golfer’s game from tee to green.

DESIGNED TO CHALLENGE AND INSPIRE

Wind, sand and water. They all come into play on this beautifully landscaped and immaculately maintained course. Each hole presents a different challenge with breath-taking panoramic views. Afterwards, the immaculately-appointed clubhouse with breathtaking panoramic views of the Irish Sea is the perfect place to relax and reflect on your game.

More info: http://www.seafieldhotel.com/

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Woodenbridge Golf Club

The Patrick Merrigan designed Woodenbridge Golf Club is a Par 71 (72 for ladies) parkland course. The beautiful Avoca & Aughrim rivers come into play on no less than 10 holes, each providing unique challenges for players of all handicaps.

Some of the finer holes include the 437 yard 6th, the stunning, but dangerous par 3s at 8 and 17 and the magnificent par 5 18th which begs the brave to flirt with danger from the tee.

The scorecard can truly take shape over the closing holes!

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Druids Glen

Enjoy the tranquility of the mystical Druids Glen, with manicured tree-lined fairways, historical landmarks, spectacular water features and vibrant floral displays.

 This famous course designed by Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock, opened in 1995. Just a year after opening, Druids Glen hosted the Irish Open for four years in a row. Colin Montgomerie won two years running, followed by David Carter and Sergio Garcia, shooting a 64 in the final round. Druids Glen has hosted the prestigious Seve Trophy, a bi-annual event between the leading Tour Players of Britain & Ireland and Continental Europe.

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Mount Juliet

Wexford Lavender Farm was planted with ‘Grosso’ plants (approximately 6,500!) in our two acre field in July 2013.  Grosso is a hybrid variety, a cross between a true lavender and a Lavandin known for high yield oil production.

The Farm has been in our family since 1950.  Most recently a dairy farm, the focus has now changed to arable with both lavender and barley being grown here.  Registered with the Organic Trust Ireland, we grow our lavender organically with no chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides.  As the farm is a working arable farm we ask all visitors to stay within marked areas, supervise children and take care when crossing open areas.

More info: http://wexfordlavenderfarm.com/

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Coollattin Golf Club

Coollattin Golf Club is a beautiful and challenging Par 72 layout located in the heart of historic Coollattin Park in Co Wicklow. Coollattin boasts one of the finest parkland courses where its gentle undulating landscape meets stunning mature woodland and uniquely beautiful countryside.

A dramatic setting , the course weaves neatly between mature trees and easy undulations which construct the holes to create a most enjoyable round of golf. The entire landscape has been crafted to shape one of Irelands most attractive parkland courses.
The course feels utterly natural, yet smart strategy is is required as you move between huge trees and deceptive terrain.The course boasts the remarkable and unforgettable centrepiece ‘Garden Hole’, which when played requires a touch of strategy, and also creates a tremendous appeal to golfers

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Arklow Golf Links

This course is a traditional seaside links where you will encounter fast running dry turf, tall fescue & marram grass, pot bunkers and contoured surfaces.

The course is strictly managed to keep the golf course playable all year round, to golfers of all abilities. The club is committed to preserving the links tradition and to continue improving the on-going sustainability of the links.

 

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Blainroe Golf Club

You will find Blainroe Golf Club just 3.5km south of Wicklow Town, its cliff top location affords some spectacular views of the Irish Sea with Mount Snowdon in Wales featuring regularly as a backdrop during the summer months. Looking westwards up the narrow valley you have the majestic Wicklow Mountains which give Blainroe its own micro-climate and a beautiful location for all year round golf.

Our 18 Hole, Par 72 Course measures 6175 meters, opened in 1978 and carries the prestigious Hawtree & Son design signature. In 2005, Martin Hawtree, son of the original architect, redesigned the Course. This redesign included new sand-based greens, new tee-boxes with additional greenside and fairway bunkers. Blainroe is now recognised as one of the finest coastal parkland golf courses in the south-east of Ireland.

Martin Hawtree has been involved with such prestigious Courses as Royal Birkdale, Sunningdale, Lahinch, Portmarnock, Dooks, The Island, Fontainebleau and Vilamoura (Millennium).

The modern Clubhouse, overlooking our private beach, assures visitors a warm welcome and has full bar and catering facilities daily. A fully stocked Professional shop run by our PGA Professional also offers club, trolley and motorised buggy hire.

Wicklow Town with its harbour, pubs and restaurants, hotels and guesthouses, is the ideal base from which to play Blainroe and other nearby courses.

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Macreddin Golf Club

The Macreddin Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty, tucked away at the southern reaches of the Wicklow Mountains. In the heart of the valley lies Macreddin Golf, a magnificent 18 hole, Par 72 golf course set on 160 acres of tranquil woodland splendour.

Macreddin is the first course ever designed by Irish professional golfer and Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley. After years of competing at the peak of the game, playing against the world’s elite golfers and across the most acclaimed golf courses, Paul brought all his experience to bear in creating a course that oozes class and quality.

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Bunclody Golf Club

The golf course is set in 300 acres of breathtaking parklands in the former Hall-Dare Estate and the lift is provided as a convenience for weary golfers!

It is a feature that could be copied to good advantage at a number of other Irish courses which present a stern walking challenge to all and a near impossible test to their senior citizens.

Opulence and old world rural charm are being combined in a manner befitting the magnificent location here in the former Hall-Dare Estate. Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club is fast becoming another glittering jewel in Ireland’s crown of fine golf courses.This is a big golf course. It runs over 7,000 yards and is the highest point to date in the ascending design career of Jeff Howes. It is set to be a worthy neighbour to Mount Juliet. The town of Bunclody shares the Adare-style rustic charm and the luxurious Carlton Millrace Hotel is located just across from the entrance of Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club, Co. Wexford.

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The European Club

The European Club is located in tumbling dunes just south of Dublin and it features sweeping sea views from nineteen of the twenty holes.  Yes, there are two extra par-3s here and they are in play most days affording the golfer a 20-hole round which includes five holes running very close to the sea.  So close that it is common to find players searching for their golf balls on the beach.

This proximity to the beach is rare.  It was Bernard Darwin who wrote of days spent listening to the rumble of the breakers outside the dunes at the old links he frequented.  One knew that the sea was nearby but seldom got to see it.  Darwin would have loved it here!

This links has taken advantage of seeing what went before in terms of the playing of the game and it is geared to meet the challenge of the modern player with modern equipment.   It is one of the longest links at 7,377-yards from the tips. But, of course, the wise golfer will choose a set of tees which fits his game and can choose from 6,795-yards, 6,194-yards or 5,434-yards.

The bunkers with their walls lined with railway sleepers are quite remarkable and give a brilliantly stark definition to the links and give fair warning to the players regarding hazard locations.  The sleeper has, of course, been a part of links design in Britain and Ireland ever since the days that the golfers went to the club by train and the railway companies donated their old sleepers to the golfers.

This is a links designed as an exhilarating test for the top players of today and tomorrow. A links for the future rather than one which will fade into irrelevance as the game continues to evolve.

So, it has attracted hundreds of title winners to have a go.  Tiger Woods holds the links record at 67.  Rory McIlroy won the Irish Amateur title here. Padraig Harrington has played here as boy and man and prepared for his British Open wins by playing in and winning  the Irish PGA at The European Club in the week before both!

Of course, care has been taken to allow the normal mortal to enjoy the game.   This is a complex but enjoyable examination for every golfer provided they use their brains.  Those who learn how to flight the ball on a medium or low trajectory will enjoy the fast running fairways and the fact that provision has been made for the punched or running shot to fifteen of the greens.

The shorter but cerebral hitters can find a way to stay in the race against the big ball bruisers.

Everyone will enjoy the many unique designs and not least the longest green in the world at hole twelve.  This measures 127-yards from front to back and restores the art of the great three-putt as opposed to the soul shattering short three-putt.   Golf is, after all, a game and it is meant to be fun!

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