Ballinrobe Golf Course

If your a golfer and are visiting Ballinrobe then you will not want to miss an opportunity to play this Magnificent 18 hole championship golf course. Described by Padriag Harrington as the “Finest Championship Golf Course in the west of Ireland”. If you are a golfer then you will definitely want to ensure that you get in a round on this superb course.

Ballinrobe Golf CourseBallinrobe Golf Club is a true parkland course that has rapidly earned a reputation as one of the best parkland courses in the west of Ireland. A true gem of a course even if the ground conditions are wet. Ballinrobe Golf course was laid out and designed by the late Mr Eddie Hackett.  The course is a true championship test playing Par 73 for the gents measuring over 7,300 yrds

Ballinrobe has matured into one of the finest parkland courses Ireland has to offer, and has hosted several amateur tournaments in affiliation with the GUI and ILGU. Most recently.  The Military Games, was hosted in Ballinrobe  and attracted over 100 participants from all continents of the globe.

Set in the old Clooncastle estate that dates back to 1238, Ballinrobe has sand based contoured greens which are playable all year round. the course is set in medieval surroundings and include town houses.  Limekiln plants, old castle ruin and stone monuments as part of the natural surroundings.  Ballinrobe also has abundant stone walls give the course an old world charm so often absent from newer courses. Mature trees and man made lakes and stone walls add to the unique experience of playing at Ballinrobe Golf Course.

Ballinrobe also provides full driving range facilities.

Ballinrobe Golf Course On the course, water hazards, mature and newly planted trees as well as very fine greens give the course it predominant character. Five par-5’s complimented by four wonderful par-3’s give the course instant appeal to those looking for variety in a round.

After a gentle opening hole the second is a dog-leg to the left that provides a more testing challenge. Locals will tell you to take aim over the stake on the wall if you are feeling confident with your driver, leaving a mid or short iron to a green that is cut into a small mound – a really lovely golf hole.


The front nine offers the golfer three par-5’s on which to make a score. Watch out for the drive on the 6th . Take aim at the gorse island in the water hazard (unseen from the tee) and you could well end up wet! The 7th is a delightful par three, at 165 yards it is not long and usually into the prevailing wind, trouble surrounds the green on all sides so anyone walking to the next tee having made par should be happy. The 9th is a lovely par 4 that takes you back to the clubhouse. Don’t go too far right off the tee as a water-hazard and an old stone wall could impede progress to the green.

The 10th tee is in the shadow of the old ruin of Clooncastle. Probably the tightest driving hole on the course with OOB all the way down the left. The green is protected by a moat that will gather any shot that is under-hit or allowed drift to the right, a flavour of the many challenges you will meet on the back nine.

Ballinrobe Golf CourseThe 13th is probably the signature hole of the course, a par 3 that says ‘come play me’ when you step on the tee. The green is set into a hill side that gives it great definition, the hole is futher enhanced by the old lime kiln that overlooks the green from the top of the hill and the deep water-hazard that will catch anything short and left. A wonderful golf hole at just 165 yards. The 16th is another terrific par 3. The green is set against the backdrop of an old fort that is now overgrown with mature trees. The green is surrounded on all sides by sand so there is very margin for error from the tee.

The 17th is a strong par 4 up a gentle incline and plays all of it’s 410 yards into the prevailing wind. The 18th is the final and fifth par 5. Locals will tell you to stay up along the left flank as a 60 foot weeping willow stands proud into the fairway on the right hand side about 50 yards before the green. This makes it virtually impossible to hit the green from anywhere right of centre. A fine closing hole that also boasts the oldest sycamore in the county of Mayo.

Ballinrobe provides a memorable days golf on a truly terrific course. The clubhouse and changing rooms are housed in the converted farmhouse and outbuildings providing a most enjoyable clubhouse atmosphere.

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