Birr - Offaly - Ireland

Birr Golf Club,
The Glenns,
Co Offaly,

  • +353 50 920082

  • Mary O’Gorman

  • Eddie Connaughton

  • Tony Hogan

Birr Golf Club was formed in 1893 when golf was first played in the grounds of the Marshall estate at Barrone Court near Birr. The club remained there for sixteen years before moving to the site of the present course at the Glenns where land was originally leased from the Rosse Estate for a fee of one shilling a year. Originally laid out by local members, the course has been redesigned in recent times by the renowned golf architect Eddie Connaughton.

Birr is relatively short with many changes in elevation over the 18-hole layout. The course has sandy subsoil which permits good drainage and allows play all year round. There are some lovely stands of mature trees around the course and they, along with many new tree plantings, will greatly add to the difficulty of playing here in the years ahead.

There are only two par fives on the card and they are played back-to-back early in the round at the 5th and 6th holes. Two of the four par threes are also played consecutively on the back nine at the 14th and 15th holes – the par threes should be taken seriously at Birr as only one of them is shorter than 185 yards. The signature hole is the 337-yard, short par four 10th hole which runs along the clubhouse through a tree-lined fairway to a perfectly manicured green.

The Irish Midlands are often overlooked when searching for good golf courses but Birr is a fine example of a mature parkland course that should not be so readily dismissed from a golfing play list.

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Description: The Irish Midlands are often overlooked when searching for good golf courses but Birr Golf Club is a fine example of a mature parkland course. Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 3

Birr was always a nice course ... like all clubs it has had its ups and downs ... i believe that we have a good course ,a good test of golf for any level of player ... if you break par in Birr your doing well ... yours in golf john dwyer

4 / 6
October 27, 2017

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We stopped off to play Birr on the way from Dublin to Lahinch. None of us were expecting much but we all came away having enjoyed Birr very much. It’s no championship course but it’s a little cracker and for €25 a round it’s an Irish bargain.
4 / 6
October 18, 2011

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john dwyer
February 01, 2017

Birr golf club is a hidden gem . Host to Ilgu Irish Ladies Seniors Close Championship in 2016 ... Also the course has been chosen to host the Midland Section of the Mens Senior Cup Qualifying in June of 2017...Plays to a yardage of 6,500 yards off the blue tees ... our holes offer a variety of shot making ... there are birdies to be made on the course ..featured holes include index 3 , 3rd .... par 5 fifth .index 5 ... index 1 nineth .. the start of our back nine includes the tight tenth hole which has out of bounds on the right hand side .... the eleventh hole is an index 2 .... the 14th and 15th holes are both testing par 3s . the 15th being one of the great par 3s in the midlands measuring 246 yards from the tips ... also this hole can be played from the bottom tee measuring 171 yards ..the finish is a good one as well ,with 16 offering a birdie chance .. 17 is a great hole playing in a valley with trees on the right and rough on the left ... 18th is a great finishing hole to a great day in birr golf club ...

Course Record is 63 shots in the 2016 Senior Scratch Cup held by Gavin Young ...

Birr is perhaps the second best Irish inland course after Castle Golf Club and I suspect few people will have heard of either. Let me put this into perspective and I’m not bragging about how many courses I’ve played, but I’ve teed it up at all the big Irish names: Druids Glen, K Club, Dromoland, Adare (which is perhaps my No.3 followed by the excellent K Club’s Smurfit course) but Birr is better for me. Birr is a compact layout that will perhaps put some people off regarding this as a “championship” test and a few may regard it as quirky, but let me tell you that it has topography to die for and some. There are a few “Esker” courses in Ireland but this is the best and it’s every bit reminiscent of an inland links which heaves up and down like the ocean. There’s blind and semi-blind shots, small wickedly undulating greens and two or three “go-for-it” par fours. This is far better than a gem and should, just like Castle Golf Club, be ranked in Ireland’s Top 30. If you are planning a trip from Dublin to the west coast (or vice versa) then I can recommend nowhere better than Birr to stop off for a fun and incredibly enjoyable round of golf. Incidentally, I’m not a member here or in any way associated with the club, I just think Birr is brilliant and should be better known as it’s absolutely fabulous.
5 / 6
November 20, 2006

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Noel Finneran
November 03, 2009
Great review but you should play it now since it was extended and new greens put in. Without doubt the best inland course in the country; and i'm not a member either. Good luck.
John Dwyer
January 11, 2010
Birr is after being redeveloped with three new holes namely third, fourth,fifth.fifth hole par 5 of over 580 yards and has new water features on the 4th and 5th holes