Carne (Hackett) - Mayo - Ireland

Carne Golf Links,
Carne,
Belmullet,
Co. Mayo,
Ireland


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The Carne links at Belmullet is the late Eddie Hackett’s swan song and many reckon it’s his finest design. The course sits in splendid isolation on the Atlantic edge of County Mayo. It lies on a peninsula, amidst gigantic dunes with far-reaching views across Blacksod Bay to the Atlantic islands of Inis Gloire and Inis Geidhewild. And it’s absolutely charming.

“I am thrilled with the way the dramatic Belmullet course has turned out,” said Hackett, “and again, I reiterate my first opinion that ultimately there will be no better links course in the country, or, I doubt, anywhere.” It’s impossible to disagree – the course is wild, and natural. It's difficult to believe that the course only opened for play in 1993. It feels as though it’s been here forever. Many of the greens and tees are sited naturally and, for such a modern course, very little earth-moving was required during the construction. From spring to late autumn, the course is alive with harebells, sea holly and wild thyme.

Carne is owned and operated by a community-owned company called Turasoireacht Iorrais Teo. Primarily, the course was developed to attract tourism to an isolated, but beautiful area of western Ireland. If you haven’t heard of Carne, it could be your golf course find of the century. You’ll certainly remember the lunar landscape and the towering sand dunes – we’re in the same league as Ballybunion here at Belmullet.

This 6,700-yard links is not a simple out and back affair. Each nine wends its way back to the clubhouse – the holes snake up and down through the dunes in all directions. As with any coastal course, the wind always plays its part. On a calm day you might play close to your handicap, but when the wind is up, hold on to your hat. Undoubtedly, Hackett has created a high-spirited golf course and it’s a layout that you cannot help but enjoy. “It would be great to believe that we could all leave as beautiful a signature on the world when we depart as Eddie Hackett managed to do,” said Michael Pask from Golf International after playing Carne.

A trip to Ireland’s beautiful west coast would not be complete without playing Carne. Include County Sligo, Enniscrone and Connemara on your itinerary, alongside Carne, and you’ve played four of the most naturally beautiful links courses in the world. Finally, don’t visit Carne without experiencing Ally McIntosh’s new 9-hole layout, which opened in 2013. It’s called Kilmore and is probably the best 9-hole course in Ireland and perhaps Britain too.

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Description: The Carne Golf Links at Belmullet is the late Eddie Hackett’s swan song and many reckon it’s his finest golf course design. Rating: 9.1 out of 10 Reviews: 60
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james b penson
Carne is not even in the top ten in Ireland. Nothing scenic about...it is like playing on the moon. In the area the newly redone Enniscrone is much better. I respect everyone's opinion but surely Portrush, County Down, Castlerock, Ballyliffin, Donegal, and Sligo are far superior. JP
January 22, 2007
6 / 10
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Hugh
January 22, 2007
Thought Alan Shepard was the only person to hit a golf ball on the Moon!
Tom Beisty
February 02, 2007
Spec-savers for you then!..
Hugh
January 24, 2010
Carne is on par with Enniscrone, Ballyliffin Glashedy and Castlerock Mussenden, not as good as the two Royals, County Down and Portrush Dunluce but much better than Donegal and County Sligo in anyone's book surely?
Chris
I have played this magnificent golf course on 4 or 5 occasions. Each time has been as satisfying an experience as I have ever had on a golf course. The first time only cost in the region of £10 for 36 holes. Now the price is more in line with modern times, but well worth it. My friends and I have played Murvagh, Enniscrone, Rosses Point, Strandhill, Westport, Connemara, Ballyliffen Old and New, Port Noo, Royal Portrush, Port Salon and even the Old and New Links at Rosapenna. All have their strengths, some have big weaknesses and all are good tests of golf, especially in the wind and rain, but for sheer enjoyment Carne lords over them all. I especially love the 11th and 12th and have played some challenging "dune shots" from the strangest of angles on both these holes. If there is a better 18 holes of links golf in the world, it would have to be unbelievable. If I won the lottery I would buy a life membership and a helicopter and spend every weekend playing there.
October 11, 2006
10 / 10
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catweazle
I have played a few links courses across the West of Ireland, Connemara, Rosses Point and Strandhill and none of them can come close to Carne. The back 9 is fantastic, I played it in early August and I was delighted to see a busload of Americans playing it. It really deserves the reputation that Lahinch, Ballybunion and Waterville have
October 09, 2006
10 / 10
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Shaun
Very enjoyable course with a fantastic back nine, well worth a visit.
October 09, 2006
8 / 10
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Niall Baker
I was fortunate enough to play Carne on Wednesday 4th of October. It had certainly been prasied highly by all I had spoken to who had already played the course.It did not disappoint. The course was magnificent and the round builds hole after hole with the holes becoming harder and more spectacular. The journey is well worth the effort and the welcome and hospitality very difficult to beat. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone.
October 07, 2006
10 / 10
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Cédric
What a place…The trip to this remote place is definitely part of the experience and the reward is worth it, definitely. When I played there in late august, conditions were good, understand 15-20 mph of wind. The tee boxes were OK but not great. Some of the greens were in a bad shape on the front 9. Altogether, a very fun course to play with lots of elevation changes. You have to see the 18th to believe it….And the back 9 is way much better than the front 9.
September 05, 2006
8 / 10
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nairn mcleod
Can I give Carne one hundred wee golf balls on your ratings system...?! It is just so much fun that it's not even funny...! I have never enjoyed a round of golf so much in my life. The back nine has to be seen to be believed, with the awesome 17th topping things off wonderfully. I believe the secret to Mr Hackett's design is purely what he hasn't done - it doesn't feel like he BUILT a golf course at all. This place feels like it has evolved from the land in the way that great links courses should. He was not lured into carving big valley fairways through the dunes like at some newer Irish links such as Ballyliffin and even his own Waterville - the result is that you feel like you're playing the natural land itself. You have no idea what the next tee holds for you - other than yet another enormous smile. If you've never been - then go - it is truly something more than just a 'game of golf'!
August 24, 2006
10 / 10
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Chris
Carne is as exhilarating and unpretentious of a golf course as you will find anywhere. The back nine stands firmly in my mind as the best 9 holes I have played at any links course in Ireland, even better than the back nines at Ballybunion, Waterville and Tralee, all of which I love. The course is as stern of a test as you will find when the wind blows, but is as natural as can be. Eddie Hackett was a master and he couldn't have left a better legacy for golf lovers. It is a remote location for sure, but this is all part of the experience. If this course were in Kerry it would cost 200 Euro and be impossible to get a tee-time. While it lacks the ocean views of many courses, its views are still stunning and I have never seen a course with more beautifully and naturally sited greens, especially without relying heavily on bunkers. I am hard pressed not to call it the best links course in Ireland, so I will.
August 21, 2006
10 / 10
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Paul Thornley
Carne is golfing nirvana. A fusion of amazing irish landscape and crafty course design by Eddie Hackett. About to return for the 10th time. There is no point going anywhere else. Don't be put off by the slightly eccentric pro-shop and stock up with balls.
July 30, 2006
10 / 10
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Ken Cochrane
This is a great course. Eddie Hackett did a superb job working with the landscape. This is links golf at its finest. The back nine is tougher than the front, but the front is a lot of fun and a good warm up for the back. Wind wasn't an issue during our round, but I'm sure it can turn the back side into a beast. My only issue were the greens, they were slow. Probably an oversite of the greenskeeper. Loved it and can't wait to go back.
July 11, 2006
10 / 10
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