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.

In November 2020 it was announced that Carne will host the 54-hole Irish PGA Championship in August 2021. The championship routing, which is being referred to as the “Wild Atlantic Dunes” course, will comprise of the 9-hole Kilmore and the Hackett back nine.

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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: 61
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bionictitch
Played Carne on a windless day June 2007 and have never left a course so in awe. perfect in every way want to come back to Ireland and to Carne for ever.
June 10, 2007
10 / 10
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Super_Long
This course is a true test of golf and in my opinion one of the best links in the country. If you are going to play this course I suggest you have your game well tuned up. I found that you must keep your driver in the bag sometimes and just take a club that will find the fairway. Or you can go all out with your driver but any wayward drives will be punished by the steep dunes and believe me you will be very tired after playing this course if you spend the day climbing the dunes looking for your ball. The back 9 holes are brilliant once you think you got over one obstacle another is placed in front of you. The views here on a fine day are breath taking. Simply brilliant
May 15, 2007
10 / 10
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Frank Donoghue
An unique experienice. Everything is so right about it. Most enjoyable and a live long outing.
February 23, 2007
10 / 10
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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 10, 2006
10 / 10
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Shaun
Very enjoyable course with a fantastic back nine, well worth a visit.
October 08, 2006
8 / 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 08, 2006
10 / 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 06, 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 04, 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 23, 2006
10 / 10
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