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: 59
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Best course I have ever played 82nd is far too low ! I hear that Carne could be moving up in the rankings - I really hope so.
November 14, 2005
10 / 10
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If Carne is only the 82nd-ranked golf course on the islands of Britain and Ireland, than the other 81 more highly rated must be on a transcendental plane of links. Yet, I have played more than a few of those first 81, and although they are quite fine, they are very much earth-bound. On the isle of Ireland, perhaps Royal County Down is a better golf course than is Carne, but there are no others In My Humble Opinion.
October 18, 2005
10 / 10
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Goffy
Carne sits on the Atlantic coast and boy does the wind blow, we played on a day when even the locals thought it was strong, just standing up was a test. But when you’re in the club house away from the gale you start to realise what a stunning golf course you’ve just played. Carved out of huge sand dunes every hole is beautifully created. It’s a bit of a trek getting there but it is more than worth it, play this and Enniscrone and you will have played two of the best in the land, can’t wait to go back.
July 03, 2005
10 / 10
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Keith Baxter
Played Carne only last week in a howling gale and frankly my game wasn't up to the gauntlet that the course threw down... it beat me up big time! Came off the course feeling as though I'd gone 12 rounds with Mike Tyson! With the exception of the 4th hole which is weak and out of character with the rest, Carne is the ultimate challenge. An amazing layout a beautiful location and a truly memorable experience. Once the building work is complete, Carne will surely become one of Ireland's best clubs... I agree with the earlier reviewer, Carne is much better than some Open Championship venues. A belter.
June 29, 2005
8 / 10
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Ed Tilley
Superb natural course, particularly the fantastic back nine which is stronger than the front. Condition is not great but I imagine it gets its fair share of adverse weather! At 50 euros for a day this represents unbelievable value for money. Stay in Westport and combine with the wonderful links at Enniscrone for a great value trip. Loved the drive from Westport - great scenery and an empty road.
June 01, 2005
10 / 10
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jim
Excellent course and always a delight to play.
February 17, 2005
6 / 10
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Shane Derby
Eddie Hacket's design mantra is never truer than when considered alongside Carne, he just worked with "what the good lord presented to him". As he worked on the routing for this course he first decided where the greens would go and only once this job was done did he then try to find tees for the holes. The dunescape on this links is Himalayanesque and really has to be seen to be believed! The natural amphitheatre that surrounds the short par 5 10th, the viciously dog legging 11th and 12th and the picture perfect golfing postcard that is the 16th are but 3 of 18 highlights. This is by far and away the most memorable course that you will play, however, be warned that it is out of the way and if the wind decides to blow you will be literally blown away. While in this neck of the woods I would recommend playing Westport, Enniscrone, County Sligo and then County Donegal (Murvagh). If you are in need of more golf after that why not go up to Ballyliffin and play the Old and New Courses. All of the above come highly recommended by me, they may be some way away from the normal run of the mill treks, but well worth the extra mileage and are also much more reasonable costwise when compared to Portmarnock, K Club, Mount Juliet, Waterville etc. Enjoy
November 26, 2004
8 / 10
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sean arble
I find it hard to believe that there are 81 courses better than Carne! The course throws everything it has at you. The wind is a relentless twitcher to any swing. I have played 56 links courses in the Isles, none have matched Carne for quality vs. cost. I would rather play Carne than nearly all of the Open venues. In fact, I believe Carne to be the 2nd best links course in the Isles. Sean Arble
November 13, 2004
10 / 10
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Clive Cowan
October 05, 2006
Where might the best course be then please.
Gerry Ryan
October 17, 2008
You have summed it up perectly.
nairn mcleod
Mr Eddie Hackett........thank you! Carne is the most wonderful golf experience, bar none. Links golf on steroids. A truly magnificent setting and a golf course to more than match it. Play it, rave about it and be amazed that this course is not in the top 20 never mind the top 100. Jaw-dropping golf from 1 to 18.
October 09, 2004
10 / 10
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