Connemara (Championship) - Galway - Ireland

Connemara Golf Links,
Ballyconneely,
Clifden,
Co. Galway,
Ireland


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Connemara is located on the rugged, tranquil and unspoilt Atlantic coastline at Ballyconneely, situated on a peninsula, jutting into the Atlantic between Clifden to the north and Roundstone to the south. Ballyconneely is also renowned for its breeding of the world famous Connemara Pony. According to folklore, the breed originated as the result of a Spanish shipwreck. A number of Arab horses swam ashore and ended up breeding with the wild local ponies.

Founded in 1973, and designed by the prolific Irish architect, Eddie Hackett. Connemara is one of the toughest links courses in the world, measuring more than 7,200 yards from the back tees. The course is littered with stern and craggy rocks, further adding to the rough and ready nature of the links. Avoid these rocks at all costs, otherwise you will find yourself playing from some unusual positions. Connemara has 27 holes, the A and B nines comprise the Championship course. The C nine is shorter in length.

The wind is a significant factor at Connemara. There are no sand dunes to provide protection from the elements. In fact, the ground is fairly flat. The upside of this is that there are uninterrupted, spectacular, panoramic views of the coastline with its glorious white sandy beaches and to the north east, the austere Twelve Bens mountain range provide a dramatic backdrop. The outward nine is much shorter and flatter than the inward half. But the back nine possesses the best and most memorable holes. Brace yourself for the challenging 210-yard par three 13th, with its raised green. It’s regarded as Connemara’s signature hole and this is where the lunar landscape kicks in and stays with us for the closing holes.

Connemara is a remote golf course, but everyone here is exceptionally welcoming. The last six holes will remain etched in the mind for a very long time, and if you are brave enough to tackle this brutal course from the back tees – good luck. Pray that the wind machine is turned off.

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Description: If you are brave enough to tackle the brutal Championship course from Connemara Golf Club's back tees – good luck – pray that the wind machine is turned off. Rating: 7.3 out of 10 Reviews: 13
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Ken Cochrane
This is a great course with one of the toughest back nines I've ever played. We went at it in a gale with intermittant sideways rain. From every tee box you can see the flag. No tricked up holes, just good honest golf. The green were true and consistent. With the wind we were hitting 250 yard 7 irons and into it, 150 yard knock down hyrid threes.Eddie Hackett did a superb job with this course and its worth every drop of $7 petrol to get there and play it. The only downside was the club house really needs to be redone.
July 10, 2006
8 / 10
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Patrick King
April 08, 2010
Clubhouse has been refurbished and is fantastic and also provides patio areas on 3 sides to enjoy views of 10th, 16th, 17th and 18th.
Richard Smith
This is a fascinating links out on a remote stretch of the West coast of Ireland. Even though it is "out in the boondocks", I would make every effort to get out and play this wonderful layout. From the back tees the course is quite a challenge, with each hole presenting a unique challenge as they wind through the somewhat desolate landscape. There are a number of huge boulders throughout the couse, so much so that I have always referred to Conemmarra as the "golf couse on the moon". There are a number of outstanding links in this part of Ireland and I would love to return to Conemmara some day.Richard SmithKnoxville, Tennessee
April 26, 2006
8 / 10
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Hugh
I’ve played Connemara three times now and I’m beginning to understand how to play it. First time around I struggled, it pays to have a little local knowledge a bit of luck and knowing where you are going both off the tee and with your approach shots. The 1st is a great opener and then things just get better and better. The holes closest to the Atlantic are memorable not only for the views but for the wind that can make things very difficult. This is certainly a magnificent location and you need to set enough time aside to get here…it’s remote but it’s worth the making the effort and taking the time to get here. Unforgettable golf course and a truly ravishing location. Pete B
May 26, 2005
8 / 10
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