Dingle - Ceann Sibeal - Kerry - Ireland

Dingle Golf Club,
Ceann Sibéal,
Ballyferriter,
Dingle,
Co Kerry,
Ireland


  • +353 66 915 62 55

  • Steve Fahy

  • Eddie Hackett and Christy O'Connor Jnr.


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Dingle Golf Club was originally a Gem on the Top 100 website and it became a ranked Irish course when we extended our list. Dingle was nominated by Hugh and was added to the site in February 2005. Hugh’s nomination comments are as follows:

“Dingle isn’t the easiest golf course in the world to find but it’s well worth seeking out the most westerly golf course in Europe. There is nothing fancy about this traditional and unpretentious links course, which was designed by the great Eddie Hackett. It’s sometimes referred to as Ceann Sibéal, which I believe translates to Sybil Point in Gaelic. The course overlooks Dingle Bay and it can get frighteningly windy here. At 6,700 yards, it’s a testing but fun course and I challenge anyone to leave here without thoroughly enjoying the experience…it’s truly a hidden gem and stunning value too.”

Situated a short drive from Ballyferriter on the Dingle peninsula, Ceann Sibeal is the most westerly golf club in Ireland. The original Dingle Golf Club was formed in 1924 at Doonsheane, three miles east of the town, near the racecourse. The club’s HQ was in Ashe’s pub in Dingle. It disbanded in the 1960s, as local farmers required the land back but the club stayed in existence and reformed in the 1970s at the links in Ceann Sibeal where it is today.

The club now play on a rugged and remote links course that has been updated over the years. It was originally a 9-hole course designed by Eddie Hackett and was later extended to 18 holes with input from Christy O’Connor Junior.

Little was done in the way of earth moving when the holes were laid out. Dingle has a simple, straightforward routing as holes are etched into the natural landscape with a meandering burn dissecting the property to add interest and a little danger in equal measure. Throw in some strategic bunkering and gently undulating terrain and it amounts to a real test of links golf.

The views out to the Blasket Islands in the Atlantic are simply spectacular and well worth the effort to seek out such a secluded golfing spot in an area rich in Gaelic tradition where the Irish language is still very much a part of everyday life – hence the names chosen for each of the 18 holes on the course.

The signature hole is the 197-yard, par three, 10th named “An Tiaracht” which is played uphill - out of bounds on the left – to a blind green nestled in front of a large sand dune with three pot bunkers offering further protection on the right. If the wind is up off the Ocean – as it often is on such an exposed course – then a three on the card will be very well earned!

The above article was updated on November 14 2008 following feedback from John, as there were inaccuracies in the text. John went on to say: “The course is, in my biased view, one of the best gems in Ireland. There is a fantastic welcome there always from Steve the Manager and John the barman. A must play course and place.”

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Description: Dingle Golf Club or Ceann Sibéal as it is sometimes called is a natural and evocative links course overlooking Dingle Bay. Rating: 4.7 out of 6 Reviews: 6

I played Ceann Sibeal on a relatively calm day and thoroughly enjoyed my round (even though I didn't play very well!). The location is amazing. The course is situated in a basin surrounded by rolling hills and craggy mountains with the bay and it's crashing waves in near distance.

Admittedly, I do slightly agree with the comment(s) regarding Ceann Sibeal as not being a "true" links course. A few holes didn't quite feel at home here, personally, the 6th & 13th, I just felt they didn't quite have that link's character to them.

Overall, I would say Ceann Sibeal is a good place to start if you're new to links style golf. It's not particularly a difficult course, but it's a great place to whet your appetite for links golf.

(Plus you can claim you've played in the most westerly course in Europe!)

4 / 6
Dingle - Ceann Sibeal
November 02, 2016


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Ceann Sibeal golf course is located in a splendid spot with views of Sybil Head, the Three (or “tree” as the locals put it) Sisters and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest. The finest stretch of holes starts the back nine. After a challenging uphill par 3, holes 11 and 13 are doglegs requiring plenty of strategic thought. They are sandwiched around a cunning par 3 with a contoured green set an angle to the tee shot.

The rest of the course is not quite as good. The routing is a bit mundane as 14 holes are on the SE/NW axis. And most require little thought as to the best spot to place one’s drive. While Dingle is set on linksland, it lacks the dunes that characterize the great Irish courses. Indeed, there were a couple spots where it appeared to me that Eddie Hackett might have built some mounds to give it some life. And there’s more water to contend with than at any other links I can think of, as a burn crosses 10 of the holes.

The other interesting view when I was there in June 2016 was of the Star Wars movie set just up the hill from the course. While force was not with me (or my golf game to be precise) that day, I still enjoyed Ceann Sibeal.

4 / 6
Dingle - Ceann Sibeal
June 11, 2016


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Really pleasantly surprised by Dingle. On first glance when approaching the course this looks nothing more than a field but, on closer inspection, there is plenty of movement on the land. An excellent variety of green sites and a beautiful remote location. Not worth a special trip but if you are anywhere near the area you shouldn't be disappointed. An authentic Irish links experience rather than the overpriced tour bus crammed courses in Kerry - you know who you are Ballybunion, Tralee, Waterville, Dooks etc.
4 / 6
Dingle - Ceann Sibeal
August 18, 2015


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I Love this cousre, It keeps me coming back!I have shot 114 here and I have shot 78 here from the Blue stakes and I have enjoyed every round in between. Steve the manager is excellent and the food and drink in the bar are a great place to relax dissect the great and the not so great shots. True Links!
6 / 6
Dingle - Ceann Sibeal
July 05, 2011


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hugh
August 09, 2011
It is just a stunning course it is not quite links but the views are irrestible. having said that you would need to be there on a windy day to discover the courses true potental to harm your scorecard.
Kieran
August 17, 2012
Hugh, for your information......True links soil is sandy and because of the lack of its moisture, the grass tends to have short blades with long roots. The grass in the rough is often the wispy long grass which makes play very difficult even in a good lie. Links courses drain well and provide a very firm golfing surface all year round, and are thus the preferred choice of most good golfers. Ceann Sibeal is all of the above True Links!
To me, this is one of the finest courses in the World. I cannot believe it is 71st in Ireland. It is way better than many ranked above it. From start to finish this is a brilliant course with great views and well thought out challenges in a very natural and unspoilt setting. A very friendly club as well with excellent food and beer. This is the one course I refuse to pass by on any trip to Ireland. Much better than Waterville and more of a challenge than Dooks.
6 / 6
Dingle - Ceann Sibeal
September 07, 2009


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Mark
June 09, 2010
Better than Waterville? This is a very ordinary links course, it does not compare with the best links courses in Ireland!
Ian
June 09, 2010
Dingle is lovely and in my opinion better than Dooks but to suggest it's better than Waterville is crackers. Waterville is simply majestic. Having said that, if you're in the area try to play all three!
Scruffmeister
July 05, 2011
I would not want to rate this course against other links courses as they all have their own distinct charm. It is fantastic to play however, and it is a true test of links golf with its Atlantic Winds. Love it!
On a week-long trip to Ireland Sept. of 2004, Dingle was one of the courses we played. After a bit of a drive from Killarney, we finally made it there. I know the others took one look and thought it was going to be an easy day, but it ended up being anything bu that. It is a pure Scottish style course and is wide open to the elements. While not famous, it is still vastly underrated and a very true and tough test of golf. Everyone should play it at least once. I would love to find my way there again some day. www.yourgolftrip.com
4 / 6
Dingle - Ceann Sibeal
July 08, 2005


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