Galway - Galway - Ireland

Galway Golf Club,
Co Galway,

  • +353 91 522033

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  • 3 miles W of Galway off the R337

  • Welcome, except Tuesdays and Sundays

Galway Golf Club has been in existence since 1895 when military men from the Connaught Rangers played on the first course at Renmore Barracks. The club moved soon after that to Gentian Hill before relocating again to Barna ten years later. The golf club’s third and final move took place in the mid-1920s when it purchased the Blackrock site.

The late Colonel O’Hara’s estate was purchased at auction in April 1924 and nine holes were operational the following year, with the full 18-hole layout not brought into play until 1930. Golf writer Lionel Hewson reported in 1935 that Harry Colt had designed the course but, in a brief history of the club written by former club captain Dr. C. O’Malley in 1969, it was stated that “a golf architect named Mackenzie (sic)” was the designer. Until it’s known for certain who the architect was, we’re classifying the design credit for Galway as “unknown”.

In recent times, a number of his greens have been extensively re-designed to keep pace with the modern game but the course still retains all of its original charm. It is a well-established parkland track, with tree and gorse lined holes laid out in two loops of nine which offer marvelous views of the Burren, Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.

The names Galway and O’Connor are inextricably linked in Irish golfing circles, as the course is where uncle Christy Snr and nephew Christy Jnr honed their skills. Both Ryder Cup men are Irish golfing legends and much revered in these parts.

The course has held many prestigious competitions over the years and such is its regard with the Golfing Union of Ireland, it was chosen as the venue in 2002 for the All Ireland Cups and Shields Finals.

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Description: The design of the current course at Galway Golf Club is down to the efforts of the celebrated Scottish designer Alister MacKenzie who laid out the 18 holes in 1926. Rating: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 3
Jack Dermody

Very good course... A lot more deceptive than it lets on to be.

Start is by the sea and then moves inland... The trick of this course it actually keeps on changing almost every 3-4 holes.

Without being super long it is tough and that is helped by an exposed sea wind... Good test and lovely clubhouse and all in the city ...

December 05, 2019
8 / 10
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I would agree with John's comments below, this is not a 6-ball course. It's not a bad track but it's not a course you'd go out of your way to play. Nice enough but nothing special.
June 04, 2009
6 / 10
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One of Ireland's finest parkland courses and it certainly has to rank up there as perhaps the 'best in the west.'As a well travelled golfer I can safely say this is one of the finest courses in the world. Breathtaking scenery, challenging golf holes, fantastic greens.Galway Golf club is an excellent course, lightening fast greens, great golf holes and brilliant scenery playable all year round.
December 22, 2006
10 / 10
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john scanlon
February 16, 2008
terribly misleading review.galway is a four star course at most.its proximity to the city makes it a bit special but you would never travel to play galway.
May 11, 2009
Galway is as good an inland course as there is - tough, pretty but fair. Up there with Malone, Carlow, Mullingar.
G Blake
January 20, 2010
Certainly a good course - bit tight in places but they've made the best use of available space. Not in the same league as Carlow or Mullingar but very good option when staying in Galway or Salthill. 3 or 4 out of 6.
damien mccarthy
April 22, 2014
not really sure how this rates so highly on your review. its good but thats about it. id give it 3/5. not very interesting but a decent, tidy track