Glasson - Westmeath - Ireland

Glasson Golf Club,
Co. Westmeath,

  • +353 90 6485120

  • Niall Flynn

  • Christy O’Connor Jnr., David Jones

  • Lynn McCool

Glasson is located in the heart of the Emerald Isle on the banks of Lough Ree, the second of the great lakes on the River Shannon. The course was designed by Christy O’Connor Jnr., and opened for play in 1993. The Reid family must be thanked for the gift of Glasson, for they gave up their land and their period home to enable the birth of the Glasson Golf and Country Club.

O’Connor was immediately smitten with this stretch of Lough side terrain, calling Glasson: "One of the most scenic pieces of land I've ever seen in my life, with the first nine holes overlooking Lough Ree and the second nine Killenure Bay. There is nothing I've seen that comes close to that". This really is a most charming location with simply stunning vistas. There are so many courses located close to water but there are few where it is visible from every hole. At Glasson, as O’Connor pointed out, you really can see the lake from every hole and what a pretty picture it is too.

The course itself is excellent, stretching out to 7,120 yards from the back tees. But don’t worry, there are three other teeing areas catering for golfers of all standards. Glasson golf course has been designed with the future in mind; this is an interesting and challenging tournament layout. Philip Walton holds the course record with an impressive 65.

Many strong and varied holes make up this sublime golf course, the par fives are especially memorable. The sixth hole is a tough par five with out-of-bounds stretching all the way down the left-hand side of the hole. A good and brave tee shot will need to carry the dogleg, over the out-of-bounds, to find a narrow fairway that slopes towards the hole. Don’t slice your approach shot either because there is water on the right. The 15th will stay in your memory for a very long time, an amazing par three with both the tee and the green completely surrounded by water, and you have to walk across a bridge to get to the back tees.

Work was carried out at the end of 2020 to renovate the final five holes on the course which occupied part of the property where new lodges are to be constructed. Among the modifications made by David Jones, the old par fives at the 14th and 17th were converted to medium-length par fours, the 18th was routed away from the front of the hotel, and lakes on the closing holes were reshaped to add more character to these water features.

County Westmeath is not famous for golf; most golfers visiting Ireland tend to head for Kerry and the likes of Ballybunion. We think that a visit to Glasson is well worth a detour. There is plenty going on around the lake and at Athlone, but you might not want to leave Glasson Golf & Country Club.

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Description: The Reid family must be thanked for the gift of Glasson, for they gave up their land and their period home to enable the birth of the Glasson Golf and Country Club. Rating: 4 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Finally managed to get to stay and play at Glasson in summer 2006 after having had the course on my list of Irish tracks to play for some years. First of all the positives: There are some spectacular views across the lough from the elevated sections of the course that has been laid out over former farmland. The land slopes quite dramatically in places and you can find some challenging lies but overall the design of the course failed to meet up to my expectations and I putted out on the last feeling a little disappointed. I suppose you shouldn’t expect too much from a hotel course but given it’s high ranking I expected more. Glasson is not in my personal Irish Top 50.
November 24, 2006
4 / 10
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