Greenore is a traditional old course situated in the picturesque Cooley Peninsula at the foot of Slieve Foy on the shores of Carlingford Lough in County Louth. Golf has been played here for over 100 years; certainly since the golf club was established in 1896.
In 1899 the course was extended from nine to eighteen holes and a pavilion type clubhouse was constructed the following year. Many revered golfers, including the great triumvirate of Vardon, Braid and Taylor, have played here.
The course consists of a mixture of “links-like” and parkland holes framed by tall pine trees. Many improvements have been made over the years including the construction of three new holes which are referred to by the members as the “country holes.”
The signature hole on the card is the 139-yard, par three 14th, named “Pig’s Back” which is a real test of nerve from the elevated tee.
The Greenore club constructed a magnificent new clubhouse in 1994 and it is the perfect place to reflect on a round as the sun sets over the Mourne mountains.
This is a very nice, challenging golf course. It is also a nice Club to visit with a friendly feel and excellent clubhouse with lots of the memorabilia reflecting its long history. Good pro's shop as well. The course has a great setting with mountains as a back drop, both Slieve Foy close at hand and the back of the beautiful Mourne mountains as well as a setting right along Carlinford Lough. The course has great variety in the holes and hardly a weak hole. By contrast there are lots of strong holes and a clever routing that takes you all over the place and changes direction on most holes. Several tee boxes are located overlooking the shore on the path of the old railway line that used to run into Greenore harbour. There is some water in play but not too much. Some holes are framed by majestic pines and give a feel of playing on the continent. Hard to pick a favourite hole, the 7th and 8th are strong par 4s along the shore, the 12th a memorable tight hole played to the back of the clubhouse but the closing three holes are tough and scenic at the same time. Unfortunately the poorest hole is the 14th (Pigs Back) which played down wind to a narrow green is virtually unplayable and memorable for all the wrong reasons. Don't let that put you off, this is a very fine course in a really lovely setting.
This course might be the best value for the money, its a challenge that look easy, then bites you when you relax. The fairways are always in good shape and the greens are a challenge.. enjoy the view, and the clubhouse is wam and inviting. always a must play when im in ireland
I love this course. Even though I live not far from here I only played it for the first time this year - I have been back twice since. Lovely views, charming village, great holes and variety, excellent greens. Most of all its unique - way better than parkland but not links. If you get a chance play it - you won't be disappointed.