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Kilkeel

Newry, Northern Ireland
ArchitectBadgeEddie Hackett
Newry, Northern Ireland
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  • AddressMourne Park, Kilkeel, Newry BT34 4LB, UK

The small fishing port of Kilkeel lies to the south of the Mourne Mountains on the County Down coastline, close to Carlingford Lough. A couple of miles inland from here, on land owned by the Earl of Kilmorey, a 9-hole course was laid out for the members of Kilkeel Golf Club by Lord Justice Babington, a member of the GUI, back in 1924.

It took almost seventy years before Eddie Hackett expanded the layout to a full 18-hole course and the new fairways were first brought into play in 1993. Today, the course extends to an impressive 6,579 yards from the back tees and it plays to a par of 72, with plenty of doglegged holes laid out across a pleasantly undulating landscape.

The most difficult hole on the course is the left doglegged 14th (stroke index 1), where a pond lurks in front of the green to catch approach shots that fall short of the target. The signature hole follows immediately after this at the 130-yard 15th, with bunkers positioned on three sides of a green that slopes markedly from back to front.

The small fishing port of Kilkeel lies to the south of the Mourne Mountains on the County Down coastline, close to Carlingford Lough. A couple of miles inland from here, on land owned by the Earl of Kilmorey, a 9-hole course was laid out for the members of Kilkeel Golf Club by Lord Justice Babington, a member of the GUI, back in 1924.

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Eddie Hackett

Eddie Hackett is regarded as “the father of golf course design” in Ireland, though he never formally trained as an architect and only became involved in laying out courses when he reached his late fifties.

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