Killarney (Killeen) - Kerry - Ireland

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club,
Mahony’s Point,
Killarney,
Co Kerry,
Ireland


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There are three courses at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club and the Killeen golf course is considered to be the best. Killarney is set in its own National Park within the famous Ring of Kerry. Here we have some of the most magical and enchanting scenery in Ireland, the Killeen course being set on the banks of Lough Leane, the largest freshwater lake in the southwest. The backcloth is the majestic Carrauntoohil, the highest mountain in Ireland, one of the many peaks of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks, and this is the most mountainous region in the Emerald Isle.

Golf at Killarney dates back to 1891, but the Killeen course is relatively young, opening for play in 1972. Eddie Hackett and Billy O’Sullivan originally designed the Killeen. It was a complicated project which involved splitting the original Mahoney’s Point course in half and building nine holes on newly purchased land. David Jones updated the Killeen course ahead of the 1991 Irish Open, which was won by Nick Faldo. The Irish Open returned to the Killarney’s Killeen course in 1992 and once again Faldo triumphed.

Donald Steel undertook a complete reconstruction of the Killeen course over a fairly lengthy period, which overlapped the transition from Donald Steel & Co to Mackenzie and Ebert. The revamped Killeen course re-opened in the summer of 2006 with new greens, tees and bunkers. Extra length was also added, most notably the par fives. The Irish Open returned to the Killeen in 2010 and it was the Englishman, Ross Fisher, who won, thwarting a late surge from Padraig Harrington. Simon Dyson finished strongly to claim the 2011 Irish Open, winning by a single shot from Australia's Richard Green who had a long birdie putt on the last to win but ended up making bogey. On each of the four occasions Killarney has hosted the Irish Open an Englishman has lifted the title.

Despite the proximity of the mountains, the Killeen golf course is set on flat ground. The lake comes into play immediately and remains a hazard until the 5th hole, which turns inland. The course then plays in more traditional parkland surroundings until the 7th hole, which once again plays alongside the lake.

The tree-lined fairways appear narrower than they really are, especially from the back tees; keeping the ball in play is the order of the day. Scoring well will be a challenge for the very best golfers especially if you choose to play from the 7,000-yard plus back tees. There are three other tees available, so choose carefully to ensure the maximum enjoyment, but remember that everything is measured in metres here, so take at least one club more if you are used to yards.

The fantastic experience at Killarney is made up from many factors – the setting is breathtaking, the conditioning of the course is first class, the holes are varied and exciting and, last but not least, the Irish welcome is warm and friendly. In fact, the Irish greeting "Cead Mile Failte" was the main reason that Killarney was voted Golf Club of the Year in 1993. Surely there can be no prettier place in the whole of Ireland to play inland golf.

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Description: There are three golf courses at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club and the Killeen is considered to be the best. Rating: 3.9 out of 6 Reviews: 7

Nice course but not special.All was average.
3 / 6
Killarney (Killeen)
June 03, 2014


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Played all of the Killarney courses and the Killeen was the best by far. Had great fun. The holes by the lake are fantastic but I wasn't disappointed by the rest at all. 7 is a great reachable par 5 and 13 is a magnificent par 4, in my opinion even better than 18. The european tour players should look forward to playing this course in a few weeks from now.
5 / 6
Killarney (Killeen)
July 05, 2011


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Hugh
July 25, 2011
I agree the Killeen is the best of the trio and this is a lovely spot but wonder why the Irish Open is not being held on one of the country's many great links courses. It's a real shame, but at least we should be grateful that Irish are hosting an Open... more than can be said for the English!
richard
August 03, 2011
English busy hosting the British Open at Royal St George's - and winning the Irish Open.
The refurbishment of this course has been extremely well done. It is now a tough challenge but full of interesting golf holes in a setting which is absolutely fabulous, on a good day! The lake has been brought into play more and the 1st 3rd and 4th greens are virtually in the lake. New tees have been added to lenghten the holes and the new 4th tee is built right out into the lake. From the back tees this course is very long as you discover at the 5th, a very tough par 4. The 6th is perhaps too hard, a long par 3 with a stream round most of the green almost creating an island effect which is difficult to see from the tee. The 7th is a fine risk / reward par 5 and the 8th is a super par 4 demanding an accurate tee shot from the high tee. The 10th is a great par 3 set entirely against the backdrop of Loch Leane and the mountains. The 13th is another terrific risk / reward par 5 followed by two excellent dog-leg par 4s. A very fine test of golf and perhaps the best inland course in Ireland.
6 / 6
Killarney (Killeen)
August 11, 2006


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I have just played Killeen after their 2 1/2million Euro revamp. Killarney is a beautiful place to be and the perfect location for a day's golf. The first few holes which skirt the lake are superb, however once you move away from the lake, the standard drops a little. That said, there are some very good holes - 13 was excellent, 15 a great risk and reward hole and 17 & 18, 2 great closing holes.
4 / 6
Killarney (Killeen)
July 22, 2006


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Fantastic scenery and of course the lakeside location is truly stunning but take if you take that away and focus on the course I’m not sure the Killeen its Top 100 material. I believe that the course is undergoing complete refurbishment and I hope that when it reopens it will be somewhat better than it was before. Killarney is not the cheapest part of the world to play golf and I think they are in danger of pricing themselves out of the market. You certainly need a strong accurate game to score well on this course otherwise the trees’ll stymie you. I can’t wait to see what it’s like when it reopens.
4 / 6
Killarney (Killeen)
April 20, 2005


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I played Killeen last May for the umpteenth time and I must say that it was in the worst condition that I've seen it. The fairways and greens were awful and the service in the clubhouse was worse.
2 / 6
Killarney (Killeen)
February 17, 2005


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Killeen is definitely the best of the three Killarney courses, but I’m left wondering what might have been had they left the original course intact. You tend to get hypnotised by the scenery and you come away thinking: “I’ve had a great time”, but when you analyse the course itself, you are left wondering what the fuss is all about. I’m personally a links lover, so parkland courses need to be exceptional to get my pulse racing and unfortunately Killeen comes up short. Perhaps the latest modifications will make the big difference?
3 / 6
Killarney (Killeen)
January 17, 2005


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