Killarney (Mahoney's Point) - Kerry - Ireland

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


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Mahoney’s Point is a shorter but competent understudy to the Killeen course.

There were three courses at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club and for a period Killarney were able to boast three courses in Ireland's Top 100. Sadly the Donald Steel-designed Lackabane course, which opened for play in 1999, closed in 2012 due to the financial crisis.

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 Mahoney’s Point course is 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. This is the most mountainous region in the Emerald Isle.

Golf at Killarney dates back to 1891, but it was Sir Guy Campbell who laid out the first proper golf course in 1939. In the 70s, a new course was built and now both Mahoney’s Point and the Killeen utilise a mixture of the old and the new layouts. The last three holes on Mahoney’s Point are part of Campbell’s original design, one of the finest finishing stretches in golf. The conclusion is a remarkable and supremely challenging signature hole, usually played into the prevailing wind. The tee shot must carry across the edge of Lough Leane to a naturally elevated green framed by pine trees. The 18th hole will remain etched in the memory forever.

Everyone says that Mahoney’s Point is shorter than the Killeen course and of course it is, but it doesn’t feel short and why should it? It measures 6,700 yards from the blue tees and 5,500 yards from the reds. This is not a pitch and putt.

In 1993, Following the Fairways voted Killarney, Golf Club of the Year. The fantastic experience is made up from many factors. The setting is breathtaking, the course condition is first class, the holes are varied and exciting and last but not least, the Irish welcome is warm and friendly. Surely there can be no better place in the whole of Ireland to play inland golf?

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Description: The last three holes on the Mahoney’s Point course at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club are part of Campbell’s original design, one of the finest finishing stretches in golf. Rating: 3.6 out of 6 Reviews: 7

The course had been closed for 3 days due to heavy rain so it is slightly difficult to review this course too harshly. The conditioning wasn't great but that could be forgiven given the recent rain, however, at least three of the greens had severe problems and damage which looked long-term.

The views are beautiful and there are some lovely holes (3, 6 and 10) but there are also some very ordinary holes which either need very little strategy or have failed to make the best use of the great land available (9, 15 and 17).

Overall it felt the course was living on former glories and certainly can't compare to some of the other great Parkland courses in Ireland. If it was half the price then I'd understand but my recommendation would either be to stick with the great links courses in Kerry or head to Beaufort.

3 / 6
Killarney (Mahoney's Point)
April 10, 2018


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Nice course, it is quite easy because there's so much room for errors.The finishing 3 holes are great golf holes next to the lake.The course plays quite short, especially the par 5's that can all be reached in 2. All in all had a great day but can't compare to either Killeen or most of the nearby links courses.
4 / 6
Killarney (Mahoney's Point)
July 05, 2011


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Superb course. Some of the holes are simply breathtaking. Played it on a still day and found that some of the holes were somewhat timid but can imagine it being a real challenge when the wind gets up. Although not as enjoyable as challenging Fota Island, Killarney is well worth a visit and should be well inside the Top 100 in my opinion. Very good value also and friendly staff.
5 / 6
Killarney (Mahoney's Point)
April 12, 2006


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I must admit did play very well on the day but the course was in excellant condition .Location was perfect for this type of set up , it was presented in a great fashion - hail the greenkeepers. The opening three and the closing six were unreal holes.I can't understand the other comments because the course has a lot more to offer than the last three holes. At €80 roughly £55 I see it as money well spent for a great day . Club staff were very friendly and I shall make a return next summer hopefully.
5 / 6
Killarney (Mahoney's Point)
July 09, 2005


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Mahony's Point. Well I was expecting great things from this place and unfortunately I was left a little dissapointed. The finishing 3 holes have had a lot written about them, and whilst I agree they are good holes, they are only made to look all the more superior by the poor first 15. 16 is a decent par 5, if a little short (even off the tips), 17 is a mid length par 4 along the water and pretty tidy. 18 is the signature hole and rightfully so. All in all an average golf course, in average condition. Not one I will be rushing back to play.
3 / 6
Killarney (Mahoney's Point)
June 30, 2005


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What to write home about? The 16th, 17th and 18th playing along side the wonderful Lough side, the incredible scenery and the quirky mix as a golf and fishing club with boats moored up alongside the course. Nothing else though - the rest was tame, even for a relatively high handicapper. Combine this with a round that took over 5 hours (no marshalls in evidence) and a steep green fee.... won't be going back in a hurry.
2 / 6
Killarney (Mahoney's Point)
June 07, 2004


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Apart from the closing three holes and the superb scenery, Mahoney's Point is a very average golf course. The condition was poor when I played here, especially the tee boxes, which were rough and ready in the extreme. The round took over five hours and we had to wait on every single shot... come on Killarney get a ranger on the course to keep the speed of play up. In my view, there are far better parkland courses in the vacinity. If you are in this neck of the woods, try Beaufort instead.
3 / 6
Killarney (Mahoney's Point)
June 01, 2004


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