Opened for play in 1966, Shannon Golf Club has developed into one of the best inland courses in the county of Clare, hosting a number of national amateur championships in recent years.
It’s a compact parkland track extending to just over 6,700 yards from the back markers – holes have been fitted into a tidy parcel of land beside the Shannon Estuary – and many of the fairways are bounded on either flank by a variety of deciduous trees.
Water hazards feature at holes 6 to 8 on the front nine then, on the inward half, at both the 14th and the signature 17th – a par three, measuring 213 yards from the back tees and this penultimate hole on the scorecard will ruin many a round for those who fall short of the green and find the sea instead!
The course lies in the shadow of the international airport so be prepared for the occasional plane overhead either landing or taking off.
The course at Shannon did not impress me as much as I hoped; many similar up and down holes that did not inspire plus not in great condition this March. The course is a parkland style but as I mentioned all very samey with not a lot of excitement unfortunately. Teeing grounds quite scruffy and just not a course that I would really want to play again and difficult to recommend to others. For me to really enjoy parkland courses, they really have to be in tip top condition as a minimum, Shannon under-delivered on this.
There are some positives – this is a thriving club with very friendly members and due its proximity to the airport (3 mins from departures to clubhouse) this could be an option for a first/last day round if using the airport when visiting County Clare. Plus the very best thing about the course at Shannon is that there is a world-class hole that would not look out of place at the likes of Pebble Beach or Turnberry. The 17th hole is fantastic a 220-yard par-3 at the estuary that needs around a 200 yard carry to clear the water – it really is a good looking hole with great views and is undoubtedly the jewel here.