Tulfarris - Wicklow - Ireland

Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort,
Blessington Lakes,
Co Wicklow,
Ireland


  • +353 (0)45 867600

  • Adrian Williams

  • Patrick J. Merrigan

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Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort is located on the shores of Blessington Lakes in County Wicklow. The championship golf course is laid out on a 200-acre estate that also contains a restored 18th century Manor House – built in 1760 on the ruins of the old Tulfarris Castle – and early Christian burial grounds preserved under the mounds of the 10th and 12th fairways.

Originally opened in 1989 as a 9-hole course on a 60-acre site, Jim Hayes acquired the property in 1993 and soon after appointed golf course architect Patrick Merrigan to extend the number of holes to eighteen. Merrigan – renowned for his design work on other courses such as Faithlegg, Old Head of Kinsale, Slieve Russell and Woodenbridge – advised that he could do little until Hayes acquired additional land to make his dream a reality. Needless to say, by the end of the millennium, more real estate had been acquired, the course was reconstructed and the new Tuffarris reborn.

It is now routed over three peninsulas of Blessington Lakes and can be played from a variety of tees giving a total length of between 5,705 and 7,116 yards. As owner Jim Hayes says, “all is changed and nothing is changed. The integrity of the landscape and the environment have been preserved.” Merrigan too is pretty pleased with the final outcome of his work, saying, “I think the finished article stands alongside the best golf course to be found anywhere. The natural beauty of the setting is awesome.”

The course is configured in classical formation with two par fives and two par threes on each loop of nine holes. Water endangers the approach to the green at a handful of holes on both the front and back nine so these hazards, allied to strategic bunkering and length off the tee demanded at most holes – even the par threes are all in excess of 170 yards off the back tees – will keep most net scores above the par of 72 for the course.

The 608-yard, par five, 7th hole is a favourite of many on the outward half, with the tee shot played out over a lake to a fairway that doglegs right to a well-trapped green. On the inward nine, the 200-yard, par three, 16th hole demands a precise tee shot to avoid a lake and some protecting oak trees to make the green.

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Description: With no two holes alike, Tulfarris Golf Club is an exciting course having played host to the Irish Seniors Open Championship. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

Played Tulfarris for the first time on Friday 15th March 2013. What a great course, set around the Blessington Lake. Well designed, no 2 holes are similar and club selection is all important. You can be deceived into thinking its a 7 iron into the green, whereas 5 iron is the right choice. Greens were in good condition (especially considering it is March in Ireland) - warning you can end up having a lot of downhill putts ! Funnily enough water isn't really in play on many holes but you are never far away from great views of the lake or Wicklow mountains. We stayed overnight in the hotel, a great deal. I'll be back.
5 / 6
Tulfarris
March 17, 2013


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Robert
March 17, 2013
The course is set on three peninsulas overlooking Blessington Lakes and is at least as scenic as Killarney. The standard of finish is superb and there are many memorable holes. It is on a par with many of the courses rated in the Top 100.
Tulfarris is a stunning course where each hole represents a different and testing challenge… and there are far too many cracking holes to detail here. The par3s are really good and two on the front nine across water add some real excitement. The 16th is another memorable par3 that overlooks the lake and this is the beginning of a really good closing stretch of holes. The Blessington lakes make the most amazing background for what I think is a highly underrated course which comes highly recommended by me! When I last played here they were renovating the old manor house and working was starting on a hotel, when the work is finished this will be a staggering place to stay and play.
5 / 6
Tulfarris
January 24, 2006


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