Tullamore - Offaly - Ireland

Tullamore Golf Club,
Co Offaly,

  • +353 57 9321439

  • Golf Club Website

  • Off the R421, 3 miles S of Tullamore

  • Welcome, but limited on Tuesdays and not on Sundays

  • Helen Egan

  • James Braid, Patrick Merrigan

  • Donagh McArdle

Tullamore Golf Club was constituted in 1886 and, over the next forty years, members played on 9-hole courses at Tinnycross, Ballykilmurray and Screggan before finally settling at Brookfield, part of the Charleville estate, in 1926.

The architecture of the present course is credited to a Captain Hewson who laid out eighteen holes which were modified a few years later by no less than the great Scottish golfer turned golf architect, James Braid.

Patrick Merrigan was tasked with a major upgrade of the course in time for the centenary of the club’s affiliation to the Golf Union of Ireland in 1996. He added three lakes, created seven new greens and built eleven new tees to create a modern masterpiece in the Irish Midlands.

With the Slieve Bloom Mountains as a backdrop, Tullamore is a classic parkland course measuring 6,428 yards from the back markers. It boasts many holes which have tree-lined fairways and strategically positioned sand and water hazards to guard the greens.

The front nine are comparatively benign, though danger lurks as water comes into play on the doglegs at the 5th, 7th and 8th holes. The inward half will live long in the memory for the standard of shot making required to make a good score.

Many consider the 16th, a 419-yard left dogleg par four, as the best on the card. Par is a very good score here but it will only be achieved with two precise shots to the stream and tree-protected green.

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Description: With the Slieve Bloom Mountains as a backdrop, Tullamore Golf Club is a classic parkland course measuring 6,428 yards from the back markers. Rating: 10 out of 10 Reviews: 1
I've played Tullamore a handfull of times and can highly recommend a visit. It is a traditional parkland course with some huge old trees. The greens are possibly the finest I've played. no mixed grasses, not a blade out of place and as true and as slick as greens in mid summer should be. There is a good mix of holes, water comes in to play on three or four. There are no real "filler holes, each hole has it's own character and though each time I've played it has been in June I would comment Tullamore as a beautiful picturesque course and a damn good test of golf. I've played close to 200 courses now and Tullamore would be in my top ten easily. Staff were friendly, food is good and green fees value for money. Play it and tell me i'm wrong?
March 06, 2009
10 / 10
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mark murphy
October 06, 2009
why is it only no. 62 one of the best parkland courses in the country.