Beaufort Golf Club,
Designer: Dr. Arthur Spring
Championship Length: 6,587 yards
SSS (Course Rating): 72
Beaufort Golf Club, though only founded in 1995 is fast becoming a must play venue for those visiting the Killarney region and playing the established golf courses such as Killeen and Mahony's Point at Killarney Golf Club.
Set amongst 200 year old trees, 12th century castle ruins and the lush, rolling hills of Killarney, Beaufort Golf Course has been carved from natural terrain and is suited to all standards of golfer. The course presents magnificent views of the McGillycuddy Reeks mountain range, while each hole asks serious questions of a golfers' ability, with lakes, mature trees and bunkers all lurking to punish the unwary.
Some features of Beaufort Golf Course are the generous fairways, bunkering pattern and large contoured greens, with the putting surface at the par 4, 16th measuring 55 yards from front to back. All four of the par 3's at Beaufort are excellent holes with the 187 yard 8th hole arguably representing the jewel in the Beaufort crown.
Many top Irish courses boast an interesting history and Beaufort is no different in this respect. The golf course is part of the Churchtown Estate, the centrepiece of which is the Georgian house built in 1740. The ruins of Castle Core stand beside the 13th green and it was from here the stone was taken to build the house. The entrance is lined with 200 year old trees and the pineapples, which adorn the gate pillars, are a traditional symbol of hospitality something that is assured at Beaufort.