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Carlow Golf Club is an inland links laid out in a former wild deerpark over undulating terrain with numerous elevated tees, several excellent doglegs, and small slick putting surfaces. Extensive, mature woods are a strong feature in a pleasant countryside setting where the unusually sandy soil has the bonus of allowing play all year round.

There are many long par 4's and the 16th, a very demanding two shotter played through a tunnel-like valley, has been chosen by Christy O'Connor Snr. as the foremost 16th hole in Ireland. The most pleasant and picturesque hole is the 6th, where the tee shot is played from the highest point on the course down to a sloping fairway below. To the left and right of the fairway lie two stone faced ringforts (raths) overgrown with adult beech trees. Many tee shots have been lost here, while local legend has it that the balls are taken by the "little people" of the raths or fairy rings.

Carlow Town in County Carlow.

Facts and Details

  • Type of course: Parkland Course
  • Holes:18 Length:5913m, Par:70 , Architect: Tom Simpson

Green Fees: N/A

Grading: ****

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The course is rated among the top 20 Championship Courses in Ireland and is listed in the top 40 Parkland Courses in the British Isles by the publication "Following the Fairways".

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