The Curragh Golf Club
The Curragh, Co. Kildare, Ireland
- par: 72 72
- length: 5.710 m 5.040 m
- par: 72 72
- length: 5.710 m 5.040 m
- architect:Patrick Merrigan
Considered by many as the oldest golf course and club in Ireland the Royal Curragh can be found in County Kildare, Ireland. The surrounding area is steeped with history and interest and there is plenty to see and do here. The nearby Curragh Racecourse is famous in the horseracing world and the Curragh Camp, which is where the Irish Army train, can also be found close by.
Dating back to 1852 the club cites itself as the oldest in Ireland and was first laid out by Scotsman, David Ritchie who hailed from Edinburgh. Over the years the course has obviously seen some huge changes and redevelopments however the traditional and classic feel still remains which adds to the appeal for many who wish to play here.
The course consists of 18 holes which are of a parkland style and measures 5712 from the yellow tees with a par of 72. Strong links with both the military and horseracing shine through when playing on this course and the features here are plentiful. Set out over naturally undulating terrain which boasts some excellent natural drainage the course uses the mature parkland and water as the main features as the number of bunkers on this course stretches to just a dozen.
Facilities at this club are generous and include a warm, friendly restaurant serving a great selection of dishes which players can enjoy after their rounds. There is also a well-stocked professional golf shop staffed by helpful and knowledgeable PGA professionals. Practice facilities at the club are also good and include a large driving range as well as a practice putting green and bunkers. There are also installations for snooker within the clubhouse for those who wish to try something different.
The green fee rates for this course are very reasonable however they change somewhat depending on the season. Tee time availability for visitors to this course is fair and there should be a general time to suit most however availability can change and reduce quickly so prior booking is highly recommended so as to avoid disappointment.
Both the club and course are quite well connected by road to much of the rest of Ireland and the capital Dublin is less than 50km away in a North Easterly direction. Thanks to the presence of the racecourse the local area is well equipped to deal with visitors and there are a great number of accommodation options for visiting players to enjoy whilst here.
For more information about this golf course including ratings and reviews made by fellow golfers please see to the left of this page.
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Average rating obtained byThis rating for The Curragh Golf Club. is the average of 7 ratings obtained from www.golfshake.comA real pleasure to play this flat parkland course where the wire fencing adds an extra feature. This was a beautiful day with the fairways, greens and tee boxes looking at their best. Real friendly service in the club house and restaurant. A most enjoyable golfing and customer experience. (Round played: Jun 2016 - Score: 95 Handicap: 19.9)
Average rating obtained byThis rating for The Curragh Golf Club. is the average of 2 ratings obtained from www.top100golfcourses.co.ukThe Curragh, a club with a long proud history within Irish Golf is situated on the vast plains of Co Kildare. This is the oldest golf course in Ireland, having being laid out by members of military stationed at the nearby Curragh Camp and to this day still maintains a very strong link to the Army. Every second year a member of the armed forces is made Captain of the club, a novel idea which helps foster the relationship. When I first started playing the Curragh it was a vastly different design to the one we see today. Back then the layout was largely unchanged from the original.However in recent times, a public road running through the course became busier and required that shots could now not be played across the road, something which would turn out to be, in my opinion, detrimental. The course lost a huge amount of its character, with the re-design being carried out by Paddy Merrigan, which I feel is the worst example of his work that I have ever seen (I struggle to believe that this is the same man who designed Tulfarris).In his renovations he designed 3 new holes and altered two existing holes and in doing so he laid created something which I feel a Construction foreman could have done a better job of. The three new holes(two long par 5's and a brain dead uphill par 3) are a complete mis-fit for the topography and were in my opinion designed completely aside from the overall thought behind the remaining holes. They stand out like white elephants, the original course was designed with St Andrews and Musselburgh (the 2 clubs have a link) in mind and was intended to play like a links, with the hard running terrain being a great substitute for seaside turf. I was a lover of the original Curragh and I must say that many of the holes are still the same, however it is these new "excuses" for golf holes which deter me from playing a track I one loved so much. Great efforts have been made by this years captain to return the course to its former glory (tree removal etc) that being I feel he has made one fatal error, removing the Sheep from the course. These animals were an integral part of the course and how it played, allowing for a wide open track with emphasis on shot making and also how one would deal with the many different lies encountered.This once great course, which a young golfer growing up at would learn to play a large variety of shots has been ruined by modern day requirements.
Average rating obtained byThis rating for The Curragh Golf Club. is the average of 1 ratings obtained from www.worldgolf.comNot to bad.Some very easy holes and more so in the start.The greens and fairways are in great condition but the rough is poor with tractor tracks in them.Overall would play again if it was close but n