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Play golf at Dromoland Castle, one of Ireland’s finest parkland courses

Newmarket on Fergus, South Clare


Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club was designed by Ron Kirby and JB Carr. The impressive 18-hole 6,824 yards par 72 championship course is set on the magnificent 450-acre estate of Dromoland Castle.

The immaculately maintained course combines gentle hills, ancient trees and unexpected water hazards. It presents challenges and thrills for golfers of all abilities.

As one of the finest parkland courses in Ireland, it is matched by superb practice facilities and a welcoming clubhouse experience.

Golf academy 

This is a state-of-the-art practice facility on Dromoland Castle’s magnificent estate. After his incredible revamping of the Dromoland Course, Ron Kirby turned his hand to designing a modern golf practice facility. The stone-clad, slate-roofed structure houses nine driving range bays and a fully enclosed teaching bay. All the bays are fitted with Golf-Tech’s second generation fully automated ‘Power Tees’ – alleviating the need to bend down for your next ball and allowing a more enjoyable practice. With four bunkered target greens ranging between 100 and 250 metres and at a total length of 300 metres, the driving range will provide a wide variety of shot selections. The two 500-square-metre grass teeing areas are open during the summer months. 

These allow golfers instant feedback from conditions, precisely as they would find on the fairways on the golf course. The short game area includes two USGA specification greens with the same Penn A4/G6 creeping bent grass as used on the golf course: a 500 square metre putting green to hone the perfect stroke before you tackle Kirby’s greens on the course and a 450 square metre bunker and chipping green. The bunker and chipping green offer several lies, slopes, and grass lengths. In addition to a well-shaped, sizeable greenside bunker, there is a riveted face links style bunker, modelled on the famous ‘Road Hole’ bunker on the 17th at St Andrew’s. Should your game require a little fine-tuning, why not book some expert tuition with the professionals at their School of Golf? 

Good to know

Type of course: 18-hole parkland

Par: 72

Length of course: 6,240 meters (6,824 yards)

Participation fees: fees apply.

Open months: open year-round.

Dining/refreshments: the Fig Tree Restaurant in the Golf & Country Club is always buzzing. It is bright and sunny in summer and comfy and cosy in winter. Lively and welcoming, you’ll find golfers, locals and hotel guests relaxing, chatting and analysing their games over delicious food and drinks. From sandwiches to steaks and salads, fish and chips to chowder, their delightful menu offers big-flavoured crowd-pleasers using great Irish ingredients. Relaxed and buzzy, The Fig Tree is the ideal spot for a light lunch, post-golf snack, or casual dinner. No matter what the weather, expect a warm welcome. 

Golf pro: golf tuition is available by prearrangement.

Golf caddies: available by prearrangement.

Golf shop: located in Dromoland Golf & Country Club, adjacent to the Walled Garden, the shop boasts expansive, sweeping views of the 1st, 10th and famous 18th holes and the breathtaking Dromoland Lake. The shop carries the latest golf apparel and merchandise, with a Dromoland Castle branded range from internationally renowned brands such as KJUS, Galvin Green, Fairway & Greene, Daily Sports Sweden, Peter Millar, Oscar Jacobson and Duca del Cosma leather footwear.

Golf equipment: available for hire.

Parking: free on-site car and coach parking for visitors.

Details are subject to change. It is always advisable to check the opening dates, times, prices, and other information on their website or directly with the activity before visiting or booking. 

About Newmarket on Fergus

Newmarket on Fergus

Newmarket-on-Fergus is a thriving, modern town with a rich heritage past - situated halfway between the county capital of Ennis and Shannon International Airport.