Golf

At GN Mulranny Park Hotel

Mulranny Golf Club

Mulranny's 9-hole links course overlooks the scenic Clew Bay, with Croagh Patrick across the bay, and the Partry Hills, Sheffr Hills and the Mulrea Mountains all on the southside. The Nephin Beg range is to the north and the course is flanked by two Blue Flag beaches, where you can swim after a game of golf. The course, like the scenery, is very easy on the eye, but always manages to tame the discerning golfer, even before the wind gets up. On a calm morning with a flat sea, it is just heavenly and inspirational for good golf. Days best avoided: Saturday morning, 10am-11am; Sunday, 9am-2pm. 

Westport Golf Club

Westport will leave great memories of a unique course on the shores of Clew Bay. Each hole offers a challenge under the watchful eye of Croagh Patrick. The 11th, with its Everest like fairway, the par three 12th and the index one, par four 13th, is our Amen Corner. 

After leaving the newly designed 13th, you arrive at the par three 14th, where Croagh Patrick fills the skyline. The first of the feature holes is your next test, a drive over the Atlantic Ocean, for men only, as the ladies are invited to tee from a forward position. Then you are nearly home with two chances of birdies on the 16th and 17th holes. You reach your destination, the second feature hole at Carrowholly. The majestic 18th hole has a narrow fairway, with water from tee to green up the right. You reach the green in regulation and are met with the ultimate challenge a vast, undulating green. Good luck! Fully stocked pro-shop open.

Ballinrobe Golf Club

Ballinrobe Golf Club's location on a 300-acre estate is an idyllic setting for such a magnificent championship course. The 7,100yd, par-73, course was laid out and designed by well-known architect Eddie Hackett and the contoured greens, which are 80% sand based, are playable all year round.

This inland golf course, which opened in spring 1995, is characterised by lakes at seven of the 18 holes, and is laid out to championship standard. It is set in medieval surroundings, with a 13th-century tower house next to the 10th tee box. The greens are 80% sand based and the club house is a fully restored 250-year-old estate house. The course, with its scenic parkland area, is one which will offer a challenge to any golfer with its mature trees, man made lakes, elaborate fairways and traditional stone walls.

World-renowned golfer Padraig Harrington recently described Ballinrobe Golf Course as "the finest championship golf course in the West of Ireland." Additional facilities include a 12-bay floodlit driving range, practice areas and pro shop.