Dooks Golf Club

Enjoy Playing One of Ireland’s Oldest Links Golf Courses. Golf has been played in Dooks since 1889 and so is one of the fifth oldest clubs in Ireland. It was introduced to the local aristocracy by officers from the Royal Horse Artillery attending compulsory training at the nearby Glenbeigh Artillery Range.

If you are on a golfing break in Kerry you won’t want to miss the opportunity to play Dooks – a truly magical location for a stunning golf course. Experience breathtaking views and a unique links challenge that golfers have enjoyed since 1889. The charm, the atmosphere and the beautiful  seaside setting of a truly traditional golf links makes Dooks a golf experience that has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

The origin of the word ‘Dooks’ comes from the Irish Douaghs meaning dunes. Dooks golf links is not as exposed as some Irish courses and features an amazing variety of gorse, heather and wild flowers.

The Natterjack Toad which the Club has adopted as its emblem, is a rare and preserved species and its habitat is preserved on a stunning course which combines the visual qualities of links and heath with its backdrop of mountains, beaches and ocean and its profusion of natural flora – all of which makes it an idyllic golfing location.

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With its gloriously natural setting on the south side of the picturesque Dingle Bay, Dooks is an absolutely enchanting place to play golf in Ireland. It might not be as well-known as the likes of Tralee or Waterville, but in terms of playing experience and quality of design, its right up there with the best.

The course began life as a nine-holer in 1889 and was only extended to 18 holes in 1970, but it wasn’t until 2006 that the Dooks we know and love emerged from the sand dunes. A bold four-year project saw master architect Martin Hawtree redesign no less than 16 holes… and the results of this transformation are truly spectacular, with plenty of challenges from the tees, fast-running fairways and some stunning green complexes to enjoy.

The course is completely in harmony with its surroundings, and is as famed for its nature as its high class golf. With lots of native wildlife, from birds and flowers to the rare Natterjack toad that even features on the club crest, Dooks is a marvel that blends effortlessly into the landscape. The course was described by the late Dai Davies of the Guardian as being the ‘loveliest little golf club in the world’ – pay this corner of Co.Kerry a visit on your next golf vacation and you’ll surely agree.

*Source: GOLFBREAKS.COM

 

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