The Course​

The Course

Clonakilty Golf Club is an 18 hole parkland course ( 14 holes + 4 repeated) set in the scenic surroundings of Lisselan Estate, a 5 minute drive from the town of Clonakilty, West Cork.

The course meanders around the Argideen River boasting spectacular views along the way, none more so than on the feature 4th hole, where an elevated tee box overlooks the river below with the spectacular Lisselan House in the backdrop.

The mature tree-lined fairways laid out in 1994 are cleverly mingled with the courses most recent extension of five new holes, taking it from 9 to 14 holes. Exciting developments are well underway to extend Clonakilty Golf Club to a full 18 hole Championship course.

18 Hole – Par 69 – 5,413 yards

  • The course was extended in the early 2000’s from a 6 hole to a 9 hole golf course and in 2018 five additional holes were added to bring it to 14.
  • The course offers beautiful views set in the scenic surroundings of Lisselan Estate.  It’s worth walking the course simply for the scenery.
  • The original  holes were developed in 1994 and the trees have now grown tall and thick. The mature tree line lined fairways of the older holes are cleverly mingled with the stunning and challenging newer holes.
  • The par 5 1st gets a most enjoyable round off to a challenging start, for this is one of the original holes and is lined to the right of the fairway by tall mature trees, a large lake needs to be avoided down the centre, while there is little to no room for going left. A par on this hole and you’re off to a great start.
  • The par 4 3rd is the first of the new holes and is equally as challenging as the 1st, yet just as beautiful. Crossing the Argideen River on two occasions this tricky par 4 ends with an undulating green that’s not for the faint hearted.
  • The par 3 4th is the Jewell in the Crown of Clonakilty Golf Club. This relatively short par 3 starts from an elevated tee box looking down to a nestled green, protected by the river in front and with a picture perfect backdrop of Lisselan House in the backdrop.
Approach to the 18th
  • Don’t be fooled by the par 3 14th. Although short on the card and relatively straightforward looking from the tee box, discard this hole as an easy par at you pearl.
  • The finish at Clonakilty is both challenging and fair and can always offer up some excitement. The short par 4 18th offers the bigger hitter a chance of reaching the green off the tee, while a lay up to the perfect yardage down the fairway leaves a short second uphill to the well protected green in front of the club house. Watch out for the over hanging tree on the left on approach.  
  • The course architect cleverly mingled the old and new layout that will certainly test the most seasoned golfers. For the ladies the 4,135 yard course is equally demanding and rewarding.

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