Thing to Do Category: Recreation
The Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club is located amidst the most stunning scenery imaginable. Overlooking beautiful and serene Kenmare Bay with the Kerry mountains providing a wonderful backdrop, the setting is surely one of the best in Ireland. The course itself has a challenging layout with dramatic elevation changes, plenty of very interesting holes and views that make it one of Ireland’s most scenic courses. Strictly speaking a Parkland course, it has a definite links feel, given its proximity to the bay and its sand-based fairways and greens.
Two of ‘The Ring’s’ signature holes lie on the back 9. Hole 13 is a 200+ yds Par 3 from an elevated tee which provides fabulous views of Kenmare Bay. The green slopes heavily from left to right and is protected by water. Par is a good score for this hole, which was recently voted 2nd in ‘Ten of the best views in British Isles golf’ by Today’s Golfer. Hole 14 is ‘The Ring’s’ number 1 index hole. A long par 4, it requires length and accuracy off the tee. The fairway narrows all the way to the green and is surrounded by trees with a huge bunker in front. The new short par 3 3rd hole is becoming one of The Ring’s signature holes. It’s very scenic where the green is approached over a cascading waterfall.
The architectural brief was to design a ‘world class’ golf course that is sufficiently flexible to challenge competent and experienced players from the back teeing areas, yet be capable of being played and enjoyed by the average handicap player from middle and forward teeing areas. The brief also included that the golf course be to a standard capable of hosting smaller professional golf events, both Irish and European.
The Ring was recently awarded a prestigious HSBC Regional Course Rankings Gold Medal and was included in Golf Digest readers’ top 60 favourite Irish courses. A visit to the Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club is an experience not to be missed – from the moment you arrive at the top of the meandering drive to the minute you reluctantly take your leave, the team at the Club is determined to cater to your every need and ensure that the service you receive surpasses expectations.
From Killarney/Cork City: Approaching from the N22 Cork/Killarney road, take the R569 in the direction of Kilgarvan and continue on to Kenmare. Proceed through Kenmare and turn left on to the N70. Alternatively, take the more scenic N71 route from Killarney to Kenmare passing through “Ladies View” and “Molls Gap”, then on entering Kenmare, turn right onto the N70.
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