Location:- Glenbeigh Co Kerry, N70 Killarney to Waterville.
Length – 6,500 yards, Par – 71
Architect – D Steel/M Hawtree
Dooks Golf Club represents traditional Irish links golf at its best. Though not renowned the world over like its near neighbour Ballybunion, Dooks offers the visitor a unique links experience in a majestic environment. Golf Course architect Donald Steele aptly assessed the course as follows “Dooks is a rare gem it has a special place in the annals of links golf and must be preserved at all costs. Its character typifies the true meaning of what this form of the game should represent.”
Golf has been played in Dooks since 1889. It was introduced to the local aristocracy by the officers from the Royal Horse Artillery attending compulsory training at the nearby Glenbeigh Artillery Range, and is one of the oldest golf links in Ireland.
Dooks golf Links is set out on one of the three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle bay. In the immediate foreground are the sand dune peninsulas of Rossbeigh and Inch and just a few miles away the whitewashed houses of Cromane fishing village provide an eye catching distraction. South eastwards are the famed McGillycuddy’s Reeks, to the southwest are the lovely cooms and hills of Glenbeigh and across the bay to the north are the Slieve Mish and Dingle mountains. A truly magical location for a stunning golf course.
Dooks is perfectly suited to the golfer seeking a tranquil environment in which to enjoy a superb golf course. The courses’ defence is not found in distance but in layout Dooks rewards the thinker as is common with traditional layouts. The par 3, 13th hole, measuring 150 yards, probably best represents the charm and magic that is inherent at Dooks. This is a throw back hole to the time when golf began, a time when greens lay where the fell and were the better for it. Renowned golf writer, Peter Dobereiner was suitably impressed when he played Dooks and described its charms concisely “It was a dreamlike experience playing over the rolling hills and guessing, often wrongly, which hollow would harbour a green”.
For the golfer who is seeking a beautiful and tranquil environment to enjoy good golf. Dooks presents a convincing case.
The clubhouse has undergone extensive remodelling but retains its unique friendly atmosphere. You relax in the very intimate bar, and the quality of the full restaurant menu is superb.
Dooks is one of the golf clubs that are members of South West Ireland Golf. The others are Killarney, Waterville, Ballybunion, Tralee, Ceann Sibeal, Lahinch and Dromoland.
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