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Carlow is a golfer's paradise - regardless of your skills or ability, you will find an impressive variety of golfing facilities to suit all levels. The novice is also well catered for with driving ranges, pitch & putt and par 3's. All of the courses listed here aim to provide the golfer - whether beginner or advanced - with an unforgettable experience and a warm, friendly welcome. For non-golfing partners and families, there is a treasure trove of places to visit and things to do, which are listed elsewhere in this guide.

Carlow Golf Club, Deerpark, Dublin Road, Carlow.
Tel: 059-9131695 Fax: 059-9140065

Set in the beautiful green countryside of the South East, Carlow Golf Club is a 27-hole parkland course laid out in a former wild deer park attached to the old Bruen Estate. The course has a sandy sub-soil which is links like with undulating terrain, numerous elevated tees, several excellent dog legs and small slick putting surfaces. Carlow is playable twelve months of the year and a plugged ball is almost unheard of. It's qualities are further enhanced by the water hazards at the 1st, 2nd, 10th and 11th holes. The new 9-hole Oak Park golf course at Carlow Golf Club is a truly terrific layout designed by the renowned architect, Jeff Howes. Situated on rolling terrain, this par 35-course provides a superb challenge to golfers of all standards. Carlow Golf Club is currently ranked in the top 20 of great golf courses in Ireland. One thing is guaranteed, once you visit Carlow you will receive excellent hospitality, a good day's golf and memories treasured forever.

Type of course Deerpark course - 18 hole parkland - 5974 metres - par 70.
Oak Park course - 9 hole parkland - 2923 metres - par 35.
Opening hours Daylight hours. The Clubhouse Bar is open every day from 10.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. A fully serviced restaurant offers a choice of lunch and dinner menus and is open from 09.30 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. daily.Green Fees Midweek Monday - Friday: €50.00. Saturday & Sunday €60.00. Husband & wife rate: €75.00 midweek, €100.00 weekend. Group rate - 20 plus: midweek €45.00 and weekends €50.00. Oak Park Course €20.00.
Lessons By private arrangement with P.G.A. professional Mr. Andrew Gilbert Hire Services Clubs, caddy car and buggy hire

Leinster Hills Golf Club, Graiguealug, Nurney, Co. Carlow
Tel: 059-9148974

Leinster Hills Golf Club is set on circa 200 acres of rolling Carlow countryside, offering 18 unique golfing holes. Boasting panoramic views of the six surrounding counties and spectacular views of the Wicklow and Blackstairs Mountains. Situated 9 km from Carlow Town, Tullow and Bagenalstown off the N80, well signposted. Shareholdings available.

Type of course 18 hole parkland - 5805 metres - par 70.
Opening hours Summer 8.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m. Winter 8.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Clubhouse facilities. Light snacks, minerals, tea and coffee available. Meals can be arranged locally on request.
Green Fees Midweek: €25.00. Weekends and Bank Holidays €35.00. Group rate - 13 or less midweek: €25.00, Weekends and Bank Holidays €30.00
Group rate - 15 or more midweek: €20.00, Weekends and Bank Holidays €25.00. Buggy hire €20.00
Hire Services Trolley (manual and electric) and buggy hire available.

Leinster Hills GolfCross Ireland, Graiguealug, Nurney, Co. Carlow
Tel: 059-9148974
"Played into a goal instead of a hole"
GolfCrossฎ is golf with goals instead of holes and it's played with an oval GolfCross ball instead of a round one. You use the same rules as golf (with a few exceptions and additions) and the same clubs, though a putter is not required. Essentially you're still playing golf, it's simply that the target is now suspended in mid-air and every shot is pretty much going where you want it to. The goals, which you are targeting, are positioned in an area fairly similar in size and style to golf greens, which are called Yards.
Leinster Hills is Ireland's 1st GolfCross Course, which has instantly become its most prestigious and longest course in the world. If there is a course that will host the up and coming 'GolfCross World Championship' then this is it.
Golf Cross Yard Fee Midweek: €20.00, Weekends and Bank Holidays €30.00
Group rate - 13 or less midweek: €20.00, Weekends and Bank Holidays €25.00
Group rate - 15 or more midweek: €15.00, Weekends and Bank Holidays €20.00. Parent and sibling €20.00. Buggy hire €20.00. Golf Cross Balls and Cup €6.00

Killerig Golf Club, Killerig, Co. Carlow.
Tel: 059-9163000 Fax: 059-9163005

"Killerig is enjoyable for the Club golfer, and when required capable of challenging the best"- Des Smyth

Located just outside Carlow town in a fabulous setting with the Wicklow Mountains to the east and Killeshin Hills to the west. Designed by Des Smyth and Declan Brannigan, this imaginatively laid out course has water in play on six of its 18 U.S.G.A. specification greens. The course, which is playable year round provides a challenging game of golf with some stunning scenery and memorable sunsets. Luxury 4 star Golf Lodges overlook the 10th green while a 4 star hotel with 42 bedrooms is due for completion in July 2006.

Type of course 18 hole championship parkland - 6165 metres - par 72.
Opening hours Daylight hours. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus available all day.
Green Fees Monday - Thursday €30.00, Friday €40.00, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays €50.00. Group rate: Monday - Thursday €25.00, Friday €30.00, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays €45.00.
Hire Services Clubs, caddy car and buggy hire.

Mount Wolseley Hilton, Tullow, Co. Carlow
Tel: 059-9151674 Fax: 059-9152123

Situated 12 km east of Carlow town, Mount Wolseley is set in opulent surroundings and boasts an 18-hole championship golf course. According to Christy O'Connor Junior, course designer, " Rarely after a first look around a potential site for a golf course had I been so impressed as at Mount Wolseley. What we have here is a fair but testing 18 holes of championship golf, none of which will disappoint even the most discerning player". This par 72-course provides a challenge to every ability as each hole presents demanding approach shots, with wide landing areas being the only concession. With its broad fairways, unforgiving rough and picturesque water hazards, Mount Wolseley has justifiably played host to a number of national and international golf competitions.

The Mount Wolseley Hilton International is located on the grounds of the eighteenth century ancestral home of Frederick York Wolseley, whose family became synonymous with the automotive industry. This charming resort offers an eclectic blend of contemporary design and lavish detail surrounded by 200 acres of peaceful landscape. Featuring 142 bedrooms including a Superior Suite, Master Suite, "O" Connor Suite and 8 Executive Suites each with individually controlled air conditioning and interactive IT facilities with broadband access. Holistic spa on site featuring seven treatment rooms, chill-out pool, dry flotation, experience showers, sun therapy, balneotherapy and Thalgo and Elemis products.

Type of course 18 hole championship parkland - 6,558 metres - par 72.
Opening hours Daylight hours. Dining facilities available in the Aaron Lounge from 12.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. and Frederick's Restaurant from 7.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.
Green Fees Monday - Friday €60.00, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays €80.00. 10% discount for groups of 20 +.
Hire Services Clubs, Trolley and buggy hire

Borris Golf Club, Borris
Tel: 059-9773310/9773143
Fax: 059-9773750

In the south of the county the 9-hole course at Borris commands panoramic views of the neighbouring countryside with Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs mountains to the east, and the Barrow Valley to the west. This parkland course is maintained to a very high standard with modern sand based greens and an automatic watering system. It would be difficult to find a course in a more picturesque setting, with the stately MacMurrough Kavanagh family seat in the background - a very good test of golf. Practice area and putting green available. Visitors will enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere of the clubhouse.

Type of course 9 hole parkland - 5680 metres. Par 70. SSS 69
Opening hours Daylight hours. The Clubhouse opens every day offering full bar facilities and light snacks. Full meals available on request.
Green Fees €25.00 (€16.00 when accompanied by member) - all week. At weekends players must be accompanied by a member of Borris Golf Club.
Hire Services Trolley and buggy hire.


Ian Kerr Golf Academy & Carlow Golf Range, Crossneen, Carlow.
Tel/Fax: 059-9141683

30 bay floodlit, state of the art golf range set at the foot of the Killeshin Hills - a perfect place for golfers of all standards to relax in tranquil surroundings, and to practice and improve all their golfing skills at their own pace. Equipment of the highest standard is provided to ensure a true reflection of the individual's game and includes a new specification putting and pitching green and practise bunkers.

Resident P.G.A. professional, Mr. Ian Kerr, is available for golf tuition and advice and his lessons cater for groups, families and individuals. Private teaching area with video tuition ensures success. The golf range also has a large, fully stocked golf shop, which carries all the leading brand names in golf clubs, shoes, clothing and equipment. A personalised club "fitting" service is available together with a 24-hour full club re-gripping facility. Tea, coffee and snacks available.

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10.00 a.m. - 21.00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 09.00 a.m. - 19.00 p.m.
Rate: €4.00 for 50 balls. €7.00 for 100 balls.

Carrigleade Golf Course, Carrigleade, St. Mullins, Co. Carlow
Tel: 059-9724370 Mobile: + 353 (0)87 2569012

An 18-hole parkland, par 58 course with greens of 500 square metres where the green keeping and course management is noted for its excellent standards. A varied course with a picturesque, enjoyable walk. Caters for societies. Magnificent stone walls are a particular feature of this course while a variety of trees ensure a good range of shots. Refreshments available.

Opening hours: Daylight hours. All year round
Green Fees: Adults €12.00. Group discounts available on request
Lessons: Available on request
Hire Services: Clubs and trolley hire

Quinagh House Par 3, Quinagh House, Carlow.
Tel: + 353 (0) 59 9142088

Quinagh House is an 18-hole par 3 golf course situated on the outskirts of Carlow town. The course features good yardage with spacious practice greens and a wide variety of trees add to the challenge of a golfing round here. Refreshments and light snacks available in the club house.

Opening hours: Daylight hours. All year round
Green Fees: Adults €10.00. O.A.P.'s €6.50. Students €7.00. Juveniles €6.00.
Hire Services: Clubs.

Within a 30 minute drive of Carlow are a number of excellent golf courses including those at Mount Juliet, Rathsallagh and Kilkea Castle.



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