125 Years of Golf at Lahinch

Founded in 1892 by Alexander W. Shaw and Richard J. Plummer, officials of Limerick Golf Club. The first game of golf was played on Good Friday, April 15, 1892. Lahinch has a rich history and a close relationship with its local community.

The original course was designed by Old Tom Morris. In 1927, renowned architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie further enhanced the course, emphasizing natural slopes and raised greens. Dr. Martin Hawtree, renowned architect, modernised the links golf course at the turn of the century.

Lahinch offers a wonderfully natural links layout, making it a must-visit for golfing purists. The course presents a mix of holes, some demanding raw power and others requiring a more subtle approach. Notable signature holes include the totally blind par 3, where you play over a huge dune to a shallow green, and the strong par 4 that challenges even skilled golfers. Lahinch Golf Club is a gem on the west coast of Ireland, offering a rugged yet polished golfing experience. Its rich history, stunning design, and challenging holes make it a true golf enthusiast’s delight! 

In 1895 Lahinch Golf Club launched the first South of Ireland Championship which took place in September. The Championship followed the Irish Open Championship which took place at Royal Portrush the previous week. The prize for the winner was a Silver Challenge Cup and a Gold Medal.

John D. Harris, a renowned golf architect developed the plans for a new Castle Course in 1961. In his report to the Committee he stated; “the 9 hole course was constructed in 1963. After a lull of thirty five years, golf was back on the Corcass”. It was extended to an 18 hole golf links course in 1975.

Lahinch has very much a storied history and home to the legendary John Burke. Lahinch hosted the Irish Open Championship in 2019 and will host the Arnold Palmer Cup in 2024 and the Walker Cup in 2026.

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