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“ Every ounce of the terrain ’ s raw power is maintained .”


Could there be a more explosive course on the planet ? Dunes rise almost 500 feet above sea level with deep troughs running in between and terrain that has no concept of the word ‘ level ’. It is hard to imagine any golf club offering the scale of adventure you ’ ll experience at Carne .
It is breath-taking stuff … and while you might imagine that makes it a difficult course to play , it ’ s not . This is epic fun . Carne ’ s 27 holes balance precariously on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and Blacksod Bay , at the farthest reaches of Co . Mayo . The original 18 , designed by the legendary Eddie Hackett , opened for play in 1995 . The new nine , designed by Ally McIntosh , opened in 2013 .
Holes follow the natural contours so every ounce of the terrain ’ s raw power is maintained . Hackett ’ s front nine are often described as being gentle … which would be like describing the Grand Canyon as small … but the back nine and newer nine are where you ’ ll need a head for heights as they now form the preferred Wild Atlantic Dunes course . Home to the Irish PGA Championship 2021-2023 . .