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Eddie Hackett ’ s name sits in the design column of many Irish golf courses and this links is one of his most acclaimed . Connemara also boasts a fascinating evolution thanks to a local priest who inspired its creation . There are 27 holes here , tucked away in the wild west , and the drive across the barren beauty of Connemara is just one of the joys of coming here . The course matches that barren beauty , its holes wrapped around an impressive clubhouse which sits up high and shows off flags being beaten by the wind .
They flutter in every direction , towards the Twelve Bens , beneath rocky outcrops and in front of raw seascapes .
The fairways - like the views - are generous , which they need to be when the wind whips across this often exposed course . And you finish with back-to-back par-5s which promises a thrilling way to end your day .
Favourite Hole
It ’ s a tussle between the majestic par-3 13th , tucked away in a rocky hollow , and the inspiring par-5 14th which breaks free towards the ocean .
What ’ s in the Bag ?
Learn how to play the course on the front nine , then use that knowledge to score on the excellent back nine .