Destination Golf Ireland 2018 * - Page 91

Dromoland Castle This is a stunning parkland in Co. Clare, and a sweet foil to the links of Lahinch and Doonbeg. Set in over 400 acres of mature woodland, the course rumbles over open rolling pasture, through the dense trees and brings natural lakes (with Special Areas of Conservation) and streams into play constantly. It is the full, five star parkland package with super quality and the kind of back nine that enthralls and terrifies in equal measure… the pretty and driveable par four 15th is followed by the brutally tough Index 1 16th. And then there’s the giant tree in the middle of the 18th fairway. The magnificent 16th century baronial castle presides over it all and the drive through the course to reach it is just one of the day’s highlights. Stand on the par three 7th tee and you’ll have the green far below you and the castle serving as a stunning backdrop. It’s the shot of the day. The resort also has a state-of- the-art golf academy. 89