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A rugged coastal landscape carved by the Atlantic makes Galway a prime canvas for some of the world's best golf course designers. And with the bohemian delights of Galway City within easy reach, the apres-golf is pretty exciting too.
Jutting into the Atlantic between Clifden and Roundstone, Connemara Golf Club, at Ballyconneely was designed by Eddie Hackett and is one of the toughest links courses on the planet. Measuring 6,600 metres from the back tees, the course is littered with jagged rocks, which you should avoid at all costs. The A and B nines constitute the championship course; the C nine is shorter. With no sand dunes for protection, wind is a constant factor, but the uninterrupted terrain makes for spectacular views.
Connemara Isles embodies the best of traditional golf played in spectacular surroundings. Anchored by a thatched clubhouse that was the ancestral home of its founders, the club offers stunning sea and mountain views and a truly minimal design. The greens are simply laid out following the lie of the land to create a ruggedly beautiful natural links course. Linked to the mainland via a causeway, this ocean-carved course was designed by Tom Craddock and Pat Ruddy to capitalise on the natural hazards created by rocky inlets and outcrops.
Designed by Arthur Spring, Cregmore Park, just 10 minutes from Galway City, offers a true test of skill for professionals and low amateurs, but even higher handicap golfers will enjoy playing here if they use their handicap allowances prudently. Laid out in 2 loops of 9 holes (each with 2 par-5's and 2 par-3's), the par-72 course measures 6,447 metres from the championship tees. A notable feature is strategic mounding and bunkering that means few approach shots from outside the fairway will reach the putting surface.
Described as a "parkland by the sea", the par-72 PGA championship course at Galway Bay Golf Resort was designed by Christy O'Connor Jr. and shows strong U.S. influences. Wide landing areas, ample greens, and manicured greens and fairways characterise the course. It is a hefty 6,500 metres long, gently rolling, and bunkered both in the driving area and the green side. With no dunes, wind is always a factor.
A well-established parkland, Galway Golf Club retains the integrity of Alister MacKenzie's 1926 design. It features 2 loops of 9 holes, lined with trees and gorse, and offering magnificent views of the Burren, Aran Islands, and Galway Bay. This course is where Christy O'Connor Sr. and his nephew Christy Jr. developed their skills, and it has hosted such prestigious events as the 2002 All Ireland Cups and Shields Finals.
0.9km from Galway City
Within walking distance of Galway City and Salthill, each of these 3-star apartments has three bedrooms and can accommodate five people with ease. The kitchen area is bright and spacious and includes such facilities as a microwave, tumble dryer, and washing machine.
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0.3km from Salthill
Stay at a 4-star, 2-bedroom self catering apartment in the heart of Salthill in Galway, less than 5 minutes' drive or 10 minutes' walk from Galway City Centre. Each apartment offers the finest accommodation, with comfortable furnishings and modern appliances, including direct-dial phone, broadband Internet access, hair dryer, cable TV, video/CD player, fully fitted kitchen with washer/dryer and cooking facilities. The self catering properties are also electrically heated throughout.
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0.1km from Salthill
This luxury 2-bedroom self catering apartment is situated in Salthill, with panoramic views of Galway Bay from the living room.
Fully equipped with all mod cons, it makes the ideal base for anyone wishing to take a break in the west of Ireland.
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4.5km from Galway City
These charming self catering apartments are located very close to Galway City, in the scenic area of Ballybrit. Each of the 19 apartments contains two bedrooms, one of which is en-suite. The complex is GMIT-approved campus accommodation. All self catering properties are well equipped with every modern convenience. A balcony or patio allows you to enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique place. With the attraction of Galway City nearby, these properties are ideal for families, and there is ample parking.
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1.3km from Galway City
These superb 3-star self catering properties are located in the Headford Road, just 10 minutes' walk from Galway City. Each self catering apartment and townhouse has four comfortable bedrooms. Bed linen and towels are supplied free. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the beautiful dining area. Take a stroll in the pleasant landscaped surroundings. If you would like to capture some of Galway's countryside, take a journey to Connemara. Fall in love with the beauty that is the Aran Islands. To take advantage of the clear blue surf, look no further than the nearby suburb of Salthill.
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