Overlooking Galway Bay, Galway Golf Club is much admired by the discerning golfer. The renowned Dr. MacKenzie designed this golf course and the club itself is over 100 years old. The course plan is ingenious, with four holes on the sheltered inland section and fourteen holes on the challenging seaward section of the golf course. The novice can avail of tuition from the distinguished Don Wallace, who is well known in golfing circles. As this is a very popular club, Tuesdays and Sundays are usually booked in advance, and Saturdays too are subject to availability. Early booking is advisable on other days.
The Glenlo Abbey Golf Club is located just two and a half miles outside of Galway city on the Moycullen Road at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel. It's a fairly new parkland course, only opened to the public since 1995, and is located in a secluded, tranquil area with views of the River Corrib. The course has two interdependent greens, offering nine or eighteen hole play depending on your preference. The course is par 71. For further details, please check the website.
Located on the borders of Connemara, Barna Golf and Country Club is a large spacious moorland golf course. The greens have been carefully constructed with deceptive hollows and subtle embankments to test even the skilled golfer. Caddy cars and junior caddies are available by inquiring at reception. The clubhouse is a welcome sight after a round or two, as it is equipped with a full bar license. Light meals are also available.