It would be fair to say that golfers predominate our guests at Vaughan Lodge Hotel and it is only fitting that we should have a word or two to say about the great game of golf.

Lahinch Golf Course set on the edge of the great Atlantic Ocean is a jewel in a marvellous selection of Irish seaside links courses. The Club was founded on 15th April 1892 by the Merchant Princes of Limerick assisted by officers of the famed Black Watch Regiment. Alexander W. Shaw, from a Limerick bacon factory, deserves most of the credit for getting the Club off the ground. He succeeded in bringing one of Scotland’s most celebrated golfers, Old Tom Morris, to Lahinch to lay out the original links. From its earliest days Lahinch Golf Course enjoyed a national and international reputation as being a wonderful test of sea side golf.

For over 100 years there has been a wonderful interaction between the Club and the village. Lahinch is often referred to as “the St. Andrew’s of Ireland.”

The “bracing air” is one of Lahinch’s enduring attractions. The strong winds blowing in from the Atlantic make Lahinch links course a wonderful test. Every round of golf at Lahinch is different – that is its enduring challenge.

Alexander McKenzie redesigned the championship course in 1927. Further alterations under the guidance of Fred Hawtree, a noted golf architect, were implemented in 2002. The course measures 6880 yards and is a par 72.

As well as the championship links the Club also provides a fine test of golf on its second course – the Castle Course. This was designed in 1963 by the noted golf architect J D. Harris. It is a fine test of golf and an enjoyable experience. The course measures 5596 yards and is a par 70.

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Doonbeg’s Greg Norman Links is within a driving time of 45 minutes from the hotel in LAhinch and is well worth adding to the itenerary.

Take a look at our more in-depth golf guide to other great golf gems in the area courtesy of Fr Enda Glynn , official historian of the Club at Lahinch.

Click here for information on The Golf Courses Of Clare

Lahinch 4th Green 1909 Lahinch 7th Hole 1909 Lahinch 13th TEE 1909
The Klondyke 1909 The Old Pavilion 1910 The Golf Links Hotel 1910