Killarney Golf Club, Killeen Course
Situated in area known as “Heaven’s Reflex”, due to its outstanding beauty, Killarney Golf Club comprises two top class parkland layouts the Killeen Course & Mahony’s Point. It is the Killeen Course however (closely followed by Mahony’s Point) that is perceived to be the jewel in the Killarney golfing crown. Nestled amidst the splendour of the Lakes of Killarney in the shadow of the majestic Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range, the Killeen Course is consistently rated amongst the world’s top courses and has hosted many major championships including the 1991 & 1992 Irish Open Golf Championship, won on both occasions by Nick Faldo; and also the 1996 Curtis Cup. After the rough and tumble challenge of southwestern Ireland’s great links courses, Killarney provides a somewhat welcome respite, though not necessarily an easier option. Superb holes abound on both the Killeen Course and Mahony’s Point. One of the most memorable holes at Mahony’s Point is the par five 13th, which though of modest length, requires an excellent tee shot in order to attempt to make the well protected green in two strokes. The closing holes here are among the finest anywhere, while the par three, 18th is truly superb and requires a shot over Lough Leane to a bunkered green. Among the finest holes on the Killeen Course are the par three’s at holes 3 and 6 and also the closing two holes, particularly the 18th, which requires a drive from a raised tee and an approach over water to the green.