Westport Golf Club, Founded 1908
Opened in 1973, the maturity of the course and the continuing upgrading of the course and facilities makes Westport among the best that Ireland has to offer. It has a fine clubhouse and the visitor is assured of a warm West of Ireland welcome and a memorable game of golf.
It has been the venue of the Irish Amateur Close Championship on four occasions in 1977 when it, was won by Mark Gannon (Co. Louth) in 1985 when it was won by Denis O’Sullivan (Cork), in 1997 when Ken Kearney, Co. Sligo bt Peter Lawrie, U.C.D. 5/4, and most recently in 2005 when Rory McIlroy (Holywood) bt Eddie McCormack (Galway) 3/2.
In 1989 Mary McKenna lifted her 8th Irish Women’s title at this venue. Westport can be a very demanding course in wet weather, demanding long irons and fairway woods on most holes. Regardless of the weather, a crisp Atlantic breeze is always present.Situated at the mouth of island-studded Clew Bay, where it is said there is an island for every day in the year, Westport is the most popular holiday resort in the West of Ireland and coupled with this Championship Course, in the shadow of Croagh Patrick, it makes an ideal base to play the many other fine courses within easy reach.
The Course Today – A Challenge Awaits
The Golfers Guide to Ireland 2016, voted Westport as ‘The best Parkland in Connaught, 2016, for the second time in the last three years. The par is 73, with five par fives contributing significantly to a yardage of 6800. Sitting on the edge of Clew Bay, you may well need to look up at the ever present Croagh Patrick for inspiration! Kevin Markham, Golf writer and Photographer, Consultant at ‘Destination Golf’ highlights holes 11 to 16 – “Superb, using the best elevation changes, the best views and the water to thrill you.”