Enniscrone Golf Club is located on the scenic West Coast of Ireland in County Sligo. Known for having some of the largest dunes in Ireland, the club is situated on a promontory that juts into Killala Bay at the mouth of the River Moy Estuary. This provides Enniscrone with one of the most beautiful settings for the uncompromised playing characteristics of Irish links golf.
Since the club’s founding in 1918, its fathers dreamed of expanding their nine-hole course onto Ireland’s most spectacular links land. The dream was realized in 1974, and today Enniscrone Golf Club offers 27 holes of links golf. Here, we believe, you’ll experience some of the best Irish links golf on the Dunes course, or a more serene round on the Eddie Hackett-and Donald Steel designed nine-hole, 3,367 yard, Scurmore Course.
Our featured course, The Dunes, is a 7,033 yard, par 73, championship links course, often a venue for National and Golfing Union of Ireland’s top amateur events. The Dunes evolved from Eddie Hackett’s original 18-hole design. The traditional links layout was reconfigured to include six new holes in the seaside dunes. Renowned architect Donald Steel designed the six new holes, and The Dunes was further refined to include four men’s tee boxes to suit golfers at all handicap levels.
In true links fashion, the course layout is ‘nine out’ and ‘nine back’ to the clubhouse. Each golf hole follows the natural contours of the land. It challenges golfers of all abilities, their imaginations, demanding the use of every club in the bag. At Enniscrone, the wind, true links lies and firm elevated greens reward those who can hold a line, hit fairways and execute ‘bump and run’ shots.
The scenery of The Dunes is second to none. Twelve of the Dunes 18 holes wind through the tallest, shaggy dunes on the coast. A sense of isolation and tranquility surrounds you, along with tall marram grass roughs. The last four finishing holes are exhilarating and border the Atlantic Ocean. Dozens of our reviews attest to our surrounding beauty. However, we are fond of the UK’s Top 100 Golf Course Review; “Enniscrone really is a breathtaking course with a serious challenge attached.”
Being endowed with spectacular land comes with some responsibility. Our membership’s emphasis has always been on golf, and we are proud to have hosted top Irish amateur events. However, our pride in our golf heritage is second only to retaining the natural qualities of the Dunes course’s links land. This is why Enniscrone is a member of the Sports Turf Research Institute – to sustain the natural balance between the course and surrounding land. With this in mind, we can state with confidence; our visitors will experience true Irish links golf on a grand scale for decades to come.
We are fortunate to offer you a Championship venue, and we think you’ll experience golf as Tom Coyne describes Irish links golf, but on a grander scale: “unapologetic, unpretentious and wonderfully unrefined, authentic and irresistible”. If you play The Dunes, we assure you our mighty dunes will forever be part of your memories, and The Dunes may join your list of favourite courses in the world.