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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 5. Parknasilla Golf Club, Kerry

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In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part Four of our Exploring Ireland Series, we travelled to Bearna Golf Club in Galway. Now it’s time to move down the west coast and into County Kerry to explore the south coast of the country.

One of Ireland’s most famous tourist destinations, “The Kingdom” as locals call it, is well known for its impressive mountains, lakes, and great food, while it was also a favorite destination of legendary actor Charlie Chaplin. Whether it’s quiet countryside, gourmet feasts or all night sessions that you’re after, Kerry will certainly not disappoint.

Parknasilla Golf Club, Kerry

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Picking a 12-hole golf course when there are so many great options for golf breaks in this county (Waterville Golf Links, Kenmore GC, Tralee GC etc.) may seem strange, but with its beauty, location, value, and great mix of holes, Parknasilla GC gets the nod.

The course is located a few minutes from Paknasilla Resort itself (which we’ll get into later) and features a mix of both narrow tree-lined fairways, as well as wider ones. The smart blend at times allows you to open your shoulders, and at others makes it necessary for you to dial back and hit a dead-straight tee shot, knowing full well that if you don’t, you’ll find yourself in the woods. The hilly course will also test your club-selecting skills, while the sloped greens, at least when I was in town, are perfect to putt on.

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The course offers incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and Kerry Mountains, while with its lush green fairways and colorful vegetation, the track provides you with the perfect setting to enjoy your golfing day out.

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The 12-hole course features two par-5s and one par-3 and can also be turned into an 18-hole course. While parts of Kerry are known for its hustle and bustle, you’re guaranteed a relaxed vibe around Parknasilla. Twelve holes will cost you around $25, while to play 18 the rate is $30.

Undoubtedly this course is one of the best bang for your book tracks in the area.

Food & Drink – Crowley’s Bar/Parknasilla Resort

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There are bundles of bars in Kerry hosting lively music sessions if that’s your scene, and you won’t have to look far to find them. However, I’m taking a different tact for this part of the series.

In the town of Kenmare sits Crowley’s Bar, which is approximately a 25-minute drive from the Parknasilla Resort, and it’s a bar which will provide for a very different and authentic experience.

For starters, when I visited, the pub didn’t even have a till, so don’t bother taking your card out in this joint. You grab your drink and just chuck your money into a box and get on with enjoying your pint. You won’t find any tv’s here, and it truly is a joy to tuck into a pint of Guinness in front of one of the many open fireplaces at this little gem.

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No thrills, no food and few tourists, Crowley’s is an old school bar that is all about drink, conversation and friendly locals who will give any visitors from abroad the red carpet treatment. In the evening you’ll also be able to enjoy live music, so don’t think you’ll be missing out on a good traditional music session should you decide to visit this bar.

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While Crowley’s doesn’t provide food, Parknasilla Resort sure does, and its Pygmalion restaurant is the place to be after hitting the fairways. The restaurant is located in a large, stunning room within the complex, and offers up an excellent three-course meal including tea or coffee for $45 per person.

Where To Stay

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Parknasilla Resort of course. If you’ve seen Yorgos Lanthimos’ film The Lobster, then you’ll know all about the beauty of this hotel and its surroundings. The film starring Colin Farrell was filmed in the resort, and it genuinely is as beautiful in person as it appears on the big screen.

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The luxury hotel features an excellent spa, tennis courts, walking trails and more, and will provide you with the perfect spot to explore all that Kerry has to offer. A double room costs in the region of $140 per night.

Besides golf, there’s plenty to do in Kerry. I’d certainly recommend a visit to Killarney National Park which offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Snow-capped mountains and waterfalls are just some of the highlights of the park.

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The Dingle peninsula is also a beautiful area that is worth visiting should you ever find yourself in The Kingdom. With bars and restaurants galore, it’s one of the best spots in the county and a boat ride out to see “Funghi the Dolphin” is a great option if you have kids, or are just into dolphins in general!

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How To Get There

If driving, then Kerry is around a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Dublin. The closest international airport to the county is Cork airport, which is 90 minutes away. The area’s popularity means that its accessible from pretty much anywhere on the island through public transport.

 

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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4 Comments

  1. Golf Snob

    Feb 7, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Golf is not a verb, it’s a noun!

  2. Me

    Feb 7, 2019 at 11:11 am

    I live in the area and this article is a million miles from what any avid golfer would plan. 0/5

    • Putt Stuff

      Feb 8, 2019 at 12:41 am

      Only GolfWRX would publish and article about the emerald isle and include a tree lined golf course. All about links baby!

    • Pete

      Feb 18, 2019 at 7:54 am

      Agreed – I’m Irish too and I would never send a tourist to play Parknasilla. If this series is a paid advertisement by the courses / hotels, it should be identified as such.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (7.16.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Today is the day for those looking to get their hands on Bettinardi’s special limited reserve club set ahead of the year’s final major!

Any WRXers lucking enough to score this ball marker and divot tool set from Tyson Lamb from their mystery giveaway?

“The Big Book of British Smiles” coming soon from Swag.

Royal Portrush in all its glory. Two more days to go!

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Sweet looking 699 irons with Paderson shafts and Golf Pride grips from Golf Sub 70.

Might this clever creation help speed up the game?

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Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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5 men who need to win this week’s Open Championship for their season to be viewed as a success

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The year’s final major championship is upon us, with 156 players ready to battle it out at Royal Portrush for the Claret Jug. The oldest tournament in the sport presents the last opportunity for players to achieve major glory for nine months, and while some players will look back at this year’s majors and view them as a success, others will see them as a missed opportunity.

Here are five players who will tee it up at The Open, needing a win to transform their season, and in doing so, their career.

Adam Scott

Adam Scott has looked revived in 2019 with four top-10 finishes, including a T7 at the U.S. Open and a T8 at the PGA Championship. The Australian hasn’t won since 2016, and at 39-years-old, Scott knows better than anyone that the final narrative over his career comes down to whether or not he can add to his lone major championship victory he achieved at the 2013 Masters.

Speaking following his final round at Pebble Beach last month, Scott stated

“I’m angry; I want to win one of these so badly. I play so much consistent golf. But that’s kind of annoying; I’d almost rather miss every cut and win one tournament for the year if that win was a major.” 

A gut-wrenching finish cost Scott the Claret Jug at Royal Lytham and St. Annes seven years ago, and the 39-year-old has held at least a share of the back-nine lead on Sunday on three occasions at the event since 2012. The Australian’s statement following the U.S. Open says it all; a successful 2019 depends on whether or not he can finally put his Open Championship demons to bed.

Dustin Johnson

With a win in Mexico earlier this year, Dustin Johnson has now made it 11 straight seasons with at least one victory on the PGA Tour. However, Johnson continues to be judged, rightly or wrongly, on his struggles to capture major championships. The 35-year-old remains on one major victory for his career, which is a hugely disappointing total for a player of his talent.

Should the American remain stuck on one major for another nine months following this week’s event, it’s hard to imagine the 35-year-old feeling satisfied. Johnson came to Pebble Beach last month as the prohibitive favorite and failed to fire, but it’s what occurred at the PGA Championship which will leave a sour taste. With Brooks Koepka feeling the heat, Johnson had the opportunity to step up and reverse his major championship fortune, but two bogeys in his final three holes just added to his ‘nearly man’ tag at the most significant events.

A win in Northern Ireland removes both the ‘nearly man’ and ‘one major wonder’ tags, and turns his least successful season, victory wise, into one of his best.

Rory McIlroy

Whatever happens this week at Royal Portrush, Rory McIlroy’s season has been impressive, but it’s missing something big. That something is a win at a major championship, and it’s been missing since 2014. To avoid a five-year drought at the majors, McIlroy must win the 148th Open Championship at home, and with it, claim the greatest victory of his career.

Speaking prior to this week’s tournament, McIlroy stated

“I want to win for me. It’s not about trying to do something in front of friends and family.”

The home-town hero is currently in the midst of one of the greatest ball-striking seasons of all time. But without a win at a major to show for it, there’s undoubtedly going to be frustration and regret in the aftermath. On the flip side, should the Ulsterman triumph this week then it would likely eclipse his double major season success of 2014, and according to the man himself, it would also eclipse anything that he could ever go on to achieve in the game thereafter.

Rickie Fowler

Without getting his hands on a major, the narrative behind Rickie Fowler is not going to change. ‘The best player without a major’ tag has been there for a while now with Fowler – who hasn’t been close to shaking it off in 2019. Victory at the Phoenix Open back in February snapped a 24-month streak without a win on the PGA Tour, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone considering the 30-year-old’s season a success without him finally getting the monkey off his back and entering the winner’s circle at a major.

Justin Rose

Justin Rose turns 39-years-old this year, and each season from now to the house, he will be judged on his success at the majors. With  wins at the U.S. Open and Olympics already achieved in his career, a successful season for the Englishman now depends on whether he can become a multiple major champion.

Talking ahead of his bid to win his first Open Championship, Rose said

“People don’t come up to me and say, ‘Hey, you won the FedEx!’. It’s the US Open, the Olympic gold, the Ryder Cup. I’m 40 next year and yes, the clock is ticking.

I’ve had three top threes in the majors in the last three seasons, with two seconds, so I know I’m right there doing the right things. It’s just a case of making it happen again, because the chances won’t keep coming forever.”

Rose’s sense of urgency may stem from tough losses at the 2017 Masters, 2018 Open Championship and more recently at the 2019 U.S. Open. In Rose’s favor is that the average age of winners of The Open since 2011 is almost five years higher than the average age of those who won the Masters, and over eight years older than those who won the U.S. Open. To elevate his 2019 to elite levels, Rose is relying on victory at Royal Portrush.

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The 2019 Open Championship tee times; Tiger Woods grouped with Patrick Reed and Matt Wallace

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The 2019 Open Championship tee times have been released for Round One, and it’s the 2011 champion Darren Clarke who will strike the opening tee shot of the 148th Open Championship when he tees off this Thursday at 6:35 AM local time.

Clarke’s fellow countryman, Rory McIlroy, will begin his attempt to capture the claret jug on home soil alongside Paul Casey and the current U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland on Thursday at 10:09 a.m., and Tiger Woods goes in search of major victory number 16 alongside Patrick Reed and Matt Wallace with a Round One starting time of 3:10 PM.

Defending champion, Francesco Molinari, tees off alongside Bryson DeChambeau and Adam Scott at 9:58 AM on Thursday morning.

Full Open Championship Round One Tee times: *All times BST

6:35am: Darren Clarke, James Surgue (a), Charley Hoffman

6:46am: Emiliano Grillo, Sung Kang, Thomas Thurloway (a)

6:57am: Andy Sullivan Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Alexander Levy

7:08am: Chan Kim, Zander Lombard, Brandon Wu (a)

7:19am: Richard Sterne, Romain Langasque, Matthias Schmid (a)

7:30am: Padraig Harrington, Matt Fitzpatrick, Andrew Putnam

7:41am: Bubba Watson, Eddie Pepperell, Rafa Cabrera Bello

7:52am: Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry, Branden Grace

8:03am: Alex Noren, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Sam Locke

8:14am: Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, CT Pan

8:25am: Ryan Palmer, Andrea Pavan, Dylan Frittelli

8:36am: Kyle Stanley, Robert MacIntyre, Andrew Johnston

8:47am: Mikko Korhonen, Oliver Wilson, Curtis Knipes (a)

9:03am: Ian Poulter, Sungjae Im, Kiradech Aphibarnat

9:14am: Henrik Stenson, Xander Schauffele, Graeme McDowell

9:25am: Haotong Li, Russel Knox, Bernd Wiesberger

9:36am: Jason Kokrak, Connor Syme, Austin Connelly

9:47am: Zach Johnson, David Duval, Corey Conners

9:58am: Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Scott

10:09am: Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland, Paul Casey

10:20am: Rickie Folwer, Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama

10:31am: Jim Furyk, Si-Woo Kim, Jimmy Walker

10:42am: Luke List, Alexander Bjork, Paul Waring

10:53am: Shugo Imahira, Nate Lashley, Benjamin Hebert

11:04am: Mikumu Horikawa, Cullum Shinkwin, Garrick Porteous

11:15am: Prom Meesawat, Matthew Baldwin, Jack Senior

11:36am: Tom Lehman, Joaquin Niemann, Miguel Angel Jimenez

11:47am: Byeong Hun An, Jorge Campillo, Chris Wood

11:58am: Joel Dahmen, Adri Arnaus, Dimitrios Papadatos

12:09pm: Stewart Cink, Rory Sabbatini, Innchoon Hwang

12:20pm: Erik van Rooyen, Kurt Kitayama, Jake McLeod

12:31pm: Ryan Fox, Shaun Norris, Dongkyu Jang

12:42pm: Tyrrell Hatton, Keith Mitchell, Thomas Pieters

12:53pm: Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Thorbjorn Olesen

1:04pm: Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Shubhankar Sharma

1:15pm: Billy Horschel, Jazz Janewattananond, Aaron Wise

1:26pm: Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman, Danny Willett

1:37pm: Cameron Smith, Adam Hadwin, David Lipsky

1:48pm: Paul Lawrie, Chez Reavie, Justin Harding

2:04pm: Takumi Kanaya (a), Tom Lewis, Brandon Stone

2:15pm: Lucas Glover, Joost Luiten, Nino Bertasio

2:26pm: Ernie Els, JB Holmes, Abraham Ancer

2:37pm: Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood, Brian Harman

2:48pm: Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Lucas Bjerregaard

2:59pm: Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Keegan Bradley

3:10pm: Tiger Woods, Matt Wallace, Patrick Reed

3:21pm: Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Matt Kuchar

3:32pm: Kevin Streelman, Doc Redman, Robert Rock

3:43pm: Adrian Otaegui, Yuta Ikeda, Isidro Benitez

3:54pm: Patton Kizzire, Sang Hyun Park, Yuki Inamori

4:05pm: Yoshinori Fukimoto, Doyeob Mun, Andrew Wilson

4:16pm: Gunn Charoenkul, Yosuke Asaji, Ashton Turner

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