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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

4 Comments

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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Seniors disqualified after playing the wrong ball at Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship

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On Friday, both Paul Lawrie and Carl Mason were disqualified from the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship after mistakenly playing each other’s golf ball.

Lawrie took to social media to explain what had occurred, stating how the two played the wrong ball, both of which had similar markings, on the fifth hole, and didn’t realize their error until the seventh hole.

Both players were disqualified from the event after being in breach of rule Rule 6.3, which says

A player must not make a stroke at a wrong ball.

In stroke play, the player must correct the mistake by continuing play with the original ball by playing it as it lies or taking relief under the Rules –

  • The stroke made with the wrong ball and any more strokes before the mistake is corrected (including strokes made and any penalty strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count.
  • If the player does not correct the mistake before making a stroke to begin another hole or, for the final hole of the round, before returning his or her scorecard, the player is disqualified.

 

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (6.21.19)

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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.

“The Reason” refinish from Embrace Putters.

Beautiful shot of The Country Club of Woodmore in Maryland.

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A great event ran by @thehivegc, @blsully18 and @ccwoodmore. Golfing from sunrise to sunset is tiring but tons of great shots, terrible shots and lots of laughs. Roughly 80 holes plus or minus a couple (lost count ????) _ Golf is more than a game and sometimes we all lose sight of that (me included). There are ups and downs but enjoy the journey. #playorperish . . . . . #golf #golfer #golfers #golfing #golfaddict #golfislife #carryyourclubs #burningcartsociety #golfphotography #instagolf #instagolfer #greatview #enjoy #golfismorethanagame #summersolstice #golfbabes #golfwrx #teamcallaway #callaway #lambcrafted #mackenziegolfbags #sugarloafsocialclub #ustmamiya #teamustm #walk #enjoythejourney #content #sunset

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The first official released serialized wedge from Artisan Golf LLC.

Slick looking custom recoils from UST Mamiya Golf Shafts.

Up close with Reinland Golf Co.’s vibrant headcovers.

Beautiful creation from Olson Putter Co. Some serious work went into this flat-stick!

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On a technical scale, twisted necks are one of the trickiest things for me to make by hand. On a machinist scale, nailing down surface finishes on a specific material over time is very involved. Not to mention how difficult it can be to get inlays of organic material to fit in metal. As far as finishes go, this might be the most time I have ever spent on one putter. Hand stamping evenly and having consistent letter depth can be super tricky and takes so many hours of practice it's not even funny. Running weld beads on a part you've invested countless hours in might be the most nerve racking state of mind to be in to try and not let your hand slip or wobble. Having experience over time with a literal bin of scrapped parts is all that can make you better. I can say from first hand experience, I know probably a 1000 ways of how not to make a putter. I try and learn and get better with every single piece I make. I want the next part I make to always be a learning opportunity for me to get better. After all of that is said and done, I offically give you the 3rd iteration in my personal Signature Series. As an homage to the first I have revisited pearl with an intense variation I couldn't be more pleased with. #signatureseries#olsonmfg

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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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Golfer DQ’d from Challenge Tour event after running out of golf balls

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Challenge Tour golfer Clément Berardo was DQ’d at the Andalucía-Costa del Sol Match Play 9 event in Spain having run out of golf balls on the 16th hole during his opening round.

Beginning his round with a quadruple bogey, the Frenchman, who had missed four of his last five cuts entering the tournament, added two more bogeys to post a six-over opening nine of 41.

Berardo, who is ranked 1,909th in the world, continued to struggle on the back nine of the Valle Romano golf course, eventually running out of balls on the par-5 16th hole when he was 10-over par.

The 32-year-old is reportedly the first known player to be DQ’d after running out of balls since John Daly suffered the same fate after striking seven consecutive shots into the water during a round at the 2011 Australian Open.

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