In the last decade of the 20th century new challenges faced Lahinch Golf Club. With major advances in golf technology and equipment and the unprecedented increase in golf tourism playing the course on a year round basis, Lahinch Golf Club decided to enlist the services of Golf Course Architect, Dr. Martin Hawtree in 1999.
Dr. Hawtree’s plan modernised the links golf course at Lahinch providing a top class championship golf course. In the new layout, the sand dunes closer to the Atlantic Ocean were utilised and, in all, 14 greens were redesigned introducing wonderful undulations making putting a fine art. The redesigned course has met with wide acclaim and is consistently ranked in the World Top 50 courses.
Lahinch itself is a small seaside village on the Atlantic coast in Co. Clare.
Located 45 minutes from Shannon International Airport, Lahinch is famous throughout the world of golf since the 1890’s while, in more recent years, it has become a very popular international surfing destination.
One of the traditional features of Lahinch is the manner in which the golf club and village go hand in hand. As the first time visitor or long standing member clears the hill between Ennistymon and Lahinch and casts an eye over the golf courses to the right, the houses straight ahead and the broad Atlantic Ocean beyond, they know that a special place lies in wait.
Lahinch is a key destination on the Wild Atlantic Way, located on the edge of the Burren National Park (UNESCO recognised Global and European Geopark) and only 10km from one of the world’s great natural wonders, the Cliffs of Moher, while the Aran Islands can be accessed by ferry from Doolin.