Lahinch has had outstanding designers from its inception through to modern times; Old Tom Morris, Alister MacKenzie and Martin Hawtree. Tom MorrisIn 1894 Old Tom Morris was commissioned to make full use of the natural terrain, especially the giant sand dunes at Lahinch. Old Tom believed that Lahinch was the finest natural course that he had seen. Two of Morris’s creations were the famous Klondyke (4th) & Dell (5th) holes, these still remain today. They continue to be the most memorable talking points for first time visitors to Lahinch and are seen locally as fitting tributes to the great Scotsman. In 1927 the great golf architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie was invited to submit a design for a new layout. The re-design work took one year to complete and featured undulating triple tiered greens. MacKenzie was pleased with his work and said: “Lahinch will make the finest and most popular course that I, or I believe anyone else, has ever constructed”. After Lahinch, MacKenzie went on to design among others; Augusta National, Cypress Point and Royal Melbourne.
At Lahinch Golf Club, that wonderful relic in Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland, a broken barometer with the message “See Goats” hangs outside the clubhouse. In days gone by, the thought was that weather forecasting was not necessary, since the goats that roamed the Lahinch course headed towards the shelter of the clubhouse area when they sensed an oncoming tempest. Speaking of the course, Lahinch Golf Club was revamped at the turn of the 21st century with some incredible new holes, while others have been restored to their MacKenzie roots, and the result truly world-class. Only the classic Klondyke and Dell holes remained unchanged from the original Lahinch Golf Club design, but rightfully so that they remain. These holes date back to the late 1800’s and the original Old Tom Morris layout (Alister MacKenzie redesigned the course in 1927). Anywhere else, they may have been bulldozed, but here at Lahinch Golf Club, they are “as precious as yeast to Guinness!” A “traffic cop” guides play from the top of the outrageous mound built by Old Tom in the center of the fairway on Klondyke (now the 4th), keeping players safe on the criss-crossing 18th. The green on the Dell (the 5th), the most famous hole at Lahinch Golf Club, is completely hidden between two more mounds. If you happen to ace it, beware, as it could be a ploy to get a larger tip for your caddy! Lahinch itself is one of our favorite towns in Ireland, with great little pubs and restaurants, and some of the finest seafood we have ever experienced!