Skellig Bay Golf Club
Ron Kirby has used the river as a dominant feature for the opening holes and then moved to the headlands for the finals holes. The site has over 8,000 metres of ancient walls, much of them in poor repair. As the design progressed some of the walls were removed but over 2,000metres were added to enhance the holes. The course at Skellig is Ron’s only total design project in Ireland.
Opened in April 2006 Skellig Bay Golf Club is fast maturing into one of Kerry’s must play courses. Located in Waterville the course could only be described as a headland layout as neither links or parkland best describe this stunning setting.
Designed by the Irish American course designer Ron Kirby, formerly of Jack Nicklaus design and whose previous design work in Europe includes The Old Head of Kinsale, Mount Juliet and The London Club. Kirby is somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to course design and is an advocate of visibility, fairness and enjoyment.
As with all coastal courses there is little to protect the golfer from the sea breeze that is ever present, so mastering the knockdown shot and the bump and run will stand you in good stead here. Remember “when it’s breezy swing easy”.
Generous fairways but small, generally flat greens put an emphasis on club selection with the second shot, and if missed a good short game is required to save par.
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