This famous old course is a fair test of golf and is unique in that it suits all standards of golfers. It is the jewel in the crown of the late great Mr. Eddie Hackett, one of the game’s premier golf course architects.
Kenmare Golf course boasts some of the finest scenery imaginable. The views over Kenmare Bay and the surrounding mountains are breathtaking. The course has some great feature holes and is always in first class condition, which are all the ingredients for a wonderful round of golf.
Kenmare Golf Club was founded in 1903. The main driving force behind the club being Mr Percy Joy, secretary at that time. Joy, who was also a member of the Irish constabluary had to resign a year later due to a transfer of position.
In 1993 a develpment plan was undertaken which involved the purchase of lands on the northern side of the Killowen road. To faciltate the extension of the course to a full 18 holes, the new course being designed by Eddie Hackett. Kenmare Golf Club possesses a unique set of cartoon displayed on the walls of the clubhouse. These wonderful portraits of previous characters associated with the club were drawn by Denis Santry an English born architect who holidayed in Kenmare during the 1920’s. Denis Santry married Madeline Hegarty who was a sister of Mrs. May O’ Brien Corkery. The couple lived in Singapore for a period and returned to England before the outbreak of World War 2. They later emigrated to South Africa.