Adare Golf Course, located just 25 miles from Shannon Airport in southwest Ireland, this is a great place to play a round of golf on a wonderful Irish course. Plus you will probably stay at the adjacent Adare Manor, just a short walk from the course. This 18-hole Championship Course opened in 1995 and the last major golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Senior is considered one of his finest creations.
The front nine works around a 14 acre lake and the entire course prominently brings into play the River Maigue. I played the course in June, which the locals will tell you is when Ireland is at its most brilliant emerald. But with the mature trees, water and parkland setting will make it a memorable round of golf if you plan to play here.
But there is a lot more than golf. The Adare Manor Hotel will really top off your stay, as the accommodations are excellent and the restaurant really first-rate. The original structure was built on the site in the 1720s, and in 1832 work began on the magnificent structure. It was built around the older structure which was then torn down in about 1862.
Over the years it gradually fell into disrepair due to the high cost of upkeep, and in 1984 sold the building and contents to an American businessman Tom Kane. While converting it into the five-star hotel that it is, he tried to retrieve some of the valuable artifacts that had been sold locally by the previous owner. The Manor Hotel was voted Ireland’s leading hotel at the World Travel Awards in the years 2010-2012, plus the world’s leading boutique golf resort in 2012.
I would strongly recommend you play Adare golf course and stay at the Manor Hotel. They will run packages even in summer that are quite attractive. The village of Adare is within walking distance, and it is a charming Irish town. Renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, it will seem more planned than most small Irish towns.
Then there is the general location of Adare: located in County Limerick, it is only about ninety minutes from the Ring of Kerry. This is an extremely picturesque drive that is not real easy to traverse, but the scenery is well worth the driving hassle. Another popular tourist destination about an hour from Adare are the Cliffs of Moher, just south of Galway. At their highest they rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, and attract almost one million visitors a year.