Westport Golf Club
Championship Course on the Wild Atlantic Way
In 1908 Westport Golf Club was founded at Trafalgar Park, now known as Horkan’s Hill, just a ten minute walk from Westport town center. 1815 saw a new course being developed at Old Carrowholly and in 1927, with a membership of 80, the first Pavilion was built. Golf continued to be enjoyed by countless numbers on this 9 hole course until 1973.
By the mid sixties, with the game of golf becoming ever more popular all over the world, new lands were sought for an 18 hole course. During the following number of years and involving much deliberation and debate some 250 acres on Lord Sligo’s estate were acquired and Fred Hawtree commissioned to design a championship golf course. Course construction started in 1971 and continued until 1973 and was officially opened by An Taiseach, Mr Liam Cosgrave in 1975.
Just 5 minutes drive from the town, Westport Golf Club is one of Ireland’s finest parkland courses. Highly regarded as a championship parkland golf course venue, the Club is the three-time host of the Irish Amateur Close Championship, and also the Smurfit Irish PGA Championship in recent years. It is set in the scenic splendour of 260 acres of undulating hole parklands on the shores of Clew Bay with breathtaking views of Croagh Patrick.
The popular golf course boasts a full time professional, a floodlit driving range, a nine-hole pitching course and nine-hole putting green. At 15, Rory McIlroy become the youngest ever winner of the Irish Amateur Close Championship at Westport Golf Club in 2005, his first ever senior championship victory.
Westport Pitch & Putt
Westport GC pitch and putt course is a 9 hole par 3 course, open every day from dawn till dusk, and nicely embedded into the landscape of Westport Golf Course.
All ages and abilities, be it beginners or experts, juveniles or adults, are invited to test their golfing skills on the course, which is prepared to a very high standard.