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“OK, so I'm not a great links player”
Review of Carne Golf Links

Carne Golf Links
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Belmullet
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Carne Golf Links lies in magnificent unspoiled sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay and the wild Atlantic Ocean near Belmullet Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland. Carne was the last links course to be designed by the late Eddie Hackett and it is now believed by many who have played it to be his greatest challenge. The building of Carne has caused little disturbance to this wild and ancient landscape. Tees and greens occurred naturally and very little earth moving was involved in the course construction. Along the course are some breathtaking views over the Atlantic and the legendary islands of Inis Glóire and Inis Géidh
Palm Desert, CA
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“OK, so I'm not a great links player”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Wife and I played Carne as the last of 6 courses in the north and west or Ireland. The positives are a pretty drive out to bellumet, great views, very fair landing areas (many are blind...take a caddy), shorter tees for the ladies and friendly dining staff. The fairways were hard and dry with many spots not having much grass at all. We played a number of courses with lots of climbs and descending that seemed to be very clever layouts, but Carne seemed a bit too rolly-polly to me. Our caddy (which I only arranged five hours ahead of time) was not as experienced, helpful or colorful as what we had at the other courses.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank drrob60
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This One”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

It was a long drive from Dublin but when you reach Belmullet you know that you are in a special place, a different world - next stop across the Atlantic is New York. According to course designer Eddie Hackett, God did all the hard work and Eddie just laid out a few holes. This is far too modest and to hugely undervalue his vision and abilities for first class golf architecture. The front nine are a lovely balance of traditional links with a mix of blind shots, doglegs, strong par 4’s and a terrific number 9 up to the clubhouse to complete the front. The back nine are nothing short of stunning starting at 10 with a majestic par 5. You then twist and turn through magnificent dunes all the way through the rest including our favourite hole – Tir Na Nog (Land of Eternal Youth) the Par 3, 14th right beside the Atlantic Ocean. Take time as we did for a few minutes and imbibe a few drops from your hip flask taking in the splendour of the scenery. The hip flask helped us through the wonderful 4 closing holes with another wonderful par 5 to finish. It’s one of those golf courses where you only need to play it once to remember all the holes. As always in Ireland the staff are very warm and friendly and the food and Guinness in the clubhouse is a great way to relax after the round. Carne Links has been written about many times as the real hidden gem of links golf and my final comment is get there anyway, anytime, anyhow so that you can to play it before ‘they’ find this hidden gem.

Visited May 2014
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Belmullet, Ireland
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Not a Golfer”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Im not a golfer but always enjoy the food in the Club House. The Staff are very Nice and professional

Visited May 2014
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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“Great course - still”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

We played this over 10 years ago and always promised ourselves another visit. It is just as good, if not better. Superb links course with views to take your breath away. Nice people in the bar/restaurant and clubhouse. Always welcoming.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Martin C
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Great challenging course”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

tough links course but unfortunately we played it on a day with hurricane wind blowing. Would play again on a calmer day!

Visited February 2014
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