Lahinch is a traditional out and back links but has definitely undergone its fair share of changes over the years. Dating back to 1892, the original 18 holes were laid out by three local Limerick golfers. In 1894, Old Tom Morris was commissioned to make improvements to the course, making excellent use of the natural terrain. In 1927, Dr. Alister MacKenzie redesigned the course relocating a number of holes closer to the bay then in 1935, the Lahinch committee decided that the greens were too tough for the average golfer and John Burke was granted the remit of flattening them out. In 1999 Martin Hawtree was commissioned to reinstate Mackenzie’s previous characteristics and thus completed the courses restoration.
Lahinch is to Irish golf what North Berwick is to Scottish golf, not the birthplace of the sport but the absolute embodiment of everything great about the game here and a spiritual base for the passionate links aficionado. It may not be the best course in the world but those unimpressed by the Lahinch layout ought to stop their search for great golf, as the game doesn’t really get much better than this.
This course should NOT be missed.