Masterfully Designed by MacKenzie/Steel
A spectacular result by the master course makers
In 2007, over €20 million was invested into turning The Golf Course at Luttrellstown Castle Resort into one worthy of Ireland’s reputation as a leading global golfing destination. When master golf course makers MacKenzie/Steel were brought in to completely redesign the championship golf course and the Chief Executive of the world-famous Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados returned to Ireland to oversee the whole project, it was clear big things were planned.
The result is a majestic 7,347-yard, par 72 course that beautifully blends a modern golfing challenge with a 15th century parkland paradise. The course integrate Ireland’s famous River Liffey, the estate’s historic Doric Temple and the grounds of the majestic 600-year-old Irish castle.
One of the standout features of the course, is the links-style, false bunkering on multiple approach shots. As for the greens themselves, every one of them was re-contoured to meet USGA specification. This high standard is also evident in the fact that off the championship tees, three of the course’s four par-3 holes all stand at over 200 yards in length, while two of the par-4s measure almost 500 yards.
MacKenzie/Steel’s use of revetted bunkers, gathering slopes, hazards and gorse, have turned this into what is now referred to as an inland links. However, with the expansive trails of this sprawling estate consisting of chestnut, beech, mature oak and lime trees set around a centuries-old castle, The Golf Course at Luttrellstown Castle Resort is definitely a parkland paradise.