Hogs Head Golf Course | The Smugglers Inn, Waterville, Co. Kerry
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Hogs Head Golf Course

Hogs Head Golf Course

In July 2017, Bryan Marsal and Tony Alvarez had the vision of creating the best and most visually stunning golf course in the world. In April of 2018, this dream became a reality.

Set in Ballybrack, Waterville, County Kerry, Ireland the Hogs Head golf course was created in order to provide a world-class experience ‘built by friends, for friends.’ Using Robert Trent Jones as a designer they have achieved this and much more!

With its breath stealing vistas including views over the Finglas river and its mesmerizing cliff holes falling between Ballinskelligs Bay and the village of Waterville it is no surprise that Marsal and Alvarez chose this spot for their state of the art golf course.

Naturally, the Hogs Head golfing venue includes 18 holes ranging from par 3 to 5. The shortest green is 160 yards and the longest an incredible 570. All the holes have personal names including Kathleen's choice, Squatters corner, Broken bowl, To the sea and the aptly named considering its proximity to the 19th hole, Pubs calling! Holes 3 and 4 are named Finglas and the Salmons run due to the river Finglas running by them and the fact that salmon is found in said river.

Hogs Head golf course includes a state of the art full-size driving range and short play. It also has an immaculate fescue ryegrass teeing ground. As the owners stated fescue is the ideal grass to use as you only need to cut and water it to achieve firm and fast greens. It also perfect for the Irish climate. Golf courses have in fact used fescue for centuries and why change a recipe when it so clearly works?

Hogs Head also has a fabulous Pro shop that can supply all your golfing needs such as equipment, clothing, and accessories. Should you be hungry you can go to the clubhouse where you will find the Grill Room at McCarthy serving world class food from 7 am to 9 pm.

For those wishing to stay over or make a weekend of their golfing trip accommodation is available at Hogs Head. Right on the shores of the serene and beautiful Lough Currane is a luxurious and comfortable hotel filled with old charm and elegance. There are also an additional five cottages available should the hotels 48 suites be full or you wish to go for a different option.

All of this goes to prove that Hogs Head golf course is set to meet and even top the standards of any of the world's best golf courses. Should you need further evidence, look no further than Tiger Woods who on spotting the site from a neighbouring golf course was overawed by the look of it!

About the Author Henry Hunt

Henry Hunt's culinary career began early on, inspired by his parents and their love and respect for quality and tradition. He sought opportunities to further develop his own creativity and trained as a chef in the Caribbean, Australia and Europe. Working in Michelin restaurants L'ecrivian Dublin, Le Cygne Geneva and the Fat Duck Berkshire to name but a few. This culinary pilgrimage gave the basis of The Smugglers Inn and Smugglers Cafe with a mixture of traditional and modern cuisine.

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