Set in the Irish countryside just over an hour outside of Dublin, the Castle Barna Golf Club is one of the most popular clubs in the country. An 18-hole course laid out over rolling parkland along the Grand Canal and surrounded by centuries-old trees, it is considered both challenging and entertaining. The course’s signature hole is the ninth. Known as the Barge, it is a par three, only 357 feet (109 m) long, flanked by the Grand Canal on one side and large trees on the right, with one of the course’s several streams flowing behind the green. The course is kept in excellent condition, and the clubhouse is almost as beautiful as the course, with exquisite stonework and the aptly named Old Stone House Bar and Restaurant.
Castle Barna Golf Club is about an hour and 15 minute drive from Dublin. By public transport, take the Galway Service from Heuston to the Tullamore Rail Station. From the station, head into town and catch the 120 bus from High Street to the Park Hotel in Daingean. From Daingean, it is a ten-minute walk to the golf course.
Various golfing packages are available, including tea and scones before golfing or a sirloin steak dinner after your round.