With breathtaking vistas including the Finglas River flowing through the course, majestic cliff holes overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay, and the seaside charm of Waterville village, Hogs Head is a world class golf experience. Our philosophy is simple, Hogs Head was "built by friends, for friends" who share the love of the game of golf.

THE GOLF COURSE

Hogs Head golf course’s hard and fast links flow naturally with the visual tapestry of Waterville. Experience beautiful mountain vistas, majestic cliff holes overlooking the Ballinskelligs bay, and feel the Finglas River flow through this beautiful, challenging 18-hole course.

PAR 5 | 540 YDS

1 SHAKE HANDS

The first hole, known as Shake Hands or “the welcome hole” by its designer Robert Trent Jones Jr, was designed to align with the philosophy of A.W. Tillinghast, who believed that the first hole should ease the player into the round. This hole is a par 5 reachable in two for the long hitter. The tee shot should favor left center, followed by a generous bailout area to the left of the green. Trying your hand at Shake Hands is a pleasant way to get your round started.

PAR 4 | 395 YDS

2 WATERVILLE HOUSE

The second hole, a short par 4, is named for the famous Waterville House that frames the back of the green. The tee shot should target the center of the fairway while a good drive will leave a short pitch to a turtleback green. With the completion of this hole, your welcome is over.

PAR 3 | 195 YDS

3 FINGLAS

This gem of a par 3 was named Finglas for the river that runs the length of its green. An elevated tee box looks down at the Finglas River which protects the small narrow green. The green forms at the water’s edge and is protected on the right rear by a bunker. A well-lofted right to left shot should master the hole. In any event, it might be wise to take an extra club.

PAR 4 | 455 YDS

4 SALMON RUN

Running along the left side of this hole is the Finglas River, a famous Atlantic Salmon-spawning run that feeds Lough Currane and ultimately drains into the Ballinskelligs Bay. It is also a strong defense of par. A nest of bunkers defines the landing area, forcing the ideal tee shot to be targeted to the elevated fairway above the river. A second shot into this long par 4 would suggest landing on the right half of the green.

PAR 3 | 195 YDS

5 CASCADE

From the tee box of this hole a player can see the backdrop of mountains that source the flows of the Finglas, which cascade down the side of the hole in a series of pools. Once again, this stream plays a role in the defense of par. The tee shot needs to be precise and preferably kept to the right front of the green.

PAR 5 | 550 YDS

6 BIARRITZ

The sixth hole is named Biarritz for the deep swale running through the center of a large green. While the Biarritz concept was usually employed by the Master architects on par 3s, the designer felt that this would make for an interesting strategy for a player’s third shot on this hole. From the tee, a player should favor a wide-open left side with a left to right slope on the second shot.

PAR 4 | 465 YDS

7 LIMBO

This hole is named Limbo for the two ancient burial sites located behind the 7th tee and along the left side of the fairway. In the 6th century AD, unbaptized babies, who died at birth, could not be buried in sacred church ground. A beautiful site, looking toward the beaches and sea, was chosen as the final resting place for those entering Limbo. Please respect these burial sites and avoid walking on the monument ground. Playing downhill and into the prevailing wind, the hole is a stout straight par 4. A tee shot should take advantage of the speed slot right of the center fairway bunker to shorten the hole. In an effort to defend the elevated green, no bunkers are present, so this hole should be a breeze.

PAR 5 | 520 YDS

8 TO THE SEA

The shortest of the par 5s, this hole offers the player a breather as they take a nice walk to the sea. The first shot is slightly uphill and play is generally into the prevailing wind. A tee shot favoring the left half of the fairway will lengthen the playing distance of the hole. The approach shot must carry the central bunker short of the green and thread the needle between two bunkers that flank the green. The back half of the green is hinged to fall away, making a long approach shot more difficult.

PAR 4 | 485 YDS

9 BROKEN BOWL

This dogleg left par 4 will typically play downwind. It opens with an up-and-over tee shot defined by dunes bracketing the fairway target – there is more fairway to the right than you think. This is followed by a long downhill approach shot that is generally helped by the wind. The hole gets its name from the shape of the green: the bowl is chipped at the front left corner, spilling back onto the fairway. The safe line is left of the first fairway bunker well short of the green, followed by a short punch shot that funnels onto the putting surface. Broken Bowl presents great variety in creative shot-making for those who embrace the ground game.

PAR 4 | 445 YDS

10 RISING

This sharp, dogleg right par 4 rises to the highest point of the seaside holes. From the green a player can see the lake, village, sea, mountains and Finglas views of Hogs Head. The faint-hearted will be best served to favor the left center of the fairway from the tee while the strong player should aim right, challenging the bunkers to significantly shorten the approach shot. The shot into the green must avoid the deep bunker right, as well as the fall away grass slope left.

PAR 3 | 160 YDS

11 GAIL’S DARE

The 11th hole is aligned with the rock outcropping known as Hogs Head. On the right side of this hole, you will discover a 2,000-year-old sundial marking the summer solstice. The hole is a short par 3 into a well-bunkered, cliffside green located on the highest seaside point of the property, particularly sensitive to windy conditions. On a calm day, an accurate tee shot should result in a par or better. If the prevailing winds are blowing, how close to the cliff edge do you dare? This hole is called Gail’s Dare in honor of Tony Alvarez’s bride – “a petite, fun woman who can be tough if you get on her bad side.”

PAR 4 | 415 YDS

12 COURAGE

With the cliffs of Hogs Head defending par along the right side, a large trap along the far left, and with the shot influenced by a right-to-left prevailing wind, this hole requires a great deal of courage. That is, play your tee shot as close to the cliff edge as you dare for an easy second shot to an inviting green.

PAR 3 | 165-230 YDS

13 KATHLEEN’S CHOICE

This hole is a beautiful par 3 with two separate cliffside greens, each offering distinct challenges. The hole is called Kathleen’s Choice in honor of Bryan Marsal’s bride – “an Irish beauty who can push you over the edge.”

PAR 5 | 575 YDS

14 CROOKED WALL

This hole is a strong uphill par 5 that will test all who play it. It climbs to a green shared with the 11th green, with protection on the left front from a large bunker and on the right by a series of green side bunkers. As to the name of this hole, from the tee one can see a crooked wall on the right where the contractor suffered the after-effects of too much celebration on St. Patrick’s Day.

PAR 3 | 220 YDS

15 PUB’S CALLING

This downhill cliffside par 3 offers a beautiful view of the Village of Waterville. Challenge the bunker short and right of the green using the ground as your ally as the putting surface tips gently toward the sea. Pub’s Calling is the last of the cliffs of Hogs Head.

PAR 4 | 435 YDS

16 SQUATTERS’ CORNER

The hole is bordered on the left by tenants who claim squatter’s rights. One of these tenants is four-footed: a goat. You can only find this kind of charm in Ireland. In any event, the hole is an uphill tee shot and a downhill, slight dogleg left par 4 with the green protected by bunkering. The tee shot should target the lighthouse bunker well long of the landing zone to reach for the right center of the fairway.

PAR 4 | 320 YDS

17 TEMPTATION

This downwind par 4 is short and reachable by a long and precise tee shot, provided a player can control the ball on the ground as well as through the air. Some will be tempted to go for the green, whose undulating putting surface is invitingly large, but be mindful of the native sandy hazard right of the green that must be challenged. Four left bunkers guard the green and the approach. For the less daring, a conservative tee shot placed short of the fairway bunker followed by a wedge should yield a par. A player will find that a risk taken and executed well will be rewarded.

PAR 5 | 565 YDS

18 GET EVEN

The tee shot easily clears the Finglas River to the front but the stream may come into play along the far left. For best results, target the right center. The second shot is into a tight fairway landing area protected by right-side bunkers and a left-side drop off. The third shot is likely a pitch shot to a large elevated green, protected by bunkers along the front and left-side. Your fellow golfers will enjoy viewing your second and third shot from the Clubhouse terrace.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Designed with modern luxury and ultimate comfort, whether at the lodge or in our private cottages, our peaceful accommodations optimize your downtime for maximum restfulness and tranquility.

THE LODGE

Set on the shores of the beautiful and serene Lough Currane, The Lodge at Hogs Head is warm, welcoming and steeped in the tradition of its Kerry, Ireland past. The Lodge has woven together luxurious comfort, old world charm and elegant interiors.

COTTAGES

In addition to the Lodge, Hogs Head Members will be able to enjoy a home away from home experience in one of our exclusive four-bedroom cottages. Members can relax in a private residence for the ultimate escape.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

For an escape of the mind and body, Hogs Head’s state-of-the-art fitness center will leave you physically and mentally refreshed. At Gail’s Spa, transcend to a new level of relaxation with our zen atmosphere & pampering treatments.

GAIL'S SPA

Become one with nature at Gail’s Spa surrounded by the most breathtakingly beautiful landscape in Ireland. Located on the edge of the Wild Atlantic Way, Gail’s Spa is the perfect environment to experience the purest in holistic therapy. The stunning surroundings of our unique spa combine harmoniously with Lough Currane’s beauty and serenity to guide you to a place of inner peace and restoration. Breathe the country air and let your eyes linger.

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Our 24/7 fitness center is fully equipped with treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, and free weights, as well as yoga mats, body balls and steps.

DINING

At Hogs Head, we bring the freshest ingredients and a contemporary cuisine for even the most discerning palates. Enjoy your classic favorites at McCarthy’s Bar. Experience a nouveau Irish & American culinary journey at Lough Currane Restaurant.

McCARTHY’S BAR

Enjoy savory classic bites, scrumptious desserts and libations while taking in the panoramic views overlooking the course in the modern, sophisticated McCarthy’s Bar & Restaurant.

LOUGH CURRANE RESTAURANT & BAR

Head Chef Marcin along with Head Sommelier Christophe deliver an extraordinary dining experience at Lough Currane Bar & Restaurant, located on the edge of Lough Currane. With its breathtaking grand views, the restaurant merges a sophisticated yet approachable environment with an unforgettable culinary experience.

HIKE THE HOG

Walking Tours of the Area: Enjoy the beauty of Hogs Head as you look out upon the rugged coastlines of Waterville and windswept hills. The charming and quaint village of Waterville has picturesque pastoral farms, backcountry lanes as well as accessible hikingtrails to explore.

Waterville and its surrounding area is truly a walker’s paradise with trails available for a variety of skill levels. Our concierge can provide you with highlights of other areas to explore.

  • Hogs Head Loop Walk - 4 hrs
  • Village, Cliff Road and Links Strand Walk - 2 hrs
  • Kerry Way Mountain Walk
  • Mastergeehy - Waterville - 5 hrs
  • Waterville – Caherdaniel - 4 hrs
  • Waterville Beach Walk - 1 hrs
  • Lake Loop Walk - 2 hrs

ACTIVITIES & TOURS

The concierge at Hogs Head is eager to assist with planning your activities schedule to ensure your stay at Hogs Head is a memorable one. There is much to explore and do in the Waterville area, below are just some of the activities you can enjoy when visiting with us:

ACTIVITIES

HIKING

  • Waterville
  • Valentia Island
  • Cahersiveen

WATER SPORTS

  • Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Paddle boating

HORSEBACK RIDING

FISHING / ANGLING

KID FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

  • Horse Riding
  • Kids Yoga Session
  • Tech Amergin Community Garden
  • Explore Loher’s Stone Ring Fort
  • Kayak or stand up paddle board
  • Boat trip to Church Island
  • Kids Golf Lessons
  • Skellig’s Chocolate Factory
  • Bay House and Gardens & Rope Bridge
  • Derrynane Seaports
  • Valentia Island Lighthouse
  • Seashore Safari

TOURS

HELICOPTER TOURS

  • Skelligs Bay (30 minutes)
  • Ring of Kerry (1 hour)

DRIVES

  • Ring of Kerry Tours (6 hours)
  • Skellig Ring Drive (4 hours)
  • Slea Head Scenic Drive Tour (Half-day)
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Tour
  • Derrynane House and Gardens
  • Kells Bay Garden

SHOPPING

WATERVILLE

  • Waterville Craft Market
  • High Tides
  • Skellig Gift Store
  • Tigin Crafts and Gifts
  • Madeline Maria Weber Irish Landscape Photography

KENMARE

  • Quills Woolen Mills
  • Simplicity Boutique
  • The White Room
  • Nest
  • Lorge Chocolatier

KILLARNEY

  • Quills Woolen Mills
  • Moriarty’s
  • MacBee’s
  • Serendipity Boutique

OTHER LOCAL STORES

ACTIVITIES & TOURS

The concierge at Hogs Head is eager to assist with planning your activities schedule to ensure your stay at Hogs Head is a memorable one. There is much to explore and do in the Waterville area, below are just some of the activities you can enjoy when visiting with us:

  • ACTIVITIES

    HIKING

    • Waterville
    • Valentia Island
    • Cahersiveen

    WATER SPORTS

    • Surfing
    • Kayaking
    • Windsurfing
    • Paddle boating

    HORSEBACK RIDING

    FISHING / ANGLING

  • KID FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

    • Horse Riding
    • Kids Yoga Session
    • Tech Amergin Community Garden
    • Explore Loher’s Stone Ring Fort
    • Kayak or stand up paddle board
    • Boat trip to Church Island
    • Kids Golf Lessons
    • Skellig’s Chocolate Factory
    • Bay House and Gardens & Rope Bridge
    • Derrynane Seaports
    • Valentia Island Lighthouse
    • Seashore Safari
  • TOURS

    HELICOPTER TOURS

    • Skelligs Bay (30 minutes)
    • Ring of Kerry (1 hour)

    DRIVES

    • Ring of Kerry Tours (6 hours)
    • Skellig Ring Drive (4 Hours)
    • Slea Head Scenic Drive Tour (Half-day)
    • Horse Drawn Carriage Tour
    • Derrynane House and Gardens
    • Kells Bay Garden
  • SHOPPING

    WATERVILLE

    • Waterville Craft Market
    • High Tides
    • Skellig Gift Store
    • Tigin Crafts and Gifts
    • Madeline Maria Weber Irish Landscape Photography

    KENMARE

    • Quills Woolen Mills
    • Simplicity Boutique
    • The White Room
    • Nest
    • Lorge Chocolatier

    KILLARNEY

    • Quills Woolen Mills
    • Moriarty’s
    • MacBee’s
    • Serendipity Boutique

    OTHER LOCAL STORES

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