The renowned Golf Course Designer, Alister Mackenzie's first engagement in the South of Ireland was at Muskerry in August 1924, where he presented plans for the layout of nine new holes when the course was extended to 18 Holes.
Muskerry Golf Course is now considered to be one of the top 18 hole parkland courses in Munster, if not all Ireland. Nestling in beautiful parkland close to the village of Tower near Blarney, it offers golfers the opportunity to sample golf over natural terrain, natural hazards as well as bringing many mature trees into play.
The club has 23 Holes and a variety of different course layouts to encompass these holes.
The first few holes are relatively flat and leads to the spectacular 6th Hole a Par 3 over a river to a green clinging to the edge of a precipice in the yonder distance. Holes 7-10 wind their way was to the top of the hill (where the views are only breathtaking) and the hand of the designer Alister Mackenzie is very evident. Holes 11-14 again wind around a natural copse of woodland and lead on to the last few holes 15-18, which are considered among the finest finishing holes anywhere in the country.
Reflection on the round throws up the startling realisation that no two holes throughout the course are even remotely alike and leaves little cause for wonderment that James Bruen, the last amateur to lead the Professionals in the qualifying rounds of the British Open Championship (1939), was a Muskerry man.
Golfers who wish to enjoy a challenging round in very rural surroundings will find Muskerry the ideal choice.