Located to the north of the River Shannon, County Clare covers an expanse of over 1,300 square miles in Ireland’s mid-west region with a sizeable portion of the landscape dominated by The Burren, one of the largest areas of exposed limestone rock in Europe.
Lahinch is the top golf club in County Clare and its Old course has been the venue for the South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship since 1895. Lahinch member John Burke managed to win an incredible total of 11 out of 12 finals contested between 1928 and 1947. Many of Ireland’s modern day golfing heroes have done well in the South Open. Darren Clarke (Dungannon) won it in 1990, followed by Paul McGinley (Grange) the following year. Padraig Harrington (Stackstown) was runner up in 1994 and 1995 then Graeme McDowell (Rathmore) claimed the title in 2000.