Galway Bay Golf Resort, Golf Course near Galway City, Golf course near Shannon Ariport

The best parklands course in Connacht

Galway Bay Golf resort in Renville Oranmore, has been ranked 15th in the Top 30 Parklands in Ireland. We are the highest ranked Parkland in Connacht 

The positions are determined by combining the opinions of golfers from numerous different areas of the industry to come up with our Top 100 Courses in Ireland and to do this we used a number of criteria and also drew on the experience of the panel. 

Last year saw so many new people take up the game of golf and join golf clubs all around the country. Ireland is very lucky to have 400 fantastic golf courses, we are thrilled to have grown our position for another year say Golf operations manager Damien Coleman.   

Damien took the opportunity to talk about the impact of the closure of Golf over the last 12 months “In Ireland Golf Clubs will be closed for a total of 189 days by the 5th of April. That will be longer than any other country in the world. We all know how easy it is to social distance on a golf course. However, there is one other benefit that does not receive enough attention. That is the health and wellbeing benefits of playing golf. A study in Scandinavia of over 300,000 golfers has shown that those who played golf lived 5 years longer than those who did not, regardless of age, gender or socio-economic status. The average golfer playing 18 holes of golf will walk 12,000 steps or 8km, the health benefits are clear to be seen here. The benefits are not only limited to physical health, with psychological benefits including improved mood, reduced anxiety and increased confidence. But also to the emerging health crisis of mental health and how we can help those who are struggling, who are afraid to speak and those who need help. We would urge the government to reopen Golf Clubs as soon as possible. 

Damien Coleman,
Golf Operations Manager,
Galway Bay Golf Resort