Directly across the road from the bigger sister course sits Lahinch’s Castle Course. This is a shorter course, a 5,488 yards Par 69, and although it could be argued to be slightly easier, will challenge every player. It is certainly a warm up for what might lie ahead should you venture onto the Old Course next door.
The course is flatter without the dunes and has wide forgiving fairways, but still holds a few surprises. Some of the Par 4 and Par 5’s seem to feel quite short, but a good drive is always welcome where you can take advantage of the bump and run. The course is away from the sea but has interesting viewpoints as it is not simply out and back.
Dough Castle, from which the course is named, is visible at the end of the course and is situated close to the 6th, 7th Par 3 which you hit directly towards and the 8th.
The town of Lahinch has often been referred to as the "St. Andrews of Ireland", - for its Old Tom Morris connection and passion for the game by locals. Golf writer George Houghton coined the phrase after his visit in 1964. The Golf Club’s location in the town of Lahinch offers a similarly cosy feeling to that of the home of golf.