Carne in North Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland lies in magnificent unspoiled sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay and the wild Atlantic Ocean near the town of Belmullet. Erris in North Mayo is an area that is famed the world over for its golf course and white sandy Atlantic beaches that stretch for miles, its bountiful wildlife and warm welcome. Carne Golf Links was the last links course to be designed by the late Eddie Hackett and it is now believed by many who have played it to be his greatest challenge.
The building of Carne Golf Links has caused little disturbance to this wild and ancient landscape. Tees and greens occurred naturally and very little earth moving was involved in the course construction. There are some breathtaking views over the Atlantic and the legendary islands of Inis Glóire and Inis Géidhe.
Carne is 5,823 metres in length, which is a fair test to any golfer. It’s rugged feel is what makes Carne such a great course. There are many ups and downs along the fairways, especially on the 9th, where you could find yourself sitting at the foot of a 10ft mound, or hitting up what looks to be a 60 degree hill to the 12th.
The back nine holes are best at Carne with many flags hidden from sight behind dunes which makes things a little challenging. However, there are still many great holes in the first half with the 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th all being superb. The 17th is the greatest test where an accurate second shot must be played to the green which falls away to the right.
“Carne lies in the splendid sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay, Inishglora, Inishkea and Achill Islands. Affording little disturbance to the natural and unspoilt environment that surrounds it, Carne is everything you could ever ask for from the first tee to the eighteenth green". James W Finnegan