Ballyneety is a village just six miles (a 20-minute drive) from Limerick city in south-west Ireland. It has its rural charms with traditional arts and crafts shops and Irish hospitality, and is best known for its golf course, Ballyneety Golf Club, which lies on the Croker Estate, former home of the Croker family. The club is ideally located for a day trip from Limerick and there are many hotels in the city to cater for a short stay or longer. If you want a rural retreat why not stay in Ballyneety and explore the heritage of Lough Gur, Adare and other sites of historical interest? There are guesthouses in Ballyneety and the golf course itself also has accommodation.
Championship Golf in Limerick
Ballyneety Golf Club was formerly known as Limerick County Golf and Country Club, but closed in 2011 for financial reasons. It reopened two years later as Ballyneety Golf Club with an upgrade and refurbishment to bring it back up to the standard required for championship golf and to reposition itself as one of Ireland’s top 100 golf courses. It is now an 18 hole championship golf course designed by Des Smyth and Declan Branigan, and has a McSweeney Golf Academy, clubhouse, accommodation and a restaurant on-site. It is set in 183 acres of countryside with stunning views over Limerick County and the Clare Hills.
Nature Breaks in Limerick
Ballyneety has plenty of rural walks and trails to explore as does the golf club, which is set in acres of countryside belonging to a fascinating family. The golf club is not far from Lough Gur, a major historical site with 5,000 year-old Neolithic settlements, Ireland’s oldest stone circle, megalith tombs, medieval castles and crannogs. There are many challenging walks, lakes, mountains and a heritage centre, which tells the story of pre-Celtic settlers who arrived in the region over 6,000 years ago.
Sporting Hotels in Limerick
There are many hotels in Limerick city and outskirts that cater for sporting and fitness breaks. Hotels are generally located close to the main stadiums for rugby or football or within a short distance of training grounds and the city’s numerous golf clubs. Locals are sport lovers and the city is well set up for walking with riverside walks, several city parks and across the river you’ll find stunning rolling countryside in County Clare. There is an active sports social scene which you can find out about via your hotel or on the internet - various clubs open up their activities to visitors and are suitable for beginners as well as professionals.
Limerick is a fantastic place to learn golf if you’ve never played before or if you’re looking for a more challenging course, and there’s always a match to watch whether it’s football, rugby, hurling, rollerjam, camogie or golf.
Ballyneety has a choice of affordable accommodation for visitors who are looking for a nature break or sporting holiday, as do other nearby villages such as Adare (two golfing courses), Bunratty, Bruff, Ballyclough and Kilmallock. It is just six miles from Limerick city and well placed for Shannon Airport. If you’re looking for a cultural break then choose a sporting or family-friendly hotel in the city overlooking the main historical sites of interest or a relaxed, more traditional style hotel in the suburbs close to the main parks, training grounds and golf clubs.