From the infant days back in 1892, the Club has stood out on its own merits as a golfing institution like none other. The Old Course is a true championship links developed from the outset by Old Tom Morris and followed by Charles “Mo” Gibson, Dr. Alister McKenzie and in more recent times, Dr. Martin Hawtree. It is home to Ireland’s oldest amateur championship, The South of Ireland, which was first played in 1895. The Old Course is consistently ranked in the Top-50 Golf Courses of the World and is No. 3 in Ireland’s Top 100 Golf Courses. The challenges presented by the course depend on the diverse weather conditions of the Atlantic Ocean. Many of the world’s greatest golfers visit Lahinch in preparation for The Open Championship and some have gone on to raise the Claret Jug.