Killarney National Park
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is located in soutwest Ireland and overlooks 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) of Killarney National Park which includes mountain, moorland, woodland, waterways, parks and gardens.
In this sensitive environment around the lakes and mountains the course staff are ever vigilant to keep the balance right between the up-keep and maintenance of the courses while respecting and protecting the unique eco-culture of the area.
The Red Deer, Ireland’s native deer, are ever present and add a unique experience for visitors and members alike. The Killarney herd, currently numbering approximately 700, is the only wild herd of native Red Deer remaining in Ireland .
The Club is also home to a family of Sika Deer who can often be seen roaming the outskirts of the greens, especially early morning or sunset.
Surrounding Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is the Lower Lake (Lough Leane) studded with islands, the most spectacular being Innisfallen Island where the ruins of the 12th Century priory can be seen. During their last century on the island, the Augustinian monks completed The Annals of Innisfallen which are housed in Oxford University.
Killarney lakes are freshwater lakes and are home to brown trout and salmon. Unusual fish species include the Arctic Char (usually found much further north, and thought to be a relict species left behind in Killarney after the last ice age) and the Killarney Shad (a land locked form of the Thwaite Shad unique to the Lakes of Killarney).
The wide variety of habitat types present within this area is one reason for the great diversity of bird life found here, from waterfowl to woodland birds to birds of mountain and moorland. Common summer visitors include the Swallow, Swift and Cuckoo, which migrate northwards from Africa during the summer months to avail of the more temperate Irish climate.
The most important of our winter visitors is the small flock of Greenland White-fronted Geese which spend the winter months grazing on some of the bogs in the Killarney valley. This is virtually the last remaining flock in Co. Kerry, and the only flock in the country whose bogland feeding ground occurs almost entirely within a protected area.