The Short Game Academy
The short game academy is located directly across the road from the entrance to the Golf Club where in the 1940s the Irish Defence Forces opened a training area and built what became known as ‘The Sluagh Hall’ and a number of accommodation huts. The idea was to train youthful members of the LDF (Local Defence Forces) and its successor FCA (Fórsa Cosanta Áitúil) during the summer months. It went on to play a significant part in the life of Lahinch for the next sixty years. Apart from its primary function, plays, musicals and dances were staged there and Mass was celebrated in the early 1950s when the village church was being rebuilt.
On its closure in 2014, the five acre site was acquired by Lahinch Golf Club and subsequently transformed into a short game practice area of stunning quality.
The new short game academy opened in 2016 and reflects the architectural genius of Dr. Martin Hawtree and the exceptional skills of Course Superintendent Brian McDonagh and his team. It consists of a large tee from where golfers play to three target greens within a range of 50 to 100 yards; a bunker practice area, a chipping green and driving bays.
A longer practice area is located left of the 16th hole on the Castle Course.