County Louth Golf Club or "Baltray" as it is more affectionately known is situated 7km (4 miles) from the historic town of Drogheda at the mouth of the river Boyne. With the river to the south and the Irish Sea to the east this is Irish Links golf at its very best, with only the muted murmur of a ships engine to break the sounds of nature, as it quietly wends its way up river to the port.
Built on a generous site, the course has become noted for brilliant presentation by its greens staff and for the hospitality of its members. Whilst the origins of the Club date from a meeting in October of 1892, the current championship links was designed in 1938 by the renowned Tom Simpson. The course is laid out in two loops covering some 190 acres.
In 2003 the firm of Donald Steel and Company undertook a course upgrade under the guidance of Tom MacKenzie, himself an undoubted fan of Simpson's work. The changes although minimal have had a significant impact on the course and with the addition of some new Tees "Baltray" now measures over 7,000 yards.
Rated in Golf Digest's top 100 courses in the world as a "hidden gem". it is one of the top twenty five courses in the British Isles and it is in the top ten in the island of Ireland. Sometimes ferocious and other times benign, it provides competition and challenges for all handicaps.
County Louth Golf Club has a tradition of hosting major National and International events both Amateur and Professional including most recently the 2004 Nissan Irish Open and 2009 ‘3’ Irish Open, the latter of course won by the then young Irish amateur Shane Lowry.