Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin

Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin

NEW! FootGolf

Would you like to try your skills at FootGolf? We now have a FootGolf Course at Ballybane. More details on our website


The Health Benefits of Golf

The Health Benefits of Golf

Its official, golf is good for you! There are so many benefits of playing golf:

  • Exposure to outdoor environment
  • Heart health, keeping heart rate up
  • Brain stimulation, increased blood flow
  • Weight loss from burning calories
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved sleep
  • Low risk of injury
  • Live longer
  • Social sport

Simply put, golfers live longer, have better overall physical health, and gain wellness/ mental health benefits. These associations are likely due to the golden combination of walking, muscular activity, and social interaction (amongst other factors). So whether you’re young or old; a scratch golfer or have never picked up a club before, there are now even more reasons to head to your nearest course!

  • Physical benefits include: improved cardiovascular risk-factor profiles; improved blood-glucose levels; and increased life expectancy
  • Psychological benefits include: improved self-esteem, improved confidence, and reduced anxiety
  • Golf also provides a great opportunity for developing interpersonal skills, emotional control, and enhancing social connections


Check out this website for more information on the Health Benefits of Golf

“The Golf & Health Project will help drive an increased participation in golf, improve the public image of our sport, and increase support for golf in the political arena.

It will achieve this by analysing the benefits of golf for health to include improvements in life expectancy, physical and mental health. It will also assess and advise on ilness and injury associated with golf.  Once this information has been gathered, it becomes centrally available through this website, whilst also being communicated and disseminated to golfers, potential golfers, and decision makers to increase awareness of golf’s positive influence on health and well-being.

Part of the project aim is to provide information about the benefits of golf, and how this can be achieved for people of both genders, all ages, and all backgrounds.

By aggregating and reviewing existing research into the health benefits of golf, a clear picture is being established of what benefits there are and what others there might be.  Identifying the gaps in research then provides an opportunity to conduct new, innovative, and peer-reviewed research to academically assess benefits.

We aim to share findings widely, but also publish key articles in leading scientific journals, for example the British Journal of Sports Medicine- the number 1 ranked Sports Science and Sports Medicine publication worldwide.”

The Project is sponsored by the World Golf Foundation – For More Information visit

Christmas 2017 Gift Ideas

Christmas 2017 Gift Ideas

Christmas is coming! Looking for perfect Christmas 2017 gift ideas for that special someone?

Its that time of year again and at Newcastle Golf Centre we have a range of Christmas 2017 gift ideas. Choose some of the following, for all ages, for the golfer and non golfer in your life. Whether they like golf, football, darts, clay shooting or a combination of sports, at Newcastle Golf Centre you can pick up a gift that they will appreciate forever.

Gift Ideas Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

For the Golfer, catering for all levels from beginner to experienced:

  • Par 3 Golf and Golf Driving Range Gift Vouchers Available
  • Golf Gift Set – 5 balls, 20 tees, Pitch mark repair tool, ball marker and a pencil – €12.00
  • 3 x GolfSmith Grips including fitting – €20.00
  • 1 x Golf Lesson Voucher – €30.00 (Lesson given by qualified golf coach)
  • 1 x Golf Lesson Voucher + Golf Gift Set – €40.00 (Lesson given by qualified golf coach)
  • 4 x Golf Lessons Voucher – €99.00 (Lessons given by qualified golf coach)

Other Activities available at Newcastle Golf Centre:

Contact us today to enquire or to reserve your gift at:

Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin, Peamount Lane, Newcastle, Co Dublin

Tel: 01 6210201

Mob: 086 8383700



Newcastle Golf and Activity Centre Dublin

The Only Place in the World to Find All these Activities and Services in One Location

– Par 3 Golf – Golf Driving Range – Golf Lessons – Golf Club Regripping and Repairs

 – FootGolf – Rugby Golf – FootDarts –

– FootBowl – Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting – Target DiscGolf –

Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin wishes each and everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Gift Ideas – Golf and Other Activities

Gift ideas for Christmas 2016.

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Ireland’s Best Golf and Activity Centre

Newcastle Golf Centre-Ireland’s Best Golf and Activity Centre

At Newcastle Golf Centre we provide a range of excellent golf facilities and activity centre to cater for all ages and all interests. Only 30 minutes from Dublin we are the perfect location for a family day out, birthdays, team building and corporate days, stags and hens and more.

For the keen golfer our floodlit, covered driving range and short game practice area provide the perfect warm up before you head to the course. The 18 hole par 3 golf course is the perfect challenge set in a beautiful parkland location.

imageimageFor the part time golfer we now offer FootGolf! Part soccer, part golf, all entertainment and suitable for all skill levels. Great family fun and a brilliant way to play golf without having to carry clubs!

Or why not try something completely different- Laser Clay Shooting. Using real, deactivated guns, fire a harmless beam at a clay launched through the air. Completely safe, environmentally friendly as the clays are re usable and fun for any occasion. ( must be 16 years of age or older due to the weight of the guns).


FootBowl, our newest activity is suitable for all ages. The aim of the game is simple, using a soccer ball or American football, knock down your opponents pins before they knock yours down. Looks easier than it is!

Booking is required for Laser Clay Shooting and FootBowl.  more activities coming soon, keep an eye on our website for future updates.

For more information on our current facilities contact us on

Newcastle Golf and Activity Centre

Peamount Lane, Newcastle, Co Dublin

Tel: 01 6210201

086 8299585(mobile)

Short Game Tips

The short game is one of the most important areas of golf but very often it is overlooked during practice sessions. The driver is favoured by most golfers when going to the practice range but by dividing equal time between the longer clubs and the short game even the occasional golfer will benefit  greatly. When we look at an average par 72 course with four par 3 holes, that would leave just 14 holes where the driver may be required. On the same course you will use the putter, chip from the edge of the grip, may hit shots from green side bunkers and will have pitch shots from 50 yards in.

Newcastle Gollf Centre - Chipping area

Chipping Area


Check out the article below for tour pro Padraig Harringtons short game tips.

imageChip, Pitch, Splash
Padraig Harrington

“Take it from me, short game practice is the quickest route to shooting lower scores. The vast majority of the shots that you hit in a typical round are from within 100 yards of the hole, and so it follows that the extra effort you put into your short game will produce big dividends in terms of cutting your handicap.
That’s simple logic and – perhaps more importantly – a huge return for little effort on your part.

As attractive as that prospect sounds, however, working on the short game just isn’t regarded as sexy when compared to smashing drivers into the middle distance.
The talk in the bar is usually all about the guy who hit the par-5 in two, or who hit an enormous drive round the corner of the dogleg, even if he ended up three putting.

Funny how the guy who hit three shots onto the green and holed the putt rarely rates a mention.

It isn’t for me to tell you how to spend the limited amount of time you have for practice. And yes, I understand that chipping, pitching and putting may not quite hold the allure of launching your latest titanium. But think of the benefits.

A tight short game helps you play well; it helps you to score even when you play badly; it makes you consistently a better golfer. I don’t know about you, but all of that sounds like a whole lot of fun to me…


Week-in, week-out, I see the same basic chipping error committed by at least one of my pro-am partners. Even before they attempt to play the shot, they are clearly thinking about lifting the ball up into the air. You can see it in the set-up. The usual symptoms are a dropping of the right shoulder and a shifting of weight on to the right side, away from the target (left). Pretty well the exact opposite of what you should be doing.

Look at it this way. The lowest part of your swing arc – i.e. where the clubhead strikes the ground – is always going to be directly below your sternum, which doubles as your centre of gravity. So all you have to do is create an address position that encourages the club to make contact with the ground directly under the ball. In other words, you need to set up with your sternum level with the ball. To do that, lean into your left side (let comfort determine the width of your stance) with as much as 90% of your weight on your left foot. Then leave it there throughout your swing.

If that proves difficult, try lifting your right foot all but off the ground at address so that only your big toe is touching. I often do that when I practise. You’ll soon get a cleaner, crisper, more consistent strike on the ball.

I’m not someone who chips with the same club all the time. To me, that requires too much in-swing manipulation and is just another complication to what should be a simple shot. So I chip with anything and everything, from a lob-wedge to a 6-iron, depending on how high I want the ball to fly and how much I want it to run on landing. Work on that a bit.

Pick a spot on the practice green and, using each of your chipping clubs, aim to land the ball on that spot and see how far it runs out from that landing area.

Only the club changes – the technique doesn’t. As you will discover, the more lofted the club you use, the less the ball will want to run out on the green. You have to use this information to figure out which club suits a certain situation on the course. In general, I recommend you get the ball on the deck as soon as possible. It’s easier to hit a target spot that is near to you, playing a low runner, than it is aiming to fly the ball with a high lob.


I’m often asked when a chip turns into a pitch. My answer is ‘when the length of the shot requires you to make even the smallest pivot,’ which, for me, equates to somewhere around the 60-yard mark. The best strategy is to see your pitches as ‘mini-shots’ that are produced by a swing that is made at less than your full speed.

That’s important.

Obviously the hands have to be sensitive to the shot and the wrists will hinge and respond to the weight of the clubhead, adding to the overall rhythm of your swing. But at the same time you want to at least feel that you eliminate hand action as much as possible so that you are able to consistently control your speed through the ball. Ideally, you only want to dislodge a small shallow divot after the ball has been strick. A big divot tells you that your swing is too steep.

For the desired ball-turf impact, think ‘shallow’ on your downswing. Which isn’t the same as sweeping the ball off the turf. You still want to produce a slightly downward hit through impact. To encourage this, set up with the ball about halfway between the middle of your stance and your left heel. In other words, more forward than you might first think.

Once you are happy at address – again, let comfort dictate the distance between your feet – focus on swinging within yourself. You hardly ever want to be trying to hit the ball more than 75% of what you would consider your maximum distance. Let’s say you can hit your lob wedge 80 yards flat out.

You should rarely use that club for a pitch of more than 60 yards. A little practice will soon give you a feel for how far you can hit the ball with a variety of backswing lengths.


unker play is a bit like chipping, at least when it comes to your address position. As you did for the chip shot, you want to create ‘impact’ at address.

So set up this time with your sternum directly above a point about an inch behind the ball. In other words, above the area of sand you want the sole of the club to enter the sand as you skim it through.

Again, you want most of your weight – about 90% – on your left side. Again, you want to leave it there throughout the swing. That has the benefit of angling your shoulders downward from right to left, which allows you to make a slightly steeper than normal backswing and forward swing and encourages you to ‘skim’ the club through the sand. When you get that right, the ball flies out high and soft.


How open?

Good bunker technique revolves around a good set-up position. For me, that involves letting the length of the shot I am playing dictate how far left I aim my body at address and how much I open the clubface. It’s a trade-off.

The simple rule of thumb that I follow is that for every degree I open the clubface, I open up my body by the same amount. So, for a standard greenside shot, a line along my feet will be aimed roughly 30 degrees left of the flag, the clubface opened until the leading edge is aligned 30 degrees right of the flag – as we have illustrated here (left). If I want the ball to go further than normal, I square up both my stance and the clubface.

If I don’t want the ball to go as far – say, when I want a very soft pop-up type shot – I would significantly open both my stance and the clubface until I was satisfied that I had the perfect set-up for the shot (right).

One last thing. Even the briefest of glances at all the best sand players reveals that every one of them has a significant bend in their knees at address. They ‘sit down’ to hit bunker shots. You should, too.”

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At Newcastle Golf Centre we have a practice putting green, 2 chipping greens and practice bunkers to ensure your short game is the best it can be.

Practice Putting Green & Chipping Area

Gift Voucher

Looking for a last minute Christmas present? Its that time of year again when Santa puts his golf clubs away for a day to make his worldwide journey! If you’re looking for a stocking filler, Newcastle Golf Centre is here to help.


The perfect gift for the golfer in you’re life, our Gift Voucher can be used for a range of activities at Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin.

  • Par 3 golf
  • Golf Driving Range
  • FootGolf
  • Golf Lessons
  • Footbowl
  • and more

To order a voucher

Tel: 01 6210201

Mob: 086 8299585


Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas from Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin.

Golf Instruction at Newcastle Golf Centre

Golf Instruction at Newcastle Golf Centre

How to cure a slice? How to stop hooking? Topped or fat shots? How to hit a fade or a draw? How to make more putts?

Take your golf game to the next level. Whether picking up a club for the first time or if you are looking for a single figure handicap, a golf lesson at Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin will develop a lesson programme to suit your needs and help with your golfing goals.

Golf Instruction

Golf Instruction


Golf instruction is available from Qualified Golf Teachers, with a number of years golf instruction experience. If you are slicing, hooking or having any issue with your golf swing or just want advice our experienced coaches can guide you with excellent tuition.

The range of facilities at Newcastle Golf Centre mean that we can cover all aspects of the game. From driving and irons on the driving range, putting, chipping and bunker play on the short game practice area and bringing it all together on the par 3 golf course. Golf club Regripping and repairs are also available on site to ensure the clubs are suited to the individual golfers needs.

Located only minutes from Newcastle, Celbridge, Lucan, Clondalkin, Tallaght, Rathcoole, Leixlip and only a short drive from the N7, N4 and M50 motorways, Newcastle Golf Centre is an ideal location for golf lessons in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and more.

To book a golf lesson or for enquiries

Tel: 016210201

Mob: 0868299585


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The Masters 2015

Best of Luck Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry and Darren Clarke this weekend at the Masters 2015 at Augusta, from all of us at Newcastle Golf Centre Dublin.

For all the latest from Augusta National follow the link below to the Masters 2015 official website.


Operation Transformation!

What better way to get some fresh air and exercise than by playing golf. The par 3 Golf Course at Newcastle Golf Centre gives all level of golfers from beginner to professional a wonderful challenge in a beautiful parkland location.

The golf course can be completed in less than two hours meaning you have enjoyed a good walk but still have time left to carry on with lifes busy schedules.

Make this your Operation Transformation and improve your health while improving your golf at the same time.

Click the link to see the health benefits of playing golf.

Golf Driving Range Tips

Golf Driving Range Tips

With Rory McIlroy getting to grips with his golf game for the 2015 season, why not get your own game in shape too. Heres a great article with some golf tips  to guide when when practicing at the driving range.


Visiting a driving range can help you improve your golf game without the expense of playing a full round of golf. At a driving range, it’s possible to hit several dozen or even more than 100 balls in a relatively short period of time without any pressure. Depending on where you live, you might be able to visit an outdoor driving range all year, or you can take advantage of an indoor range during the winter.
Step 1
Stretch your shoulders, back, legs and arms for several minutes before taking a club out of your bag. Loosening the body helps warm your muscles and lessen the chance of a swing-related injury. After stretching, take several practice swings with a 9-iron. Practice swings continue to loosen your body.
Step 2
Hit a number of shots with your 9-iron, focusing on proper foot placement, hand placement on the grip, backswing and follow through. Avoid the temptation to race through shot after shot. Instead, approach each shot as though you’re on the golf course and the shot is important. Rushing yourself at the driving range can produce bad habits.
Step 3
Move through your irons from high to low. Next, select a hybrid club if you have one and then your woods from high to low. Note your distance with each club; knowing this information helps you select the proper club when playing on a course. Most driving ranges have yardage markers set up at 50, 100, 150 and 200 yards. Use these markers to your advantage as you hit each club.
Step 4
Hit at least 10 balls with your driver, noting the distance and trajectory of each shot. If you struggle hitting your driver, the driving range is the ideal opportunity to improve your consistency.
Step 5
Move to the driving range’s short-game area and practice hitting balls out of the sand and onto the green with your sand wedge. Practice chipping and pitching at the designated area, and finally, your putting on the practice green. Most of the shots you take in a round of golf are shorter shots; spend adequate time practicing with these clubs.

Aim for specific yard markers and try to place shots as close to the markers as possible. Having a very specific target will help you focus.
To simulate the routine of playing a hole of golf, tee off with a driver, hit a long iron and follow it up with a short iron or wedge.