Dr Spring was born in Tralee in April 1945, the eldest son of the famous Kerry All-Ireland football winning captain and long-time Labour TD, Dan Spring.
He won an All-Ireland medal with Kerry in 1963. However, on moving to UCC to study medicine, golf became his first love, although he later played with Kerins/O’Rahillys alongside his international rugby playing brothers, Donal and Dick.
Dr Spring built a general practice in Tralee, while also earning his place on the Munster golf team. He won a Barton Shield medal with Killarney in 1980.
On reaching his 50th birthday in 1995, he turned professional and two years later gained his card on the European Seniors Tour. That in turn enabled him launch Spring Golf Design. He designed a large number of courses including Beaufort, Castlegregory, Castleisland, Kenmare and Parknasilla in his native county as well as Cavan , Clones, Roscrea, Woodstock, Craddockstown, Cregmore Park, East Clare, Kilrush and Newcastle West.
His son Graham played golf for Ireland in the Home International Championship and another son, Arthur, was elected a TD in 2011. He is also survived by his son John and daughter Julianne.
Kilrush Golf & Sports Club which is situated half mile outside the old heritage town of Kilrush was founded in 1934. The new course which was re-designed by Dr. Arthur Spring in 1994 is a gem. The clever use of the natural terrain combined with water, trees and sand bunkers has resulted in a scenic course that is a pleasure to play.
The ninth hole is breathtaking. Played from a plateau, this par 3 which measures 168 yards to the green set in the valley and guarded on three sides by water, with sand on the fourth side. The index one 11th hole measures 421 yards but only the brave will take on the water in order to reach the green in two. The closing five holes, depending on the direction of the wind can be a severe test before the warmth of the Clubhouse & Restaurant where you can relax, enjoy a drink , a chat and choose from our full à la carte menu should you desire.
West Clare is known as the land of the welcomes and Kilrush Golf & Sports Club has been often described by as the friendliest club in the whole of Ireland. Visitors are always made welcome, being greeted with a smile and bid farewell with a wave goodbye.
Kilrush is an ideal base for a Golf Holiday in Ireland being within easy reach of famous courses such as Lahinch, Ballybunion and Killarney while the scenic cliffs of Kilkee are only 7 miles away. It is a beautiful setting, looking out on the River Shannon, the Kerry Mountains & the Atlantic Ocean.
There are many lovely AirBnB's nearby where you can set up your base for the ultimate golf holiday but at a very affordable cost. Enjoy your stay & Enjoy your golf
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