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Golf has become one of the fastest growing outdoor
activities in Ireland. With over 400 golf clubs,
Ireland has 30% of the links courses in the world,
as well as top championship parkland courses.
Choose from links courses where the sea breeze
invigorates your game or pick an inland jewel
with interesting lake or river shots. Whatever
course you choose you are assured of a warm welcome
and a great game.
There are four main golfing locations in Ireland
- the Southwest, the Dublin area, Northern Ireland,
and the west.
Designed by: Robert
Trent Jones Sr.
Par 72; 7125 yards
The course at Adare, current home of the Irish
Open, measures 7,125 yards and uses 230 acres
of lush countryside. Three lakes, anchor the front
nine. The River Maigue meanders through the back
nine creating a sense of beauty and challenge.
Adare joins the list of top courses designed by
Robert Trent Jones Sr. Having designed 45 of the
top 100 golf courses world-wide, Mr. Jones sees
the 18th hole as being one of the best finishing
holes, with water coming into play from tee to
Golf Club - Old
Designed by: James
Par 71; 6542 yards
Ballybunion – the quintessential Irish links.
Founded in 1893 and designed by James MacKenna,
this County Kerry links course, is consistently
ranked in the top 10 in the world. Often referred
to as a golfer’s paradise, many consider
the back nine to be the best in the world. The
course features many bunkers, raised greens, towering
sand dunes with many cliff-edged holes running
beside the ocean.
Golf Club - Cashen
Designed by: Robert
Par 72; 6216 yards
In the early 1980’s American course architect
Robert Trent Jones was asked to design a second
course at Ballybunion. He was so impressed by
the terrain that he declared it "the finest
piece of linksland I have ever seen".
Golf Club - Glashedy Links
Designed by: Pat
Ruddy and Tom Craddock
Par 72; 7217 yards
It was once the best kept secret in golf, but
Ballyliffin has recently been described as "the
Ballybunion of the North". Situated close
to Malin Head on Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula,
Ireland’s most northerly links comprises
365 acres of spectacular duneland as is practically
surrounded by rolling hills and mountains - the
only other boundary is the Atlantic Ocean.
Golf Club - Baltray
Designed by: Tom
Par 73; 6936 yards
This 18-hole course presents great challenges
and is situated in an area of great beauty. The
course has the natural hazards of blowing winds
and heavy rough -- two factors not to be ignored.
Although Baltray’s demands are stern, its
rewards are many at least in the fun and enjoyment
it evokes and the sense of freshness that prevails.
Golf Club - Ballyconneely
Designed by: Eddie
Par 73; 7229 yards
Connemara Championship Golf Links is located on
the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. It sits in a most
spectacular setting with the Twelve Bens mountains
as a backdrop. The natural terrain and unspoiled
environment offer the visitor a wonderland of
sights, experience, adventure and activities.
The championship course is of the highest quality
and offers a challenge as good as any golfer is
likely to find. The greens are widely acknowledged
as among the best in the country.
Golf Club - Murvagh
Designed by: Eddie
Par 73; 6541 yards
Officially opened in the 1970s, Donegal Golf Club
at Murvagh is one of Ireland's finest courses.
It has been called "The Muirfield of Ireland"
and boasts a spectacular view of the Atlantic
Ocean as well as the Bluestack Mountains. Pat
Ruddy, the designer of Druids Glen, the European
Club, Ballyliffen, St. Margerets and other well
known courses was involved with re-designing some
of the greens.
Designed by: Dr.
Par 71; 6500 yards
Golf has been played in Dooks since 1889. The
course is set out on one of three stretches of
sand dunes at the head of Dingle Bay. In the immediate
foreground are the sand dune peninsulas of Rossbeigh
and Inch. Just a few miles away are the whitewashed
houses of Cromane where the fishing village provides
an eye-catching distraction.
So for the golfer who is seeking a beautiful and
tranquil environment to enjoy good golf, Dooks
presents a convincing case. Hole number 13 best
illustrates the charm and magic of Dooks. It is
a throwback hole to the time when golf began.
Greens lay where they fell and were the better
Golf Club – Championship
Designed by: Tom
Craddock, Pat Ruddy
Par 72; 7058 yards
The mystique of Druids Glen creates an exceptional
golfing experience that is unique with its distinguished
surroundings and spectacular views.
The owners and designers of Druids Glen were greatly
aided by their chosen location -- four hundred
acres of gently rolling, wooded countryside in
one of Ireland’s most beautiful counties.
Golf perfection was achieved while remaining faithful
to the graceful maturity of the original estate
Designed by: Pat
Par 71; 7149 yards
The European Club presents a stunning golf and
visual experience as it tumbles through almost
200 acres of glorious sand dunes, and runs along
the beach on Ireland ’s lovely east coast,
just South of Dublin. The links opened in 1992
and has gained recognition as one of Ireland’s
six greatest golf courses.
Galway Bay Golf Club
Designed by: Christy
Par 72; 7180 yards
The Galway Bay golf course is located on one of
the most historical sites in the west of Ireland,
the Renville Peninsula.
This Championship course was designed by Christy
O’Connor Jr., a native of Galway. In his
design of the course, O’Connor did all he
could to maintain the ancient sites which lie
on and surround this course.
The K Club
Designed by: Arnold
Par 72; 7178 yards
The Kildare Country Club, more commonly known
as "The K Club," has been home to the
Smurfit European Open since 1995, and was the
venue for the Ryder Cup in 2006. The Arnold Palmer-designed
course is recognized as one of the finest in Europe.
Golf Club – Old
Designed by: Tom
Morris / Dr. Alister MacKenzie
Par 72; 6882 yards
Considered one of the great golf courses in the
world, “ The St. Andrews of Ireland,”
Lahinch, was founded in 1892 and designed by Dr.
Alister MacKenzie with improvements made by Old
Tom Morris. Located near Limerick, a short drive
from Shannon Airport and two miles from the Cliffs
of Moher, Lahinch is a spectacular seaside links
course featuring blind shots and high dunes set
in a natural terrain.
Designed by: Joe
Carr, Ron Kirby, Paddy Merrigan, & Eddie Hackett
Par 72; 7121 yards
Old Head Golf Links is one of the most remarkable
developments ever conceived in the history of
golf; an Atlantic promontory that will never be
rivaled in terms of drama and beauty. It rises
hundreds of feet high above dramatic cliffs, surrounded
by the ocean on all sides and commanding the most
spectacular views from virtually every part.
Down Golf Club
Designed by: Old
Tom Morris and Mother Nature
Par 71; 7167 yards
The Championship course at Royal County Down course
is not only one of the most challenging courses
in the world but also one of the most beautiful.
It consistently rated in the world’s top
ten courses. (In 2007 Golf Digest ranked it the
best course outside the US.)
This course is thrilling to play with great swathes
of heather and gorse lining fairways that tumble
beneath vast sand hills and wild tussocky-faced
bunkers defending small, subtly contoured greens.
Designed by: Harry
Par 72; 7250 yards
The course at Royal Dublin is 6,855 yards in length
and is laid out in the old traditional links style,
resembling St. Andrews. Fine fescue grasses provide
an ideal base for greens and fairways, and a wandering
wind adds that extra hazard. Fine bunkers, close
lies, superb greens and subtle trappings are all
features of Royal Dublin.
Royal Portrush Golf Club
Designed by: Harry
Par 73; 6845 yards
Royal Portrush was founded in 1888 and named in
1893. This Championship course is the only one
in Ireland to have hosted the British Open.
Royal Portrush provides much variety in its game
because of a tangle of sand hills and sweeping
contours of dunes all around. This course is famous
for its lovely setting, magnificent turf, and
Designed by: Arnold
Par 71; 6890 yards
Arnold Palmer promised members of Tralee that
this course would turn out a masterpiece. Palmer
won the tender from a host of the world’s
leading golf course designers, and sure enough,
it is a masterpiece.
His favorite part of the course is the spectacular
par-three 3rd hole. It conjures up the frightening
aspects of a Pebble Beach and Cypress Point, where
the mid-iron shot has to be hit by the edge of
the cliff and against the distracting background
music of pounding Atlantic waves.
Designed by: John
A. Mulcahy, Eddie Hackett
Par 72; 7184 yards
Golf at Waterville is an almost mystical experience
– the beauty of classic linksland, surrounded
by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped
by the elements. Over 100 years old, Waterville
is rated among the top five courses in Ireland
and the top 20 links courses in the world.
druids heath golf club
Located just outside Aldridge, near Walsall, Druids Heath Golf Club is a member of the Staffordshire Union of Golf Clubs.
The 6,665 yard (competition tees), Par 72 course provides a challenging test of golf all year round. Opened for play in 1974, it has matured into an attractive tree lined course with many fast sloping greens and strategically placed bunkers. Its location affords impressive views of the Staffordshire countryside.
One of the plus points of Druids Heath is that it is well known as a course which is not unduly affected by wet conditions. Its elevated position and quick draining land means that it is rarely closed and in summer is always extremely well presented.
Founded on November 9th 1881, The Royal Belfast Golf Club is the oldest club in Ireland and its formation proved to be the inspiration for the growth of the game in Ireland. The founding of the club is primarily due to Mr. Thomas Sinclair who, having played golf with friends at St. Andrews whilst visiting Scotland in the summer of 1881, was smitten by the game.
county sligo golf club
County Sligo Golf Club is situated at Rosses Point, a seaside village eight kilometres north west of Sligo town, and is one of the oldest and best known links courses in Ireland. Founded in 1894 on land leased from Henry Middleton, an uncle of W.B Yeats the famous poet and Nobel Prize winner for literature and his brother Jack B Yeats the noted landscape painter.
enniscrone golf club
Welcome to Enniscrone Golf Club. Situated beside the picturesque seaside town of Enniscrone, the golf course affords panoramic views of Killala Bay, Bartra Island and sandy beaches with Nephin and the Ox Mountains forming the backdrop.
Founded in 1918, redesigned by Eddie Hackett in 1974 and by Donald Steel in 2001, this championship course is one of Ireland's finest links courses. Apart from the championship links known as The Dunes, there is also the splendid 9 hole Scurmore course.
carne golf links
Carne Golf Links lies in magnificent unspoiled sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay and the wild Atlantic Ocean near Belmullet Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland. Carne was the last links course to be designed by the late Eddie Hackett and it is now believed by many who have played it to his greatest challenge.
Dingle golf links
For many it is the truly special people of the Dingle Peninsula that make their time here so memorable.
For others the quite breathtaking scenery of the peninsula revealing as it does its hidden bays, small fishing villages, glorious mountains and the Blasket Islands.
It may be the Dingle's reputation for fantastic seafood and a night in one of the towns lively pubs enjoying traditional music and a turf fire.
fota island golf club
A new course designed by Christy O'Connor and Peter McEvoy was developed at Fota Island in 1993. Large scale redesigning of the course was undertaken by Jeff Howes Golf Designs. The course reopened with 18 greens in September 1999. The Fota Island Golf Club has hosted several Golf Championships including the European Seniors Open, the Irish Open, the Irish PGA Championship and the Irish Amateur Open.
the island golf club
The Island Golf Club is one of Ireland's Premier Links Courses. A mere 15
minutes from Dublin Airport, this Championship Links Course is located
across the estuary from Malahide, just North of Portmarnock.
The Island Golf Club was established in 1890 and, surrounded by the sea
on three sides, it enjoys a unique setting. Until as recently as 1973 the
club was approached by boat from Malahide across the estuary.
killarney golf and fishing club
Killarney Golf and Fishing Club lies on the main road to Killorglin just three miles west of the town center of Killarney. As you drive west, the terrain slopes up a hillside. On the left is the flat plain beside the lake. Across the lake, the Macgillycuddy's Peaks rise 3,000 feet. To the East toward the town and further south around the lake is the magnificent Killarney National Park.
portstewart golf club
Universally acknowledged as one of the truly great links courses, Portstewart is situated to the north side of Dublin, about 12 miles from the city centre. Its quality and location have made it a splendid venue for some of the game’s great events, from the British Amateur Championship of 1949, to the Canada Cup in 1960, quite apart the 1991 Walker Cup(teams pictured below) and 12 stagings of the revived Irish Open.
castlerock golf club
Castlerock Golf Club is situated in the seaside village of Castlerock, which lies approximately 5 miles due West of the town of Coleraine on the North Coast of Northern Ireland. Castlerock is a fabulous links course set among rolling sand dunes. Its scenic qualities embrace the river Bann flowing out to the Atlantic, and also eye-catching views of Donegal and on a clear day towards Scotland and the Isle of Islay. An ideal retreat in which to play golf.
The Championship Mussenden Course is a par 73 with five par-5's, four par-3's, and nine par-4's. The best-known hole is the fourth, called the Leg o'Mutton, a 200 yard par-3 with a railway line to the right, a burn to the left and a raised green.
mount juliet golf club
Mount Juliet Golf Course is set in a world of its own, on lush parkland in the south east of Ireland, and only 20 minutes from Kilkenny ; The Jack Nicklaus designed golf course at Mount Juliet is a centerpiece of one of Ireland's finest golf courses. Blessed with this unique setting, Nicklaus has created a challenging championship golf course and is presented in excellent condition throughout the year.
carton house golf club
Carton House Golf Club boasts two distinctly modern courses, the second of which is the Monty course designed by seven times European number 1, Colin Montgomerie. A very different challenge to it’s neighbour, O’Meara course, the Monty is a unique inland links style creation, which earned the 2004 Best New Design award in Golf World Magazine and was ranked in the top 10 courses by US Golfer’s Digest Magazine in 2005. It’s a long and often demanding modern layout, which came of age as the venue of the 2005 & 2006 Irish Opens.
lee valley golf club
Renowned for its breathtaking scenery and overwhelming hospitality this family run Golf Club is a must for anyone visiting Cork. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, quality of our product and service. There is always a member of the family on hand to ensure that your experience is made truly unique and unforgettable.
Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links
The Jameson family’s private golf course, developed in 1858, was one of the earliest courses in Ireland.
Bernhard Langer affectionately incorporated part of the original layout in his design of the championship links, which opened for play in 1995.
The use of dunes and natural terrain should please the most ardent links purists. Elevated tees and greens, blind approaches and doglegs, not to mention typical links sea breezes, keep you thinking through every round.
Portmarnock Golf Club
Universally acknowledged as one of the truly great links courses, Portmarnock is situated to the north side of Dublin, about 12 miles from the city centre. Its quality and location have made it a splendid venue for some of the game’s great events, from the British Amateur Championship of 1949, to the 1960 Canada Cup (World Cup), the 1991 Walker Cup and 12 stagings of the revived Irish Open.
The Canada Cup was especially notable for the fact that it provided the newly-crowned US Open champion, Arnold Palmer, with his first experience of links golf. As it happened, he and partner Sam Snead captured the trophy for the US, and Palmer’s learning skills were later reflected in successive British Open triumphs in 1961 and 1962.
When Tom Watson played the course as part of his preparation for the defence of his British Open title in 1981, he remarked on the fairness of the layout. There are no tricks or nasty surprises, only an honest, albeit searching test of shotmaking skills. Invariably rated as one of Ireland’s best course, it offers stunning views of the Irish Sea.But above all, there is the charm of its delightful turf, the wildness, the solitude of the sandhills and the sea, and the ever-present challenge of the wind.
rosapenna golf club
Just a short stroll down the road is the fishing village of Downings. Situated on a beautiful beach, its sandy shores ideal for children and where caves and rock pools are just waiting to be explored.
Down at the local pub rugged faced men, with a boyish twinkle in their eyes, tell stories and relate folklore over a pint with such ease that time itself might well stand still. Where traditional music can stir the blood and the craic can be mighty and continue late into the night
westport golf club
Situated on the shores of Clew Bay, at the base of the holy mountain Croagh Patrick , Westport Golf Club is located in an exceptionally scenic spot. The course is set over 260 acres of rolling parkland of the former estate of Lord Sligo. The course has a good intuitive layout and plays long but fair, with some excellent par 3s and par 5s.
doonbeg golf club
The Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club, located on the stunning south west coast of Ireland, only 45 minutes from Shannon International Airport, is Ireland's new premier 5 star golf and spa resort destination.
Introducing luxury to links golf, Doonbeg Golf Club combines our spectacular Greg Norman-designed golf course, sumptuous hotel accommodations, picturesque Irish coastal location, and impeccable service to offer our Members and guests the ultimate links experience.
seapoint golf club
The challenge begins from the first tee embarking onto a testing 7,150 yard Par 72 course set on 260 acres of magnificent links land. There is an abundance of natural vegetation and wonderful dunes awaiting any errant shot. Every club in the bag is required to play this championship course. Progress through a front nine with a slightly heath land feel with an abundance of gorse and mature tress lining the boundary off the course. Water comes into play on 5 of the holes.