Ireland truly has arguably the greatest concentration of true championship golf courses for golfers to experience. With superior links courses, inland jewels and newly developed creations, Ireland Golf offers different styles for everyone. Enjoy beautiful landscapes from the stunning and rugged scenery of the West coast to the more distinguished and cosmopolitan areas surrounding Ireland’s capital, Dublin.
Below we have selected a few of the leading
golf courses in Ireland. Although these are some of the most famous and popular
golf destinations in Ireland, there are plenty others to choose from. For more information on how you can customize your
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SAMPLE OF LEADING IRELAND GOLF COURSES :
The Island Golf Club
Probably one of the more testing challenges in the Dublin area. A redesigned course, its layout will force you to use every club in your bag. The Island is a stunning place to play a round of golf and the club offers first-class facilities and, of course, a warm Irish welcome in the clubhouse.
The K Club
Host of the 2006 Ryder Cup, the K Club sits on land close to the River Liffey. The K Club is located west of Dublin in the beautiful emerald green countryside of County Kildare. Designed by Arnold Palmer, this is a regular site of the annual European PGA Open.
Often referred to as the “Augusta of Ireland,” this spectacular course offers golfers a colorful backdrop with lush forestry and streams flowing throughout the course. Don’t get caught up too much in the scenery as the course presents a stern test of golfing skill.
The European Club
The European Club is one of the greatest new links courses to have been created in recent years. This modern links layout uses coastal land to create a wonderful golfing experience. It features exciting links golf through tumbling dunes with dramatic views of the Irish Sea from sixteen holes!
The Links at Portmarnock
Although one of the newest links courses in Ireland, this Bernhard Langer design provides all the necessary ingredients for the links purist as it winds its way through dunes, is dotted with numerous pot bunkers and is open to the whims of the elements sweeping in from the Irish Sea.
Lahinch Golf Course
This course occupies a very special place in Irish golf: its location, its history, and its wonderful layout all contribute to a really special experience for any golfing enthusiast. It is well known for its numerous blind shots through the beautiful coastline dunes.
Doonbeg Golf Club
The land is made of rolling hills, high on the cliffs along the Irish coast. The layout is characterized by mountainous sand dunes and dramatic sea views. Watch out for the magnificent par-3 14th, the signature hole on the course: it is, truly, one of the best short holes in golf.
Tralee Golf Course
Designed by Arnold Palmer and winner of the ITGOA Golf Course of the Year 2007, Tralee is a treat! With the benefit of an absolutely stunning piece of land, Palmer created a classic links course with treacherous traps and undulating greens, all adding up to make this a course you will want to play again and again.
Waterville Golf Club
Situated on an island in the Waterford Estuary, this is considered Ireland’s only true island golf course and widely regarded as one of the top links courses in the world. While the front nine is exciting, the inward half is even better with a spectacular view of Mulcahy's Peak at the par-3 17th.
Old Head Golf Links
This is one of the most talked-about courses in the world. Old Head is a remarkably dramatic piece of Ireland, protruding over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. Nine holes play along the cliff tops, and all eighteen holes provide stunning ocean views.
Ballybunion (Old Course)
Arguably Ireland’s most admired and distinguished links course. Well over a century old, it is a pure links course designed using the existing links land and massive dunes without the need for artificially created challenges and hazards.