Courses

Ardglass Golf Club

Castle Pl
Downpatrick, TRA, BT30 7TP
United Kingdom

Region: 6. Ireland

Ardglass Golf Club

Located 30 miles from Belfast on the beautiful County Down coast, Ardglass GC is links golf as it should be. With views of the rugged and beautiful coast line from every hole and the majesty of the Mourne Mountains providing the perfect back-drop, Ardglass has a true claim to be rated amongst the world's greatest links courses.

Located 30 miles from Belfast on the beautiful County Down coast, Ardglass GC is links golf as it should be. With views of the rugged and beautiful coast line from every hole and the majesty of the Mourne Mountains providing the perfect back-drop, Ardglass has a true claim to be rated amongst the world?s greatest links courses.

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR:
Length (m): 5600
Architect: Various
Design Year: 1900's

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Ballybunion Golf Club - Cashen Course

Sandhill Road
Ballybunion, County Kerry, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Ballybunion Golf Club - Cashen Course

The newer Cashen Course at Ballybunion was designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened for play in the early 1980's. On the same strecth of links land as the Old Course, the Cashen Course is a roller-coaster ride through towering dunes stretched between the Cashen River and the ocean.

The newer Cashen Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened for play in the early 1980's. On the same strecth of links land as the Old Course, the Cashen Course is a roller-coaster ride through towering dunes stretched between the Cashen River and the ocean.

As a golf course it is probably more spectacular than the Old Course, probably a tougher test of golf that the Old Course and that's the rub. The only answer to which course is "better" is to play both and decide for yourself. Some will relish the challenge, others will say it's unfair! Nobody can be right, nobody can be wrong.

The first and second play away from the clubhouse towards the River Cashen. The course then tumbles and flows through the dunes with a succession of terrific golf holes. The 8th and 9th holes, both par-5s in the same direction towards the clubhouse, have the feeling of freefalling down a mountain whacking a golf ball as you go!

The second nine play more through the dunes and there are several awe-inspring holes. The par-5 fifteenth ranks as one of the best par 5's in all of Ireland. The tee-shot is blind, played towards the mass of dunes in the distance. Once you reach the landing area the scene is just awesome. The green perched away in the distance, nestled in the dunes. Immediately before you is a steep plunge to a valley that contains the intervening terrain in the form of a cascading series of large humps and hollows. The hole just smacks of temptation to take it all on and try and find the green - a very risky strategy!

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 5630
Architect: Robert Trent Jones Snr
Design Year: 1982

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Ballybunion Golf Club - Old Course

Sandhill Road
Ballybunion, County Kerry, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Ballybunion Golf Club - Old Course

The Old Course at Ballybunion is one of the most popular courses in the whole of Ireland. Established in 1893, the course was extended to 18 holes in 1926.

The Old Course at Ballybunion is one of the most popular courses in the whole of Ireland. American visitors in particular just love the course and five-times Open champion Tom Watson is a self-confessed fan of Ballybunion.

Established in 1893, the course was extended to 18 holes in 1926. Due to the threat of coastal erosion - it is set in sandhills alongside the Atlantic Ocean - the order of the holes was changed in the early 1970s and you now actually start at the old 14th.

Visitors to Ballybunion will undergo a stiff test from start to finish and the homeward nine on the Old Course are simply spectacular. The 11th is possibly the most famous and rated by Tom Watson as one of the toughest holes in the world. The 12th is possibly tougher for the amateur, a long par-3 to an elevated green across an entire expanse of wild duneland.

The par-5 16th possibly typifies Ballybunion, it is intimidating with a tee-shot played to a dog-leg. The temptation to take an agressive line often does not pay dividends and the more consevative line, while difficult to understand from the tee, does not make the hole impossibly long. The 2nd shot must be played uphill through a funnel of dunes leaving a short pitch to one of the larger greens on the course.

The 18th hole is one of the most discussed holes after a round on the Old Course. The approach is again uphill to another dune well protected by sand dunes and almost blind from the fairway. A par on this hole is a noteworthy achievement!

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6034
Architect:
Design Year: 1893

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Ballyliffin Golf Club - Glashedy Links

Ballyliffin, Inishowen, County Donegal, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Ballyliffin Golf Club - Glashedy Links

In keeping with the tradition and reputation of its sister courses, the Glashedy Links at Ballyliffin Golf Club provides a wonderful setting for traditional links golf.

In keeping with the tradition and reputation of its sister courses, the Glashedy Links at Ballyliffin Golf Club provides a wonderful setting for traditional links golf.

In the early summer of 1992 members of the committee met with Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock, both course architects from Dublin. Ruddy and Cradock, in that meeting, stated that the land next to the Old Links was probably the finest piece of links golfing terrain that they had ever seen, and the possibilities for developing it as a golf links were mind-boggling.

The instruction to the designers was to develop a world-class championship standard links courses-something they duly delivered. At over 7,000 yards from the Championship tees, Glashedy Links stands today as a supremely testing and stunningly beautiful links course.

Glashedy is destined for recognition as one of the world's finest links. It is difficult to pick any signature hole at Glashedy as each has its own charms but the par 3, 7th playing from a height to a green some 100 feet below, does catch the eye.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6486
Architect: Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock
Design Year: 1992

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Ballyliffin Golf Club - Old Links

Ballyliffin, Inishowen, County Donegal, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Ballyliffin Golf Club - Old Links

The Old Links at Ballyliffin Golf Club is a classically old fashioned links. It is the extraordinary terrain that makes a game on the Old Links such a unique experience: stand on any tee and the fairway ripples and tumbles in each and every direction.

Christened the 'Dornoch of Ireland', Ballyliffin Golf Club's Old Links is now recognised as one of Ireland's ultimate golfing beauties.

A personal favourite of Nick Faldo, who fell in love with the course and its surroundings in 1993, Ballyliffin is one of the friendliest clubs on the Emerald Isle, boasting an unsurpassable setting and quality of terrain that is so perfect for golf.  Nick Faldo visited Ballyliffin in June 1993 and described The Old Links as the most natural golf course he had ever seen.

Situated close to Malin Head on Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula, Ireland's most northerly links comprises 365 acres of spectacular duneland and is practically surrounded by rolling hills and mountains - the only other boundary is the Atlantic Ocean.

The Old Links is a classically old fashioned links. It oozes charm, character and curiosity. More than anything, it is the extraordinary terrain that makes a game on the Old Links such a unique experience: stand on any tee and the fairway ripples and tumbles in each and every direction. The principal architect of the links was of course, Mother Nature.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6003
Architect: Eddie Hackett
Design Year: 1970

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Bundoran Golf Club

, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Bundoran Golf Club

Bundoran Golf Club is located on a rocky headland between Bundoran Beach and Tullan Strand, and offers stunningly picturesque scenery and a challenging round of golf for all levels of player.

Founded in 1894, Bundoran Golf Course was originally designed by an ancient course designer GL Ballie. Located on a rocky headland between Bundoran Beach and Tullan Strand, the 130 acres of parkland offer stunningly picturesque scenery and a challenging round of golf for all levels of player.

The course is bounded on the right by Bundoran Beach, the town itself and the West End Cliffs, all in the backdrop of Ben Bulben mountain. Bundoran is an ideal combination of links and inland terrain spiced with subtle challenges and an ever-changing wind from the Atlantic will be an experience you will not forget.

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR:
Length (m): 5170
Architect: GL Ballie
Design Year: 1894

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Carne Golf Links

Carne, Belmullet, County Mayo, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Carne Golf Links

Carne Golf Links lies in magnificent unspoiled sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay and the wild Atlantic Ocean. It 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.

Carne Golf Links lies in magnificent unspoiled sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay and the wild Atlantic Ocean near Belmullet 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.

The building of Carne has caused little disturbance to this wild and ancient landscape. Tees and greens occurred naturally and very little earth moving was involved in the course construction. There are some breathtaking views over the Atlantic and the legendary islands of Inis Gloire and Inis Geidhe. Eddie Hackett once said "I just dress up what the Good Lord provides".

Although it would have been possible (many modern designers would say preferable) to remove some of the many "semi-blind" shots on this golf course, Eddie Hackett insisted on leaving the terrain as it was found. The flag cannot be seen on no fewer than 10 of the long holes, but with a little local knowledge there is no tee-shot that is blind. The landing areas are quite clearly visible and from there so are the targets.

The result is a golf course that may have peers but does not have betters. The natural terrain has been carefully preserved in the design of an outstanding links course.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6118
Architect: Eddie Hackett
Design Year: 1992

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Carton House - Montgomerie Course

Maynooth, County Kildare, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Carton House - Montgomerie Course

Carton House was inspired by the greatest links lands of the world, and The Montgomerie Course pays tribute to the traditions of the game and sets a challenge like no other. This is golf at its purest. This is adrenaline and shot-making at its best.

Carton House was inspired by the greatest links lands of the world, and The Montgomerie Course pays tribute to the traditions of the game and sets a challenge like no other. This is golf at its purest. This is adrenaline and shot-making at its best.

Designed by Colin Montgomerie, it’s a journey across sweeping fairways, cavernous bunkers and impeccable greens. It’s an adventure from first to last and is proud to have hosted the worlds finest golfers at the 2005 and 2006 Irish Opens.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6676
Architect: Colin Montgomerie
Design Year:

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Castlerock Golf Club

65 Circular Road
Castlerock, Co Londonderry, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Castlerock Golf Club

Course Information

Par: 73
ACR:
Length (m): 6102
Architect:
Design Year:

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Connemara Golf Links

Ballyconneely, Clifden, County Galway, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Connemara Golf Links

Nestled between the mountains and the sea in the West of Ireland, the Connemara Championship Golf Links is an exhilarating golfing experience.

At the Edge of Europe on the wild Atlantic coast lies a links course that is a challenge to all who play her. Nestled between the mountains and the sea in the West of Ireland, the Connemara Championship Golf Links is an exhilarating golfing experience.

This awesomely picturesque 72 par course with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean was designed by Eddie Hackett and measures over 7,000 yards. Wind and rainbows are the specialty of the house at this 27 hole course which was started in 1973.

An invigorating sea breeze is likely to escort you up the 381 yard first hole. The second opens the horizon to big sky above the Twelve Ben Mountain Range. Breathtaking views of swans, Connemara Ponies and even a castle will inspire you ...all part of the magic of this adventurous course.

The back nine has been described as "the equal of any in the world." Greens set high in the hillside on the 14th and 15th can be unnerving, particularly after the very short but testing 13th.

In the year 2000, an additional nine opened. The first two holes meander along the coast with waves pounding on white sand beaches below. The third and fourth curl inland along a tricky waterway. The next five holes are a climb into rocky rolling hills with stunning mountain and ocean views.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6610
Architect: Eddie Hackett
Design Year: 1973

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Cork Golf Club

Little Island, County Cork, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Cork Golf Club

Founded in 1888, the Cork Golf Club was redesigned in 1927 by the world famous golf architect Dr Alister Mackenzie, whose work includes such famous courses as Augusta National, Cypress Point and Royal Melbourne. This championship parkland course is as graceful and mature as its age would suggest.

Founded in 1888, the Cork Golf Club was redesigned in 1927 by the world famous golf architect Dr Alister Mackenzie, whose work includes such famous courses as Augusta National, Cypress Point and Royal Melbourne.

This championship parkland course is as graceful and mature as its age would suggest. Scenically situated in Cork harbour, the club has played host to major Amateur and Professional Championships over the years, including the Carrolls Irish Open, The Irish Professional and The Irish Close Championships and The National Finals.

The tricky par 4, 4th and the par 5, 5th bring the lovely Lough Mahon into play, while the tee on the 6th is beautifully situated on a tiny peninsula. The complexity of the course attracts top class golfers, while the forward tees test and delight the competent player.

Cork Golf Club has hosted many amateur and professional championships, is playable all year and is always in immaculate condition. Visitors will bring away many memories of this outstanding test of golf.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6118
Architect: Alister Mackenzie
Design Year: 1888

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County Louth Golf Club

Baltray Drogheda
Co. Louth, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

County Louth Golf Club

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 six in the island. Sometimes ferocious and other times benign, it provides competition for all handicaps. In today's language it could well be described as "user friendly".

County Louth Golf Club or "Baltray" as it is more affectionately known is situated 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 Links golf at is 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.

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 six in the island. Sometimes ferocious and other times benign, it provides competition for all handicaps. In today's language it could well be described as "user friendly".

County Louth Golf Club were the proud hosts of a highly successful Nissan Irish Open in 2004.

Course Information

Par: 73
ACR:
Length (m): 6305
Architect: Tom Simpson
Design Year: 1938

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County Sligo Golf Club

Rosses Point, County Sligo, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

County Sligo Golf Club

County Sligo is one of the better know links courses on Ireland's northwest coast. Located just outside Sligo town on the Rosses Point headland.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6136
Architect: George Combe
Design Year: 1894

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Donegal Golf Club

Murvagh, Laghey, Donegal Town, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Donegal Golf Club

Donegal Golf Club is located on Murvagh Peninsula in Donegal Bay, not far from Donegal Town in the north of Ireland. The course officially opened in 1976 and is considered one of Ireland's finest.

Donegal Golf Club is located on Murvagh Peninsula in Donegal Bay, not far from Donegal Town in the north of Ireland. The course officially opened in 1976 and is considered one of Ireland's finest.

The Bluestack Mountains serve as a backdrop for the links, and Donegal Bay and the northwest Atlantic Ocean bracket the peninsula. The on-course views match the off-course in many places around the links, which plays through tall, golden fescue and dunes.

Donegal Golf Club is undoubtedly one of the best in the North West and is continually rated in the top 20 courses in Ireland. This Murvagh masterpiece is often described as the Muirfield of Ireland with similar terrain and loops of nine design.

At nearly 7,300 yards from the championship tees, this course is long. The serious golfer needs to be at his or her best, while those less serious will still enjoy. Premium is placed on pure ball striking and the ever present wind requires thought rather than force. It may leave you battle-scarred, but the memory of battles won will leave you with that satisified feeling unique to links golf.

Course Information

Par: 73
ACR:
Length (m): 6618
Architect: Eddie Hackett and Pat Ruddy
Design Year: 1976

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Dooks Golf Club

Knockaunroe, Glenbeigh
Co. Kerry, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Dooks Golf Club

Enjoy Playing One of Ireland's Oldest Links Golf Courses. If you are on a golfing break in Kerry you won't want to miss the opportunity to play Dooks - a truly magical location for a stunning golf course. Experience breathtaking views and a unique links challenge that golfers have enjoyed since 1889.

Course Information

Par:
ACR:
Length (m):
Architect: Anthony Brown
Design Year: 1889

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Dooks Golf Links

Glenbeigh, County Kerry, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Dooks Golf Links

The Dooks Golf Links is set out on one of the three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle bay, a truly magical location for a stunning golf course.

Golf has been played in Dooks since 1889. It was introduced to the local aristocracy by the officers from the Royal Horse Artillery attending compulsory training at the nearby Glenbeigh Artillery Range,and is one of the oldest golf links in Ireland.

The Dooks Golf Links is set out on one of the three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle bay. In the immediate foreground are the sand dune peninsulas of Rossbeigh and Inch and just a few miles away the whitewashed houses of Cromane fishing village provide an eye catching distraction. South eastwards are the famed McGillycuddy's Reeks, to the southwest are the lovely cooms and hills of Glenbeigh and across the bay to the north are the Slieve Mish and Dingle mountains. A truly magical location for a stunning golf course.

For the golfer who is seeking a beautiful and tranquil environment to enjoy good golf. Dooks presents a convincing case. The clubhouse has undergone extensive remodelling but retains its unique friendly atmosphere. You relax in the very intimate bar, and the quality of the full restaurant menu is superb.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 5909
Architect:
Design Year: 1889

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Doonbeg (Trump International Ireland)

Co. Clare Doonbeg
County Clare, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Doonbeg (Trump International Ireland)

Doonbeg Golf Club remains the only Greg Norman designed course in the British Isles and he has achieved near perfection in his first conquest of links terrain. The relatively new course has already had the honour of hosting the 2002 Palmer Cup.

The site at Doonbeg was originally proposed as a golf links in the late 19th century by Scottish Guardsmen stationed in Ireland. Though superior to the other site mooted, Doonbeg was considered too far from the railway station - and so they built their golf course at Lahinch and founded Lahinch Golf Club instead.

The owners of Kiawah Island golf resort purchased the site over 100 years later and the Doonbeg story began.

Greg Norman was commissioned to design the golf course, and like the great man himself the course is bold, brash and with a great deal of style. It is also controversial - visitors tend to either love of loathe Doonbeg to one extreme or the other with very little in between.

The course lies beside White Strand on the west Clare coast, 20 miles south of Lahinch. The beach is one of Ireland's remotest and beautiful stretches of sand, defining Doughmore Bay with the Atlantic Ocean stretching beyond in every direction. Sand dunes mark the edge of land, high above the beach and the golf course plays out and back towards Carrowmore Point to the north.

The most memorable hole is the par-3 14th, a short iron across a deep valley of dense dune grass to a green perched on the very edge of the coast line. The huge three-tiered greenlooks very small from the tee and must be found.

Doonbeg remains the only Greg Norman designed course in the British Isles and he has achieved near perfection in his first conquest of links terrain. The relatively new course has already had the honour of hosting the 2002 Palmer Cup.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6198
Architect: Greg Norman
Design Year: 2000

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Dromoland Golf & Country Club

Newmarket-On-Fergus
County Clare, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Dromoland Golf & Country Club

Set within the magnificent 360 acre Dromoland Castle estate, the Dromoland Golf & Country Club's 18 hole parkland course features rolling hills, centuries-old trees and water hazards that will test your skills.

Golf at Dromoland Golf & Country Club is a very special experience. The sense of history and beauty is prevelant in each and every hole on this course.

Set within the magnificent 360 acre Dromoland Castle estate, the 18 hole parkland course features rolling hills, centuries-old trees and water hazards that will test your skills.

The course at Dromoland has been redesigned by one of the most formidable golf design teams in Europe, Ron Kirby and JB Carr. The result is nothing short of magnificent. From tee to green, Dromoland challenges and tests, while offering sublime views over the estate throughout.

The signature 7th, stands loftily above a postage stamp green with water to the left and a shamrock sand trap to the right. If that was not enough, the eye is breathtakingly distracted by the magnificence of Dromoland Lough and Castle as a backdrop. The recent developments at Dromoland have pitched the course into an entirely new level of play. It is a “must” on any serious itinerary of golf in Ireland.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6222
Architect: J.B. Carr and Ron Kirby
Design Year:

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Druids Glen Golf Resort

Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Druids Glen Golf Resort

Druids Glen Golf Resort is often referred to as "The Augusta of Europe". The flora and fauna of the Glen provide a colourful backdrop to a magnificent golf course.

Druids Glen Golf Resort is often referred to as "The Augusta of Europe". The flora and fauna of the Glen provide a colourful backdrop to a magnificent golf course. The forests and streams produce a haven for wildlife in what was once a home to the Druids.

Design duo Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock were given the brief to create the best inland course in Ireland. The classic parkland course features many signature holes and provides golfers with a thrilling golf experience amidst a beautifully manicured landscape.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6424
Architect: Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock
Design Year: 1995

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Enniscrone Golf Club - The Dunes

Enniscrone, County Sligo, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Enniscrone Golf Club - The Dunes

Enniscrone Golf Club gives the golfer a picture of life as it must have been for primeval person - rugged dunes, unchanged since time began, a bracing wind, clear sky, the most beautiful beach in Ireland, the Moy Estuary and the Atlantic Ocean, all encompassed by the backdrop of the Nephin and Ox Mountains as they loom heavily against the sky.

Enniscrone Golf Club gives the golfer a picture of life as it must have been for primeval person - rugged dunes, unchanged since time began, a bracing wind, clear sky, the most beautiful beach in Ireland, the Moy Estuary and the Atlantic Ocean, all encompassed by the backdrop of the Nephin and Ox Mountains as they loom heavily against the sky. An idyllic haven indeed.

There are two courses in Enniscrone Golf Club, The Dunes which is their flagship Championship course and the Scurmore Course. 

Many memorable holes exist at Enniscrone while each one tests the golfer's skills and concentration to the limit. Donald Steele, the celebrated British golf course architect was commissioned to design an additional nine holes in the late 1990's. These holes were completed by early 2001 and have been integrated into the original layout. In replacing some of the weaker holes, the present championship course at Enniscrone now represents as fine a test of links golf as one can find anywhere.

Course Information

Par: 73
ACR:
Length (m): 6233
Architect:
Design Year:

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Fota Island Golf Club

Fota Island, County Cork, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Fota Island Golf Club

The Fota Island Golf Club is set within splendid woodlands that are woven into a challenging, par 71, championship course which is very much in the traditional mode, featuring pot bunkers and undulating putting surfaces.

Fota Island Golf Club is located a few minutes drive from Cork City with it's international airport and passenger ferry terminal. It lies in the heart of a 780 acre estate which is included in, "The Inventory of Outstanding Landscapes in Ireland".

The splendid woodlands are woven into a challenging, par 71, championship course which is very much in the traditional mode, featuring pot bunkers and undulating putting surfaces.

In 1993, a new course was developed at Fota Island. It was designed by Irish Ryder Cup star, Christy O'Connor, Jr. and twice English Amateur Champion, Peter McEvoy. While essentially a resort course, it hosted a number of tournaments, including the Irish Club Professional Championship, the Irish PGA Championship and no fewer than three Irish Amateur Opens.

In the beginning of 1998, Fota Island golf club was purchased by the Killeen Group, the owners of the prestigious Mt. Juliet Resort in Kilkenny. Under the direction of Jeff Howes Golf Designs, work commenced immediately on upgrading the course to "European Tour standards". The course reopened in September 1999, following an 18-month, €2.79 million programme that saw the rebuilding of all 18 greens, the reseeding of all tees and the redesign of some 8 of the holes. Fota Island had the honour of hosting the Murphy's Irish Open in 2001 & 2002.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6297
Architect: Christy O'Connor
Design Year: 1993

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Galway Bay Golf Resort

Oranmore, County Galway, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Galway Bay Golf Resort

The Galway Bay Golf Resort combines the stunning backdrop of Galway Bay and the rugged curves of the Atlantic coastline with mature trees, water hazards, concealed bunkers and highly acclaimed putting surfaces to create a superb course.

The Natural water hazard is the Atlantic Ocean; such is the dramatic backdrop to this Par 72 PGA Championship 18 hole golf course that is Galway Bay Golf Resort.

When designing the course, former Ryder Cup and World Cup golfer Christy O'Connor Jnr superbly blended the stunning backdrop of Galway Bay and the rugged curves of the Atlantic coastline with mature trees, water hazards, concealed bunkers and highly acclaimed putting surfaces.

With variable wind speed and directions this Championship Galway golf course plays differently each day posing a considerable challenge to even the lowest handicap golfers, yet it is a true and fair test of golf.

After your round you can savour the moment with fond memories in the clubhouse looking out on the spectacular course as it winds its way along the shoreline of Galway Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6536
Architect: Christy O'Connor Jnr
Design Year:

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Headfort Golf Club - New Course

Kells, County Meath, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Headfort Golf Club - New Course

Established in 1928, Headfort Golf Club is one of the finest parkland complexes in Ireland. Boasting a 36 hole layout, both courses have beautiful trees which enhance this picturesque setting. Christy O'Connor was commissioned to design Headfort's New Course on this land, making maximum use of its trees, water and natural features, the result of which was simply breathtaking.

Established in 1928, Headfort Golf Club is one of the finest parkland complexes in Ireland. Boasting a 36 hole layout, both courses have beautiful trees which enhance this picturesque setting.

Christy O'Connor was commissioned to design Headfort's New Course on this land, making maximum use of its trees, water and natural features, the result of which was simply breathtaking.

The Course which was officially opened to members in 2000, boasts some of the best Par 3's in the Country. Holes 4, 7, 11 and 17 are not only visually stunning, they will test the mental attributes of even the most seasoned golfers. Par 4's like 8, 10 and 18 will call for pinpoint accuracy and long par 5's like that of the 6th and the 14th make this course the complete package.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 5957
Architect: Christy O'Connor
Design Year: 2000

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Killarney Golf & Fishing Club - Killeen Course

Mahony's Point
Killarney, County Kerry, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club - Killeen Course

The Killeen course is very much the flagship course at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club. The Killarney lakes and high mountain range provide an imposing backdrop to this Championship course.

The Killeen course is very much the flagship course at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club. The Killarney lakes and high mountain range provide an imposing backdrop to this Championship course. Re-opened in June 2006 the course is slightly longer with faster greens that have been brought closer to the water hazards around the course.

At 6564 metres it will challenge long hitters with accuracy being vital as there is water on virtually every hole. Nick Faldo on winning The Irish Open in 1991 was one of only three players to finish under par.

The challenging golf is matched by the spectacular views with the 10th being a firm favourite where you are playing virtually onto the lake. This is truly one of the great courses in the country. The tranquil beauty and gentle pace of Killeen's parkland arises from it's spectacular location: nestled amidst the serene splendour of the famous Lakes of Killarney in the shadow of the Magillacuddy Reeks.

The course presents firm fairways, perfect greens, and richly wooded grounds and colourful shrubbery throughout.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR: 73
Length (m): 6473
Architect:
Design Year: 1972

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Killarney Golf & Fishing Club - Mahoney's Point Course

Mahony's Point
Killarney, County Kerry, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club - Mahoney's Point Course

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club's Mahoney's Point course is the shortest of their three courses and has spectacular views of the famous Killarney lakes overlooked by the McGillicuddy Reeks - the highest mountain range in Ireland.

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club's Mahoney's Point course is the shortest of their three courses and has spectacular views of the famous Killarney lakes overlooked by the McGillicuddy Reeks - the highest mountain range in Ireland.

The final three holes are breathtaking as you play towards the lake with the 18th described as “one of the most memorable holes in golf”, a par three of nearly 200 yards that requires a huge carry across the corner of the lake. Discover for yourself why the 18th is the most photographed in the world.

The course laps the shores of the famous Lakes of Killarney adding outstanding beauty to a truly testing course. At 6164 metres it more than makes up for its diminutive length with a combination of well contoured greens, strategically positioned bunkers and water hazards, so that the wayward golfer will seldom go unpunished.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6163
Architect:
Design Year:

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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course

Lahinch
County Clare, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course

Founded in 1893 by a Scottish Regiment of British Army officers stationed in Limerick, Lahinch Golf Club with its towering sand dunes, undulating fairways and rolling greens is the perfect example of a true Irish links.

Founded in 1893 by a Scottish Regiment of British Army officers stationed in Limerick, Lahinch Golf Club with its towering sand dunes, undulating fairways and rolling greens is the perfect example of a true Irish links.

Set in the sand dunes of west Co. Clare and bounded by the vast expanse of the mighty Atlantic ocean, it is indeed a humbling experience to play this historic links.

Originally designed by 'Old' Tom Morris of St. Andrews and extensively revised by Dr. Alastair MacKenzie in 1928 it inspired both these great men. Morris has been quoted as saying, "I consider the links as fine a natural course as it has ever been my good fortune to play over", while MacKenzie, a man responsible for the design of such American greats as Pebble Beach, Cypress Point and Augusta National, said of Lahinch, "Lahinch will make the finest and most popular course that I, or I believe anyone else, ever constructed".

Sweeping statements indeed, but Lahinch does not disappoint. A second course, The Castle was added in 1975, but it is the old course that includes the real gems.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6089
Architect: Old Tom Morris
Design Year: 1894

Playing Tips

1
Par 4, Length 381m

A par 4 to a plateau green. Drive to the right hand side of fairway. Your approach to the green must be on the left to avoid the bunkers on the right of the green.

2
Par 5, Length 534m

A par 5. Play the drive to the right hand side of the fairway to avoid the bunkers on the left. The second shot must be played well to the left to avoid the rough on the right.

3
Par 4, Length 446m

A blind tee shot uphill. Play your second shot for the front right portion of the green as missing either front left or over the back will leave an extremely difficult up and down.

4
Par 5, Length 475m

The Klondyke. Drive to a long narrow fairway. The second shot is blind , over the hill called the Klondyke. Ladies are inclined to go around he hill on the right. Over the green is out of bounds.

5
Par 3, Length 154m

A very unusual par 3. The white stone on the hill marks the position of the pin. Play enough club to get over the hill.

6
Par 4, Length 424m

Aim for the right half of this fairway. There is a large bunker in the middle of this fairway. If the wind is with you, you will not need a driver. The 2nd shot is aimed at the left half of the green to avoid the bunkers on the right.

7
Par 4, Length 411m

Drive to the centre of the fairway. The second shot is very difficult. Ther are bunkers left and right at the front of the green. Any shot to the left hand side of the green will fall off this plateau green.

8
Par 3, Length 166m

A very precise shot is necessary to this par 3 . The bunkers left and right have to avoided at all costs. There is deep rough over the green.

9
Par 4, Length 400m

Place your tee shot to the left half of this hole. This will open up any pin position on this green, allowing you to use the mound as a back stop for your second shot.

10
Par 4, Length 441m

A drawn tee is best to take the shape of this hole. Take a half a club extra for your second shot to ensure being ?up?.

11
Par 3, Length 170m

There is no bail out on this hole. The bunker from hell is to right of the green, invisible from the tee.

12
Par 5, Length 577m

A Par 5. Aim your tee shot at the Castle or slightly right of the Castle. It is best to play our second shot short of the green. This hole is well bunkered and any shot hit firmly to this green will feed into the back right hand bunker.

13
Par 4, Length 279m

A short par 4 The best shot is to drive to the left of the green to avoid the ?mine?on the right. This hole is drivable with a following wind but is high risk.

14
Par 4, Length 461m

This hole has a very narrow entrance to the green, with high mounds left and right

15
Par 4, Length 466m

Play your tee shot to the right of the bunker on the left. This will open up the safer left hand side of the green.

16
Par 3, Length 195m

The safer tee shot is to the front left portion of the green. Do not mess with the right side as any miss hit will gather into the bunker

17
Par 4, Length 436m

Favour the left side of the this fairway with your tee shot. This will leave a second shot into a green where the safest area is the middle to back right.

18
Par 5, Length 534m

A par 5 for men and a par 4 for Ladies. A straight hole for men but best to favour the right side of the fairway. From the ladies tee, aim for the church bell tower. Anything played left of centre can fall into the bunker that is visible from the tee.

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Mount Juliet

Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Mount Juliet

Opened in 1991 with a match featuring golfing legends Christy O'Connor Snr. and Jack Nicklaus, the beautiful and challenging Mount Juliet course has established itself as a premier golfing venue for Top Professionals and leisure golfers worldwide.

Opened in 1991 with a match featuring golfing legends Christy O'Connor Snr. and Jack Nicklaus, the beautiful and challenging Mount Juliet course has established itself as a premier golfing venue for Top Professionals and leisure golfers worldwide.

Chosen as the first and only Jack Nicklaus signature course in Ireland, the "Golden Bear" was meticulous and pain-staking in his design and overseeing of the construction of his great creation, sited 12 miles south of the medieval city of Kilkenny.

Feature holes abound on the course, but the 3rd hole, a stunning par 3 from an elevated tee to a green guarded by a natural stream and lake is one that golfers always remember. The par 5 10th hole with its copse of trees which tests the golfers strategy is also a favourite. The final hole, a long par 4 with water all down the left and a narrow approach to the green has decided many a tournament result.

In preparation for the WGC - American Express Golf Championship that was held here in September 2002 and again in 2004, the Jack Nicklaus design team instigated some extensions and new features to the course, showing Mount Juliet’s continued pursuit of golfing excellence.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6503
Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Design Year: 1991

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Mount Juliet Golf Club

Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown
Co. Kilkenny, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Mount Juliet Golf Club

Set in the rolling pastures and woodland of Ireland's sunny South East, the course is both captivating and memorable. Tiger Woods? declaration that Mount Juliet presented ?perfect fairways? and the ?best greens we?ve putted on all year?, was a rich tribute to the stature of Ireland?s leading parkland golf course. With some slight extensions and new features since opening, Mount Juliet Golf Course has improved on an already outstanding layout, in its ongoing pursuit of golfing excellence. Mount Juliet has been recently voted Ireland's Best Parkland Golf Course.

Course Information

Par:
ACR:
Length (m):
Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Design Year: 1991

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Old Head Golf Links

Kinsale, County Cork, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Old Head Golf Links

Unrivalled in terms of the magnificent beauty and setting of the site, Old Head Golf Links continues to take the golfing world by storm. The brainchild of John and Patrick OConnor, the Club has developed into one of the most recognised and sought after golf experiences anywhere on earth.

Unrivalled in terms of the magnificent beauty and setting of the site, Old Head Golf Links continues to take the golfing world by storm. The brainchild of John and Patrick O’Connor, the Club has developed into one of the most recognised and sought after golf experiences anywhere on earth.

The 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 rivalled 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 every part.

The Old Head is ideally located on the South coast of Ireland, a 30-minute drive from Cork International Airport, and within striking distance of the renowned courses of South-West Ireland.

The course was designed by a combination of Ireland's golfing heroes and recognised international contemporary design experts led by Joe Carr, Ron Kirby, Paddy Merrigan and the late Eddie Hackett. It opened in June 1997 to international acclaim.

Golf at Old Head is truly unforgettable. How highly the golf experience is rated is most likely inversely proportional to the number of golf balls lost and the strength of the wind!

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6473
Architect: Joe Carr, Ron Kirby, Paddy Merrigan and Eddie Hackett.
Design Year: 1997

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Portmarnock Golf Club

Portmarnock
Co. Dublin, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

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 games great events, from the British Amateur Championship of 1949, to the Canada Cup in 1960, quite apart the 1991 Walker Cup and 12 stagings of the revived Irish Open.

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 Canada Cup in 1960, quite apart the 1991 Walker Cup and 12 stagings of the revived Irish Open.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6205
Architect: W.C. Pickeman/Bernhard Langer
Design Year: 1894

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Portsalon Golf Club

Fanad, County Donegal, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Portsalon Golf Club

Portsalon Golf Club is one of those little known gems found in north Donegal, friendly and informal with stunning views to mellow the most ardent golfer.

Portsalon Golf Club, dating back to 1891, is less well known than some of the famous course of Ireland - but equally deserving of its fine reputation as a true links in the old style.

Stretching along Portsalon beach on the shores of Lough Swilly and protected from north and west winds by the majestic mountains of Donegal are those narrow undulating fairways winding through deep dunes. Soft sand bunkers, large natural greens and meandering streams offer the golfer testing and enjoyable golf on a links steeped in history.

Portsalon is one of those little known gems found in north Donegal, friendly and informal with stunning views to mellow the most ardent golfer.

Course Information

Par: 69
ACR:
Length (m): 5345
Architect:
Design Year: 1890

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Portstewart Golf Club - Riversdale Course

117 Strand Road
Portstewart, Co.Londonderry, IE, BT55 7PG
United Kingdom

Region: 6. Ireland

Portstewart Golf Club - Riversdale Course

Portstewart Golf Club is proud to offer 54 holes of golf spectacularly set on Ulster's famous Causeway Coast with something for every golfer. Includes 9 new holes running down to the river - a perfect day out for the society golfer

Portstewart Golf Club is proud to offer 54 holes of golf spectacularly set on Ulster's famous Causeway Coast with something for every golfer.

Includes 9 new holes running down to the river - a perfect day out for the society golfer

For something a little less challenging the course is suitable for all of the family, stretches from the clubhouse down to the River Bann.

 

Course Information

Par: 68
ACR:
Length (m):
Architect: Willie Park, Des Giffin
Design Year: 1894

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Portstewart Golf Club - The Old Course

117 Strand Road
Portstewart, Co.Londonderry, IE, BT55 7PG
United Kingdom

Region: 6. Ireland

Portstewart Golf Club - The Old Course

Portstewart Golf Club is proud to offer 54 holes of golf spectacularly set on Ulster's famous Causeway Coast with something for every golfer. Along the rocky shore east of Portstewart where the Club was founded in 1894 - the least demanding of the three.

Portstewart Golf Club is proud to offer 54 holes of golf spectacularly set on Ulster's famous Causeway Coast with something for every golfer.

The Old (Town) Course situated at the eastern end of Portstewart along the rocky shore, where golf was first played as far back as 1889.

Portstewart is definitely a Championship course and has played host to the Irish Amateur Championship in 1992, held qualifying round of 'The Open' in 1951 and has hosted other events such as the Irish Professional and Irish Amateur.

Course Information

Par: 64
ACR:
Length (m): 4383
Architect: Willie Park, Des Giffin
Design Year: 1894

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Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club

Templenoe
Killarney, County Kerry, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club

Famed for its spectacular scenery, VIP playing guest list and the intoxicating hospitality of the Kerry people, the Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club has now established itself as the "must play" course of any golfer visiting Ireland's south west.

Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club is located in the village of Templenoe, four miles west of the town of Kenmare in South Kerry on the 'Ring of Kerry' route. As Kerry's foremost golfing experience, the course sits majestically overlooking spectacular Kenmare Bay.

Famed for its spectacular scenery, its VIP playing guest list and the intoxicating hospitality of the Kerry people, the Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club has now established itself as the "must play" course of any golfer visiting Ireland's south west.

The architectural brief was to design a 'world class' golf course that is sufficiently flexible to challenge competent and experienced players from the back teeing areas, yet be capable of being played and enjoyed by the average handicap player from middle and forward teeing areas. The brief also included that the golf course be to a standard capable of hosting smaller professional golf events, both Irish and European.

The course boasts panoramic views across Kenmare Bay and combined with the spectacular Kerry mountains as a backdrop, the setting is unsurpassed anywhere in Europe.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6188
Architect: Eddie Hackett and Ron Kirby
Design Year: 1998

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Rosapenna Golf Resort - Old Tom Morris Links

Downings, Letterkenny, County Donegal, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Rosapenna Golf Resort - Old Tom Morris Links

Rosapenna Golf Resort is home to two stunning links courses, including the Old Tom Morris Links which first opened in 1893.

It is here, where the bays of Sheephaven and Mulroy converge, that a unique experience awaits you. The wild Atlantic waves have chiselled the rugged features of Rosapenna for thousands of years, the beauty is spectacular, the air is invigorating and the welcome that awaits you is warm and sincere. Two stunning links courses await you at Rosapenna Golf Resort including the Old Tom Morris Links.

In 1891, while a guest of Lord Leitrim at his nearby estate, Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews, a winner of four British Opens in the 1860’s, took a drive to enjoy the Donegal scenery. Morris was quick to see the golfing potential of this fine stretch of Donegal coast line and before returning to the home of golf he had staked-out the first Rosapenna Links, incorporating wide rolling fairways amidst the undulating terrain and of course those delightful greens.

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR:
Length (m): 5696
Architect: Old Tom Morris
Design Year: 1893

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Rosapenna Golf Resort - Sandy Hills Links

Downings, Letterkenny, County Donegal, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Rosapenna Golf Resort - Sandy Hills Links

Rosapenna Golf Resort is home to two stunning links courses, including the Sandy Hills Links which opened in June 2003 and is set to become one of the most famous golf courses in Ireland.

Rosapenna Golf Resort's Sandy Hills Links is in many ways the ideal of a modern links. Intended for the serious golfer, its narrow fairways appear constricting from the tee, but the landing areas sculpted from the dunes are deceptively wide. Measuring a hefty 7,255 yards from the tips, Sandy Hills was designed with championship play in mind. However don’t allow this to deter you, with a multiplicity of tees there is a length to suit all strengths.

Above all, the appeal of Sandy Hills lies in its beautifully balanced routing through the high dunes cloaked in marram grass. These sandhills bear a striking resemblance to the ones near the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland that form the spine of Royal Portrush, Portstewart and Castlerock. Many of the holes feature elevated tees and greens, with drives into natural bowls on the dune floor.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6595
Architect: Pat Ruddy
Design Year: 2003

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Royal Belfast Golf Club

Station Road, Craigavad, Holywood
County Down, Ireland, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Royal Belfast Golf Club

One of only four Irish golf clubs with a "Royal" prefix, Royal Belfast Golf Club was founded in November 1881 and holds the distinction of being the oldest golf club in Ireland. Whilst the course is surrounded by illustrious links courses including Royal County Down, Royal Portrush and Portstewart, there is little doubt that Royal Belfast is one of the finest parkland golf courses in Ireland.

One of only four Irish golf clubs with a "Royal" prefix, Royal Belfast Golf Club was founded in November 1881 and holds the distinction of being the oldest golf club in Ireland.

Whilst the course is surrounded by illustrious links courses including Royal County Down, Royal Portrush and Portstewart, there is little doubt that Royal Belfast is one of the finest parkland golf courses in Ireland.

Renowned architect, Harry Colt, was engaged to design the new course in 1925 and such was his success, that Royal Belfast has remained largely unchanged to this day.

Today, Royal Belfast provides a stern golfing challenge and offers one of the most beautiful settings of any Irish golf course, with its unrivalled views of Belfast Lough and the Antrim plateau beyond. At the heart of its varied challenge is the constant requirement for accuracy rather than length, while the numerous bunkers and subtly sloped greens ensure posting a low score is indeed a difficult feat.

The many major events hosted at Royal Belfast over the years include the Irish Professional Championship, won by Christy O'Connor Sr., and more recently, the Ulster Professional Championship, won by Darren Clarke.

Among the more memorable holes on the front nine are the short par three 4th, which measures only 142 yards but requires an accurate shot to a green literally surrounded by bunkers; the par four 8th, with out of bounds all along the left hand side; and the 408 yard par four 9th, rated the most difficult on the course and playing directly alongside Belfast Lough. The homeward journey will not disappoint either. From the beautiful short par four 10th playing alongside the water's edge, to the long par five 18th, each hole is a real pleasure to play.

Course Information

Par: 70
ACR: 71
Length (m): 5879
Architect: Harry Colt
Design Year: 1881

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The European Club

Brittas Bay
County Wicklow, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

The European Club

The design of the European Club has attempted to modernize the traditional values of links golf and this has been achieved with magnificent results. Blind shots, deemed by many as an archaic feature of links golf, have largely been banished from the agenda at the European Club, with 14 holes offering a complete tee to green vista and the remaining holes providing a clearly visible landing area.

The design of the European Club has attempted to modernize the traditional values of links golf and this has been achieved with magnificent results. Blind shots, deemed by many as an archaic feature of links golf, have largely been banished from the agenda at the European Club, with 14 holes offering a complete tee to green vista and the remaining holes providing a clearly visible landing area. Fast running fairways, greens that invite the pitch and run approach and acres of tall, waving grasses and golden flowered gorse are of course, the very essence of links golf and all remain in abundance at the European Club.

At first glance, the European Club presents an awesome challenge, with yawning bunkers and fairways seeming like mere ribbons through the sand hills. Truth is that the links has been designed primarily as a place for real golfers for those who both think and play well. Weaker players are advised to play within the scope of their talents and refrain from undue acts of aggression against a golf course, which takes few prisoners. In short, the handicap golfer must learn to use their handicap stroke to achieve a net par and try not to look at the hole as a potential net birdie. Discipline is rarely more rewarded than at the European Club.

The layout here offers an irregular pattern of pars, with three par 3's and like Royal Birkdale, Turnberry and the Old Course at St. Andrews, only two par 5's. The heart of your round at the European Club is the stretch from holes 7 through 13, which features six substantial par 4's and one bone crunching par 5 of almost 600 yards. Make no mistake that this is a links designed to be great. Growth and time will see the course develop from a great links to one of the world's finest. But as the saying goes "The man who made time, made plenty of it". We'll just wait and see.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6499
Architect: Pat Ruddy
Design Year: 1993

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The Island Golf Club

Ballalease West
Donabate, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

The Island Golf Club

The Island Golf Club is one of Ireland's Premier Links Courses. A mere 15 minutes from Dublin Airport, this links course is located across the estuary from the quaint village of Malahide, just North of Portmarnock.

The Island Golf Club is one of Ireland's Premier Links Courses. A mere 15 minutes from Dublin Airport, this links course is located across the estuary from the quaint village of Malahide, just North of Portmarnock.

The Island is a beautiful links course in splendid isolation and is surrounded by the Irish Sea, Donabate Beach and Broadmeadow Estuary. Nestling between the highest sand dunes of any links course in Ireland, it's rugged beauty cannot fail to impress.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6236
Architect:
Design Year: 1890

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The Kildare Club - Palmer Course

Straffan
Co. Kildare, IE
United Kingdom

Region: 6. Ireland

The Kildare Club - Palmer Course

The Palmer Course is, quite simply, one of Europe's most spectacular courses. It charms, it entices and invariably, brings out the very best in your game. It is unlikely that you will be asked to tackle the course from the championship tees, but this should in no way diminish the excitement of pitting your wits against Arnold Palmer, for, in a sense, this is precisely what you are about to do.

If ever a golf course reflected the personality of its designer, then surely the Palmer Course at the K Club is it. This is quite simply one of Europe’s most spectacular venues. It charms, entices and frustrates and though it is recognised as the country’s most challenging inland layout, the course invariably brings out the best in a golfer’s game.

The famous River Liffey has been cleverly incorporated into the design of the course and comes into play on many of the holes

The par five 1st hole offers a realistic birdie opportunity while the sharp dog-leg 2nd offers a much more fearsome challenge. One of the finest holes at the K Club is the majestic par five 7th which measures more than 545 metres from the championship tee. The hole double dog-legs its way over sand, rough and water while the sanctuary of the green occupies its own little island.

The return journey is equally challenging and begins with a drive from an elevated tee down a fairway lined with towering pines on the right and a lake on the left. Measuring 154 metres, the par three 12th is a stunning hole that resembles the 12th at Augusta, in that it is played over water to a shallow angled green.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6670
Architect: Arnold Palmer
Design Year: 1992

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The Kildare Club - Smurfit Course

Straffan
Co. Kildare, IE
United Kingdom

Region: 6. Ireland

The Kildare Club - Smurfit Course

The best way to describe the Smurfit Course at The K Club is that of an inland links. However, its true attributes do not stop there. The Course has many dramatic landscapes with dune type mounding throughout. This assists in making the Course into a true Championship Golf Course with many vantage points for spectators to view the Golf Professional at work.

The philosophy in developing the course was to ensure that a comparison with the existing Palmer Course would be difficult and that the golfers experience would be completely different. When this brief was given to Palmer Course Design Company, they came up with a concept, which was radical with regards to golf course developments throughout the World.

Even with regard to the landscaping there is a significant difference, whereby on the Palmer Course there are specifically planted areas using cultivated plants presented in a formal fashion are the norm. On the Smurfit Course wild species of plants have been used such as gorse, bracken etc. and have been planted in a highly random fashion, more or less as nature would have intended.

Also four islands have been created within the lakes to promote the establishment of waterfowl.

The most significant golf hole on the Smurfit Course is the Par 5 7th measuring some 550 m. This hole will probably be regarded as the most dramatic in Europe.

It has a series of water cascades and water features which are just some factors of this development. In its construction, the fairway was dropped some sixty feet below its original height.

 

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6615
Architect: Arnold Palmer
Design Year: 1992

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Tralee Golf Club

West Barrow
Ardfert, Tralee, County Kerry, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Tralee Golf Club

Opened in October 1984, Tralee Golf Course was the first European golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. When he first saw the area upon which his company was to build Tralee golf links, he was ecstatic about the possibilities. "I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course" he said.

Opened in October 1984, Tralee Golf Course was the first European golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. When he first saw the area upon which his company was to build Tralee golf links, he was ecstatic about the possibilities. "I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course" he said.

"I designed the first nine but surely God designed the back nine", Palmer explained. "I am happy that we have one of the worlds' great golf links here."

"The setting is quite the most magnificent backdrop for a golf course that I have ever encountered", wrote Peter Dobereiner, the famous golf writer, not long after the course was opened.

While it always boasted a magnificent setting, with the course settling down and the greens thriving over time, Tralee has now joined the elite group of Irish links.

With views of the Atlantic and white sandy beaches from almost every hole, Tralee earns rave reviews from all who play it. There are some great holes on the course, notably the second, which runs along the clifftops, and the third, which has been likened to the famous seventh hole at Pebble Beach.

Course Information

Par: 71
ACR:
Length (m): 6187
Architect: Arnold Palmer
Design Year: 1984

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Waterville Golf Links

Waterville, County Kerry, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Waterville Golf Links

Golf at Waterville is a mystical experience the beauty of classic links land, surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements. Waterville Golf Links is currently rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world.

Golf at Waterville is a mystical experience – the beauty of classic links land, surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements. Waterville Golf Links is currently rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world.

Links golf combines sand dunes gorse and native grasses, firm fairways, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces all intertwined by the ever changing weather. Forget the lob wedge. Think bump and run and creative shot making.

It is hard to believe that Waterville Golf Club was only built in 1973. It's the type of place you feel that has been there forever. Jack Mulcahy, an Irish-born American, had the vision for this links gem and, after returning to Ireland to live, he handed the task of designing the course to the legendary Eddie Hackett.

His creation is widely regarded as one of the top links courses in the world and the Americans in particular flock to Waterville in their thousands every year.

While the front nine is good, the inward half is even better and make sure you take a minute or two to enjoy the view of Mulcahy's Peak at the par-3 17th. Yes, it is easy to see why this place is so popular.

Course Information

Par: 72
ACR:
Length (m): 6568
Architect: Eddie Hackett, currently updated by Tom Fazio
Design Year: 1973

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Westport Golf Club

Carrowholly, Westport, County Mayo, IE
Ireland

Region: 6. Ireland

Westport Golf Club

Situated near the townland of Carowholly, the Westport Golf Club moved to its present location in 1973 and has matured into one of the finest parkland courses in the west of Ireland.

The origins of Westport Golf Club officially date back to 1926, when the golf club was formed as a 9 hole course. Situated near the townland of Carowholly, the club moved to its present location in 1973 and has matured into one of the finest parkland courses in the west of Ireland.

The Course was designed by the internationally renowned Golf architect, Fred Hawtree, of the renowned British firm of Hawtree and Sons. He said of the course, "the nature of the terrain, part inland and part seaside, the panorama which it commands and its considerable golfing virtues, make it uniquely attractive and memorable."

The feature hole is undoubetly the par-5 fifteenth. The drive is across an inlet, and the shoreline runs the entire left hand side. Approach the green with caution on this super hole. Recent redesign of the par-5 eighteenth has made it into another memorable golf hole.

Westport Golf Club is rated as one of the top golf courses in Ireland. It is recognised as a prestigious venue and has hosted both the Ladies Home Internationals in 1989 and the Irish Amateur Close Championship on three occasions.

Course Information

Par: 73
ACR:
Length (m): 6429
Architect: Fred Hawtree
Design Year: 1973

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Ireland Location Map

Ireland enjoys over 1,448km of spectacular coastline, surrounded by the mighty Atlantic on the west and the Irish Sea on the east. As well as towering cliffs, clear fresh waters, pristine sandy beaches, and an abundance of opportunities for the watersports enthusiast, the coastline enjoys lively fishing villages with some of the best seafood in the world. Areas of interest include Kinsale in County Cork, Dingle in County Kerry, Dunmore East in County Waterford, Roundstone in County Galway, Cushendun in County Antrim and Kilcar in County Donegal.

A country rich in history and heritage (some say dating back to 6000BC), Ireland has two capital cities. The capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Dublin pulsates with energy thanks to its excellent restaurants, chic boutiques, pubs, art galleries, parks, historical architecture, fascinating and turbulent history, plus its unique scenic location perched at the edge of the Irish Sea. And Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is legendary for its pubs, critically acclaimed restaurants, smart boutique hotels and shopping.

Whilst Scotland might be the home of golf, many will argue that the best links golf in the world can be found in Ireland. From the traditional charms of Royal Portrush and Royal County Down to the spectacular new developments of Doonbeg and the European Club, Ireland has everything to appeal to the avid golfer.

South West Ireland

Lahinch Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland and one of the most respected links courses in the world. Set alongside the Atlantic coastline, Lahinch is exposed to the ocean through all her moods and has been moulded and shaped over the centuries by nature's harsh elements and occasional touch of human genius. Lahinch, with its towering sand dunes, undulating fairways, rolling greens and fair share of blind shots, is the perfect natural golfing terrain a true links in the traditional meaning of the word. In 1894, Old Tom Morris was invited to Lahinch to examine the course. Having surveyed the terrain, Morris was deeply impressed and he insisted that when the proposed changes were carried out that Lahinch would be on a par with the five best links of the United Kingdom. Following subsequent design changes carried out by Dr. Alister Mackenzie in 1928, time has proved that Morris wasn't far wrong in his assessment.

The par-72 layout of Doonbeg Golf Club features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back and plays 6,885 yards from the back tees. The most natural routing within the existing dunes resulted in an uncommon combination of five par-3s and five par-5s. Variations in wind speed and direction ensure the course plays differently almost every day, and to allow for a range of conditions and abilities, most holes feature five or more tee locations. Like many traditional Irish links, Doonbeg Golf Club is a private club with some public play. There also is a local club component for Doonbeg-area residents. The course officially opened on July 9, 2002, when Greg Norman defeated Irish Ryder Cup star Padraig Harrington 2 and 1 in an exhibition match.

Located on the Shannon estuary, Ballybunion Golf Club is a true seaside links course, virtually treeless and a course of sharp contours throughout. There appears to be no man-made influence. It looks like a course laid out on land back in the 10th century. There is a wild look to the place; the long grass covering the dunes that pitch and roll throughout the course making it very intimidating. Yet the course is eminently fair. The contours, on the fairways and on the greens, are what make it a great golf course. You must play accurate iron shots into the greens, usually to a small target with not a lot of room to miss right or left. But there is room to roll a ball on to the greens in the true links manner. It is a course that will test your patience. It is not a course that favours one particular style of play over another, but one that simply rewards good play and good shots. In short, Ballybunion is a course on which many golf architects should live and play before they build golf course.

Opened in October 1984 Tralee Golf Course was the first European golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. The course boasts a clear view of the Atlantic Ocean from every hole on the golf course.  When he first saw the area upon which his company was to build Tralee golf links, Arnold Palmer was ecstatic about the possibilities. 'I designed the first nine but surely God designed the back nine', Palmer said. According to Peter Dobereiner, the famous golf writer 'I am happy that we have one of the worlds' great golf links here. The setting is quite the most magnificent backdrop for a golf course that I have ever encountered'.

Make no mistake about it; Waterville Golf Links in Kerry is one of the finest links golf courses in the world, never mind Ireland. Located on the Ring of Kerry, the surrounding scenery and quality of golf holes is breathtaking to say the least. Rich legends combine with a serene location to form a mystical aura that visitors to Waterville can sense to this day. Waterville Golf Links embarked on a new chapter of its fabled history when noted international golf architect Tom Fazio was commissioned to update the memorable Eddie Hackett masterpiece. Fazio has assisted many of the worlds leading clubs including Winged Foot, Pine Valley and Augusta National.  

The Killeen course in Killarney is the jewel in Killarney’s crown.  The course re-opened in 2006 offering both spectacular lakeside scenery and also challenging golf to long hitters - with water features on nearly every hole and fast greens. Nick Faldo, on winning the first of his two successive Irish Opens in 1991, was one of only three players to finish under par. That was before the changes in 2006 which provided an even tougher challenge. Tight tree lined fairways with water features on nearly every hole require accurate golf. Large, fast undulating greens, add challenge in equal measure to the beauty of this course.

North West Ireland

The Strand Course at Portstewart is a championship links designed to challenge the most proficient golfer in every aspect of the game. The opening of seven new holes in the huge sand hills above the Atlantic, coupled with commanding views of Portstewart Strand and the Donegal Hills, combine to provide a quality of golf that is truly superb.

Royal Portrush golf course is one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world. Situated on the beautiful North Antrim Causeway coast, Royal Portrush Golf Club occupies a triangle of giant sand hills which present magnificent views in all directions. The course is overlooked by the ruins of 13th century Dunluce Castle and this gives its name to Royal Portrush's famous Dunluce course. It is the only golf course outside Great Britain to host the British Open Championship in 1951. Royal Portrush is now ranked in the top 12 golf courses in the world.

Two outstanding, contrasting links course and 36 wonderful holes make up Ballyliffin Golf Club. The Old Links undulates in the glory of its natural terrain, presenting an immensely enjoyable challenge to every golfer. Work recently undertaken by Nick Faldo and Faldo design on the Old Links has refined and improved this fantastic course. The new Glashedy Links is fashioned around the incredible dunes, and is already notorious for its peat riveted bunkers and its opening three challenging par fours. The expansive panoramic views of countryside, coastline and ocean savoured by these magnificent links course will not easily be forgotten.

Donegal Golf Club is an outstanding links course that offers a genuine challenge to the accomplished golfer and is an all round “true” test of golf. Being one of the longest courses in Europe it is ideally suited to big hitters of the ball. The reputation of Donegal Golf Club designed by the legendary course architect Eddie Hackett, has been further enhanced by the new designs of Pat Ruddy. Continually featured in Golf Worlds Top 100 Course in Ireland & Great Britain, this is a real challenge not to be missed.

A centenarian with all the dignity and maturity of age, County Sligo is one of Ireland’s great championship golf links. The club has hosted most of Ireland’s major championships over the years. Three extended beaches beneath the cliffs keep the Atlantic at Bay to the west of the course while towering Benbulben competes with the ocean for scenic splendour on the land side. The wind from the sea is a constant factor but the 3rd, 5th, 10th, and 14th holes have satisfying downhill drives to compensate.

Enniscrone Golf Club can easily be included among such exalted company as Ballybunion, Connemara, Lahinch, and Waterville as the premier links on the Western seaboard. Once you step on to the first tee prepare yourself for the ultimate golf experience. Dramatic Dune lands, inspired design, superb greens and breathtaking views combine to make golf at Enniscrone an absolute delight. With such a true flavour of links, it has few peers.

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 be his greatest challenge. The building of Carne has caused little disturbance to this wild and ancient landscape. Tees and greens occurred naturally and very little earth moving was involved in the course construction. There are some breathtaking views over the Atlantic and the legendary islands of Inis Gloire and Inis Geidhe.

Dublin and The East

County Louth is one of the best kept secrets of Irish golf. Sometimes also referred to as Baltray this has to be one of the most enjoyable Links in Ireland.  There is not a weak hole on the course and some of the holes merit greatness. The course is laid out in two loops covering some 190 acres with no two holes running in the same direction. It speaks highly for Simpson's design that he saw need to introduce only fifty bunkers in the course's defences the rest was taken care of by the natural terrain. The 14th hole is regarded as the signature hole a short par four measuring only 332 yards where you can drive all the way to the green and then end up taking six or more, wondering what did you actually do that was wrong. The four par threes are superb. Averaging 160 yards it is seldom one will have a good score that does not include a par at each of these.

The Island Golf Club was among the first twelve Golf Clubs to be founded in Ireland. The early course was laid out generously in terms of land as the founder members, precluded from any serious earthmoving, followed the valleys and laid out eighteen individual holes.  The course has altered many times since that time to become the championship course of today.  The existing clubhouse is the fifth pavilion in an evolution which began with members taking lunch in a bell tent beside the first tee over 111 years ago.

Universally acknowledged as one of the truly great links courses, Portmarnock Golf Club 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 games great events, including the British Amateur Championship of 1949 and The Irish Open. Founded in 1894, the championship course offers a classic, traditional challenge. There are no tricks or nasty surprises, only an honest, albeit searching test of shot-making skills. Invariably rated as Ireland’s best course, Portmarnock takes justifiable pride in its 27 holes, which are maintained to the highest standards. Within the curve of the coastline formed by Howth peninsula, it offers stunning views of Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island, rising sharply from deep waters. But above all, there is the charm of its delightful turf, the wildness, the solitude of the sand hills and the sea, and the ever-present challenge of the wind.

If ever a golf course reflected the personality of its architect, it is surely The Kildare Club - Smurfit Course  designed by Arnold Palmer.  The course exudes charisma from the instant you arrive at the first tee.  The Palmer Course is, quite simply, one of Europe's most spectacular courses. It charms, it entices and invariably, brings out the very best in your game. It is unlikely that you will be asked to tackle the course from the championship tees, but this should in no way diminish the excitement of pitting your wits against Arnold Palmer, for, in a sense, this is precisely what you are about to do. The best way to describe the Smurfit Course at The K Club is that of an inland links. However, its true attributes do not stop there. The Course has many dramatic landscapes with dune type mounding throughout. Coupled with this point, some fourteen acres of water have been worked into the design especially through the final phase of Hole No's: 13 to 18. A watery grave awaits many a golfer on the home stretch.  

The Links of 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. This is the first links to have been built on Ireland's east coast this century. An important happening in view of the fact that only 150 of the world's almost 40,000 golf courses are links! The European Club has been designed to be the greatest links of the 21st century and great care has to be taken to move links design into new age with great sensitivity to the traditions and skills of links land golf.  Blind shots are notably absent at The European Club but all the thrills of pitch-and-run golf, pot bunkers of cavernous proportions, tall dunes and the opportunity to slice your ball onto the beach provided for an unforgettable round. 

Northern Ireland

Royal County Down Golf Club sits beneath the Mountains of Mourne, which loom heavily in the sky just west of the links themselves. Close by Dundrum Bay, an inlet of the Irish Sea, you'd be remiss not to take heed against the vagaries of the weather. Rare is the day without some wind or rain, and if the sea is boiling, watch out. The gusts on this magnificent course will topple the trolley, bend the flagstick, bend the ball flight and bend, perhaps even break, a player's will to continue.

Useful Facts and Figures

Season
(Months)
Min Temp
(C/F)
Max Temp
(C/F)
Sunrise
Sunset
Spring
(Mar/Apr/May)
5/41
12/53
6.25am 
8.26pm 
Summer
(Jun/Jul/Aug) 
12/53
19/67
5.15am 
9.46pm 
Autumn
(Sep/Oct/Nov)
8/46
13/56
 7.52am
6.29pm 
Winter
(Dec/Jan/Feb)
3/38
8/46
 8.33am
4.37pm 
  • Winter: Cold and windy. Wet in the West but drier in the East. This is for the brave golfer only! Pack lots of layers and waterproofs! Woolly hats and mitts will also help to keep you warm. 
  • Summer: Changeable, but not cold. Temperatures can get into the 70’s and 80’s. High winds aren’t uncommon and rain is fairly regular. It never rains for long in Ireland though, just enough to keep it green!
  • Autumn: Similar to spring – mild and dry in The East, with rain in The West. Pack shirts and sweaters along with the waterproofs. Short sleeved waterproof tops are ideal for the autumn. This is the busiest time for golf in Ireland so book well in advance!