Ireland’s Best Golf Courses

Royal County Down

The Royal County Down Golf Club is, located in Newcastle, County Down in Northern Ireland. It opened 127 years ago and is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland. It has two 18-hole links courses, the Championship Course and the Annesley Links.The Championship Course at Royal County Down measures over 7,200 yards (6,580 m) from the back tees, and the fourth and ninth holes are featured in the book The 500 World’s Greatest Golf Holes. In 2005 the Championship Course was ranked as the fourth best course in the world outside the United States by Golf Digest, and in 2007 it was ranked first. In 2016 it was voted the best Golf Course in the world by US magazine Golf Digest.

The K Club, Co. Kildare

Designed by Arnold Palmer the Palmer Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course are considered two of Europe’s finest Championship Courses recently voted on the top ten worldwide golf resorts by CNN. Golf holidays in Ireland are not complete without a visit to The K Club, lets face it where else can you play a venue that has hosted The Ryder Cup and 13 European Opens? The Club’s courses are facillated by the 5* Kclub Hotel and Resort. Enjoy golf view deluxe rooms and world class fine dining all just a short drive from Dublin city centre. The K Club golf course and Resort is one of Ireland’s best and best loved clubs and a great place to base yourself while on your golf trip in Ireland.

 Ballybunion Golf Links, Co. Kerry

Considered one of the finest links courses in the world, Ballybunion’s reputation has grown over time. Its stunning  remote location on the Irish southwest coast has hosted a number of the world’s best players have found their way to the famed course. Ballybunion was ranked by Golf Digest in 2005 as the seventh best course in the world outside the United States. The Course is located in the north of county Kerry, an easy drive from many of the best hotels in the south of the country. If a golf trip in the south of Ireland is what you are looking for, well this course is a must. We suggest incorporating a wild Atlantic way sight seeing drive on the Dingle Penninsula to expierence the very best of the south west of Ireland. Expect big empty windswept beaches and unspoilt scenary for miles. 

Royal Portrush Golf Club, Co. Antrim

Royal Portrush Golf Club is a private golf club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, that welcomes visitors all year around. The 36-hole club has two links courses, the Dunluce Links (the championship course) and the Valley Links. The former is one of the courses on the Open championship rota and will next host the tournament in 2019. Portrush will host the Open  in 2019.The Dunluce Links course is considered to be one of the best courses in the world. Golf Magazine ranked it at number 12 in their list of the Top 100 Courses in the World, and Golf Digest ranked it as the fourth best course outside the United States in 2007.

Tralee Golf Club, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Tralee Golf Club is a must see and the 1st & 2nd holes have a spectacular view of beach, which runs at the back of the 1st hole and to the right of 2nd hole was the location of the beach scenes of the 1970 epic movie Ryan’s Daughter, which won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. County Kerry’s Northern coastline lends itself to fantastic golf links, and this is one of Ireland’s best. The road infracture surrounding the Kerry golf links are well established, and access is easy with very low traffic. Direct flights from the US into Shannon airport on the west coast makes Tralee Golf Club, and the nearby courses easy to get to with no time wasting on long drives, leaving full days for early tee times and the best value for your trip.

Waterville Golf Llinks, County Kerry

The Waterville Golf Links overlooks the Wild Atlantic from its location in County Kerry. The 40-acre estate consists an 18th-century manor house and a world famous championship links course. Golf on the club’s sand dune-covered landscape which dates back to 1889.Gorse and native grasses blanket the golf course which looks out over stunning sea views. Located on one  Kerry’s villages, Waterville which is popular with fishing and sea activities. If you base yourself in Killarney, your morning drive to the golf course is on one of the world’s most scenic and famous – the Ring of Kerry. People come from all over the world to drive the stunning ring, with sea views over the wild Atlantic. Incorporating the scenic drive with  morning golfing in Waterville will ensure you get the best of County Kerry’s scenary and the best of Ireland’s golf links all in one day!

The Waterville Golf Links overlooks the Wild Atlantic from its location in County Kerry. The 40-acre estate consists an 18th-century manor house and a world famous championship links course. Golf on the club’s sand dune-covered landscape which dates back to 1889.Gorse and native grasses blanket the golf course which looks out over stunning sea views. Located on one  Kerry’s villages, Waterville which is popular with fishing and sea activities. If you base yourself in Killarney, your morning drive to the golf course is on one of the world’s most scenic and famous – the Ring of Kerry. People come from all over the world to drive the stunning ring, with sea views over the wild Atlantic. Incorporating the scenic drive with  morning golfing in Waterville will ensure you get the best of County Kerry’s scenary and the best of Ireland’s golf links all in one day!

Portmarnock Golf Club , County Dublin

Portmarnock is one of Dublin’s premier courses located right outside the city. Once the home of the famous Jameson dynasty, this fantastic course is a piece of tranquility within reach of Dublin’s attractions.  The east coast of Ireland boasts huge quiet beach views and some great golf links. Portmarnock is a favourite with the local golf enthusiasts, within easy reach of the busy city. A visit to Ireland isn’t complete without a stay in the capital and golfing in one of it’s favourite golf links is a great way to expierence Dublin.

Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo

Ashford castle is the most luxurious of all the castle hotels in Ireland. Its excellent golf course allows you to golf in the lap of luxury. It was voted best of the Best Awards during Virtuoso Travel Week, a luxury travel show in Las Vegas. Millions of euro have been poured into the five-star hotel since it was acquired by the Tollman family for its Red Carnation collection in 2013.Recent refurbishments include a 32-seat cinema, the replacement of all 820 windows and extensive room works – including those which hosted John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara during the filming of “The Quiet Man” in 1951.The 350-acre estate has now returned to its position as one of Ireland’s most exclusive hotels.

Lahinch Golf Club, County Clare

Lahinch on the West coast of Ireland has some of the best views and challenging links in the country. Visit the famous Cliffs of Moher on your way home after a great day of Golf and enjoy Ireland’s top visited sightseeing spot. County Clare is known for it’s great tradional pubs and Irish music.