Home to 30% of the links golf courses in the world, Ireland offers breath-taking views along with your round of golf. From stunning seascapes and rugged coastlines, to beautiful castles and majestic mountains, read on to find out our top 10 links golf courses in Ireland.
Royal Portrush Golf Club, Antrim
Proud host of the 148th Open Championship, Royal Portrush Golf Course is situated on the beautiful North Antrim coast. This famous club is home to two links courses – the championship Dunluce Links course and the Valley Links. The Club not only regularly ranks in the top ten golf courses in the world, but also boasts incredible views in all directions.
Royal County Down Golf Club is ranked as the best course in the world by Golf Digest in 2018. It is located in the beautiful and rugged Murlough Nature Reserve against a magnificent mountain backdrop. The links zig-zags back and forth along the coast, providing a different vista from virtually every hole.
Ballybunion Golf Course, Kerry
Found on the breath-taking north-west coast of Kerry are the two world class links golf courses at Ballybunion – the Old Course and the Cashen Course. With both courses stretching across sand dunes and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you can look forward to enjoying breath-taking views. Both courses are renowned for being wonderfully challenging and unique. The Old Course is consistently rated among the top courses in the world.
K Club Hotel and Golf Resort, Kildare
The best way to describe the Arnold Palmer designed Smurfit Course at The K Club, is that of an inland links course. The course boasts dramatic landscapes, dune type mounding and contoured putting surfaces. On top of this, it has also played host to a number of prestigious golfing events such as the Smurfit European Open in both 2004 and 2007.
Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, Dublin
Situated on the shoreline of the rugged peninsula and just outside Dublin City is Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links. It is consistently rated as one of the top golf courses in the world. The challenging Old course offers everything a golfer seeks in a links course, topped off by stunning hotel amenities.
Strandhill Golf Club, Sligo
Located in the picturesque town of Strandhill on the Wild Atlantic Way, Strandhill Golf Club is one of the most beautiful links golf courses in the West of Ireland. The 18-hole course features stunning views of the rugged Atlantic coastline on one side while you can enjoy a backdrop of Knocknarae mountain on the other.
Waterville Golf Links, Kerry
Stunning, remote and challenging , Waterville is one of Ireland’s top-rated golf links courses. The unforgettable links course is surrounded by the sea, and offers spectacular views of the McGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range. You can also look forward to seeing the beautiful Ballinskellig Bay, in particular at ‘Mulcahy’s Peak’, the elevated 17th tee. So, don’t forget your camera!
Old Head Golf Links, Kinsale
Located on a spectacularly unique headland and sprawling out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, lies Old Head Kinsale golf course. This world-class links and practice area occupies 180 acres while the remaining 40 acres of unspoilt cliff frame the course.
Tralee Golf Club, Kerry-LINKS Golf COURSES IRELAND
With views that would make you pinch yourself; Tralee Golf Club is one of the world’s most visually stunning links golf courses featuring turquoise seas, castle ruins and sandy beaches. Above all, it boasts fast greens and beautiful fairways. This links course is not to be missed!
Lahinch Links Golf club, clare
Lahinch Links Golf Club offers all you expect from links golf courses and more! This enchanting course is a perfect example of a true Irish links, with towering sand dunes, rolling fairways and, of course, unpredictable ocean wind! Host to the Dubai Irish Open 2019, this is one of Ireland’s truly iconic links golf courses.
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