With top golfers such as Paul Dunne and Shane Lowry all born and raised in the Emerald Isle, it’s easy to see why Ireland has such a strong relationship with the sport; and with that strong relationship comes plenty of top Irish golf courses!
If you’re interested in checking out one of the top Irish Golf courses during your vacation to Ireland, read on to find out everything you need to know.
Set to host golf’s most prestigious tournament: the 2026 Ryder Cup, Adare Manor effortlessly earns its place on the list of top Irish golf clubs.
Located in County Limerick, the 18-hole parkland is set within the glorious estate of one of Europe’s most spectacular manor house hotels: Adare Manor.
Described as a ‘parkland paradise’, the course is surrounded by magnificent natural beauty and is encircled by the banks of the River Maigue.
Although measuring 7,509 yards with a par 72 from the Championship tees, the course has many tee options for all levels of skill so whether you’re new to the game or are a seasoned professional, golfers of every level are sure to encounter an inspiring challenge.
Located in the foothills of the Mountains of Mourne (the mountains which inspired C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia), is The Royal County Down Golf Club.
The club opened its doors 127 years ago and is known to be one of the oldest golf clubs in the Emerald Isle.
Surrounded by an area of outstanding beauty, the course boasts 18-hole links courses with The Championship Course measuring over 7,200 yards.
In 2005 The Championship Course was ranked as the fourth best course in the world outside the United States by Golf Digest, in 2007 it was ranked first.
As home of the 2006 Ryder Cup, 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, and 13 European Opens, The K Club in County Kildare boasts two of Europe’s finest Championship Courses: The Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course.
In addition to two 18-hole championship golf courses, The K Club hosts 5-star accommodation, incredible dining experiences and one of Ireland’s finest spas.
Considered one of the finest links courses in the world, Ballybunion’s reputation has grown over time.
Located along a beautiful stretch of sand dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, in Country Kerry, you’ll find two world class links golf courses – the Old Course and the Trent Jones Cashen Course.
Ballybunion has hosted some of the world’s best players and is most definitely the perfect location for a golf vacation in Ireland.
Once a small fishing village, Portrush quickly became an international golf destination with the emergence of Royal Portrush Golf Club in the 1890’s.
As host to The Open Championship 2019, Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim is home to some of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world – the Dunluce Links and the Valley Links.
Located amongst breathtaking rolling sand dunes, this top Irish golf club possesses alluring coastal views and an exceptional golf experience.
Overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way is the 40-acre estate of the Waterville Golf Links.
Dating back to 1889, this top Irish golf course is home to an 18th century manor house, stunning sea views and a world-famous championship links course.
The course stretches over 7,300 yards but players are ensured that there’s no need to be intimidated as several tees come in to play on each hole.
Located just outside Dublin city, Portmarnock Golf Club is one of Dublin’s premier golf clubs.
With a rich history closely aligned to the progression of golf in Ireland, Portmarnock has hosted many major professional and amateur events
Once the home of the famous Jameson dynasty, this fantastic links course is a piece of tranquility within reach of Dublin’s attractions.
Golf in the lap of luxury in Ashford Castle, County Mayo.
The picturesque 9-hole, 2996 yards par 35 parkland course is perfect for golfers of all abilities to hone their skills.
As home to one of the ultimate castle hotels in Ireland, why not complete your round of golf with some fine dining and an evening’s stay?
From 1892, Lahinch Golf Club has stood out as a golfing institution like no other.
Renowned for its stunning views and challenging links, Lahinch Golf Club is regarded as one of the best and most enjoyable challenges to be found in the golfing world.
The golf club’s ideal location in County Clare makes it easy to visit the famed Cliffs of Moher after a long day of golf.
Built on a 220-acre of land, jutting over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, is the Old Head of Kinsale.
This is an 18-hole golf course with the links and practice area occupying 189 acres and the remaining acres uniquely framing the course.
With the crash of the Atlantic Ocean waves as the soundtrack to your game, this piece of ‘golf real estate’ is known to cause many a golfer to pinch themselves as they drive through the ancient gateway.
Druid’s Glen, County wicklow
The mystical Druid’s Glen was designed by Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock and opened in 1995.
Rich in history and prestige, Druid’s Glen’s Champion Golf Courses allow players to enjoy varied play complete with vibrant flowers and remarkable tree-lined fairways.
Book to stay in Druid’s Glen Resort and enjoy the countryside surroundings and amazing 5-star service.
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