- +Baltray Golf Club, Co. Louth
County Louth Golf Club, or “Baltray” as it is more affectionately known, is situated just four miles from the historic town of Drogheda at the mouth of the river Boyne. The course is amazingly complex, covering 190 acres with no two holes running in the same direction. 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. Designed by the world renowned Tom Simpson in 1938, Baltray has changed little since its original debut. In 2003, Donald Steel and Company made minor renovations that advanced the course’s quality while maintaining its traditional charm.
- +Carton House Golf Club, Co. Kildare
Inspired by the greatest links lands of the world, the Montgomerie Course at Carton House pays tribute to the traditions of the game and sets a challenge like no other. The “Monty” opened in 2003 and instantly received rave reviews. With rolling hills and over 100 cavernous bunkers, this course requires much strategizing from any golfer who plays it. This is golf at its purest. This is adrenaline and shot-making at its best.
- +Killeen Castle Golf Club, Co. Meath
Killeen Castle is a unique development set in the historic grounds of one of Ireland’s oldest and finest Norman castles. The spectacular 600-acre estate is home to a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and Europe’s only Dave Pelz Scoring Game School. The course itself stretches over 350 acres, almost twice the amount of land used for a typical golf course. Nicklaus describes the course at Killeen Castle, which boasts breathtaking views of the County Meath countryside, as “truly one of our finest ever creations.” Located near the picturesque village of Dunsany, overlooked by the ancient Hill of Tara, Killeen Castle offers all the joys of true country golf with easy access to Dublin city centre.
- +Palmerstown House Golf Club, Co. Kildare
The 7,419 yard Palmerstown House Golf Course presents players with feelings of tradition, excellence and quality. The challenging course is set amidst thousands of mature trees that boast a variety of colour throughout all four seasons, and each hole has its own individual charm. The Pro Shop staff prides itself in being knowledgeable and available to answer any questions regarding golf programming, services, or course playability. Professional coaches Graham Byrne and Mark Cribben also offer golf lessons that are beneficial to golfers of any level.
- +Portmarnock Golf Club, Co. Dublin
Just minutes north of the centre of Dublin, Portmarnock Golf Club, in all its dignified glory, lives up to its esteemed reputation through its superb quality and unequalled history. Established in 1894 and widely considered one of the top links courses in the world, this beautifully shaped course boasts elevated tees, blind approaches, and unforeseen doglegs, and winds elegantly through low and medium-sized dunes along Portmarnock’s coastline. The club offers stunning views of Ireland’s Eye and the Irish Sea; however, golfers may not be able to fully appreciate its beauty, since the course’s difficulty commands its players’ undivided attention.
- +Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, Co. Dublin
The course at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is relatively new for a links in Ireland, but in a short time it’s become famous the world over. Bernhard Langer was drafted in to design the course along the dunes of the old Jameson family estate. These were the same dunes, in fact, that once bordered the Whiskey magnate’s own course. Elevated tees and greens, blind approaches, doglegs and brisk winds coming from the Irish Sea will keep you thinking through every round. Portmarnock Links harks back to the roots of links golf; it’s rugged, tight and fairly unforgiving of wayward shooting. The bunkers – all 100 of them – seem almost magnetic and for all but the most skilled seaside golfers, scores will be difficult to come by.
- +Royal Dublin Golf Club, Co. Down
Located on Dublin’s famous Bull Island Natural Reserve and only a few minutes from the capital’s centre, the Royal Dublin Golf Club is worlds apart from the nearby metropolis. The island itself has been called a “gift from the sea”, having arisen unexpectedly from the Irish Sea after the construction of the Great North Wall in 1823. Designed by the legendary Harry Colt, and updated about a decade ago by celebrated course architect Martin Hawtree, this championship course has adapted to challenge golfers with its 6,580-metre stretch. Hawtree made several significant changes. Aside from adding 360 metres to the length, he raised and introduced significant contouring to all of the greens. Founded in 1885, the Royal Dublin is also Ireland’s second oldest golf club.
- +St. Anne's Golf Club, Co. Dublin
Sharing Dublin’s Bull Island Nature Reserve with Royal Dublin, St. Anne’s Golf Club offers a challenging 18-hole, par 71 course, which also benefits from the island’s beautiful location. St Anne’s offers a golfing experience filled with sand hills and luscious greens and is located just 8km from Dublin’s city centre. Breathtaking views of the Dublin Bay backed by the Wicklow Mountains may be cause for distraction in between shots, but the experience will surely be a memorable one. Often foolishly overlooked in favour of its illustrious neighbour, St. Anne’s is a worthwhile golf course, offering a testing, yet enjoyable, round of golf. And it’s not only us who think so.
- +The European Club, Co. Wicklow
Nestled on the coast of County Wicklow, the world-renowned European Club sits isolated and preserved as a monument to both the inherent beauty of Ireland’s coastline and to the talent of its owner and creator, Pat Ruddy. Remarkably unpretentious considering its reputation, this 20-hole course is as challenging as it is ultimately rewarding. Carved dunes, notoriously unforgiving rough, blustering winds and cutting greens define the course. Fairways, unlike many found at other links courses, are quite generous and rewarding of good shots. The 12th, 13th, and 15th holes play alongside the beach, and the Par-4 seventh hole is ranked among the top 100 holes in the world. Golf’s most well-known and admired champions have played the course at the European Club, with Tiger Woods holding the current record of 67.
- +The K Club, Co. Kildare
The world-famous Palmer Course at the K Club needs no introduction, having been the host of the memorable 2006 Ryder Cup. In Ireland and abroad, the K Club is known as the last world in luxury, and it’s a resort that always top on golfers’ wish lists. Some argue that this American-style layout is Arnold Palmer’s best in design. The Palmer Course is the jewel in that crown: designed by one of the game’s true legends, with an impeccable championship history and an envied reputation for its perfect condition and enjoyable, intelligent design. In fact, when the great Arnold Palmer was asked if he could have improved on anything at the K Club, he said: “We could draw and plan for 100 years and still not come up with as good a vision.”