Ireland and Golf go hand in hand and for many, Ireland is the ultimate location for a golfing vacation

Golfing in Ireland

From lush, green parkland to rugged coastal dunes, Ireland is unbeatable in terms of choice, quality and awe-inspiring scenery for your golfing holiday. Unquestionably Ireland has golf courses to meet every skill level. With well over 400 courses, including 30 per cent of the world’s links courses, from beginner to pro, and now more than ever before, for every budget there is a golf course for you!

With legendary hospitality, fascinating sightseeing opportunities, gourmet pubs and restaurants and some of the best craic around, a golf vacation in Ireland is one you’ll never forget. Book an Irish golfing trip with Brack Tours and enjoy world famous championship golf courses which are home soil to our major winners- Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington. Many accommodations we use are situated close to these great courses or have their own courses at the resort property itself.

We work closely with our preffered golfing operator “Matthews Golf Tours” and their resident Golfing-Specialist/Tour Director Damian Keenan

What will Brack Tours offer you – the golfer:

  • Customised itineraries tailored specifically to your requirements
  • Competitive rates
  • Guaranteed and pre-booked tee-times
  • Insider knowledge and firsthand experience on golf courses and local areas
  • Strong relationships with local hoteliers and golf courses
  • Support service while in Ireland, 7 days a week

*We will work with you to design a golfing Itinerary suitable to your needs*

Golf Courses In Ireland

A golf break in Ireland is guaranteed to be an absolutely unforgettable experience. There is no doubt that the country is littered with some of the world’s most fantastic golf courses, offering some of the purest golfing experiences, but the landscape is also adorned with many top resorts and hotels. Below you can view many of the top golf courses in Ireland, while finding out more about this world wide famous courses.

Northern Golf Courses

Have a look at our below gallery to view some of the top world class golf courses which can be found in the northern counties of Ireland. Ranging from small courses at Ardglass to Royal County Down and Royal Portrush, courses made famous all over the world and home to our major winners and Irish champions. To find out more about each course featured below please click the name of each course below for a pop-up to open.

Located on the beautiful County Down coast just 30 miles from Belfast, Ardglass Golf Club is a spectacular Par 70 seaside course, where all 18 holes have dramatic views of the rugged coastline, with the majesty of the Mourne
Mountains providing a perfect backdrop. The course is becoming a “must play” for many overseas golfing visitors to Ireland, and with good reason. Ardglass is a true test of golf, particularly on a windy day. The course hugs the coastline, with no fewer than eight holes where the coastline comes into play, and on a clear day it is possible to see everything across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man.

Nestled into a wild, romantic coastline and positioned as Ireland’s most northerly golf course, the Old Course at Ballyliffin Golf Club is one of the most highly regarded links in the world. Undulating through the glorious natural terrain of County Donegal, this is a course that’s sure to present an immensely enjoyable challenge to every
golfer. Its expansive ocean views, panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside and its rich history make Ballyliffin’s Old
Course a truly special place, one which embodies all that is best about Irish golf. Frequently referred to as the “Dornoch of Ireland,” Ballyliffin’s Old Course is affectionately recognized as Irish golf’s ultimate hidden gem. From the 1st tee, golfers are amazed by how the course twists and turns in every possible direction.

Named for the famous temple that dominates the cliff-line along the dramatic Derry coastline, the Mussenden course at Castlerock Golf Club is one of the game’s true joys. The club is situated in a seaside village with which it shares its name, and is full of charm and character. And once you’re out on the course, it’s impossible not to be taken by rolling beauty of the landscape and the unspoilt splendour of the dunes, the River Bann and the Atlantic. The par-3 fourth hole, nicknamed the Leg o’ Mutton, is one of the most famous in Irish golfing circles and a true test of nerve and skill, but in truth every hole at Castlerock deserves attention.

Donegal Golf Club at Murvagh, Co Donegal is an outstanding links golf course that is a true test to any golfer’s abilities. Designed by the legendary course architect, Eddie Hackett, it is continually featured in golf rankings around the globe. The course’s reputation has been further enhanced by the new design of Pat Ruddy. The classic 18-hole course at Donegal is isolated on the Murvagh Penninsula and is one of the longest in Ireland and Europe. The 6,344 metre course requires strength and precision to conquer its colossal length. The 5th hole is called “valley of Tears” and rightfully so. Wedged back amidst the dunes, this hole is a 174 metre par-3 that will surely offer a challenge.

Galgorm Castle Golf Club is one of Ireland’s finest championship courses, set in the grounds of one of the island’s
most historical estates. This exciting course has a rich and colourful history to be explored with mysterious stories to be uncovered, dating all the way back to 1607 and King James I. The Golf Club has made recent history as well, becoming the first to host PGA Euro Pro Tour in Northern Ireland in 2010. The castle overlooks and dominates the tenth green and a network of souterrains add character at the fifth and eighth greens. The course is exciting for novices and low handicapped golfers alike. The course is suitable for players of all standards, and offers a relaxing round that will entertain and challenge in equal measure.

Portsalon Golf Links was established in 1891, making it one of nine founding members of the Golfing Union of Ireland, the oldest golfing union in the world. This gem of Irish golf holds a lasting memory for every golfer of a truly outstanding golf links. Portsalon offers golfers an opportunity to play golf on an original golf links design. Unspoiled, uncrowded, natural links land, surrounded by the spectacular Knockalla Mountains and the beautiful white sanded beaches of Portsalon on the shores of Lough Swilly. Visitors are treated to a classic links golfing experience that will flood their senses and bring them back for more and more golfing holidays to this wonderful part of Ireland.

Portstewart Golf Club was founded in 1894 and is one of the most renowned in all of Ireland. The Old Course is the oldest of the club’s three 18-hole layouts and is surely the most famous. Portstewart has played host to many major amateur and professional championships over the years, including most recently the British Girls Championship in 2006. Situated at the eastern end of Portstewart, the Old Course offers rounds of golf with an abundance of heritage, as golf was first played there as far back as 1889. The course has a classic links design that plays through the blue Donegal hills, rolling sand dunes, and the tranquil estuary of the River Bann

Just a short walk from the fishing village of Downings, Rosapenna Golf Club is situated by the beautiful shores of the Donegal coastline. The story goes that 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 scenery. Morris was quick to see the golfing potential of this fine stretch of Donegal coastline 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, a legend was born.

Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings, in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zig zagging back and forth to provide a different vista from virtually every hole. The narrowest ribbons of fairways thread their way through as impressive a set of sand dunes as could be imagined. The ‘bearded’ bunkers are world famous and feature overhanging lips of marram, red fescue and heather, while the greens are fast and many are domed, rejecting any shot lacking conviction. This is a true test of any player’s command of the traditional bump and run, the preferred way to play any links.

Home to the 2012 Irish Open and the only venue outside of mainland Britain ever to host the Open Championship, the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club ranks amongst the world’s greatest courses. Regularly at the top of magazine rankings around the globe, it is a masterpiece of golf course architecture. Unimaginable rough and testing greens, combined with the unpredictable weather of the roaring North Atlantic make this course an admirable test for even the most seasoned golf aficionado. Harry Colt, universally acknowledged as one of golf’s greatest course architects, used the natural contours and dunes of the links land at Portrush to create a legacy which attracts golfers from all across the globe. His 7,143 yards Par 72 masterpiece is routed through rugged links land, and constantly changes in both direction and elevation, whilst all the time providing some of the most awe-inspiring scenery to be found in Ireland. Royal Portrush Golf Club boasts some of the best golf professionals as its members, including Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, and Graeme McDowell, with Rory McIlroy holding the club record.

Eastern Golf Courses

Have a look at our below gallery to view some of the top world class golf courses which can be found in the eastern counties of Ireland. Ranging from small courses at Baltray to Royal Dublin and The K Club, which is home  to the world famous Palmer golf course which hosted the Ryder cup in 2006.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Island Golf Club boasts a jewel of a links course, which until 1973 had to be reached by boat from across the estuary at Malahide. Thankfully, this North Dublin golfing gem is now more easily accessible and well worth the journey. It enjoys a peaceful setting and is bordered by the sea on three sides. Founded in 1890, The Island is constantly rated among the top courses in Ireland. Martin Hawtree has recently made course design changes ensuring that its true nature and character are enhanced. The Island is known for having no two holes that are alike, a trait that is rarely found in golf courses. Throughout its history, The Island has valued and protected its natural heritage, and as a result can now proudly claim to be one of the most stunning, natural and peaceful courses in Ireland

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.”

Southern Golf Courses

Have a look at our below gallery to view some of the top world class golf courses which can be found in the southern counties of Ireland. Ranging from the beautiful links course at Lahinch to the world renowned Old course at Ballybunion, Ireland has it all for beginner golfers to professionals.

The 19th century house of Adare Manor is located on the picturesque banks of the River Maigue in the village of Adare, County Limerick. The former seat of the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, it’s now a luxury resort hotel and home to an absolute gem of a parkland course. Set amid 340 hectares of formal gardens and rolling parkland, the golf resort at Adare offers world class facilities and an 18 hole masterpiece that opened in 1995. It was the last major golf course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. This majestic design has gained international acclaim as one of his finest creations – the exquisite parkland atmosphere of the demesne has been preserved and the course set amid magnificent mature trees.

Ballybunion is one of the most highly regarded courses on the southwest coast of Ireland, and for good reason. This particular stretch of coast is home to some of the largest, most formidable dunes seen on links land anywhere and provide a thrilling challenge. Golfers will want for nothing at this simple, yet magnificent links course. The Old Course at Ballybunion is an unyielding test of skill and endurance. It wastes no space on weak holes and, instead, uses large dunes and ruthless bunkering to challenge ambitious golfers. “If sheer pleasure is the yardstick, then Ballybunion’s Old Course gets my vote as the No. 1 in the world,” said famous English golf writer Peter Dobereiner.

Dingle Links, also known affectionately by its Gaelic name Ceann Sibéal Golf Club, is set between winding roads, shimmering beaches and the Basket Islands, which hover peacefully in the vast Atlantic. The course is equal in pure, unadulterated beauty to the surrounding Dingle landscape, which is reputed to be one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland. This, Europe’s most westerly golf course, is links paradise manifested. The 6,120-metre par 72 was founded in 1924 and is yet another brilliant design by architect Eddie Hackett. The course itself offers various views from each hole that banish any possibility for a dull moment. It is composed of strategically placed bunkers, and the coastal winds are strong enough to challenge even the most experienced golfers.

Dooks Golf Club was founded in 1889 and is one of the oldest, most charming Links in Ireland. The charm, the atmosphere and the superb seaside setting of a truly traditional golf links makes Dooks a must-play for any fan of coastal golf. Originally a nine-hole course, the members themselves designed and built nine extra holes back in the late 1960s. More recently, Martin Hawtree has improved on that work, and the result is stunning. The 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. Also in view are the famed McGillycuddy’s Reeks. To the southwest are the lovely valleys and hills of Glenbeigh, and across the bay to the north are the Slieve Mish and Dingle Mountains.

Chosen for his “least disturbance philosophy,” the Doonbeg Golf Course site on the grounds of this five star resort was designed by twotime British Open Champion Greg Norman. In fact, the course opened on July 9, 2002, when Norman defeated Padraig Harrington 2 to 1 in an exhibition match. Spanning 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and century-old sand dunes, the course offers views across the Atlantic from the green, the fairway, or tee of 16 of the 18 holes. The Par-72 layout features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back, playing 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.

With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, Dromoland Castle was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. It’s now home to one of the country’s most revered parkland courses. Standing majestically over 160 hectares of its own private demesne, the course was designed by Irish golfing legend J.B. Carr and one of golf’s great golf course architects, Ron Kirby, who teamed up to turn Dromoland Castle into an 18-hole golf course, set in one of Europe’s finest country estates. The course plays 6,824 yards for men and 5,242 yards for ladies and has been described as an excellent challenge for both professional and amateur golfers alike.

The spectacular Fota Island Golf Club is just a few minutes’ drive from downtown Cork City, but as it sits on its own island, it feels a world away. Located in the heart of a 780 acre estate, the splendid woodlands are woven into three challenging championship courses which are very much in the traditional mode, featuring strategically placed bunkers and undulating putting surfaces. The most difficult stretch is between the 10th and 14th holes, as that area of the course is surrounded by a multitude of small lakes and ponds. Golf was first played at Fota Island as far back as the 1800s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that a new course was developed at Fota Island, designed by Irish Ryder Cup star Christy O’Connor Jr and twice English Amateur Champion Peter McEvoy.

Hugging the shores of Lough Leane, Killarney is blessed not just with world renowned scenery but also with three superb parkland courses all within the one complex. Of the three, perhaps the most famous is the the Killeen, which has benefited hugely from recent renovations. Killeen is known across the world for having played host to the European Tour’s Irish Open in recent years, as well as many other prestigious events in the past. The Killarney lakes and high mountain range provide an imposing backdrop to this championship course, and at 6,593 metres, it will demand total accuracy from long hitters, as there is water on virtually every hole.

The beautiful links at Lahinch Golf Club in County Clare, Ireland have been testing and enthralling visiting golfers for over a century. Way back in 1894, Old Tom Morris was commissioned to make full use of the natural terrain, especially the giant sand dunes at Lahinch. Old Tom believed that Lahinch was the finest natural course that he had seen. Two of Morris’s creations were the famous Klondyke (4th) & Dell (5th) holes, these still remain today. They continue to be the most memorable talking points for first time visitors to Lahinch and are seen locally as fitting tributes to the great Scotsman.

A classic in every sense of the word, Jack Nicklaus’ course at Mount Juliet is a joy to behold and to play. The quintessential resort parkland course, it is always immaculate and testing, round after round. And when Tiger Woods says that a course has “perfect fairways” and “the best greens I’ve putted on all year”, you need to sit up and pay attention. Kilkenny’s Mount Juliet has long been garnering such praise from not only top professionals, but visiting golfers too. The Jack Nicklaus design is a classic and consistently voted among the best parkland courses in Ireland

A perennial favourite with Irish and international golfers alike, Old Head is surely laid out on one of the most dramatic landscapes in Ireland. Located on a narrow peninsula in Co Cork, Old Head is almost completely surrounded by water and thus has some of the most stunning vistas found on a golf course anywhere in the world. The course, which is set up on a daily basis, was designed by an impeccable team of golf professionals, including Australian course architect Paddy Merrigan, building contractor Haulie O’Shea, and former Irish golf professionals, the late Dr. Joe Carr and Eddie Hackett. The Old Head is designed as a walking course that encourages all visitors to walk the links with their Caddie.

Named for the world-famous tourist trail that takes ramblers through the idyllic southwestern landscape, the Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club is just as enchanting. The architectural brief was to design a “world class” golf course that would challenge competent and experienced players from the back tees, yet be playable and enjoyable for 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 professional golf events, both Irish and European. “If God restricted me to playing only one course for the rest of my life, it would unquestionably be the Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club,” said Brendan McGovern, former Captain of the Irish PGA.

In terms of scenery, Tralee Golf Club has it all: a rocky harbour, a castle ruin, beaches, and last but not least, a stunning golf course. The course is historically significant on many levels, as a vessel from the Spanish Armada sailed by the 17th hole in 1588, and the scenery of the first and second holes were featured in the beach scenes of the 1970 Academy Award Winning Film Ryan’s Daughter. All the caddies at Tralee Golf Club are also members of the club, making for a relaxed and sociable atmosphere during your golf break. Although the course was built and designed by Arnold Palmer, the world-renown golfer and businessman claimed that he had some outside help, commenting: “I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine.”

Adjacent to the Ring of Kerry, Waterville Links is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Ireland. Waterville is consistently rated one of the top five courses in Ireland and one of the top twenty links courses in the world. Many professionals, such as Tiger Woods, have visited Waterville to polish their skills prior to the British Open. The combination of sand dunes, native grasses, firm fairways, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces at Waterville results in a perfect links course. Every hole at Waterville Links is a masterpiece. Elevated tee boxes, which continue to rise as play progresses, allow players to see the flag in the distance, often tucked behind cascading dunes. The beginning holes are open over wide fairways, unlike the back nine, where dunes are larger and more prevalent.

Western Golf Courses

West of idyllic Enniscrone, on six kilometres of Erris Peninsula coastline is Carne Golf Links, one of the most classic links in Ireland. Since opening in 1992, Carne Golf Links has earned recognition as one of the most prestigious links golf courses in Ireland. Rough and rugged in the classic manner of all great links land, this charming 18-hole course is packed with yawning chasms, high dunes and deep hollows. Its holes maneuver around the natural placement of the dunes, not daring to disturb the natural beauty of the landscape.

Connemara Golf Links blends the history of the game, the stunning natural and unique beauty of the western Irish landscape and the skills of a great architect to create a memorable golfing experience. Nestled between the scenic splendor of the 12 Bens mountain range and the rugged Atlantic Ocean, this 7,229-yard course is a test from start to finish. The course opens with a testing dog leg hole and requires an increasing amount of attention throughout each round. The back nine, in particular, have been acknowledged as the equal to any in the world.

County Sligo Golf Club is located eight kilometres from Sligo town at the seaside village of Rosses Point and is much more than just a beautiful golf course. Widely regarded as a great championship golf course, Co Sligo successfully combines gorgeous scenery and competitive play. Views of Benbulben eclipsing the northern skyline and of rolling green hills set before the Atlantic Ocean make Co Sligo one of the most beautiful links in Ireland. Yet don’t be too mesmerised by the course’s natural beauty. Golfers will need to direct all their focus to their game if they expect to survive this difficult course.

Located beside the quaint seaside town of the same name, Enniscrone is sometimes passed over in discussion of Ireland’s great links. One visit, however, will have every golfer convinced of its brilliance. Here, players make their way through endless dips and hollows to ultimately emerge from valleys that reveal striking views of Killala Bay, Bartra Island and the Ox Mountains. This championship venue gives visitors the ultimate golf vacation experience, with flawless greens and stunning views all year round. A maze of dunes disguises fairways, rendering excitement and a day to remember. Enniscrone begins quietly, but quickly evolves into a course that will surprise you with its variety.

Narin and Portnoo Golf Club is situated in a beautiful seaside resort in County Donegal in the northwest of the country and is considered one of the finest natural and scenic 18-hole links courses in Ireland, with sweeping views of Gweebarra Bay. Opened in 1930, it is engagingly old-fashioned, with a meandering routing over and around the dunes.The course has recently been redeveloped, and the new par 73 layout offers a range of teeing areas and challenges to suit all golfers.

From humble beginnings back in 1931, Strandhill has become a golf club of international renown and is well-worth visiting during your trip to Ireland. The present 18-hole course was opened in 1973 and has some superb scenery to admire while playing it. Knocknarea Mountain, Culleenamore Strand and Strandhill Beach all act as amazing back-drops during an 18 hole round. In terms of length, at 5,800 metres, Strandhill is short by modern standards, but it’s never short on challenging shots or dramatic landscape. The club has an excellent reputation for attention to detail and course presentation.

A charming 18-hole parkland course with breath taking views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay, Westport is a course that opens comfortably before showing its teeth. Since arriving at the current site of Carrowholly back in 1973, Westport Golf Club have hosted a number amateur championships and perfectly fits the bill for an enjoyable round of holiday golf in a classicly Irish setting. The course was designed by the internationally renowned Fred Hawtree, who described it thusly: “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.”

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Ireland and Golf go hand in hand and for many, Ireland is the ultimate location for a golfing vacation.

From lush, green parkland to rugged coastal dunes, Ireland is unbeatable in terms of choice, quality and awe-inspiring scenery for your golfing holiday. Unquestionably Ireland has golf courses to meet every skill level. With well over 400 courses, including 30 per cent of the world’s links courses, from beginner to pro, and now more than ever before, for every budget there is a golf course for you!

With legendary hospitality, fascinating sightseeing opportunities, gourmet pubs and restaurants and some of the best craic around, a golf vacation in Ireland is one you’ll never forget. Book an Irish golfing trip with Brack Tours and enjoy world famous championship golf courses which are home soil to our major winners- Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington. Many accommodations we use are situated close to these great courses or have their own courses at the resort property itself.

What will Brack Tours offer you – the golfer:

  • Customised itineraries tailored specifically to your requirements
  • Competitive rates
  • Guaranteed and pre-booked tee-times
  • Insider knowledge and firsthand experience on golf courses and local areas
  • Strong relationships with local hoteliers and golf courses
  • Support service while in Ireland, 7 days a week

*We will work with you to design a golfing Itinerary suitable to your needs*

Golf Courses In Ireland:

A golf break in Ireland is guaranteed to be an absolutely unforgettable experience. There is no doubt that the country is littered with some of the world’s most fantastic golf courses, offering some of the purest golfing experiences, but the landscape is also adorned with many top resorts and hotels. Below you can view many of the top golf courses in Ireland, while finding out more about this world wide famous courses.

Northern Golf Courses:

Have a look at our below gallery to view some of the top world class golf courses which can be found in the northern counties of Ireland. Ranging from small courses at Ardglass to Royal County Down and Royal Portrush, courses made famous all over the world and home to our major winners and Irish champions. To find out more about each course featured below please click the name of each course below for a pop-up to open.

Located on the beautiful County Down coast just 30 miles from Belfast, Ardglass Golf Club is a spectacular Par 70 seaside course, where all 18 holes have dramatic views of the rugged coastline, with the majesty of the Mourne
Mountains providing a perfect backdrop. The course is becoming a “must play” for many overseas golfing visitors to Ireland, and with good reason. Ardglass is a true test of golf, particularly on a windy day. The course hugs the coastline, with no fewer than eight holes where the coastline comes into play, and on a clear day it is possible to see everything across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man.

Nestled into a wild, romantic coastline and positioned as Ireland’s most northerly golf course, the Old Course at Ballyliffin Golf Club is one of the most highly regarded links in the world. Undulating through the glorious natural terrain of County Donegal, this is a course that’s sure to present an immensely enjoyable challenge to every
golfer. Its expansive ocean views, panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside and its rich history make Ballyliffin’s Old
Course a truly special place, one which embodies all that is best about Irish golf. Frequently referred to as the “Dornoch of Ireland,” Ballyliffin’s Old Course is affectionately recognized as Irish golf’s ultimate hidden gem. From the 1st tee, golfers are amazed by how the course twists and turns in every possible direction.

Named for the famous temple that dominates the cliff-line along the dramatic Derry coastline, the Mussenden course at Castlerock Golf Club is one of the game’s true joys. The club is situated in a seaside village with which it shares its name, and is full of charm and character. And once you’re out on the course, it’s impossible not to be taken by rolling beauty of the landscape and the unspoilt splendour of the dunes, the River Bann and the Atlantic. The par-3 fourth hole, nicknamed the Leg o’ Mutton, is one of the most famous in Irish golfing circles and a true test of nerve and skill, but in truth every hole at Castlerock deserves attention.

Donegal Golf Club at Murvagh, Co Donegal is an outstanding links golf course that is a true test to any golfer’s abilities. Designed by the legendary course architect, Eddie Hackett, it is continually featured in golf rankings around the globe. The course’s reputation has been further enhanced by the new design of Pat Ruddy. The classic 18-hole course at Donegal is isolated on the Murvagh Penninsula and is one of the longest in Ireland and Europe. The 6,344 metre course requires strength and precision to conquer its colossal length. The 5th hole is called “valley of Tears” and rightfully so. Wedged back amidst the dunes, this hole is a 174 metre par-3 that will surely offer a challenge.

Galgorm Castle Golf Club is one of Ireland’s finest championship courses, set in the grounds of one of the island’s
most historical estates. This exciting course has a rich and colourful history to be explored with mysterious stories to be uncovered, dating all the way back to 1607 and King James I. The Golf Club has made recent history as well, becoming the first to host PGA Euro Pro Tour in Northern Ireland in 2010. The castle overlooks and dominates the tenth green and a network of souterrains add character at the fifth and eighth greens. The course is exciting for novices and low handicapped golfers alike. The course is suitable for players of all standards, and offers a relaxing round that will entertain and challenge in equal measure.

Portsalon Golf Links was established in 1891, making it one of nine founding members of the Golfing Union of Ireland, the oldest golfing union in the world. This gem of Irish golf holds a lasting memory for every golfer of a truly outstanding golf links. Portsalon offers golfers an opportunity to play golf on an original golf links design. Unspoiled, uncrowded, natural links land, surrounded by the spectacular Knockalla Mountains and the beautiful white sanded beaches of Portsalon on the shores of Lough Swilly. Visitors are treated to a classic links golfing experience that will flood their senses and bring them back for more and more golfing holidays to this wonderful part of Ireland.

Portstewart Golf Club was founded in 1894 and is one of the most renowned in all of Ireland. The Old Course is the oldest of the club’s three 18-hole layouts and is surely the most famous. Portstewart has played host to many major amateur and professional championships over the years, including most recently the British Girls Championship in 2006. Situated at the eastern end of Portstewart, the Old Course offers rounds of golf with an abundance of heritage, as golf was first played there as far back as 1889. The course has a classic links design that plays through the blue Donegal hills, rolling sand dunes, and the tranquil estuary of the River Bann

Just a short walk from the fishing village of Downings, Rosapenna Golf Club is situated by the beautiful shores of the Donegal coastline. The story goes that 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 scenery. Morris was quick to see the golfing potential of this fine stretch of Donegal coastline 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, a legend was born.

Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings, in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zig zagging back and forth to provide a different vista from virtually every hole. The narrowest ribbons of fairways thread their way through as impressive a set of sand dunes as could be imagined. The ‘bearded’ bunkers are world famous and feature overhanging lips of marram, red fescue and heather, while the greens are fast and many are domed, rejecting any shot lacking conviction. This is a true test of any player’s command of the traditional bump and run, the preferred way to play any links.

Home to the 2012 Irish Open and the only venue outside of mainland Britain ever to host the Open Championship, the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club ranks amongst the world’s greatest courses. Regularly at the top of magazine rankings around the globe, it is a masterpiece of golf course architecture. Unimaginable rough and testing greens, combined with the unpredictable weather of the roaring North Atlantic make this course an admirable test for even the most seasoned golf aficionado. Harry Colt, universally acknowledged as one of golf’s greatest course architects, used the natural contours and dunes of the links land at Portrush to create a legacy which attracts golfers from all across the globe. His 7,143 yards Par 72 masterpiece is routed through rugged links land, and constantly changes in both direction and elevation, whilst all the time providing some of the most awe-inspiring scenery to be found in Ireland. Royal Portrush Golf Club boasts some of the best golf professionals as its members, including Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, and Graeme McDowell, with Rory McIlroy holding the club record.

Eastern Golf Courses

Have a look at our below gallery to view some of the top world class golf courses which can be found in the eastern counties of Ireland. Ranging from small courses at Baltray to Royal Dublin and The K Club, which is home  to the world famous Palmer golf course which hosted the Ryder cup in 2006.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Island Golf Club boasts a jewel of a links course, which until 1973 had to be reached by boat from across the estuary at Malahide. Thankfully, this North Dublin golfing gem is now more easily accessible and well worth the journey. It enjoys a peaceful setting and is bordered by the sea on three sides. Founded in 1890, The Island is constantly rated among the top courses in Ireland. Martin Hawtree has recently made course design changes ensuring that its true nature and character are enhanced. The Island is known for having no two holes that are alike, a trait that is rarely found in golf courses. Throughout its history, The Island has valued and protected its natural heritage, and as a result can now proudly claim to be one of the most stunning, natural and peaceful courses in Ireland

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.”

Southern Golf Courses

Have a look at our below gallery to view some of the top world class golf courses which can be found in the southern counties of Ireland. Ranging from the beautiful links course at Lahinch to the world renowned Old course at Ballybunion, Ireland has it all for beginner golfers to professionals.

The 19th century house of Adare Manor is located on the picturesque banks of the River Maigue in the village of Adare, County Limerick. The former seat of the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, it’s now a luxury resort hotel and home to an absolute gem of a parkland course. Set amid 340 hectares of formal gardens and rolling parkland, the golf resort at Adare offers world class facilities and an 18 hole masterpiece that opened in 1995. It was the last major golf course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. This majestic design has gained international acclaim as one of his finest creations – the exquisite parkland atmosphere of the demesne has been preserved and the course set amid magnificent mature trees.

Ballybunion is one of the most highly regarded courses on the southwest coast of Ireland, and for good reason. This particular stretch of coast is home to some of the largest, most formidable dunes seen on links land anywhere and provide a thrilling challenge. Golfers will want for nothing at this simple, yet magnificent links course. The Old Course at Ballybunion is an unyielding test of skill and endurance. It wastes no space on weak holes and, instead, uses large dunes and ruthless bunkering to challenge ambitious golfers. “If sheer pleasure is the yardstick, then Ballybunion’s Old Course gets my vote as the No. 1 in the world,” said famous English golf writer Peter Dobereiner.

Dingle Links, also known affectionately by its Gaelic name Ceann Sibéal Golf Club, is set between winding roads, shimmering beaches and the Basket Islands, which hover peacefully in the vast Atlantic. The course is equal in pure, unadulterated beauty to the surrounding Dingle landscape, which is reputed to be one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland. This, Europe’s most westerly golf course, is links paradise manifested. The 6,120-metre par 72 was founded in 1924 and is yet another brilliant design by architect Eddie Hackett. The course itself offers various views from each hole that banish any possibility for a dull moment. It is composed of strategically placed bunkers, and the coastal winds are strong enough to challenge even the most experienced golfers.

Dooks Golf Club was founded in 1889 and is one of the oldest, most charming Links in Ireland. The charm, the atmosphere and the superb seaside setting of a truly traditional golf links makes Dooks a must-play for any fan of coastal golf. Originally a nine-hole course, the members themselves designed and built nine extra holes back in the late 1960s. More recently, Martin Hawtree has improved on that work, and the result is stunning. The 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. Also in view are the famed McGillycuddy’s Reeks. To the southwest are the lovely valleys and hills of Glenbeigh, and across the bay to the north are the Slieve Mish and Dingle Mountains.

Chosen for his “least disturbance philosophy,” the Doonbeg Golf Course site on the grounds of this five star resort was designed by twotime British Open Champion Greg Norman. In fact, the course opened on July 9, 2002, when Norman defeated Padraig Harrington 2 to 1 in an exhibition match. Spanning 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and century-old sand dunes, the course offers views across the Atlantic from the green, the fairway, or tee of 16 of the 18 holes. The Par-72 layout features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back, playing 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.

With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, Dromoland Castle was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. It’s now home to one of the country’s most revered parkland courses. Standing majestically over 160 hectares of its own private demesne, the course was designed by Irish golfing legend J.B. Carr and one of golf’s great golf course architects, Ron Kirby, who teamed up to turn Dromoland Castle into an 18-hole golf course, set in one of Europe’s finest country estates. The course plays 6,824 yards for men and 5,242 yards for ladies and has been described as an excellent challenge for both professional and amateur golfers alike.

The spectacular Fota Island Golf Club is just a few minutes’ drive from downtown Cork City, but as it sits on its own island, it feels a world away. Located in the heart of a 780 acre estate, the splendid woodlands are woven into three challenging championship courses which are very much in the traditional mode, featuring strategically placed bunkers and undulating putting surfaces. The most difficult stretch is between the 10th and 14th holes, as that area of the course is surrounded by a multitude of small lakes and ponds. Golf was first played at Fota Island as far back as the 1800s, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that a new course was developed at Fota Island, designed by Irish Ryder Cup star Christy O’Connor Jr and twice English Amateur Champion Peter McEvoy.

Hugging the shores of Lough Leane, Killarney is blessed not just with world renowned scenery but also with three superb parkland courses all within the one complex. Of the three, perhaps the most famous is the the Killeen, which has benefited hugely from recent renovations. Killeen is known across the world for having played host to the European Tour’s Irish Open in recent years, as well as many other prestigious events in the past. The Killarney lakes and high mountain range provide an imposing backdrop to this championship course, and at 6,593 metres, it will demand total accuracy from long hitters, as there is water on virtually every hole.

The beautiful links at Lahinch Golf Club in County Clare, Ireland have been testing and enthralling visiting golfers for over a century. Way back in 1894, Old Tom Morris was commissioned to make full use of the natural terrain, especially the giant sand dunes at Lahinch. Old Tom believed that Lahinch was the finest natural course that he had seen. Two of Morris’s creations were the famous Klondyke (4th) & Dell (5th) holes, these still remain today. They continue to be the most memorable talking points for first time visitors to Lahinch and are seen locally as fitting tributes to the great Scotsman.

A classic in every sense of the word, Jack Nicklaus’ course at Mount Juliet is a joy to behold and to play. The quintessential resort parkland course, it is always immaculate and testing, round after round. And when Tiger Woods says that a course has “perfect fairways” and “the best greens I’ve putted on all year”, you need to sit up and pay attention. Kilkenny’s Mount Juliet has long been garnering such praise from not only top professionals, but visiting golfers too. The Jack Nicklaus design is a classic and consistently voted among the best parkland courses in Ireland

A perennial favourite with Irish and international golfers alike, Old Head is surely laid out on one of the most dramatic landscapes in Ireland. Located on a narrow peninsula in Co Cork, Old Head is almost completely surrounded by water and thus has some of the most stunning vistas found on a golf course anywhere in the world. The course, which is set up on a daily basis, was designed by an impeccable team of golf professionals, including Australian course architect Paddy Merrigan, building contractor Haulie O’Shea, and former Irish golf professionals, the late Dr. Joe Carr and Eddie Hackett. The Old Head is designed as a walking course that encourages all visitors to walk the links with their Caddie.

Named for the world-famous tourist trail that takes ramblers through the idyllic southwestern landscape, the Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club is just as enchanting. The architectural brief was to design a “world class” golf course that would challenge competent and experienced players from the back tees, yet be playable and enjoyable for 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 professional golf events, both Irish and European. “If God restricted me to playing only one course for the rest of my life, it would unquestionably be the Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club,” said Brendan McGovern, former Captain of the Irish PGA.

In terms of scenery, Tralee Golf Club has it all: a rocky harbour, a castle ruin, beaches, and last but not least, a stunning golf course. The course is historically significant on many levels, as a vessel from the Spanish Armada sailed by the 17th hole in 1588, and the scenery of the first and second holes were featured in the beach scenes of the 1970 Academy Award Winning Film Ryan’s Daughter. All the caddies at Tralee Golf Club are also members of the club, making for a relaxed and sociable atmosphere during your golf break. Although the course was built and designed by Arnold Palmer, the world-renown golfer and businessman claimed that he had some outside help, commenting: “I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine.”

Adjacent to the Ring of Kerry, Waterville Links is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Ireland. Waterville is consistently rated one of the top five courses in Ireland and one of the top twenty links courses in the world. Many professionals, such as Tiger Woods, have visited Waterville to polish their skills prior to the British Open. The combination of sand dunes, native grasses, firm fairways, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces at Waterville results in a perfect links course. Every hole at Waterville Links is a masterpiece. Elevated tee boxes, which continue to rise as play progresses, allow players to see the flag in the distance, often tucked behind cascading dunes. The beginning holes are open over wide fairways, unlike the back nine, where dunes are larger and more prevalent.

Western Golf Courses

West of idyllic Enniscrone, on six kilometres of Erris Peninsula coastline is Carne Golf Links, one of the most classic links in Ireland. Since opening in 1992, Carne Golf Links has earned recognition as one of the most prestigious links golf courses in Ireland. Rough and rugged in the classic manner of all great links land, this charming 18-hole course is packed with yawning chasms, high dunes and deep hollows. Its holes maneuver around the natural placement of the dunes, not daring to disturb the natural beauty of the landscape.

Connemara Golf Links blends the history of the game, the stunning natural and unique beauty of the western Irish landscape and the skills of a great architect to create a memorable golfing experience. Nestled between the scenic splendor of the 12 Bens mountain range and the rugged Atlantic Ocean, this 7,229-yard course is a test from start to finish. The course opens with a testing dog leg hole and requires an increasing amount of attention throughout each round. The back nine, in particular, have been acknowledged as the equal to any in the world.

County Sligo Golf Club is located eight kilometres from Sligo town at the seaside village of Rosses Point and is much more than just a beautiful golf course. Widely regarded as a great championship golf course, Co Sligo successfully combines gorgeous scenery and competitive play. Views of Benbulben eclipsing the northern skyline and of rolling green hills set before the Atlantic Ocean make Co Sligo one of the most beautiful links in Ireland. Yet don’t be too mesmerised by the course’s natural beauty. Golfers will need to direct all their focus to their game if they expect to survive this difficult course.

Located beside the quaint seaside town of the same name, Enniscrone is sometimes passed over in discussion of Ireland’s great links. One visit, however, will have every golfer convinced of its brilliance. Here, players make their way through endless dips and hollows to ultimately emerge from valleys that reveal striking views of Killala Bay, Bartra Island and the Ox Mountains. This championship venue gives visitors the ultimate golf vacation experience, with flawless greens and stunning views all year round. A maze of dunes disguises fairways, rendering excitement and a day to remember. Enniscrone begins quietly, but quickly evolves into a course that will surprise you with its variety.

Narin and Portnoo Golf Club is situated in a beautiful seaside resort in County Donegal in the northwest of the country and is considered one of the finest natural and scenic 18-hole links courses in Ireland, with sweeping views of Gweebarra Bay. Opened in 1930, it is engagingly old-fashioned, with a meandering routing over and around the dunes.The course has recently been redeveloped, and the new par 73 layout offers a range of teeing areas and challenges to suit all golfers.

From humble beginnings back in 1931, Strandhill has become a golf club of international renown and is well-worth visiting during your trip to Ireland. The present 18-hole course was opened in 1973 and has some superb scenery to admire while playing it. Knocknarea Mountain, Culleenamore Strand and Strandhill Beach all act as amazing back-drops during an 18 hole round. In terms of length, at 5,800 metres, Strandhill is short by modern standards, but it’s never short on challenging shots or dramatic landscape. The club has an excellent reputation for attention to detail and course presentation.

A charming 18-hole parkland course with breath taking views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay, Westport is a course that opens comfortably before showing its teeth. Since arriving at the current site of Carrowholly back in 1973, Westport Golf Club have hosted a number amateur championships and perfectly fits the bill for an enjoyable round of holiday golf in a classicly Irish setting. The course was designed by the internationally renowned Fred Hawtree, who described it thusly: “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.”

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