Legendary links courses, challenging world class courses and the land of major champions!
For those seeking the best in Links Courses, Ireland offers well-known gems like Ballybunion, Waterville, Ballyliffin, Old Head, Royal Portrush, Royal County Down, Portmarnock to name only a few courses that will test your skills and leave you in awe of their beauty. Those who favour Parkland Courses are not forgotten either! Some that will immediately spring to mind include Mount Juliet, Carton House and of course, The K-Club, venue of the 2006 Ryder Cup. These courses with their beautifully manicured greens, lush fairways and imaginative water features are sure to impress even the most discerning golfer.
County Louth (Baltray) County Louth’s Golf Club, perhaps better known as ‘Baltray’, is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s finest links. Host to the Nissan Irish Open in 2004 which was an unqualified success, it [...]
Connemara Golf Links Voted Best Links Course in Connaught 2016 by Golfers Guide to Ireland, this 27 holes Championship Links course situated along the majestic west coast of Connemara, surrounded by the Atlantic [...]
Westport Golf Club Westport Golf Club is one of Ireland’s finest parkland courses. A highly regarded championship venue, the Club is the three-time host of the Irish Amateur Close Championship, and also the Smurfit Irish [...]
Trump International Hotel & Golf Links Doonbeg As early as 1892, officers of the Scottish Black Watch Regiment considered Doonbeg an ideal setting for links golf. In the early 1990s, the Doonbeg Community [...]
Dingle Links (Ceann Sibéal) Experience the Dingle Peninsula's only 18 hole links course, 10 km from Dingle town, on the Wild Atlantic Way. Nestled on the edge of Ireland's dramatic south-west coastline, Dingle [...]
Druid’s Glen Hotel & Golf Resort – Druid’s Glen & Druid’s Heath Druid’s Glen: Enjoy the tranquillity of the mystical Druids Glen, with manicured tree-lined fairways, historical landmarks, spectacular water features and vibrant [...]
Fota Island Resort – Deerpark, Belvelly & Barryscourt The Deerpark, with its receptive greens and strategic bunkering, impresses even the most experienced professionals. It hosted the Irish Open in 2001 and 2002. The [...]
County Sligo Golf Club (Rosses Point) County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point is one for the best links courses on the Wild Atlantic way. It is a course carved by earth, winds and water [...]
“The first stroke I ever played in Ireland was my drive on the opening hole at Lahinch more than 20 years ago. I urge you to follow my footsteps, for as the ball leaves the clubface to wing over this restless and hummocky and tumbling terrain…you will know without being told that here is links golf – the reason you have crossed an ocean – in its purest and most joyous form.”
“Ballybunion is the course on which many golf architects should live and play on before they build golf courses.”
Last Summer, during a glorious stretch of warm, relatively calm days, I was able to cross a round at Ballybunion’s Old Course off my bucket list. I can verify that the experience was all it’s cracked up to be – and more. I have played more than 600 golf courses in the past five years – and likely more than a thousand since my golf infatuation began in 1986 – and the round at Ballybunion was my all-time favourite.
As I travel the globe, I visit and experience some wonderful places and get to play some of the world’s best courses, but I always look forward to returning home and playing the unique golf courses of Ireland. In Ireland, we are very fortunate to have some of the very best golf courses in the world, from links to inland courses, all of which provide a friendly welcome to any visitor.
I would love to see the British Open played here. This is the first links I have seen with ten par-5s. It would be the greatest test of them all if the rough was let come-in a little for a championship