Experience classic golf in Mayo’s largest town
Situated in the northern county of Mayo, Ballina is home to some of the world’s most sensational coastal courses. Increasingly growing in popularity amongst golfers from across the globe, the links at Enniscrone and Carne are much-lauded, both ranked within the Top 15 courses in Ireland.
With several splendid hotels to choose from, Ballina provides a perfect base from which you can explore this stunning part of Ireland.
Why play golf in Ballina?
- Brilliant natural beauty
- Wonderfully quiet golf courses
- Challenging links courses
- Hidden gems
A base in beautiful Ballina
There is some incredible golf to be found around Ballina, with the likes of Carne Golf Links and the Westport Golf Club ranked #1 and #2 in County Mayo respectively on the majority of Top 100 lists.
Carne boasts 27-holes of unspoiled links magnificence, set amongst incredible dunes which overlook Blacksod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Golfers travel from all over to play this wonderful example of links golf, and any trip to Carne is one that is sure to live long in the memory.
Westport Golf Club is laid out in view of Ireland’s ‘holy mountain’ at Croagh Patrick, where it is said that St Patrick drove all serpents from the Emerald Isle. The course itself is known for its fantastic conditioning and has garnered a reputation over the years for a fabulously warm welcome.
A parkland gem, Westport is the perfect addition for groups looking to head inland and away from the wind for a round or two!
Located just over the County border in Sligo, Enniscrone Golf Club sits on some of the finest golfing terrains in the world and is famed for its magnificent sunsets which can be seen from the courses impressive sand dunes. A stunning test of links golf, ensure Enniscrone is on your list for any trip to the North of the Republic of Ireland.
Popular golf destinations in Ballina
Explore rich green natural landscapes
Tucked away in the west coast of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way, Ballina in many ways encapsulates true Irishness, and you’ll find it has everything you need for a relaxing golf break. Along with the fantastic accommodation you will get a taste of genuine Irish hospitality. There is a lovely tempo to life out here, with spectacular landscapes that include mountains, riversides and hills with the odd stone farmhouse dotted across the land. So if you’re looking for natural beauty and somewhere you can hear yourself think while perfecting your swing, Ballina is an excellent choice.
The town is filled with little bars, restaurants and of course friendly locals. What’s more, we offer a range of budget-friendly golf breaks and the town is easily accessible from anywhere in the UK. The best time to go when the weather is most suitable is April to October.
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Base yourself in grand Irish Estates
Allow us to recommend some of the best places to stay in this lovely coastal town. A Golfbreaks favourite, the luxurious Mount Falcon Estate 4* set in 100 acres of woodland along the west bank of the River Moy is unmissable. With its fantastic dining options serving fresh, local sumptuous cuisine and the outstanding leisure facilities, there is no better place to relax during your Ballina golf break.
The perfect location to access some of the best courses in Ireland is Hotel Ballina 4*. It boasts 87 spacious rooms and a lovely contemporary restaurant filled with live music and offering a bistro menu. The Beauty Spot Spa is the ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate your aching muscles after a day on the fairways. The Downhill Inn Hotel and Diamond Coast Hotel are excellent alternatives.