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Experience some of the world's most breath-taking scenery

The North West of Ireland is every golfer's dream, it provides tremendous scenery and rugged landscapes which are complemented by its outstanding array of superb golf courses and its numerous quality hotels and resorts. Ballina, Donegal and Galway are the three main golf areas of this vast region, each of which has their unique charms and styles meaning all golfers will find something to bring them back to North West Ireland.

Why play golf in North West Ireland?

  • Challenging links courses
  • Hidden gems & surprising courses around every corner
  • Brilliant natural beauty
  • From traditional Irish dishes to inspired modern foods
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Golf to take your breath away

North West Ireland is one of the Emerald Isles most criminally underrated regions for golf as often a lot of the limelight is stolen by the regions further south.

However, golfers will find the courses of the North West to be of fantastic quality and give them a challenge unlike anywhere else in Ireland. The courses of North West Ireland range from clifftop perches with the wind whipping off the Atlantic to calmer more idyllic inland courses with flowing rivers and loughs complimenting the beautiful Irish countryside.

The region is home to many prestigious golf courses; however, one takes the prize for being the regions most popular. The championship course at Slieve Russell Golf Club is superb and considered to be one of the best parkland courses in Ireland with its beautiful scenery and 50-acres of lakes protecting most of the holes.

Popular golf destinations in North West Ireland

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          Relax & unwind on Galway Bay

          Much loved for its spectacular scenery, rich history and legendary Irish hospitality, the North West of Ireland is an unmatched destination for a golf break. The rugged beauty of the Donegal Coast and Galway’s beautiful bay provides a fantastic setting for stunning links courses. Combine this with well-maintained fairways and affordable accommodation for a truly enchanting golf break.

          Donegal is perfect if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The beaches and views of the Atlantic coast are nothing short of breathtaking.

          If you’re looking to stay in a quiet city with friendly locals, great bars and live music, Galway is the perfect spot.

          Golf travel tips for North West Ireland

          Best months for golfing weather:

          May to September

          Best months for value:

          April & October

          Most popular months:

          May, June & September

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          Not sure where to play? Browse our map and find your ideal destination in a continent of possibilities. We know you will be spoiled for choice! Remember our knowledgeable golf experts are ready to answer any questions.

          Stay in the beautiful North West

          With its wide choice of accommodation, The North West of Ireland has become one of the stars of the golf break scene in Ireland. We recommend the luxurious Mount Falcon Hotel 4*, set in an idyllic location in Ballina and offering spectacular scenery in over 100 acres of woodland. It provides the perfect country retreat to complement your golf break.

          Another popular option includes the Rosapenna Hotel in Donegal which offers a warm and friendly atmosphere for guests to relax and enjoy themselves in comfort. The Ballyliffin Lodge is an excellent alternative.

          For those hoping to be situated on the waterfront overlooking Lough Atalia and Galway Bay, The Galmont Hotel & Spa is perfect and only a few minutes’ walk from Galway's narrow cobbled streets which are alive with bohemian street entertainment, modern shops, bars and restaurants.