Discover unmatched links courses in this stretch of The Wild Atlantic Way
With the likes of Cork and Killarney, golfers who visit the South West of Ireland can be assured they will be well catered for. The courses found in the South West are considered to be the best with the warmer climate, meaning a larger variety of links and parkland courses exist here than anywhere else in Ireland. Not only is there lots of golf but with frequent flights and exceptional accommodation a trip to South West Ireland will please.
Why play golf in South West Ireland?
- Fantastic links
- Golf & nightlife
- Great for groups
- Seaside locations
A tale of two towns
South West Ireland is known far and wide by golfers across Europe as being the best place on the Emerald Isle if you’re searching for a quick getaway to test your metal at some of Europe’s best links courses.
Particular attention should be drawn to the vibrant town of Killarney and the gem of the south, Cork, both of which are leading the way in South West Ireland boasting a plethora of incredible quality courses just waiting to be played. It is unclear as to why these two areas have been so popular for designers but one thing is certainly consistent across both Killarney and Cork, and that is the passion the locals have for the game of golf.
Golfers can expect a warm welcome at any of the courses they visit here and the locals are always happy to welcome and inform you of any hidden tricks which may improve your round.
Popular destinations in South West Ireland
A variety of golf courses
It’s no surprise that the South West is one of the top destinations for golf in Ireland. It’s not just the championship golf courses on offer that makes it so popular, but the wide variety of course layouts in awe-inspiring locations.
Killarney, Limerick and Cork are awash with rugged natural landscapes. It is a region filled with vast mountains, quaint small villages and old-fashioned courtesies. Getaway from the hustle and bustle of overcrowded cities and experience life at a slower pace.
What’s more, the hotels are both comfortable and affordable. The area is also rich in prehistoric and early Christian remains, with some of the world’s best coastal scenery and the country’s best traditional music.
Another bonus throughout the region is the high quality of its natural, locally sourced produce, which is used in restaurants, giving the area a high reputation among foodies.
Golf travel tips for South West Ireland
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Renowned Southern hospitality
If you’re wondering where to stay during your golf trip to the South West, the area boasts an abundance of luxurious five-star resorts, hotels and self-catering options close to top attractions and lively towns. We recommend Fota Island Resort in Cork, set in a convenient and stunning location and offering luxurious amenities. Guests have the option of playing three different on-site golf courses.
Castlemartyr in Killarney is the perfect Irish golf resort. The luxury on-site facilities, well-appointed accommodation and a brilliant golf course all contribute to one of the finest golfing experiences in Ireland.
For those looking for magnificent views over Killarney lakes and mountains, the four-star Castlerosse Park Resort is in truly splendid and provides small and large groups of golfers with ideal accommodation in luxury lodges.
Equally spectacular, the five-star Killarney Park Hotel offers sumptuous surroundings and all the facilities you could need. Located in the town centre, it’s within easy reach of some of the best restaurants and local ‘craic’ to be found in Ireland. So if you're planning a Killarney golf tour it's the ideal place to stay. Other popular resorts include Adare Manor and Dromoland Castle.