Best golf courses in Ireland
If you're thinking of visiting Ireland on your next golf break, then look no further! We have selected some of our 'must-play' courses in the emerald isle.
Waterville sits at the far end of the Ring of Kerry, in a picture-perfect setting of mountains and ocean. Holes flow in a sensuous rhythm through the rumpled dunes and, if it wasn’t so rugged, you’d think this landscape had been created just to host a golf course. That’s how perfect it is.
The raised tee boxes show off this course’s true beauty as well as helping you assess what lies ahead. Your biggest challenges will be wrapped around the greens where bump and run should always be considered.
Holes 16 to 18 above the sea are exceptional but you’ll never forget the par-five 11th (Tranquility) and the par-three 12th (Mass Hole).
For many golfers, Narin & Portnoo is Ireland’s undiscovered links. It is rarely talked about and much of that comes down to its Co. Donegal remoteness.
No other course in Ireland gets you as close to the ocean with holes wrapping around a ridge of tall dunes at the heart of the links. Stand on the 9th tee and you can dip your toe in the Atlantic. Stand on the high 8th tee and there is no more beautiful place in Ireland. This is fresh, raw and beautiful.
The stretch from the 6th to 11th is mesmerizing; it may well be the best run of holes in Ireland.
Tralee is home to some of Ireland’s most stunning holes as well as dazzling scenery. The clubhouse sits at the highest point, showing off the course below. From here it is easy to see why course designer Arnold Palmer quipped, “surely God designed the back nine.” This is breath-taking stuff above beaches and azure waters.
The landscape of towering dunes and deep hollows presented a perfect setting for fairways and greens alike, and you can expect some steep putting surfaces to test your short game prowess. Anything askew will slip away off these velvet surfaces.
Senior European Travel Consultant