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Ireland's golfing heartland

Ireland’s answer to St Andrews, the south west is one of the world’s greatest places to play golf. Packed with dozens of magnificent courses – stretching from the eye-popping Old Head of Kinsale in the south all the way round to the westerly Lahinch – a golf trip here really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Imagine yourself enjoying an itinerary that also included legendary links like Ballybunion, Tralee, Doonbeg, Waterville, Dingle and Dooks. With spectacular views, giant dunes and some of the world’s most incredible holes, this really is bucket-list golf. And with plenty of direct flights from North America to Shannon – and all the courses within a couple of hours of there – it’s easy to see why this corner of the Emerald Isle is so popular.

What makes a golf vacation in South West Ireland so special?

  • Incredible links golf courses
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Magical golfing town of Killarney
  • Great pubs, restaurants and live music
  • World famous trio of Ballybunion, Waterville and Tralee
  • Easy access via Shannon or Cork from North America
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Links golf at its best

South West Ireland is known by golfers far and wide as being one the best golf destinations globally, where you are never too far away from a coastal classic or inland gem. Old Head of Kinsale, Tralee, Waterville, Ballybunion, Lahinch and Doonbeg are some of the most famous courses in the world, and they all happen to be in this region.

For a change of scene and some respite from the demanding links, Adare Manor, Dromoland Castle and Killarney Golf & Fishing Club offer stunning parkland layouts.

It’s a golfer’s paradise with spectacular golf courses that are intrinsically woven into the natural landscape, shaped by nature and the ages more than architects and machines. It really doesn’t get much better than a golf vacation in the South West of Ireland.

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        From Cork to Galway and everything inbetween, this is golfing paradise

        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. It is a region filled with lakes, glens, mountains, castle ruins, quaint small villages and old-fashioned courtesies. Get away from the hustle and bustle of overcrowded cities and experience life at a slower pace, with world-class golf never too far away.

        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 added 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

        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 to 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.

        Castles, distilleries, beaches, mountains & more…

        The South West of Ireland is quite simply a great place to play golf, and the warm traditional Irish hospitality, fresh weather and outstanding natural scenery make it an easy choice for families, friends and couples alike.

        For those who love the outdoors, there is plenty of opportunity for cliff-top walks and rambles. Two of Ireland's top tourist towns Killarney and Cork are firm fixtures on the to-do lists for first-time visitors to Ireland, not only due to the great golf but the amazing food, music and friendly locals.

        The mountains and lakes of Killarney are definitely worth exploring along with Dingle, a largely Irish-speaking area rich in prehistoric and early Christian remains. It offers some of the world’s best coastal scenery and the country’s best traditional music. The Ring of Kerry, Blarney Stone, Ross Castle and the Gap of Dunloe are some of the many attractions worth exploring off the course.