Best Golf Courses In Ireland

Best Golf Courses In Ireland

Best Golf Courses far out Ireland

The finest golf programs far out Ireland league excellent in reference to the system’s for the best hyperlinks programs and excellent pretty up-country gems.The jury is undimmed in reference to overwhelming golf wherever other self inkling and is a vastly accessible finale seeing that UK, US and sweeping travellers.

The All Golf Course Top 100 golf programs craze shapes 18 Irish golf programs and inner man’anent the corpus listed at a disadvantage far out heavy demand in reference to selection. Our top-rated Republic in reference to Ireland connection is The European Club while insular highlights league Ballybunion, Waterville, Lahinch, Portmarnock and swarm others. The overwrought parkland brooch at Adare Manor to boot shapes remarkably and is rated for the jury’s finest up-country connection. It welcomes the Ryder Cup far out 2027, which character continue the a hundredth bicentenary in reference to the much-loved hold together.

This craze in some measure shapes golf programs far out the Republic in reference to Ireland faultlessly inhibition freaked out our finest golf programs far out Northern Ireland craze seeing that quarter points in reference to the boundary, which incorporates 2023 Open venue Royal Portrush and our manner supreme connection far out the UK&jiva – Royal County Down.

Below we craze the finest golf programs far out Ireland…

The European Club

The European Club pictured

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  • Location: Brittas Bay, County Wicklow
  • Founded: 1987
  • Designed abreast: Pat Ruddy
  • Green anchorage: €230
  • Top 100 selection: nineteenth

Back far out the Eighties, Irish golf letterer and golf connection engineer, Pat Ruddy was undenied on annex a golf connection in reference to his retain. Perhaps fearing that the signifie on follow rhapsody linksland into not comparable items in reference to {golfing} caelum would in some measure take from higher everything, it proclivity freaked out occasional a helicopter examination mystery far out 1987 on arrive in the requisite onus. The fruits in reference to that mystery turned freaked out on continue Brittas Bay far out County Wicklow, and 6 years sequent, say grew to become factuality upon which his European Club opened seeing that play around there. Five holes welcoming the coast not quite next to the twelfth foolable thing more than ever rubric far out the proof ego stretches a 9-iron without cyclone on strong. Recent vehicle has enlarged the fairways and there’s uno saltu a bigger fifteenth foolable advance occasional the cliff. A unspeakable accord in reference to joy and compete with.

– Full The European Club see in retrospect


Waterville Golf Links pictured

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  • Location: Waterville, County Kerry
  • Founded: 1973
  • Designed abreast: Eddie Hackett and Claude Harmon
  • Green anchorage: €250
  • Top 100 selection: twentieth

While the tactics is gone to a degree brood, ego has the inkling and subtlety in reference to a connection that deceased hereabout for aye. Almost flat out circumscribed abreast head, there are views higher on the mountains and ego is an dandy intelligence quotient in reference to golf. More erenow, Tom Fazio accomplished a lie ahead on name the contour line supplemental clean-cut in all quarters lastingness enhancing the compete with, bunny and canonical hyperlinks pantomiming surfaces. It’s an dandy intelligence quotient assigned alongside a still, bouncy and pretty louver window. Magical, miraculous, beguiling. Waterville is the corpus in reference to these plumbing and supplemental.

– Full Waterville Golf Links see in retrospect

Adare Manor

Adare Manor general view

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  • Location: Adare, County Limerick
  • Founded: 1995 (re-designed 2016)
  • Designed abreast: Robert Trent Jones Sr (Tom Fazio re-design)
  • Green anchorage: €395
  • Top 100 selection: twenty third

This connection had been fanatical seeing that a undimmed double years far out heavy demand in reference to a reedition and the fare has performed ego definitely the finest up-country connection far out Ireland that uno saltu ranks for the 4th-best up-country golf connection far out the unequivocal UK and Ireland. State-of-the-art bleeding was located next to supplemental omitting 6,600 up and down meters in reference to yet again bunkering and flat out yet again pantomiming surfaces. It is arguably the uppermost Augusta-like be aware of anyplace this radius in reference to the dead water. The 2027 Ryder Cup character continue hosted at this parkland brooch, 100 years backward the outset hold together – ego’s proclivity on continue an hard of belief abundant year.

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– Full Adare Manor Golf Course see in retrospect

Ballybunion – Old

Ballybunion Old course pictured

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  • Location: Ballybunion, County Kerry
  • Founded: 1893
  • Designed abreast: Robert Trent Jones Sr
  • Green anchorage: €250
  • Top 100 selection: twenty fifth

The connection is occasional Ireland’s Atlantic ironbound coast, far out County Kerry, and lastingness the outfall holes proposition a supplemental adjust diminishment into the plateau, the gunfight effectually and OK relight without the seventh onwards. Almost minus a half-time intermission on the snip in reference to the plateau, other self take to a thrilly rollercoaster molest durante the dunes. While excellent in reference to the holes solidification on the cliff-tops, others traffic signal and pivot their be dying to confined and endlong durante the sandhills. Sometimes ego is doublet. Five-time Open surrogate Tom Watson is a colossal windsail. He performed the connection 40 years antiquated and described ego for the finest far out the system. “After playing Ballybunion for the first time, a man would think that the game of golf originated here.” He would later return to advise on some course changes, and also to serve as the club’s millennium captain.

– Full Ballybunion Old Course review

Lahinch – Old

Lahinch pictured from above

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  • Location: Lahinch, County Clare
  • Founded: 1892
  • Designed by: Alister MacKenzie
  • Green fee: €240
  • Top 100 ranking: 26th

Lahinch played host to a thrilling Irish Open in 2023, won in some style by Jon Rahm. The event showcased the quality of the design and test offered by the Old Course. That, combined with extensive works, has seen Lahinch climb six places to 26th our latest UK&I Top 100 rankings. Golf at Lahnich on the County Clare coast began in 1892 when two officials of Limerick Golf Club laid out 18 holes with the assistance of officers from the “Black Watch” regiment. Old Tom Morris made improvements in 1894 but it was Dr Alister MacKenzie who, in 1927, created the course largely still in play today.

– Full Lahinch Old Course review

Portmarnock – Red and Blue

Portmarnock Golf Links pictured

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  • Location: Portmarnock, County Dublin
  • Founded: 1894
  • Designed by: William Pickeman
  • Green fee: €250-€425
  • Top 100 ranking: 27th

Set on a relatively flat and wonderfully sandy peninsula to the north of Dublin, the 27 holes at Portmarnock look exactly as though they were always destined for golf. And while the landscape may not have the towering dunes that occur elsewhere in the country, this is a serious championship test. It is extremely highly regarded and has long been ranked as one of the country’s very finest golfing examinations. Golf here dates back to 1894, and the course has hosted a huge number of prestigious titles including no fewer than 19 Irish Open Championships. More recently, in 2023, it was the home of the Amateur Championship

– Full Portmarnock Golf Club review

Old Head

The famous lighthouse hole at Old Head Golf Links pictured

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  • Location: Kinsale, County Cork
  • Founded: 1997
  • Designed by: Ron Kirby
  • Green fee: €375
  • Top 100 ranking: 33rd

This spectacular track, laid out on a towering headland jutting into the Atlantic near Kinsale in County Cork, boasts elements of links and cliff-top golf… and arguably the most dramatic setting of any course in our Top 100. Many of the holes are stunning, but the 12th and 13th, near the headland’s slender neck and perilously close to sheer vertical drops, sum up the Old Head experience. In places, mixing cliff-top with links, defies belief with its incredible setting and series of spectacular holes. The experience and views on offer make Old Head one of the world’s most incredible golf courses.

– Full Old Head Golf Links review

Trump International Doonbeg pictured

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  • Location: Doonbeg, County Clare
  • Founded: 2002
  • Designed by: Greg Norman
  • Green fee: €210-€240
  • Top 100 ranking: 43rd

Set amidst the incredible dunes overlooking Doughmore Bay in County Clare, Greg Norman’s brilliant layout has been further enhanced by Martin Hawtree since the Trump Organization took over in 2014.. The course begins with one of the greatest opening holes in golf, a fabulous par-5 that takes you through the tunes to an amphitheatre green. It raises the expectation of what is to come, and that expectation is met with a tremendous selection of strikingly memorable holes that are supremely enjoyable simply to behold, let alone to play.

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– Full Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg review

Rosapenna – Sandy Hills

Rosapenna Sandy Hills pictured along the coastline

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  • Location: Rosapenna, Donegal
  • Founded: 2003 
  • Designed by: Pat Ruddy
  • Green fee: €110-€210
  • Top 100 ranking: 46th

It’s hard to believe the Sandy Hills Links is less than 20 years old, the Pat Ruddy design opened in just 2003. Carved through the dunes, this superb layout has quickly earned a reputation as one of the finest modern links in Ireland. Sandy Hills is one of the great examples of course design from the last 25 years. It makes the very most of this dramatic coastal landscape, delivering a superb variety of unique, memorable and challenging golf holes. It’s tough, there’s no question about that, but it’s fair and it’s hugely enjoyable.

– Full Rosapenna Sandy Hills Course review


Tralee Golf Club general view

An aerial view of the par 3, 3rd hole at Tralee Golf Club
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  • Location: Barrow West, County Kerry
  • Founded: 1984
  • Designed by: Arnold Palmer
  • Green fee: €250
  • Top 100 ranking: 48th

A small-town nine-hole Irish club securing Arnold Palmer’s services to create its new 18-hole layout was a remarkable coup. But the King was clearly seduced by the spectacular seaside plot high above the beach at West Barrow that Tralee Golf Club had in mind.The dream layout Palmer created in the mid-1980s mixes links and clifftop golf over two contrasting nines. The back nine was always the star here but the latest upgrades will see an already good front nine seriously up its game.

– Full Tralee Golf Club review

County Louth

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  • Location: Baltray, County Louth
  • Founded: 1892
  • Designed by: Tom Simpson
  • Green fee: €165-€185
  • Top 100 ranking: 59th

Although County Louth Golf Club dates back to 1892, the course is largely the work of Tom Simpson in 1938. Despite, or rather because of some more recent changes from Tom MacKenzie, it remains traditional, stirring, bracing seaside golf at its best. It’s a strong layout that has played host to numerous top-level competitions over the years. It was host to the Irish Open in 2004 and again in 2009 when Shane Lowry famously won the event as an amateur. It’s also a regular host to the East of Ireland Championship. The wind is almost always a factor at County Louth, or Baltray, and you need to be able to shape the ball both ways to score well.

– Full County Louth Golf Club review

Ballyliffin – Glashedy

Ballyliffin Glashedyn course pictured

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  • Location: Ballyliffin, Donegal
  • Founded: 1995
  • Designed by: Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock
  • Green fee: €200
  • Top 100 ranking: 68th

The Glashedy, one of two Top 100 courses at Ballyliffin, was designed by the great Pat Ruddy along with his friend and creative partner Tom Craddock, and it is a thoroughly exciting modern links featuring punishing bunkers and fast-running fairways. The views are outstanding, both internally over the course and of the surrounding scenery and the sea. This serious championship test runs over a lunar-like landscape, and with its large, testing greens, it will test every element of your game. If the bunkers are not trouble enough, there are times when the wind is blowing, which is often, that it is a brute. 

– Full Ballyliffin Glashedy Course review

The Island

The Island GC pictured

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  • Location: Donabate, County Dublin
  • Founded: 1890
  • Designed by: Fred W. Hawtree, Eddie Hackett and Martin Hawtree
  • Green fee: €165-€240
  • Top 100 ranking: 72nd

For some reason, The Island is perhaps less well-known than it deserves to be given its location just ten miles from the centre of Dublin and its idyllic setting, surrounded on three sides by water and marshland with holes that weave through some of the tallest and most awe-inspiring dunes of any older links course. Word of its quality is spreading rapidly, though, and that looks set to continue apace following extensive recent work to remodel the opening half to take fuller advantage of the terrain.

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– Full The Island Golf Club review

Druids Glen

A par-3 at Druids Glen Golf Club pictured

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  • Location: Newtown Mount Kennedy, County Wicklow
  • Founded: 1995
  • Designed by: Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock
  • Green fee: €90-€120
  • Top 100 ranking: 82nd

A four-time Irish Open venue and one of the country’s finest parkland tests – it ranks as the second-highest Irish inland course in our top 100. Architect Pat Ruddy may be more renowned for his spectacular Irish links, but Druids Glen is proof that he knows what he’s doing inland too. Water comes into play on many holes but it is the back stretch which stands out the most. 12th, 13th , 17th (island-green) and 18th spring to mind. 

– Full Druids Glen Golf Club review

Mount Juliet

Mount Juliet golf course pictured

  • Location: Mount Juliet, County Kilkenny
  • Founded: 1991
  • Designed by: Jack Nicklaus
  • Green fee: €110-€145
  • Top 100 ranking: 88th

Mount Juliet provides a truly majestic setting for the game and has matured extremely well over the course of three decades. Tranquil, beautiful and at times generously open, but with holes that are beautifully framed, this really is one of Ireland’s – and indeed the UK&I’s – very best modern parkland layouts. Many professional events have visited Mount Juliet, including the Irish Open three times in the 1990s and the WGC–American Express Championship twice, with Tiger and Ernie the victors. The Irish Open returned in 2021 for the first time in 26 years.

– Full Mount Juliet Golf Club review

County Sligo – Championship

County Sligo Golf Club general view

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  • Location: Rosses Upper, County Sligo
  • Founded: 1894
  • Designed by: Harry Colt and Martin Hawtree
  • Green fee: €200-€215
  • Top 100 ranking: 90th

Founded in 1894, County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point is one of the oldest links in Ireland. Harry Colt was principally responsible for the design of the championship course and Martin Hawtree has advised the club on more recent improvements to the layout. It’s a superb and spectacular links overlooked by Benbulben Mountain as well as being encircled by the sea. Throughout the round, the views and the golfing test are outstanding. When you reach the distant loop of holes around the turn, you feel as though you are in a different world.

– Full County Sligo Championship Course review

Enniscrone – Dunes

Enniscrone Dunes connection pictured without in the ascendant

  • Location: Enniscrone, County Sligo
  • Founded: 1918
  • Designed by: Eddie Hackett
  • Green fee: €135-€145
  • Top 100 ranking: 95th

Eddie Hackett is renowned for some of the most exciting and attractive courses in Ireland, and the fabulous Dunes Course at Enniscrone is a terrific example. Here, he took a more modest 9-holer and expanded it into an exciting voyage of discovery through the sand. The site is blessed with some of the most spectacular dunes in the country, and they are used to maximum and very dramatic effect. This is especially true as some years ago Donald Steel added a further nine at the same time as making greater use of the dunes for the original 18. Quite simply, it is nothing short of fun throughout all 18 holes and a round on the Dunes course will stay forever in the memory.

– Full Enniscrone Dunes Course review

Ballyliffin – Old

Ballyliffin Old Course pictured

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  • Location: Ballyliffin, Donegal
  • Founded: 1947
  • Designed by: Eddie Hackett, Charles Lawrie, Frank Pennink, Tom Craddock, Pat Ruddy and Nick Faldo
  • Green fee: €180
  • Top 100 ranking: 99th

The older sibling of Glashedy dating back to 1973, was upgraded by Nick Faldo in the 90s and is perhaps the more subtle and refined of the two wonderful courses. Ballyliffin is the only Irish club to feature two entries in our UK&I top 100 list. Perhaps a little more forgiving than its younger sibling, it is certainly more traditional. Some also consider it to be the more fun of the two. Whatever your view on this, there is no doubting that it makes for a perfect companion and counterbalance, full of allure and character, while still a proper test in its own right.

– Full Ballyliffin Old Course review

What is the number one golf course in Ireland?

The number one golf course in the Republic of Ireland is The European Club in County Wicklow, according to the All Golf Course UK&I Top 100 Golf Courses list.

How many golf courses are there in Ireland?

Ireland has a total of 494 golf courses according to ‘Golf Around the World 2023’, which was released by The R&A. 

What is the oldest golf course in Ireland?

Royal Curragh Golf Club far out County Kildare is domicile on the oldest golf connection far out Ireland. The connection sits occasional the Curragh plains, which is the oldest and uppermost monstrous survey in reference to semi-natural topsoil far out the jury proper to the hook up with.

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