Golfing in Ireland. By John Lambe 27th June 2011
The Emerald Isle is full of challenging and beautiful greens that will appeal to every golfer. Home to over 300 pristine courses, the most difficult part about golfing in Ireland is choosing which courses to play! Let this be your guide to the best golf courses on the island.
Consider flying into the Shannon airport instead of Dublin. More world-class courses are located on the island’s west side, so arriving in Shannon will put you within a short distance of a large concentration of amazing courses.
Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort
This 7,453-yard Limerick course will enchant and challenge even the most experience golfers. Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr., the dramatic course was the site of the Irish Open of the European Tour in 2007. Views of ancient ruins and stunning landscapes beautifully complement the course. Golfers can enjoy an afternoon tea in the library of the manor house, which dates from 1832. At night, enjoy the top-shelf bar and live music. Also featuring a spa, 22 townhouses and the opportunity for a hot air ballon adventure, the Adare Manor Hotel and Gold Resort is more than a place to golf. It is an experience you will never forget!
Doonbeg Golf Club
If you want to golf ireland , don’t miss this County Clare course designed by Greg Norman. Built in 2001, the course takes advantage of the many natural features of the area. Norman effectively used the rugged landscape to design a natural and interesting course. Featuring natural dunes and hills, the course offers a formidable challenge and striking views of the sea.
Ballyliffin Golf Club
Take advantage of Ballyliffin’s two incredible courses to really experience the magic of golfing in Ireland . Legend has it that while man built the Glashedy Links, God built the Old Links! Both elite courses are sure to impress and have been rated among the best courses to golf Ireland . Located in County Donegal, the well crafted courses are a favorite of locals and visiters alike.
For a truly Irish experience, play a round at the Killeen Castle Golf Resort in County Meath. Designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, the course is enhanced by the spectacular landscape and features a 12th century Norman church. Home of the 2011 Solheim Cup, the course is thoughtfully designed to offer players a challenging experience.