Ireland is home to over 400 golf courses, including more than a third of the world’s link courses on this one island. A golfer’s paradise, boasting some ot the most historic and scenic golf locations in the world. Many champions hail from the Emerald Isle – Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington, just to name a few. A trip to Ireland is a must for any golfer who is looking for world-class golf combined with amazing scenery and, not to forget, lots of fun.
Going where the road takes you is part of the beauty of a trip to Ireland. But when it comes to golf, planning ahead is a good idea. Check out courses in the county-by-county list provided by the Golfing Union of Ireland, and make a list of your preferred courses. We’ve listed some great places to try here.
Golf Tour of Ireland
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Info and Tips
It’s a good idea to always book your tee-time in advance, especially during the summer season
The Irish weather might be unpredictable but that doesn’t mean you can’t play all year round, especially on a link. April to October is the best time and with those long summer evenings, you can play until 10pm and still make it to the 19th hole.
Most golf clubs in Ireland are relaxed and informal with a basic dress code, but different clubs have different rules. Many clubs will only allow soft spikes. Do check in advance what rules apply. Always bring waterproof gear and sunscreen just in case.
If you are not bringing your own clubs, you can rent them at many clubs, or hire them before you fly and pick them up at the airport (clubstohire.com).
For more info on courses, tee times and green fees, log onto Ireland.com/golf
Great golf courses to try
Waterville Golf Links, Ring of Kerry
More than 100 years old with dunes, native grasses, surrounded by the sea and shaped by the elements. Rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world.
Old Head of Kinsale Golf Links, County Cork
Perhaps the most exhilarating golf course of all of Ireland. The fairways and greens are laid out atop 300-foot high cliffs, in the shadow of the Old Head of Kinsale lighthouse along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Lahinch Golf Club, County Clare
Ranked among the greatest courses in the world, and host of the 2019 Irish Open, this place has it all. A stunning location overlooking Liscannor Bay, a unique links challenge and goats that act as weather forecasters – if they’re sheltering by the clubhouse, you know you’re in for a rather wet round!
Adare Manor Golf Club, County Limerick
Ranked amongst the very top of Ireland’s golf facilities. Beautiful parkland and majestic mature trees, cut through by the river. The magnificent 19th century Adare Manor was chosen as the venue for the 2027 Ryder Cup tournament.