Not only is Ireland one of the most beautifully lush countries in the world, but it’s also home to some of the best golf courses in the world. With breathtaking scenery and challenges galore, you won’t be disappointed with these top 10 best golf courses in Ireland.
Kilkenny: Mount Juliet Golf Club
Located in Co. Kilkenny and designed by professional golfer Jack Nicklaus, the Mount Juliet Golf Club has been open since 1991, has hosted 3 Irish Opens, and is peppered with Nicklaus’ signature, seemingly impossible bunkers.
Kerry: Ballybunion Golf Club
Said to be described by professional golfers as one of the most unique golf courses in the world, Ballybunion Golf Club was founded in. With narrow fairways and steep slopes, Ballybunion Golf Club is also one of the most challenging courses in the world.
Antrim: Royal Portrush
Overlooking the limestone cliffs of Co. Antrim, the Royal Portrush Golf Club is made up of two links courses, the Dunluce Links and the Valley Links. Established over 130 years ago in 1888, the Royal Portrush typically experiences rapid changes in weather, making it a challenging course.
Wicklow: Druids Glen
Set in the heart of Ireland in Co. Wicklow, Druids Glen was established in 1995 and was the home of the Irish Open between 1996 and 1999. With tough bunkers and spectacular views of the Irish Sea, you can’t go wrong with Druids Glen.
Derry: Royal Portstewart
The Royal Portstewart was founded in 1894 – long before River Belle Casino – and consists of three 18-hole courses: the Strand Course, the Riverside Course, and the Old Course. Said to offer the finest opening hole in Ireland, the Royal Portstewart is guaranteed to not disappoint.
Carlow: Mount Wolseley Hotel and Resort
With a championship course designed by Christy O’Connor Jnr, the Mount Wolseley Hotel and Resort is a 4 star golf course located in Co. Carlow. With a spa and indoor pool, this golf course is the epitome of luxury.
Down: Royal Belfast
Established in 1881, the Royal Belfast located in Co. Down is the oldest golf course in Ireland and offers views from Belfast Lough to Co. Antrim. Designed by Harry Colt, the Royal Belfast is a highly deceptive course.
Kerry: Dooks Club
Owing to its location between MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry, the Dooks Club offers spectacular views and was established in 1889. The Dooks is also home to an endangered species of toad, the natterjack toad.
Kildare: The K Club
Resembling a typically American parkland course, the K Club consists of two courses both of which were designed by Arnold Palmer. The Ryder Cup was hosted at the Palmer Course in 2006 and was also home of the Smurfit European Open from 1995 to 2003.
Down: Royal County Down
The Royal County Down located in Co. Down was established in 1889 and is said to be a favourite of Tiger Woods, Darren Clarke, and Rory McIlroy. Located along the Irish Sea, Royal County Down offers breathtaking views.