Scotland is known to be the cradle of modern golf. From Scotland, the game spread to the lands surrounding it, namely England, Wales and of course, Ireland. Ireland is known for lots of things, and today, we will be exploring its golf courses. Ireland, the land of green, should have plenty of amazing golf courses for every golf fan’s appetite. Here they are, in arbitrary order.
Portmarnock – Near Dublin
There are a plethora of great clubs in Ireland, but this one is probably among the best ones. The links course is traditional and while being traditional can be boring for some people, this course is a lovely surprise which will take you on a historic journey. The course itself has been a host to many tournaments, so it comes as no surprise that many people consider it one of the best courses in the country.
Lahinch Golf Club – Lahinch
This golf club is very old, dating back to 1882. With such a history, it is one of the oldest clubs in the world, and with history often comes class and prestige. Located in western Ireland, the course is rugged and a natural links course. It is not modified greatly but it is well maintained. It is also one of the favorite golf clubs of one Phil Mickelson, a golfing legend. Try this course out if you want a piece of Irish golf history and an amazing links course.
Tralee Golf Club – Barrow
The Atlantic is an amazing view and for a links course, you cannot ask for more. This one was designed by Arnold Palmer, one of golf’s many legends. The course itself is really beautiful on the eyes, but if you are playing, you will feel the experience behind the course’s designer. It is challenging and beautiful, as a golf course should be.
Waterville Golf Links
This club has plenty of links courses, giving tourists and regulars a true links experience. Grassy dunes and traps, lush fairways as far as the eye can see and a truly wonderful view of Ballinskelligs Bay. The course really embodies the green which people associate with Ireland.
County Louth Golf Club – Baltray
This golf club is that picture which people have in their minds when they think of meadows, green and beauty. Well, that and challenging holes with traps and a beautiful view of the Irish Sea. What more could a person want except a fair challenge and a fair golf course.
Ballyliffin Golf Club – Donegal
Visiting the northernmost part of Ireland is an experience in itself. But when there is a golf club waiting for you there, things get very interesting. Located in the town of Ballyliffin, the course is green, fun and challenging. Given the location, the weather can be an added benefit or challenge, at any time of the year.
Ireland is a beautiful country with plenty of beautiful golf courses. Most of them embody that green which is often associated with Ireland, but are also fairly challenging, to say the least.