Golfing is a great experience, especially when played at one of the top courses in Ireland, here listed as the 10 best golf holes in Ireland. The majestic Ireland, with all its beauty, is home to hundreds of top golf courses.
- Royal County Down. Royal County Down, located in Northern Ireland, is one of the country’s most elite clubs that is by invitation only, which makes it one of the top places in Ireland to play golf. County Down is a very tough course to play, but it is one of the best in the world. The feel of the course is as if it has never been touched; the grounds are flawlessly manicured.
- Royal Portrush (Dunluce). Royal Portrush was built in 1888 and hosted its first professional tournament in Ireland in 1895, which makes it one of the top courses in Ireland to play. It is a private club but visitors can book a tee time. The only Open Championship that was ever held in Ireland was in 1951 at Royal Portrush and the winner was Max Faulkner.
- Ballybunion. Located in County Kerry, Ireland, this is said to be one of the top golf courses in the world, making it one of the top courses in Ireland to play golf. The course makes the top 100-course list in "Golf Magazine". The golf way has few trees and is along the seaside next to the dunes.
- Portmarnock. The course is located twelve miles from downtown Dublin and lies on the Howth peninsula. Two nines make up the championship course but there are three located at Pormarnockm, which make it once of the top courses in Ireland to play golf. This course has hosted over a dozen of Ireland’s championships.
- Lahinch. The course was started by Old Tom Morris in 1894 but was not truly completed until the English designer, Alister MacKenzie, finished it in 1927. Martin Hawtree, an English designer, gave it more size and slope, which is why this is one of the top courses in Ireland to play golf. Lahinch also has another 18-hole course that you can look into.
- European Club. The European Club was built in 1992. The designer, being Pat Ruddy, designed some blind shots and several par 4s that make it one of the top courses in Ireland to play golf. The vast course sits alongside the Irish Sea and is famous for its slender fairways.
- Waterville.The Waterville Golf Links traces back to 1889, but was the one of the first clubs to be affiliated with the Golfing Union of Ireland in 1900. The course was a modest 9-hole layout in the beginning but by the 1960s, it lay inactive. After major remodeling by some famous designers, the course was reopened in 1973 to be one of the world’s front open lines.
- Old Head. Old Head is a semi-private golf course with eighteen holes, which makes it one of the top courses in Ireland. The club is located in Kinsale, Ireland. The employees that work at Old Head make you feel special and unique as you book your tee time at the club.
- Tralee. Tralee Golf club was the first course in Europe that was designed by Arnold Palmer. The club is an 18-hole links course, which makes it one of the top courses in Ireland to golf. The course is located in Barrow, which is nine miles from Tralee, Ireland.
- Doonbeg. Doonbeg opened in 2002 and is famed for its difficulty and beauty, which makes it one of the top courses in Ireland. Greg Norman is the designer of this course, but the owners widened some fairways and removed an odd bunker. The two unforgettable holes are the par-4 sixth and the short 111-yard fourteenth.
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