Ireland’s top 6 Golf Courses

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Clubhouse Portmarnock golf club.
Clubhouse Portmarnock golf club. Photo david galavan on Flickr/Some rights reserved


Portmarnock Golf Club in Dublin is unquestionably one of the finest golf links in the world. It has 18 classic links holes, none of which run in the same direction. The wind direction must always be considered and can prove difficult to judge.  Dublin is Ireland short breaks capital  but finding Dublin accommodation is not difficult as there are numerous Dublin B&B’s and  Dublin Hotels  Ireland  dotted all over the city.

The K Club Ireland
Designed by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, the K Club. Photo StonehouseGolf on Flickr/Some rights reserved

The K club

In September 2006, the K Club hosted the most prestigious international golfing event,” The Ryder Cup”. Hotels in Dublin Ireland , Ireland Hotels, Dublin accommodation

The Old Course at Ballybunion. Photo StonehouseGolf on Flickr/Some rights reserved


Ballybunnion in beautiful county Kerry is a true seaside links course, virtually treeless and a course of sharp contours throughout. There appears to be no man- made influence on the course and it looks like a course that was laid out on land back in the 16th century. There is a wild look to be place, the long grass covering the dunes that pitch and roll throughout the course making it very intimidating. Yet the course is eminently fair. Former US President, Bill Clinton is a regularly visitor to this famous golf course. Finding accommodation in Ballybunnion is easy  as there are numerous Kerry B&B’s and Ireland Hotels located in the town.

Waterville Golf Course
Waterville Golf Course. Photo StonehouseGolf on Flickr/Some rights reserved


Waterville (An CoireÁn) is the premier coastal tourist centre, with blue flag beaches, on the Ring of Kerry. It has attracted many celebrities through the years including Charlie Chaplin & family. Waterville nestles between Balinskelligs Bay & Lough Currane, you will find mountains & lakeland with the added advantage of the sea on your doorstep.

Waterville Golf Club, is rated one of the best links courses in the world and has been played by many the worlds top golfers. They include Tiger, Els, Furyk, Faldo, Player, Floyd and Stewart. Payne Stewart accepted the Captaincy of Waterville; the last golf honour he would receive before his unexpected death. Other celebrities who have played the course include Michael Douglas & Katherine Zeta Jones. Waterville is a popular destination for Ireland  weekend breaks and is home to numerous  Kerry B&Bs, holiday rentals and  Kerry hotels including some of the finest hotels in Ireland.

Royal Port Rush

Portrush   is  a wonderful place for an Ireland short break and has a great selection of Northern Ireland Hotels, and holiday apartments.  to suit all budgets.  Visit for a complete list of golf courses, Northern Ireland Hotels, Ireland Short Breaks, Ireland hotels, self catering accommodation, B&BS , restaurants,  heath spas, adventure activities  and tours in both Northern and Southern Ireland.

Royal County Down
Royal County Down. Photo StonehouseGolf on Flickr/Some rights reserve

Royal County Down

Royal County Down is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland and was ranked Ireland’s best golf course in 2008 and 2009. In 2007, Royal County Down hosted the Walker cup. The golf course is not only a fine test of golf but has amazing scenery that is simply spellbinding. It is situated in the beautiful County Down sea side resort of Newcastle , where in Percy French words ” The Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea”. Newcastle is  a wonderful place for an Ireland short break and has a great selection of Northern Ireland Hotels, and holiday apartments.  to suit all budgets.

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