The 10 BEST golf hotels in Ireland, ranked

From five-star spa resorts to heritage estates, these are the ten best golf hotels in Ireland.

Ireland is amass of greenery. Given this, it comes as no surprise that the landscape is blooming with manicured lawns and tee time slots. This makes for an abundance of Irish golf hotels.

For many, Ireland is a destination in itself. For golfers, it is an oasis. Those planning a golfing trip in Ireland need to look no further: these are the ten best golf hotels in Ireland.

10. Farnham Estate Spa and Golf Resort, Co. Cavan – an 18-hole championship golf course

Farnham Estate is home to an 18-hole championship golf course.
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Set on 500 acres of mature woodlands, the Farnham Estate is a destination for golfers from near and far.

Its 18-hole championship golf course is only elevated by a well-stocked on-site golf shop and newly launched Golf Clubhouse for a post-game drink.

Address: Coras Point, Cavan, Ireland

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9. Castlemartyr Resort, Co. Cork – for players of all levels

Castlemartyr Resort is one of the best golf hotels in Ireland.
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At 6,728 yards (par 72), the Castlemartyr Resort golf course in County Cork is an 18-hole inland links-style course.

Designed by Ron Kirby (who also envisioned Old Head and Mount Juliet), the course strives to be challenging yet accessible to golfers of all levels. The hotel itself offers excellent packages to play, making it one of the best golf hotels in Ireland.

Address: Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, P25 X300, Ireland

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8. Ashford Castle, Co. Galway – a course free to hotel residents

Ashford Castle in County Galway is free for hotel residents.
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At the five-star Ashford Castle, golf may not be the central focus. In fact, the nine-hole course, which stands at 2,996 yards (par 35) parkway, is just one of many facilities available at Ashford Castle.

Saying that, the course is free for hotel guests, and the newest clubs from Titleist are provided. So, if you plan on playing from dusk til’ dawn, you’ll save on green fees at Ashford Castle.

Address: Ashford Castle Drive, Leaf Island, Cong, Co. Galway, Ireland

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7. Adare Manor, Co. Limerick – host the Ryder Cup in 2027

Adare Manor in Limerick is one of the best golf hotels in Ireland.
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Adare Manor is a five-star resort with a world-class golf course, making it one of the top Irish golf hotels.

Designed by the greenway architect Tom Fazio, the course offers rolling hills and lush surroundings.

Challenging and strategic, it comes as no surprise that Adare Manor’s golf course will be home to the Ryder Cup in 2027.

Address: Adare, Co. Limerick, V94 W8WR, Ireland

6. Powerscourt Hotel, Co. Wicklow – for a game in the ‘garden of Ireland’

Have a game in the 'garden of Ireland' at Powerscourt Hotel.
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The impressive Powerscourt Hotel in Wicklow offers five-star service across its accommodation, dining options, service, as well as its golf course.

They say that Wicklow is called the ‘garden of Ireland’ due to its endless beauty, and after a stay and play at the Powerscourt Hotel, you’re bound to agree.

Address: Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, A98 DR12, Ireland

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5. Mount Juliet Estate, Co. Kilkenny – voted Ireland’s best parkland

Mount Juliet Estate is one of the best golf hotels in Ireland.
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This five-star hotel is set on 180 acres of rolling lawns. Home to a stunning Georgian manor, Mount Juliet – and particularly its golf course – is a favourite of many.

Having hosted Tiger Woods and being dubbed ‘Ireland’s Best Parkland Golf Course’ by the Golfer’s Guide to Ireland, it is safe to say this is one of the best golf hotels in Ireland.

Address: Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

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4. Dromoland Castle Hotel, Co. Clare – the castle course experience

Dromoland Castle Hotel is a must.
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Dromoland Castle Hotel is home to an impressive 18-hole golf course that stretches 6,824 yards (par 72) across its 450-acre estate.

Golfers come from far and wide to play at this resort that offers five-star service across the board. It is definitely one of the best Irish golf hotels.

Address: Dromoland, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare, V95 ATD3, Ireland

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3. The K Club, Co. Kildare – Ireland’s first-ever AA 5 Red Star Hotel

The K Club is definitely one of the best golf hotels in Ireland.
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The K Club has long been considered one of the best golf hotels in Ireland.

Its course has been home to the 2006 Ryder Cup, the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, and 13 European Opens. With two golf courses and endless golf-related facilities, this is truly a playground for lovers of the sport.

Address: Straffan, Co. Kildare, W23 YX53, Ireland

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Portmarnock Hotel and Golflinks in County Dublin has an idyllic backdrop.
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Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links has been voted time and again as one of the best courses in Ireland, and if that isn’t enough to sway you, just take a look at its stunning seaside setting.

To top it off, its prices are pretty reasonable, and its standards as a four-star hotel exceed expectation. A must-visit when it comes to Irish golf hotels.

Address: Strand Rd, Burrow, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin, D13 V2X7, Ireland

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1. Carton House, Co. Kildare – the one to watch

Carton House tops our list of the best golf hotels in Ireland.
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Carton House takes the title on our list of best golf hotels in Ireland. Located in Kildare, not far from Dublin City, its proximity to the capital is just one thing to love about this stunning estate.

Its recent refurbishment sees the manor restored to its former glory, and its golf offering is just as dreamy.

Players can avail of two 18-hole courses set across the 1,100-acre estate, which boasts everything from spa treatments to horseriding, lake fishing, clay shooting, and exclusive dining experiences.

Address: Carton Demesne, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, W23 TD98, Ireland

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