The 10 best golf courses in Ireland

Ireland is one of the leading countries when it comes to golf. Here are the ten best golf courses in Ireland.

It’s no surprise that people from all over the world with a love for golf flock to Ireland every year. They come to experience the high standard of golf courses we offer. It also helps that many of them have knockout views surrounding them.

Of course, every golfer will have a different preference for the best golf course in Ireland, that we can’t argue with, just like we can’t argue that we have produced some of the best golfers in the world i.e. Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, and Graeme McDowell, to name a few.

But Ireland takes golf very seriously, and it shows in our golf courses, which are maintained to a high standard and some are ranked the best in the world.

It’s always a tough call when it comes to creating a top ten list, but we certainly believe that each one of our picks on our ten best golf courses in Ireland list, deserve to be there. Let’s take a look at these top golf courses in Ireland, shall we?

10. Mount Juliet, Co. Kilkenny – set amongst rolling countryside

Mount Juliet is a top golf course that is surrounded by beauty.
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Having played host to some unforgettable tournaments, this course, set over 180 acres of parkland, is located in a truly magnificent area of Thomastown. It’s no wonder it is such a popular spot to tee off! Truly one of the top golf courses in Ireland.

Address: Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

9. K Club, Co. Kildare – Ryder Cup host

K Club in Kildare is a top Ryder Cup host golf course.

Home to numerous courses designed by pro-golfer Arnold Palmer, this luxurious estate has a spa, top-notch accommodations, and, of course, world-famous courses to play on.

Address: Straffan, Co. Kildare, W23 YX53

8. Waterville Golf Links, Co. Kerry – a genuine link

Waterville in County Kerry, is a great place to tee off.

With a golf history dating back to 1889, this unique course is set among exposed sand dunes and the ocean. Traditionally the land was useless for farming, but luckily it was perfect for golf. What a journey this place has been on. It’s truly one of the top of all Ireland golf courses.

Address: Murreagh, Waterville, Co. Kerry

7. Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal – world class presentation

Ballyliffin course in Donegal is another of our top picks, located next to the ocean.

Boasting two championship link courses, this course has a fantastic setting along the Wild Atlantic Way. It draws crowds of golfers to the area year in and year out.

Address: Ballyliffin, Inishowen, Co. Donegal

6. Rosses Point, Co. Sligo – an excellent challenge and one of the top golf courses in Ireland

Rosses Point in Sligo is one of the top and best golf courses in Ireland.
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This world-renowned golf course, designed by Harry Colt, utilizes the sand dunes’ natural shapes, giving the course a very unique and dramatic effect. It is loved by many.

Address: Rosses Point, Rosses Upper, Co. Sligo

5. Portmarnock, Co. Dublin – a stone’s throw from Dublin Airport

Portmarnock is another of the best golf courses in Ireland.
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Conveniently located north of Dublin, along the beautiful coastline, this is one of the most respected golf courses not only in Ireland but worldwide.

Address: Golf Links Rd, Stapolin, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin, D13 KD96

4. Ballybunion, Co. Kerry – it’s got that special something

Ballybunion is another of the best golf courses in Ireland, a must-visit.

Consistently rated one of the best courses in the world, this majestic course, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, has some top-class courses to give you an enjoyable challenge.

Address: Sandhill Rd, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

3. Lahinch, Co. Clare – one of the Ireland golf courses worthy of its ranking

In Co. Clare you'll find one of the best golf courses in Ireland, Lahinch.

Not only is Lahinch a haven for surfers, but golfers absolutely love this spot, and for a good reason. Ranked among the World Top 50, this pristine spot has been around since 1852 to cater to all tour golfing goals.

Address: Dough, Lahinch, Co. Clare

2. Royal Portrush, Co. Antrim – truly one of the best golf courses in Ireland

Another of the best golf courses in Ireland is Royal Portrush in County Antrim.
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A golfing venue like no other, this oceanside golf club has world-class links making Portrush an international golf destination and sensation.

Address: Dunluce Rd, Portrush, Co. Antrim

1. Royal County Down, Co. Down – tee off at the Mountains of Mourne

Royal County Down is one of the top best golf courses in Ireland.

Imagine playing golf at a nature reserve, being greeted by a different view at every hole, and having a backdrop of the Mourne Mountains, pair this with championship links, and you’ve got Royal County Down. A golf course like no other, just see for yourself!

Address: 36 Golf Links Rd, Newcastle

There’s something to be said about golf courses in Ireland, they really are unique in their own way. We have our natural beauty to thank for that, and the incredible designs by some very well known designers.

It’s no wonder that the pros are continually coming back to Ireland for tournaments, it may be the renowned Irish hospitality. Still, we definitely think these incredible golf courses have something to do with it, or maybe it’s a perfect combination of both. We hope you’ll visit each and every one of these Ireland golf courses.

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Jade Poleon is a free spirit with a love for the world and her homeland, Ireland. Jade started travelling in 2007 and since then has travelled to every continent and over 90 countries, qualified as a yoga teacher in India, hiked the Himalayas, walked 900km across Spain, and is about to embark on a trip through Portugal in her camper van. Travel is her number-one passion, and she has a soft spot for hiking, food, and jaw-dropping scenery, all of which can be found right here on our stunning Emerald Isle.