Darren Clarke, Rory Mcllroy and Padraig Harrington have jointly contributed to the popularity of golf in Ireland and it is now a golfer’s paradise with a few seaside golf courses dotted like diamonds on an emerald necklace along the coast of Ireland.
There are four popular golf courses in Ireland that fall under the Top 50 courses in the world. All the golf courses in Ireland are challenging enough and you will be stunned to play alongside some of the best players from all over the world. We have compiled a list of the top 10 golf courses in Ireland:
10. Mount Juliet Golf Club, Co. Kilkenny
Designed by Nicklaus, it has hosted three Irish opens and has few fearful bunkers, which is common with the designs of Jack. You will know what a bunker is if you have played golf previously and it just enough room for a man and his niblock.
9. Ballybunion Golf Club, Co. Kerry
Rated among the top 10 courses in the world, it has tough grass, steep slopes and narrow fairways, it appears to be one of the loneliest courses in the world and even the best golfers find this course to be unique.
8. Royal Portrush, Co. Antrim
An abode for crosswinds and sudden showers, the Dunluce Links was designed by Harry Colt and it sees rapid changes in weather while offering one of the best views of Ireland overlooking the limestone cliffs and white rocks.
7. Druids Glen, Co. Wicklow
Druid’s Glen is home to different parkland courses and is set in the heart of Ireland. This golf course also offers bunkers, splendid view of the Irish Sea and streams.
6. Royal Portstewart, Co. Derry
Founded in 1894, this is one of the toughest golf courses in the world and people think that superpowers or godlike skills are required to put all six in this golf course!
5. The Mount Wolseley Hotel and Resort, Co. Carlow
A four star course, it is one of the most luxurious ones available with spa, an indoor pool and a championship golf course which was designed by Christy O’Connor Jnr.
4. Royal Belfast, Co. Down
A view ranging from Belfast Lough to Co. Antrim, it is considered to be a deceptive course and it is the oldest course of Ireland, which was designed by Harry Colt. It is one of the most casual courses when compared to other courses in UK.
3. Dooks Club, Co. Kerry
Dooks has been home to golf players since 1889 and is one of the oldest ones with marvellous views due to its location between Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and Dingle Peninsula. It is also home to the natterjack toad, an endangered species, about which you will have to be careful!
2. The K Club, Co. Kildare
Host to the Ryder Cup at one point of time, two courses have lush green lawns and it resembles a typical American parkland course. They offer package options too at very competitive prices, making it a must visit course among golfers.
1.Royal Country Down, Co. Down
The favourite of Tiger Woods, it is frequented by Darren Clarke and Rory Mcllroy and was founded in 1889 along the Irish Sea with each hole being distinct in this course.
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