The lure of some of the most famous names in world golf brings thousands of golfers to Ireland each year – Ballybunion, Old Head Golf Links, Royal Portrush, Portmarnock, the list goes on and on. Unsurprisingly so as these are some of the best golf courses on the planet, and are highly sought after. Many visitors from overseas, in particular from the United States, grew up watching ‘The Open’ Championship or an ‘Irish Open’ on TV and dreamt of one day playing on those same links courses as the professionals. The thought of crossing the ‘Swilken Bridge’ and making the stroll up the 18th of The Old Course in St. Andrews, the opportunity to test yourself at ‘The Postage Stamp’ at Royal Troon or the aptly named ‘Calamity Corner’ at Royal Portrush, ensures a steady stream of these golfers to Irish shores every summer.
In Ireland however, there is much more to the golf ‘experience’ than just these famous trophy course names. The country is peppered with fabulous links golf courses, many of which are likely not as well-known overseas. They are certainly no less impressive, but are equally challenging and great fun. So, we have decided to select our top 4 courses (one in each of the four Irish provinces), that are in close proximity to some of these other great names. These are the golf courses that you really shouldn’t miss out on when planning your itinerary. You could combine these to make a great 36-hole day, or simply enjoy them on their own as part of a great golf vacation in Ireland.
A golf vacation to Ireland is one of the most unique experiences the game has to offer and should be on the bucket list of any serious golfer. A well-regarded international golf tour operator can make the most of your time in Ireland by helping you plan the perfect itinerary. They’ll assist with choosing your perfect lodgings, arranging tee times at the golf courses that you will enjoy playing, suggesting what restaurants and pubs you should experience and of course how you can ship your clubs ahead to your destination with Luggage Forward to get the trip off to the perfect start!
About the author:
Tom Cotter has spent a lifetime playing golf courses across Europe since picking up the game at a young age while growing up in Ireland. Tom is now the President of The Consumate Pro, an international golf tour operator based in Belfast.