You and your friends are in for a treat! As actor Bill Murray said about Ireland, "it's the most beautiful place to play golf in". As the home of many a golfing champion, the island of Ireland is a player's paradise. There are far too many amazing courses to list here, but here are a few places to get you started...
In Northern Ireland, be sure to tee off at Royal Portrush Golf Club
, County Antrim
. Favoured by many golfing greats – including the legendary Rory McIlroy
– this club's links have notoriously challenging conditions. With the Causeway Coastal Route
on your doorstep, be sure to explore the epic Giant's Causeway
– home to the thousands of hexagonal limestone stepping stones and mystical tales! The incredible Dunluce Castle
is also close by, so you're spoiled for choice when it comes to fairytale finds!
Dublin is home to Portmarnock Golf Club
and its natural course gives the player an honest test of shot-making skills – not to mention its finishing holes which are regarded as some of the best in the world! The club is only a short drive from the city centre
, where you will find a cast array of sights and activities. But if you want to stay local, the northside town of Malahide
has an impressive castle, quaint pubs and cafés, and boat trips
to Lambay Island. So no matter how you unwind, you're sure to feel at ease after a challenging day on the green.
Finally, host to this years Irish Open, you simply must visit Ballyliffin Golf Club
in County Donegal
. This club offers breathtaking links as well as incredible views of the Wild Atlantic Way
. Here, you can perfect your swing and take in the stunning scenery. And for a unique 19th hole experience, try your hand at water sports at the Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre
, take a heritage trail
on horseback, or embark on a stroll along Pollan Bay.
There are plenty of other incredible golfing spots... If anyone has any more recommendations or fond memories, feel free to leave a comment!