Ireland Golf Holidays

Surely more than any other people on Earth, the Irish love golf. This is the country for golf holidays for real golfers – the sort who love the wind and the rain (but, please, not too much of either) almost as much as they love the sunshine, who love the wild links courses among the dunes just as much as they love the elegant parkland courses in the grounds of historic houses, who love the craic in the clubhouse and the food fresh from farm and sea

To make sure you get the best rates at the best places for your golf break contact GolfPlanet Holidays, we have special-value deals with most of the great Irish courses and hotels. Here’s a quick guide, starting in the north and going clockwise round the island . . .

Ballyliffin is in that part of the Republic which is farther north than Northern Ireland. It has two courses, the Old and the Glashedy, both rated in Ireland’s top 20; Sir Nick Faldo called the Old “the most natural golf course ever”, his recommendations for improvements have been carried out, and it’s said he once tried to buy it.

Across the border in Northern Ireland are Royal Portrush, Portstewart and Castlerock. Portrush is one of the truly great courses of the world, and it has hopes of staging the Ryder Cup and the Open Championship. But don’t go away without playing its neighbours – high-quality tests but not quite so demanding on your budget. This is a destination for non-golfers, too, so there’s good and fairly plentiful accommodation.

On the coast south of Belfast, don’t miss Royal County Down, right up there with Royal Portrush in terms of fame and glory (and cost!) on your way down via County Louth to Portmarnock (rated as good as Portrush and County Down). Portmarnock dates back to 1894; next to it is Portmarnock Links, a splendid modern (1995) creation by Bernhard Langer and just a few miles away is Royal Dublin, a venerable (1885) links that has been carefully modernised and lengthened to 7250 yards.

Now west of Dublin a cluster of splendid inland courses: Castleknock (with hotel), Luttrellstown, Carton House (with two courses plus a hotel), Hermitage and The K Club (two courses and hotel). . . The joy of many of the clubs within 20 miles or so of Dublin is that they are either members’ clubs with all the friendliness that embraces or resort courses that have customer service at the top of the agenda.

Farther down the east coast, we have thoroughly enjoyed The European, a rugged links which looks as though it’s been there forever (although it was launched in 1989) and, a few miles away and very different, Woodenbridge, a picturesque inland course alongside the River Avoca.

In the south, in and around Cork, are Fota Island’s two courses and a five-star hotel on site, Cork, Lee Valley (one of Christy O’Connor Jnr’s better creations and with cottages to rent) and, out on the cliff tops facing the Atlantic, the Old Head of Kinsale. Fly to Cork or take the car ferry from Swansea and with these four courses you’ll have a good mix of the different faces of golf in Ireland.

The south-west coast of the Republic is on a par with the top of Northern Ireland in being a magnet for golf holidays – and the heart of the magnet is Ballybunion Old Course (and there’s also the New Course). Tom Watson, who helped with modifications to the Old Course, reckons it’s the greatest course in the world.

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    Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club, East Coast Golf Holidays

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    Doonbeg, Ireland, South West Golf Holidays

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    Ballyliffin Club, North West Golf Holidays

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