Best Golf Courses Ireland

Best Golf Courses Ireland

Best Golf Courses Ireland

What are the best golf courses in Ireland to play before you leave your boots? Over the years, publications such as Golf Digest, Golf Monthly, Golf World and a number of different publications created and publicised their own versions of what are the top 100 golf courses in various countries.

Most of the publications quote that the Irish Links Courses are the best courses to play in Ireland. With this in mind, the top five courses in Ireland are all links golf courses. Such as Royal County Down Golf Club, Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portmarnock Golf Club, Lahinch Golf Club and Waterville Golf Links.

All of the five golf courses just mentioned are hard courses to play and to post a good score. However, there are also factors that affect player’s scores such as the weather and time of year, the golfer’s ability to play golf, time of day, the playing conditions of the courses and so on.

These factors all have a significant influence on how the golfer defines his or her golf experiences. Additionally, the anecdotal evidence that I have collected over the years, it that, not all golfers love the same courses.

We gathered information from the various golfers that we worked with during 2018. Our approach was to converse on the quality if the gif courses played. We asked, how would they rank the courses played?

Typically, the golfers were only too delighted to offer their feedback and it was are always different. However, Royal County Down Golf Club was the outstanding clear favourite course played.

Golf Experience Ranking:

Indeed, a golf course ranking method is to rank golf courses by different headings that sum-up a golfers golf course experience. Such as define course type and adding a scoring method from 1 to 10 that reflects the expectations or standard levels. 

  1. Caddies service standards and overall caddie experience. 
  2. The pace of play and is there a clear pace of play operation. 
  3. The clubhouse facilities and food standards.
  4. Staff interaction and rate “the welcome”.
  5. The cost to play golf. 
  6. Course challenge. Test your game and play a course length that will challenge your game. 
  7. Reflections, how did the golfing experience match to your initial golf course expectations?

Notably, the collection of accurate data is difficult. Mainly, because golf and how a golf course is experienced will be bias. Equally, that experience will be influenced by social norms other piers.

Therefore, rankings cannot be without bias regardless whatever publication states that their top 100 golf courses to play in Ireland are said to be fair and accurate.

However! The following list is a slimmed down a guide to the ten best golf courses to play in four different Irish regions. Of course, there are many other courses to play in Ireland and the point is that we selected the golf courses based on what we believe to be a “worthy, excellent and enjoyable golfing experience.”

The list Best Golf Courses Ireland:

Southwest of Ireland Golf Courses East of Ireland Golf Courses
1 Adare Golf Resort Carton House Golf Resort
2 Ballybunion Golf Club County Louth Golf Club
3 Castletroy Golf Club Druids Glen Golf Resort
4 Cork Golf Club Portmarnock Golf Club
5 Doonbeg Golf Club Portmarnock Links Resort
6 Hogshead Golf Club Powerscourt Golf Club
7 Lahinch Golf Club Rosslare Golf Club
8 Old Head Golf Links Royal Dublin Golf Club
9 Tralee Golf Club The Island Golf Club
10 Waterville Golf Links The K-Club
Northwest of Ireland Golf Courses Northern Ireland Golf Courses
1 Ballyliffin Golf Club Ardglass Golf Club
2 Carne Golf Links Castlerock Golf Club
3 Co Sligo Golf Club Hollywood Golf Club
4 Connemara Golf Links Lough Erne Golf Club
5 Donegal Golf Club Malone Golf Club
6 Enniscrone Golf Club Portstewart Golf Club
7 Galway Bay Golf Club Portstewart Golf Club
8 Portsaloon Golf Club Royal Belfast Golf Club
9 Portumna Golf Club Royal County Down Golf Club
10 Rosapenna Golf Resort Royal Portrush Golf Club

The forty courses are listed in alphabetical order and indeed some courses are better than others. Altogether, it would be great to play the complete above list. Essentially, I would promote golfers make up their own minds without the bias of social pressure on the so-called top golf courses to play.

Clearly, the golfer should rank accordingly, therefore if the golfer’s course experience was poor he/she should write accordingly. Equally, writing a great review when the course beats expectations. Golfers can use online forums such as trip advisor and google places to record their reviews. 

Dooley Noted

Finally, please contact us and let us know your comments on the best golf courses Ireland to play? Click on this link to view the location of the best golf courses in Ireland. CLICK HERE. 

Written by John Dooley: www.conciergegolfireland.com | john@conciergegolf.ie

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