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.

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Royal County Down Golf Club

Royal County Down Golf Club (RCD)

Concierge Golf Ireland
Mourne Mountains on the 16th Hole at RCD

Royal County Down Golf Club or otherwise known as RCD has been ranked by various authors as the number one golf course to play on the Island of Ireland. Indeed, the setting and location of the golf course are both beautiful and unique. The course borders Dundrum bay along with the backdrop of the Mourne Mountains. The most iconic setting is certainly walking from the ninth tee box over to the fairway. Also, from the back of the 4th tee box and the 15th tee. In fact, the course is full of beautiful vistas from just about every hole. Did you know that in 1939 Cork Golf Club’s Jimmy Bruen set the course record posting a score of 66. Jimmy Bruen was Ireland’s first golfing superstar.

Royal County Down

Walking to the 9th fairway


Royal County Down Golf Club
RCD Scorecard

Golf Course Length:

You can see from the scorecard that the Blue & White course is quite long to play. Indeed, depending on your handicap you could enjoy the course playing from the green and yellow tees.

Prices for Golf at Royal County Down for 2019:

From May to October 2019

Weekday Mornings £240.00 pounds per round
Weekday Afternoons £230.00 pounds per round
36 holes in one day £350.00 pounds per round
Sunday Afternoons £250.00 pounds per round
Days of the Week Open for Play
Mon, Tue & Fri Morning & Afternoon
Thursday Morning only
Sunday Afternoon only


How to Book Golf Tee times at RCD: 

We can book Royal County Down as part of a golf tour for 2019 by contacting us at or contact the club directly. CLICK HERE for more RCD visitor information.

Suggested Hotels in Newcastle:

Slieve Donard Resort is right next door to RCD and CLICK HERE to view the hotel’s website. I like the hotel for a number of reasons. Firstly, the 4-star hotel is walking distances to the first tee at RCD. Secondly, the SPA is great! Also, the food and beverage services are as you would expect at a good four-star hotel. Also, there is the Burrendale 3-star hotel and the Burrendale is located no more than a mile from the front gates of RCD.

Things to Do: 

Other Golf Courses to play; Ardglass Golf Club, Malone Golf Club or Royal Belfast Golf Club. Or hill walking along the Mourne Mountain trails. Consider, spending the day in Belfast touring around the city centre, Stormont Castle and the Titanic Experience. Certainly, there is the option to spend the day in the SPA at Slieve Donard Resort.

CLICK HERE to be directed to view a sample Golf Tour with Royal County Down acting as the star of the show.

CLICK HERE to view a current offer for 8 golfers for a September 2018 golf trip.


Royal County Down Eight Golfers September 2018

Royal County Down Golf Club

Royal County Down is one of best golf courses to play in Ireland. As the demand to play this golf course is quite high, the tee times are booked up months or a year in advance.

Planning Golf Tours 2018 |Royal County Down Eight Golfers September 2018
Royal County Down

Royal County Down in September.

Only in the last few days. A number of golfers had to cancel their booked golf trip for September. Therefore, they asked if we could offer their golfing schedule to another eight golfers. As you can see in the summary part that this Irish golf trip for eight persons. The group will be playing golf at Royal County and Royal Portrush in September 2018. Notably, we added two more golf courses to make the trip longer for four-days golfing in Ireland. Also, two 5* hotels for one night in Dublin and the following nights in Belfast. Finally, we have a beautiful luxury bus to transfer you from your hotel to the golf courses and back again.

In summary:

  • Play golf at The Island Golf Club, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush and County Louth Golf Club.
  • Four nights luxury accommodation in single rooms at a 5* Hotel in Dublin & Belfast.
  • Luxury Transport Daily with a group transfers to and from the Airport (Suggesting Dublin or Belfast Airport)
  • Price Per Person starts from £2,555.00 per person.

Golf Courses:

Fri 7th Sept Day 1 The Island Golf Club
Sat 8th Sept Day 2 County Louth Golf Club
Sun 9th Sept Day 3 Royal County Down Golf Club
Mon 10th Sept Day 4 Royal Portrush Golf Club

How to Book:


Contact US today by CLICKING HERE to enquire or book this golf tour to Nothern Ireland.

Eamil: | Tel: +353212427913 ask for John.

What to Expect : 

Besides, playing four of the best golf courses in Ireland and enjoying four comfortable nights at relating hotels. Concierge Golf Ireland will book and manage all requirements for each golfer. Such as, evening meals, sightseeing things to do, whiskey tasting, arranging caddies where possible, etc.

The important part of our service is that we are on hand to deal with any type of situation that might develop. For example; should a golfer’s travel plans change? We can manage and arrange the logistics to get that golfer to the airport on time, ship their golf clubs home or luggage or any services that are required.

At Concierge Golf Ireland we take care of everything for you.


Marathon Golf Ireland

Lahinch Golf Club | Marathon Golf Ireland
Lahinch Golf Club 11th Hole | Marathon Golf Ireland

Marathon Golf Ireland…

Certainly, playing 36 holes a day for four days is tough going on your body! May I ask you, do you think you could manage playing 18 golf courses in 9 days straight? Well, recently I arranged the following Irish Golf Vacation for a father and son! Please, take a look at the following Marathon golf itinerary. What is truly amazing, besides that the guys played a lot of really nice golf courses. Is that, they played golf at the most northern point at Ballyliffin and one of the most southern points to play golf in Ireland at Old Head or Waterville Golf Links.  Consequently, they passed by both the starting and finishing points along the Wild Atlantic Way, located in Donegal and by Kinsale in Cork.

The Golf Courses:

Day 1 Portmarnock Golf Club The Island Golf Club
Day 2 Ardgalss Golf Club Royal County Down Golf Club
Day 3 Portstewart Golf Club Ballyliffin Golf Club
Day 4 Lahinch Golf Club Trump Doonbeg Golf Resort
Day 5 Killarney Golf & Fishing, Killeen Course Dooks Golf Club
Day 6 Waterville Golf Links Tralee Golf Club
Day 7 Cork Golf Club Old Head Golf Links
Day 8 Mount Juliet Golf Resort The K-Club
Day 9 The European Club Druids Glen Golf Resort

The Accommodation

Hotels Standards
Night 1 Co. Down | Slieve Donard Hotel Hotel 4*
Night 2 Portrush | Bushmills Inn Hotel 4*
Night 3 & 4 Doonbeg | Trump Doonbeg (one bedroom suite) Hotel 5*
Night 5 Killarney | The Europe Hotel Hotel 5*
Night 6 Cork | The Radisson Blu Hotel Hotel 4*
Night 7 Kilkenny | Mount Juliet Hotel Hotel 5*
Night 8 Kildare | K-Club Hotel Hotel 5*
Night 9 Dublin | The Gibson Hotel Hotel 4*

Additionally, by using google maps, I am guessing the guys spend approximately, 31 hours driving and covered over 2,002 kilometers behind the wheel.  Notwithstanding all the great Irish Links Golf courses played. A number of highlights are certainly worth mentioning. The beds at Trump Doonbeg topped the hotel comfortability list and the hardest question to answer. What was their favorite course played? Without a doubt, the best course that they played and enjoyed the most was Lahinch Golf Club.

Irish Golf Vacations with Concierge Golf Ireland
Marathon Golf Ireland | Their driven route 

Final Dooley Noted

Notably, the guys packed-in as much golf as possible. Unfortunately, there was not enough room to enjoy more cultural activities. Although, they found their choice restaurants by asking Irish people about what was their favorite local restaurants. Also, they managed to kiss the Blarney Stone and saw the Giants Causeway along with viewing the Cliffs of Moher.

Moreover, this Irish golf vacation was simply two golfers playing golf from dawn until dusk. From talking with the guys, certainly, they enjoyed what they experienced and how they discovered Ireland. Marathon Golf is a golf packed that may not be for everyone, however, why not…

Please let me know your comments and if you have any questions about such golf vacations to Ireland or Scotland. Email or call us at +353212427913

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Warrior Golf Northern Ireland

Warrior Golf Northern Ireland
Ballyliffin Golf Club | Tourism Ireland

Warrior Golf Northern Ireland

Pack in as much golf as you can play!

WHERE TO PLAY 1st 18 Holes 2nd 18 Holes Suggestions
Arrive into Dublin Airport
Day 1 Saturday County Louth Golf Club
Day 2 Sunday Portmarnock Golf Club Portmarnock Links
Day 3 Monday Royal County Down Golf Club Ardglass Golf Club
Day 4 Tuesday Portstewart Golf Club Royal Portrush Golf Club
Day 5 Wednesday Ballyliffin Golf Club Glasheedy Course Ballyliffin Golf Club Sandy Course
Day 6 Thursday Rosapenna Golf Resort Old Tom Course Sandy Hills Course
Day 7 Friday The Island Golf Club
Day 8 Saturday Depart from Dublin Airpot
Night 1 – Day 2 Dublin | Malahide Hotels
Night 2 – Day 3 Newcastle, Co. Down Hotels
Night 3 – Day 5 Portrush Hotels
Night 5 – Day 7 Rosapenna Resort
Night 7 – Day 8 Dublin Airport Hotel

Transport types:

Notably, golfers can hire rental cars or enjoy a luxury bus. However, that choice depends on the services the group prefers. Certainly, may I suggest hiring the luxury bus as there is a lot of travelling from place to place. Also, after playing a lot of golf then driving from Royal County Down to Portrush Golf Club, then onto Ballyliffin and Rosapenna. Finally, do prepare for the long trip from Rosapenna to Dublin. That trip is approx. 3hr 30 minutes or more by car/bus. Otherwise, fly AerLingus from Donegal to Dublin Aiport and that is approx. 55 minutes flying time.

Price Ranges:

Accordingly, for this type of trip, we are basing the price on a group of eight golfers. The costs would range from €2,150.00 to €3,790.00 depending on the selected transportation, the hotel standards and room types.

Finally, contact us if you would like to inquire or book a similar type of Irish golf vacation to Northern Ireland. CLICK HERE for contact information or simply email or call the office at +353212427913.

John Dooley  | Warrior Golf Northern Ireland | Concierge Golf Ireland | Golf Ireland.