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 Portrush Golf Club

Golf in Portrush

The British Open week at Royal Portrush Golf Club will be from the 14th of July to the 21st of July 2019. However, since not all of us are good enough to play! The following is a list of golf courses to play in the Portrush area during the Open Championship.

  • Ballycastle Golf Club
  • Ballyliffin Golf Club
  • Castlerock Golf Club
  • City of Derry Golf Club
  • Malone Golf Club
  • Portstewart Golf Club
  • Roe Park Golf Resort
  • Royal Belfast Golf Club

Notably, there are plenty of Irish Golf Links courses to play in the neighbouring county of Donegal. Please click on this link to see a list of Donegal Irish links Golf courses to play.

Royal Portrush Golf Club
18th Green at Royal Portrush Golf Club

Suggested Hotels

The downside, there won’t be an economical Hotel room to be found during the week of the Open Championship. However, the following number of hotels to consider using for future trips to the Portrush area.

Notably, there are bed and breakfasts, guest houses in the Portrush area. Also, please consult your favourite search engine to locate the room type of your choice.


 Thing to Do

One must visit the Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle and if you like whiskey? There is a lovely whiskey tour around the Bushmills Inn whiskey distillery. Additionally, the coastal drive from Portrush to Cushendun is beautiful. Along, consider stopping at the coastal towns for a tea, coffee or a pint. The towns are lovely places to visit, and the views will provide plenty of photo opportunities. Finally, if you have the time, take the ferry from Maligan Point to Greencastle and visit the famine village near Ballyliffin Golf Club.

Dooley Noted on Royal Portrush Golf Club

The course is fantastic, and indeed, the Royal Portrush Golf Club is a bucket list golf course and a real test of golf. Also, from my experience, I did like the caddy program at Portrush, whereas I found that golfers too enjoyed excellent caddies at Royal Portrush. Therefore, our advice is to hire the services of a caddy. To fill up a seven-day golf trip to Nothern Ireland, may I would suggest a three-part plan to start working on:

  • Firstly, map out the golf courses that you want to play and book early!
  • Secondly, spend a couple of nights in the Portrush area. Perhaps, use Belfast as the alternative base of operations to travel back and forth to Portrush.
  • Finally, move on to play the Rosapenna Golf Resort and around the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal.

The post was written by John Dooley | Concierge Golf Ireland | email: