Golfing in Ireland



Ten of the best Golf Courses in Ireland



Scenic Golf course


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Whether you are traveling from Dublin Airport, Kerry Airport, Shannon Airport, Dublin City or any Irish destination if you are a fan of golfing it's worth checking out a few of the courses on our list. Irelands climate and rainy weather makes ideal to create some of the best courses in the world, along with our beautiul scenic views there really isn't a better place to play a bit of Golf.

When the weather is bad we would suggest taking a look at our indoor actitives , Spa Getaways , Museums and Galleries or any of our Driving Routes to keep dry and warm away from the widy Irish weather.

Narrowing down all wonderfully scenic Golf Courses around Ireland into a short list of 10 seemed impossible. But here you have it, Car Rental Ireland's 10 top Golfing spots in Ireland.



1. Royal Co Down

Located in Newcastle at the foothills of the Mountains of Mourne, Royal County Down enjoys a drier climate than the rest of the Emerald Isle. It opened 128 years ago 23 March 1889 and is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland.

The course has attracted many professionals. Tiger Woods and Tom Watson have played there for preparation for the Open Championships Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland’s current star, often plays a round.



2. Royal Portrush Golf Course

Royal Portrush Golf Club is a private golf club in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The 36-hole club has two links courses, the Dunluce Links and the Valley Links. The Royal Portrush, which is the only club in Ireland to have hosted The British Open, houses both the challenging Dunluce Links championship course. The Dunluce Links were voted number 12 in the world by Golf Magazine.



3. Portmarnock Golf Course in Dublin

Conveniently located just 15 minutes outside of Dublin City, easily reach by your Car Rental Ireland car. The Canada Cup, The Walker Cup, and The Irish Open are just some of the championships that have been played at this course.



4. Lahinch Golf Course

Lahinch Golf Club is a links golf course in the village of Lahinch on the northwest coast of County Clare. Called the “St. Andrews of Ireland” by Herbert Warren Wind, Lahinch features some two challenging courses and hosted the South of Ireland Championship.



5. Waterville Golf Links

Located in the south of Ireland, Waterville hosts a practice facility and short game area with fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding hills. The practice facility is surrounded by hedge walls, which provide some relief from the winds which prolongs the playing season.



6. Tralee Golf Course

The Tralee Golf Club was named to the Top 10 Ocean Courses with good reason. Each hole has a picturesque view and creating a calm and tranquil golfing experience. Designer Arnold Palmer said about the course, “I designed the first nine but surely God designed the back nine.”



7. Ballybunion Golf Course

Located by the Atlantic Ocean, Ballybunion Golf Club has two traditional links golf courses. They are both unique in character, testing all aspects of shot making. The Old Course features challenging holes nestled in grassy dunes and has been frequently rated among the top courses in the world.



8. The European Club

The links of The European Club was designed by Pat Ruddy, who continues after thirty years to calibrate with the links to meet the challenges of the modern game. Founded in 1987 this excellent course is worth a visit for any golfer.



9. County Sligo Club

The County Sligo Golf Club is widely regarded as one of the great championship links courses. It is located in the picturesque seaside village of Rosses Point just 8km from Sligo and known locally as “The Point”. Originally founded in 1894 as a 9 Hole course, it is now a modern 27 hole complex with spacious clubhouse and up to date facilities.



10. Louth Golf Club

County Louth, sometimes called Baltray, has hosted both National and International events at the amateur and professional level. The natural beauty of the area combined with the strength of the course led “Golf World” magazine to call the course, “one of the best kept secrets of Irish golf.” The club was formally started at a meeting in October 1892. Just before this, Mr G.H. Pentland, who resided at Blackhall, Drogheda and a Mr Gilroy, a retired banker of Scottish origin had laid out a few holes around the Mornington end of the Bettystown burrows.



As these spectacular courses are spread across the Country we would highly suggest renting a Car Rental Ireland car to insure you don’t miss any of these beautiful golfing spots.

If you want to keep traveling around Ireland, why not take take your rental car and have a look at our other suggested driving routes. If you have any questions regarding car hire, please take a look at our car rental guide. There is so much beauty around Ireland just waiting for you to capture it on your cameras. Don't forget to send in your pictures and review of any of the trips you've taken, we love getting feedback from our customers.