Ireland is a mecca for golfers. The rich, varied and beautiful landscapes of Ireland have lent themselves to the creation of many exciting championship golf courses over the years. Including that most revered and cherished of categories the traditional links where the ocean is linked with the land often in idyllic coastal settings such as Ballybunion, Portsalon and the grand daddy of them all the Royal Dublin at Dollymount in Dublin....
Nature has however been given a helping hand on many occasions since golfing first began in Ireland in 1881. In fact the list of championship course designers here in Ireland reads like a veritable who’s who of the golfing world, from Nick Faldo to Stevie Ballesteros, Greg Norman and our own Christy O’Connor. That and millions of euro’s or dollars, of course!
10 Great Golf Resorts in Ireland are.....
1 The Lodge at Doonbeg County Clare, Irelands newest and most prestigious 5 star golf resort on the west coast of Ireland close to Shannon airport.
2 The K Club Kildare, 2 championship golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and host of the 2006 Ryder Cup.
3 Mount Juliet Kilkenny, The Best Parkland Golf Course in Ireland designed by Jack Nicklaus.
4 Druids Glen, Wicklow known as the ‘Augusta’ of Europe situated in the 'garden' county of Ireland.
5 Mount Wolsely Carlow, another beautiful mature parkland golf course designed by our own Christy O’Connor.
6 Hertitage Golf Resort Laois an award winning 72 par championship golf course set in the rolling midlands of Ireland designed by Steve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes.
7 Fota Island Golf Resort Cork boast 3s championships golf courses the Deerpark Par 71, Belvelly Par 72 and Barrycourt Par 73 as well as its own Golf Academy.
8 Dromoland Castle Clare has just invested €5 million into transforming their championship golf course, under the direction of the late J B Carr into one of the finest in Europe in an unparalleled country estate setting.
9 Carton House Kildare set in 1000 acres of walled country estate on Dublin’s doorstep is the championship Montgomerie golf course and Irelands largest teaching academy.
10 Glenlo Abbey Galway is a more intimate lakeside retreat with its own 9 Hole Double Green golf course overlooking the beautiful Lough Corrib.