Golf Courses in Dublin, East and Midlands
Famous Links Courses in Dublin & North East Ireland
Portmarnock Golf Links
Designed by Bernhard Langer, this championship links at Portmarnock Hotel covers 180 acres of classic terrain. The course is located 11 miles from Dublin city and is close to our International Airport. This course is set in quiet surroundings, overlooking the sea between the villages of Malahide and Howth.
The Island Golf Club
This Island links course, in splendid isolation, is surrounded by the Irish Sea, Donabate Beach and Broadmeadow Estuary. Nestling between the highest sand dunes of any links course in Ireland, it’s ruged beauty cannot fail to impress. For sheer awe -inspired by 25 foot-high dunes, vaguely lunar crevasses running through terrain and challenging greens – the best choice is the The Island Golf Club. It was ranked number 26 in Golf World’s Top 100 “must play” courses in the world.
Baltray / County Louth Golf Course
County Louths Golf Club better known as Baltray is one of Irelands finest links. Recently host to the Nissan Irish Open in 2004 which was an unqualified success. Baltray golf course also hosts the East of Ireland Amateur Championship annually, a 72 hole strokesplay national championship.
Royal Dublin Golf Club
Royal Dublin Golf Club is steeped in the history and tradition of Irish golf. It has been home to many championships, amateur and professional, with the highlights being three memorable Irish Opens staged from 1983 to 1985. Bull Island is a sand bank just off the north shore of Dublin Bay and is a natural home for a fine links course. The course is a traditional links with an excellent view of Dublin Bay. Each hole presents a challenge to the keen golfer with the 18th hole being a significant test of nerves because of the carry over of the “out of bounds” to the green.
Parkland Golf Courses in Dublin & North East Ireland
The K Club The Palmer Course
The Palmer Course at the K Club, Irelands first Ryder Cup Venue is no ordinary golf course. It has been acknowledged as the countrys most challenging inland layout.
The Palmer Course is one of Europes most spectacular golf courses.
The K Club The Smurfit Course
The Smurfit Course at the K club has already been talked about as the greatest inland golf course developed in Ireland. The construction has attracted attention throughout Europe because of its scale.
The best way to describe the Smurfit Course is that of an inland links course. The course has many dramatic landscapes with dune type mounding throughout. Fourteen acres of water have been worked into the design especially through the final phase of hole numbers 13 to 18.
Mount Juillet Golf Course
This 18 hole, par 72, 7,100 yards, ( 6,500 metres ) course opened in July 1991 and was designed by Jack Nicklaus. The course has already been voted the best inland course in Ireland. Set close to the River Nore, water comes into play on six holes. The course boasts the beauty of woodland and trees, while some 80 bunkers, strategically placed throughout the course, place a premium on accuracy from tee to green. Mount Juliet played host to the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship in September 2002 , which featured the top 50 golfers in the world.
Druids Glen Golf Club
Druids Glen golf course is one of the premier Parkland courses in Ireland. The course hosted the Murphys Irish Open from 1996-1999 and was the host venue for the Seve Trophy in 2002. The classic parkland course features many signature holes and provides golfers with a thrilling golf experience amidst a beautifully manicured landscape.
Druids Glen is often referred to as “The Augusta of Europe”. The flora and fauna of the Glen provide a colourful backdrop and the forests and streams produce a haven for wildlife in what was once a home to the Druids.
Druids Glen was voted European Golf Resort Of The Year 2005-(IAGTO-International Association of Golf Tour Operators).
Glen of the Down Golf Club
This parkland designed course which measures 6,443 yards from the back tees, plays much like a links course. The entire course has been designed and built to USGA specifications with sand based greens and tees. Course designer Peter Mc Evoys concept was to “build a course to provide golfing conditions and aesthetics to delight”.
Golfers of all levels will find the course a challenge with its natural slopes and valleys combined with Mc Evoys trademark undulating greens and some 90 bunkers. With truly magnificent panoramic views of the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea, McEvoy claimed, the views made this site a designers dream.
Carton House Golf Club The O’Meara Course
Located only 14 miles west of Dublin City Centre, Carton House is one of Irelands greatest stately homes and the one time ancestral seat of the Dukes of Leinster. Opened in 2002, the OMeara explores the swooping pastures and tiptoes around ancient specimen trees on this magnificient estate. Feature holes include the 14th, 15th, & 16th – a pair of 3s wrapped around a heroic par 5 – crossing the lazy loops of the River Rye. This genteel but challenging journey complements the more vigorous test on its sister course, The Montgomerie. Together they are a potent force, very different in nature but both abounding with class which is the over riding feel of the whole estate.
Carton House Golf Club The Montgomerie Course
Opened in June 2003, The Montgomerie was the second course to open on the magnificent 1.100 acre Carton Estate, located just 14 miles west of Dublin. Although bordered by a variety of beautiful mature trees on the estate, the course is actually quite barren looking, with shimmering fescue grasses separating fast running fairways. There is a great mix of holes. Long par fours backed up with tricky short ones. The bunkers are penal and strategically placed, many being well over head high with dauntingly steep faces. This encourages strategic play that helps to make golf so fascinating. At full stretch, 7,300 yards, this links style creation is championship stuff.
Esker Hills Golf Club
More than 10,000 years ago the retreating glaciers of the ice age created the stunning landscape of plateau, sweeping valleys, natural lakes and free draining soil on which Esker Hills is built. Add the genius of Christy OConnor Jnr and you have a golfing gem in a unique setting with 18 holes of challenging championship golf where no 2 holes are remotely alike. Noted for its distinct links feel, superb sand-based greens and warm welcome, Esker Hills is the ultimate golfing test and one that you will certainly remember.
Tullamore Golf Club is recognised as one of the best championship parkland courses in the country. Its location, a short drive south of Tullamore, in mature parkland of oak, beech and chestnut, provides a beautiful setting for the game of golf. An excellent system ensures that the course is playable all year round.
The original course was designed by James Braid and has now been upgraded to the highest standards of the modern golf course design under the direction of Patrick Merrigan. The resulting magnificent course marries the Braid design with new sand-based, undulating greens, lakes bunkering, mounding and a program of tree planting, to provide a layout which equals the best in the country.
The 5th, 16th and 18th holes in particular provide the visitor with an unforgettable challenge. After the game you can relax in the comfortable surroundings of the club lounge, where you are guaranteed a warm welcome.
Athlone Golf Club
Athlone Golf Club was founded in 1892. It is a parkland course, surrounded by Lough Ree on 3 sides, sand-based greens and tees. Four new water features. Tthe feature holes are the 6th, 12th and 16th. 18 Hole – Par 71 Men, Par 75 Ladies. Visitors are assured of a warm welcome. Club Hire, Trolleys and Buggies for hire.
Apart from the Golf Club’s own excellent catering facilities (available all day) there is a hotel and numerous B&B’s adjacent to the club, also hotels and restaurants in nearby Athlone.
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