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Best Golf Courses in South West Ireland

Old Head Golf Links

This stunning course is located on an promontory which juts out into the Atlantic ocean. It is unlikely that will ever be rivalled in terms of beauty and drama, rising hundreds of feet above dramatic cliffs and surrounded by the ocean on all sides.


Ballybunion Golf Club

Old and Cashen courses are bordered by the Atlantic Ocean & overlooking the mouth of the Shannon Estuary. It is one of the finest stretches of dune and links land to be found anywhere in the world. A truly fine links course which will test the best.


Waterville Golf Links

Golf at Waterville is a mystical experience – the beauty of classic links land, surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements. Over 100 years old, Waterville is rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world.The course was a noted training venue for British Open by four of last five champions and combines sand dunes gorse and native grasses, firm fairways, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces all intertwined by the ever changing weather. Waterville Golf Links is located on the Southwest Coast on the Ring of Kerry. The course remains open year round, weather permitting.


Tralee Golf Club

Built by Palmer – Created by Nature. Arnold Palmer may have been commissioned in the early eighties to design and construct the golf course at Tralee but centuries before that, nature created the cliffs, the dunes, the rugged terrain and the wild Atlantic Ocean all of which combined together to make Tralee one of the world’s most scenic and spectacular true links golf courses. Each hole on this unique golf course offers its own special challenge. A brave heart and steady nerve will be required to tackle the par 5 second, the par 3 third and the par 4 eight. The twelfth, thirteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth have each wreaked havoc with many a fine score on this 6,877 yard course. The treacherous traps and undulating greens all add up to make this a golf course you will want to tackle again and again.After all that exhilaration you will want to sit back, relax, enjoy a long drink, some wholesome food and behold the panorama that is all around you. You will know you deserve it.


Dingle Links

At 6,690 yards, this 18 hole Par 72 course is one of the truly traditional links. Each hole is full of tricky undulations and swalAes, the very building blocks of pure links, with hazards laid down long before the game of golf was dreamt of, including a ‘winding’ burn that twists and turns through the entire course. Known as the St. Andrews of the South West, and situated in one of the most spectacular locations in Europe, its magical and mystical qualities will make your round of golf one you will never forget.


Ring of Kerry

Famed for its spectacular scenery, its VIP playing guest list and the intoxicating hospitality of the Kerry people, the award winning Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club provides the perfect venue for any discerning golfer visiting Ireland’s South West.


Lee Valley

Established in 1888 and redesigned in 1927 by Alister MacKenzie, this championship parkland course is graceful as well as mature. Scenically situated in Cork harbour, the club has played host to major Amateur and Professional Championships over the years, including the Carrolls Irish Open, The Irish Professional and The Irish Close Championships and The National Finals. The tricky par 4, 4th and the par 5, 5th bring the lovely Lough Mahon into play, while the tee on the 6th is beautifully situated on a tiny peninsula. The complexity of the course attracts top class golfers, while the forward tees test and delight the competent player.Cork golf club has hosted many amateur and professional championships, is playable all year and is always in immaculate condition. Visitors will bring away many memories of this outstanding test of golf.


Fota Island Golf Club


The splendid woodlands at Fota Island are woven into a challenging, par 71, championship course which is very much in the traditional mode, featuring pot bunkers and undulating putting surfaces.Fota Island Golf Club lies in the heart of a 780 acre estate which is included in The Inventory of Outstanding Landscapes in Ireland.While essentially a resort course, it hosted a number of tournaments including the Irish Club Professional Championship, the Irish PGA Championship and no fewer than 3 Irish Amateur Opens. In 2001 & 2002 Fota Island had the honour of hosting the Murphy’s Irish Open and hosted the AIB Irish Seniors Open in June 2006.


Killarney Golf and Fishing Club

The Killarney Golf & Fishing Club comprises of three parkland / lakeside championship golf courses. They are located adjacent to Lough Lein with the McGillycuddy Reeks in the background. All three courses are built to modern specifications with sand based greens and tree lined, undulating fairways.


Dooks Golf Links

Golf has been played in Dooks since 1889, when it was introduced to local aristocracy. It is one of the oldest Links coures in Ireland. The course is set on a stretch of sand dune at the head of Dingle Bay. For the golfer seeking a beautiful and tranquil environment to enjoy good golf, Dooks presents a convincing case. Hole 13 best illustrates the charm and magic of Dooks. It is a throw back hole to the time when golf began. Greens lay where they fell and were better for it.


Cork Golf Club

Play one of the top 3 courses in Cork. 18 hole championship course. Designed by Christy O’Connor Jnr. The course is challenging to golfers of all abilities. Green fees, societies and corporate outings all catered for.


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Some golfer’s favourite region of Ireland. With Ballybunion, Waterville, Tralee and Lahinch. Is it any wonder! A golf vacation to the South West of Ireland not only offers a wonderful golf experience but an emotional and spiritual journey.‚Äč


Ireland’s newest and best value golf region. There are no less than 10 great links to be found in this amazing region. Including Co Sligo, Enniscrone Ballyliffin Carne, Donegal. Still a hidden gem but fast becoming recognized as a great golf region.


Play Ireland’s number one ranked Royal County Down as well as Royal Portrush and some other gems. The North East is the home of champions, including Darren Clarke, Rory McElroy and Graham McDowell

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