Surrounded on all sides by water, Ireland is a golfing mecca. From green parkland to rugged coastal links and everything in between, there is a course to suit every skill level from beginner to pro. With more than 400 courses on the island, including many internationally renowned courses, the choice for golfers is simply staggering. And with our mild climate, it’s a rare day when you can’t play.
Ireland has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to golf courses. Ireland may be small but it is packed with the most historic and illustrious and talked about courses, including over 50 true links courses, one third of the world’s total.
Many of these traditional links courses, including Old Head, Lahinch, Doonbeg, Waterville and Ballybunion, regularly feature in World Golf Course Top 100 rankings. Top quality parkland courses, such as the K Club, Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Country Club, Powerscourt, Mount Juliet and Druids Glen, are dotted throughout the countryside too, perfect for those looking to play some classic parkland golf in beautiful historic settings.
Of course, with such a wealth of challenging courses, Ireland is home to some of the world’s greatest golfing talent – Rory McIlroy, who was just 22 when he won his first major, the 2011 US Open, setting a record score of 16 under-par; Padraig Harrington, has who has three majors to his name; Paul McGinley – Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup Captain; and of course Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke.
Over here in Ireland, when you arrive in from your round of golf, intoxicated from fresh air and stunning views, you will be welcomed not only into our clubhouses like a long-lost member, but also into our many lively pubs and restaurants. Here you can experience some culinary treats, Irish steak and lamb, wild game or an array of mouth-watering seafood. You can also taste our world famous Guinness or savour a rare aged Irish whiskey, all the while enjoying some traditional Irish music, dancing and ‘craic’. It’s what we call the famous 19th Hole! Quite simply, it puts a big shiny cherry on an already fantastic cake.
And even though we’re biased about golf, we know there is a lot more to offer in Ireland, so if you fancy spa treatments, luxury shopping, whiskey tasting, horse racing, fantastic food experiences, or even some fishing, you won’t have to look very far.
At Fly2Golf our team have carefully selected the best golf courses, accommodation and selection of non-golf activities to ensure that you have the best golf vacation experience in Ireland.