Ireland is home to some of the most elegant golf courses which provide some of the elegant views. These courses provide golf enthusiasts with the most enjoyable golfing experience possible. Some of the most elegant golf courses in Ireland include Ballybunion Golf Course, Old Head Golf Links, Lahinch Golf Course and more.
Popular with group tours to Ireland, golf and Ireland go in hand and hand and for lots of visitors to Ireland, a vacation in Ireland that ties in golf is the ultimate trip. The little island of Ireland, which is roughly the size of Indiana in the United States, hosts nearly one third of the world’s links courses. This combined with the most incredible scenery imaginable makes Ireland golf vacations a popular choice.
Here at Discovering Ireland we have compiled a handy guide for exploring the various different golf courses.
1. Ballybunion Golf Course
Ballybunion Golf Course is located in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry offering a golfing experience like no other. It is spread across 18 holes each hole providing some of the most breath-taking views of Ballybunion.
There are many facilities to enjoy when visiting the golf course including the golf shop, a restaurant which overlooks the first tee, two bars, a comfortable Longue for relaxation and locker rooms with a steam room.
The golf course has different opening hours depending on different seasons. In April, May and October, the golf course remains open until 7.30pm daily. From June-September, the golf course has a later opening time of 8.00pm daily and from November-March, The Ball Dispenser at the Practice Facility is closed.
The facility is suited to both members and visitors from all parts of the world!
More information about the golf course and an online booking system is available on the Ballybunion Golf Course website.
The Old Head Golf Course is a must-visit when visiting the town of Kinsale. The golf links are known as one of the most sought after golf courses in the world. The golf course is spread over 220-acres complemented by the elegant views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The golf links are designed to include a walking experience but golf enthusiasts are encouraged to explore the links through a caddie. The caddie is designed to be an immersive experience while exploring the full views of the golf links. If you would like to book the caddy experience, there is a form available on the Old Head website.
The course conveys a unique theme of nature exploring the native flora and fauna. Keeping with the theme of nature, there are over 64 species which make their way through the golf course each year.
Once you have explored the golf course for all its beauty, you can relax and unwind in Old Head Thermal Spa. Here, you will find many facilities which will relax and de-stress muscles. The tranquil spa will finish off your golfing trip on a high.
3. Lahinch Golf Course
Lahinch Golf Course is a vibrant experience which is now known as the most challenging golf courses but one of the most enjoyable golf courses in the world. The golf course overlooks over Lahinch Beach providing some of the most elegant views the West of Ireland has to offer.
The golf course is situated on the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way and provides views of the stunning coastline. See here for more information.
4. Adare Manor Golf Course
A popular choice with those planning a vacation in Ireland, the five star Adare Manor and Golf Course is truly spectacular. One of the best championship golf courses in the world, the magnificently maintained and masterfully designed golf course at Adare Manor is designed to blend with the outstanding natural beauty of its surroundings in County Limerick, overlooking the banks of the River Maigue.
Hosting the Ryder Cup in 2026, the golf course is cared for by an experienced, passionate team of devoted and dedicated green keepers. The Golf Course at Adare Manor provides an unforgettable and memorable golfing experience designed to inspire and captivate the most spirited golf enthusiasts in the world. See here for more information.
5. Royal County Down
Situated in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links setting in the Murlough Nature Reserve in County Down, the Royal County Down offers golfers the opportunity of playing a truly great course with dramatic stunning views of the surrounding mountains and coastline. The ninth hole is one of the most photographed holes in the world of golf and from the bottom of the slop the second shot is played over two bunkers to a raised green offering golfers a challenging experience. See here for more information