Rosapenna Golf Club

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Rosapenna Golf Club

Courses Available:  Old Tom Morris Links               Sandy Hills 

                                   Par: 70     Yards: 6,476            Par: 71     Yards: 6,329      

History:

The course was first established in 1891 when Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews discovered its potential and is accredited for its initial design. During the turn of the century it became somewhat of a place of pilgrimage for golfers. Over the years changes have been made to the course by other prominent golfing names including Harry Vardon and James Braid who added more length to the course but knew that it was already of such a high calibre there was little left to do. More dramatic changes occurred in 2009 when the back nine were replaced and are now played as the front nine. These holes were laid out by Pat Ruddy and offer excellent views across Mulroy Bay. Although the difference in age of the two halves of the course is vast the transition between the two is seamless and is a real credit to all involved. Rosapenna is set in a beautiful location along the coastline of Tramore beach which overlooks Sheephaven Bay as well as stretches of stunning sand dunes. There is also another course at Rosapenna which is the Sandy Hillscourse.

 

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★
  • Difficulty: ★★★★

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Donegal Golf Club

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Donegal Golf Club

Courses Available: Donegal Golf Club

Par: 73   Yards: 6,171

History:

Found close to the quiet and quaint village of Laghey in the province of Ulster the course is set on its own peninsula (Murvagh) which overlooks the beautiful Donegal Bay. The views here are further enhanced by the amazing backdrop that the nearby Bluestack Mountains provide. Combine this with an outstanding golf course and players here really are in for a treat. Originally laid out in 1973, the well-known architect Eddie Hackett was the first to make his mark on the course and made the most of the natural setting. Some years later the equally famous Pat Ruddy was called in to extend the course and make a few tweaks however this spectacular links has had very little work since then which pays testament to its quality in design, nature and setting.  Its 18 holes stretch over a distance of 6333 metres from the white tees and have a par of 73. Expect the features here to be some of the best you will see from a links course. The traditional rugged terrain has been utilised magnificently to create a tough links course that will challenge even some of the most accomplished of players.

 

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★☆☆
  • Difficulty: ★★★★

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The K Club

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The K Club

Courses Available:  The Smurfit Course                    The Palmer Course

                                   Par: 72      Yards: 6,824              Par: 70      Yards: 6,304

History:

The official name of The K Club is the Kildare Hotel Spa and Country Club however to many it is simply known as the former. Found to the West of Dublin in County Kildare the resort is home to two championship golf courses The Palmer Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course. Both have their own attributes and strengths and the resort as a whole offers a fantastic location for golfers to spend a few days away enjoying the sport that they love. Of the two courses The Smurfit is the younger and was opened for play in 2003 and has already seen its fair share of championships and tournaments that more established clubs and courses can only dream of. Like its older contemporary the Smurfit was designed by Arnold Palmer and his team and is a unique
modern and revolutionary course which has received a great amount of critical acclaim and accolades in its relatively short life. 

Measuring just under 6700 metres with a par of 72 this course is a huge challenge for all and the features here only add to that fact. Although questioned by many the best way to describe this course is like that of an Inland Links if such a course type were to exist. The dramatic surroundings combined with features such as vast sloping greens clever and tricky bunkering and extraordinary water hazards make for a thrilling and refreshing course.

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★
  • Difficulty: ★★★★

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Portstewart Golf Club

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Portstewart Golf Club

Courses Available:  The Old Course                        The Riverside Course               The Strand 

                                   Par: 64     Yards: 4,823             Par: 68     Yards: 5,501             Par: 72     Yards: 6,605

History:

Founded in 1894 the club here has a long and rich history spanning decades and is very proud of its heritage. The club is home to no less than three fantastic courses. The front nine holes of the Strand Course is probably second only to Royal County Down as the best opening nine in the country. Portstewart is home to the tallest dunes in all of Irish links golf, and vast changes in elevation. It has been privileged to host all of Ireland’s national amateur championships over its history, and also provided the venue for Open Championship qualifying when Max Faulkner won at Royal Portrush. The serene and tranquil setting of this complex is perfect for those that want quality golf without all the hustle and bustle of mainstream clubs in busier areas.

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★☆
  • Difficulty: ★★★★

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Portmarnock Golf Club

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Portmarnock Golf Club

Courses Available:  Portmarnock               

                                   Par: 72     Yards: 6,925     

History:

Found on its own ancient peninsula, the Championship golf course at Portmarnock Golf Club is a classic links course made almost entirely by nature. The Links Clubhouse, pictured above, was originally home to the Jameson's, the Scottish family who started a major whiskey business in Ireland. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a single malt on completion of your round at this picturesque links.  Portmarnock Golf Club has countless accolades that include hosting all of Ireland’s major championships, an early edition of The World Cup (won by Snead and Palmer) and the Walker Cup. It has also played host to the Irish Open on nineteen occasions. 

Portmarnock Golf Club was opened in 1894 and originally consisted of 9 holes, the course was extended to the full 18 holes in 1896 and also saw the construction of the original clubhouse. The original course has remained relatively similar since it was laid out by W.C Pickeman and friend George Ross way back when. However it has been extended significantly in terms of length to meet the championship requirements. The only major change came in 1927 with the creation of a new 15th hole. Players will need to be at the top of their game when playing here as the greens are very quick and true which are a real test of putting skills. A variety of hazards and further natural features further add to this wonderful course and the rounds played here.

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★
  • Difficulty: ★★★★

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Old Head Links

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Old Head Links

Courses Available:  Old Head Links               

                                   Par: 72     Yards: 7,069         

History:

Opened in 1997, the Old Head golf course is set in a visually stunning location, but the course and its intricacies should not be overlooked, as it too is beyond impressive. The course is set upon a stretch of land which reaches out over 2 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, with high, jagged cliff tops on either side.

There are over 6584m of the extravagant course to be played on, with a total par of 72. Due to the nature of the course caddies are recommended, and Old Head now lays claim to the largest and most proficient Caddies programme in the world.

The club itself boasts its ability to provide the ultimate golf experience, as the club also provides accommodation for its visitors, with sea view or presidential suites on offer. Within the clubhouse you can also find a bar and a 5-star Restaurant with the formal and newly opened private dining area.

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★★
  • Difficulty: ★★★★

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The Royal Dublin Golf Club

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The Royal Dublin Golf Club

Courses Available:  Royal Dublin               

                                   Par: 72     Yards: 7,267         

History:

Royal Dublin is proud to hold the official title of the second oldest golf club in Ireland and was first formed in 1885 and in 1891 it received the Royal prefix. Both the club and course have a rich and extensive history and include events such as those during the First World War when the club was taken over by the military to help with the war effort. The course now measures some 7,267 yards and has a par of 72. A classic links course which has been defined by The Links Association as an official true links of the world the course has a whole host of features to keep players entertained and challenge their strengths and skills. This course is in a beautiful and secluded spot yet is less than 5km away from the bustling city centre of the capital of Ireland, Dublin. Found on the East coast of the country the surrounding area is home to many more fantastic golf courses including those at Portmarnock.

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★☆
  • Difficulty: ★★★★

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Lough Erne Resort

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Lough Erne Resort

Courses Available:  The Faldo Course                  Castle Hume Course                

                                    Par: 72    Yards: 7,167            Par: 70    Yards: 6,204          

History:

Lough Erne Resort is home to two championship standard courses, The Faldo and the Castle Hume. The Faldo course is the flagship and has seen a number of famous faces play here over the years including the world famous Rory McIlroy. Made up of 18 holes, the flagship Faldo course was designed by the renowned Nick Faldo and is of a championship, parkland style. Stretching just over 6550 metres from the black tees and with a par of 72, the course is a real test of stamina and skill for even the most advanced of players. Features include deceptively tricky greens and fairways that are perfectly maintained as well as ample water features which come in to play on a number of holes. The Lough from which the complex takes its name comes in to play on no less than 11 of the holes here so players need to ensure accuracy. 

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★★
  • Difficulty: ★★★★★

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Lahinch Golf Club

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Lahinch Golf Club

Courses Available:  The Old Course                                Castle Course                

                                    Par: 72    Yards: 5,594                     Par: 70    Yards: 5,594

History:

Lahinch Golf Club is home to two exquisite links golf courses, the first and most impressive of which is the Old CourseThe Old Course was originally designed by Old Tom Morris, but has had several adjustments made over the years by various golf course architects such as Dr. Alister Mackenzie and Martin Hawtree to bring out the best of the exquisite landscape surrounding the course. The Old Course lies directly on the seafront, providing spectacular views from many of the holes. This course provides a greater challenge than the Castle Course, with a more undulating terrain, obstacles and even some blind shots.Commander John D. Harris constructed the Castle Course in the 70’s, and lies just across the road from the Old Course. The Castle Course (so named because of its views of Dough Castle from the 7th hole) is shorter than the Old Course at 5115m long, and is often described as more forgiving than its brother with its par of 70, yet is still a joy to play. 

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★
  • Difficulty: ★★★★★

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Holywood Golf Club

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Holywood Golf Club

Courses Available:  Holywood 

                                 Par: 69    Yards: 6,118         

History:

Holywood Golf Club is one of the most famous golf courses in Ireland, famed especially for the world golf star Rory McIlroy, for whom this is his home club. Impressive enough, but the club has actually produced 5 PGA Golf Professionals alongside him! It is set up on the top of the Holywood Hills in County Down, right on the outskirts of Belfast. Its position lends the club breath-taking views of the coast and the city itself.

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★☆
  • Facilities: ★★☆☆
  • Difficulty: ★★★☆☆

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Fota Island Resort

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Fota Island Resort

Courses Available:  Deerpark                                  Barryscourt                                Belvelly                           

                                   Par: 71     Yards: 6,488             Par: 71      Yards: 6,561             Par: 72      Yards: 6,353

History:

Found on its own private island near to the city of Cork in the South of Ireland is the Fota Island Resort which is home to a number of golf courses as well as a spa and hotel. Of the three golf courses in the Fota Island Resort, the Deerpark course is often cited by many as the best and most enjoyable however they all have something different to offer. Designed originally by the legendary Christy O’Connor Junior it was originally opened in 1993, although records of golf being played on the site date back to 1886. The course was updated and standardised in 1998 by the equally renowned architect Jeff Howes in preparation for the Irish Open which the course proudly played host to in both 2001, 2002 and 2014.

Consisting of 18 holes, this parkland style course measures 6,488 yards and has a par of 71. This is a generally fair but challenging course with a variety of features including wide fairways, significant water hazards and moderate yet effective bunkering that combine to create a real challenge. Expect tiered greens on this course also which further add to the excitement and challenge here. 

Facilities at Fota Island are extensive and are housed in the clubhouse and around this breathtaking resort.

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★★
  • Difficulty: ★★★☆☆

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Doonbeg Links

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Doonbeg Links

Courses Available:  Doonbeg Links               

                                   Par: 72     Yards: 6,808         

History:

Doonbeg is one of the most dramatic and exclusive golf courses in the world, a hidden retreat set amongst rolling sand dunes on one of the most breathtaking coastal sites in Ireland. Built in harmony with its surroundings, the development is extremely environmentally sensitive taking great measures to preserve particular areas of sand dunes and local flora and fauna. The Doonbeg golf site on the grounds of this 5 star hotel in Ireland was designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman. Spanning 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and century-old sand dunes, the course offers views across the Atlantic from the green, the fairway, or tee of 16 of the 18 holes.

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★
  • Difficulty: ★★★★

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Enniscrone Golf Club

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Enniscrone Golf Club

Courses Available:  The Dunes                                Scurmore (9 Holes) 

                                   Par: 73     Yards: 7,033             Par: 36      Yards: 3,367

History:

The course was redesigned in 1970 by the Irish Eddie Hackett, a celebrated golf course architect and professional golfer, although the club first opened in 1918 with a shorter 9 hole course.

The Dunes course is a par 73 links championship course reaching over 7033 yards, which provides spectacular views looking out over dunes and the Atlantic Ocean. This course is accompanied by the shorter yet equally as impressive 9 hole Scurmore course.

Enniscrone golf course was designed to require the use of every club in the bag, yet makes allowances for players of all handicaps.

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★☆
  • Difficulty: ★★★★☆

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Carne Links

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Carne Links

Courses Available:  Carne Links                               The Killmore 9 

                                   Par: 72     Yards: 6,692             Par: 35      Yards: 2,952

History:

Carne Links golf course was first opened in 1992 and can be found in the tranquil seaside town of Belmullet, County Mayo,  Ireland. County Mayo is home to more than 10 golf courses, making it an ideal destination for any keen golfer, and although it is not often the first place you’d think of for golf in Ireland, many who have visited have named it Ireland’s golfing gem. The course was designed by the late Eddie Hackett, the celebrated Irish golf course architect, and it is often described as his crowning achievement.

The 18 hole Championship course has a par of 72 which twists and turns over 6119m of stunning landscape, with each nine eventually finding its way to the clubhouse. The area boasts some of the largest dunes of any golf course, and fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★☆
  • Difficulty: ★★★★

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Ballybunion Golf Club

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Ballybunion Golf Club

Courses Available:     The Old Course                        The Cashen Course

                                   Par: 71      Yards: 6,802             Par: 72      Yards: 6,306

History:

Named after the Bunion family who owned the local 15th century castle, the name conjures up a vivid image of wild links golf on the edge of the Atlantic with fairways set amongst the gigantic dune-land. As you are driven along the winding road to the golf club, you will witness one of the most spectacular links courses imaginable. Ballybunion is a thrilling challenge and a supreme test of golf. Bill Clinton famously played the course in 1998 and Tom Watson has graced the course many times over; once stating “after playing Ballybunion for the first time, a man would think that the game of golf originated here.”

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★☆
  • Difficulty: ★★★★

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Royal Portrush Golf Club

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Royal Portrush Golf Club

Courses Available:  Dunluce Links                            Valley Links

                                   Par: 72      Yards: 7,143               Par: 70      Yards: 6,304

History:

A truly breathtaking course that is due to host The Open once again in 2019. The club formed in 1888 and gained its Royal status in 1892 when H.R.H. The Duke of York was its patron. In 1929 the famous architect, Harry Colt, laid out his own plans for the Dunluce links. Altogether, more than fifty national championships, British and Irish, have been decided here. Darren Clarke lives locally and can often be seen here practicing at what he continues to name as his favourite golf course in the world.A truly breathtaking course that is due to host The Open once again in 2019. The club formed in 1888 and gained its Royal status in 1892 when H.R.H. The Duke of York was its patron. In 1929 the famous architect, Harry Colt, laid out his own plans for the Dunluce links. Altogether, more than fifty national championships, British and Irish, have been decided here. Darren Clarke lives locally and can often be seen here practicing at what he continues to name as his favourite golf course in the world.

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★
  • Difficulty: ★★★★

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Royal Belfast Golf Club

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Royal Belfast Golf Club

Par: 70    Yards: 6,306 

History:

As the oldest club in Ireland heritage and tradition are bywords at the Royal Belfast Golf Club. The magnificent former manor house has golfing history throughout; from an Old Tom Morris driver to an original scarlet  golfing coat worn by a founding member.

The course was designed by Harry Colt, who routed holes over the rolling parkland in a manner that is very easy on the eye. The course is meticulously maintained with established trees, lush fairways, impeccable greens and gorse providing a colourful backdrop in spring. Always providing a true test of golfing skill in one of the loveliest settings in Ireland, with unrivalled views over Belfast Lough and the Antrim plateau beyond.

 

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★☆
  • Facilities: ★★★★
  • Difficulty: ★★★☆☆

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Royal County Down Golf Club

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Royal County Down Golf Club

Courses Available:  Championship Links                  The Annesley Links

                                  Par: 71      Yards: 7,186                Par: 67      Yards: 4,942  

History:

Founded In 1889 and designed by Old Tom Morris, Royal County Down is located in the beautiful surroundings of the Murlough Nature Reserve, stretching along the shores of Dundrum Bay.

Not only is it a fine test of golf but it has accompanying scenery that is utterly spellbinding. With frequent visitors such as Rory McIlroy, Royal County Down attracts the best players in the world; whether for competition or for sheer enjoyment. The course has been graced by the likes of Woods, Watson, Nicklaus, Palmer and Player.

A fine par 71 links course, it offers a stern challenge from the championship tees. The record is 66 set by Ireland’s first golfing superstar, Jimmy Bruen in 1939. No trip to the North of Ireland would be complete without experiencing this incredibly beautiful but challenging venue.

  • Golf course condition: ★★★★
  • Greens condition: ★★★★
  • Fairways condition: ★★★★
  • Bunkers: ★★★★
  • Facilities: ★★★★
  • Difficulty: ★★★★

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