1. Royal County Down

36 Golf Links Rd, Newcastle, Co. Down

6 Best Holes: 9, 13, 3, 4, 5, 8
Best Par 3: 4
Best Par 4: 9
Best Par 5: 18

The first hole may be ordinary enough but holes 2-8 are brilliant and make if the best front 9 you will play anywhere.Read More

2. Royal Portrush

Dunluce Rd, Portrush, Co. Antrim

6 Best Holes: 14, 4, 16, 7, 10, 11
Best Par 3: 16
Best Par 4: 14
Best Par 5: 7

After the first 3 holes, this is a truly great golf course. Some much variety. The 4th is a class par 4 where you will be happy with a 5.Read More

3. Old Head of Kinsale

Downmacpatrick, Kinsale, Co. Cork

6 Best Holes: 12, 13, 4, 16, 17, 7
Best Par 3: 13
Best Par 4: 4
Best Par 5: 6

A crazy, brilliant, wild, breath-taking golf course. If you treat yourself to one expensive game of golf then this should be it.Read More

4. Waterville

Murreagh, Waterville, Co. Kerry

6 Best Holes: 14, 15, 2, 3, 10, 11,
Best Par 3: 12
Best Par 4: 14
Best Par 5: 11

Like Portmarnock in that there is no bad hole in Waterville. The par 4’s are all class holes, and are mostly quite long, Read More

5. Portmarnock

Strand Road, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin.

6 Best Holes: 14, 4, 16, 7, 10, 11
Best Par 3: 15
Best Par 4: 4
Best Par 5: 6

There is a touch of class about Portmarnock. The atmosphere is still a bit serious but it’s an excellent links course.Read More

6. Ballybunion Old

Sandhill Rd, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

6 Best Holes: 11, 7, 9, 17, 2, 8
Best Par 3: 8
Best Par 4: 11
Best Par 5: 16

After 6 holes, I thought what is all the fuss about. Nothing special to begin with but then you get to play some truly great links holes. Read More

7. Lahinch

Dough, Lahinch, Co. Clare

6 Best Holes: 6, 9, 14, 16, 3, 5
Best Par 3: 16
Best Par 4: 6
Best Par 5: 12

Lahinch comes with a big reputation and mostly it’s justified. There are a couple of ordinary holes but overall it’s a very good track. Read More

8. Tralee

West Barrow, Ardfert, Co. Kerry

6 Best Holes: 12, 16, 2, 8 , 17, 10
Best Par 3: 16
Best Par 4: 12
Best Par 5: 2

We all know the famous quote from late Arnold Palmer about the back nine and it’s a great quote. Read More

9. Baltray

Baltray, Drogheda, Co. Louth

6 Best Holes: 12, 7, 14, 5, 9, 13
Best Par 3: 7
Best Par 4: 12
Best Par 5: 3

The first thing to say about Baltray is the condition of the course. They spend a lot money maintaining it and it is well worth it. Read More

10. Rosses Point

Sligo, Co. Sligo

6 Best Holes: 17, 6, 8, 4, 14, 11
Best Par 3: 4
Best Par 4: 17
Best Par 5: 12

Rosses Point is a great golf course. You will use every club in the bag. Like most links courses, the difficulty greatly depends on the weather. Read More

11. The Island

Corballis, Donabate, Co. Dublin

6 Best Holes: 12, 13, 18, 14, 3, 10
Best Par 3: 13
Best Par 4: 12
Best Par 5: 10

Not quite as difficult as its reputation but then again we played it on a reasonably nice day. Read More

12. Adare (Hotel Resort)

Limerick Road, Adare, Co. Limerick

6 Best Holes: 18, 13, 1, 15, 2, 16
Best Par 3: 16
Best Par 4: 13
Best Par 5: 18

The best kept course in Ireland. The fairways are like greens. The changes to the course are good. Read More

13. K Club (North course)

Straffan, Co. Kildare

6 Best Holes: 16, 7, 17, 15, 3, 2
Best Par 3: 8
Best Par 4: 7
Best Par 5: 16

I have a soft spot for this course. Maybe not quite as well kept as Adare but the layout is better I think. Read More

14. Portsalon

Fanad Way, Croaghross, Fanad, Co. Donegal

6 Best Holes: 6, 2, 4, 16, 7, 15
Best Par 3: 5
Best Par 4: 6
Best Par 5: 4

Sometimes you get a pleasant shock when playing a new course and we got one here. What a lovely golf course. Read More

15. European Club

Ardanairy, Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow

6 Best Holes: 7, 3, 4, 13, 14, 11
Best Par 3: 14
Best Par 4: 7
Best Par 5: 13

Nice course with good greens but one thing I didn’t personally like was that the designer tries to restrict golfers off the tee by basically Read More

16. Enniscrone

Enniscrone, Co. Sligo

6 Best Holes: 15, 17, 6, 16, 11, 18
Best Par 3: 17
Best Par 4: 15
Best Par 5: 16

A fine course. There are a few short par 4’s that are close together early on the back nine which is a pity but overall it’s a very good golf course. Read More

17. Portstewart

117 Strand Rd, Portstewart, Co. Derry

6 Best Holes: 8, 17, 5, 1, 11, 10
Best Par 3: 3
Best Par 4: 8
Best Par 5: 4

One of the best front nines in Ireland. Even the first 11 holes are all very good and then you end up playing in a flat field for a while. Read More

18. Narin & Portnoo

Naran, An Fhearthainn, Co. Donegal

6 Best Holes: 15, 9, 10, 7, 14, 17
Best Par 3: 7
Best Par 4: 9
Best Par 5: 15

Again another course that was a pleasant surprise. It’s great when you play a course having heard nothing about it and it turns Read More

19. Druids Glen

Leabeg Upper, Newtown Mount Kennedy, Co. Wicklow

6 Best Holes: 13, 7, 12, 17, 1, 8
Best Par 3: 12
Best Par 4: 13
Best Par 5: 5

Druids Glen is a great golfing day out. The four Par 3’s are world class. You will struggle to find a course that has better par 3’s than those 4. Read More

20. Concra Wood

Dundalk Road, Concra, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan

6 Best Holes: 12, 16, 4, 13, 5, 11
Best Par 3: 12
Best Par 4: 16
Best Par 5: 4

After 2 holes, you may think that is just another parkland course but you will soon change your mind. Read More

21. Ballyliffin (Glashedy)

Ballyliffin, Inishowen, Co. Donegal

6 Best Holes: 15, 8, 9, 14, 7, 18
Best Par 3: 14
Best Par 4: 15
Best Par 5: 13

Great to see a course in Donegal host the Irish Open. 3 solid par 4’s to begin with and then a par 5 you should at least par. Read More

22. Carne Links Belmullet

Carne, Belmullet, Co. Mayo

6 Best Holes: 8, 17, 15, 6, 5, 18
Best Par 3: 7
Best Par 4: 8
Best Par 5: 18

You get to Ballina and you still have another hour to drive but it’s worth the effort. This has the potential to be even higher on the Read More

23. Dooks

Knockaunroe, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry

6 Best Holes: 18, 5, 7, 11, 1, 14
Best Par 3: 11
Best Par 4: 18
Best Par 5: 6

One of the lesser known Kerry courses but if you are going to the Kingdom then you should play here. Read More

24. Rosapenna (Sandy Hills)

Rosapenna. Downings, Co. Donegal

6 Best Holes: 6, 2, 15, 18, 8, 16
Best Par 3: 16
Best Par 4: 6
Best Par 5: 8

A candidate for the toughest course in Ireland as the rough is savage. In some areas you won’t even go look for your ball. Read More

25. Royal Dublin

Clontarf East, Co. Dublin

6 Best Holes: 10, 18, 5, 7, 17, 13
Best Par 3: 7
Best Par 4: 10
Best Par 5: 6

This club has been around since 1885 and has held many Irish Opens. It’s a very good course and is brilliantly maintained. Read More

26. Rosapenna (Old Tom Morris)

Rosapenna Downings, Co. Donegal

6 Best Holes: 11, 10, 6, 14, 9, 7
Best Par 3: 14
Best Par 4: 11
Best Par 5: 8

Probably as good as its sister course next door and a little bit more forgiving as its not set in the hills as much and Read More

27. Portmarnock Links

Strand Road, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin

6 Best Holes: 18, 9, 16, 1, 3, 17
Best Par 3: 9
Best Par 4: 18
Best Par 5: 4

They hold a winter series there and I’ve come to appreciate this course the more I play it. Mr. Langer made great use of the Read More

28. Mount Juliet

The Gallops Kilkenny, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

6 Best Holes: 13, 18, 4, 3, 10, 2
Best Par 3: 3
Best Par 4: 13
Best Par 5: 10

Most people that play here love it. I’ve played here many times and I like it a lot too. Some ordinary enough holes such as Read More

29. Carton House (Monty)

Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

6 Best Holes: 11, 5, 1, 10, 3, 14
Best Par 3: 3
Best Par 4: 11
Best Par 5: 18

This course gets a bit of unfair flack because of its bunkers. There is only one or two that can cause heartache if you hit a Read More

30. Murvagh

Murvagh Lower, Co. Donegal

6 Best Holes: 2, 4, 8, 14, 16, 7
Best Par 3: 16
Best Par 4: 2
Best Par 5: 8

I would like to play Murvagh again as the day we played it the greens were poor but that may have been just a bad year. Read More

31.Ballyliffin (Old)

Ballyliffin, Inishowen, Co. Donegal

6 Best Holes: 15, 2, 12, 3, 13, 5
Best Par 3: 12
Best Par 4: 15
Best Par 5: 14

If you going to play the sister course, then you should play here too as it is almost as good.  Holes 2 and 3 test your golf right Read More

32. Hogs Head

Ballybrack, Waterville, Co. Kerry

6 Best Holes: 13, 12, 3, 4, 18, 5
Best Par 3: 13
Best Par 4: 12
Best Par 5: 18

Built by 2 pals for their pals. Visitors are allowed play it once a year. The course is set up for people to enjoy their golf and it is very forgiving. Read More

33. Carlow

Deerpark, Co. Carlow

6 Best Holes: 16, 7, 14, 5, 8, 17
Best Par 3: 17
Best Par 4: 16
Best Par 5: 5

What a gem of a course. Every hole is completely different. You will use every club in the bag and it represents amazing value for money. Read More

34. Doonbeg

Doonbeg, Co. Clare

6 Best Holes: 10, 6, 1, 2, 14, 18
Best Par 3: 9
Best Par 4: 6
Best Par 5: 10

Felt very disappointed after playing here. The greens were terrible but we were not informed before we teed off. Read More

35. Killarney (Killeen)

Mahonys Point, Lackabane, Killarney, Co. Kerry

6 Best Holes: 3, 4, 18, 13, 10, 11
Best Par 3: 3
Best Par 4: 4
Best Par 5: 11

The only time I got to play in a Pro Am was here. This is a lovely golf course. 3 of the first 4 holes are along the lake and it really is a Read More

36. Castlerock

65 Circular Rd, Castlerock, Coleraine, Co. Derry

6 Best Holes: 8, 7, 12, 17, 5, 9
Best Par 3: 9
Best Par 4: 8
Best Par 5: 17

A fairly bland start but then then things come to life on the 5th which is a super par 5. Then you have 3 great holes in a row with Read More

37. Fota Island

Tullagreen, Co. Cork

6 Best Holes: 8, 10, 14, 15, 18, 3
Best Par 3: 3
Best Par 4: 8
Best Par 5: 10

If you are going to Cork to play The Old Head (you must) then you stop off here along with Cork Golf Club. Read More

38. Bunclody

Carrigduff, Bunclody, Co. Wexford

6 Best Holes: 16, 15, 14, 2, 18, 13
Best Par 3: 14
Best Par 4: 16
Best Par 5: 18

The first 11 holes are grand but do not make your mind up about Bunclody until you have played the last 7 holes as they are as Read More

39. Ballybunion (Cashen)

Sandhill Rd, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

6 Best Holes: 13, 12, 2, 8, 2, 18
Best Par 3: 12
Best Par 4: 13
Best Par 5: 8

If the ballybunion courses were 2 brothers then the Cashen course would be the wild one that stays out all night and never comes home. Read More

40. Portumna

Ennis Road, Portumna, Co. Galway

6 Best Holes: 16, 17, 3, 6, 14, 5
Best Par 3: 5
Best Par 4: 16
Best Par 5: 17

I have a huge soft spot for Portumna Golf Club. Of any course in Ireland that surprised me the most in a good way, it was here. Read More

41. Slieve Russell

Cranaghan, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan

6 Best Holes: 2, 12, 13, 4, 15, 16
Best Par 3: 16
Best Par 4: 2
Best Par 5: 13

They did have drainage problems once upon a time but they are all sorted now. The first 5 holes are possibly the toughest opening 5 holes in Ireland. Read More

42. Cork Golf Club

Castleview, Little Island, Co. Cork

6 Best Holes: 17, 5, 4, 6, 8, 14
Best Par 3: 7
Best Par 4: 17
Best Par 5: 5

Also known as Little Island. Again this was another course that I knew nothing about and after 3 holes I thought, this will be just ok. Read More

43. Killeen Castle

Dunsany, Co. Meath

6 Best Holes: 17, 18, 1, 5, 12, 11
Best Par 3: 16
Best Par 4: 17
Best Par 5: 12

I was a member here for 2 years and have great memories of playing here mostly on Wednesdays. Read More

44. The Heritage

Rathmiles, Killenard, Co. Laois

6 Best Holes: 18, 12, 9, 3, 4, 5
Best Par 3: 3
Best Par 4: 18
Best Par 5: 8

This course is a bit like Seve’s (designer) golf – a bit wild in places but very good overall. There are some ordinary holes such as Read More

45. Connemara

Creggoduff, Co. Galway

6 Best Holes: 8, 13, 15, 10, 12, 1
Best Par 3: 18
Best Par 4: 8
Best Par 5: 18

Next stop New York. They have 27 holes here and we played the main 18 holes.  It is a long drive even from Galway City but afterwards Read More

46. Lough Erne

193 Lough Shore Rd, Ross Inner, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

6 Best Holes: 10, 9, 18, 8, 5, 16
Best Par 3: 18
Best Par 4: 10
Best Par 5: 9

There are parts of this that are really brilliant and then there are parts that are very ordinary. Firstly there are 5 par 3’s and 5 par 5’s which Read More

47. Headfort (New)

Kells, Co. Meath

6 Best Holes: 8, 15, 5, 9, 12, 17
Best Par 3: 17
Best Par 4: 8
Best Par 5: 14

A good track that is usually in good condition. One piece of advice, do not hit driver on all the par 4’s and par 5’s. Read More

48. Malone

240 Upper Malone Rd, Dunmurry, Belfast, Co. Antrim

6 Best Holes: 7, 15, 14, 8, 6, 13
Best Par 3: 15
Best Par 4: 7
Best Par 5: 17

Again another pleasant surprise. Didn’t know what to expect but it is a fine tree lined parkland course that is well worth the drive to Belfast. Read More

49. Ballinrobe

Cloonacastle, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo

6 Best Holes: 10, 13, 14, 17, 2, 5
Best Par 3: 13
Best Par 4: 10
Best Par 5: 6

Had quite low expectations coming here but again was surprised and delighted in equal measure with this course. Read More

50. Galway Bay

Oranmore, Co. Galway

6 Best Holes: 5, 12, 9, 7, 14, 18
Best Par 3: 7
Best Par 4: 5
Best Par 5: 14

Starts off in a friendly almost boring manner and then come to life when you reach the 5th tee. When you stand on the 5th tee, Read More

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