Stunning vistas, rolling sand dunes, dramatic cliff edge backdrops – golfing along the Wild Atlantic Way’s world-class championship golf courses is every golfer’s dream.
COUNTY SLIGO GOLF CLUB, CO SLIGO
Set in the picturesque seaside village of Rosses Point, the 27-hole complex County Sligo Golf Club course is regarded as one of the great championship links courses.The club is home to the famous West of Ireland Open amateur championship (since 1923), and has hosted many other prestigious events including the Home Internationals, the Irish Close and the Irish Professional Matchplay Championship.
OLD COURSE, BALLYBUNION, CO KERRY
Having gained a reputation as one of the best links golf courses in the world, The Old Course, Ballybunion, is covered with rolling sand hills and grassy dunes. The challenging layout features narrow, contoured fairways that feel as though they are tunneled through the dunes. The already beautiful landscape is further enhanced by the stunning views of the Atlantic.
WATERVILLE GOLF LINKS, CO KERRY
Continually rated among the top five courses in Ireland, and in the top 20 links courses in the world, Waterville Golf Links is an exceptional experience. Over 100 years old, Waterville combines sand dunes, gorse and native grasses, firm fairways, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces, all intertwined by the ever-changing weather.
OLD HEAD GOLF LINKS, KINSALE, CO CORK
Built on 220 acres of land and jutting out into the Atlantic, Old Head Golf Links offers stunning ocean views, and an exceptional golfing experience. The links and practice area occupy 180 acres, with the remaining 40 acres taken up with unspoilt cliffs, which frame the course. With the ever-changing sea breezes, the course provides a stern test to the touring pro and the high handicapper alike.
DOONBEG GOLF LINKS COURSE, CO CLARE
Designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman, the world renowned 18-hole championship, Doonbeg Golf Links Course at Trump International Golf Links & HotelTM Ireland (formerly the Doonbeg Golf Club), spans 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and century old sand dunes along Doughmore Bay. The County Clare golf course was officially opened in 2002 and immediately earned the prestigious title of Golf Digest’s Best New International Course.
ENNISCRONE GOLF CLUB, CO SLIGO
Repeatedly a top-20 links course in Golf Digest’s review of Irish golf courses, Enniscrone Golf Club’s Dune course is now considered one of Ireland’s top-ranked championship links courses. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Nephin and Ox Mountains, and the Atlantic Ocean, Enniscrone is a must-play for golf enthusiasts.
LAHINCH GOLF CLUB, CO CLARE
Ranked among the world’s greatest links courses, The Old Course, one of two 18-hole courses at Lahinch Golf Club, is a classic seaside links layout with rolling greens and undulating fairways. The towering sand dunes that cover the landscape guarantee that golfers will encounter several blind shots. The unpredictable winds coming off the ocean add an interesting twist to the round.
CARNE GOLF LINKS, BELMULLET, CO MAYO
Lying amidst one of the most beautiful, breathtaking and unspoilt of areas in Ireland, Carne Golf Links is famed the world over for its exceptional golf course and the surrounding white sandy Atlantic beaches that stretch for miles. Overlooking Blacksod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Carne Golf Links was the last links course to be designed by the late Eddie Hackett and it is now believed by many who have played it to his greatest challenge.
PORTSALON GOLF LINKS, CO DONEGAL
One of the oldest golf courses in the world, with golf being played here since the 1880s, the Portsalon Golf Links is ranked as one of the top courses in Ireland by Golf Digest. The club was one of the founder members of the Golfing Union of Ireland, the oldest golfing union in the world. Stretching along Ballymastocker Beach, which was voted the second most beautiful beach in the world by Observer readers, golfers at Portsalon are in for a treat of the senses and a true golf links test.
TRALEE GOLF COURSE, CO KERRY
Built by Arnold Palmer, Tralee Golf Course has all the ingredients of an exceptional Irish golfing experience – beautiful surroundings, stunning views of the Atlantic, and a challenging course. One of the finest courses in Ireland, Palmer chose it to be his first golf course in Europe.