Co Sligo Golf ClubIreland is a fantastic golfing destination full of friends you haven’t met yet. It is well-equipped for golfing visitors. It has over 400 golf courses and one third of the world’s links style golf courses.


Ireland might be a small island but when it comes to golf courses it has an embarrassment of riches the choice is quite simply staggering. Deciding where to play can be difficult, everyone knows the top courses but if you are searching for hidden gems and wondering where to start then look no further. Playing hidden gems and telling your friends about them is your key to unlocking the holiday of a lifetime.
Here are 10 hidden gems that you will enjoy and talk about forever and ever:


1)      Portmarnock Hotel And Golf Links, Co. Dublin. This Links course in North County Dublin was designed by legendary golfer Bernhard Langer and opened in 1995. During its short history it has hosted many professional and amateur Championships including the Irish Ladies Open. It’s a must play if visiting Dublin.


2)      St. Anne’s Golf Club, Co. Dublin. Founded in 1921 this testing and impressive 18 hole links is quite simply one of Dublin’s finest courses. Situated 5 miles from Dublin City Centre it is also close to Dublin Airport. A fantastic course where visitors are always welcome.


3)      Seapoint Golf Links, Co. Louth. Is quite simply one of the most scenic links courses in the world. Play at Seapoint and expect breath taking views of the Mountains of Mourne. If you are planning a visit to the East coast of Ireland then make sure Seapoint Golf Links is one your play list.


4)      Rosslare Golf Club, Co. Wexford. Located in the south east of Ireland on a narrow peninsula with views of Wexford Harbour on one side and the Irish Sea on the other. This golfing gem is a must, expect plenty of sunshine and great hospitality and you will not be disappointed.


5)      Dooks Golf Club, Co. Kerry. This golf course is surrounded by the Dingle Mountains, Slieve Mish and the McGillycuddy Reeks. You have to see this place to believe it. Dooks is a beautiful and historic course founded in 1889, making it one of the oldest courses to be found anywhere in the world.


6)      Skellig Bay Golf Club, Co. Kerry. This course is situated on the famous Ring of Kerry and close to the world famous Waterville Golf Links. Founded in 2006 this links course is considered a must play. The Front nine holes have fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean. During a visit to Kerry make sure you visit this fantastic course.


7)      Carne Golf Links, Co. Mayo. This 26 hole resort is situated between the highest sand dunes found anywhere in the world. Carne Golf Links can be found on the west coast of Ireland. This course truly is the best championship course found anywhere along the west of Ireland.


8)      Narin & Portnoo, Co. Donegal. This outstanding 18 hole courses situated on the south west coast of Donegal near the towns of Ardara and Glenties is considered one of the finest courses in Ireland. A new club house has furthered developed the golf offering. Make sure this golf club is on your itinerary when you visit and you won’t be disappointed.


9)      Portsalon Golf Club, Co. Donegal. A golfing Paradise – in a county of Donegal. The second hole is without doubt one of the most spectacular golf holes in the world. On the north coast of Ireland this 18 hole golf club is a course you will remember for ever more.


10)  Cruit Island Golf Club, Co. Donegal. This golf course is found on a small Island off the west coast of Donegal. The Island is attached to the main land via a bridge. This 9 hole course without doubt rivals any other course in the world when it comes to spectacular scenery.

If you are planning or organising a golf vacation to Ireland be sure to play some of the above mentioned courses. All the above courses are opened all year round, but when planning a trip to Ireland I would recommended anytime between April and October. Take a look at some great Itineraries of Irish Golf Vacations. A true Irish welcome waits.

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