Ballyliffin Golf Club, Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal
Ballyliffin Golf Club has two outstanding championship links on the north Atlantic coast. It is Ireland’s most northerly golf complex and situated on the Inishowen Peninsula in north Donegal, just 25 miles from Derry City. The 36 hole complex at Ballyliffin is ranked amongst the very finest links courses in the world and boasts the warmest welcome in golf.
Rosapenna Golf Resort, Downings, Co. Donegal
These two stunning, championship links courses are located in scenic County Donegal. The Old Tom Morris Links was designed by Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews in 1893. It was later modified by James Braid and Harry Vardon in 1906 who added length and more detailed bunkering. Rosapenna’s Old Tom Morris Course remains very much as it has been for the past century, a standing tribute to the superb design work of those old masters. Come here anticipating a piece of historic golf magic and you won’t be disappointed. The Sandy Hills links course was designed by Pat Ruddy and opened for play in June 2003.
Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh, Co. Donegal
This 18 hole links course, par 73, golf links course offers the greatest challenges, unsurpassed beauty and tranquility that is almost impossible to find in the modern world. This outstanding links course offers a genuine challenge to the accomplished golfer and is an all round true test of golf. Often described as the Muirfield of Ireland, it is similar in terrain with two loops of nine holes, yet it is on a peninsula, like the great Saint Andrews. The reputation of Donegal Golf Club, designed by the legendary course architect Eddie Hackett, has been further enhanced by the new design of Pat Ruddy. Continually featured in Golf World’s Top 100 Courses in Ireland and Great Britain, this is a real challenge not to be missed.
Narin and Portnoo Golf Club, Portnoo, Co. Donegal
Narin & Portnoo Golf Club is situated in a beautiful seaside resort in southwest Donegal. It is considered one of the most scenic 18-hole links courses in Ireland, with sweeping views of Gweebarra Bay. Narin & Portnoo Golf Club is engagingly old fashioned, with a meandering routing over and around the dunes. A recent course development has increased the par to 73 and has increased the range of shots required to negotiate the terrain.
County Sligo Golf Club, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
Scenic and challenging 18 hole links course and 9-hole links course. Bordering the Atlantic Ocean with Benbulben and Knocknarea as a backdrop and with scenic views of five counties from the third tee it is a challenge to the best of golfers and fun for all. Its home of the West of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship every Easter.
Castle Dargan Golf Club, Ballygawley, Co. Sligo
Castle Dargan Golf Resort is the only championship parkland course and golf resort in the North West of Ireland. The resort includes a Darren Clarke-designed golf course, practice academy, resident PGA pro and icon spa wellness centre, offering visiting golfers the perfect base for their golfing holiday. Making the most of the natural ebb and flow of the Sligo estates grounds, Darren Clarke has woven 18 beautiful golf holes through majestic trees, natural lakes, burns and around the ancient stone walls and ruins which dominate this romantic landscape.
Strandhill Golf Club, Strandhill, Co. Sligo
Strandhill Golf Club was founded in 1931 and had a 9-hole course open for play in 1940. Play on the present 18 holes commenced in 1973. The clubhouse has been updated on a number of occasions and is now regarded as one of the best in the West. Situated 8km (5 miles) west of Sligo city, this 5,675m of undulating fairways and unforgiving short cuts make it a course to remember. With Knocknarea Mountain in the background, it has stunning views of the course, the rolling Atlantic and the setting sun.
Enniscrone Golf Club, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo
One of Ireland’s great west coast links, Enniscrone is set in the scenic splendors of Killala Bay. This championship venue provides golfers with the ultimate experience: dramatic duneland, an inspired design concept, superb greens all year round and breathtaking views. Originally designed by the great Eddie Hackett, Enniscrone’s reputation as a top class venue has been embellished with the addition of six new holes threading a path through the mountainous dunes. The new holes, expertly designed by famous course architect Donald Steele, add an exciting dimension to the 27 hole layout. Adoption of the relinquished six holes, together with the development of three new holes on adjoining land, has provided the club with a further quality 9 hole course.
Carne Golf Links, Belmullet, Co. Mayo
Carne Golf Links lies in magnificent unspoiled sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay and the wild Atlantic Ocean near Belmullet, County Mayo. It 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 be his greatest challenge. The building of Carne has caused little disturbance to this wild and ancient landscape. Tees and greens occurred naturally and very little earth moving was involved in the process of construction. There are some breathtaking views over the Atlantic and the legendary islands of Inis Gloire and Inis Geidhe. In 2005, Carne Golf Links was voted number twenty eight in the world, by Golf World magazine.
Galway Bay Golf Resort, Oranmore, Co. Galway
The natural water hazard is the Atlantic Ocean, such is the dramatic backdrop to this Par 72 PGA Championship 18 hole golf course that is Galway Bay Golf Resort. When designing the course, former Ryder Cup and World Cup golfer Christy O Connor jnr. superbly blended the stunning backdrop of Galway Bay and the rugged curves of the Atlantic coastline with mature trees, water hazards, concealed bunkers and highly acclaimed putting surfaces. With variable wind speed and directions this Championship course plays differently each day posing a considerable challenge to even the lowest handicap golfers, yet it is a true and fair test of golf. As you decide on club selection the panorama of Galway Bay and its beauty unveiled before you, with the hills of Clare to the south, while to the West sits the majestic city of Galway –city of the tribes- surrounding the rugged and unpredictable Atlantic Ocean. Set on 300 acres the course played host to the European PGA West of Ireland Open in 1999.
Bearna Golf and County Club, Bearna, Co. Galway
Bearna Golf Club is an 18-hole parkland course. Set amidst the celebrated beauty of the West of Ireland landscape on the fringe of Connemara, and enjoying commanding views of Galway Bay, the Burren, the Aran Islands and rugged hinterlands, Bearna Golf Club is already being hailed as one of Ireland’s finest. The inspired creativity of its designer, RJ Browne in the sitting of tees and sand-based greens throughout more than 100 hectares of unique countryside has resulted in generously proportioned fairways, many elevated tee boxes, and some splendid carries. Water comes into play at 13 of the 18 holes, each one boasting unique features and which together test the golfer’s total repertoire of skills. The final four holes especially provide a spectacular finish to a satisfying and memorable experience.
Athenry Golf Club, Athenry, Co. Galway
Athenry Golf Club is an 18-hole course. Most holes are tree lined and two feature holes are cut into bordering forest. The course is a mixture of parkland and heathland built on a limestone base against the backdrop of a large forest giving excellent drainage and remaining playable all year round.