Ireland has often been described as a golfer’s paradise and once you arrive in Ireland you will never be very far away from a quality golf course. The beautiful landscape, excellent choice of courses and reasonable prices has kept golfing enthusiasts coming back to Ireland again and again for years. Ireland mixes some of the best parkland golf courses with some of the world’s greatest links courses. Golf is a major attraction for tourists in Ireland. For those interested in playing the best links courses in not just Ireland, but the world, Ireland has four links courses listed in the top 100 golf clubs in the world.

– Royal County Down Golf Club is located in Northern Ireland and is one of the oldest golf courses in Ireland. Royal County Down combines a severe test of golfing skills with stunning scenery.

– Ballybunion Golf Club (Old) is a stunning course situated in Co Kerry, Ireland. The course dates from 1893 and is a private members club although visitors are welcome. One of the main features of this stunning course is the lack of any obvious man made features. The challenge is such that a handicap of 24 or less for a man and a handicap of 36 or less for ladies are minimum requirements.

– Portmarnock Golf Club is located on the outskirts of Dublin in the suburb of Portmarnock and is universally acknowledged as one of the truly great links courses. The course is located on a small peninsula which extends out into the Irish Sea and is surrounded by water on three sides. If the course was not enough of a challenge in itself, the added wind from the Irish Sea can make this course very difficult to navigate.

– Lahinch Golf Club is situated on the West Coast of Ireland and within close proximity to the Cliffs of Moher. The course was built in 1892 on a vast dune land. The course has been improved several times since it opened, but the core characteristics of this stunning course sill remain strong.