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2014 11-20

Ireland's Top 100 Courses 2015

 

Courses 11 to 20

Rosses Point is a traditional links course that is undergoing upgrade work to keep up with modern day demands. Each hole brings a new challenge as golfers navigate along the Atlantic and Benbulben Mountain. This course, perennial home to the West of Ireland, shows off all that is great about Irish links golf.Visit the Website
11 Rosses Point / Position: Up 1 / Where: Sligo


Rosses Point is a traditional links course that is undergoing upgrade work to keep up with modern day demands. Each hole brings a new challenge as golfers navigate along the Atlantic and Benbulben Mountain. This course, perennial home to the West of Ireland, shows off all that is great about Irish links golf.

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As if the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula wasn’t reason enough to visit Donegal, here’s one more; the Glashedy Links course at Ballyliffin. A delightfully challenging course that is both difficult and fun to play all year round.Visit the Website
12 Ballyliffin – Glashedy Links / Position: Down 1 / Where: Donegal


As if the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula wasn’t reason enough to visit Donegal, here’s one more; the Glashedy Links course at Ballyliffin. A delightfully challenging course that is both difficult and fun to play all year round.

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Winding and twisting its way through rugged terrain and some of the biggest dunes you will find anywhere, this century old links course is golf at its best. This award winning links venue adjacent to the Broadmeadow estuary is simply one of Ireland’s most demanding and finest links courses.Visit the Website
13 The Island / Position: Up 1 / Where: Dublin


Winding and twisting its way through rugged terrain and some of the biggest dunes you will find anywhere, this century old links course is golf at its best. This award winning links venue adjacent to the Broadmeadow estuary is simply one of Ireland’s most demanding and finest links courses.

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Built along the rugged coastline jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, Old Head is one of the most picturesque courses in the world. Nine holes play along the clifftops and all 18 provide an ocean view. Up four spots from last year, this course continues to climb the rankings and it’s easy to see why.Visit the Website
14 Old Head Golf Links / Position: Up 4 / Where: Cork


Built along the rugged coastline jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, Old Head is one of the most picturesque courses in the world. Nine holes play along the clifftops and all 18 provide an ocean view. Up four spots from last year, this course continues to climb the rankings and it’s easy to see why.

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Located on the beautiful shores of Co Sligo this this is a must play course for anyone looking for a traditional course surrounded by stunning scenery. Enniscrone is steeped in history and will test the very best.Visit the Website
15 Enniscrone / Position: Down 2 / Where: Sligo


Located on the beautiful shores of Co Sligo this this is a must play course for anyone looking for a traditional course surrounded by stunning scenery. Enniscrone is steeped in history and will test the very best.

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A readers’ panel favourite, Carne Golf Links on the western tip of County Mayo is a unique must-visit venue. Those who champion Eddie Hackett’s last design are fervent in their support, citing the remote beauty of the Mullet peninsula and inquisitive holes that are laid out through some of golf’s largest dunes and the epitome of adventurous golf. It is impossible to argue with this and the back nine provides as interesting a nine holes of golf as can be found anywhere in the country. The finish is particularly strong; the 15th and 17th being great par-4s with a dizzying drop-shot par-3 in between.  The new Kilmore nine winds its way through even more breathtaking sand hills and it is the anticipation of this loop being added to the current back nine that has seen Carne cement its place near the top. Visit the Website
16 Carne Golf Links (Belmullet) / Position: Same / Where: Mayo


A readers’ panel favourite, Carne Golf Links on the western tip of County Mayo is a unique must-visit venue. Those who champion Eddie Hackett’s last design are fervent in their support, citing the remote beauty of the Mullet peninsula and inquisitive holes that are laid out through some of golf’s largest dunes and the epitome of adventurous golf. It is impossible to argue with this and the back nine provides as interesting a nine holes of golf as can be found anywhere in the country. The finish is particularly strong; the 15th and 17th being great par-4s with a dizzying drop-shot par-3 in between. The new Kilmore nine winds its way through even more breathtaking sand hills and it is the anticipation of this loop being added to the current back nine that has seen Carne cement its place near the top.

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The Old course at Ballyliffin has undergone significant change in recent years. Initially heralded as a supreme example of natural linksland, it was partially compromised when the neighbouring Glashedy was built in the 1990’s. Nick Faldo’s interest – he offered to buy the course at one stage – led to the club appointing him to oversee a major renovation a few years ago. The end result is a huge success with the original rippling fairways being supplemented by strategic bunkering on one strong hole after another. Having flown under the radar since its newer, brasher sibling emerged, the Old Course is now recognised as almost its equal. Is this the best 36-hole facility in Ireland? It’s certainly difficult to argue against.Visit the Website
17 Ballyliffin Old Links / Position: Up 4 / Where: Donegal


The Old course at Ballyliffin has undergone significant change in recent years. Initially heralded as a supreme example of natural linksland, it was partially compromised when the neighbouring Glashedy was built in the 1990’s. Nick Faldo’s interest – he offered to buy the course at one stage – led to the club appointing him to oversee a major renovation a few years ago. The end result is a huge success with the original rippling fairways being supplemented by strategic bunkering on one strong hole after another. Having flown under the radar since its newer, brasher sibling emerged, the Old Course is now recognised as almost its equal. Is this the best 36-hole facility in Ireland? It’s certainly difficult to argue against.

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Set on Ulster’s famous causeway coast, huge dunes are complemented by stunning views across the bay. Every shot in the bag will be tested on this course.Visit the Website
18 Portstewart (Strand) / Position: Down 1 / Where: Derry


Set on Ulster’s famous causeway coast, huge dunes are complemented by stunning views across the bay. Every shot in the bag will be tested on this course.

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Another stunning Jack Nicklaus design, Mount Juliet has hosted many high profile events down the years, including Irish Opens and WGC events. This beautiful layout features long rolling fairways, numerous water hazards and contoured greens all seamlessly blended into the landscape of this old estate.Visit the Website
19 Mount Juliet / Position: Down 4 / Where: Kilkenny


Another stunning Jack Nicklaus design, Mount Juliet has hosted many high profile events down the years, including Irish Opens and WGC events. This beautiful layout features long rolling fairways, numerous water hazards and contoured greens all seamlessly blended into the landscape of this old estate.

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Rounding out the Top 20 is Murvagh in Donegal. Often referred to as the Muirfield of Ireland this long links course is a challenge to even the most accomplished golfer. Panoramic views of the Atlantic and Donegal Bay make this a truly enjoyable course and one which Darren Clarke rates very highly.Visit the Website
20 Donegal Murvagh / Position: Same/ Where: Donegal


Rounding out the Top 20 is Murvagh in Donegal. Often referred to as the Muirfield of Ireland this long links course is a challenge to even the most accomplished golfer. Panoramic views of the Atlantic and Donegal Bay make this a truly enjoyable course and one which Darren Clarke rates very highly.

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