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2014 21-30

Ireland's Top 100 Courses 2015

 

Courses 21 to 30

This Arnold Palmer classic is a must play for any true Irish golf fan. The wonderful plush conditions, challenging layout and Ryder Cup pedigree make it one of the best parkland courses. A place to walk in the footsteps of your golfing heroes.Visit the Website
21 K Club (Palmer) / Position: Up 2 / Where: Kildare


This Arnold Palmer classic is a must play for any true Irish golf fan. The wonderful plush conditions, challenging layout and Ryder Cup pedigree make it one of the best parkland courses. A place to walk in the footsteps of your golfing heroes.

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Killeen Castle is yet another wonderful Jack Nicklaus design that hosted the momentus Solheim Cup in 2011 just two years after first opening. The stunning Meath venue also hosted the Ladies Irish Open and is a courses that goes from strength to strength. Killeen Castle is a wonderful test and one of Nicklaus’ finest creations.Visit the Website
22 Killeen Castle / Position: Down 3 / Where: Meath


Killeen Castle is yet another wonderful Jack Nicklaus design that hosted the momentus Solheim Cup in 2011 just two years after first opening. The stunning Meath venue also hosted the Ladies Irish Open and is a courses that goes from strength to strength. Killeen Castle is a wonderful test and one of Nicklaus’ finest creations.

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Portsalon is one of Donegal’s unsung heroes and it is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Recent works to bunkering have been completed but the main praise should be reserved for the fantastic variety of shot-making required. The par-4 second is one of the world’s great holes with the 14th – named Matterhorn – not far behind. The undulating greens are eccentric whilst the quirky nature of some of the holes means there is a surprise around every corner. From the first tee, the view down one of the finest beaches in Irish golf is not to be missed.Visit the Website
23 Portsalon / Position: Up 2 / Where: Donegal


Portsalon is one of Donegal’s unsung heroes and it is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Recent works to bunkering have been completed but the main praise should be reserved for the fantastic variety of shot-making required. The par-4 second is one of the world’s great holes with the 14th – named Matterhorn – not far behind. The undulating greens are eccentric whilst the quirky nature of some of the holes means there is a surprise around every corner. From the first tee, the view down one of the finest beaches in Irish golf is not to be missed.

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Dooks Golf Club was founded in 1889 and is one of the five oldest links in Ireland. The McGillycuddy’s Reeks and the Dingle Mountains provide a scenic backdrop to a course that features a wonderful atmosphere and challenging layout.Visit the Website
24 Dooks / Position: Up 6 / Where: Kerry


Dooks Golf Club was founded in 1889 and is one of the five oldest links in Ireland. The McGillycuddy’s Reeks and the Dingle Mountains provide a scenic backdrop to a course that features a wonderful atmosphere and challenging layout.

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Ireland’s newest 18-hole links course is undoubtedly one of its most spectacular. Winding its way along a high dune ridge parallel to Sheephaven Bay, Pat Ruddy’s design is uncompromising and difficult to tame yet remains a joy to play in this scenic part of Donegal. Every year, the links seems to get tweaked a little more to enhance its playability and Sandy Hills is one of the best links courses in the country. Ongoing development such as work to the 18th has been recognised by our panel and that has seen it hold its place at the upper end of the listings. Visit the Website
25 Rosapenna (Sandy Hills) / Position: Down 3/ Where: Donegal


Ireland’s newest 18-hole links course is undoubtedly one of its most spectacular. Winding its way along a high dune ridge parallel to Sheephaven Bay, Pat Ruddy’s design is uncompromising and difficult to tame yet remains a joy to play in this scenic part of Donegal. Every year, the links seems to get tweaked a little more to enhance its playability and Sandy Hills is one of the best links courses in the country. Ongoing development such as work to the 18th has been recognised by our panel and that has seen it hold its place at the upper end of the listings.

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This beautiful resort course fits seamlessly into the natural surroundings; located on the original Jameson estate this premier links course designed by Bernhard Langer combines the all the charm of a traditional style layout with the challenges of the modern game.Visit the Website
26 Portmarnock Links / Position: Same / Where: Dublin


This beautiful resort course fits seamlessly into the natural surroundings; located on the original Jameson estate this premier links course designed by Bernhard Langer combines the all the charm of a traditional style layout with the challenges of the modern game.

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This Harry Colt design situated on Bull Island is one of Ireland’s grand old courses. Royal Dublin is a challenging yet fair course that is full of character and charm and just a short distance from the city centre.Visit the Website
27 Royal Dublin / Position: Same / Where: Dublin


This Harry Colt design situated on Bull Island is one of Ireland’s grand old courses. Royal Dublin is a challenging yet fair course that is full of character and charm and just a short distance from the city centre.

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Now called Trump International Golf Links to give its full title since the American businessman bought the famous Clare venue. This wonderful links course has been carved out of original dunes and is a magical place where nature most definitely has an influence. One of Ireland’s finest golfing destinations.Visit the Website
28 Doonbeg Links / Position: Down 4 / Where: Clare


Now called Trump International Golf Links to give its full title since the American businessman bought the famous Clare venue. This wonderful links course has been carved out of original dunes and is a magical place where nature most definitely has an influence. One of Ireland’s finest golfing destinations.

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Founded in 1899 this classic course is always in great condition and is playable allyear round. High and low handicappers alike can be assured of an enjoyable round at Carlow.Visit the Website
29 Carlow / Position: Same / Where: Carlow


Founded in 1899 this classic course is always in great condition and is playable allyear round. High and low handicappers alike can be assured of an enjoyable round at Carlow.

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This popular Cork venue continues to climb the listings and it’s easy to see why. Tricky bunkering and engaging greens make for a memorable round. Venue for the 2014 Irish Open.Visit the Website
30 Fota Island / Position: Up 2 / Where: Cork


This popular Cork venue continues to climb the listings and it’s easy to see why. Tricky bunkering and engaging greens make for a memorable round. Venue for the 2014 Irish Open.

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