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2014 51-60

Ireland's Top 100 Courses 2015

 

Courses 51 to 60

This beautiful open parkland course features a variety of terrain that will challenge you the whole round, its true value can be seen with a string of quality holes that culminate with a tree lined par 5 18th.Visit the Website
51 Bunclody / Position: Up3 / Where: Wexford


This beautiful open parkland course features a variety of terrain that will challenge you the whole round, its true value can be seen with a string of quality holes that culminate with a tree lined par 5 18th.

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Portumna entered the GDI Top 100 for the first time in 2010 and has now consolidated its place on the cusp of the top fifty. A recent upgrade to the green complexes has brought recognition to a tranquil estate course that boasts some of the finest inland topography in Ireland. Water rears its head only once (the tough par 5 seventeenth), meaning that the wonderful naturally shaped golf holes are given room to breathe. This County Galway gem is such a relaxing place to play golf that even the local herd of deer seem interested in how you might be scoring. Visit the Website
52 Portumna / Position: Up 1 / Where: Galway


Portumna entered the GDI Top 100 for the first time in 2010 and has now consolidated its place on the cusp of the top fifty. A recent upgrade to the green complexes has brought recognition to a tranquil estate course that boasts some of the finest inland topography in Ireland. Water rears its head only once (the tough par 5 seventeenth), meaning that the wonderful naturally shaped golf holes are given room to breathe. This County Galway gem is such a relaxing place to play golf that even the local herd of deer seem interested in how you might be scoring.

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This 27-hole championship course was designed to allow for the combination of three different nine-hole courses. With the beautiful Wicklow Mountains as the backdrop, you can be sure that a thrilling golf experience awaits. Visit the Website
53 Dun Laoghaire / Position: Up 3 / Where: Wicklow


This 27-hole championship course was designed to allow for the combination of three different nine-hole courses. With the beautiful Wicklow Mountains as the backdrop, you can be sure that a thrilling golf experience awaits.

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Cast by the same design team that created the likes of Turnberry and Royal St. Georges, Luttrellstown is an impressive venue with a great course in excellent condition. The clubhouse facilities further complement the wonderful on course experience which also benefits from being so close to Dublin’s city centre.Visit the Website
54 Luttrellstown Castle / Position: Down 2 / Where: Dublin


Cast by the same design team that created the likes of Turnberry and Royal St. Georges, Luttrellstown is an impressive venue with a great course in excellent condition. The clubhouse facilities further complement the wonderful on course experience which also benefits from being so close to Dublin’s city centre.

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One of the oldest courses in Ireland it is also one of the premier parkland courses. Tramore is a championship quality course that provides the player with a variety of challenges throughout. With the 2015 Irish Close Championship on the books you can expect the course to only get better. Visit the Website
55 Tramore / Position: Down 4 / Where: Waterford


One of the oldest courses in Ireland it is also one of the premier parkland courses. Tramore is a championship quality course that provides the player with a variety of challenges throughout. With the 2015 Irish Close Championship on the books you can expect the course to only get better.

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The Cashen course at Ballybunion has been tampered with more than most since the original Robert Trent Jones design in the early 1980s. Our panel – alongside many others – have in the past considered this 18 just a little too severe, with minuscule greens perched on tiny crevices, providing an overdose of the do or die mentality. The club recognised the potential and set about making the course more playable. Ballybunion is an unforgettable golfing experience and the Cashen plays its part despite being in the shadows of the more illustrious Old Course. Visit the Website
56 Ballybunion (Cashen) / Position: Up 10 / Where: Kerry


The Cashen course at Ballybunion has been tampered with more than most since the original Robert Trent Jones design in the early 1980s. Our panel – alongside many others – have in the past considered this 18 just a little too severe, with minuscule greens perched on tiny crevices, providing an overdose of the do or die mentality. The club recognised the potential and set about making the course more playable. Ballybunion is an unforgettable golfing experience and the Cashen plays its part despite being in the shadows of the more illustrious Old Course.

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This parkland course is blessed with a verdant, rolling setting within the part of the beautiful Liffey Valley known as the Strawberry Beds.Visit the Website
57 Hermitage / Position: Down 2 / Where: Dublin


This parkland course is blessed with a verdant, rolling setting within the part of the beautiful Liffey Valley known as the Strawberry Beds.

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This course is a tricky parkland course that mixes up wildly undulating greens with strategic bunkering and deceptive approach shots. Add in breathtaking views of the old estate house and Sugarloaf Mountain and you have the recipe for a great golf course. Visit the Website
58 Powerscourt (West) / Position: Same / Where: Wicklow


This course is a tricky parkland course that mixes up wildly undulating greens with strategic bunkering and deceptive approach shots. Add in breathtaking views of the old estate house and Sugarloaf Mountain and you have the recipe for a great golf course.

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A delightful members’ course, Arklow must be a treat to play on a regular basis. Situated on a compact and flat piece of linksland that has receded over the years, a brisk morning stroll here should still allow one to be home by Sunday brunch. Eddie Connaughton’s green designs are a marvellous collection, rolling raucously and undulating violently in some places. The holes themselves throw up a surprise around every corner and even the lesser inland part of the course is enormously enjoyable. At  just under 6,400-yards, Arklow is a traditional links test where accuracy through the many humps and hollows is the best method to a good score. Visit the Website
59 Arklow / Position: Down 2 / Where: Wicklow


A delightful members’ course, Arklow must be a treat to play on a regular basis. Situated on a compact and flat piece of linksland that has receded over the years, a brisk morning stroll here should still allow one to be home by Sunday brunch. Eddie Connaughton’s green designs are a marvellous collection, rolling raucously and undulating violently in some places. The holes themselves throw up a surprise around every corner and even the lesser inland part of the course is enormously enjoyable. At just under 6,400-yards, Arklow is a traditional links test where accuracy through the many humps and hollows is the best method to a good score.

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Holding its place in the rankings, the traditional Royal Belfast club is a welcome reminder that it’s not always big and brash that impresses our panel. Situated on the scenic southern shore of Belfast Lough, this Harry Colt gem has seen less tinkering than most since its inception. Some of the better holes reveal themselves around the turn with the short par-4 10th and superb par-3 11th providing two memorable moments. A visit to Royal Belfast offers a step back in time and is a unique and enjoyable place for a great game of golf.  Visit the Website
60 Royal Belfast / Position: Up 1 / Where: Down


Holding its place in the rankings, the traditional Royal Belfast club is a welcome reminder that it’s not always big and brash that impresses our panel. Situated on the scenic southern shore of Belfast Lough, this Harry Colt gem has seen less tinkering than most since its inception. Some of the better holes reveal themselves around the turn with the short par-4 10th and superb par-3 11th providing two memorable moments. A visit to Royal Belfast offers a step back in time and is a unique and enjoyable place for a great game of golf.

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