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2014 71-80

Ireland's Top 100 Courses 2015

 

Courses 71 to 80

This course has built up a strong reputation over the last few years and that is evident as it makes a climb up 10 spots after debuting in the rankings last year. A challenging layout and plenty of character makes this course worthy of a visit and its place in the Top 100.Visit the Website
71 Esker Hills / Position: Up 1 / Where: Offaly


This course has built up a strong reputation over the last few years and that is evident as it makes a climb up 10 spots after debuting in the rankings last year. A challenging layout and plenty of character makes this course worthy of a visit and its place in the Top 100.

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Making a big jump up from last year, Galgorm is a solid, well manicured parkland layout that is long enough for the touring pro, but forgiving enough for the average player.Visit the Website
72 Galgorm Castle / Position: Up 5 / Where: Antrim


Making a big jump up from last year, Galgorm is a solid, well manicured parkland layout that is long enough for the touring pro, but forgiving enough for the average player.

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Lakeside scenery and tour quality conditions are what make this course a perennial top 100. The beautiful rolling hills and views of the water set the table for a wonderful day of golf.Visit the Website
73 Glasson / Position: Down 9 / Where: Westmeath


Lakeside scenery and tour quality conditions are what make this course a perennial top 100. The beautiful rolling hills and views of the water set the table for a wonderful day of golf.

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The second course at the outstanding Druid’s Glen resort is an unrelenting monster for the mid-handicapper, playing well over 7,200-yards off the back tees and to a par 71. There is no questioning the quality of the design for the single digit handicapper, however, with pinpoint accuracy needed to hold the invariably raised green sites. The golden fescues and gorse defines the course, allowing the open views over the Wicklow hills to be fully utilised and making The Heath a very different prospect to the older Glen course. The 12th hole is our panel’s pick as the toughest two shotter in Ireland with the approach requiring a long-iron from a downhill lie to a small green.Visit the Website
74 Druids Heath / Position: Up 1 / Where: Wicklow


The second course at the outstanding Druid’s Glen resort is an unrelenting monster for the mid-handicapper, playing well over 7,200-yards off the back tees and to a par 71. There is no questioning the quality of the design for the single digit handicapper, however, with pinpoint accuracy needed to hold the invariably raised green sites. The golden fescues and gorse defines the course, allowing the open views over the Wicklow hills to be fully utilised and making The Heath a very different prospect to the older Glen course. The 12th hole is our panel’s pick as the toughest two shotter in Ireland with the approach requiring a long-iron from a downhill lie to a small green.

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The Ceann Sibeal golf club on the Dingle peninsula has kept a fairly low profile in our rankings to date. With nine holes by Hackett and nine by O'Connor Jr, this true links experience entered the top 100 for the first time two years ago and rises again as its subtleties and strategies start to gain the recognition they deserve. With excellent turf and open drains and streams adding to the mental challenge for the golfer, this perfectly natural course shows that low lying micro-undulations can provide just as much fun as their big dune brothers.Visit the Website
75 Dingle Links / Position: Up 3 / Where: Kerry


The Ceann Sibeal golf club on the Dingle peninsula has kept a fairly low profile in our rankings to date. With nine holes by Hackett and nine by O'Connor Jr, this true links experience entered the top 100 for the first time two years ago and rises again as its subtleties and strategies start to gain the recognition they deserve. With excellent turf and open drains and streams adding to the mental challenge for the golfer, this perfectly natural course shows that low lying micro-undulations can provide just as much fun as their big dune brothers.

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This fun parkland course is located on a sprawling estate in the beautiful Co. Wicklow. This course has plenty of variety with a number of high-risk, high-reward holes and difficult greens that will test you every step of the way.Visit the Website
76 Rathsallagh / Position: Down 5 / Where: Wicklow


This fun parkland course is located on a sprawling estate in the beautiful Co. Wicklow. This course has plenty of variety with a number of high-risk, high-reward holes and difficult greens that will test you every step of the way.

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Set on an old sprawling woodland manor estate, Castlemartyr is a great example of an inland links course. This Ron Kirby design is on par with his works at Gleneagles and Old Head. Always in great condition this  is a challenging test and well worth a visit.  Visit the Website
77 Castlemartyr / Position: Down 4 / Where: Cork


Set on an old sprawling woodland manor estate, Castlemartyr is a great example of an inland links course. This Ron Kirby design is on par with his works at Gleneagles and Old Head. Always in great condition this is a challenging test and well worth a visit.

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This course has matured into one of the best inland tracks in Munster. Measuring just under 7,000 yards the course features tree-lined fairways and greens that are protected by some tricky bunkers and water hazards.Visit the Website
78 Shannon / Position: Down 4 / Where: Shannon


This course has matured into one of the best inland tracks in Munster. Measuring just under 7,000 yards the course features tree-lined fairways and greens that are protected by some tricky bunkers and water hazards.

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Brilliantly designed by  Christy O’Connor Jr , he superbly blended the stunning backdrop of the bay and the rugged curves of the Atlantic coastline with mature trees, water hazards, concealed bunkers and world class putting surfaces. With variable winds this course plays differently each day and can pose a significant challenge to even the lowest of handicaps.Visit the Website
79 Galway Bay / Position: Up 5 / Where: Galway


Brilliantly designed by Christy O’Connor Jr , he superbly blended the stunning backdrop of the bay and the rugged curves of the Atlantic coastline with mature trees, water hazards, concealed bunkers and world class putting surfaces. With variable winds this course plays differently each day and can pose a significant challenge to even the lowest of handicaps.

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Up two places in the rankings and occupying a narrow expanse of linksland adjacent to the golden sands of Laytown beach, Laytown is a short course by modern standards but remains a formidable links test when the winds pick up.Visit the Website
80 Laytown & Bettystown / Position: Up 2 / Where: Meath


Up two places in the rankings and occupying a narrow expanse of linksland adjacent to the golden sands of Laytown beach, Laytown is a short course by modern standards but remains a formidable links test when the winds pick up.

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