Ireland is a pot of gold for golfers. It’s an alluring blend of world-class links courses, stunning scenery, welcoming pubs, friendly people and toe-tapping traditional music.
If you enjoy links golf, you’ll absolutely love Ireland, which has 50 of the more than 200 true links golf courses in the world. Moreover, Ireland has seven courses in the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World.
You’ll tee up at some of the most scenic and iconic courses on the planet. Playing golf in Ireland is a multi-sensory experience where the lush, green settings and coastal panoramas inspire you to play your very best.
In the north, the quality of golf is astounding with celebrated courses like Royal County Down, which is nestled at the foot of the majestic Mountains of Mourne; Royal Portrush, an historic club founded in 1888 where Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell honed their games as youngsters and Lough Erne, a highly ranked Nick Faldo course that debuted in 2009.
Near Dublin, courses like Portmarnock, K Club, Druids Glen and European Golf Club are top-notch options for your play list. The southwest region of Ireland is dotted with renowned courses like Ballybunion, Old Head Golf Links, Tralee, Waterville and Trump International Ireland.
Enhancing the appeal of Ireland is that many of the great courses are situated near each other so you typically won’t travel long distances to play 27 or 36 holes in a day. Better still, Premier Golf’s experienced, helpful, on-site staff based near Shannon International Airport will assist you every step of the way.
For accommodations, the selections range from luxury boutique hotels and quaint B & B’s to posh resorts brimming with American style amenities such as Adare Manor, Slieve Donard, K Club and Ashford Castle.
When it’s time to celebrate your good fortune with your playing partners, Ireland’s many hospitable pubs offer the perfect 19th hole experience where you can share a pint or wee dram, chat with the golf-knowledgeable locals and enjoy lively musical entertainment.
Perhaps W.B. Yeats described Ireland’s amiable citizenry best when he said: “There are no strangers here (Ireland), only friends you haven’t met yet.”
Rest assured, in Ireland you’ll make lots of new friends and you’ll create wonderful, heartfelt memories you’ll treasure long after you return.