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The Ultimate Guide to Golf in Ireland

Ireland is a captivating travel destination that seamlessly blends its rich history with vibrant modern culture, offering a remarkable experience for all who visit. Renowned for its world-class golf courses, the country attracts avid golfers from around the globe with its meticulously maintained links courses and stunning coastal landscapes. But Ireland is much more than just a golfer’s paradise. Immerse yourself in its deep history, from ancient castles and monastic sites to lively cities full of music and literature. Delight your taste buds with its hearty cuisine, from traditional Irish stews to fresh seafood. Experience the warmth and hospitality of the Irish people, who are proud of their heritage and eager to share it with visitors. Ireland is a destination that enchants the senses, leaving visitors with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for its unique blend of tradition and charm.


Ireland’s Regions & Golf Courses


Dublin, Ireland’s vibrant capital, offers a mix of historical and contemporary attractions, along with some of the country’s finest golf courses. The Portmarnock Resort & Jameson Golf Links located just outside the city, is a must-visit for golf enthusiasts. Known for its challenging links layout and stunning seaside views, it has hosted numerous prestigious tournaments. Another notable course is the Malahide Golf Club, which offers a historic links experience with beautifully manicured fairways and strategic bunkering. Famous courses include the two Fairmont Carton House Courses: O’Meara and Montgomerie Links. Visitors can also stay and play at the Famous K Club Golf Resort host of the 1997 Ryder Cup. For those wanting to visit other Dublin Courses, a short drive south will find you at Druids Glen Resort which is dubbed ‘Ireland’s Augusta,’ and the European Club, designed by Irish legend Pat Ruddy.

Waterville golf links Ireland
Waterville Golf Links, South-west Ireland

South West Ireland

The South West of Ireland is famed for its rugged coastline and spectacular golf courses. The Old Head Golf Links in County Cork is one of the most scenic courses in the world, perched on a peninsula with dramatic cliffs and ocean views. Ballybunion Golf Club in County Kerry is another highlight, featuring two world-renowned links courses, the Old Course and the Cashen Course, both offering challenging play and breathtaking landscapes. This region is famous for the ‘Ring of Kerry’ and boasts some of the world’s most famous links courses including:

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland boasts some of the most prestigious golf courses in the world. Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle is consistently ranked among the top courses globally, known for its challenging layout and stunning views of the Mourne Mountains. Royal Portrush Golf Club, which hosted The Open Championship in 1951, 2019 and 2025, offers a world-class links experience with dramatic dunes and coastal scenery. There are so many fantastic golf courses which are famous but there are many more that are largely undiscovered by travellers. We’ll mix up a short list but this is by no means definitive and you should add more to your golfing itinerary:

Image of the Par-4 7th hole at Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh Count,Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Lough Erne Golf Course, Northern Ireland

West Ireland

The West of Ireland is renowned for its wild beauty, cultural heritage, and exceptional golf courses. The region includes the scenic Connemara, the bustling city of Galway, and the rugged landscapes of County Clare. It also includes the Northwest region that doesn’t comprise Northern Ireland, which is the United Kingdom. This wild region forms most of the Wild Atlantic Way and is worth renting a car for a couple of weeks to get lost among the cliffs and secluded beaches. Some of the best golf courses you can play include:

South East Ireland

The South East of Ireland is home to charming towns, historic landmarks, and some hidden golfing gems. The region includes the medieval city of Kilkenny, the sunny coastal town of Wexford, and the picturesque landscapes of County Waterford. This area is less busy from a golfing perspective, and features more farm-land and estates spread across meandering valleys. The eastern side of the Island is less exposed to Atlantic weather patterns and enjoys less wind and generally better weather than the western half. Golf Courses you can enjoy include:

Portrush Golf Course
Portrush Golf Club, Home of The Open 2025 in Northern Ireland. – The Open 2025 Now On Sale

Best Time to Visit Ireland


The best time to visit Ireland for golf largely depends on the region you plan to visit and your personal preferences. Generally, the late spring (May to June) and early autumn (September to October) seasons are considered ideal for golfing in Ireland due to the mild temperatures and pleasant weather conditions.

In late spring, the countryside blooms, creating a stunning backdrop for your golfing experience. Courses are often adorned with vibrant greenery, adding to the overall beauty of the surroundings. Early autumn brings mild temperatures and breathtaking foliage, transforming the golf courses into picturesque landscapes.

However, it’s important to note that Ireland’s weather can be unpredictable, with rain possible at any time of year. Summer (July to August) is also a popular time for golfing, with longer daylight hours and generally warmer temperatures. Winter months (November to February) tend to be wetter and colder, but some courses remain open, offering a quieter and often more affordable golfing experience.

Ireland’s Travel Seasons

Ireland’s peak tourism season typically occurs during the summer months from June to August. This period attracts crowds due to the warmer weather, longer days, and numerous festivals and events. The shoulder seasons of late spring and early autumn are also popular, offering mild weather and fewer tourists.

On the other hand, Ireland’s low tourism season tends to be during the winter months of November to February, except for popular holiday periods such as Christmas and New Year. During this time, fewer tourists visit, making it a great opportunity to explore attractions with fewer crowds and enjoy discounted accommodations. However, it’s important to note that weather conditions can be more challenging during the winter, with shorter daylight hours and increased rainfall.

By being mindful of peak and low seasons, travellers can plan their trips accordingly to make the most of their experiences in Ireland. Whether you tee off amidst blooming landscapes in spring, vibrant foliage in autumn, or enjoy the serene winter golfing opportunities, Ireland caters to golf enthusiasts all year round. With meticulously maintained courses, warm hospitality, and a chance to explore the country’s rich history, culture, and delectable cuisine, a golfing trip to Ireland promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you wanting to return for more.

Self-drive or Transfers?

This age old question of how to travel in Ireland regarding transport depends on a few factors which we’ll put into a table with the best recommendations for each:


Self-Drive Recommendations Transfers Included
  • Want to be more independent
  • Travelling solo or part of a small group
  • Comfortable driving on rural roads
  • Want to save on general travel costs (independent travel, self-led)
  • Part of a larger group
  • Not comfortable driving in Ireland (left-side of the road)
  • Want to focus less on navigation & more on enjoyment
  • Have ample budget for driver’s tips & individual transfer costs
Image of the mountain range behind the Dooks Golf Club, County Kerry, Ireland

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