The West of Ireland Golf trip, where the golf courses have been chiseled from the landscape, present some of the most natural and challenging links you are likely to find anywhere in the world.
Perhaps the courses are not as well known as their counterparts in south west Ireland or indeed in Northern Ireland, but nevertheless these courses are simply unmissable!
Starting at Connemara Golf Links, and working your way northwards, you will be blown away by the stunning vistas and challenging course layouts.
Connemara has been described as a miracle , and the nearby town of Clifden offers some great accommodation options as well as a lively selection of bars and restaurants.
Travelling north along the coast and on to Carne Links, near Belmullet at the furthest western point. The 27 holes of golf at Carne more than compensate for the journey!
Travelling eastward you will reach Enniscrone Golf Links, one of the rising stars of Irish golf. The dunes are simply jaw dropping, and if the wind is up, and which it invariably is, be ready for as stern and thrilling a round of golf you will ever play!
The Seasons Lodge guesthouse, will provide nice lodgings and a hearty breakfast to have you fit and raring to go as you move on to County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point. Home to the West of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship, be prepared for a feisty round at County Sligo, as this course will give you nothing for nothing. Inspired by the spectacular Ben Bulben mountain backdrop, this is a course you will want to return to.
Nearby Strandhill Links is a gem, not as well known as County Sligo, but worth a visit, when you are visiting the region.
In the words of the famous Irish poet WB Yeats, whose grave also lies under the shadow of Ben Bulben, when considering the west of Ireland golf trip, you might think "All changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born"
Time and time again, golfers are drawn to planning a south west Ireland golf trip. In terms of the beauty of the golf courses, the landscape, the people and the 19th hole, this is a trip which is simply unsurpassed.
The majesty of Lahinch, Irish Open venue in 2019, and Trump Doonbeg, just 30 minutes further south, are licenced to thrill.
Heading further south across the Shannon river estuary, and on to the famed links at Ballybunion. The Old Course at Ballybunion is breathtaking, but don't overlook the Robert Trent Jones designed Cashen Course, as it will surely give you a run for your money.
Onwards to Tralee Golf Links, an Arnold Palmer designed gem, eighteen great golf holes, the back nine in particular drawing rave reviews. The Guinness and seafood chowder, served in the clubhouse, are the best, so if your golf is off the mark today, there are consolations!
Heading out along the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, play Dooks Links, a traditional course with views that really do take your breath away.
Waterville Links is hard to match when it comes to a storied golf course, full of character and challenge. Liam's Ace is the signature par four 16th, where former club pro Liam Higgins famously cut the corner with his daring drive for a hole in one.
The new kid on the block, across the bay from Waterville Links is the spectacular Hogs Head Golf Club. As you would expect, the golf course is matched by the top notch service.
Speaking about spectacular, what can be said about Old Head Golf Links which hasn't been said already? Sitting on a promontory on Ireland's south coast, jutting out in to the Atlantic Ocean. A bucket list experience for every golfer!
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