Tralee Golf Course
West Barrow, Ardfert, Co. Kerry,
+353 66 713 6379
Situated on the rugged Atlantic coast of Ireland’s south west lies the sensational Arnold Palmer designed Tralee Golf Course, a unique combination of traditional seaside golf links and world famous scenery. The links features towering dunes, undulating fairways, punishing rough and cliff top tees and greens.
View the white sandy beaches and the ocean waves breaking across the rocks against a backdrop of the majestic SlieveMish mountain range running along the Dingle peninsula to the West.
Where To Stay
Ballygarry Resort & Spa
Leebrook, Tralee, Co. Kerry, V92 W279,
+353 66 712 3322
Luxurious country house hotel has been in the McGillicuddy family for 3 generations. It is set on over 6 acres of landscaped gardens in the heart of the Kerry countryside overlooking the glorious SliabhMish Mountains.
Ballyliffin Golf Club
Ballyliffin, Inishowen, Co. Donegal,
+353 74 937 6119
Ballyliffin Golf Club consists of two outstanding, contrasting links courses and 36 wonderful holes, making up one of the finest golf resorts to be found anywhere in the world. The expansive panoramic views of countryside, coastline and ocean savoured by these magnificent links courses will not easily be forgotten.
The Old Links undulates in the glory of its natural terrain, presenting an immensely enjoyable challenge to every golfer. Work recently undertaken by Nick Faldo has strenghtened the Old Links and brought much acclaim from members and visitors.
The new Glashedy Links is a Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock masterpiece fashioned around the incredible dunes, and is rated amongst the best links tracks in the world.
Royal Portrush Golf Club
Dunluce Rd, Portrush BT56 8JQ
If Portrush owes the best part of its renown to golf, which has converted an erstwhile fishing village into a world-famous holiday resort, it is no less true to say that golf, and especially ladies’ golf, owes a considerable debt to Portrush. When the club was formed in May 1888, it was known as The County Club. It became The Royal County Club in 1892, when H.R.H. The Duke of York was its patron, and ‘The Royal Portrush Golf Club’ three years later, with H.R.H. The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) as patron.
The links have undergone many alterations in the course of its existence. The nine-hole course of 1888 was extended to eighteen holes the following year, and at that time, eight of these holes were laid out on the landward side of the Causeway road. Gradually, however, the course was moved further and further into the sand hills, until the famous architect, Harry Colt, laid out his own plans for the Dunluce links in 1929.
There have been may famous golfers who have played at the Royal Portrush Club at one stage or another: Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Ernie Els, Darren Clarke and Larry Mize to name a few. With Phil Mickelson and Mark Calcavecchiaplaying in 2002 and Davis Love III and Jim Furyk enjoying a game in 2003. Other major winners who have visited Royal Portrush include Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Steve Jones, Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw.
Where To Stay
Portrush Atlantic Hotel
3 Main St, Portrush BT56 8BN
+44 028 7082 6100
Explore the beauty and wonder of Northern Ireland’s breathtaking coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. Portrush is a favourite seaside resort destination, offering a multitude of attractions and activities from grand historic castles to challenging golf courses.
Step back in time at the ancient remains of Dunluce Castle or visit the unique rock formations of the Giants Causeway.
The Island Golf Club
Corballis, Donabate, Co. Dublin
+353 1 843 6205
This long-established Dublin club ranks among the most dramatic of the older Irish links, playing through the kind of towering dunes more commonly found on modern creations.
Established in 1890, The Island Golf Club enjoys a unique setting bordered by sea on 3 sides. A classic links course set in a rugged terrain & nestled between the highest sand dunes along the east coast. Only 15 minutes from Dublin Airport and 30 minutes from Dublin City Centre.
Where To Stay
Portmarnock Hotel And Golf Links
Strand Rd, Burrow, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin, D13 V2X7,
+353 1 846 0611
Tucked away in a quiet corner of ‘The Velvet Strand’, one of Ireland’s most stunning stretches of uninterrupted coastline – the historic Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, once the family home of the Jameson Dynasty, has been entirely reimagined to complement a breathtaking seaside location and to accommodate the busy, modern guest, just 15 minutes from Dublin International Airport.
With an award-winning Links Golf Course, an award-winning Spa, and two award-winning restaurants, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links appeals as much to the business traveller, as to the golf enthusiasts or the quiet-seekers in search of some coastal respite.