With over 300 golf courses, Ireland is golfing country, blessed by a landscape and climate that have produced some of the great golf courses in the world. World renowned courses dot the map but it is also the informal and friendly manner in which the game is played, that makes Irish golf a special experience.
The South West of Ireland is regarded as one of the great golfing destinations in the world, rightly famed for the quality of its magnificent links, but also recognised for some outstanding parkland courses. Many US Professionals have used it for practice on the way to the British Open including many winners such as Tigers Woods, Phil Mickleson, Ernie Els, Tom Watson, Mark O'Meara to mention just a few.
The Ryder Cup, The World Cup, The Irish Open, The Walker Cup, The European Open, you name it, that event has taken place on one or other of the many great courses along Ireland's Eastern Seaboard. A must for any enthusiastic golfers.
Mention golf in the North of Ireland and two courses dominate the conversation. Royal Co. Down & Royal Portrush enjoy a special niche all to themselves and are regularly and justifiably placed at the top of polls voting on the world's best links. Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell honed their skills on these two World class layouts but there are other fine links courses in the region that will be a test for any golfer.
The North West of Ireland has a collection of very special links courses. Visitors to this region will experience links courses as good as any in the more popular regions. This area of Ireland offers value to the visiting golfer without compromising the quality of the trip. You will be among the locals when visiting this part of Ireland.
Four counties and four great rivers make up the South East of Ireland. The Barrow, Blackwater, Suir, Slaney and the Nore flow through a countryside rich in antiquity. Some of the most famous castles in Ireland are to be found here in arguably the most pleasant climate in the country, which gives the region its nickname, the 'Sunny South East'.
Follow the footsteps of the Open winners, by playing at some of the most revered Open Championship courses in St Andrews and the West coast. You will treasure your stay at The Old Course Hotel and Turnberry Resort, whilst playing four of the most famous and revered Scottish links courses, which have hosted The Open.