Click on the respective golf club (link), and you will come to its website and after that you can really inhale the magical linksland atmosphere. As a bonus, you get to each course recommended a Connemara that on the 19th is happy to be taken with Irish Stew or Corned Beef and completes your experience.

West Coast

Ballyliffin Golf Club (Glashedy)- Inishowen, Co.Donegal – 1995

7,217 yards/par 72. Course designer: Tom Craddock as Pat Ruddy

On the 19th we recommend: Irish Stew and a Connemara / Cask Strength.

Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old Links)- Inishowen, Co.Donegal – 1995

6,910 yards/par 71. Track designer: Eddie Hacket – Charles Lawrie – Frank Pennink – Nick Faldo

On the 19th we recommend: Irish Stew and a Connemara / Cask Strength.

North & West Coast Links9 An Fuaran, Moycullen, Co. Galway - 1891

6,298 yards/par 70. Course designer: Charles Thompson

On the 19th we recommend: Corned Beef and a Connemara (Peated).

Portsalon Golf ClubPortsalon,Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, 1891

7,077 yards/par 72. Course designer: Charles Thompson as Pat Ruddy

Pink Pen (Old Tom Morris Links)Downings, Co. Donegal - 1893

6,476 yards/par 70. Course Designer: Tom Morris – Harry Vardon – James Braid – Pat Ruddy

Sandy Hills Links – Downings, Co. Donegal - 2003

7,255 yards/par 71. Course designer: Pat Ruddy

Gweedore Golf ClubMagheragallen, Derrybeg, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal - 1926

6,201 yards/par 71 (9 holes). Course designer: unknown

Cruit Island Golf ClubCruit Island, Kincasslagh, Co.Donegal – 1986

5,619 yards/par 68 (9 holes). Course designer: unknown

Dunfanaghy Golf ClubKill, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal - 1906

5,852 yards/par 68. Course designer: Harry Vardon

Narin and Portnoo Golf ClubPortnoo, Co. Donegal - 1930

6,855 yards/par 68. Hughie McNeil as Leo Wallace as Eddie Connaughton

Donegal Golf CourseMurvagh, Co. Donegal - 1960

7,250 yards/par 73. Track Designer: Eddie Hacket as Pat Ruddy

Bundoran Golf ClubBundoran, Co. Donegal - 1894

6,233 yards/par 70. Course Designer: G.L. Ballie – C.S. Burthart – Harry Vardon

County Sligo Golf ClubRosses Point, Co. Sligo - 1894

6,741 yards/par 71. Course designer: George Combe – William Campbell – Harry Colt – Martin Hawtree

A challenging and postcard-like championship links, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town's Table Mountain and to the east lies glencar valley and the Dartry mountains with Lugngall. Recognized as one of Ireland's best courses.

County Sligo Golf Club (Bomore)- Rosses Point, Co. Sligo - 1894

6,093 yards/par 70 (9 holes). Course designer: Johnathan Tucker

Strandhill Golf ClubStrandhill, Co. Sligo - 1932

6,342 yards/par 70. Course designer: John McAlister + club members

Enniscrone Golf Club (Old Course) – Enniscrone, Co. Sligo - 1918

6,734 yards/par 72. Course designer: Donald Steel

Enniscrone Golf Club (Old Course)Enniscrone, Co. Sligo - 1974

7,033 yards/par 73. Track Designer: Eddie Hacket as Donald Steel

Carne Golf LinksBelmullet, Co. Mayo - 1993

6,700 yards/par 72. Course designer: Eddie Hacket

Carne Golf Links – outstanding, inspiring and challenging – thus a completely irresistible links course. Carefully cared out in the sandys of Blacksod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Views of the legendary islands of Inis Glóire and Inis Géidhe that take spirits from each golfer.

Achill Island Golf ClubSandybanks, Keel, Achill, Co. Mayo - 1952

5,378 yards/par 70 (9 holes). Course designer: Cecil Ewing

Mulranny Golf ClubWestport, Co. Mayo - 1896

6,267 yards/par 71 (9 holes). Course designer: unknown

Connemara Golf LinksBallyconneely, Allebrack, Clifden, Co. Galway - 1973

27 holes. Green. 3.397 / par 35. Blue. 3.658 / par 37. Rode. 3.145 / par 35.  Course designer: Eddie Hacket

Connemara Golf Links – You lose your breath, it's really dramatic views. The course is nestled between 12 Bens mountain and next door to the Atlantic Ocean. A true natural beauty and links at its best.

Lahinch Golf ClubLahinch, Co. Clare - 1892

6,882 yards/par 72. Course designer: Tom Morris – George Gibson – Alistar MacKenzie – Martin Hawtree

An Irish golf treasure, with scenes along the Atlantic Ocean taking your breath away, on the verge of epic. It feels like Old Tom Morris' magic hand is watching over the track. The first 10 holes are improbably delicious.

Lahinch Golf Club (Castle) – Lahinch, Co. Clare - 1892

5,556 yards/par 70. Course designer: J.D. Harris

Doonbeg Golf Club, The LodgeDoonbeg Co. Clare - 2002

6,887 yards/par 72. Course designer: Greg Norman

Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course) – Ballybunion, Co. Kerry - 1893

6,598 yards/par 72. Course designer: Lionel Hewson as Tom Simpson

An incredibly beautiful and challenging course that stretches majestically along the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. The views are completely unique and outstanding. Nutrition for the soul. Some people think that there is not a single links course in the world that can be compared to the "old course". It is no coincidence that it is top ranked.

Ballybunion Golf Club (Cashen) – Ballybunion, Co. Kerry - 1982

6,477 yards/par 71. Course designer: Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Castlegregory Golf & Fishing ClubStradbally, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry - 1989

5,876 yards/par 68 (9 holes). Course designer: Arthur Spring

Tralee Golf ClubTralee, Co. Kerry - 1896

6,975 yards/par 70. Course designer: Arnold Palmer (1984)

The course design was divided between Arnold Palmert and God. "I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine." Outstanding finish and a challenge out of the ordinary. You can see the Atlantic ocean from all the holes, which further reinforces the uniqueness.

Dingle Golf LinksBallyferriter, Dingle, Co Kerry – 1924

6,737 yards/par 72. Track designer: Eddie Hacket – Christy O'Connor Jr.

Dooks Golf ClubStradbally, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry - 1889

6,564 yards/par 71. Course designer: Martin Hawtree

Waterville Golf LinksWaterville, Co. Kerry - 1889

7,325 yards/par 72. Course designer: John Mulcahy – Claude Harmon – Eddie Hacket – Tom Fazio

One of the most prestigious courses in Europe. A Championship links that are a geological rarity and shaped by the Atlantic Ocean and the wind. A poetic landscape, with panoramic views that are absolutely stunning. Perfection – this is Golf Heaven.

East Coast

Seapoint Golf LinksTermonfeckin, Drogheda, Co Louth – 1993

7,150 yards/par 71. Course Designer: Des Smyth – Declan Branigan

County Louth Golf Club "Baltray" - Drogheda, Co. Louth - 1892

7,031 yards/par 72. Course designer: Tom Simpson

Worldlinks, top 20-ranked course located at the mouth of the River Boyne and in the East Irish Sea. A hidden gem and the only thing that breaks the sounds of nature are the boats that are on their way up into the estuaries from the sea.

Laytown & Bettystown Golf ClubBettystown, Co. Meath - 1909

6,454 yards/par 71. Course designer: Robert Browne

Rush Golf ClubRush, Co.Dublin – 1943

6,127 yards/par 70 (9 holes). Course designer: unknown.

Corballis Links Golf ClubCorballis, Donabate, Co.Dublin – 2004

5,086 yards/par 66. Course designer: Ron Kirby

The Island Golf ClubDonabate, Co. Dublin - 1890

6,830 yards/par 71. Fred Hawtree as Eddie Hacket as Martin Hawtree

One of Ireland's most delicious links courses, surrounded by the sea on three sides and established back in 1890.

Portmarnock Golf ClubPortmarnock, Co. Dublin - 1894

7,365 yards/par 71. Course designer: W.C. Pickeman – Harry Colt – Harry Cairnes – Eddie Hacket – Fred Hawtree – Martin Hawtree

Ranked as "the best golf course in Ireland", by GolfDigest, 2009.

Portmarnock Golf Club (Yellow) – Portmarnock, Co. Dublin - 1894

3,357 yards/par 37 (9 holes). Course designer: Fred Hawtree

Portmarnock Golf Club (Golf Links) – Portmarnock, Co. Dublin - 1995

6,944 yards/par 70. Course designer: Bernhard Langer

St. Anne's Golf ClubBull Island Nature Reserve, Dollymount, Co. Dublin - 1921

6,717 yards/par 71. Track Designer: Eddie Hacket as Eddie Connaughton

The Royal Dublin Golf ClubDollymount, Co. Dublin - 1885

7,269 yards/par 72. Course designer: Harry Colt – Martin Hawtree

A truly legendary Championship links course on the dunes at Bull Island, a classic out-and-back course. Here, greats with everything from Old Tom Morris, Bobby Locke, Jack Nicklaus, to Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Ernie Els have played.

The European ClubBrittas Bay, Wicklow – 1989

7,223 yards/par 71. Course designer: Pat Ruddy

Hidden links gem, ranked No. 2 in Ireland.

Sutton Golf ClubSutton, Co. Dublin - 1890

5,670 yards/par 70 (9 holes). Course Designer: J. Harris as Paddy Merrigan

Arklow Golf LinksAbbylands, Arklow, Co. Wicklow - 1927

6,387 yards/par 69. Course Designer: Martin Hawtree – J.H. Taylor – Eddie Hacket – Eddie Connaughton

Rosslare Golf Club (Old Course) – Rosslare, Co.Wexford, – 1905

6,786 yards/par 72. Course designer: Fred Hawtree as J.H. Taylor

Rosslare Golf Club (Burrow) – Rosslare, Co.Wexford, – 1905

3,956 yards/par 46 (12 holes). Course designer: Chistey O'Connor Jr.


Except for the competition, i.e. Old Head Golf Links is not a links course, but a cutting course, but it is so spectacular that it gets dispensation, it just has to be included.

Old Head Golf LinksKinsale, Co. Cork

7,200 yards/par 72. Course designer: Ron Kirby – Paddy Merrigan – Liam Higgins – Eddie Hackett – Joe Carr – Haulie O'Shea

An improbably delicious course. Only the sea as a neighbor, the course is basically located on an island, surrounded by steep cliffs, with the Atlantic Ocean on three sides and there is thus only one golf course on the small island. One of the most spectacular courses in the world.

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