Ireland Best Golf Courses

Best golf courses in Ireland

Ireland is quite simply a golfers paradise. Golf courses are everywhere - and their numbers are growing as each year passes. Whether it is coastal links gems you are looking for, usually complete with stunning sea views, or parkland treasures away from the coast, no country is better equipped than Ireland to meet your needs. 

If quantity and variety are well catered for, so to is quality. The roll call of great courses is long and impressive, and includes some of the world's legendary courses : Ballybunion, Lahinch, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, the K Club, Doonbeg, The Old Head of Kinsale, Mount Juliet, Portmarnock, Ballyliffin, Adare, Druids Glen, Waterville, Tralee, Royal Belfast, and so the list goes on, and on. 

Every golf course in Ireland, including all the great name courses, are accessible to visiting golfers. There are no courses here which are exclusively for "members only". If you are on a tightish budget, there are always good value courses to be found in any neighbourhood, and many hidden gems can be counted in their number. As for the 19th hole, suffice to say that the best Guinness in the world flows as naturally here as do the streams and rivers that criss-cross the countryside. 

Check out the list below to find out more about the top golf courses in Ireland - North. Where2Golf provides golf course reviews, golf ratings, photos, resort and hotel information of the best. To make the most out of your golf trip, look up the location of the courses on the Ireland - North golf map.

To each golf course visited we applied a rating. The rating scale, 5 (highest) to 1 (lowest), attempts to provide an indication of the golfing experience you can expect at each rated course.

 Ireland Golf Map with Top Golf courses

click on the green arrow in the toolbar OF the table below to sortStay & Play Golf Resort.Private course – for members and their invited guests only.Unrated course – not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.2-star: reasonable standard. Good value, especially if better courses not available.3-star: a good course with many fine features.3+ (3-gold): a good course with many fine features. One of our top-rated 3’s.4-star: a must play course - excellent standard.4+ (4-gold): a must play course - excellent standard. One of our top-rated 4’s !5-star: simply the best - golf courses don’t get much better than this.5+ (5-gold): simply the best - golf courses don’t get better than this. One of our top-rated 5’s!
Adare Manor 4b.gifVisitors welcomeLimerickJones Sr & Fazio
Ardglass 4a.gifWkends restrictdBelfastJones, David
Athlone 3b.gifVisitors welcomeAthloneMcAllister, J.
Ballybunion (Cashen) 4a.gifWkends restrictdKillarneyJones Sr, Robert Trent
Ballybunion (Old) 5b.gifWkends restrictdKillarneySimpson, Tom et al
Ballyliffin (Glashedy Links) 4b.gifVisitors welcomeLondonderryRuddy & Craddock
Ballyliffin (Old Links) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeLondonderryHackett, Eddie
Ballymascanlon 3a.gifVisitors welcomeDundalkRuddy & Craddock
Ballyneety 3a.gifVisitors welcomeLimerickSmyth, Des
Bearna 3a.gifVisitors welcomeGalwayBrown, Robert
Beaufort 3b.gifVisitors welcomeKillarneySpring & Mackenzie
Belvoir Park 4a.gifVisitors welcomeBelfastColt, Harry
Carlow 4a.gifVisitors welcomeKilkennyBarcroft, Cecil
Carne 4a.gifVisitors welcomeSligoHackett, Eddie
Carton House (Montgomerie) 4b.gifVisitors welcomeDublinMontgomerie, Colin
Carton House (O'Meara) 4b.gifVisitors welcomeDublinO'Meara, Mark
Castleknock 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinGaunt, Jonathan
Castlerock 4a.gifWkends restrictdColeraineSayers, Ben
Concra Wood 0.gifVisitors welcomeDundalkO'Connor Sr & Jr, Christy
Connemara 3b.gifVisitors welcomeGalwayHackett, Eddie
Cork 3a.gifVisitors welcomeCorkMacKenzie, Dr Alister
County Louth 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDundalkSimpson, Tom
County Sligo (Rosses Point) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeSligoColt, Harry
Dingle (Ceann Sibeal) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeKillarneyHackett & O'Connor Jr.
Donegal (Murvagh) 4a.gifNot MondaysSligoHackett, Eddie
Dooks 4a.gifVisitors welcomeKillarneyHawtree, Martin
Dromoland Castle 3b.gifVisitors welcomeLimerickKirby, Ron
Druids Glen, nr Dublin 4b.gifVisitors welcomeDublinRuddy, Pat
Druids Heath 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinRuddy, Pat
Dun Laoghaire 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinHawtree Ltd
Dundrum House 4a.gifVisitors welcomeLimerickWalton, Philip
Dungarvan 3a.gifVisitors welcomeWaterfordFive Enterprises
Dunmurrry Springs 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinFlanagan, Mel
Enniscrone 4a.gifVisitors welcomeSligoHackett, Eddie
Esker Hills 4a.gifVisitors welcomeAthloneO'Connor Jr, Christy
European Club 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinRuddy, Pat
Faithlegg 3a.gifVisitors welcomeWaterfordMerrigan, Patrick
Fota Island 4a.gifVisitors welcomeCorkO'Connor & McEvoy
Galgorm Castle 3b.gifVisitors welcomeColeraineGidman, Simon
Galway Bay 4a.gifVisitors welcomeGalwayO'Connor Jr, Christy
Galway GC 3a.gifWkends restrictdGalwayMacKenzie, Dr Alister
Glasson 4a.gifVisitors welcomeAthloneO'Connor Jr, Christy
Gold Coast 3a.gifVisitors welcomeWaterfordFives, Maurice
Grange, nr Dublin 3b.gifNot SaturdaysDublinBraid, James
Headfort 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDundalkO'Connor Jr, Christy
Heritage, The (Killenard) 4b.gifVisitors welcomeDublinBallesteros & Howes
Hogs Head 5a.gifVisitors welcomeKillarneyJones Jr, Robert Trent
Island, The (nr Dublin) 4b.gifVisitors welcomeDublinVarious
K Club (Ryder Cup) 5a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinPalmer, Arnold
K Club (Smurfit) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinPalmer, Arnold
Kilkea Castle 3a.gif(Closed in 2011)KilkennyMcDaid & Cassidy
Killarney (Killeen) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeKillarneyO'Sullivan, Dr Billy
Killarney (Lackabane) 3a.gifVisitors welcomeKillarneySteel, Donald
Killarney (Mahony's Point) 3b.gifVisitors welcomeKillarneyCampbell, Sir Guy
Killeen Castle 5a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinNicklaus, Jack
Kilrush 2.gifVisitors welcomeLimerickSpring, Arthur
Kirkistown Castle 3b.gifVisitors welcomeBelfastBraid, James
Knightsbrook 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinO'Connor Jr, Christy
Knock 3a.gifNot SaturdaysBelfastColt, Harry
Lahinch (Old) 5a.gifVisitors welcomeLimerickMorris & MacKenzie
Lisheen Springs 3a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinBielenberg, Nick
Lough Erne (Castle Hume) 3a.gifVisitors welcomeSligoCarroll, Tony
Lough Erne (Faldo) 4b.gifVisitors welcomeSligoFaldo, Nick
Luttrellstown Castle 3b.gifVisitors welcomeDublinMacKenzie, Tom
Malone, N. Ire 4a.gifVisitors welcomeBelfastHawtree, Fred
Mount Juliet 4a.gifVisitors welcomeKilkennyNicklaus, Jack
Mount Temple 3a.gifVisitors welcomeAthloneDolan, Michael
Narin & Portnoo 0.gifVisitors welcomeLondonderryVarious
New Forest 4a.gifVisitors welcomeAthloneMcEvoy, Peter
Old Head 4b.gifVisitors welcomeCorkKirby, Ron et al
Palmerstown House 4b.gifVisitors welcomeDublinO'Connor Jr, Christy
Portmarnock 5a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinVarious
Portmarnock Links 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinLanger, Bernhard
Portsalon 4a.gifVisitors welcomeLondonderryThompson, Mr.
Portstewart (Strand) 4b.gifVisitors welcomeColerainePark Jr & Giffin
Powerscourt (East) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinMcEvoy, Peter
Powerscourt (West) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinMcLay-Kidd, David
Rathsallagh 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinO'Connor Jr. & McEvoy
Ring of Kerry 3b.gifVisitors welcomeKillarneyHackett, Eddie
Roganstown 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinO'Connor Jr, Christy
Rosapenna (Old Tom Morris Links) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeLondonderryMorris & Ruddy
Rosapenna (Sandy Hills Links) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeLondonderryRuddy, Pat
Rosslare 3b.gifVisitors welcomeWexfordHawtree, Fred
Royal Belfast 4b.gifSat'day restrictdBelfastColt, Harry
Royal County Down 5b.gifNot Weds or SatBelfastMorris, Old Tom et al.
Royal Curragh 3b.gifVisitors welcomeDublinRitchie, David
Royal Dublin 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinColt, Harry
Royal Portrush (Dunluce Links) 5a.gifVisitors welcomeColeraineColt, Harry
Royal Portrush (Valley Links) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeColeraineColt, Harry
Seafield 3a.gifVisitors welcomeWexfordMcEvoy, Peter
Seapoint 3a.gifWkends restrictdDundalkSmyth, Des
Slieve Russell 3b.gifVisitors welcomeSligoMerrigan, Paddy
St Anne's, Dublin 3a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinUnknown
St Helen's Bay 3a.gifVisitors welcomeWexfordWalton, Philip
St Margaret's 3b.gifVisitors welcomeDublinRuddy & Craddock
Tralee 4b.gifNot SundaysKillarneyPalmer, Arnold
Tramore 4a.gifNot SundaysWaterfordTippet, Capt. H.C.
Trump Intl Doonbeg 4b.gifVisitors welcomeLimerickNorman, Greg
Tulfarris 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDublinMerrigan, Patrick
Waterford 3a.gifVisitors welcomeWaterfordBraid, James
Waterford Castle 3b.gifVisitors welcomeWaterfordSmyth, Des
Waterville 5a.gifVisitors welcomeKillarneyHackett, Eddie
West Waterford 3a.gifVisitors welcomeWaterfordHackett, Eddie
Westport 3b.gifVisitors welcomeGalwayHawtree, Fred
Woodbrook 3b.gifMon, Thur, Fri, SunDublinMcEvoy, Peter
Woodenbridge 3b.gifWkends restrictdDublinMerrigan, Patrick

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