Best golf courses: Around Dublin

Dublin is home to some of the finest parkland and links courses and resorts all within easy access of Dublin International airport and the many attractions the capital city has to offer. This region has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments, including Irish and European Opens, the Seve Trophy as well as the Ryder Cup in 2006. To make the most of your golfing trip, and to help in your planning, you can look up the location of the best courses around Dublin on our customised maps.

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
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Various

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Original layout by founders George Ross (Capt) and William C. Pickeman (Secretary), assisted by Scottish professional Mungo Park (who stayed for a year as the Club's first pro). Third nine added by Fred Hawtree (1971); modifications to the Championship layout by Fred's son Martin Hawtree (2002).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
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3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Ruddy, Pat

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Pat Ruddy

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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Nicklaus, Jack

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A Jack Nicklaus Signature Course

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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O'Connor Jr, Christy

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Christy O'Connor Jr.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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MacKenzie, Tom

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Tom MacKenzie (of Donald Steel & Co) designed the 2005/06 revamp of the Luttrellstown Castle course.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
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Bielenberg, Nick

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Nick Bielenberg

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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McLay-Kidd, David

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David McLay-Kidd

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Ruddy & Craddock

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Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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McEvoy, Peter

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Major improvements made by Peter McEvoy (1990s).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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O'Meara, Mark

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Mark O'Meara & Tim Lobb

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Ritchie, David

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Original course at the Curragh laid out by David Ritchie from Scotland (1852).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Hawtree Ltd

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Original course designed by Harry Colt (1920). New course at the current Ballyman Glen location, designed by Hawtree Ltd (2006).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Colt, Harry

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Original Harry Colt design dates from 1921. Modifications by Martin Hawtree (2002).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Merrigan, Patrick

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Patrick J. Merrigan

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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McEvoy, Peter

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Peter McEvoy

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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O'Connor Jr, Christy

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Christy O'Connor Jr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Montgomerie, Colin

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Colin Montgomerie & Stan Eby

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Gaunt, Jonathan

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Jonathan Gaunt

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Ruddy, Pat

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Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Braid, James

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James Braid

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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Original layout created by various members; major redesign and improvements subsequently made by Fred Hawtree, Eddie Hackett (1985) and Martin Hawtree.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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O'Connor Jr, Christy

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Christy O'Connor Jr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Langer, Bernhard

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Bernhard Langer

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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Palmer, Arnold

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Palmer North course: designed by Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay (1991).
Palmer South course: Arnold Palmer Design Company (2003; lead designer Harrison Minchew).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Palmer, Arnold

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Palmer North course: designed by Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay (1991).
Palmer South course: Arnold Palmer Design Company (2003; lead designer Harrison Minchew).

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