Best golf courses: Ireland - East

Ireland East boasts a staggering series of excellent golf courses. The creation of the EuroRoute 1 Motorway down Ireland’s east coast makes this as one of the world’s great golf destinations with some of the World’s Top-100 Golf Courses. 

Make the most out of your golf trip to the east of Ireland. Look up the location of the golf courses on the map; it will help you with your planning to play the best during your holidays. To each golf course visited we have applied a rating. The scale, 5 (highest) to 2 (lowest), attempts to provide an indication of the golfing experience you can expect at each rated course. Hover your on-screen mouse pointer above the rating key hereafter to read our definitions.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Dundalk
Ruddy & Craddock

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dundalk

Designer

Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kilkenny
Barcroft, Cecil

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kilkenny

Designer

Original design by Cecil Barcroft (1899). Later modifications to greens and bunkering by Tom Simpson & Molly Gourlay (1937).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Dundalk
Simpson, Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dundalk

Designer

Current layout by Cecil Barcroft (1914); substantially modified by Tom Simpson & Molly Gourlay (1938).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Limerick
Walton, Philip

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Limerick

Designer

Philip Walton

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Waterford
Five Enterprises

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Waterford

Designer

Five Enterprises (Dublin)

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Dublin
Flanagan, Mel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dublin

Designer

Mel Flanagan

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Athlone

Designer

Christy O'Connor Jr.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Dublin
Ruddy, Pat

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dublin

Designer

Pat Ruddy

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Waterford
Merrigan, Patrick

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Waterford

Designer

Patrick J. Merrigan

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Athlone
O'Connor Jr, Christy

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Athlone

Designer

Christy O'Connor Jr.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Waterford
Fives, Maurice

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Waterford

Designer

Original nine hole layout from 1939. Extended to a full 18 by Maurice Fives (1997).

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dundalk

Designer

New course designed by Christy O'Connor Jr (2000); the Old courses dates from 1930.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Dublin
Ballesteros & Howes

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dublin

Designer

Seve Ballesteros & Jeff Howes

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Kilkenny
McDaid & Cassidy

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kilkenny

Designer

Jack McDaid and Jim Cassidy

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Kilkenny
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Kilkenny

Designer

Jack Nicklaus

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Athlone
Dolan, Michael

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Athlone

Designer

Michael Dolan

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

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Athlone

Designer

Peter McEvoy

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Dublin
O'Connor Jr. & McEvoy

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dublin

Designer

Christy O'Connor Jnr & Peter McEvoy

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Wexford
Hawtree, Fred

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Wexford

Designer

Fred Hawtree and J.H. Taylor

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
(Closed in 2017)
Wexford
McEvoy, Peter

Visitors?

(Closed in 2017)

Nearest city

Wexford

Designer

Peter McEvoy

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Wkends restrictd
Dundalk
Smyth, Des

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Dundalk

Designer

Des Smyth & Declan Branigan

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Wexford
Walton, Philip

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Wexford

Designer

Philip Walton's debut course as a golf designer.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Not Sundays
Waterford
Tippet, Capt. H.C.

Visitors?

Not Sundays

Nearest city

Waterford

Designer

Capt. H.C. Tippet

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Waterford
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Waterford

Designer

Original nine-holes designed by Willie Park Jr. Redesigned and extended to 18-holes by James Braid (1934).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Waterford
Smyth, Des

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Waterford

Designer

Des Smyth & Declan Brannigan

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Waterford
Hackett, Eddie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Waterford

Designer

Eddie Hackett

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Dublin
Merrigan, Patrick

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Dublin

Designer

Paddy Merrigan designed subtantial revisions to the course in 1993.

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