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Can I Play Golf in Ireland?

Short Answer

Can you play golf in Ireland??? Can a bear s**t in the forest?! ! Hell, yes! (If your wife lets you.) 

Blow Your Socks Off Answer

  • Golf is a popular pastime in Ireland – the island boasts over 400 courses, a many of which are internationally renowned for their quality.
  • International tournaments that have been played in Ireland including the European open and the Ryder Cup.
  • Ireland is a paradise for lovers of links courses.
  • The abundance of courses helps explain why the country has produced so many top golfers, including Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, all of whom have won U.S. majors

Ireland's Links Courses

Notwithstanding from the celebrity- designed parkland courses that typically feature on golf tours, there are 50 or more excellent seaside links courses scattered around the country’s coastline. Examples include Portmarnock in Dublin, Royal Portrush in Antrim, Ballybunion in Kerry and Rosses Point in Sligo. These coastal links courses offer much cheaper fees and offer a fantastic playing experience, particularly to those unfamiliar with true (not man-made) links golf – its lumpy, undulating fairways, roughs with thick patches of fescue and gorse, shifting sandy sinkholes and pot bunkers. The dramatic coastal scenery and often-inclement weather -- though rarely too harsh for Ireland’s golfers! -- only adds to the challenge. Irish links golf may be punishing, but it is all the more exhilarating when the ball goes in the hole. No wonder that Golf Digest magazine once claimed that the "Best Golf Trail in the World" belonged to Ireland's west coast counties. 

ChooseIreland's Tips for Golfers Visiting Ireland

  • At any time of the year, even summer months, bring an umbrella and wet gear, just in case.
  • The best time to play golf is during the months of May to August. Most courses are playable from 7am or 8am up until 10pm or even 11pm, depending on lighting.
  • Green fees can be expensive however, particularly on the big name courses.
  • Lesser known courses can be just as good, and charge a fraction of the price.
  • To avoid disappointment, try to book courses well in advance. Most golf clubs have websites that allow bookings, or your hotel should be able to do it for you.
  • Don't underestimate travel times in getting to golf courses. While distances on the map may look short, roads are often narrow and winding, particularly when getting to coastal links courses. Ask your hotel for an estimate of the journey time.

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