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En golfers guide til Irland ( eng )
Ireland’s golf links are famous both for the challenge they provide and the stunning landscapes in which they are set. With many different courses to choose from golf lovers are spoilt for choice but if you’re choosing based on the view, here are just a few of the most beautiful.
1. Old Head Golf Links
Located in Cork in the south of Ireland Old Head Golf Links has one of the most spectacular landscapes of any golf club anywhere. Set on a headland which juts two miles out into the Atlantic Ocean the course is surrounded by dramatic cliffs that rise as high as 300 feet in some places.
Old Head Golf Links, Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland +353 21 477 8444
2. Tralee Golf Club, Kerry, Ireland
Designed and built by Arnold Palmer, the course at Tralee represents a true paradise for the avid golfer. With incredible views of the wild Atlantic, sandy beaches and castle ruins from almost every hole the course is as memorable for its beauty as for its design.
West Barrow, Ardfert, Co. Kerry, Ireland +353 66 713 6379
3. Royal Portrush Golf Club
Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush Golf Club is situated on a stunning position on the Antrim coast. Routed through rugged links land it provides some of the most awe-inspiring scenery to be found in Ireland. The course is currently undergoing a major upgrade in preparation for the return of the game’s oldest Major, The Open Championship, in 2019.
Royal Portrush Golf Club, Dunluce Road, Portrush, UK +44 28 7082 2311
4. Royal County Down Golf Club
Founded in 1889, the Royal County Down Golf Club is one of Ireland’s oldest and is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links surroundings. Under the shadow of the Mourne Mountains the links zigzags along the shores of Dundrum Bay providing a different vista from virtually every hole.
Royal County Down Golf Club, 36 Golf Links Road, Newcastle, UK +44 (0) 28 4372 3314
5. Portmarnock Golf Club
From humble 9-hole beginnings in 1894 Portmarnock is now known worldwide as a classic links course and is steeped in golfing history. Situated on a sandy peninsula that stretches out into the Irish Sea, the course sits on a picturesque curve of coastline. Offshore you can see the famous Ireland’s Eye at the entrance to Dublin harbour.
Portmarnock Golf Club, Strand Road, Burrow, Portmarnock, County Dublin, Ireland +353 1 846 0611
6. The European Club
The European Club golf links on Ireland’s east coast is located next to a four-kilometre stretch of Blue Flag Beach and dunes just south of Dublin. Designed by Pat Ruddy with towering dunes and snaking fairways the course boasts ‘sweeping sea views from nineteen of twenty holes’ and it does not disappoint.
The European Club, Brittas, Brittas Bay, County Wicklow, Ireland +353 404 47415