Ireland is a country known not only for its friendly people but also for its beautiful landscape. From the rocky coastline to the lush countryside, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy spending time outdoors while in Ireland. The country is home to a number of golf courses, many of which afford exceptional views and offer visitors a chance to book tee times. The region also has several royal golf courses that offer a challenging 18 holes.
Royal County Down
Located in the Murlough Nature Reserve, the Royal County Down golf links run alongside Dundrum Bay. The golf club has two courses: a par-71 course called the Championship Links and a shorter course--the par-66 Annesley Links. Both courses afford panoramic views of the bay coastline and Mountains of Mourne. The ninth hole on the Championship Links is among the most photographed in the golf world; the hole plays from one side of a mound to a fairway 60 feet below on the other side. Visitors are welcome to schedule tee times on the Championship Links on Sunday evenings and all day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Royal County Down
36 Golf Links Road
+44 28 4372 3314
Situated on the northern coast of North Ireland, the Royal Portrush links feature picturesque view in all directions, including the hills of Donegal to the west and the Isle of Islay to the north. Royal Portrush is the only golf club in Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship. The par-74 Dunluce Links has been voted as one of the best courses in the world by Golf Magazine, featuring a 5th hole that plays from an elevated tee toward the ocean. The par-70 Valley Links run between two large sand hills along the shore of the ocean. Visitors can play the courses so long as they can provide proof of a recognized golf club membership and a handicap of no more than 18.
+44 28 7082 2311
The Royal Dublin golf course is on Bull Island in Dublin Bay, just three miles from the center of Dublin. The golf club is the second oldest in Ireland and its links have hosted such tournaments as the Irish Open and the Irish Amateur Open. The course, originally created in the 1920s, is a par-72 and extends more than 7,000 yards. Irish golf legend Christy O'Connor, member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, has been a member of the club since 1959. Visitors are able to book tee times on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and they can book a round during limited hours on the weekend.
North Bull Island Nature Reserve
+353 1 833 6346
Article Written By Lara Webster
Lara Webster has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been featured on Relationships in the Raw, The Nursery Book, Spark Trust and several travel-related websites. Webster holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in mass communication and media studies, both from San Diego State University.