Ireland is one of the best golf holiday destinations in the world. Despite the poor weather, hundreds of thousands of golfers flock to the country every year to play golf at some fantastic golf courses. The country is also renowned for its incredible hospitality; a warm welcome is an absolute gimme.
The history of golf in Ireland goes all the way back to the 19th century, when it was still a part of the United Kingdom. There are records that show troops from the other parts of the UK brought golf across the Irish Sea and a match was played at Curragh Golf Club in 1852. The issue of the country’s oldest golf club is quite a contentious one however as Curragh Golf Club was not officially opened until 1883, a couple of years after the opening of Royal Belfast.
Despite the limited official records of the history of golf in Ireland, there is no doubt that the country is home to a number of world class golf facilities. The most popular golf holidays to Ireland are to the coast as it is often said that Ireland is the home of links golf!
The Concra Wood Golf and Country Club heads our list of golf courses in Ireland. Located around 30 km north of Dundalk, the course was designed by nephew and uncle Christy O’Connor Jnr and Snr and only opened for play in 2009. The reaction has been incredible, with membership requests flying in from all over the world and various professional tournaments already being held at the course – it has a massive future ahead. The courses signature hole comes at the par five, 4th. A dogleg right which sees you end up playing alongside the magnificent lake on your left before hitting your approach to the green on the edge of the banks of the lake, hovering just above the water level – a truly breath taking hole!
Another favourite of ours is located on the west coast of the country in County Mayo. The Carne Links at Belmullet, which was the last ever project of the great, late Eddie Hackett, opened to the public in 1993 and quickly achieved recognition for its natural beautiful and the way it seamlessly fits into the surrounding natural landscape. The weather plays a huge role in how you play, with a calm day being perfect for shooting low scores but if the wind picks up, you better get the punch shot out of your locker!
As well as the first class golf courses on offer in Ireland, there are also some fantastic golf resorts which don’t only house world class golf courses but 5* hotels and spas too. Druids Glen is one of the most popular locations to stay for tourists and has often been the host of the Irish Open in previous years. Considered as Europe’s answer to the host of the Masters, Augusta National, the course even has its own ‘Amen Corner’ located form the 12th to the 14th hole.
Another popular resort is Carton House, which is the home of the Montgomerie and O’Meara courses and opened just after the turn of the Millennium. The resort is popular with those who want a mixture of golfing experiences with the O’Meara course being a parkland style and the Montgomerie a links. Both courses have hosted European Tour events and both offer a different challenge to golfers of all abilities.
Away from the golf, Ireland has so much to offer. It is a country that has so many sights to see and things to do that you will no doubt be able to plan your perfect holiday no matter what your tastes are. From the Cliffs of Moher to Blarney Castle, and everything else in between, you are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to the sights!
A golf holiday in Ireland is sure to be a memorable trip for all those involved. Combine the fantastic golf courses and warm hospitality with the beautiful natural landscape and awesome nightlife and you’re onto a real winner!
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