Do you want to explore the best golf courses in Dublin or in Northern Ireland? But don’t know where to start your golf trip? If you need help, please read the post and find out a list of the best golf courses in Northern Ireland to enjoy an Irish golf tour.
You can plan your golf trip along with a fun-filled, exciting Dublin city break. So, it’s time to embark on world-famous links courses and test your skills on some of the most excellent parklands courses throughout Europe.
1. Portmarnock Golf Club
Are you flying into Dublin? If yes, then you’ll fly over Portmarnock while approaching Dublin Airport. The Portmarnock Golf Club is located in a coastal town and was the long-standing home of the Irish Open. The Golf Club saw victories from Ben Crenshaw, Jose Maria Olazabel, and the legendary Seve Ballesteros, who won one of his Irish Opens here in 1996.
Portmarnock Golf Club was founded in 1894 and is a 27-hole course, only 15 minutes away from Dublin Airport. Famous golfer Tiger Woods has often used Portmarnock Golf Club to practice for the British Open.
2. The Island Golf Club
Founded in 1890, The Island Golf Club is the classic links golf course located just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport and 40 minutes away from downtown Dublin in the estuary of Malahide and Donabate.
As the name suggests, the club was originally based on an island. Golfing here involved traveling by boat from the Malahide village around the estuary. It makes a challenging course and is favourite for golfing enthusiasts from all around the world. The Island Golf Club is certainly worth mentioning under the list of the best golf courses in the Dublin area.
3. The K Club
The K Club or The Kildare Hotel & Country Club is commonly referred to as a luxury resort with two championship parkland courses situated closer to the Straffan village, around 45 minutes south of Dublin.
The golf club is located in the heart of the Irish horse breeding region. It was the location for the 2006 Ryder Cup which was played on The Palmer Ryder Course. However, The K Club has hosted the European Open for several years and is a must-play course for those who want to test their skills on a Ryder Cup Course.
Apart from golfing, you will relax in the River Room Restaurant and indulge in the spectacular views of the river Liffey as it flows towards Dublin.
4. Royal Dublin Golf Club
Royal Dublin Golf Club is one of the two golf courses based on Bull Island. Expanding around five kilometers, a barrier wall was built to fix the issue of silting in Dublin Harbour at the mouth of river Liffey. It’s even hard to believe that, this peaceful, stunning golf course is located not much more than a long par 5 from Dublin city.
Founded in 1885 by Sir John Lumsden, the club is very much steeped in wonderful golfing history, hosting so many major events like The Irish Open with winners the captains of future Ryder Cup Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer.
5. Portmarnock Golf Links
Portmarnock Golf Links was opened in 1995 and was the first Links golf course designed by Bernhard Langer. It is located on the site of the old Jameson Estate and is the perfect base for those who want to stay closer to the golf courses along Dublin’s coastal area. Portmarnock Golf Links is also close enough to enjoy everything that Dublin City has to offer.
Bottom Line –
These are some of the best golf courses near Dublin that you should consider visiting during your next golf trip in Ireland. Regardless of the golf courses you want to play, LFLCS is always available to handle all of your golf course transportation requirements. We will pick you up at Dublin Airport, will help you get to and from your preferred courses, and will handle your excursions, dinner transfers, and your departure back to Dublin Airport. Please make a reservation beforehand and let us help you create the most wonderful golf course experience in Northern Ireland possible.