There are many courses along the East Coast of Ireland but here are a few of the Experience Ireland Golf & Travel Teams favourites.
- Portmarnock Golf Club
Portmarnock Golf Club is one of the most respected venues in world golf. It is where Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead successfully followed its serpentine route through classic linkland on their way to victory in the 1960 Canada Cup. And it is where another generation of Americans, including Phil Mickelson and David Duval, secured a memorable Walker Cup triumph in 1991. These events, along with 19 staging’s of the European Tour’s Irish Open Championship, reflect the quality of a searching examination across the link’s twenty-seven holes.
- Portmarnock Links
Situated on the shoreline of a rugged peninsula, The Links Portmarnock was the first golf course that International Management Group (IMG) developed in Ireland and opened for play in 1995. It was therefore fitting that Bernhard Langer chose this magnificent setting to design his first links course being a three time winner of the Irish Open at nearby Portmarnock Golf Club and The Royal Dublin Golf Club. Along with architect Stan Eby they designed a course that is a challenge for all golfers, set in the grounds of the old Jameson Estate of St. Marnocks, the course has played host to professional and amateur events including 2008 and 2009 Ladies Irish Open
This peaceful links course located on Ireland’s east coast is a snapshot of the way golf should be. The serene atmosphere gives way to towering dunes, treacherous rough and long holes that will make use of every club in the bag.
- St Annes
St. Anne’s Golf Club is located on the beautiful Bull Island, a world famous nature reserve. Founded in 1921, St. Anne’s started life as a 9 hole course and in 1989 achieved 18 hole links course status. You can enjoy a Guniness from the clubhouse and enjoy spectacular views of Dublin Bay.
- Royal Co. Dublin
The Royal Dublin Golf Club, founded in 1885, is Ireland’s second oldest golf club. The Royal Dublin is an 18-hole links course on Bull Island, Dublin, and is one of the biggest golf clubs in the country. Designed originally by the Harry Colt, the links was extended under the guidance of golf architect Martin Hawtree. Keep an eye out for some very rare birds!
- K Club
The K Club has hosted The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2016, The Ryder Cup and 13 European Opens.The K Club Golf Resort Ireland and The Smurfit Course are considered two of Europe’s finest Championship Courses recently voted on the top ten worldwide golf resorts by CNN.
- Kileen Castle
Killeen Castle opened for play in May 2009 and has had the privilege of hosting the Ladies Irish Open from 2010 until 2012. Our highlight to date, was undoubtedly hosting The 2011 Solheim Cup. The tournament set up an enthralling battle between Europe and the USA will be forever remembered as one of the greatest finishes to a golf tournament that has ever been witnessed.The Jack Nicklaus designed course has been described as “truly one of Jacks finest ever creations.”
- Sea Point
Host to the Irish PGA Championship and Irish Close Golf Championship 2014, Seapoint is a beautiful links golf course overlooking the Mourne mountains and Irish Sea. Seapoint was originally designed by Ryder Cup Vice Captain Des Smyth and Declan Branigan and has since has been redesigned by DB Designs. It has matured into one of Ireland finest pure links courses with fescue greens and beautifully manicured fairways providing golfers with an “Experience to Remember”
- The European
The links of The European Club was designed by Pat Ruddy who continues after thirty years to calibrate the links to meet the challenges of the modern game allowing the champions of today to express themselves while demanding a cerebral approach for true success. Tiger Woods set the links record at 67 and said: What wonderful optical illusions. I thought some of those par-4s were par-5s. A great links course.