If you are ready to brave the Wild Wind of the West of Ireland here are some challenging courses for you to try!
The world renowned 18-hole championship, Doonbeg golf links course at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel™ Doonbeg (formerly the Doonbeg Golf Club), spans 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and century old sand dunes along Doughmore Bay. The speed and direction of the wind cause consistent daily variations in play.The County Clare, Ireland golf course was officially opened in 2002 and immediately earned the prestigious title of Golf Digest’s Best New International Course. In 2010, Trump International Doonbeg was awarded European Golf Resort of the Year by the IAGTO.
Lahinch Golf Club is a world-renowned links golf course in the village of Lahinch on the northwest coast of County Clare, Ireland. Lahinch’s Old Course has benefited both from the natural characteristics of the terrain and from the genius of distinguished course architects. Founded in 1892 by officials of Limerick Golf Club Alexander W. Shaw and Richard J. Plummer, they laid out an 18-hole course, which has often been described as the “St. Andrew’s” of Ireland.
Widely regarded as one of the finest 18 hole parkland golf courses in the Country and is situated in the West of Ireland, Dromoland Golf Course has been described as an experience never to be forgotten, presenting a stern challenge to both professionals and amateurs.
The County Sligo Golf Club is widely regarded as one of the great championship links courses. It is located in the picturesque seaside village of Rosses Point just 8km from Sligo and known locally as “The Point”. Originally founded in 1894 as a 9 Hole course, it is now a modern 27 hole complex with spacious clubhouse and up to date facilities. The club is home to the famous West of Ireland Open amateur championship played every Easter since 1923 and has hosted many other prestigious events including the Home Internationals, the Irish Close and the Irish Professional Matchplay Championship.
Among the finest and most challenging traditional Irish links golf courses, Enniscrone began in 1918 as an unrefined nine-hole course near a seaside village. Today, Enniscrone offers 27 holes on 400 acres of magnificent links land, featuring the par 73 Dunes Championship Links Course.
Carne in North Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland lies in magnificent unspoiled sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay and the wild Atlantic Ocean near the town of Belmullet. Discover Erris in North Mayo an area that is famed the world over for its golf course and white sandy Atlantic beaches that stretch for miles, its bountiful wildlife and warm welcome. Carne Golf Links was the last links course to be designed by the late Eddie Hackett and it is now believed by many who have played it to be his greatest challenge.