Ireland – The Emerald Isle
From the Causeway Coast and the Wild Atlantic Way to the Sunny South East and the 11 cities in between, from breathtaking landscapes and rural idylls to buzzing urban hubs and amazing festivals. You need to start exploring the Island of Ireland. Ireland’s landscape causes jaws to drop. But what picks them up again, and gets them gabbing till all hours, are Ireland’s people. Ireland is a place were you are guaranteed to leave with more friends than when you arrived.
Finishing a round of golf doesn’t mark the end of the day in Ireland. Round here you’ll always carry on to the 19th. Guinness may be Ireland’s signature drink, but you’ll find plenty of inventive cocktails and great food here, often accompanied by traditional Irish music.
In Ireland during summer, days are long – it’s light at 6.30am and doesn’t get dark until after 10pm, so you have plenty of playing time.
Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries that you will play golf in. Couple that with the friendly people, traditional music and world class food and you’ll be asking yourself why you waited so long!
THE BIG HITTERS
Lahinch, County Clare: Just a few miles from the Cliffs of Moher, Old Tom Morris said: “The links is as fine a natural course as has been my good fortune to play over.”
Waterville, County Kerry: “The beautiful monster – one of the golfing wonders of the world,” so said Sam Snead, winner of a record 82 PGA Tour events and seven Majors.
Royal Portrush, County Antrim: To quote Rory McIlroy: “This is among my favourite places to play in Northern Ireland, one of the truly great links courses.”
Royal County Down, County Down: “Royal County Down is my all-time favourite,” exclaimed PGA Tour player Rickie Fowler.
Portmarnock, County Dublin: “There are no tricks or nasty surprises, only an honest, albeit searching, test of shot-making skills,” said Tom Watson, five-time Open champion.
Old Head Golf Links, Kinsale, County Cork: “Anyone who has a love of golf and scenic beauty should make a point of playing here, it’s as simple as that,” said former masters and The Open Winner Mark O’Meara.