Irish Golf Courses Voted Best in World

Golf Digest Readers have voted eight Irish Golf Courses into the World Top 100 and the Royal County Down made it to the number 1 spot beating the iconic St Andrews in Scotland.

Here at UK shortbreaksreviewed we know how much you like your golf holidays and we thought this would be of interest to you. The three Irish Golf Courses which made it into the top 20 are as follows:

Number 1 The Royal in County Down just south of Belfast overlooking Dundrum Bay.

The golf club was founded in 1889 by a group of Belfast business men. The first nine whole course was opened on the 23rd March and the club members paid the princely sum of £4 to get Old Tom Morris from St Andrews to come over for two days and review the new course and to make suggestions for the next nine holes. The full eighteen hole course was opened in July 1890. The current championship course was finished in 2004 and is now a 71 par course and 7 186 yards long. The course is actually situated in the beautiful Murlough Nature Reserve and hole number 9 is believed to be one of the most photographed in the world. In 2007 the Royal County Down hosted one of the rounds of The Walker Cup.

Number 12 is The Portmarnock Golf Club near Dublin.

History has it that on Christmas Eve 1893 two Scottish businessmen rowed over from Scotland to the peninsular to review the possibility of a Links course at Portmarnock and so the club was founded. The site was already being used for golf by the Jameson family and had been since 1858, the Jameson family were originally from Scotland but had founded a distillery in Dublin so had moved to Ireland to oversee their business interest. James Jameson was happy to lease the southern end of his land for a golf course for a nominal rent for twenty five years. The first official nine holes opened in 1894  with the other nine being completed in 1971. Nowadays the course is 7466 yards long and par 72 and regularly hosts the Irish Open the last time being in 2003.

Number 13 is Dunluce Golf Course in Royal Portrush

With the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop this course really provides you with some beautiful scenery but mishit a ball and you will truly lose it and the weather will always be a factor in your game. The club was formed in 1888 at a time when Portrush was just a small fishing village whereas now it is a luxury holiday resort for the rich and famous. The Golf Club must have played some part in that. It was extended to a full eighteen hole course the year after it opened. The Irish Open Amateur Championship was actually inaugurated here in 1892. The club enjoyed royal patronage hence The Royal Portrush Golf Club particularly that of Edward VII. The course is 7 143  yards and features Calamity Corner, the 14th hole  a 210 yard par 3 hole which requires you to negotiate ” a yawning chasm”, a real test of golfing skill.

So if you are a passionate golfer and have yet to check out the golf courses in Ireland why not try and out one of these you might as well start with the best.


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