Play around the Emerald Isle

Experience the thrill of Ireland's best golf courses

You likely have your sights set on Ballybunion Old links in Killarney and Northern Ireland’s Royal County Down, but there are many other great places to play in Ireland, most courses are open year-round, and there’s plenty of good craic available after every round.

In lush green countryside less than 20 miles from Dublin, The K Club famously hosted a memorable 2006 Ryder Cup. When you tee off on the 1st, you’re likely to recall Darren Clarke’s emotional first shot or possibly Tiger’s – a pull hook that landed with a splash. Water plays a significant role here. Sometimes it feels like Arnold Palmer was determined to include a threat of the River Liffey in as many holes as possible. Neither the north course, known as Palmer North nor the south course is unplayable by any means – just choose the tee boxes to match your ability and you’ll regale your friends and family with stories about every hole for years to come.

The Irish Open has been played four times on the Killeen Course at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club. One of Ireland’s most prestigious golf clubs, it is also home to Mahony’s Point, the rare course that finishes with a par 3. But in this case, it’s no pushover, playing up to almost 200 yards from the tips with distracting Lough views the entire way.

Designed by Ron Kirby and JB Carr, the impressive 18-hole 6,824 yards par 72 championship course at Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club combines gentle hills, ancient trees, and unexpected hazards, like the signature 7th which stands high above the tiny green with water to the left and a shamrock bunker to the right.

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