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The Finest Irish Golf Links You'll Ever Play

The finest Irish golf links you'll ever play

Ireland's remarkable scenery, lush greens, and favorable terrains, along with its rich history and thrilling activities held, make the island an excellent golf destination.

This destination is filled with the original concept of golf; links. For those looking to play golf in Dublin, there are a number of excellent links courses in the city to try. Many other links courses are available throughout Ireland. Links was first developed in Scotland, and mostly features coastal locations with sand dunes, undulating surfaces, and incredible natural contours that allow unique features on holes.

The nature of links courses, close to coasts with several water hazards and little to no trees, allow the golfer to experience their round open to the elements. The harsh and unpredictability of links is sure to test, and should give an avid golfer the experience of a lifetime. If you're an experienced golfer, you'll love the way that links courses affect play, testing your ability to read the green and plan your shot options strategically.

Here is a brief description of some of Ireland's links golf courses

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Portmarnock Golf Links

Just a mere 15 minutes away from Dublin Airport, on the shoreline of a rugged peninsula, Portmarnock Links. It is easy to understand why this elegant links course is among the leading in the world. Golfers who come here are able to get the most natural and honest way of golf, provided by the landscape of this course. It’s easy to appreciate the challenging state of this layout- achieved by features such as dunes, natural undulations and grass pathways, as well as added pot bunkers and other enhancements.

Trump International Golf Links

Spread across over 400 acres on Ireland's spectacular coastline, overlooking the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, is Trump Doonbeg. Considered as one of the top international golf resorts, here you'll get a layout that offers everything a passionate golfer is looking for. With 18 fantastic holes, many of which rewarding beautiful ocean views, rolling fairways, and gently contoured greens. This offers a challenge sought out by most professionals, Trump International Golf Links in Ireland is one for the Bucket List. When relaxing after your golf rounds, Trump’s lavish Bar & Restaurant offers hearty food, wines, and finely brewed beers.

Tralee Golf Club

Situated on the shores of Barrow Bay with beautiful views the Carrahane and Banna strands is this excellent links golf course. Reviews consistently point out that this is a links course of the highest quality and its design offers a perfect test of golf.

Tralee’s course design is by Arnold Palmer and has holes that take you through spectacular views of towering cliffs, as well as a gorge at the unforgettable 17th hole. Come and put your mental focus and stamina to the test at Tralee and have your senses refreshed by the breath-taking views of the natural scenery. This is a course to remember.

Lahinch Golf Club

Here is a traditional 18-hole links course by the Atlantic coast just 30 miles from the Shannon Airport in County Clare. Lahinch has often been considered the 'St Andrews of Ireland’, and earned a ranking of #65 of the world's greatest golf courses by Golf Digest. This destination attracts thousands of golfing tourists who flock the Emerald Isle every year. Will you be next?

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