Four Reasons to Tee Off in the Emerald Isle

“My favorite place to play golf is in Ireland” says Hollywood legend, Bill Murray. “That’s where my ancestors come from, and it’s the most beautiful country to play golf in, and when you come as a guest to play golf you are treated like a king.”

With nearly 300 different courses spread throughout the Country, Ireland is home to a rich variety of greens. Whether you’re a passionate putter or an enthusiastic amateur, Ireland has a course for you. Home to champions such as Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington, Ireland’s greens are also a favorite of champions Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as well as actors Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd.

“I had such a great time in Ireland that I’ve been coming over ever since. ” – Tiger Woods

Ranked by Links magazine as the most spectacular golf course on the planet, the Old Head Golf Links is located on the outskirts of the charming fishing village of Kinsale in Co. Cork. Golf fanatics will savor the breathtaking views at the Old Head Golf Links. Built on 220 acres of land jetting out over 2 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, this course is truly unforgettable. You will be stunned by the Hydrangea bushes and Rose Rugosa lining the driveway and at the sight of the famous lighthouse stationed at the tip.

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Old Head Golf Links on the Old Head of Kinsale by tiarescott (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Adare Manor Golf Club

Located just minutes away from Shannon Airport, the uniquely scenic 18 hole parkland course at Adare Manor in Co. Limerick is a must for golfing fans. Tee off against the magnificent backdrop of Desmond Castle – a 13th century Norman Castle. Make your way to the heart of the course where you will find the stunning ruins of the 15th century Adare Franciscan Friary.  Spread across 230 acres of lush Irish countryside, the course measures 7,453 yards and even includes a beautiful 14 acre lake!

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By IrishFireside from Ishpeming, MI, USA (Adare Manor Aerial) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club

Comprising three different courses at Killeen, Mahoney’s Point and Lackabane, a round of golf at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is arguably the best way to enjoy the famously beautiful surroundings. Situated on the shore of Lough Leane, the course boasts unrivaled views of the splendid Killarney lakes. The course was established in 1893 and has been going strong ever since.

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Druid’s Glen

Known as the “Augusta of Europe”, Druid’s Glen in Co. Wicklow is one of Ireland’s most challenging courses. This refined parklands-style course features spectacular water features and manicured tree-lined fairways. A mere 30 minute drive from Dublin, this stunning course is also in a handy location.

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