IRELAND'S GOLF HISTORY SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
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THE EUROPEAN CLUB
This superb links course was designed by Pat Ruddy Golf Courses and is owned and run by the Ruddy family.
Located at Brittas Bay in Wicklow, this course is another newcomer to the golfing scene.
Rated in the top 10 Golf Courses in the country in recent years, this course can boast some of the best links golf in the Country.
As always with links golf, this course provides a forum for a battle with the elements. The European Club can provide as tough a challenge as can be seen on any Golf Courses anywhere in Ireland on a windy day!
THE OLD HEAD OF KINSALE
The Old Head Golf Links is quite simply one of the most remarkable developments ever conceived in the history of golf.
This Atlantic promontory will never be rivaled in terms of drama and beauty.
The 220 acre site of five par 3’s, five par 5’s and eight par 4’s is configured as two returning loops of nine holes.
Eight of the holes play directly along the cliff tops, providing an exhilarating test of golf and concentration.
BALLYBUNION (Old Course)
After playing Ballybunion for the first time, a man would think that the game of golf originated here.
Located on the Shannon estuary, it is a true seaside links course. The course is virtually treeless and a course of sharp contours throughout.
There appears to be no man-made influence. It looks like a course laid out on land back in the 10th century.
There is a wild look to the place, the long grass covering the dunes that pitch and roll make it very intimidating. Yet the course is eminently fair.
While there would appear to be a lot of blind shots, there aren’t. You are given a good idea where you must hit the ball even when there are blind shots.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Senior, and first opened for play in 1982.
The Trent-Jones Cashen Course is Ballybunion’s magnificent new Golf Course. It is located among amazingly high sand dunes at the mouth of the River Cashen.
To say the course looks natural in its setting is to do it an injustice. The course flows with the land and uses the natural contours to full potential.
This is a dateless Golf Course which after playing makes you ask if you’ve ever played amid quite such surroundings.
The majority of Cashen’s green positions have been copied by many designers and they are rated top 100 by Golf Magazine
What can never be copied is the majestic landscape and fresh sea air that is distinctly part of the Ballybunion experience. It is spectacular and supremely challenging.
THE K CLUB
Set amongst 700 acres of lush Kildare countryside, the Palmer Course at the K Club is arguably the finest parkland Golf Course in Ireland.
Designed by Arnold Palmer, the course hosts the prestigious Smurfit European Open. It became the first Irish venue to host the Ryder Cup in September 2006 – when Europe memorably recorded a resounding victory.
If ever a Golf Course reflected the personality of its designer, then surely the Palmer Course at the K Club is it.
And while it may seem odd to describe a Golf Course as charismatic and cavalier, from the moment you arrive at the first tee here, a unique atmosphere envelops you.
THE K CLUB – SMURFIT COURSE
The Smurfit Course at The K Club has been described as one of the great inland Golf Courses to be developed in Ireland.
Best depicted as an inland links, the course has many dramatic landscapes with dune type mounding throughout.
This assists in making the course into a true Championship Golf Course. There are many vantage points for spectators to view the Golf Professional at work. Coupled with this point, some fourteen acres of water have been worked into the design especially through the final phase of Hole No’s: 13 to 18.
A watery grave awaits many a golfer on the home stretch.
WATERVILLE LINKS COURSE
Since opening in 1973, Waterville Golf Course has enjoyed great popularity.
They have hosted some of the world’s leading professionals from Faldo and Floyd to Stewart, O’Meara and Woods. All have been captivated by the course.
“One of the greatest Golf Courses ever built. I have never seen a more consistent succession of really strong and beautiful golf holes than here.”
3 times British Open Champion, Sir Henry Cotton.
ADARE MANOR GOLF CLUB
Confirmed as the home to the Ryder Cup 2027, The Golf Course
at Adare Manor is honoured to be hosting the prestigious event
during its centenary year.
Designed for the grandest of stages, each hole of The Golf Course at Adare Manor features its own unique character,
with many candidates for the most dramatic. As it narrates its own story, the closing stretch will bear witness to some of
the most dramatic moments in the history of the Ryder Cup, all in the shadow of the Manor House.
From the very beginning, The Golf Course at Adare Manor was destined to welcome crowds and deliver an atmosphere
beyond anything Ireland has seen before. The extended space surrounding each green provides for unspoiled vantage
points across the property whilst the course infrastructure ensures an unrivalled fan and participant experience.
The Golf Course at Adare Manor looks ahead in excitement as it prepares to showcase Ireland on the world stage
and can assure golf fans that the occasion will be worthy of the 100th year of golf’s best-loved event.
NOTES ON GOLF IN IRELAND
- The majority of Golf Clubs in Ireland require a handicap of 24 for men and 36 for women. Some golf clubs may request a certificate of handicap.
- Generally it is necessary to have a good knowledge of the etiquette of golf.
- There is almost always a course available but we suggest you reserve it in advance.
- Each Golf Club has its own set of rules.
- Normally Golf Clubs require a non-refundable deposit in order to guarantee a booking – especially for groups.
- It is necessary to reserve caddies in advance – we cannot guarantee their availability otherwise. The price of a caddie varies. It is necessary to pay the caddie master for the services of a caddie.
- It is possible to hire a golf cart at almost all Golf Clubs but it is always a good idea to book in advance.
- Dress code is important.
- Some clubs will request a list of players names, home clubs and handicaps, if not already supplied.
- Most Golf Clubs require that a group check in at reservations at least 15 minutes before their tee-times.
- Full pre-payment or (non-refundable) deposit is required to confirm tee-times at Golf Course.
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