Golf Breaks in Ireland

Scenery

Enjoy a holiday that combines the excitement of truly magnificent golf with some of the most beautiful and unspoiled scenery in Europe. The golfer will marvel at the spontaneous warmth of the welcome at each North and North & West Coast Links course and in the towns, villages, pubs and restaurants along Ireland’s Atlantic seaboard.

Meet the challenge of ten great links golf courses, experience a culture which is enchanting and unique, and celebrate with people who know how to enjoy themselves and who will ensure you have the time of your life.

Experience true links courses that are highly rated amongst the worlds best, and offer great value for money. The short flight makes it easily accessible and perfect for a weekend away.

North & West Coast Courses

Once you’ve stepped off your low cost Jet2.com flight in Belfast you can take your pick from one of these great golf courses...

Ballyliffin - Old Links

Stats

  • 18 holes
  • 6612 yards
  • par 71
Ballyliffin

Nick Faldo visited Ballyliffin in 1993 and described it as the most natural golf course he had ever seen. Two outstanding, contrasting links courses and 36 wonderful holes make up Ballyliffin Golf Club. Generally described as the Ballybunion of the North it oozes charm and character on some of the most amazing terrain on the North West Coast.

Ballyliffin - Glashedy Links

Stats

  • 18 holes
  • 7217 yards
  • par 72
Ballyliffin

The new Glashedy Links is fashioned around the incredible dunes, and is already notorious for its peat riveted bunkers and its opening three challenging par fours. The expansive panoramic views of countryside, coastline and ocean savoured by these magnificent links courses will not easily be forgotten.

Carne

Stats

  • 18 holes
  • 6690 yards
  • par 72
Carne

Carne was the last links course to be designed by the late Eddie Hackett and is now believed by many who have played there to be his greatest challenge. Carne lies in the splendid sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay, the legendary Inis Geidhe and Inis Gluaire islands and dramatic Achill.

Castlerock

Stats

  • 18 holes
  • 6747 yards
  • par 73
Castlerock

Castlerock, set among rolling sand dunes, is yet another great links course on the Causeway Coast situated in the seaside village of Castlerock. The Championship Mussenden Course is a par 73. The best known hole is the fourth, called the "Leg O'Mutton 2", a 200 yard par-3 with a railway line to the right, a burn to the left and a raised green.

Connemara

Stats

  • 18 holes
  • 7229 yards
  • par 72
Connemara

The par 72 is rarely achieved on this most challenging Atlantic links. This could be influenced by the invigorating air and breathtaking scenery, but more probably due to the vastness of the last six holes. Greens set high in the hillside on the 14th and 15th can be unnerving, particularly after playing the most testing short 13th!

County Sligo

Stats

  • 18 holes
  • 6609 yards
  • par 71
County Sligo

A centenarian with all the dignity and maturity of age, this is one of Ireland's great championship links. The club has hosted most of Ireland's major championships in its long history. Three extended beaches beneath the cliffs keep the Atlantic at bay to the west, while towering Benbulben competes with the ocean for scenic splendour.

Donegal

Stats

  • 18 holes
  • 7280 yards
  • par 73
Donegal

The course is presented in two loops of nine where the fairways wend their way by the Atlantic dunes and the sage-green grasses of the bay. The course suits big hitters of the ball as the ever-present ocean breezes ensure that it plays long and challenging most of the time.

Enniscrone

Stats

  • 18 holes
  • 6877 yards
  • par 73
Enniscrone

Another of Ireland's great west coast links where the sound of the Atlantic surf in Killala Bay is a steadfast accompaniment to the golf round. Eddie Hackett designed the course and has created a series of interesting holes which will encourage the use of a variation of clubs.

Portstewart - Old Course

Stats

  • 18 holes
  • 4783 yards
  • par 64
Portstewart

Founded in 1894 Portstewart Golf Club was always a haven for the golfing purist. Huge dunes are complemented by stunning views across the bay to the blue Donegal hills. This is a true links course with fast greens in excellent condition all the year round. It’s an uncontested view that Portstewart has the best opening hole in Irish Golf.

Rosapenna - Sandy Hills

Stats

  • 18 holes
  • 7005 yards
  • par 71
Rosapenna

Rosapenna is, to this day, one of the great natural golf courses in Ireland. Only three of the 18 greens had to be laid as the other 15 are a vindication of Tom Morris's judgement of the turf. The course is a combination of natural links and inland holes which stand on a peninsula between two lovely bays.

Royal Portrush - Valley

Stats

  • 18 holes
  • 6304 yards
  • par 70
Royal Portrush

Many golfers have portrayed Royal Portrush Golf Club Dunluce Links as one of the most challenging in the world and was re-designed by H.S. Colt in 1947. The Valley also offers a stiff challenge and hosts the Causeway Coast Amateur Tournament with other local courses, the biggest amateur tournament in the world.