Golf Courses in Eastern Ireland
Ardglass Golf Club
A beautiful golf course with the Irish Sea and Mountains of Mourne as backdrops. The course hugs the coastline with the sea coming into play on eight holes. The par-3 12th hole is probably the feature hole drawing comparisons with the famous 17th hole at Pebble Beach. Parts of the clifftop clubhouse date to the 14th century and there is alwways a warm welcome for visitors.
Par 71 - 6,258 Yards
Carton House Golf Club
A recent addition to the eastern golf course roster. Carton House is located just outide Maynooth, Co. Kildare, just west of Dublin on the main N4 road. Two contrasting golf courses designed by Mark O'Meara and Colin Montgomerie.
The O'Meara is a magnificent parkland course that makes splendid use of the estates rolling hills, mature trees and the River Rye. Desinged to be tough from the championship tees and to give pleasure from the forward tees.
The Montgomerie is described as an inland links. Each hole requires a line to be picked over impressive fairway bunkers before approaching large, contoured greens adequately protected by further bunkers. The Montgomeie will host the 2005 Irish Open.
The O'Meara - Par 72 - 7,006 Yards - Mark O'Meara.
The Montgomerie - Par 72 - 7,310 Yards - Colin Montgomerie
County Louth Golf Club (Baltray)
Probably Ireland's most underrated links, Baltray has long been a favourite with Irish links enthusiasts. On the mouth of the River Boyne, the course is situated in natural and unspoint linksland. Golf World wrote "There is not a weak hole on the course and some holes merit greatness". Baltray hosted the 2004 Irish Open.
Par 72 - 6,936 Yards - Tom Simpson
Druids Glen Golf Resort
Two magnificent championship courses on the east coast.
Druids Glen - Par 72 - 7,006 Yards - Mark O'Meara.
Druids Heath - Par 72 - 7,310 Yards - Colin Montgomerie
Dundalk Golf Club
Demanding accuracy from the outset, this mature, tee-lined course has undergone recent renovation to prepare for its centenary year in 2005. Located in the southern corner of Dundalk Bay overlooking the Cooley Mountains, Dundalk is a championship course that attracts Ireland's top amateurs to its annual senior scratch cup. A truly great parkland test.
Par 72 - 6,776 Yards - Eddie Connaughton.
The European Club
A true and great links designed and owned by Pat Ruddy, one of Ireland's foremost golf architects. South of Dublin on the County Wicklow coast, the course tumbles through massive sand dunes and provides stunning views of he Irish Sea. The course bears all the hallmarks of a Ruddy design - well defined holes with large undulating greens and severely punishing bunkers. Tiger Woods recorded the course record 67 on his first visit to the club.
Par 71 - 7,149 Yards - Pat Ruddy.
Headfort Golf Club
Headfort is renowned for its magnificent selection of mature trees that enhance the picturesque setting of these two fine parkland courses.
The Old Course is a well-established, mature layout with trees lining the fairways. The greens are consistently rated as some of the best parkland greens in the East of Ireland.
The New Course was opened in 2001 and receives glowing accolades from those who have played it. The River Blackwater is incorporated into thirteen holes and full use is made of two islands on the river.
Old Course - Par 72 - 6,601 Yards - Unknown.
New Course- Par 72 - 7,176 Yards - Christy O'Connor Jnr.
The Island Golf Club
This links, in splendid isolation, is surrounded by the Irish Sea, Donabate Beach and Broadmeadow Estuary. The course nestles between the highest sandunes of any links course in Ireland. Golf World rank The Island as #70 in the Top-100 golf courses in the British Isles and The Island will be the Irish qualifying course for The Open Championship from 2005-1010.
Par 71 - 6,826 Yards - Mother Nature
Two magnificent golf courses, both designed by Arnold Palmer are set amongst 550 acres of beautiful countryside bisected by the River Liffey.
The North (or Palmer) course will host the Ryder Cup matches in 2006. One of the finest and most testing inland courses in Ireland requiring accuracy, skill and nerve. The River Liffey and other water hazards feature on the majority of holes.
The South (or Smurfit) course hosted the 2004 European Open. Sometimes described as an inland links because of the dune like mounds that feature throughout. The finishing stretch has added hazards in the form of huge lakes.
North Course - Par 72 - 7,337 Yards - Arnold Palmer
South Course - Par 72 - 7,313 Yards - Arnold Palmer
Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club
A traditional links where professional Irish golfer Des Smyth began his career. Sweeping along the coast at the mouth of the River Boyne, Laytown & Bettystown is a most enjoyable challenge, and its par of 71 will provide a stern test.
Par 71 - 6,270 Yards
Portmarnock Golf Club
Portmarnock golf course is an outstanding links. It demands accuracy and skill together with a high level of committment, nowhere more than the par-3 fifteenth, where a tee-shot should be aimed out over the beach to allow the wind to bring it back to the green. Portmarnock occupies a small peninsula and provides a splendid sense of isolation.
Par 72 - 7,365 Yards - W.C. Pickeman
Situated on the coast at Portmarnock, just north of the "old" Portmarnock club, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links has over 200 acres of ground that formerly belonged to the Jameson family. Bernhard Langer has used over 180 acres of this land to create a classic championship links test that combines the traditions of links golf with the modern elements of the game.
Par 71 - 6,881 Yards - Bernhard Langer
Powerscourt Golf Club
Powerscourt Golf Club is set on a grand scale in keeping with the splensour of Powerscourt Estate, one of the finest country houses in Ireland. The East and West courses both have exceptional tiered greens that have been developed to USPGA standards. Both have links characteristics and stunning views of the Irish sea and the Sugarloaf mountain
East Course - Par 72 - 7,051 Yards - Peter McEvoy
West Course - Par 72 - 6,792 Yards - Pat Merrigan
Rathsallagh Golf Club
Opened in 1995 this course has rapidly ascended into the list of best Irish courses. Beautifully laid out by Christy O'Connor Jnr. & Peter McEvoy, Rathsallagh features several lakes and small streams that meander across the fairways. The greens are simply immaculate.
Par 72 - 7,200 Yards - Christy O'Connor Jnr. & Peter McEvoy
Royal County Down Golf Club
Royal County Down is consistently rated as one of the world's best courses. It is an excellent test of golf and the outward half are the equal of any nine holes anywhere. The main challenge is to find a line from the tee and to then hit it straight. You miss the fairways here at your peril - gorse, rough and binkers abound and severely punish the errant golfer.
Par 72 - 7,065 Yards - Old Tom Morris
Royal Dublin Golf Club
Dublin Golf Club was founded in 1885 and moved to the present location on Bull Island, just north of the city centre in 1889. Royal Dublin is traditional links golf at its finest, 9 holes out by the shore and 9 holes back to the clubhouse. Although considerably flat, it still presents as fine a links challenge as any Royal Dublin hosted the Irish Open from 1983-1985.
Par 72 - 6,939 Yards - H.S. Colt
Saint Annes Golf Club
The northern half of Bull Island is home to another traditional links course, St. Annes. This par-71 layout underwent major redevelopment in 2003 and the course now presents 18 separate challenges that will require thought and a variety of shots. Spectacular views are afforded across Dublin Bay to the Dublin and Wicklow mountians and the newly constructed clubhouse is a perfect place to enjoy these views.
Par 71 - 6,626 Yards
Seapoint Golf Club
Across the mounth of the River Boyne from the links at Baltray and Bettystown is another fine links at Seapoint. Seapoint offers a links with a difference with mature trees bordering the course on the western side and water hazards playing a prt in the first six holes. A terrific finishing stretch along the shore summed up by the description of the sixteenth - "...premium on position off the tee. Anything left is a lost ball, therefore consideration should be given to an iron. The approach shot should not go right".
Par 72 - 6,973 Yards - Des Smyth
Tulfarris Golf Club
On the shores of the Blessington Lakes in the heart of Ireland's Garden County, Tulfarris is a remarkable golf course. Set on three peninsulas the course has been designed so that no two holes are alike. The integrity of the landscape and the environment has been preserved and the attention to detail in course presentation is especially notable.
Par 72 - 7,118 Yards - Pat Merrigan