Ireland Golf Tours | August’s Top 6 Golf Courses
We can’t wave August goodbye without our monthly top 6 golf courses in Ireland! All of these Irish golf courses have been selected by Mike Ryan, he just knows the best golf and creates a perfect golf tour in Ireland. It’s difficult to pick just 6 as we have some of the best golf in the world but here’s the choice for August..
Portmarnock Golf Club opened in County Dublin in 1894 with just 9 holes, it was later extended to an 18- hole course in 1896 and then a further 9 holes joined the course in 1971. This distinguished course, designed by Bernhard Langer, is 117 years old. Portmarnock has a flat green which makes for relatively easy-going fast play, each hole however is unique. It is a world-wide known, challenging course. An ideal challenge for any Irish Golf Tour. Portmarnock was also the venue for the first Irish Open in 1927 and is thought to be the best Championship Course in Ireland; ranked by Golf Digest and the best Golf Club in Ireland.
Dooks Golf Club
Found in County Kerry, in 1889 the original 9 holes were laid out in Dooks Golf Club. It was unique as at the time it was one of only ten Golf Clubs in Ireland. In 1899 the additional 9 holes were added, making Dooks the first 18-hole Golf Course in Kerry. As a 127 year-old Course has long contoured fairways and the Mc Gillycuddy’s Reeks mountains to the east. It is an enclosed links so wind speeds of other courses shouldn’t effect play here. However, this doesn’t mean it’s an easy course and still requires a skilled player to take it on. It is traditional golf to a tee for a superb Irish golf tour!
The Portstewart Golf Club was founded in 1894 and is set in Ulster’s famous Causeway Coast and runs along the River Bann. It combines 73 holes over three remarkable courses; The Strand, The Riverside and The Old Course. The course consists of vast sand dunes that are encircled by the splendid views of the bay and the Donegal hills, making this a spectacular Irish golf trip.
Doonbeg Golf Links is perhaps more famously known internationally nowadays because of it’s owner; Donald Trump. It was designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman and stretches to 1.5 miles of beach and sand dunes. Another highly popular course in County Clare. It is a 72 par course that plays 9 in and 9 out. The speed and variation of wind in this open play can be the challenge that awaits here. This is definitely a course in which all clubs will be used! Now know as the Trump International Resort, there’s everything on offer here from luxury suites to fine-dining and a spa health and wellness centre. Offering you a deluxe golf vacation in Ireland.
Waterville Golf Course
Waterville is located on the beautiful Ring of Kerry, constructed by course architect, Eddie Hackett, it has long been a favourite luxury golf vacation spot for discerning golfers. Surrounded by the Inny River and open Atlantic Ocean, Waterville was recently updated by Tom Fazio the world renowned architect and was praised by Mark O‘Meara and Tiger Woods for its near perfect design. Waterville hosted the Kerry Gold Classis from 1975-1977, (which was won by Tony Jacklin) and since been a regular vacation spot for David Duval and the late Payne Stewart.
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