Sometimes overlooked, the east coast of Ireland also has its fair share of historic links courses and also some of the best "new" links you will find anywhere.
Ireland's east coast is blessed with an amazing array of golf courses. Some others of note include; Laytown Bettystown, Seapoint, Arklow, Druids Glen and Killeen Castle amongst many many others.
Travel with Links Golf Ireland to the East Coast of Ireland and use Dublin city as an ideal base for the entire trip.
Below is a sample itinerary that we know you will enjoy thoroughly but, should you wish to add in some other courses or attractions, we would be happy to customise a plan just for you.
Arrive into Dublin airport where you driver will be waiting or collect your rental car. As today may otherwise be a wasted "jet-lag day" we tend to get you playing right off the plane.
Play County Louth Golf Club (Baltray). An Open Regional Qualifying site in 2018, a former Irish Open host (Shane Lowry won it as an amateur!) and the perennial host to one of Ireland's Championship Amateur events, the East of Ireland.
A short drive today from your hotel, the Royal Dublin Golf Club is on a flat piece of links terrain that is permanently exposed to the wind. The great Seve won an Irish Open here. Watch out for the 18th "The Garden", with Out of Bounds on the right, it can ruin a great round.
Perennially one of the highest ranked courses in Ireland and the world. This World Cup, Walker Cup and Irish Open host is a masterful design over relatively flat terrain. The short 15th is a favourite of many of the world's best golfers. In 2019, Portmarnock Golf Club hosted (with The Island Golf Club) the prestigious Amateur Championship.
Founded in 1987 by Pat Ruddy, who is both designer and owner, this labour of love can be called one of the last great links courses to have been built in the 20th century. It differs from many of the other east coast courses in that has plenty of rolling terrain and large dunes.
Bring some extra balls today, this one is awesome, tough and so much fun!
The number one ranked golf course in the world (outside the US) according to the Golf Digest World Top 100 List for 2018. Blind shots, elevation changes and gorse bushes abound for a roller-coaster round that you will never forget. This course, designed by Old Tom Morris in 1889, has hosted the Irish Open, The Walker Cup and The Amateur Championship.
The Island Golf Club in north county Dublin is a personal favourite of Links Golf Ireland staff and one not to be missed. Monster dunes and uniquely challenging holes (see holes 13, 14 & 15) mean this former site to the Regional Open Championship Qualifying & 2019 host to the Amateur Championship will be an instant favourite.
Recent work by Dr. Martin Hawtree (open for play 2020) has only enhanced this east coast classic.
All good things must come to an end...unfortunately! Your hotel is only a short commute to the airport.
Time to begin the process for your next trip to the Emerald Isle or beyond!