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8 great and insightful quotes about Ireland, Irish golf

April 4, 2016

Categories: Travel Tips

Here are some of our favorite quotes about Ireland and Irish golf:


Whether you’re planning a golf trip to Ireland or simply just dreaming of golfing in Ireland, take it from professional and amateur golfers alike – there’s nothing quite like the Emerald Isle and its famous golf courses.

From the people to the pubs and the courses to the countryside, here are some of our favorite quotes about Ireland and golf courses in Ireland.

1. Padraig on home

“As I travel the globe, I visit and experience some wonderful places and get to play some of the world’s best courses, but I always look forward to returning home and playing the unique golf courses of Ireland. In Ireland, we are very fortunate to have some of the very best golf courses in the world, from links to inland courses, all of which provide a friendly welcome to any visitor.”

Padraig Harrington, professional golfer from the Republic of Ireland

2. Keep swinging, Bill

“I love (Ballybunion). It’s perfectly Irish: beautiful, rough, and a lot like life — you get breaks you don’t deserve, both ways. You just have to keep swinging and know it will all even out.”

Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States

3. It even has … goats

“If you want a romantic links experience, Lahinch is it – an outstanding design, a glorious setting along the sea, a rich history, castle ruins – it even has a group of goats that meander about the dunes.”

Kevin Adams, in “1001 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die”

4. Hooked on Dooks

“Dooks is maybe the loveliest little golf club in the world. Certainly I have never been totally surrounded by superb scenery than at Dooks.”

David Davies, The Guardian                

5. The Super Bowl of golf

“It’s like the Super Bowl of golf. As soon as you think you’ve been at the best golf course you’ve ever seen, you go to another one.”

Joshua Nowak, golfer from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

6. Treated like a king

“My favorite place to play golf is in Ireland. That’s where my ancestors come from, and it’s the most beautiful country to play golf in, and when you come as a guest to play golf you are treated like a king.”

Bill Murray, American actor and frequent Pebble Beach Pro-Am participant

7. On folklore and pubs

“The Irish golf experience is about so much more than golf. Sure, you’ll visit some of the greatest golf venues in the world, but the true heart of Ireland rests in the people, the folklore, the villages and the pubs. A character lies around every corner and we’ll find them for you. You’ll come home with a respect for true links golf for sure, but it will also be undeniable that you have actually been to and experienced Ireland as well.”

John O’Connell, Trinity Golf CEO

8. Hitting the 19th hole

“We get into the pub (at Waterville) and get around a piano. I bring out my harmonica and the next thing you know it’s about 4 a.m.!”

Payne Stewart, late professional golfer