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10 undeniable reasons people love playing golf in Ireland

There’s no place in the world like Ireland, especially for golfers.


We know you don’t have all day, though, so here are 10 undeniable ones that might just make you call us to book a golf trip to Ireland today.

1. Links courses

Many of the golf courses in Ireland have a very different look than the majority of those in the U.S. The coastal terrain is perfectly suited for links style courses, which offer uniqueness, beauty, and quite a challenge.

2. The views

Whether it’s the roar of the ocean, the rolling dunes, the cliffs, pot bunkers, fescue or stoic architecture, there is so much beauty surrounding the courses in Ireland, where so many of the courses border the Atlantic. In fact, a course such as Old Head, located near Kinsale, has a lighthouse that dates back to the 17th century.

3. The beverages

Let’s see, what do we drink today? It’s a common question among the establishments in Ireland, and the pubs located on the golf courses are no exception. But in a land that gave us Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, Murphy’s and O’Hara’s, why do we need to choose? The Emerald Isle even offers some gems of tantalizing Irish craft beers, too.

And of course, let’s not forget some of the best whiskeys in the world, including Jameson and Glendalough.

4. The resorts

Where else can you play on a golf course that is more than 100 years old, then eat, relax and be treated like royalty with modern conveniences? Ireland’s numerous golf resorts really do offer the best of both worlds to enjoy.

5. Score doesn’t really matter

Golfing in Ireland is all about the experience. All of the above reasons should make even the most recreational golfer want to make the trek. Plus, have you seen how hard these links courses are? That being said, you are going to have a great time, no matter how high your score.

6. Plenty of daylight

If you visit Ireland in July or August evening rounds of golf can last for quite some time. Keep in mind that during those months, daylight can last until 11 p.m. local time.

7. Plenty of courses

Because there are so many golf courses in Ireland and Northern Ireland – and those countries are not that large – there are short drives (car rides, not the golf shot) between courses.

8. The dollar goes further

Presently the value of the dollar is performing well compared to the Euro. Also, many courses in Ireland charge similar rates to those in the states. What you spend on your tee time, when compared to the beauty and experience will be a well worth it.

9. The people

From your cab driver, to hotel clerk, to the employees at the golf course, one would be hard pressed to find better treatment than in Ireland. It’s a place where most people would be described as happy, and make it their goal to make sure you have a good time. And let’s not forget the caddy, who not only carries your clubs, but gives advice on the golf – and other things – all in the most delightful of accents.

10. Year-round golf

Though the weather may be somewhat unpredictable, and may not always be warm enough to wear shorts on the course in Ireland, it doesn’t quite get cold enough – or snow enough – for the golf clubs to shut down or the hardcore golfers off of the course.