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Top Golf Courses in Ireland
January 26, 2012

Ireland is one of the finest golfing locations in the world. With around 400 courses across the Ireland, a number of which being world-renowned hosts to international events, there is enough inspiration here to have anyone wanting to dust off their golf clubs and get out there. Many of other less well-known courses also offer spectacular scenery and a challenge to the most serious golfer.

From courses with tricky windswept dunes to parkland courses with an array of watertraps, you have a lot to choose from so here is a guide to 4 of the top courses in Ireland -

Lahinch - 6,725 yards and par 72

One of the oldest courses in Ireland, founded in 1892 Lanich is situated by Liscannor Bay, this course gets its name from Leithinsi, meaning half island.

Pros: There are plenty of natural contours of links land and bunkers to challenge anybody, no matter your handicap.

Cons: People looking for a course with a new and contemporary laid out feel, this may not be for you.

Portmarnock - 7,136 yards, par 72

Snaking right along along a stretch of coastline on a peninsula a few miles Dublin, Portmarnock has been the venue for a number of Irish Opens..

Pros: There are no two consecutive holes that are laid facing the same direction.

Cons: The strong winds from Irish Sea can have a dramatic affect on your long game on a bad day!

Ballybunion - 6,540 yards and a par 72

Situated in County Kerry, this course is based on spectacular links land. In fact, Ballybunion has the largest and most formidable sand dunes in Ireland, creating a wild and intimidating landscape.

Pros: The strong Atlantic wind offers a great challenge for any golfer. With very few trees and dunes aplenty, this is an excitingly diverse course.

Cons: This is a private members club, so you must ensure that you investigate availability.

The European Club - 7,490 yards and par 77

The European Club is widely regarded one of the finest courses in Ireland. Located 30 miles south of Dublin, there are actually 20 holes in this link course, set amongst rugged dunes next to the Irish Sea.

Pros: With natural sand hazards, tricky dunes, strong sea breezes and plenty of huge, fast-running greens.

Cons: For those lovers of a traditional club, this may not be for you; The European Club was opened in 1993.

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