Lahinch Golf Course, County Clare
Part and parcel of the fabric of Irish golf for 125 years Lahinch's Old Course has undergone many changes since Old Tom Morris came over from Scotland to create it in 1894. Over the years, the course has been enhanced by esteemed architects Charles “Mo” Gibson, Dr Alister Mackenzie and Dr Martin Hawtree, and it now stands as an enjoyable and challenging test of skill and expertise – and as venue for the Irish Open in 2019. Keep an eye out for the goats while you’re here. It’s said if they’re seen near the clubhouse, the weather prospects aren’t so good; if they’re out on the dunes, the day is sure to be fine.
Portmarnock, County Dublin
Founded in 1894 on a sandy peninsula that was once only accessible by boat, this wonderful links course is renowned worldwide. A purely natural course, Portmarnock has hosted 12 Irish Opens as well as the Walker Cup and the Canada Cup – now the World Cup of Golf – and its finishing holes are regarded as some of the best to be found anywhere. Often described as a true test of golf, Tom Watson noted on one of his visits that at Portmarnock, “There are no tricks or nasty surprises, only an honest, albeit searching test of shot-making skills.”
Your golfing odyssey doesn’t end here. Check out our other courses around the island, and remember – there’s more to a golfing trip to Ireland than just the golf…