Rory McIlroy isn’t just a great ambassador for golf, he’s also the driving force behind the European Tour’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (July 4-9). And this year, Donegal’s spectacular links at Ballyliffin Golf Club takes the honour of being host. Since his Rory Foundation took over as tournament host in 2015 at Golf Digest's No 1 course outside the US, Royal County Down, the event has attracted a bumper field, teeing it up as one of the key events on the European Tour. ... the tremendous job that Rory and his Foundation have done to really put the Irish Open back on the world stage. Graeme McDowell Following hugely successful Irish Opens at world-class courses including Royal Portrush, Carton House, Fota Island, the K Club and Portstewart, McIlroy and The European Tour have cemented the Irish Open’s reputation as an iconic event in the golfing calendar. Now Ballyliffin, located along the Wild Atlantic Way, joins this list of championship courses. A golfing heritage Perusing the list of past winners reads like a who’s who of golfing legends. Since George Duncan's win at the inaugural event at Portmarnock back in 1927, greats such as Seve Ballesteros, José María Olazábal, Ian Woosnam, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Sergio Garcia, Sam Torrance, Colin Montgomerie, Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry have all lifted the coveted trophy. The Irish fans are some of the best in the world. Padraig Harrington Amongst some of the most breathtaking and challenging courses in the world, you’ll find an extraordinary welcome both on and off the fairways. Add to that a rich tradition of producing some of the finest talent in the game’s history, it’s no wonder this leafy land is often referred to as the ‘green of dreams’. Explore more golfing adventures on the island of Ireland Golf in Northern Ireland“We have some of the finest golf courses in the world here,” says Darren Clarke. So let's play! Trip idea: Golf in Northern IrelandTee off at some of the most breathtaking and challenging courses in the world around Northern Ireland. 6 ways to go beyond the golf courseIt’s not all golf, golf, golf on a trip to Ireland! Look what else you can do beyond 6 of our finest fairways.