Golfing on The Wild Atlantic Way

Cork and Kerry Courses

Featuring the longest signed coastal touring route in the world, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way offers a thrilling trip along the utmost edge of Western Europe with the chance to play some of Ireland’s finest golf courses – and nowhere is this truer than in the south-west counties of Cork and Kerry.

With more than 20 coastal courses to choose from, Cork and Kerry is offering golfers a feast of golfing treats to enjoy along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way this summer.

Setting out from Cork, Old Head of Kinsale deserves its reputation as one the spectacular courses in the world, protruding over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean with nine holes played along the cliff tops and all 18 holes providing stunning views.

Head west along the coast and you’ll encounter the likes of Skibbereen and Bantry Bay, with the latter towering above the head of Bantry Bay, where the warm Gulf Stream first touches land on this side of the Atlantic. This is a course not to be missed.

Set in the world-famous Ring of Kerry, Waterville Golf Links has it all. Bordered on one side by the majestic Kerry Mountains and on the other by Ballinskelligs Bay, it features some of the most breath-taking holes you are likely to find anywhere on the planet - Little wonder, then, that it regularly rates as one of the top 100 courses in the world.

Venture further north around the Ring of Kerry and you’ll come across Dooks, one of the ten oldest clubs in Ireland. Golf was first played on the historic links in 1889 and, as well providing a memorable test of golf, it also features stunning views across Dingle Bay to another must-see venue, Dingle Golf Links, which has been carved from the natural landscape of one of the most unspoiled parts of Europe.

Designed by Arnold Palmer and nestling beside the Atlantic, Tralee is a must for any lover of links golf while the two wonderfully-challenging courses at Ballybunion, located on the north-west coast of county Kerry on a stretch of sand dunes, are a joy to behold.