There's nothing quite like the Ryder Cup. Two teams, representing Europe and the USA, battle for supremacy – pitching player against player and continent against continent. The competition is fierce – not just for the pros, but for those watching from around the world.
It was 2006 when Ireland last hosted the event, and Darren Clarke provided the inspiration needed for Europe to clinch its third consecutive win. The emotion was high, the drama was intense, and after it was all over, Ireland was left wondering... when could we do it all over again?
It's taken 21 long years, but the Ryder Cup is finally coming back! 5-star Adare Manor in County Limerick will host the world’s finest golfers for three days of spectacular sportsmanship in 2027 – and if you ask us, it can’t come a moment too soon.
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After a total redesign by renowned golf course architect, Tom Fazio, The Golf Course at Adare Manor is truly breathtaking. Set against a backdrop of the mansion’s crenellated stone walls and 19th-century turrets, the greens sprawl across 230 acres of parkland, dotted with mature trees and criss-crossed by the River Maigue.
18 holes, 104 regal bedrooms and an award-winning chef make this hotel a dream by anyone’s standards—and that’s before you explore the cute, cosy, cultured village of Adare that surrounds the manor. It’s little wonder the Ryder Cup team made the choice to host its 46th competition here.
Take our advice and book a trip while you can—imagine watching the Cup in 2027, and seeing Rory McIlroy miss the shot you made on the 9th hole?
Most golfers will never have seen anything like this course. It looks and plays like no other course in Ireland.Tom Fazio, golf course architect
The home of champions
Of course, Ireland’s world-class golfers are used to world-class courses. Home club to Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell, Royal Portrush has twice hosted The Open and has been hailed by Ryder Cup captain Pádraig Harrington as “definitely my favourite links course in the world—a great challenge and one that is always exciting to play”.
Harrington, who himself learned to swing a club at Stackstown Golf Club in Dublin, is also a devoted fan of Ballybunion in County Kerry. "It’s traditional links golf at its best. It’s funky, and all sorts of crazy things can happen, but I love it.”
Head a little further inland and you’ll make your way to Esker Hills, the home club of The 148th Open champion, Shane Lowry. Described by designer (and Irish golfing legend), Christy O’Connor Jr, as “the only inland links type course I know”, this is a unique spot to test your skills.
Beyond the course
But it’s not just the courses that make Ireland a must for the golfing bucket-list: from world-class clubs to passionate people, phenomenal food and a bit of craic (fun) along the way, a trip here will tick boxes you never even knew you had. A day spent on the green might be your dream, but there’s so much more to discover here.
Follow the wind-lashed Wild Atlantic Way – a coastal road on the very edge of Europe; discover the compelling stories of Ireland's Ancient East, where 5,000 years of history ripple under rolling green hills; embrace the giant spirit and energy of Northern Ireland and experience the buzz of Ireland's cities, from Dublin to Belfast to Limerick.