Paul McGinley isn’t just a great ambassador for golf, he’s also the driving force behind the European Tour’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. In 2019, Clare’s spectacular links at Lahinch took the honour of hosting what is now one of the key events on the European Tour. Lahinch is one of Ireland’s truly iconic links golf courses... Paul McGinley Following hugely successful Irish Opens at world-class courses including Ballyliffin, Royal Portrush, Carton House, Fota Island, the K Club and Portstewart, The European Tour has cemented the Irish Open’s reputation as an iconic event in the golfing calendar. Now Lahinch, 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.