With world-class courses in some of the most spectacular locations on the planet, Ireland’s credentials are sky-high when it comes to golf. Did you know, for instance, that the island boasts a quarter of the world’s natural links courses? Or that some of the world’s best golfers hail from this fair isle, including Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington? And did we mention that Royal County Down has topped Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in the World outside of the US yet again? The 148th Open in Northern Ireland The Open is coming back to Royal Portrush in 2019. Time to explore the courses that make Northern Ireland a golfer’s paradise. Ready to tee off? But that’s not all: the truly great thing about golfing in Ireland is that there’s far more to a golf trip than just the challenge of the fairway! In Ireland, we blend exceptional golfing with wonderful off-the-course experiences. So next time you’re planning to tee off somewhere special, we think we know where you should go… Explore golf in Ireland Golf in Ireland “Ireland is the most beautiful country to play golf in,” says actor, Bill Murray. Stars have a special fondness for golf in Ireland. Golf in Northern Ireland “We have some of the finest golf courses in the world here," says Darren Clarke. What’s more, you're all invited. So let's play! Beyond the golf course It’s not all golf, golf, golf on a trip to Ireland! Take a look at what else you can do beyond six of our finest fairways. Trip ideas: golf in Northern Ireland Tee up on world-class links and parkland courses around Northern Ireland where elemental coastlines meet lush parklands. Ireland information: golf When to play, dress code and courses: everything you need to know when you play golf around the island of Ireland. Golf and the 19th hole The 19th hole is the inevitable ending point to a day's golfing on the island of Ireland and the social scene is legendary! The caddy craft Caddies are often the unsung heroes of Irish golf. Thankfully, skilled experts are in plentiful supply around the island of Ireland. The missing links The whisper among golfers about easy access to Ireland’s links courses is turning into a rousing roar – and it's no wonder! An open invitation Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell: we're not short on native champions at this year's Irish Open. Rory McIlroy: Golf's golden boy Wonder where Rory McIlroy picked up those skills? Follow us and discover the amazing golf courses of Northern Ireland. Golfing greats World champions, household names and epic wins: you're invited to get to know Ireland's revered golfing greats. Got a golfing question? Not sure where to tee off in Ireland? Why not join our community forum and see what our golfing experts recommend? Explore more Sports in IrelandRugby, hurling, GAA: sport in Ireland is fuelled by passion and prowess. Discover the best of Ireland's sporting culture and rich heritage. Ireland's citiesFrom the buzzing streets of Dublin to the walled wonders of Derry~Londonderry, Ireland's cities are brimming with culture. A taste of IrelandFrom contemporary cuisine to fabulous festivals, food in Ireland is fresh, tasty and made with a contemporary twist.