Ireland's Best Courses
Did you know that Ireland’s Royal County Down is ranked as the third best course by Top 100 Golf Courses, an independent website dedicated to ranking the best places to play on the planet. For the record, that’s third place out of roughly 32,000 golf courses dotted around the globe.
The Northern Irish course is joined in the top 100 global listings by Royal Portrush – Dunluce (14), Ballybunion – Old (19), Lahinch (43), Portmarnock (46), Waterville (58) and The European Club (68).
As for which courses this website rates as the best in the Republic of Ireland, that order of merit is as follows: Ballybunion – Old (1), Lahinch (2), Portmarnock (3), Waterville (4), The European Club (5), County Sligo (6), Tralee (7), County Louth (8), Ballyliffin (9) and Rosapenna (10).
And just how does Top 100 Golf Courses make its selections? It ranks them according to reviews by passionate golfers like you, as well as expert opinion from people like club pros.
Now we know that golfers all over Ireland will debate this list. Some will agree with it and others will be wondering why a particular gem is absent. We don’t claim for a second that it is definitive – but we welcome the debate. And if your favourite course is missing, why not join in and write a review.