5-Day Irish Golf Trip Guide: Courses, Food, Accommodation

Plan your golf trip to Ireland and discover some of the best links courses in the world. With a surprise NEW COURSE that is surely going to be in the Top 10 best golf courses in Ireland 2019.

First stop…. Old Head Kinsale.

Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale (from the Irish, Ceann tSaile – ‘Head of the Sea’) is one of the most picturesque, popular and historic towns on the south west coast of Ireland.

Kinsale is one of the best food destinations in the world with a wide range of seafood restaurants and some great pubs for a pint and a chowder.

Day 1-

Head out for one of the best rounds of golf you are ever going to have. Even if you play bad!

Old Head Golf Links is a special place even according to Tiger! Nine holes play along the cliff tops, and all eighteen holes provide stunning ocean views. With the ever-changing sea breezes, the course provides a stern test to the touring pro and the high handicapper alike.

After your round head to the club house terrace for and amazing view and some really good food.

old head

There is accommodation available in Old Head, or plenty of great locations in kindle itself. http://www.oldhead.com

Out for dinner-


Fishy Fishy Restaurant Kinsale, is an award-winning restaurant run by husband and wife team Martin & Marie Shanahan who are totally passionate about what they do. http://www.fishyfishy.ie

Day 2

Next stop is a hidden gem that most people miss out on…Cork Golf Club.

After your round be sure to head into Cork for another experience you won’t forget.

The Oyster Tavern,

History of The Oyster Tavern

The Oyster Tavern has been a part of the Cork landscape for hundreds of years.

The earliest trace of the house being a tavern is dated to 1800. In 1828, Widow Stokes held the premises under lease from Edward Barrett, a Publican, and Richard Fitzgerald, a brewer, the property then being described as ‘a plot of ground in Cenderberry’s lane’ (now Market Lane). http://oystertavern.ie/reservations/

Day 3/4- Waterville Golf Links & a surprise course!

Waterville is a club steeped in history, and one of the best links courses in the world!

” Waterville is a small coastal village located between the Atlantic Ocean and Lough Currane on the scenic and famous Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. Renowned for its game angling and its 18 hole championship golf links, There is also many restaurants, bars & café’s serving food throughout the year as well as a huge selection of accommodation.

Waterville links has a new neighbour….. Hogs Head!

The golf course architecture firm of Robert Trent Jones II (RTJ II) is nearing completion of Hogs Head Golf Club, an original design adjacent to the scenic shoreline cliffs south of Waterville, Ireland. The unique layout will be unveiled in August 2017. But we have got some exclusive pictures just for you!

Day 5- Take a day to drive the Wild Atlantic Way!

Leaving Waterville and heading for your last stop Doonbeg! Along the way are some of the most spectacular locations in the world.

Finish your once in a life time trip with a stay in luxurious Doonbeg Resort!

Book your stay here https://www.trumphotels.com/ireland/golf/ireland-golf-course-rates

The Best 18: Which Irish Golf Holes Made the Cut? | Golf in Ireland

The Best 18: Golf in Ireland

We have put together the best visually stunning and challenging 18 holes currently on the GolfBirdie App. So here it is Golf in Ireland best 18.

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#1 The opening hole of the Ryder Cup 2006

Hole 1 Par 4 401 yards

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#2 Waterville Golf Links Hole 3 Par 4

#3 Old Head Golf Links Hole 4

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#4 The Island Golf Club Hole 14

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#5 Old Head Hole 17 Par 5 600 Yards

#6 Killarney Golf Club Hole 3 

#7 Carne Golf Links Hole 13 

#8 The K Club Palmer Course Hole 16

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#9 The Island Golf Club Hole 13

#10 Old Head Golf Links Hole 12

#11 Galway Bay Hole 7


#12 Killeen Castle Hole 12

#13 County Sligo Hole 5

#14 Dromoland Castle Hole 18

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#15 Castle Rock Hole 16

#16 The K Club Smurfit Course Hole 15


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#17 Killarney Hole 1 


#18 Old Head Hole 18 

The beauty of golf in Ireland

“WOW,” was all Tiger Woods could say as the early morning fog cleared to reveal the 15th tee at The Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale, County Cork He has a point: humpback whales splashing in the swirling waters, swooping seabirds and scampering hares – you’re at one with nature’s immense power on Ireland’s links. Just be sure to keep your eyes on the ball… Someone who will help keep your eyes on the fairways is the caddy. They know the fairways best, save you plenty of shots, and will probably be the best four hours’ conversation you’ll ever have on a golf course!

“I had such a great time in Ireland that I’ve been coming over ever since.”


Of course, it’s not all over after the 18th. The late US Open and US PGA Champion Payne Stewart felt right at home when he visited the 19th hole in Waterville – The Butler Arms Hotel: “We get into the pub and get around a piano,” said Stewart of his post-round routine. “I bring out my harmonica and the next thing you know it’s about 4am!” You see, finishing a round of golf doesn’t mark the end of the day in Ireland. Round here we always carry on to the 19th.

No licence or membership is required to play golf in Ireland. All you have to do is find the courses, book your tee times and turn up – or choose an operator to arrange it all for you.

There are fewer than 200 links golf courses in the world – Ireland has 50 of them.

In Ireland during summer, days are long – it’s light at 6.30am and doesn’t get dark until after 10pm, so you have plenty of playing time.

You won’t need a tuxedo in Ireland, but there are dress codes – smart casual works.

Some of my fondest memories of great golfing holes in the world, include the number four and five holes at Lahinch.


Don’t be afraid to mix things up. Invite a member or two to join your group and have a fun fourball…loser buys drinks at the 19th hole!

Don’t just check out a course’s signature hole – check out its history. In Killeen Castle (former Solheim Cup host), County Meath, for instance, your play was dictated by the fairies. Designer Jack Nicklaus wanted to tuck the 12th green into the left, but it would have meant cutting down a hawthorn tree, considered in Ireland to be a fairy tree… the tree was left intact for fear of bad luck and so a big drive leading to a small green is where the magic now happens