West and Northwest Ireland
Esker Hills Golf Club
Situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacular setting with the 12 Bens in the background, the Connemara Championship Links Course has a popular reputation with big hitters who relish the big, long, meandering fairways. The back nine has been described to equal of any in the world! Northwards to Donegal are Ballyliffin’s two fine Links courses and a near neighbor is the magnificent links course Rosapenna offering you a 36 hole unique golfing experience.
Other honorable mentions are Donegal Golf Club, Portsalon, Enniscrone, County Sligo, and Carne.
This course was designed to highlight and preserve the ancient historic features of the Renville Peninsula. The spectacular setting on Galway Bay is distractingly beautiful and the cleverly designed mix of holes presents a real golfing challenge which demands total concentration.
Length 7144 yds: Par 72: SSS 73
Situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacular setting with the Twelve Bens Mountains in the background, this championship course is a challenge as good as any golfer would wish for. The course has a popular reputation with big hitters, who relish the long meandering fairways.
Length 6751 yds: Par 72: SSS 73
To play the Old Links at Ballyliffin is to experience golf on one of nature’s most beautiful stages. All around are dramatic hills and mountains with magnificent views of the bay, the ocean and the course. It has a very difficult third hole with a narrow fairway and sloping green. The fifth hole (known locally as “The Tank” is interesting to say the least.
Length 6837 yds: Par 72: SSS 73
Not to be missed is the Glashedy Course
Length 7250 yds: Par 72: SSS 72
Carne Golf Links (Belmullet)
This wonderful links course has a natural setting of considerable beauty. Splendid sand dunes on ancient grounds. Elevated tees and plateau greens exploit the magnificent backdrops over Blacksod Bay.
Length 6660 yds: Par 72:
Donegal Golf Club
This challenging links course will test the best. Superbly scenic between sea and mountains, the holes are a mixture of testing Par 5’s, tricky par 4’s and memorable Par 3’s.
Length 6834 yds: Par 73: SSS 73
This links course, on the shore of Killala Bay, is one of the many marvelous tests of golf which can be found in Ireland. The quality of the golf is matched by the surroundings, with the Ox Mountains close by. Killala Bay reaches out to the broad Atlantic within miles of sandy beaches which surround the course.
Length 6620 yds: Par 72: SSS 72