Golf at-Old Head of Kinsale-CorkIreland is a golfer’s haven, that is, if you are well prepared for the ever- changing weather and challenging courses. With its remarkable scenery, rugged coastlines, lush parkland, as well as legendary hospitality, it comes as no surprise that Ireland is among the world’s best golfing destinations.

Ireland has an abundance of international standard golf courses so there is something for every golfing enthusiast. The older Irish golf courses are legend, while the younger ones are getting there. Choosing the right courses for a golfing trip in Ireland is not an easy task.

Here are our top 5 Irish golf courses:

1. Ballybunion Old Course

Hit the ball wrong and it will disappear into the Atlantic Ocean. This beautiful golf course’s layout right next to the waters seems more natural than man-made. The Ballybunion Old Course will give you a memorable golfing experience that will take you back to the root of this enjoyable sport.

2. Slieve Russel (Cavan)

The Slieve Russel Golf Course (Cavan) is found among the drumlin valley and  lakeland in  Ballyconnell in County Cavan. Opening in 1992, it has become one of Ireland’s top golf attractions. The wonderful parkland course contains around 300 acres of manicured lush gardens plus 50 acres of lakes. Golfers will find the water hazards as a major challenge.

3. Ballyliffin (Glashedy)

These northerly links are located amid dramatic landscapes and gorgeous skies. Tom Craddock and Pat Ruddy designed the Glashedy Course and experts regard it as one of the finest golf courses in the British Isless. The neighboring Old Course is still functional. It challenges golfers with very irregular fairway.

irish-golf-courses-24. The K Club

Located in Straffan in County Kildare, the prestigious K Club is regarded as one of the best courses in all of Europe.  Any golf fan knows that this resort took the spotlight role when it became the venue for the 2006 Ryder Cup. The K Club’s Palmer Course hosted this major event. The other course, the Smurfit Course, is an inland links with lots of lakes and wild species of plants that are planted randomly throughout the course.

5. Royal Portrush (Dunluce)

Located near the Giant’s Causeway, the club is set among the dunes and blessed with a refreshing breeze straight from the sea. This golf course opened in 1888 and is the only course in Ireland to host the British Open. The golf course itself needs accurate driving, gearing towards the technically excellent players.