Known as Ireland’s Augusta, ‘Druids Glen Resort’ is a luxury 5 Star rated Hotel and Resort right where you want to be to play the best East Coast and Parkland Courses in all of Ireland. Druids Glen has two championship courses and, hosted the Irish PGA Open four consecutive years. Set in the beautiful countryside, yet only 30 minutes from Dublin it is the most convenient location to reach the other top courses.
After Druids Glen, you can head to ‘Royal County Down Golf Course’. Located along the shores of Dundrum Bay in Northern Ireland. This Links Style championship course is consistently ranked among the top 10 golf courses in the world. As the beautiful look at as it is challenging to play. The Greens are well guarded, small and full of breaks.
Next up is ‘Portmarnock Old’. This course has hosted numerous Irish Opens, the Walker Cup, The British Amature and Canadian Cup. Links Style and relatively flat, each hole has a unique character all it’s own. Famous for some of the Open winners here like Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, and Seve Ballesteros, this is a course you don’t want to miss.
One of the most famous links courses in Ireland is, ‘Lahinch Old’. Golf was first played here in 1892 and, was originally designed by Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews. The layout was revised in 1928 by none other than Dr. Alastair McKenzie who is also responsible for Pebble Beach, Augusta National and Cypress Point. This should give some indication of how spectacular a golf course this is in design and challenge.
Rounding out the top five courses in the East is, ‘Ballybunion Old’ in County Kerry, Ireland. PGA Golfer Tom Watson described Ballybunion as ” after a man plays here for the first time, you would think this is where the game of golf originated”. The reason for this is, it looks as if there were no human intervention in the design of this natural rolling hills links by the Sea. Founded 1896 it probably looked exactly same back then.