This may come as a bit of a surprise as I’ve hardly mentioned it in any of my previous blogs, but I do consider myself a good (okay, mediocre) golfer. And whenever I travel to Ireland, the unofficial golfing capital of the world, I have to bring my clubs with me. Here are three of my favorite Ireland golf courses.
The K Club
When I recently spent time in Dublin, I knew I had to take a day to travel west of the city limits for a round at the K Club. This particular golf course has such a high reputation because it is one of the very few courses designed by Arnold Palmer. The 36-hole course was established in 1991 and sees constant updates and new infrastructure each year. If you want to play this course, do what I did and go there between January and March when the green fees is lowered by quite a bit.
Waterville Golf Links
The first thing that strikes any golfer about this course is each hole’s sheer beauty. Seeing that the course was originally built in the late-1890’s, it makes sense that it sits on such a gorgeous piece of seaside land. I would suggest acquiring a tee time months in advance to make sure you can play 18 holes in the morning. When I teed off it was around 7 a.m. and fog was rolling off the sea and throughout the course. While the visibility was tough at times, I’ll never forget how breathtaking each hole appeared. Although it is one of the most sought-after courses in Ireland, you can play a round for as little as $80.
Lahinch Golf Club
Lahinch Golf Club is routinely ranked highly on lists of the best courses in Ireland. This links course in Munster has been in business for over 100 years. The most memorable thing about this course – and I had read about this ahead of time – was how many goats were on and around the holes. Bizarre for sure, but most importantly, an unforgettable time on the links.