Golf Tours on the East Coast of Ireland
Golf In Ireland’s East offers the perfect combination of proximity to the capital city and top-notch courses. Let Hand in Hand design the perfect eastern Ireland golf tour for you. Here are the courses our experts recommend for your golf tour of the east, but we can tailor the tour to include any courses you choose.
The K Club
Just a half-hour drive from Dublin, the K Club in Kildare is a luxury 5-star golf resort that shot to fame in 2006, when it hosted the Ryder Cup. This is your opportunity to play the home of the 2006 Ryder Cup, 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, and 13 European Opens.
It offers two exceptional championship golf courses, with the Ryder Cup Course described by many as the most challenging inland layout in Ireland. Both it and the K Club Smurfit Course were designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. The Ryder Cup Course features regularly among Ireland’s top three parkland golf courses.
You can also play on the nine-hole Lackabane Course.
Set among 180 acres of lush countryside in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Mount Juliet is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Designed Parkland course that has hosted many memorable tournaments. Play a round surrounded by majestic trees, sparkling rivers, and emerald fields. As well as staging a championship won by Tiger Woods in 2002,
it was also voted “Ireland’s Best Parkland Golf Course” by the Golfer’s Guide to Ireland and was selected for the 2020 Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open. Tiger Woods described its fairways as “perfect” and the greens as the best that he had putted on all year.
Golfing great Jack Nicklaus also designed the championship golf course at Killeen Castle in Dunsany, Co. Meath. Play in the grounds of a castle built on a site dating back to 1180 on the course that hosted the 2011 Solheim Cup. In fact, the organising committee was so taken with the plans for the course that they chose it before it had even
been finished. After the course was finished, Jack Nicklaus referred to Killeen Castle as “truly one of our finest ever creations.” This magnificent course overlooks the stunning Co. Meath countryside across 600 acres of a lush estate.
Portmarnock Golf Club
Portmarnock offers two different settings to play golf. Just a 20-minute drive from Dublin City Centre, Portmarnock Golf Club is a 27-hole Championship links course that hugs the coast and is ranked among the world’s best golf courses.
Portmarnock Golf Links is part of a four-star resort and was designed by Bernhard Langer. An exceptional golf course that fits naturally with the surrounding dunes, it is designed to improve with each hole you play. Each hole brings you closer to the Irish Sea, with the final holes offering a particularly stiff challenge and requiring patience and focus. The reward is an unforgettable round of golf.
County Louth Golf Club
Described by Paul McGinley as probably his favourite links course in Ireland, County Louth Golf Club (or “Baltray,” as it is affectionately known) is the essence of links golf. It’s just 40 minutes from Dublin Airport, but a world away in terms of unspoiled countryside.
Set at the mouth of the River Boyne, it offers several holes flowing beside the Irish Sea and embracing the natural links terrain. Host of the 2004 and 2009 Irish Opens, it has featured among Ireland’s top ten golf courses in Irish Golfer Magazine, Golf Digest 2019, and IrishCentral.com.
Fancy a taste of golf in the East of Ireland?
There are many more great courses to choose from. Contact us at Hand in Hand Tours and we will arrange the ideal golfing experience for you, complete with luxury accommodation and convenient transfers from your location.