The island of Ireland is divided into two countries; the southern and north-western regions constitute the Republic of Ireland, an independent, democratic country. The northeast is Northern Ireland and presently is a part of the United Kingdom. This is a special destination for many reasons, but none more than its golf courses. There are over 400 golf courses in Ireland, including 50 true Links out of the 151 worldwide. The uniqueness of Ireland’s golf courses encompasses design, challenge, location, and scenery.
Golf in Ireland can be broadly divided into four regions. The famed Southwest Region is home to many of the truly mystical links such as Waterville and Ballybunion which needs no introduction. The North Coast is a land of blue mountains and forest parks, mazy lakes and windswept moors with a series of lovely links including the iconic championship courses like Royal Portrush and Royal County Down that regularly feature among the Top 10 golf courses in the world.
Then there is the vibrant capital of Dublin in the east, several of whose courses having hosted the Irish Open and Ryder Cup. Finally, the Northwest is a little known gem (until recently) that needs to be experienced in person to appreciate.
The beauty of Ireland is not just what the eye can behold, but what the heart can perceive, and the stunning scenery is matched by the genuine warmth and friendliness of the people.
To this, add a vibrant nightlife, glimpse of an ancient civilization, cultural odyssey with a unique musical legacy and a spectacular coastline; and you will soon realize why one truly can forget the cares of modern life by escaping to the Emerald Isle.
Weather in Ireland can be unpredictable. But March to August is ideally suited for visitors when the temperatures are warm and the days long to test your skills on the windswept fairways of the links.