Located to the north of the River Shannon, County Clare covers an expanse of over 1,300 square miles in Ireland’s mid-west region with a sizeable portion of the landscape dominated by The Burren, one of the largest areas of exposed limestone rock in Europe.

Lahinch is the top golf club in County Clare and its Old course has been the venue for the South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship since 1895. Lahinch member John Burke managed to win an incredible total of 11 out of 12 finals contested between 1928 and 1947. Many of Ireland’s modern day golfing heroes have done well in the South Open. Darren Clarke (Dungannon) won it in 1990, followed by Paul McGinley (Grange) the following year. Padraig Harrington (Stackstown) was runner up in 1994 and 1995 then Graeme McDowell (Rathmore) claimed the title in 2000.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Clare

Lahinch (Old)

1st Clare - Best in Area

Lahinch Golf Club is an enchanting place to play golf. It’s rugged, distinctive, unusually varied and immensely entertaining.


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Trump International Golf Links, Doonbeg

2nd Clare - Best in Area

Doonbeg is the course that Greg Norman built - his one and only architectural ensemble in the whole of the British Isles. Now known as Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Ireland.


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Dromoland Castle

3rd Clare - Best in Area

The course at Dromoland Castle Golf Club has been around for over forty years but in the last two years, dramatic changes have elevated it to new levels.


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4th Clare - Best in Area

Opened for play in 1966, Shannon Golf Club has developed into one of the best inland courses in the county of Clare, hosting a number of national amateur championships in recent years.


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East Clare

5th Clare - Best in Area

The parkland course at East Clare Golf Club opened in 1997 and was designed by Arthur Spring. Host to the 1998 West of Ireland Seniors Championship, East Clare has developed a strong reputation since opening its tees for play.


6th Clare - Best in Area

Founded in 1907, the parkland course at Ennis Golf Club measures a relatively modest 5,706 metres from the back tees, but low scoring will not come easy on this tight tree-lined layout.

Lahinch (Castle)

7th Clare - Best in Area

The Castle course at Lahinch Golf Club was fashioned in the mid 1970s by Commander John D. Harris and is located on the opposite side of the road to the Old course...


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8th Clare - Best in Area

Woodstock Golf Club is laid out over 155 acres beneath the Slieve Bernagh Mountains on a free-draining site which allows it to remain open most of the year.


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