Laois

Because it doesn’t border any other county that has a coastline, some regard Laois as the most land locked district in Ireland. Formerly known as Queen’s County, Laois is one of the smallest counties in Leinster province with a population of around 80,000 people.

There are seven golf clubs located in Laois and the oldest of these, Abbeyleix, was formed in 1895, one of an incredible ninety seven clubs that were established during Ireland’s first real period of golfing growth between 1892 and 1900.

The course at The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort was inaugurated in 2004 and it quickly featured in published lists of Ireland’s top tracks. Three years after opening, the course hosted the fifth series of matches in the Seve Trophy, with the Great Britain and Ireland team defeating Europe 16 ½ to 11 ½.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Laois

Heritage Golf & Spa Resort

1st Laois - Best in Area

The gently undulating course at the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort has been constructed to a high specification in a collaboration between Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes.

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Description: The gently undulating course at the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort has been constructed to a high specification in a collaboration between Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes. Rating: 4 out of 6

Portarlington

2nd Laois - Best in Area

Founded in 1908, the centurion Portarlington Golf Club is set in mature parkland where the River Barrow comes into play on hole 16, heralding the start of a notoriously tough closing stretch.

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Heath

3rd Laois - Best in Area

Founded in 1930, The Heath Golf Club is an unsung County Laois gem that is routed across expansive heathland where golf was played in the late 19th century. Prickly gorse provides blazing seasonal colour but is hazardous for golfers.