Royal Curragh Golf Club claims to play over the oldest course in all of Ireland. In 2013, the club chose to revive its Royal title, an honour conferred on it by the British monarchy over a century before.
The course at Macreddin Golf Club is Paul McGinley's inaugural design and it’s the main leisure component of a village which now comprises a 90-room country house hotel, spa, restaurant, pub and shops.
The 6,790-yard golf course at the Castlemartyr Resort forms the main recreational option at a 5-star County Cork facility that also offers more sedate recreational facilities like archery and clay pigeon shooting.
Founded in 1895, Ballinrobe Golf Club moved to its current location within the 300-acre Cloonacastle Estate in 1995. Designed by Eddie Hackett, the parkland course can be stretched to more than 7,300 yards from the tips.
Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club contains many of the characteristics treasured by links lovers – humps and hollows, blind approaches and an out-and-back routing that follows the natural contours of the land.
The Druids Heath golf course at Druids Glen is a mix of heathland and parkland with some links-like elements thrown in for good measure.
Castletroy is a pleasant, though testing, parkland course that was radically updated in 2005 by architect Eddie Connaughton.
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.
The Irish Midlands are often overlooked when searching for good golf courses but Birr Golf Club is a fine example of a mature parkland course.
North West Golf Club was one of nine founder members of the Golf Union of Ireland in 1891 (under the name of Buncrana) when it became the first club association in the world.