Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland 2011

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Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland 2011

With around 400 golf courses in the Republic of Ireland, there’s certainly no shortage of choice. Many of the country’s greatest courses are dotted around the long coastline and Ireland has more than its fair share of the world’s best links courses. Most golfers visiting Ireland head off in search of the famous seaside names but there’s an excellent selection of inland courses to savour too.

Killeen CastleWe’ve ranked the Top 100 golf courses in Ireland for a number of years and we’re continuing to perfect the process. Our latest list shows little change at the top of the rankings but we have eight new entries and plenty of ups and downs throughout the Top 100.

Killeen Castle, host to the revived Ladies Irish Open in 2010 and the 2011 Solheim Cup venue, is our highest new entry, straight in at 33rd. Nick, our Ireland Correspondent, was very impressed when he played the Jack Nicklaus-designed Killeen Castle: “From the moment you set foot on the property to the very second you leave you are pampered and looked after with a level of service that I have only encountered at very few places the world over.”

Narin & Portnoo - photo by Jim McCannNarin & Portnoo is the highest climber in our rankings – up a whopping 35 places. According to Jim, our Scotland Correspondent: “If only a golfing millionaire could invest in a new clubhouse and tweak one or two of the opening holes then this club would be raved about.” The International Association of Golf Tour Operators recently awarded North West Ireland “European Golf Destination of the Year 2011”. Venues such as County Sligo, Enniscrone, Ballyliffin, Rosapenna, Carne, Donegal, Portsalon, Connemara and Narin & Portnoo are among the veritable smörgåsbord of golf courses in this affordable, wild and dramatic area.

Click here to review our new Ireland Top 100 in detail.


Pos

Course

Move

1

Ballybunion (Old)

No change

2

Portmarnock (Old)

Up 2

3

European Club

No change

4

Lahinch (Old)

Down 2

5

Waterville

No change

6

County Louth

Up 7

7

Tralee

Up 1

8

Doonbeg

Up 1

9

County Sligo (Championship)

Up 9

10

Enniscrone (Dunes)

Up 2

11

Mount Juliet

Up 5

12

Ballyliffin (Glashedy)

Down 1

13

Adare Manor

Up 6

14

Rosapenna (Sandy Hills)

Down 4

15

Carne

Down 8

16

Old Head

Down 10

17

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links

Up 11

18

Donegal

Up 4

19

K Club (Palmer)

Down 2

20

Island

Down 5

21

Druids Glen

Down 7

22

Carton House (Montgomerie)

Down 2

23

Royal Dublin

Up 7

24

Ballyliffin (Old)

Down 1

25

Killarney (Killeen)

Down 4

26

Portsalon

Up 10

27

Dooks

Up 6

28

K Club (Smurfit)

Down 1

29

Palmerstown House

Down 5

30

Headfort (New)

Down 5

31

Fota Island (Deerpark)

No change

32

Carlow (Deerpark)

Down 3

33

Killeen Castle

NEW

34

Connemara

Up 1

35

Seapoint

Up 5

36

Heritage

Down 10

37

Slieve Russell

Down 3

38

Cork

No change

39

Druids Heath

Up 30

40

Carton House (O'Meara)

Up 7

41

Rathsallagh

Up 2

42

Concra Wood

NEW

43

Rosapenna (Old Tom Morris)

Up 27

44

Narin & Portnoo

Up 35

45

Tullamore

Up 17

46

Ballybunion (Cashen)

Up 3

47

Westport

Down 6

48

Dingle

Up 23

49

Powerscourt (West)

Up 4

50

Mullingar

Down 8

51

Killarney (Mahoney's Point)

Down 14

52

Skellig Bay

Up 3

53

Rosslare (Old)

Up 5

54

Grange

Up 3

55

Luttrellstown Castle

Up 4

56

Hermitage

Down 8

57

Dromoland Castle

Down 3

58

Mount Wolseley

Down 12

59

Rathcore

Down 3

60

Tramore

Down 10

61

Castle

No change

62

Woodenbridge

Down 11

63

Curragh

Up 12

64

Tulfarris

Down 12

65

Ashford Castle

Down 2

66

Roganstown

Up 1

67

Woodbrook

Down 23

68

Glasson

Down 29

69

Powerscourt (East)

Down 24

70

Galway Bay

NEW

71

Ring of Kerry

Up 5

72

Castleknock

Down 7

73

Birr

Down 41

74

Galway

Up 6

75

Dundalk

Down 7

76

New Forest

Down 2

77

St Margaret's

Down 11

78

Bunclody

NEW

79

Moyvalley

Up 20

80

Arklow

Up 2

81

Athlone

Up 4

82

Knightsbrook

Down 22

83

Naas

Up 10

84

Connemara Isles

Down 20

85

Gowran Park

Down 13

86

Greenore

Up 6

87

Waterford Castle

Down 10

88

Cruit Island

Up 12

89

Killarney (Lackabane)

NEW

90

Faithlegg

Up 1

91

Dundrum

Down 18

92

Castle Dargan

Down 6

93

Courtown

NEW

94

Strandhill

NEW

95

Bearna

NEW

96

Laytown & Bettystown

Up 2

97

Limerick County

Down 16

98

South County

Down 15

99

Malahide

Down 11

100

Esker Hills

Down 16