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Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland 2011

18 December, 2010
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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.

We’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 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
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