Top 100 Golf Courses of Ireland 2012

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Top 100 Golf Courses of Ireland – 2012

26th January 2012

Top 100 Golf Courses updates its Republic of Ireland golf course rankings

Top 100 Golf Courses, the most informed and dedicated ranking website, proudly presents its 2012 golf course rankings for the Republic of Ireland.

Ballybunion (Old) - photo by Yuji We created a Top 100 chart for courses in the 26 counties of Ireland in 2008 and since then the top five has remained the same, even after carrying out two biennial updates.

Only one of a few courses at the top of the tree – No.1 rated Ballybunion (Old) – has held the same position throughout, with the others moving around positions 2 to 5.

The four Munster counties of Kerry, Clare, Cork and Limerick have collectively formed something of a golfing power base in the Top 20 of Ireland with seven courses from that area in the south west of the country featuring in the upper reaches of our rankings.

Mayo, Sligo and Donegal have now matched that strength aBallyliffin (Old)nd depth as the climb of Ballyliffin (Old) to position 20 also gives those three counties in the north west of the country seven courses in our Top 20.

Further down the Top 50, the highest climbers are the new Christy O’Connor Snr and Jnr-designed Concra Wood course (up ten places to number 32), the redesigned Narin & Portnoo links layout (up nine spots to 35) and the revamped 18 holes of the Championship course at Rosslare (up 16 positions to 37).

In the bottom half of the Top 100 table, several courses have made big upward moves: the eccentric Strandhill links in County Sligo rises an incredible forty-three slots to number 51, the modern Jeff Howes-designed Bunclody layout in County Wexford moves up twenty three places to 55 and the parkland beauty at Naas in County Kildare leaps up seventeen positions to number 66.Rosslare (Championship) - photo by David Colley

Unfortunately, several courses take sizeable tumbles in the opposite direction: K Club (Smurfit) dives eleven to 39, Druids Heath plummets fifteen to 54, Hermitage falls nineteen to 75 and both the West and East courses at Powerscourt take substantial drops to 63 and 94, respectively.

Fourteen new entries freshen up the Top 100, the highest of which is County Galway’s Portumna, and it’s quite a hidden gem that we’re happy to expose.

For those who would like to keep track of the courses that dropped out, here’s the full list: Roganstown, Woodbrook, Ring of Kerry, Castleknock, St Margaret’s, Knightsbrook, Waterford Castle, Killarney (Lackabane), Faithlegg, Castle Dargan, Courtown, Limerick County, Malahide and Esker Hills.

We genuinely welcome feedback at Top 100 Golf Courses… in fact we positively encourage it. Are there any Irish courses that are too high or too low in the standings? Are there any that shouldn’t be there at all or have we missed any courses – like maybe North West or Letterkenny – that really should be in the Top 100 rankings? Please let us know what you think as we take on board all your comments.

Top 100 doesn’t claim to be “definitive” but we do like to think we’re the most “informed” golf course ranking operation in the business, allowing ordinary golfers to participate in the composition of the various Top 100 golf course listings.

If you’ve played any of our featured courses in Ireland, we’d be really pleased to know what you think of them, so why not post a few course reviews?

Jim McCann
Editor
www.top100golfcourses.com

Rank

Move

Course

1

No Change

Ballybunion (Old)

2

Up 2

Lahinch (Old)

3

Down 1

Portmarnock (Old)

4

Up 1

Waterville

5

Down 2

European Club

6

Up 3

County Sligo

7

No Change

Tralee

8

Down 2

County Louth

9

Up 3

Ballyliffin (Glashedy)

10

Up 4

Rosapenna (Sandy Hills)

11

Down 1

Enniscrone (Dunes)

12

Down 4

Doonbeg

13

Up 7

Island

14

Up 1

Carne

15

Down 2

Adare Manor

16

Down 5

Mount Juliet

17

Up 4

Druids Glen

18

Down 2

Old Head

19

Down 1

Donegal

20

Up 4

Ballyliffin (Old)

21

Down 2

K Club (Palmer)

22

No Change

Carton House (Montgomerie)

23

Up 2

Killarney (Killeen)

24

Down 7

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links

25

Down 2

Royal Dublin

26

Up 1

Dooks

27

Down 1

Portsalon

28

Up 2

Headfort (New)

29

Up 3

Carlow (Deerpark)

30

Down 1

Palmerston House

31

No Change

Fota Island (Deerpark)

32

Up 10

Concra Wood

33

Up 1

Connemara

34

Up 3

Slieve Russell

35

Up 9

Narin & Portnoo

36

Down 3

Killeen Castle

37

Up 16

Rosslare (Championship)

38

Down 2

Heritage

39

Down 11

K Club (Smurfit)

40

Down 5

Seapoint

41

No Change

Rathsallagh

42

Down 4

Cork

43

Up 3

Ballybunion (Cashen)

44

Down 4

Carton House (O’Meara)

45

No Change

Tullamore

46

Up 2

Dingle – Ceann Sibeal

47

Down 4

Rossapenna (Old)

48

Down 1

Westport

49

Up 14

Curragh

50

Up 9

Rathcore

51

Up 43

Strandhill

52

No Change

Skellig Bay

53

Down 3

Mullingar

54

Down 15

Druids Heath

55

Up 23

Bunclody

56

NEW ENTRY

Portumna

57

Down 6

Killarney (Mahoney’s Point)

58

Up 2

Tramore

59

Down 1

Mount Wolseley

60

Down 6

Grange

61

Down 6

Luttrellstown Castle

62

Down 5

Dromoland Castle

63

Down 14

Powerscourt (West)

64

No Change

Tulfarris

65

Down 4

Castle

66

Up 17

Naas

67

Down 5

Woodenbridge

68

Up 12

Arklow

69

Up 10

Moyvalley

70

Up 6

New Forest

71

Down 6

Ashford Castle

72

Up 12

Connemara Isles

73

Up 12

Gowran Park

74

Up 17

Dundrum

75

Down 19

Hermitage

76

Up 5

Athlone

77

NEW ENTRY

Bantry Bay

78

Down 8

Galway Bay

79

Up 16

Bearna

80

Down 12

Glasson

81

NEW ENTRY

Dun Laoghaire

82

Down 8

Galway

83

Up 5

Cruit Island

84

NEW ENTRY

Kilkenny

85

NEW ENTRY

Farnham Estate

86

NEW ENTRY

Shannon

87

Up 9

Laytown & Bettystown

88

Down 15

Birr

89

Down 3

Greenore

90

NEW ENTRY

Castletroy

91

NEW ENTRY

Macreddin

92

NEW ENTRY

Coolatin

93

Up 5

South County

94

Down 25

Powerscourt (East)

95

NEW ENTRY

Nenagh

96

NEW ENTRY

Castlemartyr

97

NEW ENTRY

Wicklow

98

Down 23

Dundalk

99

NEW ENTRY

Rossmore

100

NEW ENTRY

St Anne’s


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