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East Ireland Golf Regional Picks

Home to Portmarnock, Baltray and The K Club, East Ireland is a Mecca for golfers from all around the world. Situated within easy reach of Dublin airport, the golf courses and resorts on the east coast are always popular with visitors from abroad. Once you have tasted the alluringly challenging links golf on offer here, it's easy to see why. This page gives full details of the best and a directory of the rest.

County Louth Golf Club

Par 72 • 6,606 yards

This traditional links course has changed very little since it was redesigned in 1938 by noted architect Tom Simpson. Length and accuracy on an unforgiving course which is both long and narrow. Steady, no-frills golf which keeps the ball safely on the fairway will pay dividends. Would-be crowd-pleasers that go wrong could land you in another area code.

Co. Louth Golf Club
Hole Par Yards
1 4 423
2 5 476
3 5 534
4 4 334
5 3 148
6
5521
73153
84397
94409
104388
114470
124410
134408
144322
153142
164375
173169
185527

Portmarnock Golf Club

Par 72 • 6,839 Yards

One of Ireland's most famous and prestigious golf courses, Portmarnock is also among its most expensive. Having hosted an impressive back catalogue of major tournaments, this picturesque course enjoys a global reputation for relatively open and surprisingly forgiving links golf. Avid fans may recognise the distinctive dogleg-left 14th hole (par 4) with a raised green which, at least visually, is perhaps the highlight of the course.

Portmarnock Golf Course and Hotel
Hole Par Yards
14372
24357
34377
44435
54380
65583
73171
84379
94417
104364
114415
123141
135549
144375
153183
165514
174434
184393
Visitor Info

www.portmarnock.com

The K Club

Par 72 • 7,277 Yards

Visitors from the United States will find the parkland golf on offer at The K Club very familiar. And not just because so many televised tournaments have been held here. With Pinehurst, Sawgrass and Doral all much closer to home, many US tourists may choose to stay away in favour of courses which showcase the links golf which makes the Irish game so different. But those who bypass this iconic club will be missing out on meticulous course maintenance, flawless greens and top-class amenities.

The K Club Golf Course
Hole Par Yards
14449
23179
35603
44394
54403
64436
75600
83144
94464
105551
114365
123214
134468
144394
154376
164457
173202
185578
Visitor Info

www.kclub.ie

The European Club

Par 71 • 7,355 Yards

When visionary golf-course designer Pat Ruddy flew over Brittas Bay in the 1980s, he beheld the same stretch of sand dunes and coastal grassland that countless others had witnessed before him. But what Ruddy envisaged what so much more than that, and the result is what we now call The European Club. With undulating, meandering fairways and skilfully placed bunkers, this is not a course for beginners. But experienced golfers should make this a firm fixture on their bucket list.

The European Club golf course
Hole Par Yards
14449
23179
35603
44394
54403
64436
75600
83144
94464
105551
114365
123214
134468
144394
154376
164457
173202
185578

Wicklow Golf Club

Par 71 • 5,648 Yards

It's hard to imagine a more pleasant or more picturesque start to a day's golf than the par-five first hole at Wicklow Golf Club. From then on, be warned that the day might get worse on a course that takes no prisoners. The coastal links-like terrain is hilly and lined with strategically placed gorse and incredibly deep bunkers. The rough varies from very tricky to borderline impossible. The course is technically a parkland, but oftens feels and plays like a links. In short, this is a course for experienced golfers.

Wicklow Golf Club
Hole Par Yards
15512
24374
34244
44284
54293
64346
73112
84360
93138
104326
113165
124383
134336
145536
154296
165446
173158
184339

The Best of the Rest A directory of East Ireland Golf Courses

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