Although it is home to some very fine courses, including Rosslare and Mount Juliet, it is true to say that few golf tourists would choose to spend the full duration of their golfing holiday in Ireland's South East. With a much higher concentration of world-class courses available in Kerry, Donegal and around Dublin, golf in the South East tends to be enjoyed by those who are already nearby, or those who are arriving by ferry to Rosslare port. Nevertheless, for those who make the trip, there is some very enjoyable golf to be had in Ireland's sunniest and driest region.
Set against a backdrop of undulating Kilkenny green, this Nicklaus-designed parkland course enjoys one of the most incredible settings you will experience in all of Irish golf. Peppered with picturesque, challenging holes which frequently tip their cap to the course architect, Mount Juliet is celebrated as "the Augusta of Ireland". For many, this is understandably a huge draw. But for one-off visitors seeking something quintessentially "Irish", this might not be the most obvious choice on the east coast.
If you're travelling from Europe by ferry, Rosslare will be the first major golf course you encounter on your journey through Ireland and it is well worth a stop. Less challenging than some of the household-name links courses on the east coast, Rosslare will give you chance to settle into your tour of Ireland. The trickiest moments in your round are likely to include the par-3 fourteenth hole which is fortified by an unforgiving bunker in front and the strand off the back.