East of Ireland Golf Courses

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Portmarnock Old Golf Links
Par  - 72     Length - 7321 yds
Portmarnock is generally considered to be the finest course in Ireland. It is a majestic links, laid out on a peninsula some 10 miles north of Dublin, and thus, in the classic links tradition, its playing is affected constantly by the wind and weather.

The championship course is laid out in two loops over duneland, and means that in any one round the player will be challenged by the wind from every direction.

The championship course boasts many magnificent holes, one of the most striking and demanding the 15th, a beautiful par 3 of 192 yards/176 metres running along the shoreline.

The Island Golf Links
Par  - 72     Length - 6603 yds
In September 1887, 4 men rowed across the channel, which separates the North County Dublin of Malahide from the spur of land to the north known locally as "The Island".
Their mission was to survey this "wilderness" and assess its suitability as a golf course. The four men - a brewery proprietor, a solicitor and 2 bankers viewed the location for the afternoon and made their decision.
However, any perception that this course is in any way second rate is definitely misguided.
The Island, without a doubt, is one of the finest links courses in Ireland.
It can be deservedly mentioned in the same breath as Portmarnock, Ballybunion, Lahinch, Royal Dublin or indeed any of Ireland’s finest links courses.

County Louth Baltray Golf Links
Par  - 72     Length - 6936 yds
County Louth Golf Club or "Baltray" as it is more affectionately known is situated 4 miles from the historic town of Drogheda at the mouth of the river Boyne. With the river to the south and the Irish Sea to the east. This is Links golf at is very best, with only the muted murmur of a ships engine to break the sounds of nature, as it quietly wends its way up river to the port.

Rated in Golf Digest's top 100 courses in the world as a "hidden gem". It is one of the top twenty five courses in the British Isles and it is in the top six in the island. Sometimes a lion and other times a pussy cat, it provides competition for all handicaps. In today's language it could well be described as "user friendly".

The European Club Golf Links
Par  - 72     Length - 6860 yds
This is one of Ireland's Big Six. The links of the European Club was voted one of Ireland's six greatest golf courses in 1995 in the company of Portmarnock, Royal Portrush, Royal County Down, Ballybunion and Waterville. Golfers seldom get to play as close to the ocean as they do on the twelfth and thirteenth holes at The European Club where many players get to flounder on the actual beach ! The links of The European Club has been designed to perpetuate and modernize the traditional values of links golf. The combination of rugged dunes, deep bunkers, sea breezes and large undulating greens calls on the golfer to display strength of character, an ability to think and shot making skills. Fast running fairways, greens that invite the pitch-and-run approach and acres of tall, waving marram grass and golden-flowered gorse are the very essence of golf as it was at the beginning and was always meant to be.

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
Par  - 72     Length - 6902 yds
Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, one of Ireland's most prestigious and challenging courses.

Designed by Bernhard Langer, the course and the Portmarnock Golf Club (neighbours) is laid out on the classic link's landscape which once formed part of the old Jameson Estate.

From the 1st hole, a short par 4 framed on the right by an ancient graveyard and a fairway traversed by water, to the magnificent 18th a golfing masterpiece, each distinctive hole provides a unique and exciting challenge.

Druids Glen Golf Club
Par  - 72     Length - 7201 yds
"More courses like Druids Glen would make for a better
European Ryder Cup Team"
Severiano Ballesteros

Druids Glen was voted European Golf Course of the Year 2001 & IAGTO Resort of the Year 2005

The K Club - Palmer Course
Par  - 72     Length - 7178 yds
The Palmer course at the K Club will host the 2006 Ryder Cup matches. This magnificent parkland course designed by Arnold Palmer is a great test for golfers of all levels. A great selection of teeing areas sets this venue up suitable for all handicap ranges. There is no doubt that the eighteenth is a hole that is going to be the scene of much high drama when the Ryder Cup is played at the K-Club in 2006. A par-five of 520 yards, it is with the second shot that the real problem lies. Provided the good player can find the fairway with his drive, the large green is easily within reach. The problem is again, water. There is an enormous lake to the front and left of the green, which again feeds the ball towards the water. This is a hole only for those with nerves of steel, and will truly sort out the men from the boys in the Ryder Cup. The newest addition at this magnificent complex is the Smurfit course. Having already hosted and tested the cream of European golf at the 2005 European Open, this golf course is designed in links style with rolling fairways and holes to test the nerve of golfers no matter what level you play at. A visit is a must.

Mount Juliet Golf Club
Par  - 72     Length - 7126 yds
TIGER’S Verdict on his visit to Mount Juliet

" I'm really enjoying being here, it's such a relaxed atmosphere, it's a beautiful place and the people here are just so nice."

On the Irish Spectators
“Its great to play in front of galleries that are knowledgeable and the Irish fans are certainly knowledgeable about the game of golf”.

On Mount Juliet course
“I think this course is playing absolutely gorgeous. The fairways are perfect. The greens we are putting on are the best we have putted on all year, including the Majors. These things are absolutely pure”.

Carton House Golf Club- The Montgomerie
Par  - 72     Length - 7310 yds
Mark O'Meara, the 1998 US Masters and British Open Champion, has designed his first European course at Carton House.

O'Meara, of Irish descent describes Carton House as absolutely perfect for the development of a world class golf course. O'Meara has made excellent use of the existing mature woodland for his design. Of particular note are holes 13, 14 and 15 which are guarded by the River Rye, with the 14th capturing the beautiful Shell Cottage as a backdrop.

Colin Montgomerie, Europe's top golfer for an unprecedented 7 years, is the designer of the second course at Carton House Golf Club. The Montgomerie is a masterpiece in golf course design. Using the natural contours of the land and adopting the classic features of the great links courses, combined with the experience of growing up on the links of Scotland, Colin has produced a golf course that will stand the test of time as one of the great Irish courses.