IRELAND OFFERS TRAVELERS seeking a golf getaway a number of options. Whether to golf for pleasure, on a break from business or as part of a dream golf vacation, it’s all achievable while visiting the Emerald Isle. Consider the facts: Ireland is home to 7,119 golf holes, 428 golf clubs and seven courses in the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World. Those impressive statistics are ripe for a traveling golfer’s discovery. IRELAND: HOME OF CHAMPIONS Ireland is the land where many of today’s golf legends got their start. Homegrown heroes include Rory McIlroy, who learned the game’s lessons on his home course of Holywood in Down, and Graeme McDowell. Recent headline-making names such as Shane Lowry, 2015 WGC Bridgestone Champ, and Paul McGinley, 2014 Ryder Cup Captain, also began on the country’s courses. And the list continues, boasting the likes of Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington and many more. Ireland is an island paradise for links golfers. With fewer than 200 links courses in the world, it’s amazing to note Ireland boasts 50 of them. During your visit, check out these stellar links courses, accessible to all. Famed course designer Greg Norman crafted the links course at Trump International in Doonbeg, County Clare, while legendary Tom Fazio is behind the links course at Waterville in County Kerry. At Lahinch, also in County Clare, golf either the Old Course or the Castle Course. Ballybunion in County Kerry is considered one of the world’s finest golf courses. Golf like a champion at a course that has hosted every major domestic championship, Portmarnock in County Dublin. Just outside the city, The K Club is home to two championship courses, Palmer Ryder and Palmer Smurfit. In County Cork, on Ireland’s southwest coast, Old Head Golf Links, the brainchild of John and Patrick O’Connor, is one of the world’s most sought-after experiences. In Northern Ireland, experience two links courses with worldwide reputations. Named the world’s No. 1 course by Golf Digest, Royal County Down boasts an illustrious 114-year history amid the backdrop of the Mourne Mountains. Both Old Tom Morris and Harry Colt had a hand in the course design. Scot Old Tom Morris is also the man behind County Antrim’s Royal Portrush, where his design embraced the flow of the land along Derry-Londonderry’s scenic coast. The course started as just nine holes in 1888. The course will host the Open Championship in 2019. THE 19TH HOLE Sharing a round of golf doesn’t mark the end of the day in Ireland. Carry on to the 19th hole and share your feats from the course while experiencing genuine Irish hospitality. To learn more about golf in Ireland, visit ireland.com/golfnow.
Read This Next
Women in Travel
2016Sep 22, 2016
All Reads on This Topic
Read Them All
FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
DailyMar 28, 2023
Recaro Aircraft Seating CL670 Business-Class Seat Takes Off on Iberia
Recaro’s new CL6720 business-class seat with doors took off recently on Iberia’s Airbus A350 cabin, flying Madrid (MAD) to Buenos Aires (EZE), with a total of 31 of the seats in the aircraft’s business-class cabin. The premium-economy and economy cabins also feature Recaro seats.
FXExpress Traveler of the Year
FXExpress Traveler of the Year Contest 2023
DailyMar 28, 2023
4 New, Updated Restaurants Coming to London this Year
In a city where new hotels, restaurants and experiences emerge seemingly every day, it’s expected to feel overwhelmed when deciding where to dine. London consistently sees delicious and top-notch restaurants appear, but how can one possibly keep track of all the new and updated restaurants?
RomaniaMar 28, 2023
One of the World’s Largest Brâncuși Exhibitions Opens this September in Timișoara, Romania
Works of art signed by Constantin Brâncuşi, often called Romania’s best-known artist, takes place Sept. 30–Jan. 28, 2024 at National Art Museum Timișoara under exceptional security conditions. The art pieces will be transported to this Romanian city under guard, and the costs associated with the exhibition are expected to exceed $2.1 million. Out of that sum, approximately half will go toward the museum, which will host the event, while the other half will cover the exhibition itself. Timisoara was selected as a 2023 European Capital of Culture, and the exhibition will be one of the city’s major cultural events during the year.
Europe is more fun with a Portugal Stopover.
Turkish Airlines Lounge Opens at John F. Kennedy International Airport
Turkish Airlines recently opened a new lounge in Terminal 1 of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The airline operates three flights per day from the airport and now premium passengers have luxurious, comfortable and hospitable lounge amenities to enjoy in a renovated, rebranded space.
2 Spring Art Destinations to Visit in 2023
Spring Festival Fun in Virginia Beach
Viceroy Announces Partnership with Out & Equal
DailyMar 23, 2023
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko in Japan Introduces Spring Experiences
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko in Japan offers travelers exciting experiences this spring. Opened in July 2020, the property overlooks Lake Chūzenji and Mount Nantai in Japan’s Northern Kanto region. With cherry blossoms (Sakura) set to bloom in April, the area is the perfect destination for a spring getaway.
Enter to Win $500 and Get Six Months’ Free Access to the New GT App
Now through May 8, sign up for a free six-month trial of the Global Traveler app and be automatically entered for a chance to win a $500 gift card of your choice for Amazon, Apple or American Express.
DailyMar 23, 2023
New Limited-Time Bonus Offers from Scenic, Emerald Cruises
Scenic Luxury Cruises and Emerald Cruises currently offer travelers savings of up to $500 per cabin and a 50 percent reduction on deposits on select 2023/2024 river and ocean itineraries. The offers are available through March 31 and can be combined with others, such as early-booking savings of up to $1,500 per couple and a Pay in Full bonus that includes free or reduced airfare options.