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Best Golf Courses in Ireland: Top 20

By May 19, 2016January 21st, 2021BE SOCIAL

No two Irish golfers will ever agree on the Best Golf Courses in Ireland.  Yet, almost every golf magazine produces rankings, usually annually, proclaiming their Best Golf Courses in Ireland, as if it is some objective truth.  Well not really (advertising spend anyone!).  Some like chocolate, some like vanilla; some like blondes, some like brunettes, some like red, some like white (we like both!). Preferences, opinions – its what the world go round; even Google can’t disprove them.

So we here at Real Irish Golf decided to take a different approach – technically (or so we’re told by folks who know) a Meta-Analysis.  We combined as many of the Ireland Best Golf Course rankings we could find (n = 8 to be precise), assigned 20 points to a #1 ranking, 19 points to a #2 ranking, and so on, and then simply totaled up the points for each course to determine the Top 20 listed below.

Do we agree with this ranking? Of course not –  but as a method to remove biases (apparently we here at Real Irish Golf have some too!) it seems fair.  How can any serious golfer have Tralee outside the Top 10? Isn’t Druids Glen the best parkland in Ireland? The Top 10 are all true Links Golf Courses – we say Amen! to that.  We look forward to hearing about your biases – let the disagreements begin!

1. Royal County Down

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2. Royal Portrush

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Royal Portrush

3. Ballybunion – Old Course

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Ballybunion Golf

4. Portmarnock – Championship

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Portmarnock Golf Course

5. Lahinch

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Lahinch Golf Course

6. Waterville

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Waterville Golf

7. The European Club

Best Golf Courses in Ireland The European Club

8. Baltray, County Louth

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Baltray County Louth Golf Course

9. Rosses Point, County Sligo

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Rosses Point County Sligo Golf Course

10. Doonbeg

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Trump International Doonbeg Golf

11. The Island

Best Golf Courses in Ireland - The Island Golf Club

12. Mount Juliet

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13. Tralee

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Tralee Golf Club

14.  Old Head

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Old Head of Kinsale Golf

15. Carne – Belmullet

Best Golf Courses in Ireland - Carne Golf Course Belmullet

16. Ballyliffin – Glashedy Links

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Ballyliffin

17. Druids Glen

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Druids Glen

18. Adare Manor

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Adare Manor

19. Rosapenna – Sandy Hills

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Rosapenna Golf Sandy Hills Links Golf

20.  Enniscrone

Best Golf Courses in Ireland Enniscrone Links Golf Course

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