The country has a wonderful combination of both links courses and parkland golf courses. The links courses often contain sea inlets, or tees and greens projecting outwards into the sea. This makes wonderful scenery, and a very demanding golf game. The parkland golf courses are often set amongst native oak trees, many of which are hundreds of years old. The natural hilly terrain of Ireland makes for the perfect material for any golf course designer.
The West and North West regions of Ireland offer almost only links courses along the Atlantic shoreline, with a few parkland courses to complete the mix. The South West is the place for all those who wish to experience the finest Irish golf has to offer, among the best known clubs are Ballybunion, Lahinch and the Old Head Gulf Club. The majority of courses are located along the coastline from south of Galway to Waterville with a few parkland courses inland.
The South and South East regions offer mainly parkland and heath terrain with many new and spectacular courses. Dublin and the North East region features over 50 clubs with more to come; the two best known clubs in this region is the world famous Royal County Down and Royal Portrush. The Midlands region offers a great selection of parkland settings, where courses make use of natural terrain to lakeside locations.
If you are going to Ireland on a golfing holiday, remember that the Irish weather is temperamental, when you do your packing. As regards accommodation, there is something to suit all tastes – from traditional country guesthouses, to luxurious castles, quint manor houses and deluxe modern resorts.