Ireland is a world-renowned golfing location, and the courses in Dublin are no exception. Although most famous for its links courses, Dublin also has some excellent parkland courses further inland.
In this post we share the best golf courses in Dublin.
Map of Golf Courses
The following map shows the location of every golf course highlighted in this post:
Portmarnock Golf Club
The links course at Portmarnock Golf Club on the shores of the Irish Sea is known the world over. The subtle and artistic course offers low, rolling dunes to navigate among the lush greenery. The stunning location of the course, surrounded on three sides by the sea, and the views of Portmarnock beach add to the enjoyment.
The golf writer Bernard Darwin summed it up when he said, ‘I know of no greater finish in the world than that of the last five holes at Portmarnock.’
Location: Golf Links Road, Portmarnock, Dublin
The Island Golf Club
Standing in contrast to the more manicured course at Portmarnock, the links course at The Island Golf Club is wild, natural, and untamed. The dunes on this stretch of the Dublin coastline are also noticeably bigger than those at Portmarnock. For these reasons The Island offers a challenging yet enjoyable golfing experience.
The views as you traverse the back 9 are particularly beautiful, offering a panorama over the Irish Sea. As one of Ireland’s oldest golf courses, The Island is a must-play for any serious golfer.
Location: Corballis, Donabate, Dublin
The parkland course at Luttrelstown Castle offers a calmer and more traditional golfing experience than the links courses on offer at Portmarnock and The Island. Nestled among several lakes and with extensive old growth tree cover, the course is among the best in the country.
Location: Castleknock, Dublin
The Royal Dublin Golf Club
The links course at The Royal Dublin Golf Club is located on Bull Island, a partially man-made island off the coast of North Dublin. The island, famously home to a wide variety of birds, arose in part as a result of human development of the Liffey estuary dating back to the 18th century.
The sandy terrain of the island make for the perfect links course. The course is one of the oldest in Dublin, and it’s no surprise that golfers have been enjoying the delights and challenges of its 18 holes for over a hundred years. The views over Dublin Bay and the challenge of the ever-changing wind conditions are guaranteed to draw you back time and time again.
Location: North Bull Island Nature Reserve, Dollymount, Dublin