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The capital city of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is a city lovers dream. From museums, shopping and countless classic pubs, the possibilities are endless to satisfy anyone’s appetite for discovering this bustling city. Not to mention the historic golf within a short drive from city center from Portmarnock to The K Club and Royal Dublin, this city has it all!
Dublin is the largest city in all of Ireland and is dotted with historic landmarks, monuments and museums. The Dublin Castle, the iconic Book of Kells at Trinity College dating back to 800 AD, and the Kilmainham Gaol where many Irish revolutionary leaders were imprisoned and executed by the British, are only a few of the must-see historical sites. For those not as curious about Dublin's historical roots, the city offers ample leisurely pursuits in its parks such as St. Stephen's Green, shopping on Grafton Street and sampling pints in the numerous classic Irish pubs dotting the city streets. Of course the beer and whiskey enthusiasts can't visit Dublin without a stop at the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery! Think you can't hit the links while taking in the city life? Think again. Portmarnock, The K Club, Royal Dublin, County Louth and The Island Golf Club are but a small sampling of Dublin's fantastic courses.
County Louth Golf Club
County Louth Golf Club, established in 1892, is located just north of Dublin and is one of Ireland's finest links courses. It remains largely unchanged to that designed by the legendary Tom Simpson in 1938 and is popular among all levels of golfers due to the fairness and enjoyment of the challenge presented. The quality and standard of the links is such that many major championship, both amateur and professional, have been held at County Louth, including the Irish Open in 2004 and 2009.
The stunning Druids Glen championship course, known as the "Augusta of Europe", hosted the Murphy's Irish Open from 1996-1999. The Druids Heath course, which once hosted the Irish PGA Championship, is known as "nature's gift to golf" weaves its way around quarries, trees, lakes and pot bunkers.
Ranked regularly in the top 3 parkland golf courses in Ireland, this Palmer designed golf haven is a must play 'badge of honour' that has hosted the top golf players in the world. The Ryder Cup in 2006 and 11 European Opens testify the importance of The Palmer Ryder Cup Course to European Golf. The best way to describe The Smurfit Course at The K Club is that of an inland links. However, its true attributes do not stop there. The course has many dramatic landscapes with dune type mounding throughout. This assists in making the course into a true Championship Golf Course with many vantage points for spectators to view golf professionals at work.
Portmarnock Golf Club
The links is consistently ranked amongst the top golf courses in the world. With a rich history closely aligned to the progression of golf in Ireland, Portmarnock has hosted many major professional and amateur events including multiple Irish Open Championships, the Walker Cup, the Irish Amateur Close Championship and the British Amateur Championship. From Sam Snead to Seve Ballesteros, some of golf's best known names have tested their skills here on the north Dublin peninsula. Considered by many as one of the fairest links courses in the world it delivers an incredible challenge and true test of golf.