Golf Tourism In Ireland

Ireland has golf courses, worthy enough without hype to attract avalanche of tourists. In fact, the Island of Ireland has the finest golf clubs in the world namely: Waterville, Royal country down, Portmarnock, and Ballybunion.

These scenic golf courses welcome good number of tourists around the world coupled with the hospitability and welcoming treatment often experienced by tourists in the golf courses.

Moreover, the Ireland is a popular destination for tourists especially Americans, and for the record, American enjoy golf game more than anyone else more so because of the rugged nature that characterizes most of the golf courses in Ireland.

Moreover majority of the major golf tournaments are organized by American golf associations namely: the USGA (United States Golf Association) and PGAA (Professionals Golfers’ association of America).

Ireland too is home to golf with the beautiful golf courses that encapsulate the country. Majority of the golf courses are rich in history coupled with the professional players that has emerge from Ireland  with the likes of Roy Mcllroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, Paul McGinley, and Padraig Harrington-it shows Ireland is truly home to golf and it would be a wonderful place for tourists, especially golfer tourists to explore!

Top golf courses in Ireland


Portmarnock is fifteen minutes journey from Dublin airport and 10 miles from Dublin city. Portmarnock has scenic coastline and is one of the prestigious golf courses in the world. Professional Golf players like Arnold palmer, Sam Snead, Phil Michelson and David Duval has played in this golf course at one point in time in their career.

These players recorded victories in this golf course with Canada cup in 1960 and Phil Meckson and David Duval won the walker cup. It features theses events alongside many other events such as the European tour’s Irish championship.

Portmarnock has facilities to championship standard that tourists can make us of. It also has boasts of excellent amenities like restaurants, boutique shops for shopping and rental clubs coupled with restaurants and bars for maximum pleasure.


Ballybunion coastline is home to many activities including SUP, surfing, fishing and of course golf. The golf courses in Ballybunion are charming and challenging. Golf courses in Ireland are among the best golf courses in the world, and they include the old course and the Trent Jones Cashen course.

Ballybunion has also feature great players like Sean wash- Ireland legend in the game of golf; Pat Mulcare, he represented the British in the 1975 edition of in the walker cup also represented Ireland in golf tournaments- he won the east Ireland for 3 consecutive years, and he won the south of Ireland championship in 1971.

Royal country down golf club

This is a golf course that attracts so many tourists to Ireland. Royal country down golf club is such an amazing golf course, but a little bit difficult if you get off the fairway.

Royal country down features nice great holes and the hospitality it provides is all surpassing, in which everyone is treated like members. Royal country down golf club is a golf course you have to visit especially if you need a new challenge or you want to put your golf prowess to test.

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It features great layout and beautiful scenic and it is loved by the tourists because of the beautiful scenery coupled with the welcoming response from the staff and the club house.

It is located in Newcastle, down turn and it is the oldest golf club in Ireland dating back to march 1889. It features the 18-hole link courses, the championship course, and the Annesley links.

Royal country down golf club has also play host to golf games like Curtis cup, walker cup, palmer cup and Irish cup even senior British open championship.

Royal down town golf club is one of the best golf courses in the world you can visit in your next golf vacation.


Waterville is considered as one of the best golf links in the republic of Ireland and Britain. What makes this golf course more fascinating is the superb facilities coupled with the excellent staffs enrich with deep character quality, which makes the golf club unique.

Waterville has playable top links and magnificent fairways; you won’t encounter any hidden traps or craters in the middle of the fairway. It has nice caddies and nice lay

This golf club is packed with fun coupled with the good views and you can explore this golf course with your 16-man golf team golf team – this is a golf course you would want to play on with your team because of the quality of the golf course also for the scenic beauty that engulfs the golf course.

Lahinch golf course

The history of golf in Lahinch is dated back to 1892, so Lahinch is well steep in history when it comes to golf. And if you are a golfer is a must you have a golf experience of playing in Lahinch- it is priceless.

Lahinch is a charming place to play golf more so because of the rugged nature of the golf course. And it is optimum pleasure playing golf in Lahinch because of the restaurants and bars that surrounds the golf course, the restaurants provides tasty smoked salmon sandwich, Caesar salad and ice cream coupled with the excellent staffs it offers, get ready for a wonderful golf tourism experience.

Lahinch is situated at the west coast of County Clare in Ireland and is a 36-hole Lahinch golf club with two main golf courses. The champion links course and the castle course.


Ireland is home to golf tourists every year, as a result, huge revenue has been generated from golf tourism, thanks to the beautiful golf courses such as Ballybunion, Portmarnock, Waterville, Lahinch, and Royal country down golf club.  These places are not just popular for golf courses, but also for the picturesque landscape it offers that is worthy of beholding.

So imagine playing golf in a scenic golf course with restaurants and bars at the other side waiting to cool you down after the game-this is exactly what you would get from golf tourism in Ireland coupled with the excellent hospitality it offers.





The game of golf has produced great phenomenal players such as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Bobby Jones. Tiger woods is arguable the most popular golf player in history, popular across the world, however,  he is not the only player to have gained mastery over the game of golf, in fact, he is second to Jack Nicklaus in the game of golf, as it regards the number of major tournaments won.


Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus is considered the greatest golf player of all time winning 18 major championships.

No doubt, Tiger Woods is no match in the modern golf game and most winner of some awards  like PGA player of the year, but Jack is still a champion yet to beat with his 18 major championships, 19 second place and 9 third place finishes.

His performance, however, decline from 1968 to 1970, but he rose again in 1971 to win some titles and retired with 6th master title in 1986.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods changed the game of golf to what it is today, he brought it to close to children and adults, as a result, encourage sponsors to throw their money into the game.

He is destined to eclipse the record of Jack Nicklaus of 18 championships, but he is yet to, no thanks to the injuries at some point in his career.

However, he boasts of 14 PGA major championships with 79 PGA tour victories (second all time) among other honors like PGA player of the year for 11 times, leading money of the year for 7 times, Vardon trophy for 9 times, and Bryon Nelson award for 9 times.

Bobby Jones

Bob Jones is popular for winning career grand slam, winning all the four major tournaments namely: US open, US amateur, British amateur and open championship in one calendar year of 1930. In general, he played 31 majors wining 13 times and PGA tour victories of 9.

Walter Hagen

Walter Hagen’s 45 PGA tour wins and 30 other wins showed he had a remarkable career in the first half of the 20th century coupled with 11 PGA championships. He was the first native America to win a British Open in 1922.

Samuel Jackson Snead

Sam Snead holds the record for the highest PGA tour victories with 82 victories, but just won major 7 championships and he never won the US open, though he was second on seven occasions.

Ben Hogan

Ben Hogan’s career was almost threaten by a car accident he had in 1949, but he bounced back to win the masters tournament in 1951 and 1953 alongside the US open also in 1951 and 1953 and coupled with the open championship in 1953 among others prizes he won before the car threatening accident, which includes the US. open, PGA championship and achievements and awards such has the PGA player of the year, PGA tour.

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer won 62 PGA tour victories coupled with 7 major championships. Arnold Palmer presence in the game of golf made it accessible remove the discrimination in the game of golf, hence, made the game accessible by both the middle and working class.

Gary Player

Gary Player completed his career grand slam at the age of 29 with the US open in 1965. Becoming the first non-native America to win the four major tournaments of US open, Masters, PGA championship and the open championship coupled with the PGA tour victories of 24 (25th of all time).

Gene Sarazen

Gene Sarazen is one of the top players in the 1920s and 1930 s. He also won the career grand slam by winning all the major tournaments with seven major championships and 39 tour victories (11th of all time).

Phil Mickelson

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Phil Mickelson came close to winning the US. Open of a record of six times, but he was runner-up in all the six times. However, he won the master titles for three times, PGA championship once also one time champion of open championship coupled with 43 PGA tour victories.


Though, some new golf stars are emerging like Dustin Johnson to becoming the best golf player in history, but as it stands, they are nowhere near the top 10 golf players.

Golf Tournaments In USA

America’s influence on the game of golf is all surpassing, moreover, the all time great players in the game of golf are majorly from America which shows the extent to which game of golf is celebrated in America.

Moreover, three out of the four major tournaments is hosted by different golf associations in America, namely: the masters, The U.S open, and PGA championship. The open championship is played in the United Kingdom and hosted by the royal and ancient golf club of St Andrews.

The PGA tour, a golf organization in America also organizes golf tournaments in USA, such as namely tour championship, players’ championship and the president’s cup. It is safe to say America is the home of golf.

Golf tournaments played in the USA

The players’ championship

The players’ championship started in the year 1974 and since then has been a remarkable golf tournament in the USA. However, it is not recognized as an official event in the European tour.

In fact, the players’ championship has the highest prize fund in golf tournament before it lost the position to US open in 2017.

And the tournament takes place in may, though the event comes six weeks before masters in march but has since be shifted to may in 2007. Players’ champion until now it’s been played in stadium course, city of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Jack Nicklaus has won the highest players’ championship with 3 wins.

The players’ championship features the top 50 golf players in the world ranking among other players from major champions from the past 5 years, tour money leader, senior players champion from earlier year, top 10 current year, and FedEx Cup points leaders, tour championship winners from the past three years, and world golf championships from three years.

Tour championship

Top 30 money leaders compete in the Tour Championship until 2007 when FedEx points collected during the season determines participation. East lake golf club in Atlanta Georgia has been the host of this event since 2005 to present.

And the winner receives 3-year PGA tour exemption provided the winner has not been exempted.

President’s cup

The president’s cup is a golf tournament between the United States’ golf team and golf team representing the rest of the world either from Mexico; Oceania; Canada, Asia; South America; central and Africa exempting Europe, however, the Europe and the United States competes in the riders cup before it was abruptly ended due to the September 11 attacks.

The president’s cup is held every two years and hosted alternately in the United States and in any of the country representing the international team.

Major championship in U.S

Major championship is often referred to as the majors, comprises of the four main golf tournaments, three out of the four is played in U.S, namely: masters tournament, U.S open, the open championship, and the PGA championship.

Masters tournament: often referred to as U.S masters is a tournament held in April and played in Augusta National Golf Club, in Augusta Georgia. All golfers among the 50 world’s best golf player are eligible to feature in the tournament alongside former champions, current champions of the major amateur championships. However, opportunity is not given for alternate players to replace injured players.

The U.S open: The U.S open is hosted by the USGA (United States Golf Association) and played at different locations in the United States in June. It field players from different recent major champions, and the top ranking golf players or leading winners of previous money events around the world and  leading amateurs from USGA events.

PGA championship: August is the month of PGA championship, and it is usually played at the Baltusrol Golf Club, Medinah country club, Oakland Hills country club, oak hill country club, and winged foot golf club.

The participation mode of PGA championship is similar to the masters- previous champions of the PGA championship have a chance to participate alongside champions of the master tournament, U.S open as well as the open championship.

Other golf tournaments in USA includes:

  • Bobby Jones golf tournament
  • Amateurs golf tournament in the united state
  • tour events
  • United states women’s open championship
  • U.S senior women championship
  • United States women’s Amateur golf championship
  • Monday Night golf
  • M.C mini masters
  • Waterloo open golf classic
  • PGA assistant championship
  • Senior players championship.


U.S.A is home to numerous golf tournaments including the majors, namely: The masters, U.S open and PGA championship, but the open championship is played in the U.K.

And the ladies too have the opportunity to poke in to the golf hole under the golf tournaments organized by the LGPA (The Ladies Golf Professional Association) tournaments such as: U.S senior women’s championship and United States women’s Amateur golf championship.