08 May 2020
Ireland’s fairways will eventually be ready for the game again; until then golfers
Professionals, social players and fans of the game of golf might all be staying safe at home right now, but all sorts of Irish golfing dreams can still be kept alive for when we can start travelling again.
Making a bucket list of the mecca courses you dream of playing on the island of Ireland is the easiest route to some pure golf indulgence.
Creating a top 10, a best five or even choosing between the island’s links and parkland courses is always going to be a tough call, so a good strategy to help you make up your mind is to check out the drone footage or course flyovers available from all around the country.
The sky-high views of fairways located in some of the most spectacular locations in the world will fuel your imagination and remind you why Ireland remains a magnet for golfers at all levels of the game.
Irish greens of dreams include the revered Royal Portrush in County Antrim, host venue for last year’s 148th Open Championship and the scene of Shane Lowry’s momentous home soil victory.
Hover over Adare Manor in County Limerick, which will stage the Ryder Cup in 2026, and imagine your perfect round there, or drop in on Lahinch in County Clare, where Spain’s Jon Rahm won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open last year.
Royal Portrush Golf Club, County Antrim
Experience the aerial views of Royal County Down, Golf Digest’s number one course in the world, or take the bird’s eye view of courses like Ballybunion on the southern stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way, and make notes for your dream golf trip.
Inspiration can also be found in Irish golf’s major-winning elite – Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington. While they are cooped up at home like the rest of us, thankfully these champions are staying busy on social media.
For those who dream of achieving the fitness level of Rory McIlroy, the world no.1 has been sharing his workout regime on Instagram, while three-time major winner Padraig Harrington is using his #StayHome time to offer some swing therapy via Twitter from the incredible facilities in his garden in south Dublin.
The Ryder Cup captain has become a social media sensation through a long series of tuition videos. With his followers raving about the quality of the content, there are fantastic tips to keep your game in shape for when golf returns.
And golf will return in Ireland.
When the time is right your bucket list will be ready, your game will be sharp, there will be further big tournaments to see and you can look forward to the hospitality, so synonymous with Ireland, to be had at nineteenth holes all over the country. Until then, hold fast to your golfing dreams.
Adare Manor, County Limerick
Ballybunion Golf Course, County Kerry
Lahinch Golf Course, County Clare
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