Ireland Trip Planner

Some things aren't best left to luck. Let our editorial team help plan your next golf trip to Ireland.

Ireland's Lahinch ranks among Matt Adams' top golf courses.
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Matt Ginella considers Northern Ireland one of the best links golf trips you can experience. He shares his tips for the perfect Northern Ireland golf trip, from courses to play to off-course excursions and sight-seeing.
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Links golf steals the show for many foreigners golfers when they visit Ireland, but it's probably wise to sprinkle in a parkland course or two just to mix things up a bit. Some of Ireland's best parkland playgrounds are connected to lavish resorts that you just don't want to miss. Jason Scott Deegan offers up 10 parkland golf courses to consider on your next trip to the Emerald Isle.
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Here are the courses that Golf Channel travel expert Matt Ginella says are the five best in Rory McIlroy's home country of Northern Ireland.
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Of all the great golf destinations in Ireland, the southwest stands supreme
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So your golf group has finally decided on Ireland for your golf trip next year. Now the real fun begins, deciding between Ireland's top two pockets of links courses: southwest Ireland or Northern Ireland. Both region's top five are as good as you'll find in the British Isles and Ireland. I've done the tour of both now in the last couple years, and the golf experience for the visitor in each is spectacular but a bit different for a variety of reasons.
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Golf Channel travel expert Matt Ginella didn't hesitate when a viewer inquired about where to play golf in Ireland. He directed golfers to the famed southwest coast, home to many of the prized Irish links.
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Matt Ginella ventures across the pond to explore the culture of golf in Ireland. After discussing the updated Adare Manor Golf Club with Andy McMahon, Ginella heads to town to listen to some traditional Irish music at Aunty Lena’s. The tour of Ireland continues with a visit to Waterville Golf Links and Ardglass Golf Club. Amidst teeing it up along the coast, Ginella makes time to try Bushmills Whiskey and visit Lahinch Golf Club, home of the 2019 Irish Open. The round trip ends with a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland to play a round with John Bamber. (Originally aired 2018)
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If the British Open didn't get your motor running for a golf vacation, maybe the Irish Open will. There is still plenty of time left this summer to plan a golf trip to Ireland. If you looked at Ireland golf vacation prices a few years ago, it's time to look again. Here are some tips to help get your trip started.
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The images of Irish golf are unmistakable: towering dunes, wispy grasses and flags snapping in the wind. To those who have never set foot on a true links course, the game can look entirely different in Ireland. Brandon Tucker offers up 10 things you should know to help you make a plan for a golf vacation to Ireland's west side.
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Northwest Ireland -- a beautiful and unspoiled region of Ireland -- is home to one-sixth of the world's links courses. They're spread out like outposts along the coast, often with an hour or more of driving between them. Golfers heading to Ireland have always hit the Southwest first, mainly to check off top-100 courses. That mindset is slowly changing. What the Northwest lacks in ranking star-power, it makes up for in value and charm.
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Jason Scott Deegan ranks his 10 favorite courses in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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There are so many different types of accommodations in northwest Ireland -- from a luxury lodge to a hip surfer's retreat, a traditional golf resort and even a chic modern European hotel -- that it's difficult to know where to stay on your golf trip. Jason Scott Deegan offers some suggestions.
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I'm not Irish, but I've been to the Emerald Isle so many times it feels like home. Here then are my 10 favorite places in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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Jason Scott Deegan offers 10 tips for first-timers looking to make their Irish golf vacation a success.
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The links golf is so good in the Emerald Isle it's hard to pick a favorite area. But we made Jason Scott Deegan pick one, and he chose southwest Ireland. Go inside to find out why and see his 10-day dream itinerary. It will make you want to start planning your own Irish golf getaway -- today.
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The Open is over and now you want to play links golf overseas. But just how should you go about it?
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I recently had the chance to spend a few days in Ireland’s storied southwest, a trip that introduced me not just to a sampling of splendid golf, but to a whole new perspective on the game. I didn’t think I could love golf any more than I already did, but Ireland deepened my love.
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If you're looking for a week of great links golf, you can't go wrong in Northern Ireland and NW Ireland, Mike Bailey writes after a recent trip across the pond.
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Only a select group of courses have received solely five-star reviews since launching our platform nearly a decade ago.
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A new travel series, available on GolfPass, features hosts Paul McGinley and Chris Hollins playing the best golf holes on the Emerald Isle.
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Local favorites, plus a few bucket-list courses, dominate the courses recognized by reviews from our community.
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The Emerald Isle features plenty of local favorites and hidden gems according to our community of reviewers.
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We picked risk-reward holes from 7 different European countries that have represented the Ryder Cup to create the ultimate match play golf course.
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In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we look forward to the days when Ireland's most affordable links are open to American visitors again.
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The lack of inventory at famous links, a slow vaccine rollout and ongoing travel restrictions remain hurdles to a strong summer travel season.
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How has the coronavirus impacted golf travel to the isles? We checked in with a top tour operator for travel tips for 2021.
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The Emerald Isle might be known for its links, but there's plenty of special golf resorts, too.
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An increase in extreme weather events is having an impact on golf courses all over the world, but there is no single way to adapt.
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