Emerald Greens

The exceedingly well-travelled Andrew Marshall compiles his list of the best links courses that Irish golf has to offer

Crashing waves await those fortunate enough to make it to Tralee

County Kerry


Representing the first European design of Arnold Palmer, Tralee Golf Club is a very fine links, and although only built in 1980 it has gained a reputation alongside that of the big guns of Ireland’s west coast. The par-5 second is a standout hole – a sweeping dogleg right with panoramic views of the entire course with the Dingle peninsula on the horizon. www.traleegolfclub.com


Golf here is a special experience - the beauty of classic links land surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements. Over 100-years old, Waterville is rated among the top five courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world. Over the years, many great champions have made the pilgrimage to these mystical links to prepare for the Open Championship. "Everything about Waterville is truly spectacular," said internationally acclaimed golf architect Tom Fazio, who was commissioned to update the Eddie Hackett masterpiece a decade ago. “The setting is one of the best I have seen for golf.” www.watervillegolflinks.ie

An aerial of Waterville in County Kerry


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