This month, Golf Monthly magazine brought out their list of Top 50 UK and Ireland Stay and Play Resorts, which included 12 Irish venues.
The question was - how did my top 5 stack up against theirs?
Golf Monthly's top five Irish resorts (overall British Isles-standing in brackets) are as follows:
- Doonbeg (3)
- Mount Juliet (5)
- Carton House (6)
- K Club (11)
- Adare (12)
- Lough Erne
- Mount Juliet
- Carton House
|View over the 9th green back to Doonbeg Lodge.|
Lough Erne or the K Club?The only significant difference is Lough Erne on mine and the K Club on the GM list. GM ranks Lough Erne 14th overall and 6th in the Irish rankings so it's there or thereabouts, although I am surprised it didn't make it higher. As a golf course I'd rate it above Mount Juliet and Carton House's two courses. It's one of the newest resorts in the country, boasts (and delivers) a five star experience, hosted the G8 this year, has a heap of awards for the hotel and the food, and has a superb spa...
|View of the K Club hotel from the Smurfit course|
For a full breakdown of the articles in this month's Golf Monthly, click here.