Monday, February 24, 2014

Ireland's Best Hidden Golfing Gems

Views over Strandhill's 5th fairway
The list of Ireland’s Fairways Less TravelledThe Hidden GemsThe JewelsThe Unsung Heroes… whatever you want to call them... is now complete.

So here is the final list of Ireland’s 20 best golf courses that rarely get the credit or coverage they deserve.

I’m sure that you have plenty of hidden Irish gems that you’d like to add… please feel free to do so in the Comments section.

I would like to thank everyone who entered the draws, and I would especially like to thank the golf clubs who donated free fourballs for this blog to give away. Eighteen of the 20 clubs donated. Many thanks for your generosity.

Please click the links below if you want to read the full reviews that were published in recent weeks on this blog. 
The trees of Portumna
[Parkland courses are listed first]
1 Rathcore (Meath), Narin & Portnoo (Donegal)
2 Scrabo (Down), Strandhill (Sligo)
3 Portumna (Galway), Portsalon (Donegal)

Views over a perfect, sunny Mulranny (2012)
Make it a goal to visit one of these courses this year. You won’t be disappointed. In particular, if you can pay Mulranny a visit, please do so. Your green fee income will be vital to the golf club in its attempts to recover from the damage of the recent storms. And if you're talking to Committee/Council/GMs at your home club in the coming days, please encourage them to support Mulranny by hosting a SAVE MULRANNY GOLF LINKS competition.


  1. Top lists, these - well done Kevin. I have played 13 of them, an unlucky number so I will have to add a few more of them soon. Golf opinions are nothing if not quibbable of course (pardon the ould pun there), so I would put Standhill above Narin certainly and Esker above Rathcore I think, it has more drama and variety, though both are great new designs. Played Seapoint last week, very good track with changes since I was last there (many moons ago) that have certainly improved it. Also visited Newcastle last week - still not convinced about all those blind tee shots (as suggested by GMac, a Portrush man forever, like myself) and felt the inland par 3 14th was possibly, in my view, not genuine links-land. Anyway, I parred index 1 so mustn't grumble - it will be a visual treat on tv for the Irish Open.

  2. I had the pleasure of playing the West Waterford course last summer during a visit. The weather was glorious which allowed for some stunning views and the course was in great condition. Will hopefully be back in June to see the Irish Open at the Cork golf club at Fota Island so fingers crossed that the weather obliges once again.