It's Tee Time - Ireland's Top Golf Destinations

Swing into action with a golfing getaway

The sport of golf is not my area of expertise, however sporting knowledge aside, I do know that Ireland has the finest range of golf courses in the world that promise lush landscapes and greenery as far as the eye can see.


Here, I’ve teed up some of my top picks for the ultimate golfing getaway that has it all in one place.


CARTON HOUSE CO KILDARE

Having recently opened its Georgian doors following a multi-million euro renovation, the five-star Carton House is one of Ireland’s finest country estates and is home to two 18-hole championship courses.


The O’Meara parkland course winds through ancient woodland and traces the river’s edge, while the challenging links-style course designed by Colin Montgomerie has hosted the Irish Open three times.


The Golf Experience at Carton House starts from €555 in The Garden Wing and €780 in The House, and includes an overnight stay, breakfast, and a round of golf per guest, plus complimentary access to the spa facilities which includes an 18m indoor heated swimming pool and gym.


For a round of golf only, green fees are €70. For more details, visit info@cartonhouse.com.


THE HERITAGE CO LAOIS

Set in a countryside location just outside the idyllic village of Killenard, The Heritage is perfect for golf lovers looking for a break away, with its Seve Ballesteros-designed golf course.


The Heritage Two Game Getaway includes two nights’ accommodation, a full breakfast each morning, dinner on one evening in the new Blakes Restaurant and two games of golf per person from €490 for two people sharing.


For more information or to book email info@theheritage.com.


GLASSON LAKEHOUSE CO WESTMEATH

Glasson Lakehouse is a dogfriendly four-star hotel & golf resort located in the idyllic countryside. Guests can avail of the Golf Getaway package from €199 per person sharing, which includes two nights’ luxurious accommodation, breakfast and a round of golf. Email reservations@glassonlakehouse.ie to book now.


FAITHLEGG, CO WATERFORD

Designed by renowned Irish golf course architect Paddy Merrigan, Faithlegg is set in a stunning woodland location providing fabulous views over the Suir estuary. Faithlegg carries Merrigan’s familiar stamp of difficulty, undulating greens, water hazards and perfectly placed sand traps, all of which heighten the challenge.


Stay & play at Faithlegg includes a two-night stay including breakfast and one dinner in the award-winning Roseville Rooms Restaurant and two rounds of golf plus a takeaway lunch from the Busy Bean trailer overlooking the first tee or the Pro Shop. It’s valid Monday to Thursday from November 2021 to March 2022 and costs €240 per person sharing.


Email reservations@faithlegg.com to book now.


FOTA ISLAND RESORT, CO CORK

Home to one of the finest championship golf courses in Ireland, Fota Island Resort is a luxurious five-star hotel and spa that includes a worldclass golf academy.

There are three championship golf courses set in beautiful parkland scenery.


With strong holes all the way through, some of the signature holes are the 18th at the Deerpark, and the opening holes at Belvelly, with their lakes and trees, which are tricky and picturesque in equal measure.


Starting from €549 per room, a luxury golf getaway includes an overnight stay for two, with breakfast, a three-course meal, plus a round of golf and a two-course lunch in the stunning Clubhouse overlooking the Deerpark 18th green.


Email reservations@ fotaisland.ie to book.


FARNHAM ESTATE CO CAVAN


Set on a beautiful 1,300-acre country estate on the outskirts of Cavan town, Farnham Estate is one of Ireland’s most popular spa and golf destinations. The golf course is spread over 500 acres of rolling countryside and dense woodland, with two quite contrasting nines — a gently challenging front nine exploring undulating meadows and a testing back nine through denser, rugged woodland.


An added bonus, it has a spa and swimming pool with some spectacular views.

An overnight stay starts from €179 B&B per room. Green fees from €35 per person. Email info@farnham estate.ie to book now.


THE K CLUB CO KILDARE

Slick and stylish, this country resort is tucked away in the Kildare countryside but just on Dublin’s doorstep. Guests can play one of the two Arnold Palmer-designed courses, which played host to the Ryder Cup in 2006.


An overnight stay including a full Irish breakfast and one round of golf for two people costs from €460 per room per night. Email reservations@ kclub.ie to book now.