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 heads to Ireland to experience the updates to Adare Manor, Waterville, as well as 2019 Open host Royal Portrush. (Originally aired 2018)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Scott Deegan offers 10 tips for first-timers looking to make their Irish golf vacation a success.
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.
The Open is over and now you want to play links golf overseas. But just how should you go about it?
Of all the great golf destinations in Ireland, the southwest stands supreme
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.
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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Can you imagine wearing a helmet to play golf? That could be in your future, according to, a British-based company that provides heath and safety advice and legal consultation.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - My golf ball has found many a dire lie.
As evidenced by pictures from the Aberdeen Asset Managment Scottish Open and Open Championship, a dry summer overseas has resulted in browned out links, with driving rolling longer than ever.
The Irish Open doesn't get the same respect as a Scottish Open, let alone a U.S. Open. But ponder this question for a moment: Would you rather play the public courses that have hosted a U.S. Open or an Irish Open?
With The Open already booked at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, the European Tour moved the Irish Open south to the Lahinch Golf Club, where the historic links will host for the first time.
Hole-in-ones are obvious, but what are some of the luckiest things that can happen to a golfer at the course? Jason Deegan shares some favorites.
Hogs Head, a new golf course by Robert Trent Jones II, isn't the only news coming from Ireland that Americans golfers should notice. The luxurious and historic Adare Manor will reopen this fall, while the Castlerock Golf Club in Northern Ireland embarks on a major renovation. All three courses should be ready to play by spring.
Love them or loathe them, blind shots are everywhere on links in Great Britain and Ireland. We feature some of the most notable.
Rory McIlroy's involvement in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open has taken the tournament to new heights. It takes a bold new step in 2018, visiting the Ballyliffin Golf Club in northwest Ireland for the first time.
Sometimes, getting on a coveted public courses or private club that allows limited access can seem difficult. Here's some advice that can help.
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