Only recently has North-West Ireland become known as a golf destination worthy of a stand-alone trip to the area. The relatively remote location of its courses and the absence of a major city had left the region as an undiscovered gem. That is certainly no longer the case, as word has spread from influential sources that the Northwest has some of the most dramatic and best links courses anywhere.
Two courses that have exploded onto the scene are Enniscrone and Carne. Both feature towering dunes that rival those at Ballybunion and Tralee in the southwest and provide some thrilling tee shots. Many well-travelled golfers believe that Carne and Enniscrone are worthy of top 100 in the world status.
Ballyliffin has two top-notch courses including the Old course and the Glashedy course, which has hosted many championships. The fun doesn’t stop there, with numerous wonderful links each providing their own unique identity to the mix, including Donegal, Rosapenna (St Patrick's, Sandy Hills, and Old Tom), County Sligo (Rosses Point), Strandhill, Bundoran, and Connemara.
The only problem with North-West Ireland is figuring out how to squeeze in all these excellent courses in one trip!