The ultimate list for the discerning golfer

10 Unheralded Irish Links Courses
By L. C. Lambrecht
L.C. Lambrecht is one of the most renowned golf course photographers in the world.
An expert on Irish golf, he has recently published "Emerald Gems," a stunning
book that captures the rugged beauty of its links.

Rosapenna (Sandy Links):
Nestled up in the northern peninsulas of Donegal with fine hotel accommodations, this is a new links with extensive dune infrastructure and an excellent routing plan by Pat Ruddy.

Set in a quiet little seaside resort along the Sligo coastline with an array of spectacular dunes. T
he course was always well regarded for conditioning. Now it has several new holes through virgin dunes built under the guidance of Donald Steele.

A complex of 36 excellent links set in remote Donegal with tremendous views of the sea and mountains.

The Island:
Located on the outskirts of Dublin overlooking the seaside suburb of Malahide, the links are quite demanding and offer the kind of golf for which Ireland is renowned. The par-3 13th along the harbor is particularly beautiful, with Malahide as its backdrop.

Located in County Mayo out on the Belmullet peninsula, one of the westernmost extremes of Ireland, it is a pure links designed by the heralded Irish architect Eddie Hackett. These links will make any golfer a believer in the beauty of Ireland.

Located on the southern side of Rosses Point, a little seaside village sports a links with great par-3s and and snaking par-4s through ancient dunes. It is a unique setup with quirky holes and truly beautiful scenery.

Located on the Ring of Kerry in the southwest, between Ballybunion and Waterville, it is great for those looking for a natural links off the beaten path. It has several unique features including a blind finish on No. 18 and a lovely bowl green on the par-3 13th.

Just an hour up the road from Royal County Down, the course is located in a quaint fishing village and boasts spectacular par-3s along the sea. No. 2 is especially demanding, with a carry over the sea from a clifftop tee.

Royal Portrush (Valley):
Located on the same dune structures as the renowned Dunluce, it used to be the ladies’ course. It is now a well respected challenge in its own right and worthy of a visit when one is playing the more famous links in the area.
Castlerock: These links are right across the River Bann from the famed Portstewart Links. They feature many great holes and afford spectacular views over to the hills of Donegal. A tough quarry par-3 and a newly designed finish make Castlerock a fine addition to any itinerary.

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