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  • Writer's pictureSeán Brennan

Courses of The Irish Open

Updated: Jun 19, 2023


Royal County Down Golf Club
Royal County Down Golf Club

Since its inception in 1927, the Irish Open has been held at many of Ireland's top golf courses. Let's take a closer look at each of these courses and their history with the Irish Open.


  1. Royal Portrush Golf Club: Located on the north coast of Northern Ireland, Royal Portrush has hosted the Irish Open four times, most recently in 2012. The course is famous for its challenging holes, stunning views of the coastline, and the impressive Dunluce clubhouse. Notable winners at Royal Portrush include Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, and Graeme McDowell.

  2. Portmarnock Golf Club: Located just outside of Dublin, Portmarnock has hosted the Irish Open 19 times, making it the most frequent host venue. The course is known for its natural sand dunes and traditional links layout. Notable winners at Portmarnock include Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, and Padraig Harrington.

  3. K Club (Palmer Course): Located in County Kildare, the Palmer Course at the K Club hosted the Irish Open in 2006 and 2016. The course is designed by Arnold Palmer and is known for its water hazards, strategic bunkering, and tree-lined fairways. Notable winners at the K Club include Thomas Bjorn and Rory McIlroy.

  4. Royal County Down Golf Club: Located in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Royal County Down has hosted the Irish Open twice, most recently in 2015. The course is consistently ranked among the best in the world and is known for its stunning scenery, rugged terrain, and challenging greens. Notable winners at Royal County Down include Colin Montgomerie and Soren Kjeldsen.

  5. Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course): Located in County Kerry, the Old Course at Ballybunion hosted the Irish Open in 2000. The course is known for its dramatic dunes, challenging layout, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Notable winners at Ballybunion include Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke.

  6. Lahinch Golf Club: Located on the west coast of County Clare, Lahinch hosted the Irish Open in 2019. The course is known for its natural terrain, unique holes, and stunning views of the Cliffs of Moher. Notable winners at Lahinch include Jon Rahm.

  7. Adare Manor Golf Club: Located in County Limerick, Adare Manor has hosted the Irish Open twice, most recently in 2008. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and features a challenging layout with numerous water hazards. Notable winners include Richard Finch and Padraig Harrington.

  8. Fota Island Golf Club: Located on a small island near Cork, Fota Island has hosted the Irish Open twice, most recently in 2014. The course was designed by Christy O'Connor Jr. and features a mix of parkland and links-style holes. Notable winners include Thomas Bjorn and Michael Hoey.

  9. Carton House Golf Club: Located in County Kildare, Carton House has hosted the Irish Open twice, most recently in 2013. The course was designed by Colin Montgomerie and features a mix of parkland and links-style holes. Notable winners include Shane Lowry and Jamie Donaldson.

  10. Killarney Golf & Fishing Club: Located in County Kerry, Killarney has hosted the Irish Open on numerous occasions. The course features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes and a challenging layout. Notable winners include Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance, and Bernhard Langer.

  11. Mount Juliet Estate Golf Club: Located in County Kilkenny, Mount Juliet has hosted the Irish Open three times, most recently in 1995. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and features a challenging layout with numerous water hazards. Notable winners include Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer.

  12. Cork Golf Club: Located just outside Cork City, Cork Golf Club has hosted the Irish Open twice, most recently in 2001. The course features stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and a challenging layout. Notable winners include Colin Montgomerie and Patrik Sjoland.

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