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  • Writer's pictureSeán Brennan

Links Golf

Links golf is the oldest style of golf course. Courses are generally built on sandy coastland that offers a firmer playing surface than your traditional parkland course.

Links golf is unique - the firm ground, tight fairways, sand dunes, the sea breeze, the fescue grass, and the stunning views. The difference between a links golf course and a parkland course is that the golfers are forced to work with the natural elements of the course. The links course is not manufactured and maintains the original lay of the land.

All you have to do is take a look at the top 100 courses each and every year and you'll see them being dominated by links courses.

There are around 200 links courses in the world and you'll find 50, yes 50, scattered around the coastline of our little island. From The old Head in the south to Portrush in the North, and everyone in between, Ireland truly is the links capital of the world.

Here's just a sample of the links courses we have on offer:

Royal County Down (Belfast)

Royal Portrush (Belfast)

Portmarnock (Dublin)

Lahinch (Clare)

Tralee (Kerry)

Ballybunion (Kerry)

Waterville (Kerry)

County Louth (Louth)

The European Club (Wicklow)

Ballyliffin (Donegal)

County Sligo (Sligo)

Enniscrone (Sligo)

The Island (Dublin)

Trump Doonbeg (Clare)

Many of you may even be avid golfers that have never played links golf before or simply can’t wrap your head around what exactly defines a true links golf course. Well, we’ve all been there at some point or another, so we’re going to attempt to set the record straight here once and for all (maybe)!

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