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Links Golf Courses
A "links" golf course, sometimes referred to as a seaside links, is the oldest style of golf course, and was first developed in Scotland. Many links - are located in coastal areas, on sandy soil, often amid dunes, with few water hazards and few, if any, trees - this is the main characteristic of a Links Course - ´´one on the coast´´.

The challenges of links golf fall into two categories. The courses themselves, which tend to be characterized by uneven fairways, thick rough and small deep bunkers known as "pot bunkers". Secondly, due to their coastal location many links courses are frequently windy. This affects the style of play required, favoring players who are able to play low accurate shots.

Links courses remain most common in Ireland, Great Britain and Scotland. The Open Championship is always played on links courses, which is one of the main things that differentiates it from the three major championships held in the United States.

Golf Course Famous links golf courses in Ireland
  • Ballybunion Golf Club, Co. Kerry, Ireland
  • Portmarnock Golf Club, Portmarnock, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland
  • Royal County Down Golf Club, Northern Ireland
  • Royal Dublin Golf Club, Ireland
  • Royal Portrush Golf Club, Northern Ireland
Popular Golf Courses In Ireland

Co. Clare & Co. Limerick Area
Adare Championship Parkland Course $$$$
Doonbeg Links Course $$$$
Dromoland Parkland Course $$$
Lahinch Old Championship Links Course $$$$
Lahinch Castle Links Course $

Co. Kerry
Ballybunion Old Championship Links Course $$$$
Ballybunion Cashen Links Course $$$
Dooks Links Course $$
Killarney Killeen Championship Lakeside $$$$
Killarney Mahony's Point Championship Lakeside $$$
Killarney Lackabane Parkland Course $$
Tralee Links Course $$$$
Waterville Championship Links Course $$$$

Co. Cork
Fota Island Woodland Championship Course $$$
Old Head Kinsale Links Course $$$$$

Waterford
Waterford Castle Parkland Course $

Golf Course Co. Kilkenny
Mount Juliet Championship Parkland $$$$

Dublin Area Including Wiclow, Kildare & Louth (All courses are accessible from Dublin)
St Margarets Championship Course $$
Royal Dublin Championship Links $$$$
Portmarnock Links Course $$$
Portmarnock Championship Links $$$$

Wicklow
Druids Glen Parkland Championship $$$$
European Club Links Course $$$$

Louth
Co Louth/Baltray Championship Links $$$$

Kildare Ryder Cup was played at the K Club (Palmer Course)
K Club Palmer, North Championship Parkland Ryder Cup Course $$$$$
K Club Smurfit, South Championship Parkland $$$$

Northern Ireland
Royal Portrush Dunluce Championship Links Course $$$$
Portrush Valley Links Links Course $$
Portstewart Strand Championship Links $$$
Royal Belfast Parkland Course $$
Royal Co Down Championship Links Course $$$$

Sligo
Enniscrone Links Course $$

Galway
Connemara Links Course $$
 

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