Golf Digest‘s Top 100 golf courses in Ireland has been released and was compiled after a panel of industry experts made up from different segments of the Irish golf industry, combined with a second panel of 80 readers, men and women of varying handicaps, spent months visiting golf courses throughout the island of Ireland.

The big news is Royal County Down has once again retained the top spot as the Number 1 golf course in Ireland, while Royal Portrush stays in second place, ahead of Portmarnock Golf Club in third. The Glashedy links at Ballyliffin has seen the benefit of the Irish Open enhancements and is now a Top 10 course.

The biggest mover in the Top 20 was Enniscrone Golf Club, which is +2 places up to 12th on the list.

Outside the Top 20, the notable climbers were Luttrellstown Castle Golf Club (+3 places), Galway Bay Golf Resort (+5), Mount Wolseley Hotel & Golf Resort (+3), Rosslare Golf Club (+3), St Margarets Golf Club (+3) and Ardglass Golf Links (+5).

Roe Park, Dundrum House and Rathsallagh are new entrants to the list.

Top 100 courses in Ireland in 2018

  1. Royal County Down
  2. Royal Portrush Golf Club
  3. Portmarnock Golf Club (Old)
  4. Lahinch Golf Club
  5. Waterville Golf Links
  6. Tralee Golf Club
  7. Ballybunion Golf Club (The Old Course)
  8. The European Club
  9. County Louth Golf Club (Baltray)
  10. Ballyliffin Golf Club (Glashedy)
  11. County Sligo Golf Club
  12. Enniscrone Golf Club
  13. The Island Golf Club
  14. Old Head Golf Links
  15. Portstewart Golf Club (The Strand Course)
  16. Belmullet Golf Club (Carne Golf Links)
  17. Mount Juliet Golf Club
  18. Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old Links)
  19. K-Club (Palmer Course)
  20. Trump International Golf Links – Doonbeg
  21. Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh Links)
  22. Portsalon Golf Club
  23. Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
  24. Dooks Golf Club
  25. Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort (Sandyhills)
  26. The Royal Dublin Golf Club
  27. Narin And Portnoo Golf Club
  28. Killeen Castle Golf Club
  29. Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort
  30. Fota Island Golf Club (Deerpark)