Dublin: Golf Courses and Sightseeing
Golf in Dublin and County Dublin
International golfers like to play links golf in Ireland as it has a wide choice of quality links golf. The five leading Dublin area links are noted here:
Portmarnock Championship is typically ranked in the top three courses of the Irish Republic. On a peninsula with sea on three sides, it has low sand dunes and long valleys. No two successive holes play in the same direction. Therefore the wind is significant on every hole. 7466, Par 72.
The Island is an isolated, ruggedly beautiful links surrounded by the Irish Sea. Countless superb holes weave through the highest sand dunes of any links in Ireland. The course will tease and infuriate you, but afterwards you will remember a very special golf course. 6784 yards, Par71.
Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is fashioned from dune land adjacent to world ranked Portmarnock. The tight layout has elevated tees and greens, pot bunkers, acutely angled doglegs and almost 100 bunkers. It’s a course of challenging beauty designed by Bernhard Langer. 6350 yards, Par 71.
The Royal Dublin Golf Club is a classic out and back layout reminiscent of many Scottish links. The exposed flat location makes wind an important factor. Major hazards are narrow fairways requiring accurate driving, extensive out of bounds and brutal greenside and fairway bunkering. 7269 yards Par 72.
St Anne‘s Golf course is a natural links in Bull Island nature reserve. It flows through low sand dunes dotted with gorse thickets. Enjoy the peace and tranquility here, where it is hard to believe that you are close to the city. This traditional links will inspire and exhilarate the visiting golfer. 6717 yards, Par 71.
Ten Dublin Sightseeing Highlights
Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest university founded in 1592. It is world renowned for housing many treasures including old books and priceless artifacts.
The Book of Kells is a magnificent illuminated manuscript from 800 A.D. containing Latin texts of the Four Gospels. Irish monks buried it fearing Viking raiders. Rediscovered in 1653, it is kept at Trinity College.
The Guinness Storehouse has been the home of Guinness since 1759. Take a tour and discover the history behind the famous beer and enjoy a pint of Guinness.
National Museum of Ireland has 3 locations in Dublin. Archaeology is at Kildare Street, Natural History at Merrion Square and Decorative Art and History at Collins Barracks.
St Patrick’s Cathedral is a popular attraction. Built between 1220 and 1260 the Cathedral is one of the few buildings left from the medieval city of Dublin.
The little museum of Dublin is a quirky museum telling the story of Dublin. The 29-minute guided tour is a celebration of great Irish storytelling. You will learn history and laugh a lot.
Merrion Square is one of Dublin's largest and grandest Georgian squares. On three sides are Georgian Houses and on the other the garden of Leinster House, and two museums.
Old Jameson Distillery museum replicates the distillery in 1780. You see and learn about whiskey-making in Ireland and enjoy a tipple.
Christ Church Cathedral dates from 1493 and is recognised as having one of Ireland's finest choirs. The cathedral choir took part in the first performance of Handel's Messiah in Dublin in 1742.
National Museum of Ireland – Features Celtic and Medieval art, the Ardagh Chalice, Tara Brooch and the Derrynaflan Hoard. It has the finest collection of prehistoric gold artifacts in Europe and much more including prehistoric Ireland and the Vikings in Ireland.