The best links golf courses in Dublin

Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links golf course.
The best of Irish golf is played on links, and Dublin has a fine selection of links courses to choose from.
Nothing connects you to the origins of golf quite like playing a links course, where nature and the elements conspire to offer both the greatest and most rewarding golfing challenge.

The coastline immediately north of the city centre has some wonderful courses, including St Anne’s and Royal St Dublin, Ireland’s second-oldest golf course. Further north again is one of the world’s top-rated courses at Portmarnock, which has a stunning location on Portmarnock peninsula and was the first host of the Irish Open in 1927. It’s not to be confused with nearby Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, a much younger course that offers an equally stiff challenge. Dublin’s collection of public courses also includes an outstanding links at Corballis, on the coast at Donabate in the north of the county.

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