Golfing in Ireland? Here’s Where to Stay
Skip the golf resort and book a room at these charming independent hotels within close proximity of the best courses on the island.
When it comes to golf travel, Ireland’s lodging matrix offers both promise and peril. Dublin makes a great base for high-end accommodation, but once golfers get a taste for links golf at clubs like Portmarnock and The Island, the instinct is to head further afield. The famous castles of the west (Ashford, Dromoland, et al.) deliver luxury, but their golf offerings are not in Ireland’s top tier. (Find the best courses in Ireland here). The trick is finding memorable digs within easy driving range of great golf. The following six properties are all four-star hotels, though a couple masquerade as fives. Whether it be a peaty pub, a stylish spa, or a particularly sweet ocean view, all add an extra dimension of comfort to an Irish golf excursion.