For many golfing enthusiasts this is the time of year they’ve been waiting for. The most illustrious championship in the world of golf, the US Open, took place last week and was a real treat for golfing fans. After local boy Rory McIlroy won the tournament last year, expectations were high that he or another British competitor could bring the trophy back for us again. The legendary Tiger Woods, meanwhile, was out to prove his critics wrong and to win the tournament that he holds so dear. However, Webb Simpson beat rivals Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson to win the championship.
In celebration of the greatest tournament in golf returning to our screens, we believe it’s time that you all stopped what you are doing, and take some time to get out there and play a round. To aid in this process we are compiling a list of our favourite courses in each of the countries in the British Isles. We begin with the Republic of Ireland:
1. Ballybunion – We kick things off with a course that is equally playable as it is beautiful. The scenery around this outstanding golf course is absolutely breath taking, and you begin to get a sense of what kind of day you are going to have ahead of you as you drive the picturesque road from the town of Ballybunion. The course has been in its current form since 1926, before which it took the form of a 12-hole course and then a 9-hole course. The quality and the variety of the holes at this course are second to none and are what sets this course apart from its Irish rivals.
This course is regarded as the nineteenth best course in the world.
2. Lahinch – This course is older than Ballybunion, starting out in 1892. The name Lahinch stems from the old Irish name Leithinsi, which means Half Island. As you might be able to tell from this the course is situated amongst a huge span of water making it an incredibly beautiful place to play your golf.
3. Portmarnock – Like Lahinch, this course is also situated amongst a watery back drop. It is built on a sandy peninsula nearly two miles long, cover a whopping 500 acres. It has been around since 1893, but back then the only way to access the peninsula was by boat. The course is famous for its last five holes which are said by some to be better than any other golf course in the world.