Golf in Ireland - South East Articles
The South East of Ireland is easily accessible thanks to the harbours links at Waterford and Rosslare and Dublin airport a short drive off the M7 motorway.
The region, which covers the counties of Carlow, Wexford, Kilkenny, Waterford and Tipperary, remains a popular haunt with visitors who are keen to sample a vast collection of golf courses in what can, perhaps, be described as Ireland’s undiscovered golfing region.
Make no mistake; the South East comprises an impressive collection of golf courses, from traditional links to hidden gems and modern-day inland championship venues. If variety is what you’re after and perhaps something new and inspiring, then this is the very place.
It may not be buzzing with the razzamatazz of big-name venues that attract millions of Americans every year, but, conversely, that is part of its attraction. County Wexford, for example, is considerably blessed with golf courses of a distinct quality. There are just nine golf courses throughout the region, yet they include venerable layouts such as St Helen’s Bay, Rosslare and Seafield.
St Helen’s Bay, a delightful mix of parkland and links, overlooks the bay of the same name and never fails to capture the imagination - but be prepared for a windy round! Rosslare is a traditional links with quirky, unique greens set by the Irish Sea while Seafield, one of the friendliest clubs in Ireland, is where the Irish and British Lions rugby player, Brian O’Driscoll, plays his golf.
The Eddie Hackett-designed Enniscorthy and heavily-wooded Courtown can only be described as gems just waiting to be discovered, adding yet more appeal to this corner of the country.
County Tipperary will bring a smile to all golfers’ faces as it is home to a superb group of courses, with the likes of Cahir Park, Roscrea and County Tipperary (a Phillip Walton design) the pick of the bunch. Better still, green fees rates are comparatively inexpensive.
Southwards towards the coast in Waterford you should book a tee time at Dunmore East, where you can enjoy the spectacular views of the bay and the Waterford Harbour estuary. Championship parklands such as Tramore, Waterford Castle and Faithlegg should also make your itinerary.
Big-name venue Mount Juliet, in Kilkenny, is not a resort you want to bypass on your trip to the South East. The European Tour venue is on a par with any top inland tract in the country and is one of the most popular courses (it was opened by Jack Nicklaus in 1991) to have come from the 1990s golf boom.
Relatively nearby is Kilkenny, a mature parkland test that has hosted various amateur and professional events through the years and one course that never fails to entertain. In the same mould is Carlow, once described as a ‘natural inland links’, and the newer Mount Wolseley, a Christy O’Connor Jnr design where water plays a part in no less than eleven holes!
This neck of the woods, then, is a tempting prospect for would-be visitors and would not look out of place near the top of your Irish golf itinerary.