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February Trip to Ireland, advice on courses near Dublin?


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#1 mitts7

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 09:02 PM

Hey Guys, the wife and I are heading to Ireland with some other couples in February next year. Unfortuntley, the trip isn't revolving around golf 😀. However, the two other guys that are going and myself are avid golfers and we said that we have to get at least one round in while we are there, no matter the weather. So, if we have a chance to play 1 round, what course would you suggest in the general vacinity of Dublin? We have a full day set aside so we can drive a ways if need be. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


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Posted 04 October 2017 - 11:50 PM

If they are open in Feb I’d go with The European Club then The Island then Portmarnock in that order. Dublin doesn’t benefit from the same weather patterns as the Southwest of Ireland and you’ll be lucky to get 8 hours of real daylight during that time of year as well. Keep that in mind. Not saying you shouldn’t do it just laying out how suboptimal it will be.

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 04:04 AM

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 08:45 PM

Thanks! Appreciate the feedback!

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 02:29 PM

Royal County Down is about 2 hours drive.  It can be done in a day.  If that doesn't work for whatever reason, I agree with az2au's suggestions.


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:10 AM

European club hasn't been as nice as it use to be.
Portmarnock #1 choice for sure.  Island club probably second, then European club.
You could play K Club too, but it's american style course.  All sizzle very little steak.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:31 AM

You could always look at Carton House - about 30 mins outside Dublin.  Two course, Montgomerie MUCH better than the O'Meara.  It is also a nice spa hotel so could be of interested to the wives for a day out.  Maybe wouldn't be a first choice, but if you keep the ladies happy you might be able to get two games in :superman:
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:28 PM

If the long car ride and high green fee don't deter you Royal County Down would be my choice. If you want to stay closer to Dublin and get more bang for the buck, my two choices would be The Island and Baltray (a/k/a County Louth).

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 04:54 PM

I love the Island and Baltray, but my choice would be Portmarnock as it is closer to Dublin and you could play 18, have lunch and then play the third nine afterwards.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:42 PM

If you want to stay as close to Dublin as possible, Portmarnock should be number one on your list, followed by The Island. You might be able to squeeze in all 27 holes at Portmarnock in one day, all the lunch is always realy good there!!

As far as the quality of courses, I would rank them as follows:
  • Portmarnock
  • The European
  • Baltray (County Louth)
  • The Island
They're all good, but Portmarnock is the most complete course of the bunch. I would say Baltray is the most fun. The dunes at The Island are massive and impressive, but a few holes on the back 9 are somewhat disappointing. The European is by far the toughest of the 4. Personnaly, if you feel like venturing out of Dublin to go there, I would instead head north to Royal County Down. It's about 45 minutes longer to get to RDC from Dublin than it is to The European.

Here's my suggestion if you can only play 1 round:
  • Plan A: if you don't mind the drive, head to Royal County Down
  • Plan B: if RDC is to far for you, play 27 at Portmarnock
Have fun!


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 05:27 PM

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 06:22 PM

Haha, I know. It could be brutal but what the heck, we are suckers for golf and you can't go to Ireland and not tee it up at least once, can you?  We have actually decided on the European Club. Also talked to The Island and Portmarnock but they both said mats would more than likely be required at that time of year. We didn't really want to play off mats and the European Club confirmed we could play off the natural turf so that played a big factor in our decision. Thanks again for all the recommendations!

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