Affordable is not always the first word that springs to mind when golf is mentioned, but that is exactly what a motorhome offers golfing enthusiasts. If you own a motorhome you can pick and choose among the 500 plus golf courses throughout Ireland with no need to fork out large amounts of money on expensive accommodation. This means you can also squeeze in more golfing weekends and even splash out on a new course that you may have otherwise considered a little out of reach before.
From seaside links to inland parkland courses, Ireland boasts some of the most challenging and scenic golf courses in the world. We hope you enjoy our top picks which have been carefully considered to provide a memorable golfing experience with nearby camping facilities and plenty of things to do in the surrounding area.
Doonbeg, Co. Clare
Spanning 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and sand dunes, the Dr Martin Hawtree newly re-designed course at Trump International Golf Links is a stunning sight to behold and offers views of the Atlantic from 16 of 18 holes. With natural sand dunes and wind speed, this course will keep you challenged at all times testing golfers of all skill levels. This was an easy pick for us due to the fact that Strand Camping is directly on the coast in Doonbeg coupled with the fact it has a 5 star rating on trip advisorr and only a short distance from the golf club which is accessible by road. Trump International Golf Links is on the exclusive side, but afterall it is a Championship golf links course, regarded as one of the top resorts in Ireland. See pricing on the booking page of the Trump International website. The town of Doonbeg itself has pubs and restaurants to enjoy and there are plenty of activities on the coast of Clare to keep you busy. If you are travelling with a novice, or looking for a more laid-back approach, checkout Doolin Pitch and Putt which is a superb course by the sea and only a 40-minute drive from Doonbeg. In Doolin, there are two well-equipped campsites nearby, one is Nagles Campsite and the other is O’Connors Campsite. Here you can soak in the charm of the small but vibrant town of Doolin with great food, pubs, ice-cream parlours and craft shops with nearby cliff walks. The Ferry port is also very close if interested in a sea tour of the Cliffs of Moher or a trip to the Aran Islands.
Concra Wood Golf Course, Monaghan
Designed by Christy O'Connor Junior & Christy O'Connor Senior, Concura Wood Golf Course is a year-round golf course of championship standard overlooking the stunning Lough Muckno. The impressive scenic surroundings seem like a natural extension of the golf course, which makes for an exceptional golf experience with plenty of challenges for the more experienced golfer with plenty of uphill’s and down hills to keep you on your toes as the ball travels at different speeds. The different gradients make for tougher walking, so you will need a moderate degree of fitness to get around. There are two motorhome parking slots at Muckno Park itself, so it's perfect for a 1-night stopover. Just be aware that it’s wild parking with no facilities. Attractions in Monaghan include Irish Country Quads where you are go quading and partake in clay pigeon shooting. To really get the adrenaline pumping, head for Rally Driving School Ireland in Scotstown for a thrilling experience. Less strenuous activities can include craft beer tasting at Brehon Brewhouse, a visit to castle Leslie or a ramble in the picturesque town of Glaslough with good pub grub.
Old Head, Co. Cork
Possibly one of the most visually stunning Golf Courses in the World, the Old Head Golf course is situated on Old Head Peninsula in Kinsale that juts out into the Atlantic. The course is known for its stunning views of the sea and its challenging cliff-top holes. Highly exposed to wild Atlantic winds, be sure to check the weather at time of booking, weather conditions on a cliff top will certainly make a difference to your game. Advanced booking is essential and renting a caddie is highly encouraged. A valid handicap certificate from player’s home club is also required, for more details you can visit the booking page of the Old Head Golf Course Website. If you wish to extend your stay, there is no shortage of things to do in Kinsale and the surrounding areas. A visit to Kinsale Star Fort is certainly worth your time and so is a drive on the Beara and Sheeps head Peninsula which offers breath-taking scenery at every turn between Kinsale & Courtmacsherry. If you have young family there is always Fota Wildlife Park, Blarney Castle and an abundance of beaches to choose from. If you wish to camp as close as possible to Old Head, see the Garrettstown House Holiday Park Website with parking facilities for motorhomes and campervans.
Adare Manor Co. Limerick
Hosting the 2027 Ryder Cup, this has to be on the top of every Irish golfer’s bucket list. If you really want to indulge, we can’t think of a more rewarding setting than Adare Manor golf Club with meticulous putting greens, tree lined fairways and ruins of a 13th century castle and 16th century Franciscan abbey nestled at the centre of the course with the river Maigue running through. Owned by Ireland’s favourite businessman JP McManus, the course was designed by Tom Fazio and really is in a league of its own, with SubAir systems and state of the art drainage systems. Greens and tees are hand-cut daily by 50 green keepers, so it does make for a surreal experience. All in, a one day 5 star round of golf will set you back around 500 euro. Adare village itself is a very popular tourist village with plenty of old world charm, great boutiques, rustic bars and also offers plenty fine dining. The nearest campsite is Adare caravan and camping park, a family run camping park only 3km away.
Druids Glen, Co. Wicklow
Closed for 12 months renovations Druids Glen golf course is to reopen to visitors in June 2023. Located just outside Dublin, the Druids Glen Golf Club is a tranquil parkland course that offers a different experience from the traditional links courses of Ireland. The course is set in a picturesque and mystical valley featuring challenging holes in a somewhat sheltered setting among rolling woodlands with manicured tree-lined fairways, historical landmarks, spectacular water features and vibrant floral displays. There are numerous campsites in the Wicklow area, but the nearest appears to be Roundwood Caravan and Camping park which is 13km away. Coastal escapes, lake drives, stunning mountain scenery, magnificent ancient monastic sites are among the nearby attractions. From abbeys to glens and old mining villages, it's an excellent staycation travel destination with brilliant family fun activities to choose from including garden mazes, tree top trails, ziplining, water sports and Powerscourt gardens and falls.
From links courses set along the wild Atlantic coast to parkland courses nestled in picturesque valleys, there is something for every golfer in Ireland. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced golfer, these top golf courses are sure to provide an unforgettable experience for motorhome and campervan owners.
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