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Tag: Ireland

New Links Golf Course Coming to Ireland in 2026

Ireland is home to many of the greatest links golf courses on the planet - and those will soon be joined by a new creation next to the white sands of Curracloe Beach. read more ...


The Magic of Links Golf in Donegal & Northern Ireland

Golfshake Travel Editor Andy Waple flew into little-known Derry Airport in Ireland to discover fantastic links golf all around, where he played Royal Portrush, Ballyliffin Old Links and the relatively new Tom Doak masterpiece, St Patrick’s Links at Rosapenna. read more ...


Jameson Golf Links at Portmarnock - Review

Travel Editor Andy Waple played in the recent launch event of the newly rebranded Jameson Golf Links at Portmarnock just outside Dublin. Here are his impressions of the new design. read more ...


Portmarnock Resort Unveils Remodelled Jameson Golf Links

Portmarnock Resort has unveiled its recently remodelled championship course under a new brand name - Jameson Golf Links. The rerouting of certain holes has led to several significant changes on the final ten holes. read more ...


Esker Hills Golf Club Review

During his journey of discovery in the Heartlands of Ireland, Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken visited Esker Hill Golf Club, the home of 2019 Champion Golfer of the Year, Shane Lowry. read more ...


Portumna Golf Club Review

Continuing his journey through the Hidden Heartlands of Ireland, Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken stopped by Portumna Golf Club in County Galway to experience a course that has big ambitions for the future. read more ...


Glasson Lakehouse Golf Club And Hotel Review

Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken recently enjoyed another golf adventure to Ireland, where he discovered the Hidden Heartlands of the island and was based at the Glasson Lakehouse Golf Club & Hotel. read more ...


How Many Open Qualifying Golf Courses Have You Played

Ahead of The 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, such has been the demand for entries, two new venues have been added for Regional Qualifying. This got us thinking about how many of these outstanding courses that we had played. How many have you ticked off? read more ...


Dromoland Castle Golf Club Feature Review

Last year, Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken had the chance to play the scenic Dromoland Castle in Ireland. In this new Feature Review, Andy describes the venue, the experience, and the wider atmosphere of Limerick during his visit. read more ...


Trump Doonbeg International Golf Links Feature Review

Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, also known as Doonbeg, is situated on the main coastal road between Ballybunion and Lahinch, one hour from Shannon Airport in County Clare. Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken had the chance to play this stunning venue, which he describes in this new Feature Review. read more ...


12 Reasons to Play Golf in Ireland

Fancy a trip overseas without having to travel too far? Ireland is the perfect choice, with more than 400 courses ranging from the world’s greatest links to friendly member clubs where the green fee is little more than a round of Guinness. When you visit the Republic of Ireland you can be rest assured you will find no warmer welcome. read more ...


Why You Should Play Golf at Rosapenna

Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Links is at the forefront of Irish golf, and this luxurious resort boasts a peaceful environment with three first-class golf courses attached to the premises. read more ...


Lough Erne Resort to Host PGA EuroPro Tour Championship

After 14 tournaments of highly competitive golf, members of the PGA EuroPro Tour will be heading to Northern Ireland to contest the Tour Championship at the beautiful Lough Erne Resort. read more ...


Play Ireland's Greatest Golf Holes

Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has partnered with TV presenter Chris Hollins to create a six-part series that celebrates the most iconic golf holes on the spectacular island of Ireland. And you could walk in their footsteps and experience those amazing courses for yourself, courtesy of GolfNow who are celebrating St Patrick's Day by showcasing incredible deals to play them. read more ...


Why You Should Play Golf at The K Club

With two expertly constructed golf courses, an industry-leading spa, beautiful hotel rooms and amazing cuisine, a short or long break at The K Club is something every keen golfer should experience. read more ...


Mount Juliet Estate Golf Course Feature Review

As part of his Ireland Golf Road Trip, Golfshake's Andy Picken experienced the celebrated Irish Open venue, Mount Juliet Estate, something that he describes in detail in this new Feature Review. read more ...


Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club Feature Review

During his Ireland Golf Road Trip, Golfshake's Andy Picken had the chance to play the modern classic, Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club, which was recently decared the Best Hidden Gem in Ireland. Andy describes why in this new Feature Review. read more ...


Rosslare Golf Links Feature Review

Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken was joined by author and photographer Kevin Markham for a round at the magnificent Rosslare Golf Links, which served as a highlight during his Ireland Golf Road Trip. Andy describes this stunning layout in his new Feature Review. read more ...


Unforgettable Golf Road Trip to Ireland's Ancient East

Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken recaps his recent golf road trip across Ireland's Ancient East, where he played Rosslare, Bunclody and Mount Juliet, with evenings spent in towns including the magnificent city of Kilkenny. read more ...


The Best UK Golf Breaks For 2022

It's that time of the year when golfers are looking ahead and planning where they would most like to play. Our travel partners, Golfbreaks, have kindly recommended a selection of venues that you should consider experiencing during 2022, a collection that spans Ryder Cup hosts to tranquil resorts in the heartlands of England. read more ...


Ireland Open to Fully Vaccinated British Visitors With No Quarantine Required

In what is great news for many golfers hoping for a break across the Irish Sea, it has been confirmed that Ireland is the first European country that will allow fully vaccinated British citizens the opportunity to visit without requiring any COVID tests or the need to self-isolate in either direction. read more ...


The Best Irish Open Venues

The Island of Ireland boasts a remarkably strong collection of golf courses, which for some represents the finest offering on the planet. Since it was first played in 1927, the Irish Open has been a fine showcase for these stunning layouts. We share their unique Golfshake Rating and featued commentary from regular golfers submitted in reviews by the Golfshake Community. read more ...


The Best Alister MacKenzie Golf Courses to Play Near You

Renowned for designing Augusta National, Cypress Point and the West Course at Royal Melbourne, luckily there are many examples of Alister MacKenzie's incredible work throughout the UK and Ireland, which you can discover and play. read more ...


An Alternative Look At MUST Play Venues

In this digital age, there may no longer be any true hidden gems in golf, but Golfshake's Derek Clements has identified courses that really ought to be on your wish list beyond the biggest, most legendary names - courses that will leave you wanting to go back for more. read more ...


The Best Places to Stay & Play Golf This Autumn

The nights are drawing in and, before we know it, the clocks will be changing and the early dark nights will have arrived. But that doesn’t mean we cannot carry on enjoying golf breaks. Far from it. There are many incredible bargains to be had for those in search of an autumn golf break. We look at some of the best. read more ...


5 Must Play Bucket List Golf Courses in the UK

During the shutdown period, many of us spent a reflective time imagining the future, considering the places that we most want to experience once a sense of normality returns. We asked Golfshake Ambassadors to identify their Top 5 Bucket List Golf Courses in the UK, looking for the courses that they haven't yet played, but sincerely hope to do so. read more ...


The Irish Open Could Be Played Behind Closed Doors

Among many events postponed on the European Tour, could the Irish Open go ahead later this year behind closed doors? Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley beleives that is a strong possibility for the tournament at Mount Juliet. read more ...


The K Club Makes Facilities Available in Pandemic Battle

Society is coming together in the fight against COVID-19, and The K Club is no exception, with Golfshake Ambassador Andy Picken encouraged to see the acclaimed venue make its facilities available to the government and health service in Ireland. read more ...


PGA National Ireland Slieve Russell Feature Review

Slieve Russell, which has been rebranded as PGA National Ireland, is a premier stay and play facility. Golfshake's Andrew Picken had the chance to experience this visually striking venue and shares his thoughts. read more ...


Royal Portrush Staged Passionate Open for the Ages

It was an event for the ages. Huge and passionate crowds at Royal Portrush roared Shane Lowry to success and the Claret Jug. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on this year's Open, the highs and lows, making the argument that the championship needs to return soon. read more ...


How the World's Finest Rated at Royal Portrush

When a major comes round, the focus is placed on those players at the top of the world rankings. But how did they perform at Royal Portrush? Golfshake's Derek Clements goes down the top ten and gives those golfers a rating for the week. read more ...


Why Rory McIlroy’s Open Disappointment Will Only Make Him Stronger

Rory McIlroy turned up at Royal Portrush with the highest of hopes, but it was a disastrous Thursday, costing him a place at the weekend despite a stunning Friday charge. However, Golfshake writer Will Trinkwon believes this disappointment will only drive the Northern Irishman on to more success in future. read more ...


Shane Lowry Produces Priceless Masterpiece to Win The Open

Shane Lowry admitted that he would go to bed dreaming of getting his hands on the Claret Jug. Now that dream has come true. The fans were magnificent all week long and they got precisely what they wanted - an Irish winner. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on the remarkable scenes at Royal Portrush. read more ...


6 Beards to Look Out for During Open Sunday

It's been a very special Open return to Royal Portrush, but one thing that has struck writer Will Trinkwon are the number of bears in contention. Here is Will's light hearted look ahead to the final round of this year's championship. read more ...


Shane Lowry Shoots Incredible 63 to Control Open Championship

Three years after taking a four-shot lead into the final round of the US Open, Ireland’s Shane Lowry has the same advantage heading into the last day of the 148th Open after a sensational performance at Royal Portrush. read more ...


Shane Lowry Carries Irish Hopes at Royal Portrush

Shane Lowry dropped a shot at the final hole and missed his chance of leading The Open Championship at Royal Portrush on his own. Instead, his second 67 leaves him on eight under par, tied with American JB Holmes. Golfshake's Derek Clements reflects on an emotional Friday. read more ...


Rory's Portrush Dream Turns Into Open Nightmare

Rory McIlroy's Open dream turned into a nightmare of the worst possible kind as he returned to the magnificent Dunluce links at Royal Portrush. Golfshake's Derrek Clements reflects on a dramatic Thursday at the 148th Championship. read more ...


David Duval Deserves Better Than Being a Punchline

Former champion David Duval made headlines on Thursday at Royal Portrush by shooting 91 in The Open, including a 14 on one hole. Golfshake's Kieran Clark reflects on the highs and lows of Duval's career, remembering him at his peak, stating that the former number one deserves more sympathy than ridicule. read more ...


6 Reasons Why The 2019 Open Will Be One For The Ages

The 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush has begun. Returning to a spectacular venue with a variety of stories coming into the week, Golfshake writer Will Trinkwon believes that year's championship will be a classic. read more ...


How to Pick a Winner at The Open Championship

With 10 hours of tee times bracing the often variable weather conditions of these islands, the Open Championship asks questions of the game's best players that they don't otherwise face. But there are trends to follow when it comes to identifying a potential winner this week. read more ...


2019 The Open Preview Podcast

Looking ahead to the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Golfshake's Kieran Clark was joined by Ryan Rastall, PGA Pro at Howley Hall Golf Club in Leeds, to preview the game's original major.  read more ...


The Open 2019 Preview, Picks & Analysis

For the first time in 68 years The Open Championship returns to Northern Ireland with the magnificent Royal Portrush hosting the world’s oldest major. But who is going to etch their name onto the Claret Jug? Golfshake's Derek Clements looks ahead to the 148th Open. read more ...


Five Outsiders to Follow at The Open

Lifting the Claret Jug is to become part of history. While much attention will be placed upon the favourites at the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush, Golfshake's Derek Clements has picked out a handful of players who spring a surprise. read more ...


Six Players to Watch at The Open

156 players have qualified for the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush. But which of them will add their name to the storied history of this event? Golfshake's Derek Clements picks out six key golfers to watch in Northern Ireland. read more ...


How to Keep Track of The Open on TV and Radio

The Open Championship is golf's original major, but that doesn't mean that time has stood still when it comes to showcasing it. Here are the key times and places to follow for the live coverage. read more ...


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