|The four-star Slieve Donard Hotel sits next-door to Royal County Down, Northern Ireland's most famous links. (Courtesy Hastings Hotels)|
Each hotel in this Ireland accommodation guide has been approved by a member of the GolfEurope.com editorial staff.
Named after Northern Ireland's highest peak, the four-star Slieve Donard overlooks Royal County Down in Newcastle; in fact, the property belonged to the course until the turn of the 20th century, when the railway came through and the town decided it needed a world-class hotel to accommodate the growing influx of visitors. Today the Slieve Donard is a relaxing retreat, with a spa and six acres of private grounds. This is the pinnacle of luxury accommodation in the north.
Location: Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland
Nearby courses: Royal County Down, Ardglass Golf Club
The Radisson Roe Park sits on the western side of Northern Ireland, bordering the Republic of Ireland in the town of Limavady. Amenities include a new $2 million spa, multiple dining and bar facilities and a parkland golf course playing on a scenic hillside. There's also a practice center complete with a driving range, short-game area and group and individual instruction, making the four-star Roe Park a good first stop if you want to prep your game before hitting the coastal links. The spacious and modern facilities make it a year-round favorite for group functions and corporate retreats.
Location: Limavady, County Derry, Northern Ireland
Nearby courses: Castlerock Golf Club, Portstewart Golf Club, Royal Portrush, Roe Park
Named after the famous pilots who made the first nonstop transatlantic flight in 1919 (and crash-landed nearby), this three-star Best Western hotel is close to all the action in the charming northwest town of Clifden. Its award-winning restaurant attracts locals as well as tourists. All rooms are en-suite and equipped with coffee makers, hair dryers and satellite TV. Staff is most courteous and brimming with knowledge of the gorgeous Connemara region.
Location: Clifden, County Galway, Ireland
Nearby courses: Connemara Golf Club, Carne Golf Links
A five-star B&B in Enniscrone Golf Club's backyard, Season's Lodge is also a good hub for playing nearby Rosses Point and Carne to the west. The four rooms, named Summer, Winter, Autumn and Spring, are bright, modern, spacious and equipped with beautiful bathrooms, plasma TVs and WiFi. The owners are extremely friendly and inviting, full of local tips and knowledge. You can have dinner here as well, on request.
Location: Enniscrone, County Sligo, Ireland
Nearby courses: Enniscrone, Rosses Point, Carne
Overlooking the Atlantic, this three-star option is just minutes from Royal Portrush and convenient to the Giants Causeway, the Bushmills Distillery and attractions on the scenic Causeway Coastal Route. It's a modern hotel with 69 guest rooms and ample space for weddings, functions and corporate seminars. The Counties Café & Bar was recently renovated and is open nightly.
Location: Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Nearby Courses: Royal Portrush, Portstewart, Castlerock
Located in Clontarf just north of Dublin, Annagh House is a seaside Victorian home overlooking North Bull Island and Royal Dublin Golf Club. There are six rooms, three of them en-suite, with tea and coffee, hair dryers and cable TV. A traditional Irish breakfast is served in the morning and special meals are available on request. A handful of pubs are within 10 minutes on foot, and buses run every 10 to 15 minutes into Dublin's city center.
Location: Clontarf, County Dublin, Ireland
Nearby courses: Royal Dublin, Portmarnock Golf Club, Portmarnock Golf Links
For more Ireland accommodation options, check with Discover Ireland, http://www.discoverireland.com.
April 6, 2007
Dublin is Ireland's largest and most tourist-friendly city, with marquee attractions from the Book of Kells to the Guinness brewery, But Ireland's best known golf courses are almost all on the west coast, in the northwest or in Northern Ireland. Because of this, many golfers on wish-list trips never set foot in the capital. That's a shame, because a trip to Dublin can combine the charms of all things urban and Irish with exceptional -- and inexpensive -- links and parkland golf.
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