2 Dec 2012

Golf Digest Ireland releases its 2013 ranking of the Top 100 golf courses in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Little change at the top, but plenty of interest throughout the latest Top 100 ranking list from the Golf Digest Magazine in Ireland. Like sister publications around the world, courses in Ireland were judged on a number of criteria including shotmaking, design variety, memorability, conditioning and playability. Again we question the validity of a list with Portmarnock ahead of Royal Portrush and Waterville above Lahinch and Ballybunion. Otherwise most of the usual candidates are included here, and it's really just the order of the list that will set tongues wagging.

The Golf Digest Ireland Top 100 Golf Courses for 2013

(brackets = change from 2012 list)

1. Royal County Down (=)

2. Portmarnock (=) 

3. Royal Portrush (=) 

4. Waterville (=) 

5. Lahinch (Up 1) 

6. Ballybunion (Old) (down 1)

7. The European Club (up 1) 

8. Tralee (Down 1) 

9. County Louth (Baltray) (=)

10. Adare (=) 

11. County Sligo (Rosses Point) (=) 

12. Ballyliffin, Glashedy (Up 1) 

13. Enniscrone (Up 1) 

14. The Island (Down 2) 

15. Portstewart, Strand (Up 2) 

16. Mount Juliet (Down 1) 

17. Killeen Castle (up 1) 

18. Donegal (down 2) 

19. The K-Club, Palmer (up 1) 

20. Belmullet, Carne (Up 1) 

21. Ballyliffin, Old Links (Up 1) 

22. The Old Head of Kinsale (Up 2) 

23. Portmarnock Links (Up 8) 

24. Royal Dublin (Down 5) 

25. Portsalon (Up 2) 

26. Doonbeg (Down 3) 

27. Carlow (Up 2) 

28. Rosapenna, Sandy Hills (Down 3) 

29. Lough Erne (Up 3) 

30. Carton House, Montgomerie (Down 2) 

31. Cork (Down 1) 

32. Dooks (Up 1) 

33. Killarney, Killeen (Down 7) 

34. Rosapenna, Old Tom Morris (=) 

35. Castlerock (=) 

36. Headfort, New (=) 

37. Fota Island, Deerpark (Up 3) 

38. Narin And Portnoo (Up 5) 

39. Druids Glen (Down 2) 

40. Concra Wood (Down 2) 

41. Slieve Russell (Up 4) 

42. The K-Club, Smurfit Course (Down 1) 

43. Seapoint (Down 1)

44. Connemara (Up 4) 

45. Luttrellstown Castle (Down 6) 

46. Carton House, O’Meara (Up 3) 

47. Tramore (=) 

48. Heritage (Down 4) 

49. Dun Laoghaire (Up 6) 

50. Palmerstown House Estate (Down 4) 

51. Belvoir Park (=) 

52. Malone (=) 

53. Powerscourt, West Course (Down 3) 

54. Portumna (Down 1) 

55. Portrush, Valley (Up 3) 

56. Glasson (Up 6) 

57. Bunclody (Up 2) 

58. Hermitage (Down 1) 

59. Castletroy (Up 4) 

60. Farnham Estate (Down 6) 

61. Arklow (Up 4)

62. Mount Wolseley (Up 2) 

63. Royal Belfast (Up 8) 

64. Westport (Down 8) 

65. Dromoland Castle (Up 4)

66. Clandeboye Dufferin (=) 

67. Druids Heath (Up 3) 

68. Powerscourt, East Course (Up 7)

69. Rathsallagh (Down 2) 

70. Tullamore (Down 9) 

71. Dundalk (Down 11) 

72. Castlemartyr (Up 4) 

73. Shannon (=) 

74. Strandhill (Up 4) 

75. Ardglass (Down 4) 

76. Rosslare (Up 5) 

77. Laytown and Bettystown (=) 

78. Grange (Down 4)

79. Ballybunion, Cashen (Up 12) 

80. Ballinrobe (Up 10) 

81. Dingle, Ceann Sibeal (Up 17)

82. Esker Hills (New Entry)

83. Castle (Down 4)

84. St. Annes (Down 2)

85. Mullingar (Down 5) 

86. Galgorm Castle (Up 2)

87. Galway Bay (Up 9) 

88. Galway (Down 1) 

89. Balbriggan (Up 3) 

90. Courtown (Down 1) 

91. Tulfarris (Up 3) 

92. Knightsbrook (Down 7) 

93. Bantry Bay (Down 7) 

94. Kirkistown Castle (Down 1) 

95. Killarney, (Mahony’s Point) (New Entry)

96. St. Margaret’s (New Entry)

97. Kilkenny (Down 14) 

98. Skellig Bay (Down 14) 

99. Athlone (New Entry)

100. Woodenbridge (=)

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