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With the Wild Atlantic Way boasting a stellar line­up of some of Ireland's finest fairways, here are the professionals' opinions on the region's diverse array of golfing gems.

The word awesome can rightly be associated with the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, valley girls and the Tralee Golf Club.


“I challenge anybody to name holes, including those at Ballybunion, where the dunes are more of a feature than at Enniscrone. When you go into ground like that, there is a feeling of grandeur.” ­

- British golf course architect Donald Steel in Links Magazine.


“Last summer, during a glorious stretch of warm, relatively calm days, I was able to cross a round at Ballybunion's Old Course off my bucket list. I can verify that the experience was all it’s cracked up to be – and more. I have played more than 600 golf courses in the past five years – and likely more than a thousand since my golf infatuation began in 1986 – and the round at Ballybunion was my all­time favourite.”

- Bill Clinton in an interview with Thomas L Friedman, February 2012.

Ballybunion Golf Course


“You have a bit of craic and sure if the golf doesn't go good, well sure the town's bouncing afterwards anyway.”

- Ulster golfer and writer Johnny Foster speaking about playing in Lahinch, County Clare.


“It’s so peaceful you don't even care where the ball is going.”­

Chad Maulsby describing County Kerry's Waterville golf course on American golf show, The Wandering Golfer.



Ballybunion is the course on which many golf architects should live and play on before they build golf courses.”­

- US golfer and eight­-time major champion Tom Watson describing the merits of Ballybunion, County Kerry.


“The first stroke I ever played in Ireland was my drive on the opening hole at Lahinch more than 20 years ago. I urge you to follow my footsteps, for as the ball leaves the clubface to wing over this restless and hummocky and tumbling terrain... you will know without being told that here is links golf – the reason you have crossed an ocean – in its purest and most joyous form.” ­

- Writer James W Finegan describing playing Lahinch, County Clare, in his book Emerald Fairways and Foam­-Flecked Seas.



“If the ball was wrapped in bacon, Lassie couldn’t find it.” ­

- Said to have been uttered by an Irish caddy after a shot into challenging rough at Rosapenna Golf Club, County Donegal.


“The word awesome can rightly be associated with the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, valley girls and the Tralee Golf Club. Tralee is possibly the finest test of golf in all of Ireland.”

- The Washington Post.

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