St. Patrick’s Day Travel: Ireland’s Most Beautiful Golf Courses

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Happy St. Patrick’s day!

Golf in Ireland has such a rich tradition, and some of the world’s greatest players hail from the Emerald Isle. There’s of course Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, the World No. 1. Padraig Harrington is a three time major champion. Graeme McDowell won the 2010 U.S. Open. Then there’s Daren Clarke, Paul McGinley and Christy O’Connor if you go back far enough.

So what makes this tiny island such a hotbed of golfing talent?

“It must be the Guinness. No, seriously, we have many fine courses and a very good youth program, so it’s no surprise that we are finding more and more good golfers,” said Clarke to the New York Times in a 2011 interview.

Here’s a selection of some of Ireland’s most beautiful golf courses to get you in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Grab a pint and enjoy.

But first, here’s Rory McIlroy competing against Irish rugby player Brian O’Driscoll in a fun trick shot video.

Rory McIlroy shows Ireland rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll some trick-shots

Ireland’s Most Beautiful Golf Courses

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The Kellys Resort Golf Experience

The Hotel Kilkenny Golf Experience

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