Ireland is a land of rocky coasts, misty mountains, secluded vales and, of course, gorgeous, rolling parkland golf courses. Dublin is a city with a history like none other in Europe – the sights and attractions alone make Dublin worth a visit. No, there’s nothing quite like Ireland, or Dublin for that matter, to start the heart racing and conjure images of vast green meadows, distant peaks, and spectacular views.
The Emerald Isle is, of course, home to many spectacular golf courses, and Dublin has its fair share. So, if it’s a golf vacation to the Auld Country that you’re looking for, you’ll find what you need at one of these top five Dublin Golf Hotels.
Castleknock Hotel & Country Club
Castleknock Hotel & Country Club is on the outskirts of the village of Castleknock, County Dublin. With easy access to the M50 motorway, it’s less than 10 miles from Downtown Dublin and even less from Dublin International Airport.
The hotel’s challenging, 6,800-yard, 18-hole parkland course golf course was designed by Jonathan Gaunt. The course, along with the rest of the on-site amenities, make Castleknock one of Dublin’s top golf destinations
Accommodations include 144 guest rooms, some of which are a little on the small side, but comfortable just the same. Other facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and a steam room - Club Tonic is Castleknock’s spa, offering a full range of health facilities and beauty therapies.
Three restaurants and bars provide a range of dining options: The Park Restaurant, Fionn Uisce Bar, and The Lime Tree Bar.
Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
Stylish, comfortable and definitely upscale, the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is only a 10-minute drive from Dublin International Airport and roughly 25 minutes from downtown Dublin.
Overlooking one of Dublin's finest beaches, the 18-hole golf links was designed by Bernhard Langer and is one of the finest golf courses in Ireland. The hotel itself offers a wide range of facilities, including the award-winning Osbourne Restaurant, The Cocktail Bar, and The Jameson Bar. Deer Park is an ideal location for the small to mid-size business convention - the state-of-the-art facilities are designed to accommodate most business meeting needs. Finally, no really great resort is worth the mention if it lacks a spa: the Oceana Spa at Deer Park is one of the best.
Deer Park Hotel Golf & Spa
Set on the grounds of the 15th century Howth Castle, some nine miles to the northeast of the Dublin city center, close to fishing port of Howth in County Dublin, the Deer Park Hotel Golf & Spa is a mid-range hotel surrounded on three sides by 400 acres of parkland golf course with stunning views over Dublin Bay. The course offers quite a challenge but is designed for by golfers of all levels of skill.
Deer Park’s accommodations are what you might expect of a mid-range hotel: a little Spartan, but comfortable and nicely decorated. There's an excellent restaurant, the Four Earls, and a smaller, more casual café/bistro, the Palm Tree.
Other facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and a spa - the perfect way to relax after a day on the links.
Roganstown Golf & Country Club
Roganstown Golf and Country Club Hotel are another of Dublin’s upscale resort facilities. Located close to the village of Swords in North County Dublin, it’s no more than a 5-minute drive from Dublin International Airport, and about maybe 25 minutes from Downtown Dublin.
With 52 luxury guest rooms, a full-service business and conference center, an Olympic-size, heated, indoor swimming pool. Roganstown also boasts of its world-class Sakura Spa where you can choose from a wide range of treatments and therapies. Fine dining is available at McLoughlin's Restaurant and, if something less formal is what you fancy, you can give O'Callaghan's Bar a try.
The on-site golf course was designed by Christy O'Connor Jr., and thus it offers quite a challenge.
Citywest Hotel & Golf Resort
Citywest Hotel & Golf Resort is set on 180 acres of woodland in Saggart, County Dublin, slightly less than 10 miles from Dublin International Airport and about 13 miles from Downtown Dublin.
Citywest boasts of two championship golf courses, both designed by Christy O'Connor Jr. The hotel has a top class conference center able to accommodate up to 3,500 people. It also has 19 air-conditioned meeting rooms.
Accommodations at Citywest include a range of semi-luxury guest rooms, comfortable, but some are a little smaller than you might expect, but nothing to complain about, that’s for sure. Fine dining is available at The Terrace Restaurant - the “carvery” lunch is to be recommended. For dinner, you can choose from either the A La Carte or Table d'Hote menus. The Lemongrass Restaurant, which specializes in Asian cuisine, is a second, and somewhat less expensive, choice. The hotel facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and a full-service spa.
How to Get There
There’s really only one way to do this: first book your hotel (I can personally recommend any one of those listed above), fly into Dublin International Airport, then rent a car and drive over to your hotel – none of them are more than 20 minutes from the airport.
Ok, so there you have it: my top five Dublin Golf Hotels. There are more, of course, and some you might think should be included in the list. If so, please let us know; we’ll be pleased to consider them.