Golf Digest Release the “2016 Golf Digest Volvo Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses in Ireland

Published on : Thursday, December 10, 2015

IAGTOSince its inception the annual release of the “Golf Digest Volvo Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses in Ireland” has become the industry standard for Irish golf courses.



Golf Digest Ireland each year select a Senior Panel of Irish Golf industry experts who come to the process with combined  knowledge, playing experience and industry expertise. Golf Digest Ireland have a Readers Panel who are a strong representation of Irish golfers who spend months visiting and rating hundreds of Irish golf courses to produce their Readers Panel rankings, which contributes and ultimately acts as a very important indicator of the required feedback of Irish golf courses today.



Golf Digest Ireland have developed and refined the rankings process in recent years to be a very detailed and forensic undertaking. The thorough nature of the rankings process can be gleaned from the fact that at the beginning of each year Golf Digest Ireland write to every Irish golf club across the island of Ireland, with an 18-hole course and ask if any upgrade work has been undertaken over the previous 12 months or if they felt their previous position in the previous Golf Digest Volvo rankings was not justified.



Golf Digest Ireland then collates all of the replies into a list, combined with the “Golf Digest Volvo Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses in Ireland” from the previous year. Also included are the leading 30 Irish golf clubs, which did not make the previous year’s rankings so that they can be scheduled for detailed consideration and review.



Pádraig O’hUiginn, the former Secretary-General of the Department of An Taoiseach from 1982-1993, Chairman of Fáilte Ireland and the man who played an important part in securing the 2006 Ryder Cup for Ireland has continued in the role as Chairman of the Senior Panel for the “2016 Golf Digest Volvo Top 10 Ranked Golf Courses in Ireland”.



Voting Senior Panelists this year were Linton Walsh, Editor of Golf Digest Ireland, Christy O’Connor Jnr – Irish golfing legend, Ryder Cup player and golf course designer, John Kelly – St. Margaret’s GC PGA Professional and Director of Golf, Phil Collins – Galgorm Castle GC, PGA Professional, Alan McDonnell – Head Greenkeeper at Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, Mark Magowan – PGA Professional and former professional Tour Caddie, David O’Donovan – Secretary Manager, County Sligo Golf Club, Veronica MacGreevy – Irish Amateur Golfer and Member of Royal County Down Golf Club, Lynn McCool – Former Ladies European Tour player, PGA Professional – Lough Erne Resort, Kyra Donworth – Golf Tour Operator and International Amateur player, Sean Coyne – Irish Amateur International player and Director at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club and Rory Fitzgerald – Irish amateur golfer and Golf Digest Readers Panel Representative.



This year over 2,427 golfers applied to the Golf Digest Readers’ Panel and Golf Digest Ireland selected 80 GUI and ILGU registered golfers of all handicaps and from across the island of Ireland to join the Golf Digest Ireland Readers Panel and submit their findings.



The selected 80 Readers Panel participants attended a 2016 Golf Digest Ireland Readers Panel briefing earlier this year in March where they were trained in the process ahead. The 2016 Readers Panel then went on to visit, play and assess multiple Irish golf courses.



The Readers Panel generated over 1,496 reports and Readers Panel ranking scores on Irish golf clubs across the country, which accounted for 25% per cent of the final vote. The 2016 Readers Panel findings, reports and scores were analysed and discussed in detail providing valuable insight from the first-hand experience of Irish male and female golfers from all over the country.



Golf Digest Ireland would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to everyone who took part in the “Golf Digest Volvo Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses in Ireland 2016” rankings from the Senior Panel to the Readers Panel and to all the Irish golf courses, who extended their hospitality to Golf Digest Ireland to visit and play their golf courses.



1. Royal County Down 
2. Portmarnock Golf Club (Old)
3. Royal Portrush Golf Club
4. Lahinch Golf Club
5. Waterville Golf Links
6. Ballybunion Golf Club (The Old Course)
7. Tralee Golf Club
8. The European Club
9. Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort
10. County Sligo Golf Club
11. Ballyliffin Golf Club (Glashedy)
12. County Louth Golf Club (Baltray)
13. The Island Golf Club
14. Old Head Golf Links
15. Enniscrone Golf Club
16. Portstewart Golf Club (The Strand Course)
17. Belmullet Golf Club (Carne Golf Links)
18. Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old Links)
19. Mount Juliet Golf Club
20. K-Club (Palmer Course)
21. Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh Links)
22. Portsalon Golf Club
23. Killeen Castle Golf Club
24. Trump International Golf Links – Doonbeg
25. Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links 
26. Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort (Sandyhills)
27. Lough Erne Resort –Faldo Course
28. Dooks Golf Club
29. The Royal Dublin Golf Club
30. Fota Island Hotel & Golf Resort (Deerpark)
31. Carlow Golf Club
32. Narin And Portnoo Golf Club
33. Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort
34. Carton House Hotel & Golf Resort (Montgomerie Course)
35. Concra Wood Golf Club
36. Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort (Old Tom Morris Course)
37. Killarney Golf & Fishing Club (Killeen Course)
38. Slieve Russell Hotel & Country Club
39. Cork Golf Club
40. Connemara Golf Links
41. Castlerock Golf Club
42. Headfort Golf Club (New)
43. Palmerstown Stud
44. Carton House Hotel & Golf Resort (O’Meara Course)
45. Malone Golf Club
46. Seapoint Golf Club
47. K-Club (Smurfit Course)
48. Belvoir Park Golf Club
49. Dun Laoghaire Golf Club
50. Royal Portrush Golf Club – (Valley Course)
51. Tramore Golf Club
52. Bunclody Golf Club
53. The Heritage Golf Club
54. Ballybunion Golf Club (Cashen Course)
55. Portumna Golf Club
56. Luttrellstown Castle Golf Club
57. Arklow Golf Links
58. Hermitage Golf Club
59. Royal Belfast Golf Club
60. Clandeboye Golf Club
61. Powerscourt Golf Club (West Course)
62. Dromoland Castle Golf Club
63. Castletroy Golf Club (New)
64. Mount Wolseley Hotel & Golf Resort
65. Strandhill Golf Club
66. Powerscourt Golf Club (East Course)
67. Tullamore Golfm Club
68. Galgorm Castle Golf Club
69. Galway Bay Golf Resort
70. Farnham Estate Hotel & Golf Resort
71. Westport Golf Club
72. Rosslare Golf Club
73. Esker Hills Golf Club
74. Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club
75. Dingle Golf Links –Ceann Sibheal
76. Shannon Golf Club
77. Ballinrobe Golf Club
78. Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort- Druids Heath
79. Castlemartyr Hotel & Golf Resort
80. Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort
81. Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort 
82. Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club
83. Mullingar Golf Club
84. Dundalk Golf Club
85. Grange Golf Club
86. Castle Golf Club
87. St. Anne’s Golf Links
88. Galway Golf Club
89. Ardglass Golf Links
90. Blainroe Golf Club
91. St. Margaret’s Golf Club 
92. New Forest Golf Club
93. Killarney Golf & Fishing Club (Mahony’s Point)
94. Woodenbridge Golf Club 
95. Headfort (Old Course)
96. Balbriggan Golf Club
97. Moyola Park Golf Club
98. Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort
99. North West Golf Club
100. Macreddin Golf Club



1. Royal County Down 
2. Portmarnock Golf Club
3. Royal Portrush Golf Club
4. Lahinch Golf Club
5. Waterville Golf Links
6. Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course)
7. Tralee Golf Club
8. The European Club
9. County Sligo Golf Club
10. Ballyliffin Golf Club (Glashedy Course)
11. County Louth Golf Club (Baltray)
12. The Island Golf Club 
13. Enniscrone Golf Club
14. Portstewart Golf Club (Strand Course)
15. Belmullet Golf Club (Carne Golf Links)
16. Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old Links)
17. Donegal Golf Club (Murvagh Links)
18. Portsalon Golf Club
19. Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg
20. Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
21. Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort (Sandyhills)
22. Dooks Golf Club
23. The Royal Dublin Golf Club
24. Narin And Portnoo Golf Club
25. Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort (Old Tom Morris)
26. Connemara Golf Links
27. Castlerock Golf Club
28. Seapoint Golf Club
29. Royal Portrush Golf Club – (Valley Course)
30. Ballybunion Golf Club – (Cashen Course)



1. Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort
2. Old Head Golf Links
3. Mount Juliet Golf Club
4. K-Club (Palmer Course)
5. Killeen Castle Golf Club
6. Lough Erne Resort –Faldo Course
7. Fota Island Hotel & Golf Resort (Deerpark)
8. Carlow Golf Club
9. Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort
10. Carton House (Montgomerie Course)
11. Concra Wood Golf Club
12. Killarney Golf & Fishing Club (Killeen Course)
13. Slieve Russell Hotel & Country Club
14. Cork Golf Club
15. Headfort Golf Club (New)
16. Palmerstown Stud
17. Carton House (O’Meara Course)
18. Malone Golf Club
19. K-Club (Smurfit Course)
20. Belvoir Park Golf Club
21. Dun Laoghaire Golf Club
22. Tramore Golf Club
23. Bunclody Golf Club
24. The Heritage Golf Club
25. Portumna Golf Club
26. Luttrellstown Castle Golf Club
27. Hermitage Golf Club
28. Royal Belfast Golf Club
29. Clandeboye Golf Club
30. Powerscourt Golf Club –(West Course)



Gowran Park Golf Club
CastleKnock Golf Club
Dunfanaghy Golf Club
Athlone Golf Club
Dundrum House Golf Club
Kilkeel Golf Club
Hilton Templepatrick Golf Club
Roe Park Resort 
Naas Golf Club
Newlands Golf Club
Lee Valley Golf Club
Ring of Kerry Golf Club
Limerick Golf Club
Roganstown Golf & Country Club
Royal Curragh Golf Club
Kirkstown Castle Golf Club
Corballis Golf Club
Skellig Bay Golf Club
Bantry Bay Golf Club 
Royal Tara Golf Club
Glen Of the Downs Golf Club
Dunmurry Springs Golf Club
Lucan Golf Club
Birr Golf Club
Source:- IAGTO


One Response to Golf Digest Release the “2016 Golf Digest Volvo Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses in Ireland

  1. Brian Rodgers says:

    Had the fortune of playing some the fantastic links and parkland courses in the south west of Ireland last summer. Lahinch and Waterville were stunning on the coast and delighted to have played at Fota Island following its hosting of the Irish Open last year. Plenty more great courses to visit judging by that list!

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