Ireland is famous for not just its strong contingent of golfers, but also its historic golf courses.
For an island with such a small population, it boasts plenty of exceptional golfers. Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell are all major winners and all come from the Emerald Isle. A large part of their success stems from the golf courses they grew up playing.
But, which of the courses on the island of Ireland is the oldest? Golf was first played at Royal Curragh Golf Club in 1852, making it the oldest in Ireland. Royal Curragh Golf Club are rightly very proud of their history, and have gone to great lengths to prove that they are in fact the oldest golf venue in the country.
They have letters and equipment from that year which proves that golf was played there that year, and it’s still going strong today.
Here’s a list of some famous golf courses in Ireland, and when golf was first played on them:
Royal Curragh Golf Club – 1852
Royal Dublin Golf Club – 1885
Royal Portrush Golf Club - 1888
Royal County Down Golf Club – 1889
Lahinch Golf Club – 1892