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Golf Digest Ireland Top 100 for 2009

Portmarnock has replaced Royal County Down as Ireland’s top course in the 2009 Golf Digest Ireland poll.

Just two parkland courses made the top 10 with Adare Manor the top ranked course at No 7.

The European Club, which opened less than 17 years ago, is now third ahead of Royal Portrush and Ballybunion Old. Kilkenny is the top new entry at 57th with the biggest movers in terms of their ranking being Rosapenna (Sandy Hills) up 27 places to 17th and Seapoint, which leapt 23 spots to 27th. Tramore is up 37 places to 54th, the biggest leap of any club in the top 100.

Top-100 for 2008 and 2010

“Portmarnock’s promotion was based on key, course improvements, especially to run-off areas on several greens,” said Dermot Gilleece, editor of Golf Digest Ireland, and one of the eight-person selection panel.

This year’s panel was modified with the addition of Garth McGimpsey, winner of 14 championships in a glittering career, and Declan Branigan, who won six championships and is now acknowledged as a leading agronomist and course-designer.

The panel: Declan Branigan (agronomist and course-designer), Mark Gannon (Royal and Ancient selector), Michael McCumiskey (Secretary, PGA Irish Region), Garth McGimpsey (former Walker Cup captain), Ada O’Sullivan (former Curtis Cup captain), John Quigley (Association of Irish Golf Club Secretaries), Dermot Gilleece (Editor, Golf Digest Ireland). Chairman: Padraig O hUiginn.

Golf Digest Ireland Top 100 for 2009

 

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1 Portmarnock

Position – Up 1

Where – Co. Dublin

 

 

 

 

Royal County Down2 Royal County Down

Position – Down 1

Where – Co. Down

 

 

 

The European Club3 The European Club

Position – Up 2

Where – Co. Wicklow 

 

 

 

Royal Portrush4 Royal Portrush

Position – Up 5

Where – Co. Antrim

 

 

 

Ballybunion Golf ClubBallybunion (Old)

Position – Down 2

Where – Co. Kerry 

 

 


Waterville Golf Links6 Waterville

Position – Same

Where – Co. Kerry

 

 

 

Adare Golf Club7 Adare Manor

Position – Down 3 

Where – Co. Limerick

 

 

 

 

Lahinch Golf Club8 Lahinch

Position – Same

Where – Co. Clare

 

 

 


County Louth Golf Club9 County Louth (Baltray)

Position –Down 2

Where – Co. Louth

 

 


The K Club10 The K Club (Palmer Course)

Position – Same

Where – Co. Kildare

 

 

 

Tralee

11 Tralee

Position – Up 2

Where – Co. Kerry

 

 

 

12 Mount Juliet

Position – Down 1

Where – Co. Kilkenny

 

13 Royal Dublin

Position – Up 1

Where – Co. Dublin

 

14 Killarney (Killeen Course)

Position – Down 2

Where – Co. Kerry

 

15 Ballyliffin (Glashedy Links)

Position – Up 2

Where – Co. Donegal

 

16 County Sligo (Rosses Point)

Position – Same

Where – Co. Sligo

 

17 Rosapenna (Sandy Hills)

Position – Up 27

Where – Co. Donegal

 

18 The Island

Position – Up 1

Where – Co. Dublin

 

19 The Heritage

Position – Down 4

Where – Co. Laois

 

20. Enniscrone

Position – Up 14

Where – Co. Sligo

 

21 Belmullet (Carne)

Position – Same

Where – Co. Mayo

 

22 Druids Glen 

Position – Down 2

Where – Co. Wicklow

 

23 Fota Island

Position – Down 1

Where – Co. Cork

 

24 Portstewart (Strand)

Position – Down 1

Where – Derry

 

25 Portmarnock Links

Position – Same

Where – Co. Dublin 

 

26 Carton House (Montgomerie Course)

Position – Down 8

Where – Co. Kildare

 

27 Seapoint

Position – Up 23

Where – Co. Louth

 

28 Castlerock

Position – Up 3 

Where – Co. Londonderry

 

29 The Old Head of Kinsale

Position – Down 5

Where – Co. Cork

 

30. Headfort (New)

Position – Down 4

Where – Co. Meath

 

31 PGA National

Position – Down 4

Where – Co. Kildare

 

32 Carlow

Position – Down 2

Where – Co. Carlow

 

33 Malone

Position – Up 2

Where – Co Antrim

 

34 Doonbeg Links

Position – Down 5

Where – Co. Clare

 

35 Belvoir Park

Position – Up 1

Where – Co. Antrim

 

36 Slieve Russell

Position – Up 4

Where – Co. Cavan

 

37 Cork

Position – Same

Where – Co. Cork

 

38 Ballyliffin (Old Links)

Position – Up 7

Where – Co. Donegal

 

39 Dun Laoghaire

Position – Up 17

Where – Co. Wicklow

 

40 The K Club (Smurfit Course)

Position – Up 1

Where – Co. Kildare

 

41 Powerscourt (East Course)

Position – Up 2

Where – Co. Wicklow

 

42 Mount Wolseley

Position – Up 4

Where – Co. Carlow

 

43 Westport

Position – Up 5

Where – Co. Mayo

 

44 Knightsbrook

Position – Up 8

Where – Co. Meath

 

45 Portsalon

Position – Up 25

Where – Co. Donegal

 

46 Glasson

Position – Down 14

Where – Co. Westmeath

 

47 Carton House (O’Meara Course)

Position – Down 5

Where – Co. Kildare

 

48 Dundalk

Position – Down 10

Where – Co. Louth

 

49 Donegal (Murvagh Links)

Position – Down 10

Where – Co. Donegal

 

50 Rathsallagh

Position – Down 1

Where – Co. Wicklow

 

51 Dundrum House

Position – Up 4

Where – Co. Tipperary

 

52 Hermitage

Position – Down 1

Where – Co. Dublin

 

53 Dromoland Castle

Position – Same

Where – Co. Clare

 

54 Tramore

Position – Up 37

Where – Co. Waterford

 

55 Bantry Bay

Position – Up 20

Where – Co. Cork

 

56 Mullingar

Position – Down 23

Where – Co. Westmeath

 

57 Kilkenny

Position - NEW 

Where – Co. Kilkenny

 

58 Connemara

Position – Same 

Where – Co. Galway

 

59 Tullamore

Position – Down 12

Where – Co. Offaly

 

60 Hilton Templepatrick

Position – Down 3 

Where – Co. Down 

 

61 New Forest

Position – Up 1

Where – Co. Westmeath

 

62 Clandeboye

Position –Up 11

Where – Co. Down

 

63 Castleknock

Position – Up 11

Where – Dublin

 

64 St. Margaret’s

Position – Down 4

Where – Co. Dublin

 

65 Grange

Position – Up 4

Where – Dublin

 

66 Castle

Position – Up 12

Where – Dublin

 

67 Dooks

Position – Down 13

Where – Co. Kerry

 

68 Shannon

Position – Down 1

Where – Co. Clare

 

69 Woodbrook

Position – Down 1

Where – Co. Wicklow

 

70 South County

Position - NEW

Where - Dublin

 

71 Royal Belfast

Position – Up 5

Where – Co. Down

 

72 Killarney (Mahony’s Point)

Position – Down 9

Where – Co. Kerry

 

73 Roganstown

Position – Down 7

Where – Co. Dublin

 

74 Skellig Bay

Position – Down 3

Where – Co. Kerry

 

75 Esker Hills

Position – Down 10

Where – Co. Offaly

 

76 Athlone

Position – Down 12

Where – Co. Roscommon

 

77 Rosslare

Position – Down 16

Where – Co. Wexford

 

78 Gowran Park

Position – Up 6

Where – Co. Kilkenny

 

79 Ring of Kerry

Position – Down 7

Where – Co. Kerry

 

80 Narin and Portnoo

Position – Same

Where – Co. Donegal

 

81 Castle Dargan

Position - NEW

Where – Co. Sligo

 

82 Galway

Position – Up 7

Where – Galway

 

83 Arklow

Position – Up 16

Where – Co. Wicklow

 

84 Laytown and Bettystown

Position – Down 3

Where – Co. Meath

 

85 Ashbourne

Position - NEW

Where – Co. Meath

 

86 Moyvalley

Position – Down 7

Where – Co. Kildare

 

87 Ballybunion (Cashen)

Position – Down 10

Where – Co. Kerry

 

88 Castlecomer

Position - NEW

Where – Co. Kilkenny

 

89 Castletroy

Position - NEW

Where – Co. Limerick

 

90 Galgorm Castle

Position – Down 2

Where – Co. Antrim

 

91 Monkstown

Position – Down 6

Where – Co. Cork

 

92 Curragh

Position – Down 2

Where – Co. Kildare

 

93 Rathcore

Position – Down 10

Where – Co. Meath

 

94 Limerick County

Position - NEW

Where – Co. Limerick

 

95 Blainroe

Position – Up 1

Where – Co. Wicklow

 

96 Ballinrobe

Position – Up 1

Where – Co. Mayo

 

97 Malahide

Position – Up 3

Where – Co. Dublin

 

98 Portarlington

Position – NEW

Where – Co Laois

 

99 Lee Valley

Position – Down 4

Where – Co. Cork

 

100 Waterford

Position – Down 13

Where – Co. Waterford