Golf Digest Volvo Top 100 courses in Ireland 2018
 Royal County Down

Royal County Down

Golf Digest Ireland has announced its annual ranking of the top 100 courses in Ireland for 2018.

Royal County Down retained top spot ahead of Royal Portrush and Portmarnock with the Glashedy Links at Ballyliffin now ranked tenth following improvements made to the course for July's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The biggest mover in the top 20 is Enniscrone, which has risen two places to 12th.

Outside the Top 20, the notable climbers were Luttrellstown Castle Golf Club (Up 3), Galway Bay Golf Resort (Up 5), Mount Wolseley Hotel & Golf Resort (Up 3), Rosslare Golf Club (Up 3), St Margarets Golf Club (Up 3) and Ardglass Golf Links (Up 5).

On the downward slide were Lough Erne Resort (Down 4), Carlow Golf Club (Down 3), Clandeboye Golf Club (Down 3), Castletroy Golf Club (Down 3), Powerscourt Golf Club (East Course) (Down 3), Druids Heath (Down 4), Mullingar Golf Club (Down 3), and Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort (Down 3).

Balbriggan Golf Club and Royal Tara dropped out of the Top 100, while Roe Park, Dundrum House and Rathsallagh are new entrants.

The Volvo-sponsored list was drawn up by "a panel of industry experts and a second panel of 80 readers" who "spent months visiting golf courses throughout the island of Ireland," the magazine said in a press release.

"All 18-hole golf clubs across the country were contacted to see if any upgrade work has been undertaken over the previous 12 months or to see if they felt their previous position in the rankings was not justified.

"All replies were put onto a list, combined with last year’s Top 100 golf courses along with the top 40 golf courses which did not make it into last year’s rankings. This list became our definitive assessment list and each golf course was assessed numerous times throughout the year.

"The reader’s panel was based on gender, handicap and geographical location. Our aim was to find a female golfer and three male golfers, who had a low, mid and high handicap in each geographical location across Ireland.

"This would enable us to send a team of at least four golfers to assess each of the 140 golf clubs on our assessment list throughout the year.

"This year over 2,400 golfers applied to the Golf Digest Readers’ Panel and we selected 80 golfers of all handicaps and from all corners of Ireland to contribute and review courses, then submit their views.

"Once selected a team of 80 readers undertook their briefing to generate over 1,600 reports and ranking scores, which accounted for 25 percent of the final vote."

Golf Digest Volvo Top 100 Ranked Golf Courses In Ireland 2018

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