Travel | Posted 10 Sep 2010
The game of golf has its origins in the United Kingdom and Ireland area, so the golf courses in this part of Europe are second to none. The top 5 golfing destinations in UK and Ireland are steeped in history, are set against gorgeous scenery, and offer a level of challenge not found in other golf courses. Many golf enthusiasts choose to visit the area each year to enjoy these top 5 golfing destinations in UK and Ireland.

The Saint Andrews Links - Scotland
The Saint Andrews Links are where it all began. The golf course holds the prestige of being the first of its kind and for being the location where the first game of modern golf was played. This slice of history makes it a favorite destination for golf players from around the world. The course itself is beautiful and contains natural landscaping throughout. It also overlooks the historic town of Saint Andrews.

Royal County Down Golf Club - Ireland
For a memorable golf experience, many golfers flock to the historic Royal County Down Golf Club. For over 100 years, this golf club has provided a magnificent backdrop to what is sure to be the most challenging game of golf you've played in a long time. The course was first build in 1849 and was modified only once in 1908. Golfing history comes alive at this legendary golf course.

Ailsa at Turnberry - Scotland
The Ailsa at Turnberry is also an historic course where Jack Nicklaus faced off against Tom Watson in the infamous duel in the sun in 1977. This scenic golf course is considered to be one of the top 5 golfing destinations in UK and Ireland due to its fantastic view of the Scotland coastline. The Ailsa at Turnberry course is often called the Pebble Beach of Europe and the wind coming off of the sea can make for a challenging game.

Old Course at Ballybunion - Ireland
Ireland's premier golf course is the Old Course at Ballybunion, which is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Shannon River. This attractive course is also home to breathtaking sand dunes. The Old Course at Ballybunion is one of the top 5 golfing destinations in UK and Ireland and is endorsed both by former United States President Bill Clinton and professional golf champion Tom Watson.

Royal Portrush Gold Club - Northern Ireland
If you are looking for a challenge, the Royal Portrush Golf Club would be an ideal choice. This 18-hole course has a reputation for being extremely hard but also for being a very rewarding golf experience. The course is located on rolling verdant hills with a spectacular view of the ocean.

If you're looking for a hotel to base yourself near any of the above golf courses, check out Jury's Inn range of hotels in Ireland and the UK.

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