Irish Course Ranking



In 2008, when we conducted our first Irish golf course rankings poll, BACKSPIN broke fresh ground by becoming the first golf publication ever to treat and rank Irish links and parkland courses separately.

Since the magazine was introduced to the Irish market in 2000, by a team immersed in the traditions of golf since the Palmer and Nicklaus era, BACKSPIN has always sought to be vibrant, imaginative, authoritative and distinctly different.

Our pioneering approach to ranking Irish golf courses serves to showcase the Irish golf product in an entirely new light to the golfing world at large.

We have adopted the same format for our 2016 IRISH GOLF COURSE RANKINGS.   This poll reflects the views of 75 experienced golfers with a deep knowledge and appreciation of the Irish golf product.

To assist them in making their choices each voter was provided with a complete list of Irish golf courses in both categories...Links and Parkland. 

Voters were asked to nominate their 15 favourite courses in each that impress and delight them most in order of preference.

Special emphasis was placed on design, presentation, setting, challenge and the personal enjoyment factor.

Points were awarded in both categories as follows...
1st - 250; 2nd - 225; 3rd - 200; 4th - 175; 5th - 150; 6th - 140;
7th - 130; 8th - 120; 9th - 110; 10th - 100; 11th - 90; 12th - 80;
13th - 70; 14th - 60; 15th - 50.

To arrive at our final rankings in both categories we added the points awarded to clubs on the 75 voting forms.



Professionals Voters

Raymond Burns, Gary Chambers, Eamonn Darcy, Eddie Doyle, Donal Gleeson, Peter Hanna, David Higgins, Liam Higgins,Ted Higgins, Francis Howley, David Kearney, Billy Kinsella, Brian McElhinney, Brendan McGovern, Gary McNeill, David Mortimer, Neil O'Briain, the late Christy O'Connor Jnr, Peter O'Hagan, Denis O'Sullivan, Joey Purcell, James Quinlivan, Jim Robinson, Des Smyth, Gordon Smyth, Daniel Sugrue, Simon Thornton, Barrie Trainor, Philip Walton.

Amateur Voters

Ian Bamford, Keith Bardon, Billy Black, John Boyd, Declan Branigan, Ronan Branigan, Michael Burns, Colin Byrne, Robbie Cannon, Yvonne Cassidy, Michael Coote, Peter Cowley, Barry Doyle, Eddie Dunne, Brendan Edwards, Jody Fanagan, Bernard Gibbons, Tony Goode, Niall Goulding, Dougie Heather, John L. Hughes, Ken Kearney, Liam MacNamara, Denise McCarthy, Sheena McElroy, Mary McKenna, Seamus McParland, Adrian Morrow, Pat Murray, Peter O'Hara, Arthur Pierse, Eddie Power, Eileen Rose Power, Barry Reddan.

Golfing Media Voters

Pat Cashman, Cathal Dervan, Deric Henderson, Shay Keenan, Brian Keogh, Charlie Mulqueen, Declan O'Donoghue, Philip Quinn, John Redmond, Ray Scott, Seamus Smith, Liam Spratt.


Top 30 Courses

Parkland Courses - 2016

No 1 numberstar Points:15065 Mount Juliet
No 02 numberstar Points:11350 Adare
No 03 numberstar Points:11140 K Club - Palmer
No 04 numberstar Points:8135 Druids Glen
No 05 numberstar Points:7835 Killarney - Killeen
No 06 numberstar Points:5830 Headfort - New
No 07 numberstar Points:5690 Fota Island Resort
No 08 numberstar Points:5375 Malone
No 09 numberstar Points:5290The Heritage Resort
No 10 numberstar Points:5250 Lough Erne
No 11 numberstar Points:5215 Killeen Castle
No 12 numberstar Points:5195 Carlow
No 13 numberstar Points:3555 Cork - Little Island
No 14 numberstar Points:3470 Concra Wood
No 15 numberstar Points:3400 Carton - Monty & Palmerstown Stud (tied)
No 16 numberstar Points:---------------------------------
No 17 numberstar Points:3300 Belvoir Park
No 18 numberstar Points:2880 Carton - O'Meara
No 19 numberstar Points:2610 Slieve Russell
No 20 numberstar Points:1805 Hermitage
No 21 numberstar Points:1795 Luttrellstown Castle
No 22 numberstar Points:1670 K Club - Smurfit
No 23 numberstar Points:1645 Tramore
No 24 numberstar Points:1620 Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club
No 25 numberstar Points:1485 Galway Bay
No 26 numberstar Points:1445 Killarney - Mahony's Point
No 27 numberstar Points:1440 Mount Wolseley
No 28 numberstar Points:1430 Powerscourt - East
No 29 numberstar Points:1300 Tullamore
No 30 numberstar Points:1160 Mullingar

Links Courses - 2016

No 1 numberstar Points:15430 Royal Portrush - Dunluce
No 02 numberstar Points:14230 Portmarnock
No 03 numberstar Points:12845 Royal County Down
No 04 numberstar Points:11145 Waterville
No 05 numberstar Points:10270 Lahinch - Old
No 06 numberstar Points:9635 Ballybunion - Old
No 07 numberstar Points:9470 Co. Louth (Baltray)
No 08 numberstar Points:8710 The European Club
No 09 numberstar Points:6405 Co. Sligo (Rosses Pt)
No 10 numberstar Points:5460 The Island
No 11 numberstar Points:4800 Tralee
No 12 numberstar Points:4305 Ballyliffin - Glashedy
No 13 numberstar Points:3765 Portstewart - Strand
No 14 numberstar Points:3545 The Royal Dublin
No 15 numberstar Points:3335 Old Head Golf Links
No 16 numberstar Points:2845 Enniscrone
No 17 numberstar Points:2535 Ballyliffin - Old
No 18 numberstar Points:2270 Doonbeg
No 19 numberstar Points:2140 Carne Golf Links
No 20 numberstar Points:1910 Connemara
No 21 numberstar Points:1805 Rosapenna - Sandy Hills
No 22 numberstar Points:1740 Donegal - Murvagh
No 23 numberstar Points:1160 Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
No 24 numberstar Points:1135 Castlerock
No 25 numberstar Points:890 Dooks
No 26 numberstar Points:730 Seapoint
No 27 numberstar Points:550 Rosslare
No 28 numberstar Points:510 Rosapenna Old
No 29 numberstar Points:460 Ardglass
No 30 numberstar Points:450 Laytown & Bettystown