From Portmanock Golf Club in 1927 to Royal County Down in the present day, the Irish Open has conjured up some spectacular moments from the world’s best golfers and local amateurs.

Ireland is blessed with a range of stunning courses over its pure landscape which has seen the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington all claim victories on Irish soil. Watching great golfers battle the Irish elements makes the Irish Open one of the most popular events on the European Tour. At the 2012 Open at Royal Portrush, a record 112,000 people attended making it the highest attendance ever recorded on tour.

Here, 19th hole feature some of the best courses to host the Irish Open where you can follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous names.

Royal County Down

Royal Country Down

The famous Royal County Down was host to the 2015 Irish Open where Soren Kjeldson emerged victorious after a playoff against Eddie Pepperell and Bernd Wiesberger. With a history spanning over a century and situated amongst the rugged coastline in Northern Ireland, the world-class venue can rival any course across the globe.

Set across the backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the championship course is a true test of links golf. It was ranked as the best course in the world by Golf Digest in 2007 and has earned high accolades from legends of the game such as Tom Watson.

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Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester is an experienced sports writer, having worked at SportsVibe and written for numerous sporting titles including Golfing World, Birmingham Mail and Stoke City's website.

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