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Ireland’s Most Stag-gering Golf Retreats

Ireland is home to some of the best golf courses in the world and they make for the ideal stag weekend for golfing enthusiasts!

We’ve collected our favourite resorts from across the emerald isle that all golf and Guiness fans will adore.

Royal Portrush Golf Club

Architect Harry Colt believes this championship course to be his finest work after he followed the natural contours and dunes for his design. This year it’s home to the 148th Open Championship, one of just four major title golf competitions each year. Golf legends of all ages will compete this July on the renowned Dunluce Links.

The location of the course, on the breezy Atlantic coast, makes for wonderful playing conditions like none other. You never know who you might bump into either, with professionals golfers such as Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, and Graham McDowell often spotted there.

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The 5th Green at Royal Portrush

Stags can stay at the Portrush Atlantic Hotel and enjoy a fun, relaxing evening at the Ramore Winebar before a night out at Kelly’s Lush club to relive your youth!

Killarney Golf and Fishing Club

Consisting of two stunning courses, Killarney Golf and Fishing Club sits at the mouth of Killarney National Park. The Killeen course hosted the 2010 and 2011 Irish Open and golf champion Padraig Harrington is a fan of the spectacular course.

The breathtaking 18th hole on the Mahony’s Points course is one of the most pictured in the world and has been become known as Heaven’s Reflex.

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Stags can stay at Killarney Park Hotel and take advantage of the local eclectic nightlife. Don’t miss out on visiting McSorley’s, it’s the perfect spot for the ultimate stag-do.

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Fota Island Resort

For those aiming to challenge their golfing technique, the three courses, Deerpark, Belvelly and Barryscourt, offer just that. Surrounded by gorgeous parkland and tall oak trees, golfers can put their skills to the test at the resort that hosted the 2014 Irish Open. The courses are shaped by natural parkland and manicured to perfection, with exciting and challenging features.

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There’s the stay and play option for stags wanting to make a weekend of it with the resort’s outdoor activities such as archery and zorbing!

Malahide Golf Club

North of Dublin sits the picturesque seaside village of Malahide, home to Ireland’s oldest course. Recently celebrating 125 years, Malahide Golf Club is described as a ‘gem in a parkland course.’ Each round plays host to a variety of shots with tactically placed flora and fauna. With views of the majestic Wicklow Mountains and Howth Head to inspire you its no wonder this course played a leading role in the development of Irish golf.

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Stags can stay 10 minutes from the course at The Grand Malahide, well-known for their hearty Irish breakfast.

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Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf & Country Club

Voted No.1 Best Golf Resort in Ulster 2018, the four star Slieve Russell Hotel and Ciuin Spa in Ballyconnell Co. Cavan, offers an 18-hole championship golf course; the perfect setting to celebrate with mates before the big day. This course presents a wonderful challenge and the devilishly tricky greens make for competitive and enjoyable play.

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The Back Nine at the Slieve Russell

At the end of the day, your stag group can then kick back and relax at the award-winning Setanta restaurant or the cosy Kells Bar to top off what is sure to be an amazing weekend. Fine dining, superb drinks and luxury accommodation is guaranteed at the Slieve Russell on your golfing adventure.

Lough Erne Resort

This is truly the ultimate 36-hole golf experience! Featuring two championship golf courses including the renowned Faldo Course designed by six time major winner Sir Nick Faldo. There’s also the unique opportunity to hone in on your skills at their Golf Academy, or practice at their all-weather driving range.

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The view from the 1st green at Lough Erne

Ideal for a golfing stag you can combine a round on The Faldo Course and Castle Hume, which has hosted an unprecedented 10 Ulster PGA Championships with some of Ireland’s best links and parkland courses nearby!

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