Lahinch trumps Doonbeg in world golf course rankings

Lahinch trumps Doonbeg in world golf course rankings


Two Co Clare golf courses have been named Golf Monthly’s New Top 100 Course Rankings UK & Ireland 2019/20.

Lahinch Golf Club, which will host the Irish Open in 2019, comes in 32nd while Trump’s International Golf Links at Doonbeg is 35th in the list.

Big movers in the rankings this year include two other Irish courses, 2019 Open venue Royal Portrush which has gone up five places to 8th, and Adare Manor in Ireland which re-enters at No. 25 after a phenomenal re-design by Tom Fazio.

In total, 50 of the top 100 are in England with 24 in Scotland. 22 Irish courses make the list along with 4 in Wales.

Eric Trump (centre with baseball cap and lilac shirt) on the 5th tee in Lahinch last summer – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Trump Turnberry’s Ailsa course in Scotland keeps hold onto the top spot.

The Golf Monthly Top 100 is now in its eighth instalment and has been produced by club golfers rather than by tour pros, elite amateurs, course designers or those working inside the golf industry.

See the full list here.



Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.