Wexford is an ideal golf destination; with some of Ireland’s most famous links and spectacular parkland courses dotted around the county. There are dozens of notable golf courses worthy of a round, and all within short driving distance of Wexford’s top accommodation, luxury spas and incredible dining options, turning your golf getaway into a truly memorable stay.
Rosslare Golf Club is the only championship Links in the South East, winner of the All-Ireland Hidden Gem Award in 2018 and consistently rated amongst the top courses in Ireland. Nestled on the narrow sandy ‘spit’ at Rosslare, overlooking Wexford Harbour, its location couldn’t be any more idyllic. The club is home to two unique and challenging golf courses; the Rosslare Golf Links, established in 1905 and The Burrow 12 Hole Links. In true links style, every hole has its own identity, for golfers of all abilities. Although not an overly long course (6702 yards), Rosslare Golf Links can make for a difficult course, due to the coastal winds. By comparison, the Burrow Links, which sits on the same peninsula, is a full-length course (3888 yards), designed by the legendary Christy O’ Connor Jnr and with no bunkers, it makes for an enjoyable two hours in the most tranquil of environments.
After a scenic couple of hours in the coastal breeze, retire to Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa, where you can continue to enjoy the sound of the waves and smell of the sea. This truly fine beachside four-star resort hotel boasts a luxurious SeaSpa, incorporating a thermal spa, 12 treatment rooms, seaweed bath and serial Mud Chamber, so you can focus on relaxation and rejuvenation of the highest degree.
Enjoy a pre-drink dinner on-site by the cosy fireplace at La Marine Bar and Bistro, followed by dinner at the hotel’s award-winning Beaches Restaurant, which is renowned for its wine list and continuously changing the menu.
Enniscorthy Golf Club has developed over more than one hundred years into one of Wexford’s premier Golf Courses. Enjoy lunch in the privacy of the clubhouse restaurant overlooking the 18th green before you set out. The course itself is a well maintained, tree-lined 18-hole parkland course, with lush fairways, immaculate greens that are guarded with bunkers, and some very challenging holes. The par-72 course was designed by the late Eddie Hackett and is 6,115 metres (white), 5,808 metres (yellow), with a particularly strenuous and hilly back nine that’s sure to get your heart rate up.
That evening, check in to the nearby four-star Riverside Park Hotel, just five minutes’ drive away. Here you can relax and unwind in the pool, sauna, steam room or jacuzzi or spoil yourself with one of its many dining options and drinking holes, including the lively Alamo Steakhouse, the elegant Moorings restaurant with panoramic views of the River Slaney or the more casual Promenade Bar with a full bar and pizza menu and daily carvery.
For those with the energy to fit in another round, the course at Bunclody Golf Club, set out on the banks of the River Slaney is another top class 18-hole layout from Jeff Howes, whilst Courtown is a picturesque parkland 18-hole course with panoramic views of the South Irish Sea and the beautiful North Wexford coast, providing a delightful distraction to many a bad round!