Who on earth would suggest that Sligo is (arguably) the world’s Number 1 short break golf links destination?
We do!! And here's why..
1. The Best Links Courses in the World
First of all, the best links courses in the world are to be found in Scotland and Ireland. Only recently Ireland’s North & West coast links courses were voted Number 1 in Europe (and since Scotland is still within Europe) this means that Ireland has beaten Scotland with regards to links courses!
2. Easy Access
Secondly, when it comes to organizing golf tours one of the primary considerations is access. Sligo has four international airports within two and a half hours drive - Shannon, Knock, Belfast and Dublin airports - whereas Dublin has only two (Dublin and Belfast).
3. Loads of Links
Thirdly and perhaps most excitingly, Sligo boasts the highest concentration of links courses within close proximity in all of Ireland. Admittedly the top links course in Ireland is Royal County Down on Northern Ireland’s East coast. However in Sligo - within just 45 minutes drive from Connaught’s only golf resort at Castle Dargan Hotel - 5 championship links courses can be easily accessed. Visit Bellmullet, Inniscrone, Murvagh, Strandhill and County Sligo at Rosses Point link courses within no time at all. From Sligo you can also easily access a number of good parkland courses, such as the renowned Lough Erne.
4. Value for Money
Fourthly, if all of this wasn’t enough to convince you that Sligo is the ideal golf holiday location, perhaps value for money will have you sold! Typically most visiting golfers - along with many other tourists - are held in ignorance and directed towards the south of Dublin and Galway where they are sure to encounter green fees, sometimes as much as €200 Euro per person. In contrast Sligo’s excellent link courses green fees range much more affordably from €25 to €90!
5. Quality Support Services
And finally.. in terms of support services & infrastructure, Sligo is more than ready to amply provide for your golfing holiday with a number of excellent hotels, restaurants, lively pubs, and many other attractions - along with quality service providers such as minibus & coach hire companies. For the past decade Discovery Tours has organized golf tours for European & American golf parties and consistently finds that the more experienced links golfers - whilst wishing to experience the challenge of some of the links courses on the North, South and South West coasts - chose to spend most of their time based in Sligo.