Balbriggan Golf Club is known for its spectacular scenery, which includes views of the east shore as well as the Cooley and Mourne Mountains. It was founded in 1945 but it wasn't until over 40 years later that it became the 18-hole course that it is today. When it was expanded, it was made much more challenging as well. The peaceful views temper the demanding features of the golf course, providing a much-needed respite after a particularly tricky hole of which there are many included in the design. The rolling hills of the course are dotted with a total of 90 bunkers, which are strategically placed around the greens and fairways. The parkland layout is a formidable challenge, even for more advanced golfers. After a round it is worth checking out the clubhouse, which features a bar and restaurant. Balbriggan sits just 20 miles north of Dublin's center and it is easily accessible from the main Dublin/Belfast road.