Luxury accommodations, championship courses, unmatched scenery….Ireland is the perfect place for the most unforgettable of golfing experiences.
Ireland contains some of the finest golf course gems in the world. The list is almost endless: from classics like Portmarnock, Ballybunion, Royal County Down, Waterville & Royal Portrush to new courses, such as Mount Juliet, The K Club, and The Old Head of Kinsale.
For the serious golfers there’s a choice of golf passes, international and local golf events and fabulous accommodation close to the golf course.
As regards accommodation, there is something to suit all tastes – from from 5-star hotels, to friendly Bed and Breakfasts, boutique styled hotels, to self catering cottages. We can also organize a Private Rental for Group Accommodation in historical Deluxe Castles, Luxury Country Manors or Quaint Country Houses.
Golf in Ireland is just too good to miss. Indeed, the country is home to two-thirds of the world’s total links courses. Make Ireland your destination for your next golf break with your family, friends, society or club. We can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed in the slightest.
From $ 3889.00 per person
9 Nights Luxury 5* Accommodation
9 Round of Golf at the Following Courses: Dromoland Castle, Lahinch Golf Course, Ballybunion Golf Course, Waterville Golf Course, Tralee Golf Course, Old Head of Kinsale, Mount Juliet, The K Club
Manual Car Rental & CDW Insurance
Full Irish Breakfast Daily
*Chauffeur Drive option available from $6895.00 per person
DAY 1 SHANNON – DROMOLAND
Arrive Shannon Airport where you will be met by your driver. He will escort you to Dromoland Castle, which will be your home for the next 3 nights.
Dromoland is a wonderful 5 star castle, located just 13km from Shannon airport. Stately halls, elegant public areas and beautifully furnished guest rooms are steeped in a timeless atmosphere that is unique to Dromoland. The international reputation for excellence is reflected in the award-winning cuisine in the castle’s Earl of Thomand and The Fig Tree restaurant in the Dromoland Golf & Country Club. A meticulously maintained 18-hole golf course, fishing, horseriding, clay shooting, health and beauty clinic and much more.
For the energetic golf will be available at Dromoland Castle today. “A Challenging parkland course, amidst the peace and serenity of a beautiful location” Gary Player.
The Golf Course is situated on 400 unspoiled acres of wooded parkland enhanced by the gently flowing River Rine which becomes a feature for three of the many beautiful holes on the course. The natural terrain of the landscape poses a considerable challenge to even the lowest handicap, with a profusion of yawning water hazards and concealed bunkers. An 18 hole course since 1961, Dromoland Castle is rapidly earning an enviable reputation both for the quality of golf and for the splendidly refurbished Castle hotel.
DAY 2 LAHINCH
“Lahinch will make the finest and most popular course that I, or I believe anyone else, ever constructed” Dr. Alastair Mackenzie.
Frequently referred to as the St. Andrews of Ireland, Lahinch looks out on the ever-changing Atlantic Ocean, and is subject to all her mood swings. However, comparisons between the two famous courses go much further as their respective citizens share a common love and enthusiasm for the game of golf. The two golf courses at Lahinch were actually first planned by officers of a Scottish Regiment, who considered this rugged and uncompromising countryside of Co. Clare prefect terrain for golf. The original layout for the course was the brainchild of old Tom Morris, himself a four times British Open champion. Subsequent alterations were put in the capable hands of Scottish architect Dr. Alastair MacKenzie, who had also worked on Augusts, Pebble Beach and Cypress Point. The main championship links at Lahinch is justifiably proud of the reputation it has gathered as a stern challenge to even the most gifted of golfers. The notorious Klondyke par five, 5th hole forces the golfer to get over an intimidating dune wall to a ‘blind’ green. Of the twin courses at Lahinch, the Castle Course, presents golfers with a slightly less formidable though equally interesting prospect.
Return to Dromoland for overnight.
DAY 3 DOONBEG
For more than 100 years people have talked about a piece of land near the town of Doonbeg Ireland where nature created its own Golf Course. The land is made up of rolling Sand Hills high on the cliffs along the Irish Coast but flat enough that all that was needed to create a world class Golf Course was to lay out the holes and mow the fairways!
When Greg Norman agreed to become the Golf Architect for this extraordinary site he described it as “…the perfect Golf Links terrain.” On his first visit to the site Norman told the Irish Press “..I am almost speechless. I have never seen a piece of land like this in all my travels. I did not know that a piece of property existed like this any more!!”
Today you will have the opportunity to see exactly what he saw when you play this world class golf Course.
Return to Dromoland for overnight.
DAY 4 BALLYBUNION
Departing Clare today, you will travel along the coast to Ballybunion Golf Course. “Ballybunion is a course on which many golf architects should live and play before they build golf courses. I consider it a true test of golf.”
The legendary Tom Watson described the glorious links course at Ballybunion as “the best in the world”. High praise indeed for this magnificent test of golf, which meanders menacingly through massive dunes on the shores of the Atlantic. Ballybunion actually boasts two separate courses. The Old Course ( Par 71, 6593 yards ) and the Cashen Course ( Par 72, 6216 yards ) which was created by golf architect, Robert Trent Jones Senior. The Old Course consistently ranked as one of the world’s top ten courses, features a graveyard by the first tee, which some say is a warning to golfers who breeze through the first five holes only to come face to face with the ever challenging 6th, the fiendish 8th, the par four 11th and the devilishly tricky 15th. Close by, the Cashen Course, with its succession of formidable par fives and breathtaking beauty, amply qualifies as one of the world’s masterpieces
Continue on to Killarney for overnight in 5* accommodations.
DAY 5 RING OF KERRY & WATERVILLE
Today take the panoramic route, via the famous Ring of Kerry to play one of Ireland’s most renowned Links courses at Waterville. This is a circular drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, which takes you through spectacular coastal and mountainous scenery along the base of the highest mountain range in Ireland, The MacGillycuddy Reeks, and the highest peak being Carrantuohill rising 3,414 feet. Your journey today takes you through villages and towns depicting typical rural life in Ireland.
“Waterville is a beautiful monster. One of the golfing wonders of the world” Claude Harmon. Links land is a geological rarity. Less than one percent of all courses in Europe are championship links. Waterville is honoured to be included among the very best of these in a prestigious Golf World survey. It is one of the oldest Irish Golf Clubs, having been founded in 1897 with the arrival of the trans-Atlantic telegraph cable from the United States. After 80 years of play, the original nine hole courses was redesigned by the famous Irish golf architect, Eddie Hackett and the late owner, John A. Mulcahy. Today Waterville is truly mystical. The course gradually introduces the player to its special tempo and rhythm and concludes with a symphony of links beauty. From Henry Cotton to Ray Floyd, all have praised its perfection. The clubhouse is unique with ocean vistas, golf art, antique memorabilia and the warm ambiance of its members. The restaurant and pub feature fresh seafood, Irish Fare and the best pint in Kerry, all served by the glow of turf fires.
On the return journey as you descend into Killarney, you have a lovely view of the 3 lakes of Killarney from ‘Ladies View’ passing Killarney’s’ National Park and the Muckross House Estate.
Return to Killarney for overnight in 5* accommodations.
DAY 6 TRALEE
This morning you will head toward the lovely town of Tralee where you play the local course at Tralee.
“I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course. I am happy we have one of the world’s great links here.” Arnold Palmer. They say in Tralee that the home town course was “built by Palmer but created by nature.” Arnold Palmer’s golf course architectural company may have been commissioned to build the course at Tralee. But long before that, nature created the cliffs, the dunes and rugged terrain which make the area so ideally suited for the building of a spectacular golf course. Beauty abounds with Banna Strand of Ryan’s Daughter fame just an errant chip shot away. The course, hardened by the relentless pounding of the sea, shows no mercy to the golfer lacking in courage. A stout heart is needed to challenge the second green. The par three, 201 yards 3rd hole sends shivers through even the hardened veteran. The struggle continues unabated as you tackle the inward nine with their treacherous traps and sinister greens. Afterwards, you’ll want to sit back, enjoy a long drink and view the panoramic seascapes. You will have earned it.
Return to Killarney for overnight in 5* accommodations.
DAY 7 KINSALE
Today you will have the opportunity to play one of Ireland’s internationally acclaimed courses at The Old Head.
The Old Head of Kinsale is one of the most remarkable developments ever conceived in the history of golf, an Atlantic promontory that will never be rivaled in terms of drama and beauty. The site is a rugged breathtaking peninsula on the southern coast of Ireland, jutting dramatically out into the Atlantic. It rises hundreds of feet high above dramatic cliffs, surrounded by the ocean on all sides and commanding the most spectacular views from virtually every part. Joe Carr the most celebrated player in the history of Irish amateur golf, has designed the course in conjunction with Ron Kirby, Eddie Hackett and Paddy Merrigan. Carr believes that this, his single gift to golf in Ireland, could not be surpassed.
Travel to Cork City for overnight in 5* accommodations.
DAY 8 KILDARE
Heading across the midlands of Ireland you will travel today via the towns of Mitchelstown and Clonmel to Kilkenny to play Mount Juliet.
This Jack Nicklaus signature golf course has been home of the Irish Open from 1993 to 1995 and has already earned a reputation as the Augusta of Europe. Opened in July 1991 this 18 hole course has already been voted the best inland course in Ireland. Set close by the River Nore, water comes into play on six holes; the beauty of woodland and trees is ever present, while some eighty ever vigilant bunkers, strategically placed throughout the course, place a premium on accuracy from tee to green.
You will finish your trip in one of Irelands finest properties – The Kildare Hotel and Country Club.
DAY 9 KILDARE
Golf will be at the K Club this afternoon. The K Club golf course was designed by Arnold Palmer and has a par of 72. Covering 220 acres of prime Kildare woodland and featuring 11 lakes and the River Liffey, the course gives all players a demanding game – a golfers dream. The K Club has already hosted many major golf tournaments including The Irish PGA Championships and the Bi-annual mini Ryder Cup in September 1992 between Club professionals of America and Europe. The K club is now home to The Smurfit European Open which was first played here in 1995 and is the venue for the 2005 Ryder Cup
Return to the Kildare Hotel & Country Club for your last night in Ireland.
DAY 10 DEPART
Depart your hotel for Dublin Airport, and your return flight to the US
SLAN ABHAILE! (Safe Home)
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