Ireland, the little country with more golf courses per capita than anywhere else. With over 400 courses spread throughout the 32 counties, from world renowned courses, to rugged links courses you have a vast choice for the golfing holiday of a lifetime.
| SAMPLE ITINERARYDAY 1 – Lahinch Golf CourseDAY 2 – Ballybunnion Links Course – The Old Course
DAY 3 – Ballybunion – The Cashen Course
DAY 4 – Touring Killarney
DAY 5 – Waterville Links Course
DAY 6 & 7 – Discovering Dublin
DAY 8 – Portmarnock Golf Course
DAY 9 – Farewell
VISITS AND ADMISSIONS
- St Patricks Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, Irish Themed Night.
- Not included – Flights, Travel Insurance
* Accommodation to suit all budgets from cosy family run guest houses to 5 star castle hotels. All meals can be arranged to suit your requirements.
DAY 1 – Lahinch
Cead Mile Failte! A hundred thousand welcomes to our beautiful little country. You will be met in the Arrivals Hall in Shannon Airport and transferred to your hotel in County Clare. Lahinch Golf Course is located on the northwest coast of County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland. Founded in 1892 it is now world famous and has often been described as the “St Andrew’s of Ireland”. In a truly a spectacular setting it is highly regarded as one of the world’s finest links golf courses and consistently ranked among Europe’s Top 20 and the world’s Top 50 golf courses.
DAY 2 – Ballybunnion, Links Course
“If sheer pleasure is the yardstick, then Ballybunion’s Old Course gets my vote as the No. 1 in the world”. So said Peter Dobereiner, the famous English golf writer. The Old course ranked number 14 in the World rankings of golf and in 2007 won the World’s Best Golf Resort. Rolling sandhills and grassy dunes and stunning views of the Atlantic make this a truly memorable course to play. It begins gently but by the seventh hole, it is clear why it is ranked as one of the best in the world. A real challenge for any golfer and a formidable test of their shot-making and placement.
DAY 3 – Ballybunnion, The Cashen Course
The Cashen Course is built on similar, stirring, beautiful and challenging terrain as the Old Links Course. Like the old course, it boasts ocean views, sand dunes and challenging holes. It has one of the most enthralling back nines in Irish golf and like its sibling, it ends above the sea. Play your way through huge sand dunes and pause to admire the view as the closing holes hug the Atlantic coastline. The Cashen course is exciting and beautiful and demanding.
DAY 4 – Touring Killarney
A day at leisure in Killarney. Take a ride in the town’s most famous jaunting cars (horse drawn carts) operated by local jarvies to Ross Castle, situated on the banks of one of Killarney’s lakeshores. The remainder of the afternoon and evening can be spent exploring this vibrant “little” town with its incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside, brim full of history, heritage, activities, and world class hospitality. There are many fine eateries and lively nightly entertainment in Killarney for you to savour.
DAY 5 – Waterville Links Course
Over 100 years old, Waterville is rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world. Ever changing weather combined with firm fairways, sand dunes, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces all deliver a truly memorable round of golf. The course’s wonderful location is stunning and unspoilt. Views across the Atlantic from all directions are complimented by the unique green and brown hues of the Kerry landscape and the stunning mountains of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks providing a stunning backdrop.
DAY 6 and DAY 7 – Discovering Dublin
Go on a journey of discovery into the very heart of what makes Dublin the vibrant city that it has become. A panoramic tour of the city is taken, pointing out the interesting public buildings, lovely parks and rows of Georgian houses with brightly-painted doorways, the regenerated Dublin’s South Bank, across the River Liffey to view the Famine Memorial and drive along O’Connell Street with its’ Spire of Dublin or Monument of Light installed in 2002, and the GPO (General Post Office). A landmark building which served as the headquarters to the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916, the facade is all that remains of the original building. An original copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic is on display in the An Post museum at the GPO, where an exhibition, Letters, Lives & Liberty, highlights the history of the Post Office and the GPO. The building has remained a symbol of Irish nationalism. In commemoration of the Rising, a statue depicting the death of the mythical hero Cúchulainn sculpted by Oliver Sheppard in 1911 is housed in the front of the building.
Visit Trinity College and walk through the campus to view the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the gospels dating from the 8th century, in the Old Library. You will also visit the nearby St. Patrick’s Cathedral. One of Dublin’s three cathedrals, St. Patrick’s is the largest church in Ireland and is actually the “National Cathedral”, which lacks a bishop, the main ingredient that makes a cathedral out of a church. It was here St. Patrick supposedly baptized the first local converts beside a “Holy Well“. Jonathan Swift of “Gulliver” fame was dean of and is buried in the cathedral. Visit to the oldest brewery in Dublin, Guinness Storehouse is a given, laid out over seven floors surrounding a glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint of Guinness, visitors can see the history of Guinness through various interactive exhibition areas including ingredients, brewing, transport, cooperage, advertising and sponsorship. At the base of the atrium lies a copy of the 9,000 year lease signed by Arthur Guinness on the brewery site. In the Perfect Pint bar, visitors may pour their own pint of Guinness. A free day to explore Ireland’s capital city at your leisure followed by an evening of entertainment at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub with a great dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish music, songs and displays of step-dancing.
DAY 8 – Portmarnock Course
“I know of no greater finish in the world than that of the last five holes at Portmarnock”. So said Bernard Darwin, the famous golf writer and passionate golfer. It is best loved and known for its memorable set of finishing holes. The 18 hole championship golf course has been re-developed in 1995 and offers panoramic views of the Irish Sea and surrounding countryside. It originally opened in 1894 and back then could only be accessed by boat as it was a water enclosed Golf Club. A wonderful challenge for golfers of all levels. The course is situated along a stretch of coastline on the Howth Peninula less than 10 miles from Dublin city.
DAY 9 – Departure
Slan agus beannacht! Goodbye and blessings with you and we hope you have enjoyed your tour, played some wonderful and memorable golf and truly enjoyed the Irish golf experience. After checking out of your hotel we will transfer you to the airport in time for your return flights.
N.B. We can alter this sample itinerary to suit your needs and requirements depending on your preferences.