Golf In Ireland

IRELAND'S GOLF HISTORY SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

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THE EUROPEAN CLUB

European Golf Club, IrelandThis superb links course was designed by Pat Ruddy Golf Courses and is owned and run by the Ruddy family.

Located at Brittas Bay in Wicklow, this course is another newcomer to the golfing scene.

Rated in the top 10 Golf Courses in the country in recent years, this course can boast some of the best links golf in the Country.

As always with links golf, this course provides a forum for a battle with the elements. The European Club can provide as tough a challenge as can be seen on any Golf Courses anywhere in Ireland on a windy day!

THE OLD HEAD OF KINSALE

Old Head,Kinsale GolfThe Old Head Golf Links is quite simply one of the most remarkable developments ever conceived in the history of golf.

This Atlantic promontory will never be rivaled in terms of drama and beauty.

The 220 acre site of five par 3’s, five par 5’s and eight par 4’s is configured as two returning loops of nine holes.

Eight of the holes play directly along the cliff tops, providing an exhilarating test of golf and concentration.

BALLYBUNION (Old Course)

Ballybunnion Links Course, Ireland, GolfAfter playing Ballybunion for the first time, a man would think that the game of golf originated here.

Located on the Shannon estuary, it is a true seaside links course. The course is virtually treeless and a course of sharp contours throughout.

There appears to be no man-made influence. It looks like a course laid out on land back in the 10th century.

There is a wild look to the place, the long grass covering the dunes that pitch and roll make it very intimidating. Yet the course is eminently fair.

While there would appear to be a lot of blind shots, there aren’t. You are given a good idea where you must hit the ball even when there are blind shots.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Senior, and first opened for play in 1982.

The Trent-Jones Cashen Course is Ballybunion’s magnificent new Golf Course. It is located among amazingly high sand dunes at the mouth of the River Cashen.

To say the course looks natural in its setting is to do it an injustice. The course flows with the land and uses the natural contours to full potential.

This is a dateless Golf Course which after playing makes you ask if you’ve ever played amid quite such surroundings.

The majority of Cashen’s green positions have been copied by many designers and they are rated top 100 by Golf Magazine

What can never be copied is the majestic landscape and fresh sea air that is distinctly part of the Ballybunion experience. It is spectacular and supremely challenging.

THE K CLUB

K Club Golf, IrelandSet amongst 700 acres of lush Kildare countryside, the Palmer Course at the K Club is arguably the finest parkland Golf Course in Ireland.

Designed by Arnold Palmer, the course hosts the prestigious Smurfit European Open. It became the first Irish venue to host the Ryder Cup in September 2006 – when Europe memorably recorded a resounding victory.

If ever a Golf Course reflected the personality of its designer, then surely the Palmer Course at the K Club is it.

And while it may seem odd to describe a Golf Course as charismatic and cavalier, from the moment you arrive at the first tee here, a unique atmosphere envelops you.

THE K CLUB – SMURFIT COURSE

K Club,Smurfit CourseThe Smurfit Course at The K Club has been described as one of the great inland Golf Courses to be developed in Ireland.

Best depicted as an inland links, the course has many dramatic landscapes with dune type mounding throughout.

This assists in making the course into a true Championship Golf Course. There are many vantage points for spectators to view the Golf Professional at work. Coupled with this point, some fourteen acres of water have been worked into the design especially through the final phase of Hole No’s: 13 to 18.

A watery grave awaits many a golfer on the home stretch.

WATERVILLE LINKS COURSE

Waterville Golf Links CourseSince opening in 1973, Waterville Golf Course has enjoyed great popularity.

They have hosted some of the world’s leading professionals from Faldo and Floyd to Stewart, O’Meara and Woods. All have been captivated by the course.

“One of the greatest Golf Courses ever built. I have never seen a more consistent succession of really strong and beautiful golf holes than here.”
3 times British Open Champion, Sir Henry Cotton.

ADARE MANOR GOLF CLUB

Adare Golf Course, Adare ManorSet on 230 lush acres of the Adare Manor Estate, Adare Manor Golf Club was designed by legendary golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and offers a magnificent parkland layout.

From his first perception of Adare Manor as having all the flavour of Augusta National, he has created a true masterpiece and one of the leading parkland Golf Courses in Ireland.

NOTES ON GOLF IN IRELAND

  • The majority of Golf Clubs in Ireland require a handicap of 24 for men and 36 for women. Some golf clubs may request a certificate of handicap.
  • Generally it is necessary to have a good knowledge of the etiquette of golf.
  • There is almost always a course available but we suggest you reserve it in advance.
  • Each Golf Club has its own set of rules.
  • Normally Golf Clubs require a non-refundable deposit in order to guarantee a booking – especially for groups.
  • It is necessary to reserve caddies in advance – we cannot guarantee their availability otherwise. The price of a caddie varies from € 25.00 to € 35.00 for every 18 hole round (price does not include a tip). It is necessary to pay the caddie master for the services of a caddie.
  • It is possible to hire a golf cart at almost all Golf Clubs but it is always a good idea to book in advance.
  • Dress code is important.
  • Some clubs will request a list of players names, home clubs and handicaps, if not already supplied.
  • Most Golf Clubs require that a group check in at reservations at least 15 minutes before their tee-times.
  • Full pre-payment or (non-refundable) deposit is required to confirm tee-times at Golf Course.
  • Book Your Golf Tour HERE




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Game of Thrones Tour and Ireland's Movies" 8 Day Self-Drive Tour - From $1,650.00


8 Day Pre-booked Tour – ‘The Silver Screen on Emerald Green’ Featuring the Filming Locations for HBO Box Office Hit TV show, “Game of Thrones”


Day 1 – Welcome to Ireland

Jeannie Johnston ShipArrive at Dublin Airport and transfer to the city centre for a Dublin City tour. The North Side of the city offers striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on O’Connell Street & the Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe.

The cities south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian squares & is home to Trinity College, Dublin Castle & two Anglican Cathedrals.

Finally today you will enjoy a visit to the Guinness Storehouse.

Overnight: Dublin area (Full bed & breakfast)

Day 2 – Dublin to Belfast

Trim CastleThis morning depart Dublin and head northwards. Visit Trim Castle which was used to film the York and London scenes for Braveheart. Next you will visit the nearby Bru na Boinne and Newgrange.

The archaeological landscape within Brú na Bóinne is dominated by the three well-known large passage tombs, Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth, built some 5,000 years ago in the Neolithic or Late Stone Age.

Travelling North, head for Downpatrick, burial ground of Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland & Visit Castle Ward, to visit some of the set of Game of Thrones, series one.Continue on to Belfast for the night. Overnight: Belfast area (Full bed & breakfast)

Day 3 – Belfast City & Game of Thrones Tour

AnthrimThis morning enjoy a panoramic tour Belfast City. See some of the landmark sites such as City Hall and Queens University. Visit The Titanic Belfast Experience; a dramatic, innovative and exciting presentation of the real story of the Titanic.

This state-of-the-art exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the life of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.

In the afternoon travel from Belfast to the north-east shores of Lough Neagh and Shane’s Castle. Built in 1345 by a member of the royal house of O’Neill, the castle ruins and its 2600-acre demesne near Randalstown was the scene of extensive filming for the Game of Thrones series.

Outside the village of Ballygally lies Cairncastle the location for many other scenes from Game of Thrones. Cairncastle has its own tale of the nobleman supposedly drowned along the coastline in 1588 as part of the ill-fated Spanish Armada. Return to Belfast. Overnight: Belfast area (Full bed & breakfast)

Day 4 – Belfast to Ballycastle

CliffsThis morning leave Belfast and travel towards the picturesque town of Glenarm on the north Antrim coastline the setting of many Game of Thrones scenes.

Time permitting, pay a visit to Steensons Jewellers in the village, producer of many of the jewels featured in the hit TV Series. Continue on along the Antrim coastline enjoying the spectacular views, rolling hills and scenic villages.

Next Visit Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. One of Northern Ireland’s most famous landmarks, the bridge is suspended across a 20-metre chasm between the mainland and the tiny Carrick Island, with a 23-metre drop to the water below. Overnight: Ballycastle or Bushmills areas (Full bed & breakfast)

Day 5 – Giants Causeway, Bushmills & Derry

Giants CausewayNo visit to the north of Ireland would be complete without calling in to the Giants Causeway which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Made up of a network of approximately 40,000 basalt columns projecting into the ocean, the Giant’s Causeway forms several miles of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal route.

Later Visit Bushmills Distillery – one of the world’s oldest distilleries. Overnight: Derry area (Dinner & full bed & breakfast)

Day 6 – Derry to Donegal

Self Drive IrelandThis morning enjoy a walking tour of the walled city of Derry. Leaving Derry you will travel to Donegal, where you can Visit Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle.

Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains.

Drive by the nearby Glenties, where Brian Friel’s play “Dancing at Lughnasa” was filmed.

Overnight: Donegal area (Full bed & breakfast)

Day 7 – Donegal to Dublin

O'Briens Tower. Cliffs of MoherThis morning commence your return journey to Dublin. Travelling south through the Fermanagh Lake District, Visit Castle Coole, a magnificent 18th- century mansion and landscape park.

Castle Coole is one of Ireland's finest Neo-classical houses, allowing visitors to glimpse what life was like in the home of the Earls of Belmore.

Next Visit nearby Marble Arch Caves, one of Europe's finest showcaves with a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.

Lively and informative guides conduct tours past a bewildering variety of cave formations - stalactites glisten above streamways and chambers while fragile mineral veils and cascades of creamy calcite coat walls and spread as shimmering terraces across rock strewn floors. Overnight: Dublin area (Full bed & breakfast)

Day 8 – Farewell. Slán Abhaile

Transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.


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