IRELAND'S GOLF HISTORY SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
THE EUROPEAN CLUB
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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.
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Day 1 - Welcome to Ireland
Upon Arrival, transfer by arranged transport & Guide to your Hotel. The Europe Hotel & Resort, beautifully located overlooking the famous Lakes of Killarney, is a Five Star Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland, incorporating ESPA at The Europe, one of the most decadent luxury spa hotels in Ireland. one of the top spas in Killarney, Kerry.
It is in the beautiful grounds of this 5 Star spa resort in Killarney that the waters of Killarney's largest lake, Lough Lein, reflect the wilderness of Kerry's magnificent McGillycuddy Reeks Mountain range.
Let relaxation envelop you as you enjoy one of Ireland's finest views from your own private balcony overlooking Killarney Golf & Fishing Club or the Lakes of Killarney.
Free day to enjoy a range of leisure activities in Killarney, Co. Kerry. Overnight at The Europe Hotel & Resort for the Evening.
Day 2 - Tralee Links Course
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Tralee’s magnificent and challenging Arnold Palmer course was his first golf course in Europe. In addition to boasting a clear view of the Atlantic Ocean with exhilarating cliff top greens, Tralee’s course offers incomparable views on all sides including the Dingle Peninsula and Kerry Head.
Like the terrain, the region is steeped in history, being the birthplace of St. Brendan in 484AD. The magnificent beach and surrounds featured prominently in the epic film Ryan’s Daughter.
On the gentler outward nine you will negotiate the 6th, 7th and 8th known locally as Palmer’s loop. The back nine is a world of extraordinarily wild and massive dunes. The 12th hole probably has the most examining second shot in golf, where one is faced with a deep ravine protecting an elevated green.
From the 14th tee there is a breathtaking view of Banna Strand which is renowned in song and story. The downhill par three 16th and the doglegged 17th are two more outstanding holes.
On reaching the sanctuary of the clubhouse one can sit for a pint and scan the spectacular vista of a golf course to which you will want to return time and time again.Tralee has a fully qualified resident professional, fully stocked pro shop and a spacious and comfortable restaurant and bar.
“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” Quote: Arnold Palmer
Return to The Europe Hotel & Resort for the Evening.
Day 3 - Ballybunnion - The Old Course
Ballybunion Golf Club, in County Kerry, is a private members golf club founded in 1893.
After playing Ballybunion for the first time, a person would think that the game of golf originated here. Located on the Shannon estuary, it is a true seaside links course, 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 throughout the course making it very intimidating.
This is a dateless golf course which after playing makes you ask yourself if you've ever played amid quite such surroundings. Rated in the top 100 by Golf Magazine, the vast majority of Cashen's green positions have been copied by many new course designers. Spectacular and supremely challenging, what can never be copied is the majestic landscape and fresh sea air that is distinctly part of the Ballybunion experience.
Home to two unique and challenging links courses – The Old Course and The Cashen Course. The Old Course was established in 1893, while the Cashen Course was established in 1984. The Old Course requires shot-making, placement and trajectory control.
Return to The Europe Hotel & Resort for the Evening.
Day 4 - Waterville Course
Today you will have a delightful journey along the broad, dramatic coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula and through the charming villages and towns of Killorglin and Cahirciveen to Waterville.
The stunningly beautiful Dingle Peninsula, a Gaelic speaking area and where you will find some of the finest coastal scenery in Ireland and is also famous for its Celtic, pre-Christian monuments and Christian churches.
Waterville Golf Course is over 100 years old. The course is rated among the top 5 golf courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world. Links golf combines sand dunes, gorse and native grasses, firm fairways, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces all intertwined by the ever-changing weather.
The earliest structured golf at Waterville has been traced back to 1889, when it came under the umbrella of the extremely active Waterville Athletic Club.
A modest nine-hole layout, occupied the flat eastern section of the present championship links. The original nine holes were reconfigured and expanded to create today’s front nine. Its layout was designed as a contrast to the more rugged and exposed back nine, yet it quickly introduces the player to the complexity and beauty of links golf.
The testing begins early at Waterville with the first hole named “Last Easy”, and ends with the challenging and scenic “O’Gradys Beach”The course can be stretched to over 7,300 yards but players should not be intimidated as several tees come in to play on every hole, so all standards of golfers can enjoy a game here.
Return to The Europe Hotel & Resort for the evening.
Day 5 - Old Head of Kinsale
Occupying a stunning and unique headland reaching out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, the Old Head of Kinsale is home to the most spectacular world-class golf course and luxury members' accommodation.
Located in County Cork on the South West Coast of Ireland, as the incredible brainchild of the late John O'Connor together with his brother Patrick, the Club has developed into one of the most recognised and sought after golf experiences anywhere on earth. It is a sanctuary for those seeking the finest in personalized service.
Optional: This evening why not enjoy my good friend, Sean Murphy’s spectacular music, song and dance show “Celtic Steps” in Killarney Town..Experience the old and new styles of Irish dance, Haunting and Traditional Irish Songs and Ballads. One of Irelands Top Music Shows. Return to The Europe Hotel & Resort for the evening.
Day 6 - Adare Manor.
Set 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 courses in Ireland.
The course and catering staff are here to look after your every need in a friendly manner and to ensure that your visit is a pleasant and memorable one.
Day 7 - Lahinch Golf Club.
Lahinch Golf Club has been described as ‘The St Andrews of Ireland’ and many other complimentary titles. Those who know and love the place firmly believe that Lahinch Golf Club doesn’t need comparison with any of the game’s other world class venues.
From the infant days back in 1892 up to its 125th anniversary, the Club has stood out on its own merits as a golfing institution like none other. Lahinch Golf Club is renowned for the way the links has retained all of its old virtues. The Irish Open will take place here in 2019
Day 8 - Trump Doonbeg Course
Golf in Doonbeg at Trump Doonbeg Golf Course has been regarded as one of the top golf resorts anywhere in the world! Situated on over 400 acres of Ireland’s most spectacular links overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean, Trump Doonbeg has been named the #1 Resort in Europe by Conde Nast Traveler, a World’s Best by Travel + Leisure, and many, many more.
This spectacular Martin Hawtree-designed, 18-hole Championship golf links course is a stunning site to behold. You will experience not only an incredible course, but unparalleled five star facilities, world-class hospitality and the highest standards of luxury.
After a final full Irish Breakfast, depart for Shannon/Dublin Airport for the groups departure flight home. (Flights under own arrangements)
8 Nights 5 Star Accommodation
Full Irish Breakfast at Hotel Each Day
Full Day Coach Service,Driver/Guide x 9 Days
Transfer to & from Airport
1 Piece of porterage per person in & out of each hotel
NOTES ON GOLF IN IRELAND
1. 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.
2. Generally it is necessary to have a good knowledge of the etiquette of golf
3. There is almost always a course available but we suggest you reserve it in advance
4. Each Golf Club has its own set of rules
5. Normally Golf Clubs require a non-refundable deposit in order to guarantee a booking - especially for groups.
6. 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.
7. It is possible to hire a golf club at almost all golf clubs but it is always a good idea to book in advance
8. Dress code is important
9. Some clubs will request a list of players names, home clubs and handicaps, if not already supplied.
10. Please advise the group that most golf clubs require that a group check in at reservations at least 15 minutes before their tee – times
11. Full pre-payment or (non refundable) deposit is required to confirm tee-times at Golf Course.
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