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.
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South West of Ireland 8 Day Escorted Golf Tours - From $4,950

Play some of the World's Greatest golf courses, in the South - West of Ireland.


Day 1- Welcome to Ireland.

Waterville Links Course VideoUpon Arrival, transfer by arranged transport & Guide to your Hotel which is located in the heart of Killarney Town Free Day in Killarney Town.

Randles Hotel - 4 Star

Dating back to 1906, Randles Court Hotel is located on the Muckross Road about 1km from Killarney’s town centre. It offers its guests 72 luxurious and spacious bedrooms each individually designed in the country house tradition. The hotel features two elegantly styled dining rooms while guests can enjoy casual dining throughout the summer months in The Conservatory as well as the Terraced Garden.

Wiggs Bar is located in part of the original building where the stained glass feature has been maintained. Guests can avail of complimentary access to the facilities of the leisure centre featuring a 20m Pool, Sauna and Steam Room. Spa treatment packages are available in the Zen Day Spa located next door to the hotel. Full Irish Breakfast served in your Hotel on Day 2- 7.

Day 2 - Tour of Killarney area.

Wildlife on Skellig Michaelincluding The Killarney National Park, with your Driver/Guide. From Killarney you will visit Muckross House & Gardens en route to Molls Gap where you will stop off for a Tea/Coffee break. The views here are quite stunning. After which we are going to take you through the Black Valley and up to the Gap of Dunloe.

The drive from the “Gap”, as we call it, back into Killarney, with a stop at Kate Carneys Cottage is quite something. Nestled at the entrance to the world famous Gap of Dunloe, the Cottage is a 150 year old family-run establishment.

After a day's sightseeing, you can stop by for the famous pub grub and a drink in Kate’s pub with its open fire. In the restaurant, a full a la carte menu is provided. There’s also a craft shop here which stocks a wide range of local gifts and produce.

The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass between Macgillycuddy's Reeks (west) and Purple Mountain (east) in County Kerry, Ireland. This place was used as a filming location in the Irish film The Crying Game. The road through The Gap from Kate Kearney's Cottage, down to Lord Brandon's Cottage, is about 11 kilometers long, climbing and descending about 200 metres altogether.

Back to your Hotel in Killarney for an evening in town.

Day 3 - Tralee Golf Club

Tralee Golf Course VideoSurrounded by the Atlantic, 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 from every hole, Tralee’s course offers incomparable views on all sides.

View the white sandy beaches and the ocean waves breaking across the rocks against a backdrop of the majestic Slieve Mish mountain range running along the Dingle peninsula to the West. After your round of golf, retire to the clubhouse and savour some fine Irish hospitality in our bar and restaurant while taking in the panoramic views.

Tralee has a fully qualified resident professional, fully stocked pro shop and a spacious and comfortable restaurant and bar.


Day 4 - Ballybunnion Course

Ballybunnion Golf Course VideoBallybunion 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, visitors from around the world have been visiting the club for many decades. 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.

Day 5 - Waterville Course

Waterville Golf Links VideoOver 100 years old, Waterville 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.

Day 6 - Killarney Course

Killarney Golf & Fishing VideoKillarney Golf & Fishing Club was established in 1893 and is one of the oldest clubs in the country.

Nestled amidst the serene splendour of the famous Lakes of Killarney and in the shadow of the majestic Macgillycuddy‘s Reeks, the club’s Championship courses are set in a 25,000 acre National Park.

At 7,252 yards from the Championship tees, the Killeen course is amongst the most challenging in the country.

The beauty of the natural setting is matched by the treachery of the layout with water in play in virtually every hole.

At 6,800 yards, Mahony’s Point offers golfers a more relaxing round from a scoring perspective, though with strategically placed water hazards and bunkers, combined with vast undulating greens, the course still possesses plenty of potential trouble for even the most skilled golfer.

Day 7 - Dooks Golf Club

Dookd Golf Course VideoIf you are on a golfing break in Kerry you won't want to miss the opportunity to play Dooks - a truly magical location for a stunning golf course. Experience breathtaking views and a unique links challenge that golfers have enjoyed since 1889.

Dooks Golf Club is one of Ireland's oldest links golf courses, located in Glenbeigh, in County Kerry, and is a truly magical location for a stunning golf course. Experience breath taking views and a unique links challenge.

Dooks is often described as one of the true gems of Irish Golf. It is a true sea-side links situated in a panoramic setting in a corner of Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry.

The Atlantic Ocean can be seen from practically every hole and Ireland’s highest mountain range, the McGillycuddy Reeks, overlooks every shot.


Open Option - Adare

Adare Manor & Golf Course VideoSet on 230 lush acres of the Adare Manor Estate, Adare Manor Golf Club was originally 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.

Masterfully redesigned designed, magnificently maintained, and perfectly set within the glorious estate of one of Europe’s most spectacular manor house hotels, The Golf Course at Adare Manor is ready to take its place among the best championship courses anywhere.

Celebrated golf architect Tom Fazio has taken what was already an award-winning course and transformed it into a parkland paradise befitting a country in the top tier of global golfing destinations. The new course has been created in harmony with the outstanding natural beauty of its surroundings: lush, softly rolling terrain, mature tree scaping, and the sweeping banks of the River Maigue.

Day 8 - Farewell

After a final full Irish breakfast depart for Shannon/Dublin airport for your flight home.

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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