Golf In Ireland

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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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"IRISH CASTLES" - Castles Experience - 9 Day Chauffeur Tours - FROM $4,950

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Ireland is famous for its Castles, many of which have been converted to 5 Star Hotels.

Have a wonderful Irish experience while staying at some Specially Chosen Irish Castles & Manor Houses.

Day 1 – Dublin to Kinsale.

Rock of CashelWelcome to Ireland Arrive in Dublin or Shannon Airport and transfer to your Hotel in Kinsale.

This morning depart Dublin for Cork via Tipperary. Visit to Rock of Cashel, possibly the most photographed site in Ireland, the Rock of Cashel towers over the town of Cashel from its perch on a 200-foot high outcrop of limestone.

Once the seat of the Kings of Munster. St. Patrick visited the rock in 450, while Brian Boru was crowned the first high King of Ireland here in the tenth century.

Granted to the church in the twelfth century, by the O'Brien clan, today the impressive stone walls enclose a round tower, a cathedral, a twelfth century Romanesque chapel and high crosses.

The Vicars Choral has been recently restored and its basement houses a small museum of artifacts found on the site. One of the leading visitor attractions in Ireland, in 2011 it was visited by Queen Elizabeth II on her historic first visit to the Republic of Ireland. A guided tour is strongly recommended. Continue onto Kinsale in Co. Cork.

Overnight, Actons Hotel, Kinsale. Deluxe Bed and Full Irish Breakfast

Day 2 – Kinsale to Kenmare

Charles Fort. KinsaleThis morning we depart Kinsale for Kenmare, Co. Kerry via Skibereen, Bantry & West Cork.

We travel along the scenic tunnels route to Glengarriff where the road leads you through a number of rock tunnels as you travel by the Caha mountains on the Beara peninsula. You will encounter stunning views of Bantry Bay before arriving in Glengarriff.

The Gardens of Ilnacullin (Garinish Island) are well worth a visit. It is a unique Island that plays host to a multitude of plant variations, and the blanket of Summer colouring which covers the Island and creates a rainbow of colour.

Continue to Kenmare from Glengarriff via very spectacular views for overnight in your 5 Star, Sheen Falls Hotel, Kenmare. Deluxe Bed and Full Irish Breakfast

Day 3 - Kenmare to Killarney

Skellig MichaelDepart Kenmare for Killarney via Molls Gap and Killarney National Park for a visit to Muckross House and a jaunting Car Ride through part of Killarney National Park.

This is one of Ireland’s loveliest districts. Mountains, valleys and lakes blend into a palette of scenic splendour. A delightful day includes a drive along the broad, dramatic coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula and through the charming village.

Visit Muckross House, a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. The gardens at Muckross House are renowned world-wide for their beauty. Overnight at the Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney. Deluxe Bed and Full Irish Breakfast

Day 4 – Killarney - Dingle

Afternoon TeaThis morning we will explore the scenic area of Killarney & Continue onto the Dingle Peninsula via Inch Beach - a long beach bordered by dunes and made famous by David Lean’s movie “Ryan’s daughter”. Admire the Iveragh Peninsula and Rossbeigh Beach, it may be nice to have lunch in Sammy's Restaurant, situated on the beach.

This afternoon explore The Dingle Peninsula. Some of the finest coastal scenery to be seen in Ireland can be found in West Kerry, on the Dingle Peninsula, the most northern of the Kerry Peninsulas. This peninsula is famous for its Celtic, pre - Christian monuments and Christian churches.

It is also a ‘Gaeltacht' (Irish speaking) area, where the Irish language and traditional ways of life are preserved. Dingle town itself is a thriving fishing town and offers plenty of opportunity for shopping or simply savouring the atmosphere of a typical country Irish town with its plentiful pubs, narrow streets and busy harbour. Visit The Blasket Visitor Centre. (Depending on open dates)

The Blasket Centre on the mainland in Dún Chaoin on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula is a fascinating heritage centre/museum honouring the unique community who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until their evacuation in 1953.

The Great Blasket IslandThe Blasket Centre tells the story of island life, subsistence fishing and farming, traditional life including modes of work and transport, home life, housing and entertainment.

The Centre details the community’s struggle for existence, their language and culture, and the extraordinary literary legacy they left behind- classics such as ‘The Islandman’, ‘Twenty Years A-Growing’ and ‘Peig’. Their story is told using a variety of means - exhibitons, interactive displays, artefacts, audio visual presentations and artwork.

The road around the Peninsula is truly spectacular. It passes through a chain of Mountains, called Slieve Mish. Enjoy an evening of entertainment in Dingle. Overnight Benners Hotel, Dingle. Deluxe Bed and Full Irish Breakfast

Day 5 – Dingle to Dromoland Castle

Driving around IrelandFrom Dingle, drive around the coast to Slea Head. Here the blue of the marine landscape surrounds the Blaskets Islands, deserted since 1953. In the distance are the two rocky Skellig islands, where the ruins of an early Christian Monastery can be found.

The Dingle Peninsula will charm you with it's villages painted in bright colours and will bewitch you with the dramatic beauty of it's landscapes. The road between Dunquin and Slea Head is dotted with beehive huts, forts and church sites. Prehistoric Dunbeg Fort is on a cliff top promontory with a sheer drop to the Atlantic and has four outer walls of stone. Inside are the remains of a house and a beehive hut as well as an underground passage.

Beehive huts are circular stone buildings shaped like a beehive which were lived in by the Kerry monks. Continue around the peninsula exploring some of Ireland’s nicest & most picturesque local shops, pubs, cafes etc.

Continue to Dromoland Castle for overnight via the spectacular Conor Pass which is the highest mountain pass in Ireland & via Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

Bunratty CastleBunratty Castle is one of the most complete and authentic medieval castles in Ireland. Built in 1425 and plundered on many occasions, it was authentically restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings and tapestries capturing the mood and the style of the times.

Attend the castles evening Medieval Banquet, which takes the participants back to the time that the castle entertained its visitors with fine food, wine and song. Within the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century life is vividly recreated.

Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. Meet and chat with the Bean an Ti (Woman of the House) and various street characters including the Policeman and Schoolteacher. Enjoy the tastes, scents, sights and sounds of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course the pub. Overnight: Dromoland Castle,Deluxe Bed and Full Irish Breakfast

Day 6 – Dromoland Castle to Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden

Kate Kearney's CottageDepart Dromoland Castle for the Cliffs of Moher. Situated on Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren Area, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most spectacular sights.

Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. Visit Aillwee Caves. One of the oldest Caves in Ireland.

Located in the heart of the Burren in County Clare. Perched high on its Burren terraced mountainside with what has to be one of the most spectacular views of Galway Bay. It is a must for all who find themselves in the area.

The Burren is a place full of wonder, beauty and discovery. Let the staff at AILLWEE Caves welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this area.

Expert guides will accompany and inform you during your leisurely tour. The tour consists of a 30-minute stroll through the beautiful caverns – over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor! Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the now extinct brown bears' bones (ursos arctos).

The guides will bring you back to the outside world where you can browse and shop in a distinctly different gift shop which is housed in the award-winning complex that guards the entrance to the Burren underground.

The BurrenThe Burren, part of which forms the 100 square km Burren National Park, is a unique place. It is a Karst limestone region of approximately 300 sq. km, which lies in the North West corner of Co Clare.

It is composed of limestone pavements, which have been eroded to a distinctive pattern. This pavement is criss-crossed by cracks known as grykes in which grow a myriad of wild flora and under which are huge caves and rivers which suddenly flood when it rains.

The Burren contains dozens of megalithic tombs and Celtic crosses as well as a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating back to the 12th century. You will discover small villages abandoned during the famine period and green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car.

The flora on the Burren is a mixture of Arctic and Mediterranean and rare flowers such as gentian, orchids and bloody cranesbill are the rule rather than the exception. The Burren is truly an exceptional part of Ireland.

Continue to Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden via Galway and coastal route. Overnight, Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden. Deluxe Bed and Full Irish Breakfast

Day 7 – Abbeyglen Castle to Ashford Castle

Abbeyglen Castle. ClifdenThis morning you will explore the Connemara region. Connemara is a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and mountains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed little since the beginning of time. It is without a doubt the wildest and the most romantic part of Ireland.

Connemara is a vast peninsula bordered by the arid and rocky coastline of Galway Bay in the south ~ a land characteristic for it's stone walls and thatched cottages.

On it's northern shore the land is harsher and more secret, with spectacular views of the Ocean and the beautiful fjord of Kilary Harbour, as well as the steep mountains overlooking numerous lakes and large bog areas. Connemara is a real paradise for Nature lovers and those in search of strong emotions.

Visit to Kylemore Abbey: Kylemore Abbey is located in the Kylemore Pass in Connemara. Mitchell Henry built the House in 1868, after having spent his honeymoon in the area.

The architecture is best described as neo-gothic and the house still displays all the characteristics of that period. One of Kylemore Abbey's most famous features is it's miniature cathedral, built in 1870 and known locally as the Gothic church. Today, the abbey is home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns.

Kylemore Abbey. IrelandThey bought the house in 1920, having fled their convent in war-torn Belgium in 1914. They established a private school for young girls, which today is the renowned Kylemore Abbey International School for young girls.
Facilities at Kylemore include a visitor centre, an exhibition housed in the main reception rooms of the house and a video which takes the visitor through the history of the house and its occupants. Continue to Ashford Castle for overnight. Deluxe Bed and Full Irish Breakfast

Day 8 - Ashford Castle to Bewley’s Clayton Hotel at Dublin Airport

Depart Ashford Castle for Bewley’s Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport Overnight: Bewley’s Clayton Hotel. Deluxe Bed and Full Irish Breakfast

Day 9 – Transfer to Dublin Airport for your return to the USA.


Highlights:


Services Included:

8 Nights Deluxe Accommodations in Historic Castles and Manor Houses

Full Irish Breakfast at hotel each day Private Chauffeur & Guide as per Itinerary

Private Coach Luxury

Rock of Cashel

Blasket Visitor Centre

The Cliffs of Moher

Aillwee Caves

Visit Bunratty Folk Park


Hotels: (Or Similar)

Bewely’s Clayton Hotel, Dublin Airport


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