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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Irish Pubs & Whiskey Tours - 9 Day Pre Booked Tours - From $1,699.00

Travel the length & breath of Ireland enjoying the magnificent, world famous Pubs, Breweries & Distilleries, and the ‘CRAIC’


Day 1 – Welcome to Ireland.

Christ Church CathedralUpon arrival transfer to your city centre hotel. Explore Ireland’s Capital City discovering the north and south side of the River Liffey. Wandering around the Heart of Historic Dublin—the Liberties—you will find one of Ireland’s leading visitor attractions,The Guinness Storehouse.

The Guinness Brewery in Dublin is Europe's largest stout producing brewery and home to the Guinness Storehouse. Opened in 1904, the Storehouse was an operational plant for fermenting and storing Guinness.

Today it houses a very fine exhibition dedicated to the Guinness story. Visitors will discover what goes into the making a pint of Guinness—the ingredients, the brewing process, the time, the craft and the passion.

The exhibition shows how the brew has been marketed and how it is today sold in over 150 countries. Once the tour has finished, you are invited to the Gravity Bar to enjoy a pint of Guinness. Regular demonstrations on the art of pulling a pint of Guinness also take place in the Storehouse. Overnight: Dublin area (Bed & Irish breakfast)

Day 2 – Dublin to Kilkenny

The Irish Pub Depart Dublin this morning and head south towards Wicklow. Often called the Garden of Ireland, Wicklow also houses one of the latest and trendiest micro-breweries in Ireland. The Wicklow Brewery opened its doors in September 2014.
The brewery is now producing several craft beers, which can all be tasted at Mickey Finns Pub, a rustic & welcoming Irish pub next door. You can also enjoy a guided tour of the brewery where you will enjoy a first-hand experience in a working brewery! Continue towards Kilkenny, often referred to as “the Marble City”.

A medieval city of 24,000 people, it is characterized by many beautifully restored buildings and winding slipways—it is small and compact enough to explore on foot, yet full of fascinating historical buildings and contemporary shops, design galleries and restaurants.
No visit of Kilkenny can be considered complete without a visit to the Smithwick's Experience—home to one of Ireland’s most popular ale. The Brewery opened its doors in July 2014. Housed in a restored Victorian building the multi-sensory experience takes visitors on a journey through the medieval origins of brewing on the site, to the arrival of John Smithwick’s in the 1700’s up to the present day.

During the tour, the brewing process will be brought to life with visitors having the opportunity to experience the smells, tastes and textures of the raw materials involved in creating the perfect pint of ale. Overnight: Kilkenny area (Bed & Irish breakfast)

Day 3 – Cork & Surroundings

Temple Bar DublinThis morning travel south towards county Cork. On the way stop at Ballyvolane House, a historic country house with amazing gardens, a farmhouse, luxurious and welcoming accommodation, but first and foremost house to an award winning Gin: Bertha’s Revenge.

The story starts with a cow named Bertha and 2 friends sharing the same passion for food & drink. With time they created an amazing little business and produce a great Gin that has to be tasted!

The distillery is not open to visitors but we suggest a stop at the house to enjoy the surroundings and why not lunch with a side of gin! Continue to by Midleton, where whiskey has been distilled since the early 9th century.

The Old Midleton Distillery was founded by the Murphy brothers in 1825. The guided tour of the distillery commences with a short audiovisual, after which visitors are taken on a tour of the old distillery.

Follow the old distillery trail through mills, maltings, stillhouse, warehouses and kilns and view the largest pot still in the world. The tour ends in the distillery pub, where all are invited to enjoy a glass of Irish Whiskey.

Continue on to Cork City, where you will hear the funniest and some say sexiest accent in Ireland, listen to words such as “langer” and “ye boyo”. A modern, vibrant and progressive urban centre, Cork was awarded as the European Capital of Culture 2005.

Image result for franciscan well breweryOnce in Cork, we recommend a tour of the Franciscan Well Brewery, which has combined modern technology with the age old tradition, brewing classic beer styles including lager, ale, stout, and wheat beer, putting innovation at the forefront of the brewing process!

They offer guided tours from Monday to Friday at 6.30 pm and you would get a chance to taste one of Ireland’s favourite beers.

Don’t worry if you arrive over the weekend, you can always have a look at their Brew Pub based on the site of an ancient Franciscan monastery,and later the centre of Guinness bottling for the people of Cork. Overnight: Cork area (full Irish breakfast)

Day 4 – The Beara Peninsula & Killarney


Image result for beara peninsulaThis morning leave Cork and travel to County Kerry on the way exploring the Beara Peninsula - the wildest and most romantic of the peninsulas. The peninsula stretches for a distance of 48km from Glengarriff to Dursey Island and back to Kenmare.

It presents an unspoilt and magnificent landscape, which sweeps from the spine of the Caha Hills down to the shores of Bantry Bay and Kenmare Bay.

The Beara is desolate, a harsh and rocky landscape. This area enjoys a tropical climate due to the close proximity of the Gulf Stream and the local flora is lush and sometimes exotic.

Upon arrival in Killarney, why not pay a visit to Killarney Brewery. Killarney Brewery revives the age old art of craft beer production in the town for the first time since the 1800’s. The brewery tour offers beer enthusiasts the insiders view to one of Ireland’s premier craft breweries. Friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides take guests on an informative and exciting journey through the beer brewing operation.

During the tour, guests will navigate the entire beer making process, smell the different varieties of malts, rub their hands in some of the aromatic hops, overlook the packaging facility and get a bird’s eye view of how all these ingredients are carefully combined in a state of the art brewing facility. Overnight: Killarney area (Bed & Irish breakfast)

Day 5 – The Ring of Kerry

Tullamore Dew DistilleryToday enjoy touring the Ring of Kerry—the most famous and panoramic route in Ireland. The astonishing beauty of this large peninsula, Iveragh, comes from the great diversity of its scenery, which offers incessant contrasts.
En route around the Ring, take in spectacular scenery—mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean as one travels along the coast road. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay.

Continuing to Cahirciveen, you’ll pass the birthplace of our national hero, Daniel O’Connell. Next, continue on through peat bogs to the town of Waterville. Travel to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly coloured houses.

The road then continues through the mountains to Molls Gap and Ladies View with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney and on to Muckross.


Located in Muckross, The Jarvey's Rest is an award winning Irish pub. You open the door and feel the heat of the welcoming fire. A Jarvey’s Irish Night Show is a genuine Irish pub experience with great food and entertainment and is not to be missed!

The evening consists of an authentic Irish dinner using the best ingredients from the Kerry area. The mixture of traditional tunes, rousing ballads and Irish music performed by Onora creates a magical atmosphere.

Added to this is The Torc Irish Dancers, award winning dancers performing jigs, reels and heart pounding Irish dances. Overnight: Killarney area (Bed & Irish breakfast)


Day 6 – The Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head

Skellig MichaelThis morning you will depart Killarney and explore the Dingle Peninsula, 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. The road between Dunquin and Slea Head is dotted with beehive huts, forts and church sites.

Visit 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.

Dingle town hosts the Dingle Whiskey Distillery - a modest distillery crafting their whiskey, and small batches of gin & vodka in hand crafted copper pot stills and a small swan neck pot still. When the first spirit trickled from the stills in 2012 it represented a milestone in the history of distilling in Ireland.

Image result for dingle whiskeyTheir unique Dingle Whiskey is maturing in the mild, moist climate of Ireland’s south-west coast and now visitors can enjoy the fruits of their labours in the form of Dingle Original Whiskey, Gin and Vodka.
Their output of whiskey is 2 casks per day and their aim is to create a whiskey of superlative quality and unique character, the essence of Irish pot still distilled and matured on the far Atlantic coast of Ireland.

They take the best Irish malted barley and make pure pot still malt whiskey. No whiskey in Scotland or Ireland experiences a maturation process like theirs. Overnight: Dingle area (Bed & Irish breakfast)


Day 7 – The Cliffs of Moher & Burren Region

The Cliffs of Moher,Doolin, Co ClareThis morning you will explore County Clare, known as “the music county” due to its strong tradition for Irish music and dance. Continue to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular 5-mile long cliff, which rises almost 200m above sea level situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering The Burren.

On a clear day it is possible to see the Aran Islands as well as the valley and the hills of Connemara. The cliffs reach their highest point just north of O’Brien Tower, built by a descendant of Brian Boru, he who defeated the Vickings in battle.

Next travel to Doolin, a charming small seaside village on the northwest coast of Co. Clare. Traditionally a fishing village, it is now renowned world-wide as the traditional music capital of Ireland.

Continue exploring the Burren Region—a unique place, part of which forms the 100 square kilometre Burren National Park. It 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 greenroads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car. The flora on the Burren is a mixture of Artic and Mediterranean with rare flowers such as gentian, orchids and bloody cranesbill. Travel onward to County Galway, just north of The Burren. Overnight: Galway area (Bed & Irish breakfast)

Day 8 – Connemara

Connemara. Co GalwayToday enjoy touring the Connemara area. Journey through one of the most romantic parts of Ireland full of lakes and rivers, bogs and mountains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed since the beginning of time.

A land characterised for its stone walls and thatched cottages. On its northern shore the land is harsher and more secretive, with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful fjord of Killary Harbour, as well as the steep mountains overlooking numerous lakes and large bog areas.

Travel back to Galway City for an evening of whiskey tasting. On the Whiskey Trail Galway you will get to taste a real flavour of Ireland. Taste handpicked uniquely Irish whiskeys in the company of our local experts, offering only the best tasting experiences and the discovery of some of Galway City’s famous traditional pubs!

On this tour you will taste the best Ireland has to offer including Jameson, Teeling, and Connemara Whiskeys for example. Overnight: Galway area (Bed & Irish breakfast)

Day 9 – Galway to Dublin

M Cosgrove 's Old Store.,Surf Coast. Sligo. IrelandToday travel back to Dublin via Ireland’s midlands— Counties Westmeath and Offaly. Westmeath is also home to the oldest licensed pot still whiskey distillery in the world - Kilbeggan Distillery.

Start your tour in 1757 and discover how Irish Whiskey was made at the time of the Lockes ownership of the distillery and then follow on to see how Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey is now being made in the traditional manner which includes a 180 year old pot still.

The distillery was producing a traditional pot still Irish Whiskey for almost 200 years, before it closed in 1954.

The doors and production reopened in 2007 and the distillery now hosts a museum where visitors can experience a real working distillery run by a team of young enthusiastic craftspeople (and a few wise old heads too).

The guided tour follows the process of making triple distilled Irish Whiskey, from the grinding of the grain to the casking of the final product. At the end of the tour you will receive a complimentary sample of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey.

Before continuing to Dublin, make a stop at the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, home of the internationally renowned brand. Visitors can wander through the various recreated working stations that were at the distillery such as malting, bottling or cooperage areas and learn how the whiskey was made.

Throughout the tour visitors can interact with the artefacts, admire bees collecting honey for the production of Irish Mist, try outfits worn on canal barges in the 1850's and learn about the history of Tullamore town. After your visit and tasting, get back on the road for your final stop in Dublin.

On arrival you can visit the Irish Whiskey Museum, which will give you the history of whiskey making in Ireland, its downfall and its revival in the last years.

A last tour to check if you have memorised all that you’ve learned along the way! Alternatively, you could just drop your bags off before enjoying your new favourite Irish drink, whether beer or whiskey, in one of Dublin’s many pubs. Overnight: Dublin area (Bed & Irish breakfast)

Day 10 – Dublin Departure

Irish Whiskey Museum. DublinIf time allows we suggest you visit the newly opened Slane Castle Distillery situated North of Dublin, just a short drive from Dublin Airport. The new distillery pays homage to the resilient nature of Irish heritage .

Allow their storytellers to immerse you into the wonderful world of whiskey. Finish the tour in the best way possible, with a taste of our signature triple casked blend, Slane Irish Whiskey.

Travel to Dublin Airport for the return flight home.

Highlights:

Franciscan Brewery,Cork

Killarney Brewery

Doolin

Price Includes:

9 nights sharing a double/twin room at 3 Star Hotels and B&Bs with full Irish breakfast each morning
Service charges and taxes at existing rates
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