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




NOTRE DAME VS NAVY - DUBLIN, IRELAND - Aug 27th - 31st 2020 - 5 Day Escorted Game Vacation -$2,995.00 - GAME TICKETS INCLUDED

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Navy Vs Notre Dame Game Weekend - Dublin, Ireland - August 27th - 31st 2020 - $2,995.00

Day 1: Thursday 27th August 2020 - Welcome to Ireland

O'Connell Bridge, DublinArrive at Dublin Airport, meet with your driver and your English speaking guide.

Visit Slane Castle - Slane Castle, set in the middle of a 1,500 acre estate in the heart of the historic Boyne Valley, has been the Conyngham family home since 1701. The current owner is Lord Henry Mountcharles and his distinguished family fought on both sides of the Battle of the Boyne.

The Castle itself displays the collective talents of some of Ireland and England’s most distinguished architects and includes the famous Gothic ballroom. The parklands were laid out by the distinguished landscape architect, Capability Brown.

For over 25 years Slane Castle has been hosting famous Rock Stars at the now world famous open air rock concerts held within the great natural amphitheater below the Castle. Madonna, Queen, Robbie Williams, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Oasis and REM are just some of the bands that have performed in a magical spot between the Castle and the River Boyne.

Visitors will have the chance to both visit the castle and enjoy a tutored tasting of a range of Irish Whiskeys including their very own Slane Castle Irish Whiskey. This well balanced whiskey is a unique blend of premium single malt and grain whiskeys carefully chosen by three generations of the Conyngham family.

And enjoy an Irish Welcome at Slane Distillery

There could be no finer setting in which to discover the nature of whiskey than Ireland’s mythical Boyne Valley. Housed within the 250-year-old stables of the iconic Slane Castle Estate, the guided distillery tour uncovers a history like no other. The new state of the art working distillery pays homage to the resilient nature of Ireland's heritage and the surrounding lands.

Slane Castle Ireland

Take a trip back in time as storytellers guide visitors through the fabric of the Conyngham family tapestry, chapter by chapter and immerse guests into the wonderful world of whiskey. Discover the ancient art of Irish whiskey making.


Explore the whiskey distillery where three different types of Irish whiskey are made: Malt, Grain and Pot Still. Learn about the process behind the triple casked blend, the craftsmanship that goes into each of the three casks and the flavours and aromas that each cask contributes to the whiskey’s smooth yet full bodied character.

Complete the interactive, immersive tour with a tutored whiskey tasting that allows one to assess this character for yourself by enjoying a sample of the signature triple casked blend, Slane Irish Whiskey.Check into your hotel. Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Kildare/Meath or area.

Day 2: Friday 28th August 2020 – Dublin’s Fair City

This morning after breakfast we will visit Richmond Barracks

Originally the British Army barracks, the Richmond Barracks is now a historic museum following the footsteps of over 3,000 Irish rebels to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. See the story unfold as prisoners were released or sent to prison camps in England, and Northern Ireland, while others were sentenced to death before they were sent to Kilmainham Gaol for execution.

After visit, get to know Dublin through a Walking Food Trail

Ireland's EyeA wonderful food and cultural experience off-the-beaten-track in Dublin that offers the visitor the opportunity to discover hidden tastes and be a local for the afternoon! It is also a great introduction to a lively but largely ignored part of the city. Soak in the history and culture; enjoy delicious foods in historic neighborhoods within a stone's throw of the city centre.

Meet the people whose family have traded in one spot for generations, and meet the people who have introduced new products to us reflecting the modern Irish table. Walk takes a gentle 2 ½ hours, and is led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide with a food background. You’ll visit food halls, fruit and flower stalls, cheese mongers, fishmongers, butchers and bakers and lots more besides.

Early this afternoon we will journey to Howth. Enjoy a Cruise around Ireland's Eye

Take in the breathtaking views from this amazing vantage point and see the beautiful bird and seal colony that is Irelands Eye. Look north towards Malahide and Lambay Island and South East towards Howth Head as you take this relaxing cruise. Sure you might even have a coffee or a glass of wine from our on board bar while you sail. Return back to your hotel.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Kildare/Meath or area.

Day 3: Saturday 29th August 2020 - The Game

Notre Dame NavySpend the day at leisure in Dublin.

Enjoythe Notre Dame Vs Navy American Football game. Return back to your hotel.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Kildare/Meath or area.

Day 4: Sunday 30th August 2020 – Horses and Handweavers

This morning we journey to the heart of Ireland.

Visit Irish National Stud Farm

After lunch, journey through Wicklow

County Wicklow is known as “the Garden of Ireland” it is home to Powerscourt, Mount Usher and Russborough, to name a few of its many houses and gardens. This region features all the various types of scenery that makes Ireland so beautiful.

The coastline is bordered by charming sea resorts such as Bray or Greystones. In the heart of its gentle and rounded hills are nestled Enniskerry and Avoca, both very picturesque villages. Discover its romantic and quiet beauty, the deserted mounts where nothing but heather grows, the small forests and the lush prairies illuminated by yellow gorse in spring.

Visit Avoca Handweavers

Avoca HandweaversEstablished in 1723, Avoca Handweavers is a family owned craft design company which had its beginnings at the Old Mill at Avoca, County Wicklow where the weavers produced the beautifully woven fabrics which became Avoca's hallmark. Avoca Handweavers has a visitor centre which tells the story since 1723 and a mill tour where you meet the weavers at work.

Return back to your hotel.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Kildare/Meath or area.

Day 5: Monday 31st August 2020 - Farewell

Transfer to Dublin Airport for your journey home.


Highlights & Inclusions:

4 nights at good 3 star hotels, all rooms with private bath or shower

Breakfast at hotel each day, days 2 – 5 inclusive

Game Tickets

VISITS:

Slane Castle Slane Distillery Richmond Barracks

National Stud FarmAvoca Handweavers

Food Walking Tour on day 2

Cruise on around Ireland Eye Island on day 2

Modern motor-coach with driver x 4 full days (09h00 – 17h30)

Modern motor-coach with driver x 1 airport transfer, on day 5

English speaking guide x 4 full days (09h00 – 17h30)

Service charges and taxes at existing rates

Porterage of one piece of luggage in and out of hotels

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