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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!


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.


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.


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.


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 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 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.


  • 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 - IRELAND - Aug 21st - 30th 2020 - 10 Day Escorted Game Vacation - $4,495.00 - GAME TICKETS INCLUDED

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This 10 Day Escorted Tour of Ireland (August 21st - 30th 2020) $4,495.00

Day 1: Friday 21st August 2020 - Welcome to Ireland

Cliffs of MoherArrive at Shannon Airport, meet with your driver and your English speaking guide. En-route enjoy the Cliffs of Moher Cruise Cruise beneath the world famous Cliffs of Moher.

Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long. The cliffs reach their highest point just north of O' Brien's Tower built by Cornelius O’ Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, to entertain his lady friends. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara.

The respected travel publication has voted the world-famous landmark at the top of a new chart of ' Nine Gorgeous Cliff Views That Rival The Grand Canyon'

Visit Doolin Music House

Christy Barry and his partner Sheila have entertained friends and musicians at their home for many years, sitting around the fire playing music and telling stories. Although the pub sessions are extremely popular they realised that many of their visitors preferred to listen to traditional music in the intimate environment of their home.

As a result, they open up their atmospheric home to visitors so they can experience local Irish music in the relaxed surroundings of their home. Christy talks and discusses the history of traditional Irish music and plays great tunes together with his friend James Devitt.

You will enjoy the experience of visiting a local home, enjoying local company and listening to a good traditional music session around the fire. Sheila is an artist and her works surround the rooms in the house creating a truly art home atmosphere. Light lunch can be served during your visit – smoked salmon and brown bread, Irish cheeses accompanied by a glass of wine or a soft drink.

Check into your hotel. Overnight, dinner, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Clare or area.

Day 2: Saturday 22nd August 2020 - Clare to Kerry

Blasket IslandThis morning we will depart for Kerry. En-route visit Johns Castle - King John's Castle is situated on 'King's Island' in the heart of medieval Limerick city. The Castle overlooks the majestic river Shannon. It was built between 1200 and 1210 and was repaired and extended many times in the following centuries.

The interpretative centre at the Castle contains an imaginative historical exhibition which tells the story of the Castle. Archaeological excavations have revealed pre-Norman settlements and evidence from the traumatic siege of 1642. The courtyard and the Castle display some of the trades and traditions of the 16th Century.

The Castle offers panoramic views of Limerick City and the surrounding countryside. The sights, scenes and sounds of the Castle and its environs all combine to recreate the atmosphere of the era.

Continue to Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum. From 1939 to 1945 Foynes was the centre of the aviation world for air traffic between the United States and Europe. Located 35 km west of Limerick city on the Shannon estuary, the Foynes Museum recalls this era with a comprehensive range of exhibits and graphic illustrations.

The museum features the original Terminal Building including the authentic 1940's cinema; the Radio and Weather Rooms, complete with transmitters, receivers and Morse code equipment. The exhibits feature an introduction to the first transatlantic passenger service from Foynes during the war years and the only full sized replica B314 flying boat. Irish Coffee was invented in Foynes.

Chef Joe Sheridan made the first in 1942 to warm up some damp and miserable passengers. Since then Irish Coffee has become one the most popular welcoming drinks in the world. The Brendan O'Regan Restaurant sells biscuits & snacks, coffee and tea and of course Irish Coffee!

Check into your hotel. Overnight bed and breakfast at your hotel in Kerry or area.

Day 3: Sunday 23rd August 2020 – Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of DunloeThis morning after breakfast we will get ready to explore the Gap of Dunloe

Begin your tour at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, where we will be greeted with a horse and carriage, or formerly known in Ireland as jaunting cars, (4 persons per car). The carts will travel through the Black Valley and the famous Gap before stopping at Lord Brandon’s Cottage.

After a short rest stop we walk to the edge of Lake Killarney were we will catch an Irish long boat to Ross Castle. Enjoy the impressive scenery as you cruise through the three lakes. *Full day tour and enjoy a steak sandwich for lunch.

Return to your hotel and enjoy a free evening. Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Kerry or area.

Day 4: Monday 24th August 2020 - Kerry to Cork

This morning depart Kerry and journey to Cork. En-route, visit Garnish Island

Garnish is a unique island that plays host to a multitude of plant variations, and the blanket of summer colouring which covers the island creates a rainbow of colour. The island has a wonderful history and its unusual micro climate allows a range of exotic subtropical plant species to flourish.

There are a number of walks and interesting buildings on the island. On route to the island, visitors will enjoy the magnificent views of the bay and also pass Seal Island with its colony of harbour seals.

Castle WallContinue to Cork and visit Blarney Castle. Attracting visitors from all over the world, Blarney Castle is situated in Blarney village, 8 km from Cork city. An ancient stronghold of the McCarthy's, Lords of Muskerry, it is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles, and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster.

Built in 1446, Blarney Castle is famous for its Blarney stone, the Stone of Eloquence, which is traditionally believed to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. Many legends tell the story of the Stone, but why not kiss it and find out the truth behind the legend.

The Castle gardens covering 60 acres of land are under constant change and over the past few years, a water garden, fern garden and poison garden have been developed and are all open to visitors.

Check into your hotel. Overnight bed and breakfast at your hotel in Cork or area.

Day 5: Tuesday 25th August 2020 - Kinsale

Today explore Kinsale. Visit Charles Fort

Overlooking Kinsale harbour and located approximately 3 km from Kinsale town, Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th Century star-shaped fort. William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin is credited with designing the fort.

As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The most significant of these are the Williamite War 1689-91 and the Civil War 1922-23. Charles Fort was declared a National Monument in 1973. Across the estuary is James Fort designed by Paul Ive in 1602. The fort contains a small museum, and there is a small cafe on-site.

Later, enjoy a Food Walking Tour - Learn about the history of the Norman walled Town that thrived as a fishing port, once known as ‘Ceann tSáile’ which means ‘Head of the Sea’. The 2hr/2hr 30min walking tour is a gentle stroll that winds though the colorful seaside town. Enjoy samples of local food at each eatery and hear the stories of the culinary creations.

Return back to your hotel. Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Cork or area.

Day 6: Wednesday 26th August 2020 - Cork to Waterford

Jameson Distillery MidletonThis morning we will depart for Kilkenny. En-route, visit Jameson Distillery Midleton

Whiskey has been distilled in the town of Midleton, County Cork since the early 9th Century. The Jameson Distillery Midleton was founded by the Murphy brothers in 1825. The 45 minute guided tour of the distillery commences with a short audio-visual, after which visitors are taken on a tour of the old distillery by local guides.

Follow the old distillery trail through mills, maltings, stillhouse, warehouses and kilns and view the largest pot still in the world - some of these buildings date back to 1795. The tour ends in the Distillery pub, where all are invited to enjoy a glass of Irish Whiskey.

During the visit a number of volunteers are selected to take part in a tasting session to compare a Jameson whiskey with a Scottish Whisky and American bourbon. Participants will receive a diploma for their achievement!It is possible for the whole group to participate in the whiskey comparison tasting. The visitor attraction has a Malt House Restaurant and a shop where guests can buy a range of whiskeys and souvenirs.

Continue to the Harty Oysters. Located in Dungarvan Bay in Waterford, the Harty family have lied and worked in this area for over six generation. Taking pride in farming sustainably to produce the most pristine and healthy Gigas oysters. Gigas oyster don’t grow naturally in Irish seas however the Harty family import their oyster seeds from France. Learn about the nursey and oyster purification process before tasting a freshly opened oyster!

Continue to Waterford and check into your hotel. Overnight, bed and breakfast at your hotel in Waterford or area.

Day 7: Thursday 27th August 2020 - Waterford to Dublin

Waterford Crystal IrelandThis morning, visit Waterford Crystal - The Waterford Crystal visitor centre has moved in 2010 to a magnificent new home in the heart of Waterford City. A unique highlight of a visit is the factory tour which gives an up close insight into the centuries-old tradition of Waterford Crystal making.

Feel the heat of the furnace and marvel at the skills of the craftsmen. The factory tour includes the following traditional production areas; wooden mould making, crystal blowing and furnace, crystal cutting and quality inspection and finishing.

After the tour visitors can browse the world’s most famous crystal in a lavish retail store, which houses the largest collection of Waterford Crystal found anywhere in the world. The centre includes the retail store, exhibition and crystal installation areas, coffee shop and worldwide shipping facility.

Depart for Dublin and visit Avoca Handweavers

Established 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.

Check into your hotel.Overnight, bed and breakfast at your Dublin hotel or area.

Day 8: Friday 28th August 2020 - Dublin

Chester Beatty LibraryThis morning visit Chester Beatty Library - Manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and decorative arts complete the library collection - all the result of the collecting activities of one man - Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968).

Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights on display. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day. The Library is located in the grounds of Dublin Castle.

Later, enjoy Experience Gaelic Games

With Experience Gaelic Games, visitors take part in a unique and integral part of Irish culture and heritage, such as traditional Gaelic games and dances. The experience is brought alive by a team of passionate ambassadors/coaches.

Visitors can learn the games, and operators will coach and instruct them in the skills, then let them play mini-matches, take part in team building activities or sit back and watch. Spend the balance of the day at leisure. Overnight, bed and breakfast at your Dublin hotel or area.

Day 9: Saturday 29th August 2020 - The Game

The Notre Dame vs Navy American Football Game - Aviva Stadium,Dublin, Ireland.

Overnight, bed and breakfast at your Dublin hotel or area.

Day 10: Sunday 30th August 2020 - Farewell

Transfer to Dublin Airport for your journey home.

Highlights & Inclusions

Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Cliffs of Moher.

Doolin Music House

Johns Castle

Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum

Gap of Dunloe

Garnish Island

Blarney Castle.

Kinsale. - Charles Fort - Food Walking Tour

Jameson Distillery Midleton - Harty Oysters

Waterford Crystal - Avoca Handweavers

Chester Beatty Library

Experience Gaelic Games

Hotels or Similar


Doolin. Co.Clare 3/4 Star Hotel

Killarney. Co. Kerry 4 Star Hotel

Kinsale. Co. Cork 4 Star Hotel

Waterford. Co. Waterford. 4 Star Hotel

Dublin. 3/3 Star Hotel

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