IRELAND'S GOLF HISTORY SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
THE EUROPEAN CLUB
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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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Play Porthrush, Royal Co.Down & the best that Northern Ireland has to offer.
Day 1 – Welcome to Ireland
Day 2 – Royal Co Down Golf Course
Royal Co. Down Golf Club is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zigzagging back and forth to provide a different vista from virtually every hole.
The narrowest ribbons of fairways thread their way through as impressive a set of sand dunes as could be imagined. The fairways are surrounded by purple heather and golden gorse, so beautiful to look at but so punishing for any who may stray from the prescribed path.
The ‘bearded’ bunkers are world famous and feature overhanging lips of marram, red fescue and heather. The greens are fast and many are domed, rejecting any shot lacking conviction. This is a true test of any player’s command of the traditional bump and run, the preferred way to play any links.
The ninth hole is one of the most photographed holes in world golf. A 486 yard par 4, it is played from one side of a huge mound down to a fairway some 60 ft below and 260 yards from the tee. From the bottom of the slope the second shot is played over two bunkers to a raised green.
The finest of all links courses, it offers a stern challenge from the championship tees. The record is 66 set by Ireland’s first golfing superstar, Jimmy Bruen, in 1939. From the stableford tees it offers golfers of all standards the opportunity of playing a truly great course with dramatic panorama of the surrounding mountains and coastline.
To read about the Wildlife and Habitat Conservation at The Royal County Down Golf Club, please click the link to download the following PDF:
Guide to Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Return to Slieve Donard Resort for Overnight, B&B.
Day 3 – Royal Belfast Golf Course
In the summer of 1881 Thomas Sinclair spent a holiday in Scotland, which included a visit to St Andrews to play golf. He was immediately smitten and on his return home he sought out George L Baillie, a local teacher and an experienced golfer, originally from Musselburgh in Scotland.
Together they approached Captain John Harrison, the Laird of Holywood, who generously gave permission for a Golf Course to be laid out free of rent on his land at Kinnegar, Holywood. These frontiersmen of golf wasted no time and the first 18-hole competition took place over the new 6-hole course on Boxing Day 1881. In 1885 the Club became “Royal” after the Prince of Wales (subsequently King Edward VII,) was invited to become its Patron during a visit to Ireland.
The current Patron is HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York. What are believed to be the first golfing trophies in Ireland, early RBGC monthly medals, are today on view in the clubhouse. In 1892, as the game grew in popularity, the course became overcrowded and the Club relocated to a new 9-hole course in Carnalea, near Bangor. Club life was peaceful and prosperous and the fine Club spirit which prevailed has endured to the present day. After World War I the Club moved to Craigavad House and its beautiful 140 acre estate, on the shores of Belfast Lough near Holywood, a home originally built in 1852 by Mr. John Mulholland, who was later to become the 1st Lord Dunleath.
In 1925 Council made the wise decision to appoint the eminent course architect of the day H S Colt to take full responsibility for the design and layout of the course. He produced a course of great charm which remains much the same today as it was then, a tribute to the enduring excellence of its original design. The new course opened in September 1926 and over the years has played host to a number of championship events. The Clubhouse 2 In recent years the facilities have been extended but continue to retain their early charm and the club is proud to have among its Members, Mr. Rory McIlroy, who is often observed enjoying the challenges of the golf course. Overnight, B&B at Stormont Hotel
Day 4 – Royal Portrush Golf Course
If Portrush owes the best part of its renown to golf, which has converted an erstwhile fishing village into a world-famous holiday resort, it is no less true to say that golf, and especially ladies’ golf, owes a considerable debt to Royal Portrush. It was here that the Irish Open Amateur Championship was inaugurated in 1892, and the Irish Professional Championship in 1907. Portrush, in 1895, was the first links outside of England to house the British Ladies’ Championship, which was won by Lady Margaret Scott. The Championship was played here for the eighth time in 1995, and was won by Julie Hall from Felixstowe Ferry GC.
Altogether more than fifty national championships, British and Irish, have been decided here. The first professional tournament ever held in Ireland was run by the club in 1895. It was decided by match play, and the famous Sandy’ Herd, who was the Club’s first professional, was the winner; his opponent in the final was Harry Vardon, who was then a comparative unknown player, just coming up to the form that was to win him his first Open Championship in the following year. In July, Royal Portrush had the distinction of being the first Irish course to host The Open Championship, the winner being Max Faulkner with a score of 285 for the four rounds. When the club was formed in May 1888, it was known as The County Club. It became The Royal County Club in 1892, when H.R.H.
The Duke of York was its patron, and ‘The Royal Portrush Golf Club’ three years later, with H.R.H. The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) as patron. The links have undergone many alterations during its existence. The nine-hole course of 1888 was extended to eighteen holes the following year, and at that time, eight of these holes were laid out on the landward side of the Causeway Road. Gradually, however, the course was moved further and further into the sand hills, until the famous architect, Harry Colt, laid out his own plans for the Dunluce links in 1929. The unfortunate loss of land comprising the first and eighteenth holes of this layout led to the creation of the present eighth and ninth holes under the guidance of P.G. Stevenson and Sir Anthony Babington in 1946.
There have been may famous golfers who have played at the Royal Portrush Club at one stage or another: Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Ernie Els, Darren Clarke and Larry Mize to name a few. With Phil Mickelson and Mark Calcavecchia playing in 2002 and Davis Love III and Jim Furyk enjoying a game in 2003. Other major winners who have visited Royal Portrush include Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Steve Jones, Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw. Overnight, B&B at Portrush Atlantic Hotel.
Day 5 – Roe Park Resort
Catering for both guests of the hotel and local enthusiasts, Roe Park Course has established itself as one of Northern Ireland's premier golf course, both for the quality of its own 18 hole Parkland course and its proximity to some of the world's greatest links courses across the N.Ireland coast.
Day 6 – Ballyliffin Golf Course
Ballyliffin Golf Club consists of two outstanding, contrasting links courses and 36 wonderful holes, making up one of the finest golf resorts to be found anywhere in the world. The expansive panoramic views of countryside, coastline and ocean savored by these magnificent links courses will not easily be forgotten. The Old Links undulates in the glory of its natural terrain, presenting an immensely enjoyable challenge to every golfer. Work recently undertaken by Nick Faldo has strengthened The Old Links and brought much acclaim from members and visitors.
The new Glashedy Links is a Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock masterpiece fashioned around the incredible dunes and is rated amongst the best links courses in the world. Ruddy cherishes Glashedy as his own and has returned in recent years to fine tune the stunning bunkering of this magnificent links. Overnight, B&B at Jacksons Hotel.
Day 7 – Slieve Russel Golf Course
The natural drumlin valley landscape of West Cavan provided the course architect, Paddy Merrigan, with a blank canvas on which to create a masterpiece. The course has been designed with a certain boldness and sureness of instinct, which has resulted in the development of a truly fine parkland course. Christy O'Connor Snr wrote: “One of my criteria in judging a golf course is that you get pleasure from it each time you play it. I played the Slieve Russell many times and each time; I can't wait to get back. I can honestly say that there are no weak holes on it, off the back stakes, there are many that will test the best, while all the greens are a tribute to the green keeper."
Day 8 – The K Club
The K Club is world famous for golf and when you come here you are treated to an incredible golfing experience at the luxury Hotel & Golf Resort near Dublin. Located only 45 minutes from Dublin in a beautiful location in County Kildare, The K Club is a luxurious getaway that offers 5-star accommodation, incredible dining experiences as well as an internationally acclaimed spa and worldfamous golf courses in Kildare, Ireland.
Don’t miss your chance to play the home of the 2006 Ryder Cup, 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, and 13 European Opens. As you would expect the aim is to match and exceed customer expectations both on and off our two magnificent golf courses which are The Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course.Overnight, B&B in Kildare Hotel & Country Club (The K Club)
Day 9 - Final Farewell
After a final full Irish Breakfast, depart for Dublin Airport for the groups departure flight home. (Flights under own arrangements
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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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