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.
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"The Wild Atlantic Way" 8 Day, 3 & 4 Star Self - Drive Tour - From $1,500.00

A week-long scenic journey!

Day 1 – Welcome to Ireland

Arrive at Dublin Airport, pick up your hire car & transfer to your accommodation for the night.

According to the time of arrival, enjoy a tour of the highlights of Dublin, which could include a visit to Trinity College to view the beautifully Illuminated Book of Kells or perhaps the National Museum of Ireland (entry free of charge).

Overnight: Dublin area

Day 2 – Dublin to Galway

Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dublin. You could visit St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church, where Jonathan Swift, author of “Gulliver’s Travels” was once Dean.


Stop off at the Old Jameson Distillery (option), situated in the old markets area of the city. An audio-visual tour explains the process by which whisky is made and this followed by a whisky tasting by all in the "Ball o' Malt Bar".

A special tasting is organized to compare the most popular Irish whiskies with bourbon and Scotch whisky. This afternoon depart Dublin for your next stop, Galway. Overnight: Galway area

Day 3 – Connemara Region

Benny's Ireland VacationsDiscover the country of the “Quiet Man “ and “ The Purple Taxi”,Connemara today. This stunning region of Ireland is full of contrast, granite Mountains populated only by sheep with hundreds of lakes forming a fisherman’s paradise.

Its stone walls, small farms, thatched cottages in isolated splendour with its heather covered hills creates an unforgettable scene for all its visitors. The route takes us from Galway to the lake dotted centre of Connemara at Maam Cross.

The road continues through the colourful town of Clifden, and continues through the Irish speaking low-lying part of Southern Connemara with its countless beautiful lakes.

Overnight: Connemara area

Day 4 – Galway to Kerry

The Cliffs of MoherDepart for Kerry this morning and travel through the heart of County Clare - the Burren Region. The Burren is a geological paradise boasting over 2,000 plants and many rare flowers.

Continue along the coast of Clare to view the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, which form a 200m wall that plunges into the Atlantic Ocean.

On a clear day you can see from Galway Bay to Loop Head. Continue through heritage town of Kilrush, crossing the River Shannon by ferry (ferry not included), and into County Kerry.
Overnight: Killarney area

Day 5 – Ring of Kerry

Moll's Gap, Ring of KerryA superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula (170 kms) awaits you today. 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, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay.

Continuing to Cahersiveen where you will find the birth place of Ireland’s National hero, Daniel O’Connell. Passing through the peat bogs you should arrive at the sea town of Waterville.

Continue to Sneem Village, famous because of its brightly coloured houses. The road continues with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney. Overnight: Killarney area

Day 6 – Dingle Peninsula & Limerick

The Great Blasket IslandDepart for a tour of the Dingle Peninsula, where films such as “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far and Away” have been made. The Peninsula has an extraordinary number of ring forts, high crosses and other ancient monuments.

The area west of Dingle has the greatest concentration of ancient sites in Kerry. This area is also a genuine Irish-speaking area. Dramatic landscapes can be found at every corner, in particular there are striking views of the Blasket Islands at Slea Head which should not be missed. Overnight: Limerick area

Day 7 – Limerick to Dublin

Fresh Irish FoodReturning to Dublin today, why not visit Birr Castle Demesne where you can visit the gardens or see one of the world’s largest telescopes.

Continue to Dublin and after checking into your hotel on the outskirts of the city, you can complete your tour with a final visit to Dublin’s city centre for some last minute sight-seeing or perhaps some shopping.
Overnight: Dublin area

Day 8 – Dublin Departure

Travel to Dublin Airport for return flight home.

Suggested Visits:

Price Includes:

  • 3 nights bed & breakfast (either Farmhouse or Town & Country Homes accommodation)
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3 star hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation in a Castle or Manor House based on per person sharing twin/double or triple room with bath/shower inclusive of service charges Room with private facilities
  • Heritage Island Touring Guide & Explorer Coupon
  • Service Charges & taxes at exiting rates

Accommodation (or Similar):

Notes:

Please be advised that you are required to check-in to your hotel/bed and breakfast accommodation no later than 6pm. If you are going to be later than 6pm, you must call your accommodation and advise of your approximate check in time. Failure to do this could result in your reservation being cancelled and rooms released. Benny's Ireland Vacations, Inc. or it's partners, can not be held responsible for non-adherence to this requirement.

Child Policy:

Child supplements apply when a child between 2 and 11 years incl. is sharing with 2 full paying adults to a maximum of 2 children in the room. A child sharing with a single adult is charged the normal per person rate. Children sharing 0-2 years incl. are free and meals paid directly to the hotel.

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