GOLF – SOUTH WEST OF IRELAND – 8 Day Escorted Golf Vacations Includes Tee Times – From $4,950
South West of Ireland 8 Day Escorted Golf Tours – From $4,950
Play some of the World’s Greatest golf courses, in the South – West of Ireland.
Day 1- Welcome to Ireland.
Upon Arrival, transfer by arranged transport & Guide to your Hotel which is located in the heart of Killarney Town Free Day in Killarney Town.
Randles Hotel – 4 Star
Dating back to 1906, Randles Court Hotelis located on the Muckross Road about 1km from Killarney’s town centre. It offers its guests 72 luxurious and spacious bedrooms each individually designed in the country house tradition. The hotel features two elegantly styled dining rooms while guests can enjoy casual dining throughout the summer months in The Conservatory as well as the Terraced Garden.
Wiggs Bar is located in part of the original building where the stained glass feature has been maintained. Guests can avail of complimentary access to the facilities of the leisure centre featuring a 20m Pool, Sauna and Steam Room. Spa treatment packages are available in the Zen Day Spa located next door to the hotel. Full Irish Breakfast served in your Hotel on Day 2- 7.
The drive from the “Gap”, as we call it, back into Killarney, with a stop at Kate Carneys Cottage is quite something. Nestled at the entrance to the world famous Gap of Dunloe, the Cottage is a 150 year old family-run establishment.
After a day’s sightseeing, you can stop by for the famous pub grub and a drink in Kate’s pub with its open fire. In the restaurant, a full a la carte menu is provided. There’s also a craft shop here which stocks a wide range of local gifts and produce.
The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass between Macgillycuddy’s Reeks (west) and Purple Mountain (east) in County Kerry, Ireland. This place was used as a filming location in the Irish film The Crying Game. The road through The Gap from Kate Kearney’s Cottage, down to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, is about 11 kilometers long, climbing and descending about 200 metres altogether.
Back to your Hotel in Killarney for an evening in town.
Day 3 – Tralee Golf Club
Surrounded by the Atlantic,Tralee’s magnificent and challenging Arnold Palmercourse was his first golf course in Europe. In addition to boasting a clear view of the Atlantic ocean from every hole, Tralee’s course offers incomparable views on all sides.
View the white sandy beaches and the ocean waves breaking across the rocks against a backdrop of the majestic Slieve Mish mountain range running along the Dingle peninsula to the West. After your round of golf, retire to the clubhouse and savour some fine Irish hospitality in our bar and restaurant while taking in the panoramic views.
Tralee has a fully qualified resident professional, fully stocked pro shop and a spacious and comfortable restaurant and bar.
After playing Ballybunion for the first time, a person would think that the game of golf originated here. Located on the Shannon estuary, it is a true seaside links course, 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 throughout the course making it very intimidating.
This is a dateless golf course which after playing makes you ask yourself if you’ve ever played amid quite such surroundings.Rated in the top 100 by Golf Magazine, the vast majority of Cashen’s green positions have been copied by many new course designers. Spectacular and supremely challenging, what can never be copied is the majestic landscape and fresh sea air that is distinctly part of the Ballybunion experience.
Home to two unique and challenging links courses – The Old Course and The Cashen Course, visitors from around the world have been visiting the club for many decades. The Old Course was established in 1893, while the Cashen Course was established in 1984. The Old Course requires shot-making, placement and trajectory control.
Day 5 – Waterville Course
Over 100 years old,Waterville is rated among the top 5 golf courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world. Links golf combines sand dunes, gorse and native grasses, firm fairways, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces all intertwined by the ever changing weather.
The earliest structured golf at Waterville has been traced back to 1889, when it came under the umbrella of the extremely active Waterville Athletic Club.
A modest nine-hole layout, occupied the flat eastern section of the present championship links. The original nine holes were reconfigured and expanded to create today’s front nine. Its layout was designed as a contrast to the more rugged and exposed back nine, yet it quickly introduces the player to the complexity and beauty of links golf.
The testing begins early at Waterville with the first hole named “Last Easy”, and ends with the challenging and scenic “O’Gradys Beach”
The course can be stretched to over 7,300 yards but players should not be intimidated as several tees come in to play on every hole so all standards of golfers can enjoy a game here.
Nestled amidst the serene splendour of the famous Lakes of Killarney and in the shadow of the majestic Macgillycuddy‘s Reeks, the club’s Championship courses are set in a 25,000 acre National Park.
At 7,252 yards from the Championship tees, the Killeen course is amongst the most challenging in the country.
The beauty of the natural setting is matched by the treachery of the layout with water in play in virtually every hole.
At 6,800 yards, Mahony’s Point offers golfers a more relaxing round from a scoring perspective, though with strategically placed water hazards and bunkers, combined with vast undulating greens, the course still possesses plenty of potential trouble for even the most skilled golfer.
Day 7 – Dooks Golf Club
If you are on a golfing break in Kerry you won’t want to miss the opportunity to play Dooks – a truly magical location for a stunning golf course. Experience breathtaking views and a unique links challenge that golfers have enjoyed since 1889.
Dooks Golf Club is one of Ireland’s oldest links golf courses, located in Glenbeigh, in County Kerry, and is a truly magical location for a stunning golf course. Experience breath taking views and a unique links challenge.
Dooks is often described as one of the true gems of Irish Golf. It is a true sea-side links situated in a panoramic setting in a corner of Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry.
The Atlantic Ocean can be seen from practically every hole and Ireland’s highest mountain range, the McGillycuddy Reeks, overlooks every shot.
Open Option – Adare
Set on 230 lush acres of the Adare Manor Estate,Adare Manor Golf Club was originally 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 courses in Ireland.
Masterfully redesigned designed, magnificently maintained, and perfectly set within the glorious estate of one of Europe’s most spectacular manor house hotels, The Golf Course at Adare Manor is ready to take its place among the best championship courses anywhere.
Celebrated golf architect Tom Fazio has taken what was already an award-winning course and transformed it into a parkland paradise befitting a country in the top tier of global golfing destinations. The new course has been created in harmony with the outstanding natural beauty of its surroundings: lush, softly rolling terrain, mature tree scaping, and the sweeping banks of the River Maigue.
Day 8 – Farewell
After a final full Irish breakfast depart for Shannon/Dublin airport for your flight home.
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.