Ireland Golf Vacation for 4-12 persons
All too often visitors rush from place to place in Ireland, never realizing that they are missing some of the most ancient antiquities and lovely scenery along the way. Spending your time in the southwest allows you to play some of the best courses Ireland has to offer, as well as to savor sites off the beaten tourist track amidst the wild, hauntingly beautiful scenery. Golfers and non-golfers alike will come home delighted.
|Ireland is also renowned for its many golf courses as well as being the home of the Mulligan - a Mulligan is the one free stroke allowed each player per nine holes of play and to be played at his or her discretion. Makes perfect sense - who better to determine when they need to repeat a shot that the players themselves. The universally brilliant and pragmatic ruling was the brainchild of Arthur Mulligan, a renowned Meath golfing personality who once said, ' the coures here leave me little choice but to count creatively'.|
Ireland Golf Vacation Options
BALLYBUNION Co. Kerry
Old Course -Traditional Links Cashen Course -Traditional Links. The character of both courses is unique, both true links set amongst the finest sand dunes the world has to offer. They hug the ruggedly breathtaking Atlantic Ocean coastline, which provides a magnificent backdrop Both the par- 71 Old Course and the par-72 Cashen Course offer great challenge. The Old Course is currently ranked 26th in the world outside of the USA. . High winds howling in off the Atlantic across the tops of barren sand hills make every shot a challenge. Be forewarned - there is a graveyard beside the first tee. Cashen Course. With beautifully contoured fairways that tumble down through a blanket of grassy dunes,whatever your choice, every hole, every hazard and every shot is defined by nature's infinite presence. Men-24 Women-36
DOONBEG - TRUMP INTERNATIONAL
Spanning 380 acres, the Doonbeg estate is home to what may be the last true links course built in either Ireland or Great Britain. Doonbeg Golf Club officially opened in 2002, and was immediately designated as Golf Digest's "Best New International Course." Two-time British Open champion Greg Norman is the course architect, selected for his incomparable design skill and his "least disturbance" philosophy of routing courses to fit existing terrains. Norman's layout follows a course designed by nature - 14 of Doonbeg's greens and 12 of its fairways required no changes but a simple mowing of the grass. The fairways and greens consist of native grasses, including fine fescues, bentgrass, and ryegrass
LAHINCH Near Shannon
Lahinch is Ireland's sentimental favorite. It has been described as ‘The St Andrews of Ireland’ and many other complimentary titles. Those who know and love the place firmly believe that Lahinch Golf Club doesn’t need comparison with any of the game’s other world class venues. Oddities such as a blind approach to the 5th green, and barometric goats lend charm to the natural beauty spots such as the 11th green nestled among the sand hills. Lahinch is a fine natural and traditional links. Lahinch Golf Club was founded in 1892 and the Old Course has benefited both from the natural characteristics of the terrain and from the genius of distinguished course architects. Lahinch is restricted to male golfers with handicaps of 28 or less and women with handicaps of 36 or less.
KILDARE COUNTRY CLUB
30 mins. from Dublin
Known as the "K Club", the Arnold Palmer designed course is the toughest parkland course in Ireland. The layout maximizes the use of woodland and natural lakes. At 7,159 yards, it's an enjoyable test. The 36th Ryder Cup took place in Ireland in 2006 at the K Club, located 20 miles west of Dublin city.
KILLARNEY Co. Kerry
This club has two fine courses set in the splendid scenery of the Lakes of Killarney and majestic McGillicuddy Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland. The final three holes are breathtaking as you play towards the lake with the 18th described as “one of the most memorable holes in golf”, a par three of nearly 200 yards that requires a huge carry across the corner of the lake. Discover for yourself why the 18th is the most photographed in the world,
MOUNT JULIET Kilkenny
The Jack Nicklaus designed course is 7,083 yards, set on 180 acres, offering variety at every turn and challenges for all golfers. Set along the River Nore, water comes into play on six holes, and 80 bunkers place a premium on accuracy from tee to green.
PORTMARNOCK LINKS near Dublin
Adjoining the original Portmarnock Golf Club, the Links Portmarnock is a classical seaside links course set on 180 acres, 30 minutes north of Dublin city. A 12th century church overlooks the property, and two offshore islands provide some stunning views.
OLD HEAD, KINSALE Co. Cork
Par 72- Links, 6,900 yds. Old Head has to be one of the most spectacular and dramatic courses anywhere. There are views of the ocean from every point and the course offers challenging golf with ever present wind. Founded 1997. Situated on a celebrated peninsula, which juts out into the Atlantic nearly 300 feet below, it is an awe-inspiring spectacle that some golfers have likened to Pebble Beach.
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ADARE MANOR GOLF COURSE near Limerick
Fully redesigned and rebuilt in 2016-2017 to championship-worthy specifications, with the very latest in course technology and construction methods, The Golf Course at Adare Manor offers a spectacular golfing experience amid the breath-taking surroundings of our parkland estate. Planted throughout with mature trees, gorgeously landscaped, and bounded by the peaceful waters of the River Maigue, the course offers ever-changing vistas and breath-taking approaches to each hole. Every bit as strategic as it is scenic, this is a course which demands precision but rewards risk and courage. The Desmond Castle (1200 AD) is a magnificent backdrop to the 1st and 15th greens, while the ruins of the Franciscan Abbey (1464 AD) dominate the centre of the course.
CONNEMARA GOLF CLUB
Par 72 - Links, 6,800 yds. Only 5-miles from Clifden and open to the Atlantic winds, Connemara is majestically situated in one of the most hauntingly beautiful parts of Ireland along Ballyconnelly Bay with a backdrop of the Twelve Bens Mountains in the distance. The hack nine throws out one great hole after another and is a severe test at 3600 yards from the regular tees. Founded 1973.
DRUIDS GLEN near Dublin
30 minutes south of Dublin is famous for hosting the Irish Open on four occasions – along with the prestigious Seve Trophy. Over 7000 yards, with a unique Celtic cross on the 12th hole, and an island green on the 17th
Par 71 - Links, 6,450 yds. Located one hour south from Dublin on the East Coast at Brittas Bay in County Wicklow, the European Club has already become one of the most challenging courses in the country. The layout has some classic and traditional doglegs running through sand dunes with several holes along the ocean. The first links course to be built in the 20th century on the east coast of Ireland, it was voted 6th in the country within two years of opening! A must play. Founded 1992.
COUNTY SLIGO GOLF AT ROSSES POINT, COUNTY SLIGO
Situated on Rosses Point, between Drumcliff Bay and Sligo Bay in the heart of Yeats country with the flat topped Ben Bulben as a backdrop, the course was founded in 1894 and revised in 1922 by Harry Colt and John Alison. When you play Rosses Point, make time to savor County Sligo; the remains of the poet are in nearby Drumcliff cemetery.
TRALEE Co. Kerry
Situated on the Dingle Peninsula and rugged Atlantic coast of Ireland’s south west lies the sensational Arnold Palmer designed Tralee Golf Course, a unique combination of traditional seaside golf links and world famous scenery. The links features towering dunes, undulating fairways, punishing rough and cliff top tees and greens. Par 72 - Links, 6,252 yds. Many dramatic holes that test the skills of golfers at every level. Founded 1896.
WATERVILLE Ring of Kerry
LESS THAN1% OF ALL THE GOLF COURSES IN THE WORLD ARE 'TRUE LINKS'. 85% of these geological rarities are located in Britain and Ireland. Waterville Golf Links is No. 1 in Ireland. Par 72 - Links, 7,184 yds. This stunning course was fondly dubbed the "Magnificent Monster" by Sam Snead and is located on the Ring of Kerry buffeted by peninsular winds. One of Europe's longest courses, Jack Mulcahy and Eddie Hackett transformed this rugged links into an elegant championship course. Founded 1973.
ROYAL COUNTY DOWN near Newcastle RATED THIRD BEST IN THE WORLD
Par 71 - Links, 6,692 yds. The legendary Tom Morris laid out this course and it has been described as "a golfing feast of banqueting proportions." The golfing experience at Royal County Down is often bittersweet. While its location beneath the spectacular Mountains of Mourne may earn it the title of the most beautiful links in the world, it is without a doubt one of the toughest. Founded 1889. Visitors only: Monday, Tuesday and Friday -morning and afternoon, Thursday -morning, Sunday -afternoon
ROYAL PORTRUSH near Giant's Causeway
Par 71 - Links, 6,650 yds. The ruins of Dunluce Castle overlook this marvelous links course which played host to the 1951 British Open. The exhilarating design of the course, with its unique combination of balance, intelligence, and precision, has earned Royal Portrush its reputation as one of the masterpieces of golf architecture. More recently Royal Portrush has held the British Senior Open Championship in '96, '97, '98 and '99. Founded 1888. A Certificate of Handicap with a maximum of 18 for males (24 for females) on the Dunluce Links, must be presented along with a Letter of introduction from Home Club and are conditional prior to play. The Royal Portrush Golf Club will host the 148th Open from the 18th – 21st July 2019. This marks a historic return to Northern Ireland after almost 70 years.
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Par 72- Links, 6,784 yds. From the first tee Portstewart offers terrific panoramic views over The River Baun, the ocean and the hills of Donegal. Golfers are surrounded by high sand dunes and must factor in the ever-present wind for each shot. The golf is truly exhilarating on this excellent course. Founded 1894. Wednesday is Ladies’ Day. Small bookings are available except on open competition days. Saturday is Men’s Competition Day. Bookings accepted on Saturdays after 2.00pm. Limited bookings will be accepted on Sundays from 9.20am to 10.20am or after 1.30pm
GOLF AT ROYAL BELFAST Play 18 holes of golf at the oldest golf club in Ireland. Residing on the shores of Belfast Lough it has unrivalled views and a course to match. Among the more memorable holes on the front nine are the short Par 3 4th, which measures only 142 yards but requires a very accurate shot to a green literally surrounded by bunkers. The Par 4 8th has out of bounds all along the left hand side and the 408 yard Par 4 9th, rated the most difficult on the course, plays directly alongside the shores of Belfast Lough. The homeward journey will not disappoint either, from the beautiful short par four 10th playing alongside the water's edge, the signature par 3 11th, right through to the long Par 5 18th, each hole is a real pleasure to play. No visitors: Monday -Friday and Sundays: 9.00am -10.00am, Saturdays: 8.00am -4.30pm, Sundays: 11.30am -3.15pm
LOUGH ERNE RESORT Northwest
For the golf enthusiast The Faldo Course, is an exciting challenge. The routing of the course has been planned carefully to take full advantage of the natural topography; providing eighteen spectacular Golf Holes. Fourteen holes where the waters of the Loughs come into play including a green surrounded on three sides by water - a course that will excite the best of players!
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