Ireland Golf Vacations Customized for You
I have included golf every day (sometimes twice a day) on this sample itinerary to showcase just how much golf you can play in Ireland, and every course included is world class! If you prefer some days left for touring there is no problem and if there are non-golfers in the group they will find plenty to occupy them both on and off site. Ireland Golf Vacations can be taken as a Self Drive Ireland Vacation or why not opt for a Chauffeur Driven Ireland Vacation. Just sit back and let one of our fantastic driver/guides take the wheel allowing you to take in the scenery and plan your next round without worrying about the road ahead?
Arrive at Dublin Airport early in the morning after your transatlantic flight. Your driver/guide will meet you at arrivals or alternatively you can pick up your car and head South to the K-Club. Take today to settle in or if you want to get started straight away we can book your first tee time for the afternoon. With 2 World Class courses to choose from you may as well make the most of your visit and play both.
If you are an early riser book in for an early tee off on the Palmer Ryder Cup Course. After a freshen up take the short drive to Co. Wicklow to the Druids Glen which was voted amongst the top-5 parkland courses in Ireland in BACKSPIN magazine’s influential 2012 Irish Golf Course Rankings poll. Return to the K-Club to discuss the finer points of play in the Legends Bar.
Leave the K-Club and travel to the Fota Island Golf Resort in Cork. With 3 unique courses you will be able to squeeze in as many rounds as you can manage in your stay here. If you can tear yourself away Blarney Castle is a short drive away as is the original Jameson Distillery in nearby Middleton. Cobh is also worth a look with the heritage center highlighting the history of emigration from Ireland.
Today will surely be a highlight of the tour when you play the famous Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale. Old Head, par 72, comprises five Par 5s, five Par 3s and eight Par 4s – stretching to over 7,200 yards from the tips, with a minimum of six tees per hole. Nine holes play along the cliff tops, and all eighteen holes provide stunning ocean views. With the ever-changing sea breezes, the course provides a stern test to the touring pro and the high handicapper alike. Return to the luxury estate at Fota to relive the days events.
Take some time to do some touring today en route to Adare Manor. Arrive in time for some afternoon tea and either, take a break for the day or avail of a late afternoon tee off. The 18-hole Championship Course at Adare Manor was voted No. 1 Parkland Course in Ireland by Golf Digest Ireland Magazine. It is the last major golf course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Senior – his majestic design has gained international acclaim as one of his finest creations.
Head for the nearby Ballybunion to play the famous Old Course there. This fabulous Links Course was founded way back in 1893. It has been enjoyed by golfers from far and wide ever since and Tom Watson said it best when he stated “Nobody can call himself a golfer until he (or she) has played at Ballybunion”. A round at the Cashen Course is complimentary when booked with your Old Course. Return to Adare Manor in the evening.
Today allows some time for touring, you may like to visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park before continuing on to Doonbeg Lodge and checking in to your luxury hotel. Tee off after lunch at the Lodge. The Par-72 layout features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back, playing 6,885 yards from the back tees. The most natural routing within the existing dunes resulted in an uncommon combination of five par 3s and five par 5s.
Bid a fond farewell to the stunning West Coast and head back to Dublin. Check into your Hotel and play one last round on The Championship Portmarnock Links Golf Course designed by Bernhard Langer. Relax and rest up for your journey home.