What are the best things about Golf in Ireland?
Southwest Ireland is perhaps the greatest venue for world-class links golf anywhere, home of such greats as Ballybunion, Lahinch, Tralee and Waterville. These and other notable links and parkland courses are located within a 3-hour radius of Shannon Airport. Here you have the Southwest’s newest links golf addition, the Greg Norman-designed Doonbeg, as well as the breathtaking panorama of Old Head, built atop a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic.
Yet your visit to Southwest Ireland is about more than just great golf! A few off-the-course sights to see include the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, and wonderful towns with many superb restaurants and fun-filled Irish pubs such as Killarney, Kinsale, Kenmare, Lahinch and Cork.
An area often overlooked by American visitors, northeast Ireland is smaller than Connecticut, yet the game is flourishing on over 70 golf courses located here. Royal Portrush is the only course in Ireland to have hosted the British Open (1951). Royal County Down – Ranked #1 and Royal Portrush Dunluce – Ranked #4 – in Golf Digests 2009 Top 100 Golf Courses Outside the US, have both hosted the Senior British Open. They are among the best links courses in the world.
In fact, in this land called Ulster you’ll be exposed to what seems to be an endless procession of breathtaking panoramas. View with awe the majestic Mourne Mountains overlooking Strangford Lough and the vast inland sea of Lough Neagh. Marvel at the Giant’s Causeway, the white sandy beaches and the gushing glens of Antrim. Visit Belfast, Derry and Armagh, cities of historic stature and ageless charm.
Do all this while you play at some of the most magnificent golf courses that all too often have been overlooked by American travelers. Yet now with daily round-trip non-stop service May-September via Continental Airlines from Newark International to Belfast Airport, travel to play golf in Northern Ireland has never been easier!
Few cities are as interesting culturally as Dublin. It is a unique contemporary urban center that manages to maintain the charm and friendliness of an Irish village. The hotels are world-class, the restaurants serve superb international cuisine, and the pubs and nightlife are simply the best. In short, as anyone who has been there will tell you, Dublin is a great place to have a great time!
Whether it be visiting the shops on trendy Grafton Street, strolling along the River Liffey or quenching your thirst in the myriad of pubs, there’s something for everyone to revel in. With more than 30 golf courses of every description, from heavy woodlands to seaside links, the Dublin area is a golfer’s paradise. If staying in a city doesn’t appeal for your Ireland golf tour, the charming seaside town of Malahide is located just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport and a short taxi ride into the city Center, and just a five minute drive to Portmarnock.
Dublin is the political, historical and business heart of Ireland. It is also the soul of Irish literary, architectural and cultural achievement. One of Europe’s most picturesque and lively capitals, Dublin sits on Ireland’s east coast overlooking the Irish Sea. Many of the wonderful sites to visit while in Dublin are St. Stephen’s Green, Trinity College, Malahide Castle, Christ Church & St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Guinness Storehouse, Grafton Street and Temple Bar areas, to name just a few.
One of our most popular golf vacations in Ireland with groups of gentlemen golfers is our Dublin Short Break Golf Tours. Depart for Dublin on a Wednesday night, play 4-6 rounds of spectacular golf Thursday-Sunday, enjoy the warmth and hospitality of Dublin city along with fantastic restaurants and nightlife while you sit back and enjoy the ride and the 19th hole in one of our luxury custom coaches. Then return home Monday morning. Contact us for details regarding your customized Dublin Short Break Golf Tour in Ireland.
When golfers think of planning a golf vacation to Ireland, classic golf courses such as Lahinch Old, Ballybunion Old, Tralee and Royal County Down immediately come to mind. However nestled in the northwestern part of Ireland are several championship links golf courses that until recent years have been overlooked by the visiting golfer. Several of these courses are often described by journalists as “The Magnificent Seven” – Ballyliffin Golf Club, Enniscrone Golf Club, County Sligo Golf Club, Donegal Golf Club, Connemara Golf Links and Rosapenna Golf Links.
These great links golf courses lie beside the wild Atlantic coast, and are among the best in terms of design and awe-inspiring views. They are located in Northwest Ireland, a rugged landscape that is dotted with small villages, lively pubs and lovely country house hotels. This is the nostalgic, unspoiled Ireland of old. Best of all, the greens fees for golf in Northwest Ireland are currently a fraction of the most sought after courses located elsewhere in the country. Which is why a visit to this breathtaking part of Ireland is an absolute must, and why a golf tour to Ireland’s northwest should be included in your travel plans!
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