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Create Your Own Ireland Golf Tour

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Be the master of your own destiny with an Irish golf vacation tailored to your exact specifications. From the windswept, craggy vistas of the north to the stunning sunny locales of the south, Ireland is a golf lover’s dream, with hundreds of top-level courses on offer. Play a round at Royal County Down’s legendary course, incidentally one of Rory McIlroy’s all-time favourite courses, or tee off to breath-taking views at the Old Head of Kinsale. No matter where you choose to create the golf vacation of your dreams, Ireland guarantees a golfing getaway that is truly special and unique.

Follow in the footsteps of champions in the North

Northern Ireland may be small in size but it certainly packs a punch in golfing terms. Not only is Northern Ireland home of golfing superstar Rory McIlroy, it also happens to house some of the finest golf courses in the land, including that at Royal County Down, which topped the list of Golf Digest’s Greatest Courses in the World in 2018. Nestled in the granite shadows of the Mourne Mountains, Royal County Down not only offers a picture-perfect setting to savour, it also offers two eighteen-hole links courses, the Annesley Links and Championship Course, which will prove challenging to even the most seasoned of golfers.

Following your round at Royal County Down, pay a visit to Tollymore Forest Park, now famous due to a starring role in HBO’s Game of Thrones, before stopping off for a bite to eat at Italian eatery Villa Vinci. Top tip: Book ahead as this is one of the most popular restaurants in town.

Situated along Northern Ireland’s famous Causeway Coast, Royal Portrush, host of the 2019 Open Championship, promise a truly spectacular golfing experience. Home to one of the world’s most challenging links courses in the world, the Dunluce Links, named after nearby Dunluce Castle, a round at the clifftop Royal Portrush is guaranteed to simultaneously challenge and enthral. Following your round, pay a visit to nearby Bushmills Distillery, the oldest licensed distillery in the world.

Savour the spectacular views of the South

If you choose to base your golf-themed Ireland vacation in the south of the country, you’ll really be spoiled for choice, with an itinerary that takes you from Cork to Kerry via the postcard-pretty seaside towns of the Wild Atlantic Way. Start you vacation in the stunning surrounds of Fota Island Golf Resort, home to three championship-level golf courses, before travelling to nearby Kinsale, where you’ll play a round at the revered Old Head of Kinsale. An area of stunning natural beauty, the clifftop setting of the Old Head is a breath-taking spectacle, one that has been enjoyed by golf legend Tiger Woods and former US President Bill Clinton, both of whom have played a round at this exclusive course.

Kinsale is almost as well-known for its seafood restaurants as it is for its world-famous golf course. Enjoy a slap-up fish supper at local institution ‘Fishy Fishy,’ or check out ‘Bastion’ for a fine dining experience.

Home of some of Ireland’s finest golf clubs, Kerry is your next port of call. Play a round at the challenging Killeen Course at Killarney Golf Club, before travelling to Waterville, where you’ll tee off at one of the top links courses in the world. On the way you’ll savour the sights of the Ring of Kerry, including the picturesque village of Kenmare, famed for its abundance of award-winning restaurants.

Tour Highlights:

  • Completely Flexible – We’ll arrange your golf tour based on your chosen dates and flight schedule.
  • It’s Your Vacation – You choose the golf courses you want to play and your preferred type of accommodation. We’ll put it all together in an itinerary that makes sense.
  • Guaranteed Tee-Times – Reserved tee-times at all the best courses.
  • Rental Car or Chauffeur – Drive yourself or hire a driver/guide with luxury chauffeur vehicle.
  • Any Group Size – We can cater for any group size.
  • Expert Advice – On selecting courses, where to stay and what to do when the golfing day is done. Nothing is too much trouble.
  • Quality Accommodation – from Castles to Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts, we only use accommodations that consistently get great reviews from our thousands of customers.
  • Peace of Mind – Leave everything to us. We’ll make all your reservations, provide you with a detailed itinerary and guidebooks and you will have 24/7 support while you are in Ireland.

All we need to create a ‘starting-point’ quote and suggested itinerary is:

  • Number of golfers/non-golfers in your group
  • Number of nights you would like to spend in Ireland/Northern Ireland
  • Date you would like your tour to start in Ireland/Northern Ireland (or approximate date)

If you wish to receive a Custom Ireland Golf Tour quote tailored to your exact requirements then please provide the following additional information.

Other Optional Info (Please include in Comments section of 'Get Started'):

  • Specific Golf CoursesWhich courses do you want to play? If you only know one or two we can recommend additional courses to round out your itinerary.
  • Specific Locations Any towns or areas of Ireland/Nothern Ireland you would like to include on your itinerary?
  • Car Rental or Chauffeur For groups of 6 or more a chauffeur can be a great option
  • Special Requests - We can accommodate any Ireland vacation request – just let us know!
  • Lodging Choices – There are many options to choose from – read-on for more info

Lodging Choices Explained:

  • B&Bs & Guesthouses – Small, family-run establishments that offer the best value, personal attention and genuine Irish hospitality. Usually located on the outskirts of town centers. Not suitable for groups of 6+.
  • Hotels from 3 to 5 Star – We only work with the best Irish hotels in any star category. More expensive than B&Bs, but usually conveniently located in the heart of town centers.
  • Country Houses & Manors – Period properties with character and old-world charm. Ideal if you are seeking a secluded, scenic location, and don’t care about being walking distance from town.
  • Castles: Unique, historical properties, also likely to be in more remote locations. While castles are generally our most expensive lodging option, they are also the most popular. Please note that every castle is completely different – some are very reasonably-priced, while others are quite expensive.
  • Vacation Rentals: Staying in a Vacation Rental home for a week is an ideal option for families or groups of 4 to 8. Prices are very reasonable for such groups. Learn more about this Lodging type here

Killarney, County Kerry

Arrive at

Arrive at Shannon Airport, County Clare

Arrive at Shannon Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S.

Shannon is Ireland's second airport - located in the west of the country in County Clare.
Shannon is a small airport, with only one main road in and out of the facility.
This ensures that travelling through Shannon is a pleasurable, stress-free experience!


Accommodation

Earls Court House - Killarney, County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Deluxe Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 11.00am. The Hotel will try and accommodate alternate times, please call in advance on 064 663 4009.


Included Experiences

Killarney Golf Club - Killeen Course

Killarney, County Kerry

Situated in area known as "Heaven's Reflex", due to its outstanding beauty, Killarney Golf Club comprises three top class parkland layouts the Killeen Course, Mahony's Point and most recently, Lackabane. It is the Killeen Course however (closely followed by Mahony's Point) that is perceived to be the jewel in the Killarney golfing crown. Nestled amidst the splendour of the Lakes of Killarney in the shadow of the majestic Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountain range, the Killeen Course is consistently rated amongst the world's top courses and has hosted many major championships including the 1991 & 1992 Irish Open Golf Championship, won on both occasions by Nick Faldo; and also the 1996 Curtis Cup. While golf has been played in Killarney since 1891 (originally on a nine hole layout known as the Deer Park), the first 18 hole golf course at Killarney, which was designed by Sir Guy Campbell and Henry Longhurst, did not open for play until October 1939. Essentially this design comprises most of today's Mahony's Point course, while the Killeen Course, designed by Billy O'Sullivan and renowned Irish course architect Eddie Hackett, opened in 1971.


Overnight Location

Killarney, County Kerry

On the Map: Killarney is located in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is reached via the N22 from Tralee/ Limerick (to the north) and the N22 from Cork City (to the southeast).

Killarney lies on the edge of the astoundingly beautiful Killarney National Park, with its three magnificent lakes and the spectacular MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range. The park is also home to Muckross House and Gardens. Killarney is a wonderful base for all manner of activities including angling and water sports, golf, riding, orienteering, hiking, cycling, and canoeing. The town itself is quite small but full of charm - this you will soon see as you walk down the brick footpaths and pass curious old-style shop fronts. Killarney is well known for its excellent shops, restaurants and cosmopolitan appeal. It is also renowned for its evening entertainment including many singing pubs, cabarets, dancing venues, and banquets. Traditional Irish music can also be heard in many of the local pubs on a nightly basis.


Killarney, County Kerry

Accommodation

Earls Court House - Killarney, County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Deluxe Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 11.00am. The Hotel will try and accommodate alternate times, please call in advance on 064 663 4009.


Included Experiences

Tralee Golf Club

Tralee, County Kerry

Designed and built by Arnold Palmer, this stunning setting represents a true paradise for those willing to challenge what is widely acclaimed as one of the finest links courses in the world. Smitten at first sight, Palmer would later go on record with this memorable quote: 'I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine.' It comes as no surprise to learn that, due to the majestic beauty of this setting, Palmer choose it to be his first and, arguably, his finest golf course in Europe. The course boasts a clear view of the Atlantic Ocean from every hole - a trip to southwest Ireland would not be complete without playing this most precious and unpretentious of golfing jewels.


Killarney, County Kerry

Accommodation

Earls Court House - Killarney, County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Deluxe Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 11.00am. The Hotel will try and accommodate alternate times, please call in advance on 064 663 4009.


Included Experiences

Dooks Golf Club

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Dooks Golf Links is set out on one of the three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle bay. In the immediate foreground are the sand dune peninsulas of Rossbeigh and Inch and just a few miles away the whitewashed houses of Cromane fishing village provide an eye catching distraction. South eastwards are the famed McGillycuddy's Reeks, to the Southwest are the lovely cooms and hills of Glenbeigh and across the bay to the north are the Slieve Mish and Dingle mountains. A truly magical location for a stunning golf course. Dooks Golf Links is not as exposed as some Irish courses and features and amazing variety of gorse, heather and wild flowers, the "gentle" wind is never far away and the narrow genuine sandy fairways and well contoured greens offer you a real taste of traditional golf at its very best.


Killarney, County Kerry

Accommodation

Earls Court House - Killarney, County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Deluxe Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 11.00am. The Hotel will try and accommodate alternate times, please call in advance on 064 663 4009.


Included Experiences

Waterville Golf Links (Mwk)

Waterville, County Kerry

Golf at Waterville is a mystical experience. The beauty of classic links land, surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements. Over 100 years old, Waterville is rated among the top 5 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. Forget the lob wedge. Think bump and run and creative shot making. Are you ready to walk in the footsteps of Irelands earliest golfers?


Ennis, County Clare

Accommodation

Old Ground Hotel - Ennis, County Clare

4 Star
Room Type: NOT USING! (Double/Twin)

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Included Experiences

Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course)

Ballybunion, County Kerry

The Ballybunion Golf Club was founded in 1893 and is home to arguably one of the best links courses in the world. There are 2 courses, the Old Course and the Cashen Course. Both are running along beside the beach. By the mid-1970s, there was a growing trickle of well-read, international visitors that overnight turned into a flood in 1982 when the famous American golfer, Tom Watson gave his resounding endorsement and claimed that no one can call himself a golfer until he has played at Ballybunion. Ever since, this links course has been one of the most sought-after courses to play by top world golfers.


Overnight Location

Ennis, County Clare

On the Map: Ennis is located in County Clare in the west of Ireland, only 20 minutes from Shannon Airport. Ennis lies just off the major N18/M18 motorway that connects the cities of Limerick (to the south) & Galway (to the north).

Ennis is the county town of Clare and is always pleasantly busy. It takes its name from the Irish word “inis” (island) as it is virtually surrounded by the River Fergus on which it sits. Its streets are narrow and attractive, many of them pedestrianized. The Friary at the bottom of Abbey Street, was founded by the O’Briens in the 13th century. Many of its original features survive and it’s well worth visiting. But the main attraction in Ennis is the locals' obvious love of traditional music. Every May the town hosts Fleadh Nua, an international celebration of Irish culture, while in November, the Ennis Trad Festival is held. But traditional Irish music of the very highest quality is on display in the pubs of Ennis throughout the year. It often seems that those in the town that can't sing or play an instrument are very much in the minority! The person who recently labeled Ennis the Nashville of traditional Irish music wasn't far wrong!


Depart From

Depart from Shannon Airport, County Clare

Return to Shannon Airport three hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. Shannon is a small, convenient airport, so this will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.

After check-in and passenger security, browse the array of shops on offer at 'The Loop' in Shannon Airport.
Shannon is proud of its 'Duty Free' shops, and it should be: The concept of Duty-Free shopping was invented at Shannon in 1947!


Our Prices Include All Taxes & Fees and Our Risk Free Cancellation Policy!

Your Custom Golf Vacation price will vary, depending on your needs.
There are many factors that can affect your final vacation price:

  • Your dates of travel and the number of people in your group
  • The number of nights you spend in Ireland/Northern Ireland, and your choice of Accommodation
  • Which courses you choose and how many you wish to play

We take all of the above into account when creating your Custom Golf Quote & Itinerary. Please contact us for more information and to receive a Custom Golf quote. 

“Ireland trip”

Jun 13, 2019 by Al Acuna/Pam Carroll. Your Hometown: Clayton

Hi Alaina: I wanted to touch bases with you regarding our Ireland trip. First, we all very much enjoyed the trip, Ireland was beautiful with many sites to see and the people were extremely friendly and for the most part, made us comfortable. I have to admit that I did do a lot of driving – over 1,000 kilometers driving around the island and driving on the left side of the road and survived. Pam was a great navigator and helped me a lot while driving the roads and highways. The car was great, perfect for the four of us and our luggage. The weather was good as we had only a couple of rainy days while touring sites but most of the time it seemed to stop while touring and visiting all of the major sites we wanted to see. Thanks for doing a great job on the reservations regarding the hotels and Heatons' Guest House. We experienced only one problem checking in to any of hotels and itinerary and that information is included in the attached separate letter which we sent to the general manager of the Lodge Hotel in Kindle...

There are two hotels that you should be aware of that you might want to investigate and reconsider before using them in future tours. The Lodge at Kinsale though in a beautiful location was up in the hills and out of the way and would have been a dangerous drive at night even though we wanted to go to dinner away from the lodge, we did not feel safe driving thru the dark hill roads back to it. And dinner at the lodge was not up to the standards a hotel like this should have had. I will be attaching a copy of the letter we are sending to the manager of the Lodge Hotel as we had a less than satisfactory experience there.

The second hotel was the Ambassador Hotel in Cork. We thought it was a bit out of the way up in the hills away from the areas and sites that we wanted to see in Cork. We had to walk quite a distance to some of the sites and restaurants in town and walking back we all felt a bit uneasy walking the dark streets at night. The hotel itself was an odd configuration, as we had to take one elevator from the reception area, walk down a long hallway to a different section of the hotel and find a second elevator, walk down another long hallway just to get to the third-floor room. As we discovered the second elevator was not working at night and we had to find the stairs and trudge back to our room late at night. We changed rooms the second day as the room was unsatisfactory.

We very much enjoyed Dublin and wish we would have had an extra day there, the Dingle Peninsula was beautiful and wish that we would have had another day there as well. Galway Bay could have been cut down to one day. One of the many highlights of the trip was Ashford Castle and the afternoon tea. That was an outstanding experience of the trip. And I would recommend that in the future, since it is 45 minutes outside of Galway Bay, that you consider placing clients closer to Ashford Castle as it is such a beautiful sight to see and experience, and one afternoon is just not enough. The Lake Hotel in Killarney was beautiful as you suggested and I am glad that I listened to your advice and stayed there.

All in all, we enjoyed our Ireland trip. Thank you for all of your assistance and expertise. I look forward to working with you again on another trip in the future.

Al Acuna

Jun 13, 2019 by Mark. Your Hometown: Bettendorf

Everything worked smoothly. You are constantly on the go and I think we saw all the major attractions in Ireland. The guides were very knowledgeable and fun to listen too. Well run your!

“Some very good, some not”

Jun 13, 2019 by Kevin Reynolds. Your Hometown: Bend

We spent 10 days in Scotland this past May and for the most part, everything went very well. Hotels: Some exceptional, one downright nasty! Here are our thoughts on the hotels:

Edinburgh - Hotel du Vin
Incredible place remodeled insane asylum (no kidding). Room was large, bathroom modern, biggest shower I've ever seen in a hotel (a bit overkill but hey, if you need a shower to fit 6 people then this is your place!). Staff was excellent and helpful. Great location, 5-minute walk to the Royal Mile.

Inverness - Glenmoriston Townhouse
Clean is about the best thing I could say about this. Very un-charming, kind of like staying in a chain hotel/apartments. Staff was ok if a bit distant. Room was good sized but bathroom small. Why so many hotels in Europe have pedestal sinks and absolutely no room put anything down is beyond me. Can't be a cost thing - how much can a shelf cost?

Isle of Skye - Cuillin Hills Hotel
Wonderful place with a great view of the charming harbor of Portree. Great staff, great public areas, and an excellent restaurant. Room was a decent size, bathroom excellent.

Fort Williams - Alexandra Hotel
Horrid place. Dirty, worn out, incredibly small rooms, tiny bathroom. This place was so bad that we left after one night and drove to Stirling paying for a new hotel at our own expense (no refund from the Alexandra). Ft William is a dingy, run downtown and the only reason to go there is the outdoor activity and the steam train. Honestly, with a bit of an internet search, I found several places around the area that would have been a better place to stay. The Alexandra is rated 3 stars but I would call it more a 2. Maybe just a step above a youth hostel.

Outside Edinburgh - Melville Castle
Our last night was in a delightful place with loads of history (estate has ties to Mary, Queen of Scots and the current building was built in the Victorian era). Spent a fun hour with one of the owners, Bill Hays who told us the history and a few ghost stories (which delighted my wife). Room was big (suite) and the bathroom was modern. Great restaurant, downstairs in the basement (think a well-lit dungeon - cozy).

Our activities were, for the most part, great although I would stay away from "The Scottish Experience" in Edinburgh. It's a hokey dinner show place with poor food and cheesy entertainment. Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and many other things to see in Edinburgh are great. If you have any interesting in medicine don't miss the Surgeons Museum.

A highlight for me was Culloden Battlefield with its excellent visitor center near Inverness. We spent over 3 hours here.

The Highlands overall are stunningly beautiful especially in May when the hills were very green. The history is everywhere and there is so much to explore!

“Awesome Irish Experience!”

Jun 13, 2019 by Sydney Puder. Your Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

My husband and I traveled to Ireland from Minneapolis, MN. We booked our own flights, but all of our accommodations and tours were booked with Authentic Vacations. Everything was seamless besides one hotel reservation, which they fixed within moments of me calling! They also did not include a tour voucher for the Cliffs of Moher which I thought was strange since that is one of the main things to see in Ireland, but we could swing it being that everything else had already been included!

I would highly recommend Authentic Vacations to my family and friends!

Jun 13, 2019 by Jimmy. Your Hometown: ST Marys, GA

This was our 40th anniversary present to ourselves and our 3rd time in Ireland with Authentic Ireland. Lonna worked with us to ensure that everything went as planned and our vacation was perfect. There were no surprises or details that did not go as Lonna planned. We are working on a list of places that we want to travel to next year and look forward to working with Lonna ( a consummate professional) and Authentic Ireland.

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