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Create Your Own Ireland Golf Tour

Price: From      -     Prices Vary For our Custom Tours - We Can Accommodate All Budgets!

You can create your own Ireland golf tour based on the courses you want to play. You are in control. Our Custom Golf Tours are completely flexible. You decide the courses you want to play, what type of accommodation suits you best and your transport – rental car or chauffeur. Our local golf expert will advise and assist you to create the best possible golf itinerary based on your requirements. Or if you prefer, we can suggest a golf itinerary based on the length of your stay.

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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
  • Date you would like your tour to start in 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 Courses – Which 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/areas of 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

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Your Golf Vacation, Ireland

Normally your Ireland golf itinerary would appear here, but this is a Custom vacation so we cannot create the itinerary without your help! In place of an itinerary here are some tips and information to help you create the perfect Ireland golf tour.

Let us help you create an itinerary?
Perhaps you want to play Ballybunion, Old Head, Tralee, Lahinch and Royal County Down but are not sure of the best way to organize the itinerary. Not a problem. We will create the best possible itinerary based on your chosen golf courses. Simply complete the START HERE form telling us which courses you would like to play.
 
Would you like us to suggest an itinerary?
Perhaps you have 10 days and want to play a selection of the best links courses in Ireland, but you are not sure which courses, in what order you should play them or where you should stay. Perhaps you know two or three courses you want to play, but would like us to suggest a few more. Whatever the circumstances, we will work with you to create the best possible Ireland golf itinerary. Provide as much guidance as possible on the START HERE form - let us do the rest.
 
Advice on Planning Your Itinerary
Unless you have 10 days or more we recommend focusing your itinerary on one or two regions of Ireland and playing the best courses in that area. This will cut down on driving times ensuring you will be fresh and alert when you hit the first tee. See our recommended golf courses by region below.
You can play golf as many times as you like, but unless you’re made of steel we recommend not scheduling any golf on your arrival day. Jet lag isn’t much fun on the golf course. We also recommend avoiding long drives after golf. Whenever possible try and stay in the area that night. Enjoy the camaraderie in the clubhouse and check out a local restaurant or pub. Many golf clubs offer a second round free on the same day or if played within 4 or 5 days of the first round. Other clubs such as Ballybunion offer a free round on their less well-known courses. If you want to play as much golf as possible this can be a great way to add extra rounds for free.
 
When is The Best Time to Golf in Ireland?
May to September are the best months to golf in Ireland. If we had to narrow it down further we’d say late May, June and September. July and August can be very busy so it may be difficult to secure tee-times on your preferred days or you may be forced to play very early or late in the day. Many clubs also have members’ competitions in August and may be closed to non-members for extended periods. Golf is also possible in April and October. Green fees are significantly lower in April, but fairways and greens may not be in great shape after the long wet winter. The winter is always long and wet! October is a better option, but we’d advise aiming for early October. By the end of the month it is usually cold and – you guessed it – wet! Needless to say we don’t recommend planning a golf vacation in Ireland between November and March. 

**Please click into each Itinerary Day for more helpful information and advice about your Golf Tour**

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Caddies & Transportation, Ireland

Car Rental or Chauffeur?
Car rental is ideal for 2 to 4 golfers, but for larger groups it is definitely worth considering hiring a driver/guide and luxury chauffeur vehicle. Our chauffeur service includes airport transfers, touring and golf support for the duration of your trip. Our driver/guides are knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. You are still the boss, but your driver will help with scheduling and ensure you never miss a tee-time. They are also a great source of local knowledge. You can avoid the stress of driving and relax knowing you can have a drink or two in the clubhouse after your round of golf. We have a range of chauffeur vehicles that can accommodate up to 30 golfers in comfort and style.

Caddies & Golf Buggies
Caddies are optional at all Irish golf courses. No course requires you to hire one, but all golf clubs offer caddies if you want one. Caddies operate independently of the clubs and must be paid in cash on the day. The clubs maintain a list of local caddies and if you request one, they will do their best to reserve one for you. Golf Clubs always state that they cannot guarantee a caddy will be available, but we’ve never been let down if the request is made a week or more in advance. Do you need a caddy? No, but they may make your round of golf a lot more enjoyable. At the more difficult links courses a caddie can be invaluable. Caddy fees range from 35.00 to 50.00 euro per bag per round. Tipping is discretionary, but 10.00 to 15.00 euro would be normal for good service.
Golf buggies or motorized carts are now available at most Irish golf courses. However, some of the most popular links courses do not allow them or else only allow them with a valid medical certificate. Carts are not permitted on: Ballybunion (Old), Portmarnock, Royal County Down, Royal Portush. A valid medical cert is required at: Lahinch, Tralee, County Louth, The Island. The cost of buggy hire is generally 40.00 to 50.00 euro, payable at the club on the day. We cannot include the cost of caddies or buggy hire in your Ireland golf package, but we are happy to reserve them for you.

Special Requests
We can accommodate any Ireland vacation request. Nothing is too much trouble. Non-golfers in your group may want to sightsee while you golf. Other activities such as spa treatments, walking tours or horse riding are also possible. Would you like to have lunch at the clubhouse? That’s easily arranged. We can also recommend restaurants and make dinner reservations for you. We’ll even tell you which local pubs you should check out.
Our aim is to make your Ireland golf vacation as memorable as possible. Please tell us if there is anything we can do to make your trip more enjoyable.

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Southwest Golf Courses, County Kerry

Ireland’s southwest offers a fantastic array of varied and challenging links and parkland courses. We recommend Killarney Town as a great central base from which to play the courses highlighted below.


Must-See Sites

Killarney (Killeen & O'Mahony's Point Courses), 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.


Waterville Golf Club, 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?


Skellig Bay Golf Club, County Kerry

Situated overlooking the magistic Ballinskelligs Bay and set among natural magalithic stonework and indigenous bog deal, there can be few more visually stunning locations for a golf couse than Skellig Bay in Waterville. The course opened for play in Spring 2006 and has already been rated in Irelands “Top 50”. Nestling in the shadows of the towering McGillicuddy Reeks, the golfer has to negotiate the river Fionnglass for the opening and closing holes but it is the stretch from six to sixteen that lives in memory long after the last putt has been sunk. Here the awesome beauty of the Bay hits you full in the face.


Dooks Golf Club, County Kerry

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.


Dingle Golf Club, County Kerry

The townland of Ballyferriter occupies a remote but very special and historic corner of Kerry. Sybil Head, Brandon Mountain, The Blasket Islands, Slea Head, the Pilgrim's Way, winding lanes ablaze with fuschia, sparkling beaches are all very special ingredients in the unique and dramatic landscape. Amid it all sits Dingle Links, a course as beautiful as its setting. Each hole on this glorious links is carved from the natural landscape of one of the most unspoiled parts of Europe, with hazards laid down long before the game of golf was dreamt of, including a winding "burn" that twists and turns through the entire course.


Tralee Golf Club, 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.


Ballybunion (Old & Cashen Courses), 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 to Ballybunion. That turned into a flood almost overnight 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.


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Southern Golf Courses, County Cork

Ireland’s south is most famous for the spectacular and challenging Old Head of Kinsale links course. Both Little Island & Fota Island also receive great acclaim however, and are well worth considering. We recommend Kinsale Town as a great central base from which to play the courses highlighted below.


Must-See Sites

Fota Island Golf Club, County Cork

Fota Island Golf Club is located a few minutes drive from Cork City. It lies in the heart of a 780 acre estate which is included in, "The Inventory of Outstanding Landscapes in Ireland". The splendid woodlands are woven into a challenging championship course, which is very much in the traditional mode, featuring strategically placed bunkers and undulating putting surfaces.


Little Island Golf Club, County Cork

If there’s more idyllic golf, even in a land so rich with it, then it’s being kept secret.  It's a captivating experience that has one re-assessing their list of favourite courses – an occupational hazard in Ireland! What’s more, its pedigree matches the setting.  The present course was designed by Alister Mackenzie in 1927 and the maestro produced a masterpiece, still largely extant although lengthened a touch over the years.  Hence the degree of challenge to the scratch men I watched. However, the less gifted among us, best use the forward tees (6,242 yards) because from further back there are some white knuckle carries over gorse and rough to partially hidden fairways.


Old Head of Kinsale Golf Club, County Cork

Old Head Golf Links is built on a 220-acre diamond of land, jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The promontory is almost an island with numerous caves running beneath your feet as you play the course. The links and practice area occupy 180 acres and the remaining 40 acres of unspoilt cliff (rising in places to over 300 feet) frame the course. 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.


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Western Golf Courses, County Clare

There are a great variety of courses on offer in the west of Ireland - from the famous and challenging links of Lahinch, to the majestic parkland setting of Adare Manor. We recommend Lahinch Village and/or Westport (pictured), as great central bases from which to play the courses highlighted below.


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Lahinch, County Clare

On the Map: Lahinch is a seaside town in County Clare, on Ireland's rugged western coast. The town is accessed via the N85 road from Ennis (to the southeast), or the more coastal N67 road from Lisdoonvarna (to the north) and Miltown Malbay (to the south).

The village of Lahinch is world renowned for two things: golf and surf. Lahinch Golf Club was founded in 1893 and has been confounding golfers from all over the world ever since. Matched only by Ballybunion in the famous links stakes, Lahinch is a must for anyone who loves the game of golf. The long sandy beach at Lahinch has long been a centre for surfing in the west of Ireland, but the recent discovery of a giant wave in the shadow of the Cliffs of Moher a few miles up the coast has brought dare-devil surfers flocking to Lahinch from as far away as South Africa and Hawaii. The result is that the village’s population of 800 swells to ten times that number each summer. The mix of golfers, surfers and bemused locals makes Lahinch a very unique place indeed.


Doonbeg Golf Club, County Clare

Chosen for his “least disturbance philosophy,” The Doonbeg golf site was designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman. Spanning 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and century-old sand dunes, the course offers views across the Atlantic from the green, the fairway, or tee of 16 of the 18 holes. Variations in wind speed and direction ensure the course plays differently each and every time. It is expected that an 18-hole round of golf at Doonbeg will take no more than 4 hours and 30 minutes. 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.


Adare Manor Golf Club, County Limerick

Set on 230 lush acres of the Adare Manor Estate, Adare Golf Club was 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. The Adare Manor Estate has a long history but was purchased in 1987 by the Kane family of Palm Beach Gardens in Florida. Major work on the Manor ensued and the golf course opened for play in August 1995. Measuring over 7,000 yards from the championship tees, Adare Golf Club is an American styled course, with rock walled streams, subtly undulating greens and Jones' signature cloverleaf bunkers. A 14 acre lake dominates the outward nine holes while the River Maigue meanders its way through a densely wooded back nine. Its testing design and manicured greens have assured Adare Golf Club as one of the finest Irish inland courses.


Connemara Golf Club, County Galway

Spectacularly located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean with the Twelve Bens Mountains as a background, this is a big hitter's championship course and as challenging as any to be found. The Connemara Golf Course has a rather short history compared with many of the other golf clubs in Ireland. As recently as 1970, Eddie Hackett was commissioned with the planning of the 18-hole championship layout. The course was opened in 1973. The Connemara Golf links is bound on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, while on the 'inland' side the golfer can enjoy an excellent view of the 'Twelve Bens'. The clubhouse, where the visitor can prepare himself for his round, is a fitting centrepiece for this impressive and demanding course.


Westport Golf Club, County Mayo

Westport Golf Club is located 2.5 miles outside the town Westport and boasts amazing scenery. There are 260 acres of undulating land on Clew Bay's shoreline and the holy mountain of Ireland, Croagh Patrick, rises in the background. The Course was designed by the internationally renowned Golf architect, Fred Hawtree. He said of the course; 'the nature of the terrain, part inland and part seaside, the panorama which it commands and its considerable golfing virtues, make it uniquely attractive and memorable.'


Carne Golf Club, County Mayo

Carne Golf Links lies in magnificent unspoiled sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay and the wild Atlantic Ocean near the town of Belmullet.  The building of the course has caused little disturbance to this wild and ancient landscape. Tees and greens occurred naturally and very little earth moving was involved in the course construction. There are some breathtaking views over the Atlantic and the legendary islands of Inis Glóire and Inis Géidhe. Carne Golf Links was the last links course to be designed by the late Eddie Hackett and it is now believed by many who have played it to be his greatest challenge.


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Northwest Golf Courses, County Sligo

The northwest of Ireland offers a great selection of arguably lesser-known, yet still fantastic golf courses to choose from. We recommend either Sligo or Letterkenny as great central bases from which to play the courses highlighted below.


Must-See Sites

Ballyliffin Golf Club, County Donegal

The new Glashedy Links at Ballyliffin GC is fashioned around the incredible dunes, and is already notorious for its peat riveted bunkers and its opening three challenging par fours. The expansive panoramic views of countryside, coastline and ocean savoured by these magnificent links course will not easily be forgotten. The Glashedy Links has hosted the Irish Inter-provincial Championships in 2006, the European Tour, North West of Ireland Open in 2002 and the Ladies European Tour, Ladies Irish Open in 1998.


Donegal Golf Club, County Donegal

Donegal Golf Club at Murvagh, Co Donegal is an outstanding links golf course. Designed by the legendary course architect, Eddie Hackett, it is continually featured in Golf World's Top 100 courses in Ireland and Great Britain. In June 2004 Donegal Golf Club had the honour of hosting the the Irish Amateur Close Championhip. This is the priemier amateur golf event in the country and is confined to Irish amateurs.


Rosses Point Golf Club, County Sligo

Rosses Point Golf Club was founded in 1894 on land leased from Henry Middleton. He was an uncle of W.B. Yeats, the famous poet and Nobel Prize winner for literature. The links are set out on one of the most scenic locations in Ireland - bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the west; Benbulben dominates the view on the northern skyline and bears a striking resemblance to Cape Town's Table Mountain. To the east lie Glencar valley and the Dartry mountains with Lugnagall and Truskmore, while the southern vista is completed by Knocknarea, topped by a large Cairn of stones reputed to be the grave of the ' Warrior Queen Maeve of Connaught'.


Enniscrone Golf Club, County Sligo

Enniscrone Golf Club is located in County Sligo in the northwest of Ireland. Situated beside the picturesque seaside town of Enniscrone, the golf course affords panoramic views of Killala Bay, Bartra Island and sandy beaches with Nephin and the Ox Mountains forming the backdrop. Founded in 1918, redesigned by Eddie Hackett in 1974 and then by Donald Steel in 2001, this Irish championship course is one of Ireland's finest authentic golf links.


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Northern Ireland Golf Courses, County Antrim

Northern Ireland may be part of the United Kingdom, but the quality of golf courses available does not suffer! The standouts are Royal County Down & Royal Portrush, but don't rule out the other fantastic courses on offer. We recommend either Newcastle or Bushmills as great central bases from which to play the courses highlighted below.


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Royal Belfast Golf Club, County Antrim

The Royal Belfast Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Ireland. When the Club was founded on 9 November 1881 it marked the birth of the game of golf in Ireland. The golf course at Craigavad was originally designed by perhaps the greatest golf course architect ever, Harry Colt. The layout consists of two loops, the first an outer clockwise circuit, finishing at our signature hole the par three 11th, the homeward inner loop in contrary, anti-clockwise. Royal Belfast provides a stern golfing challenge. At the heart of its varied challenges is the constant requirement for accuracy rather than length, providing all levels of golfer with a fair test of golf.  The numerous bunkers and subtly sloped greens ensure that posting a low score is indeed a difficult feat.


Ardglass Golf Club, County Down

Ardglass GC is links golf as it should be. With views of the rugged and beautiful coast line from every hole and the majesty of the Mourne Mountains providing the perfect back-drop, Ardglass has a true claim to be rated amongst the world’s greatest links courses.


Portstewart Golf Club (Strand Course), County Derry

Founded in 1894 and redesigned by Willie Park jnr in the 1920’s this championship links course received its greatest makeover with the purchase of land known as “Thistly Hollow” in 1981. This enabled the club to build a stunning new seven holes through towering dunes and fabulous and natural links land. Designed by local school teacher Des Giffin the Strand Course is the jewel in the Portstewart portfolio.


Royal Portrush (Dunluce Course), County Antrim

Simply put, the Dunluce course at Royal Portrush is one of the world's finest links courses, and the only course in Ireland to have hosted the British Open (in 1951). Overlooked by the ruins of the 13th Century Dunluce Castle it is a masterpiece of golf architecture. Famous for its magnificent turf and excellent holes, many of which require long and accurate drives made all the more difficult by the high winds. Unimaginable rough and tricky greens, thrown with windy conditions make this course an admirable test for a seasoned golfer.


Royal County Down Golf Club, County Down

Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zigzagging back and forth to provide a different vista from virtually every hole. The narrowest ribbons of fairways thread their way through as impressive a set of sand dunes as could be imagined. The ‘bearded’ bunkers are world famous and feature overhanging lips of marram, red fescue and heather. The greens are fast and many are domed, rejecting any shot lacking conviction. This is a true test of any player’s command of the traditional bump and run - the preferred way to play any links.


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Dublin Golf Courses, County Dublin

Ireland's Capital boasts a number of fantastic golf courses within its city limits. There are also several wonderful courses located within a one hour drive from Dublin, making it a great base from which to play all the courses highlighted below.


Must-See Sites

County Louth Golf Club, County Louth

County Louth Golf Club or "Baltray" as it is more affectionately known is situated 4 miles from the historic town of Drogheda at the mouth of the river Boyne. With the river to the south and the Irish Sea to the east, this is Links golf at is very best. Baltray is rated in Golf Digest's Top 100 Courses in the world as a "hidden gem". It is one of the top twenty five courses in the British Isles and it is in the top six in Ireland. Sometimes ferocious and other times benign, it provides competition for all handicaps. County Louth Golf Club has a tradition of hosting major National and International events both Amateur and Professional, including most recently the 2009 3 Irish Open and 2004 Nissan Irish Open.


Druid's Glen Golf Club, County Wicklow

Enjoy the tranquility of the mystical Druids Glen, with manicured tree-lined fairways, historical landmarks, spectacular water features and vibrant floral displays. Known as "The Augusta of Europe”, this famous course designed by Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock, opened in 1995. Just a year after opening, Druids Glen hosted the Irish Open for four years in a row. Colin Montgomerie won two years running, followed by David Carter and Sergio Garcia (who shot a 64 in the final round). Druids Glen has hosted the prestigious Seve Trophy, a bi-annual event between the leading Tour Players of Britain & Ireland and Continental Europe. When you come to play at Druids Glen, you're playing one of the finest, most challenging, and most enjoyable golf courses in Europe — a course good enough to host the most prominent event in Irish golf. In 2000, Druids Glen was named “European Golf Course of the Year.”


The European Club, County Wicklow

The links of The European Club was designed by Pat Ruddy and is owned and operated by him with the help of his family. Ruddy is a golf-writer and golf course designer whose work will be found also at such highly regarded venues as Ballyliffin (Glashedy), Druids Glen, Rosapenna, Port Salon, St. Margaret's, Donegal (Murvagh) and Montreal Island Golf Club. The European Club, as the name suggests, is designed as and destined to be a major links and a major club. The links features 20-holes (two extra holes are in play most days) of exciting links golf through tumbling dunes with dramatic views of the Irish Sea from no fewer than sixteen of the holes! Some of the holes play along the beach.


The K-Club, County Kildare

You may have been forewarned that Ireland's first Ryder Cup Venue is no ordinary golf course, and that it is widely acknowledged as the country's most challenging inland layout... but still, you will be unprepared for the ensuing drama! The Palmer Course is, quite simply, one of Europe's most spectacular courses. It charms, it entices and invariably, brings out the very best in your game. It is unlikely that you will be asked to tackle the course from the championship tees, but this should in no way diminish the excitement of pitting your wits against Arnold Palmer, for, in a sense, this is precisely what you are about to do.


The Island Golf Club, County Dublin

The Island Golf Club is one of Ireland's Finest Links Courses. A mere 15 minutes from Dublin Airport, this Championship Links Course is located across the estuary from Malahide, just North of Portmarnock. Read more about the Club's history. The Island Golf Club was established in 1890 and, surrounded by the sea on three sides, it enjoys a unique setting. Until as recently as 1973 the club was approached by boat from Malahide across the estuary. Fred Hawtree, Eddie Hackett and more recently Martin Hawtree have made course design improvements, ensuring that the true nature and character of the links are enhanced. A Classic Links Experience.


Royal Dublin Golf Club, County Dublin

The Royal Dublin Golf Club is located on the Bull Island Nature Reserve, separated from the world by Dublin Bay, yet only minutes from historic Dublin and convenient to both the city and the airport. This famous links course has hosted many professional and amateur tournaments and provides a test of golf that has been enjoyed by golfing greats and amateurs alike for over 100 years. Names like Nicklaus and Trevino, Ballesteros and Langer, Faldo and Floyd, Norman and Els and our own Christy O'Connor, have all tested their games against the best on this famous championship links.


Portmarnock Golf Club, County Dublin

Founded in 1894, Portmarnock is consistently ranked amongst the top golf courses in the world.  With a rich history closely aligned to the progression of golf in Ireland, Portmarnock has hosted many major professional and amateur events including multiple Irish Open Championships, the Walker Cup and the Irish Amateur Close Championship.   From Sam Snead to Seve Ballesteros, some of golf's best known names have tested their skills on this north county Dublin sand spit. Considered by many as a fair but challenging test of golf, Portmarnock invites you to experience one of the purest links courses in the world


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Southeastern Golf Courses, County Kilkenny

Last, but certainly not least are the golf courses of Ireland southeast, of which Mount Juliet - Jack Nicklaus' only Irish signature couyrse - is most famous. We recommend Kilkenny Town as a great central base from which to play the courses highlighted below.


Must-See Sites

Waterford Castle Golf Club, County Waterford

Upon this privately owned 310 acre island, home of the world renowned Waterford Castle Hotel, sits a wonderful parkland golf course. Designed by Des Smyth, former Ryder Cup player, and opened in 1992, this 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course, complete with luxurious clubhouse, leads you through mature woodland and parkland. The course itself runs to 6,814 yards, off the medal tees, and covers an area of over 200 acres. Despite being completely surrounded by water, Waterford Castle has an additional four internal water features on the second, third, fourth and sixteenth holes and can even boast its own Swilken Bridge. The layout reveals attractive rolling fairways and subtle contoured greens, magnificently blended into the sensational setting of this Island dream.


Mount Juliet Golf Club, County Kilkenny

Mount Juliet Golf Course opened in 1991 with a match featuring golfing legends Christy O'Connor Snr. and Jack Nicklaus. The beautiful and challenging Mount Juliet golf course has established itself as a premier golfing venue for Top Professionals and leisure golfers worldwide. Chosen as the first and only Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in Ireland, the "Golden Bear" was meticulous and pain-staking in his design and overseeing of the construction of his great creation. Padraig Harrington has described Mount Juliet as 'a tremendous layout, and one of the best conditioned courses in the whole of Great Britain and Ireland.'


Faithlegg Golf Club, County Waterford

Faithlegg is the perfect inclusion as part of any golfing itinerary in the region. The superb parkland layout, with tricky doglegs, blind tee shots and strategically positioned sand traps, represents a stiff challenge for even the most accomplished golfers. At a championship yardage of 6,674 and a regular yardage from the white markers of 6,284, distance is rarely the main problem in negotiating a good score at Faithlegg. The perils of the course lie more in its clever layout and slick, often wickedly contoured greens. Any round of golf at Faithlegg will test the golfer's shot making skills to the limit. Rolling straight and true year round, the greens at Faithlegg are finely manicured, often perilously fast in summer months. Varying pin placement puts the emphasis on accurate approach shots as inaccuracy is often aptly rewarded by long meandering putts to another level, perfectly exemplified by the par four 18th, a fitting end to a fantastic golfing experience.


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Well, if you've made through all the information and golf courses outlined above, you'll know that there are quite a few options to consider when planning your Ireland Golf tour! Not sure where to start? Let us help. We will create the best possible itinerary based on your chosen golf courses, accommodation and transportation. Simply complete the 'START HERE' form telling us which courses you would like to play.


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Sep 21, 2017 by Tom L. Your Hometown: Connecticut

Jordan and the staff at Authentic Ireland listened to our needs and planned a fantastic trip for us . We did the self drive and had no problems what so ever including, all hotels, B&B, Car and pre Paid sightseeing. We did a southern loop including Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork county, Kalarney, the western coasts up to Galway and Connemara. venturing off the beaten path was the best of all. Get yourself lost on a country road and stop to talk to local farmers..They love it and provide great advice for a few secret spots! Thanks again Jordan. We will use and recommend you in the future!

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Sep 21, 2017 by Mariah. Your Hometown: Greensburg, IN

Edna assisted in planning a dream trip to Ireland for me and my friends, and I could not have been happier with the experience! From the beginning, Edna understood our desire to travel across Ireland on a small budget. She was quick to respond to my questions and willing to make last-minute adjustments when our plans changed. She reserved a rental car for us which was unbelievably easy to pick up and drop off and booked us at B&Bs with comfortable rooms, friendly hosts, and fabulous food. Ireland must be the most stunning place on earth, and I can't thank Edna and Authentic Ireland enough for sending me to this magical place.

I hope to begin planning a trip to Scotland soon and will certainly be using their services!

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Sep 21, 2017 by Joseph Galanti. Your Hometown: New Fairfield Ct USA

Another wonderful vacation made possible by Con Jager and Authentic Ireland! A trip full of history, beautiful places and friendly people is all anyone should hope for and that is what we found for two weeks. The hotels/B & B's/castles were great places to rest after busy days of tours, visits, and walking all over London and the English and Scottish countryside. Our guides and chauffeur were both teachers and pals for happy hours and days of busy but relaxed enjoyment. Thank you Con

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Sep 21, 2017 by Wendy. Your Hometown: U.S.A.

I had a wonderful experience with Authentic Ireland. This was the first international trip we've taken and Kati made it easy and very special. She worked with me to incorporate everything we wanted to see and do, took care of all the details, responded quickly, and answered all my questions. All we had to do was show up and have a great time. I highly recommend planning your next trip wherever it may be through Authentic Ireland. Thank you, Kati!

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Sep 11, 2017 by Nicole. Your Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

The trip that Emma planned was absolutely amazing! The only thing I would've wished for was a place closer to the city center in Galway, but that's because I preferred parking and walking.
Having two full days in Dublin before picking up the rental car allowed plenty of time to go to the Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, Trinity College, and shop along Grafton Street.

Each of the hotels and B&Bs were comfortable. Breakfasts were extremely filling. The suggestions for site seeing, both in the cities and along the route were great.

Communication with Emma was wonderful. Any questions that I thought of were answered quickly.

I would definitely recommend Authentic Ireland to anyone planning a trip, and would definitely use them again in the future.

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