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Create Your Own Ireland Golf Tour

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

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!


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


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


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


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


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


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. 

“Amazing trip to Ireland!!”

Sep 18, 2019 by Danny Parker. Your Hometown: Spring, TX

We booked an amazing vacation using Lauren and I would recommend her and Authentic Vacations to anyone that's looking for a vacation to one of the destinations they specialize in. Every detail was perfectly laid out for us and we enjoyed every "excursion" that was picked. I was skeptical of the falconry when it was first suggested it but that turned out to be one of the best things we experienced. My daughter said this was by far her favorite trip she's ever taken and the congratulation dessert at the last hotel was an amazing final touch. Thank you Lauren and we will definitely reach back out to you when we get ready to go check out Scotland!!

“30th Wedding Anniversary Ireland Trip”

Sep 16, 2019 by Chris Madsen.

My wife and I would like to thank Lainie Shaver for organizing an amazing 30th Anniversary trip to Ireland. Our private driver/tour guide was top notch. His knowledge of history, culture, restaurants and of course pubs was impressive. Having a driver allowed us to sit back relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside views. We also played at three excellent golf courses (Lahinch, Old Head, Island Course). I would highly recommend Lainie and Authentic Vacations.

“Trip of a Lifetime with Tony Woods Chauffeur”

Sep 16, 2019 by Brian Normile. Your Hometown: Beavercreek, Ohio

Our perfect trip to Western Ireland was based at Temple Gate Hotel in the historic, compact, and the very walkable town of Ennis. Our travel agent, Josi, "got it" when we said we wanted a stress free vacation. With her help, we arranged 3 day-trips with Tony Woods Chauffeur, a combined tour guide/chauffeur service. We would never consider taking another vacation in Ireland without using them again. We avoided the frustrations and distractions of driving and navigating, parking, refueling, deciding whether to change itinerary based upon the weather, finding rest stops and lunch locations and deciding whether a site not on the itinerary was worth stopping at. As only a local can, Tony helped us cull through any decisions quickly and effectively. Lunch stops featured fresh Irish cuisine at a reasonable price. Rest stops were made at our convenience. We were able to traverse one-lane roads for a closeup view of rural life. We stayed at sites as long as we wanted. Tony mixed the utmost professionalism with the charm and hospitality the Irish are noted for. As a native of Ireland, he knows the country from the inside. After three days, we knew the country at a deeper level than we had expected. Upon the conclusion of the day trips, we spent our last day with a walking tour of Ennis with Jane O'Brien before Tony taxied us to Bunratty Castle and it's associated Folk Park and back. When he dropped us at the airport, we were leaving a friend. End of a perfect trip.

“Family dream”

Sep 16, 2019 by Karen C Wood. Your Hometown: Suwanee

Our trip was wonderful. The B&Bs were hosted by the most gracious and kind people. The lodging throughout the 9-day experience was great. This trip was customized by Lainie specifically for my daughter and her husband since a trip to Ireland has been my daughter's dream since she was a child. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime. Next time, I want a trip designed for me!

“Wonderful Experience”

Sep 16, 2019 by Shirley Dixon.

Started working with Tam Katzin in February 2019 to plan our trip to Ireland for August 2019. My husband and I had an idea of what and where we wanted to go while there. Tam was very patient and wonderful throughout the whole process. Very helpful with travel tips for the areas we would be going to. This was our first trip internationally and we could not have asked for a better agent to work with. My numerous emails with questions were answered very promptly and informative. You can tell she definitely likes what she does with the awesome personal relationship you develop with her. Would definitely use her services and guidance when we book another trip.

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2. Online Account & Quote Created

Our experts will create a custom quote & itinerary based on your requirements, and all details are posted to your Authentic Ireland online account (login info will be emailed to you!).

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Your quote will have been created by your own personal Expert, who will be available to you at any stage of planning your vacation & even while you are in Ireland or Scotland. Call or email your dedicated Expert to discuss options, make changes or ask questions.

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Reserve your vacation package securely via your online account. We only require a 20% deposit to secure your vacation, and our Risk-Free Cancellation Policy provides you with complete peace of mind.

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Once your vacation has been paid in full, you will be able to print your travel documents directly from your online account. You’re ready to go!

At Authentic Vacations, each of our self-drive and chauffeur tours are tailor made to your specific requirements. We work with all budgets and group sizes to deliver a personalized experience that remains true to the authentic brand. When you book with Authentic Vacations, you can always expect a package rich with cultural experiences, secret spots and insider knowledge, unique and boutique accommodations and more.

We have been known to customize some pretty exceptional experiences: from jousting exhibitions to fly fishing to romantic serenades, there is nothing outside of the scope of what we will plan for our clients.

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