Top Golf Trips to Ireland Details
Are you thinking about going on a Golf trip? If so, then you should definitely make exploring golf trips to Ireland a top priority. Ireland has some of the most beautiful, incredible, popular and famous links and parkland golf courses in the world. This is one of the reasons why countless tourists choose Ireland for their golfing holiday every year.
Along with the courses, there is also a brilliant level of accommodation to choose from as well. So, let’s explore what awaits you on your golfing vacation in Ireland.
Choose Your Destination
When you decide to go golfing in Ireland, your first job is always going to be choosing where you want to go. It’s about selecting the right part of the country for you. There are quite a few choices here and that includes the south-west, the north-west, as well as Northern Island.
Each section of the Emerald Isle provides different opportunities for courses that you could be interested in exploring. There are also amazing sightseeing opportunities on all golf trips to Ireland.
Golfing trips in South West of Ireland
If you’re heading to the South West of Ireland, then you might be interested in exploring Doonbeg Trump International golf course. Particularly attractive for those looking for a luxury location in Clare. A gorgeous backdrop with the waves from the ocean in the background. You’ll find that you’ll be able to stay in five-star hotel suites on your golfing vacation if you visit this beautiful destination as well as enjoying world-class golf. There is even a stunning spa as well as a variety of dining activities too for when you’re not the course.
Lahinch in Clare is another popular choice in this area. Commonly described as the St Andrews of Ireland. When you explore the championship links for yourself, you won’t have trouble understanding why. Since being created in 1892, the club has stood out as a place for the old virtues of golfing. Old Tom Morris set the standards here however they have been replicated and indeed celebrated by other world-class architects that have worked hard to ensure this location stayed a prime spot.
Spoilt for Golfing Choice on the South West of Ireland Golfing Tour
Ballybunion is a must go to golf course – it is nearly always included in our golfing tour of the South West of Ireland. Located on the north west coast of County Kerry, on a beautiful stretch of sand dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find two wonderfully challenging and unique world class links golf courses at Ballybunion – the Old Course and the Trent Jones Cashen Course. Whatever your choice,every hole, every hazard and every shot is defined by nature’s infinite presence.
Tralee Golf Course was the first European golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. “I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine”
Arnold Palmer. An 18-hole links golf course, situated on the rugged Atlantic coast of Ireland’s south west, near Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. Links feature towering dunes, undulating fairways, punishing rough and cliff top tees and greens.
Occupying a stunning and unique headland reaching out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, the Old Head of Kinsale is home to the most spectacular world-class golf course and luxury members’ accommodation. Located in County Cork on the South West Coast of Ireland, the Club has developed into one of the most recognised and sought after golf experiences anywhere on earth. It is a sanctuary for those seeking the finest in personalized service
The south-west is also home to Waterville golf course (a hidden gem) which is often considered to be the number one course in Ireland. A picturesque location awaits you here that you are not going to want to miss at a course that is best described as a ‘true links.’
It has amazing sightseeing including the Cliffs of Moher in Clare, Bunratty Castle and the Ring of Kerry.
Recommended Airport for arrival/departure – Shannon Airport or Cork Airport
Golfing trips in the North West of Ireland
There are a variety of courses that you can explore on a golf trip here. That includes Carne, Rosses Point, Ballyliffin and many more. Carne is one of the golf links courses and can be discovered by journeying near the town of Belmullet. It overlooks the Atlantic ocean with impressive sand dunes on either side. The golf course has grown recently with 9 more holes opening for the public in 2013.
Or there’s Rosses Point which isn’t just famous in Ireland but across the world. This course is a common part of a golf tour and was designed by Henry Colt. Using natural contours of the landscape, which is covered in dunes, to provide something truly remarkable to those going on a golf holiday. This course is open all through the year and definitely worth a visit.
The amazing Connemara landscape would be a backdrop on some routes.
Recommended Airport for arrival/departure – Shannon Airport or Ireland West Airport
Golfing trips in Northern Ireland
If you are visiting Northern Ireland, you will be able to enjoy a golf resort close to the beautiful city of Belfast. It’s a great choice with popular courses like Portrush, Ardglass and Porsteward nearby. There is also the Giants Causeway and many other amazing tourist destinations and views to take in. Scenes from iconic TV show Game of Thrones were filmed in Northern Ireland.
Golf Courses in Northern Ireland
If you’re including Portstewart in your golf package, then you will be exploring a location that dates back to 1894. We think you’ll agree that’s quite impressive, and this Championship course was home to the 2017 Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open. John Rahm noted that he was certainly impressed by what the course had to offer. Indeed, he labelled it as one of the most beautiful courses that they had ever been to.
You might also want to explore the Royal Portrush Golf Club. Home of what is deemed to be one of the most challenging golf courses in the world. The Dunluce Links is also where the 148th Open Championship was staged. The club was founded in 1888. The Open was first held here in 1951 when Max Faulkner won the title. During that time, there was a crowd of 8,000. 190,000 tickets were sold this year. This should give you an idea of just how popular this course is and why you might want to include it on your golf break.
A Northern Ireland golf trip, certainly would not be complete without a trip to Royal County Down Club, founded in 1889. From then on, there were numerous developments that helped shape the course into what it is today. Various incredible events have been held here including The Walker Cup in 2007 as well as The Home Internationals and The Curtis Cup.
Recommended Airport for arrival/departure – Belfast Airport or Dublin Airport
Golfing trips in Eastern Ireland
Of course, you could be visiting Eastern Ireland and if that’s the case, you’ll be exploring courses near Dublin. There are plenty of fantastic options to choose from here that you certainly don’t want to miss. For instance, you can explore the K Club which is famous for being home to the Ryder Cup. There’s plenty of other courses to explore here too including the Island Club and Druids Glen.
Druids Glen is perhaps one of the best locations to play golf and ideal for an Irish golfing getaway. You’ll be able to discover a course that is rich in both prestige and history while exploring the luxurious Wicklow hotel. This is also home to some of the best and most beautiful courses in Europe that still provide an incredible challenge.
The Island Golf Club is here too which is unique due to its setting, bordered by the ocean on three different sides. Due to this, there is really no other course quite like it. It’s popular for this reason specifically as well as the rough and rugged terrain that provides an incredible challenge and a thrilling golfing experience. This is only thirty minutes away from Dublin.
Wonderful level of tranquillity that you can gain from visiting this particular location leads to its favourable selection.
Recommended Airport for arrival/departure – Dublin Airport
How We Help on Your Golfing Trip
At RC Golf Escapes, we are proud to be able to say that we offer incredible tours all over Ireland. Includes every popular course that you can imagine as well as some hidden gems that you don’t want to miss out on. We provide expert advice and support when planning your golf vacation to ensure that everything you want will be included at the planning stage. Check out our Guide on Golf Trips to Ireland which covers the weather and more detail on the golf destinations and sightseeing options per tour package.
Golf Package Choices
You can choose from a package of golf trips to Ireland that are popular with our clients. Alternatively, plan a completely customised vacation ensuring your maximum enjoyment. We can ensure that you hit all the courses you want. Get an unbeatable tour of the best locations that Ireland has to offer.
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Do you need to make sure that you find the perfect places to stay while golfing in Ireland? We can help you there too. So, whether you want to lavish in luxury at the Trump Doonbeg golf course or discover a tranquil paradise at Druids Glen we’re here for you.
Start Planning Your Golf Trip to Ireland
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