Welcome to our Guide for Booking Irish Golf Packages
It’s often at the end of actually experiencing a Golf Vacation to Ireland that clients may remark that having been through their vacation they might organise a few things differently next time. In response to this we here at Executive Tours Ireland, have pulled from our 10 years experience of customized golf vacations in Ireland to make both your search and your vacation package as seamless, pleasurable and memorable as possible. We are particularly mindful of the not to be underestimated task of the lead passenger who may feel like he or she is in the firing line if anything goes wrong. We recommend you always follow these few practical steps in advance of any Ireland golf vacation or Irish golf package.
1. Know what’s available: Accommodation and Golf Courses
There really is nothing worse than playing an ordinary parkland golf course having just learned from the guy in the locker room that the world class links two miles around the corner was playing beautifully yesterday! Ireland is home to many of the world’s finest, historical and most dramatic golf courses. It’s rare to get this many quality golf courses, with this level of accommodation and supporting tourism infrastructure in such close proximity. Add in Irelands unique atmosphere, ambiance and people friendly attitude and you have all the ingredients to make this a once in a lifetime opportunity. So do take time and do your research, or have a customized golf tour operator and broker like Mike Ryan take the time involved out of the equation. This applies to both golf courses and accommodation. You need a first class operator with on-the-ground experience and contacts who is at preferred chauffeur level at Ireland’s finest luxury Accommodation venues. An experiences luxury, private and golf tour operator will ensure you get to play the courses you want, stay in the best available accommodation your buck will buy and be sure that you’ll always be close to the action so you’re not spending unnecessary time in between, we cannot emphasize the importance this has on your Irish Golf Vacation enjoyment.
2. Have it your way – Customized is Optimized!
You can play golf in Ireland on varying budgets and some Tour Operators have standard packages at price points from budget to premium and some in between. Our clients have told us time and again that this does not work half as well as being able to be the author of your own vacation. Go at your own tempo, allow the time you need and want to explore the towns you love, the places of your ancestors, and for enjoying the many attractions beyond the golf courses. With a customized tour, you never get derailed, you can rewrite your schedule if needs be.
Please be sure of your vehicle transport arrangements. Are the vehicles new, tailored for golfers use with ample room for golf bags and equipment, and of course refreshments? Your group may be just the two of you, or it could be a larger group of family and friends, whichever way you’ll need the right mix of value and comfortable luxurious travel in such a way that your Golf Package is not overly priced to make up for empty seats on a bus.
If you’ve been enjoying playing links courses on the west coast of Ireland, it can be a real drag to learn that your now going to get hoisted over to the East coast to play parkland courses, only to be hoisted back again for you outbound flight…. all in the name of living up to an overhype sales pitch. With a customized golf vacation, you can fly into one Irish airport, play the courses you want around there, and make your way over to another part of Ireland at your leisure and play the courses nearer your departing airport. If you are here for a week, you want to spend as much time as possible playing golf and enjoying Ireland’s hospitality, not spending your time getting over familiar with our road network going back and forth needlessly! Believe us when we tell you, not all our roads are that good.
3. Be sure of your Private Driver Chauffeur Service.
While you’re here in Ireland, you may as well enjoy as much of the countryside as you can on your journeys to and from Golf Courses. Part of the art of Golf Tours Ireland is to get you there with the minimum of fuss, but with the maximum of enjoyment. Satisfy yourself that the private driver chauffeurs are punctual, well dressed and experienced. Know in advance if you can take time for detours, one of your party may wish to check out some family roots, or a recommended pub or restaurant.
4. Luxury Vacation Opportunity at Current Prices
Your Golf Vacation in Ireland can be that once in a lifetime experience you have always promised yourself. You are making a big effort to get here and Ireland and her people appreciate that very much, especially in the Year of the Gathering. Make sure you check out any Golf Vacation Ireland Operators Testimonials Page for feedback on how they have been doing. Are they the hotels you were hoping for? Are they the scenic images you were hoping for, is that the transport you envisaged? Clearly the answer needs to be Yes in all these cases. The proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say, but before you take a bite…check out that testimonials page.
5. Know your Price and Value
By our definition, Golf Package Ireland should mean the right choice of accommodation, the right transport arrangements, the right pace of proceedings and quality and convivial surroundings. Know what end of the market you’re dealing with, as mentioned before, all are catered for but you don’t want to spend premium and go standard. So please, when booking for your next Golf Trip to Ireland, check out all the facts first. If it says ‘Luxury’, see what they mean so you don’t end up on a tour bus going 50 miles out of the way to drop some people at one course while your tee time evaporates into a cloud of daily frustration that the so called saving cant mend at this stage! If it says ‘the best Irish Golf Courses’ are you sure they mean the world renowned courses.
We hope this 5 step guide has been useful to you. Mike Ryan is Company Principle at Executive Hire, a Luxury Golf Tours Ireland Operator for the last ten years. With an all Mercedes Luxury fleet of tailored for golfers vehicles, Executive Hire are preferred Car Service and Private Chauffeur supplier to premium Irish Hotels such as Dromoland Castle. Regarded by his many returning clients as the best Irish Golf Package provider in the market, he has on-the-ground contacts and experience that others can’t match. Executive Hire Luxury and Private Golf Vacations Ireland are based in Limerick, right on the door step of the names synonymous with Irish Golf Vacations; Doonbeg, Adare, Tralee, Waterville, Ballybunion, Lahinch and Old Head. Executive Hire have a Toll Free line for the US and Canada at 1 888 793 0416, or elsewhere at +353 (0)87 793 0447