In the second of two articles on Golf Tours in Ireland, we would like to show you what golf courses are on offer in the east and north of Ireland and hope you enjoy visiting them as much as we enjoy showing them.
Luxury Golf Tours in the East & North of Ireland
As autumn begins the annual process of transforming the Irish landscape into an incredible pallet of copper and russet tones, Ireland appears to become almost unrecognisable in its new character. I use the word character because Ireland isn’t just a landscape, it is a country who’s natives, throughout history, have given Ireland it’s “character”. When the Irish people speak about places in Ireland, it is as if they are fondly telling you about an old friend. Ireland is so drenched in history that is it difficult not to feel a connection with every place you visit, and that you do in fact feel like you met that old friend.
The connection with the Irish landscape becomes very evident when visiting Golf Links Courses in Ireland. At Executive Tours Ireland, our Irish golf vacations bring together some of the most magnificent golf courses with captivating sightseeing tours in Ireland.
Our customized golf vacations in Ireland include the following golf links:
Portmarnock Golf Club
Portmarnock Golf Links is nestled in a striking arch of coastline and sits on a slim slice of shallow dune land; ten miles from Dublin city. The twenty-seven hole golf links was a victory rout for Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead in the 1960’s Canada Cup and where Phil Mickleson and David Duval triumphantly won the Walker Cup in 1991. It was ranked as the best golf course in Ireland by Golfers Digest in 2014/2015 and is considered by many as a true test of golf.
It is a championship standard golf links course, boasting a driving range, two short-game areas and a putting & chipping green. Guests can also enjoy a bar and two full-service restaurants; The Bradshaw Room & The Dining Room; each with panoramic views of the links.
Royal County Down Golf Club
Royal County Down is situated in one of the most exquisite settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. The course is 15 miles long and 8 miles wide and has two main links from which to choose; The Championship Links and The Annesley Links. The Championship Links meanders along the shores of Dundrum Bay creating exceptional views from every hole against which there is a stunning milieu of the Mountains of Mourne. These mountains were the inspiration for C S Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.
The greens are famous for their ‘bearded’ bunkers that overhang with red fescue and heather and the ninth hole is known as an attractive spot for photographers globally. The course is considered by many to be a fast, challenging and intricate course and the record is 66 which was set by Irish Golfer Jimmy Bruen in 1939. The Annesely Links is a shorter links than the Championship Links but is still a very challenging course with impressive views of the sea, mountains and dune lands. The club offers guests The Murlough Room bar, which has breath-taking views of the Mountains of Mourne and a dining room which offers snacks and meals throughout the day. We have developed long-standing partnerships with The Royal County Down Golf Club which provides direct private luxury transport to all of our clients.
Royal Portrush Golf Club
The Royal Portrush Golf Club is situated in front of the White Rocks beach and boasts stunning views of the 13th century Dunluce Castle. Royal Portrush offers two of the most challenging 18-hole golf links courses in Ireland; The Dunluce Links & The Valley Links. The links were designed by architect Harry Colt and offer a driving range, pitching green & putting green.
The Dunluce Links is a combination of rough terrain, taxing greens & erratic North Atlantic weather making it the ideal choice for golf pros and high handy-cappers. It was voted number 12 in the world by Golf Magazine. The Valley Golf links course is nestled in between vast sand hills directly adjacent the Atlantic oceanfront. The course is filled with challenging multi-level and multi-surface holes which make it an ideal playing ground for the enthusiastic high handy-capper.
The Royal Portrush Golf Club offers its guests a dining room, The Dunluce Room which serves Tea, Coffee and sandwiches which are available seven days a week.
The Portstewart Golf Club
The Portstewart Golf Club was founded in 1894 and is set in Ulster’s famous Causeway Coast and runs along the River Bann. It combines 73 holes over three remarkable courses; The Strand, The Riverside and The Old Course. The course consists of vast sand dunes that are encircled by the splendid views of the bay and the Donegal hills.
Guests to the club can enjoy chef Chris McLaughlin’s A La Carte or Bar Snack Menu.
Irish Golf Vacation Packages – Our Personal Service
Whatever your choice of golf links, we want you to have the most relaxing visit to Ireland, that’s why we arrange every aspect of your Golf Tour in Ireland and provide you with a suggested itinerary that we are more than happy to change at any time to suit your needs.
Your accommodation… We offer all our our guests a full service so we are happy to reserve your accommodation. We have built great long-standing relationships with all of the hotels and castles over the years so we always get the best rates and it goes without saying that it includes a Full Irish Breakfast every morning too!
Your Driver…Our Ireland golf transport drivers have been with us right from the start and are some of the best guides in the country with a vast knowledge of our beautiful country, courses and restaurants.
What sets them apart from the rest is how extremely friendly and flexible they are. Our private drivers in Ireland will guide, inform and entertain you and will leave no stone unturned in ensuring you get to experience your Irish golf vacation in a very special way. Our drivers can recommend and reserve the best hotels and restaurants in Ireland and we can guarantee the best prices and golf tee times. The warmth of the Irish people will become clear the minute you see our drivers waiting to greet you with the biggest smile.
Your Golf Transport Service…Our fleet consists of luxury Mercedes Sprinter buses which means you can enjoy plenty of storage for golf bags, gear and equipment. Our vehicles come with leather seats, air con in every seat, tables, DVD’s & screens, wifi and a USB connection so that your phone is always fully charged. Of course our vehicles would not be complete without a large fridge, fully stocked with the best “Uisce Beatha” aka Irish Whisky. And don’t worry, we wont tell your wife how many you’ve had!
For more information or to book a luxury golf tour in Ireland, click here to contact Mike Ryan at Executive Tours Ireland. If you would like to talk to Mike Ryan directly from the US or Canada, call TOLL FREE: 1888 793 0416 or 00353 877930447.