Founded in 1927, Lahinch Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland and a wonderful place to begin a customized golf tour of Ireland. The Old Course is designed by Tom Morris/Alister MacKenzie and is the St Andrews of Ireland. It looks out on the Atlantic Ocean and is taxing to play when blustery winds come in off the Atlantic. The Old Course exudes a feeling that cannot be compared anywhere on earth. With its’ beautiful, contoured fairways that roll down through grassy dunes, no wonder it is consistently rated among the top courses and given accolades in Golfing Magazine (which named it Irish golf links winner 2015).
Lahinch’s 5th hole is one of the most talked about golf holes in the world, simply Known as “The Dell”. It is an original design from Tom Morris. The reason that the Dell is so famous from the Tee, is that the hole is entirely blind. This tough, 154 yards, par 3 is surrounded on all sides by massive, natural sand dunes. Starting off, all the player can see are dunes and a white direction rock, which provides the line for locating the hole. If that wasn’t a challenge enough, the hole plays directly into the wind and towards the sea.
The Ballybunion Golf Club has the most formidable sand dunes in the country. If you are good golfer, there’s a thrilling challenge in store for you here, a supreme test of golf. The holes can, at the best of time, be capricious with a gentle breeze. This seaside town of Ballybunion provides an ideal setting for a golf vacation in Ireland.
The original Old Course is classed as one of the best golf courses in the world. New players are greeted by the first seven holes that are a kindly introduction, after that the going increases in difficulty and can be quite challenging, playing along the course you see the man-made and natural features like narrow, contoured fairways and rolling dunes. It becomes obvious why it is a luxury golf vacation spot and ranked as one of the best in the world.
For a truly amazing Golf Trip in Ireland Doonbeg is the place to go. It was opened in 2002 and was considered an ideal location for the Golf links. It was designed by two-time British Open Champion Greg Norman and stretches to 1.5 miles of beach and sand dunes. Doonbeg Golf Club was purchased by Donald Trump in 2014 for an estimated €15 million. The presidential candidate aimed to turn Doonbeg into a “truly iconic” golfing resort.
Here’s what a golfer can expect at the Trump Golf Course, Doonbeg; the Golf Course is a 72 par course that plays 9 in and 9 out. The speed and variation of wind in this open play can be the challenge that awaits here. This is definitely a course in which all clubs will be used! The talking point of this course is the 14th and a wedge is the only real choice here on this lovely par 3, if lucky with the wind direction it can be a shot of a lifetime to get to the green in one. Well you relax and play golf be at ease knowing that the non-golfer’s will be sight-seeing for the day with their own private driver who will escort them back for the evening time when everyone can catch up on the days events.
Extending over 2km out onto the Atlantic, the Old Head Golf Course rests on 7220 acres of land. It’s located in Kinsale, Co. Cork, famously known as the as the nearest point to where the Lusitania was sunk by a German torpedo during World War 1, in 1915.
The course was originally designed as a walking course and though challenging this is still encouraged today. The dramatics surroundings of clifftops, makes this a very memorable golf tour in Ireland. It has been labelled ‘one of the most beautiful Golf Courses in the world’ by the PGA advisory board. Each hole gives astonishing panoramic views of the Atlantic and give the feeling of playing on the gigantic sea. It is a much sought-after golf experience by players throughout the world.
The Sign of a good golf course are the holes that stick in your mind. In Tralee Golf Club is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, it is really hard to concentrate without gazing at the area surrounding that includes Castles, distant islands and towering mountains. Tralee Golf Club was his first Irish adventure into golf architecture and was officially opened to critical acclaim in 1984. Tralee, is a rugged and exhilarating masterpiece and Palmer, let nature do most of the work.
The majority of the elevated holes grip tightly to the coast land, giving way to some spectacular scenery from the cliff tops right over Tralee Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. There are very few links that grab your attention the moment you see them; Tralee golf course is one of those few captivating courses.
The Savoy Hotel, is a magnificent boutique hotel located in the heart of Limerick City within a vibrant shopping and theatre district of Limerick City in south-west Ireland.
The hotel features 92 beautifully decorated rooms and suites which house luxurious marble bathrooms, king size beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, plush mattresses and fluffy pillows. The Savoy also offers spacious suites with king size beds, relaxing lounge area and roomy Italian style bathrooms.
The Savoy offers foodies and drink connoisseurs a selection of four trendy but tastefully decorated restaurants and bars to suite everyone’s tastes. The restaurants focus on using the very best of local produce in Limerick and locally sourcing seasonal ingredients.
That completes our Luxury Southwest Ireland Golf Experience, there is so much to see and do in our wonderful country. If you would like further information on a Luxury Golf Tour of Ireland, or would like more information on any of our tours then please click the Enquire button below:
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