Golf Tours Ireland | Peter’s Choice
Peter has designed this Golf Trip in Ireland for the Golfers who want to go the extra mile and play 2 rounds at some of the very best links courses in Ireland. On this tour you will play 2 rounds at the famous Ballybunion Old Course on the same day and also play 2 rounds at the wonderful Tralee Golf Course on the same day. At Old Head, you will play 1 round stay over night at the wonderful suites at the Golf Club and when you wake up the following morning after a superb Irish breakfast, you will be in heaven and play the Old Head for the second time. When we finish playing at the Old Head we will make our way to the Savoy Hotel in Limerick City, 20 minutes from Shannon Airport, where we fly home from.
Lahinch Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland officially opened in 1927. There are two courses, the Old Course and the Castle Course. 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 annually hosts the South of Ireland Amateur Championship, which attracts the best up-and-coming golfers in the country. Former Winners include: a young Darren Clarke who won in 1990 (who was beaten by Paul McGinley in 1991) and the 2000 winner, was none other than: Graeme McDowell.
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. Players can score highly at the end of a round, but, if on the other hand there’s an onshore gust coming in from the ocean, then buckle up..there’s a tough day ahead. Famously Bill Clinton played there in 1998, taking more “mulligans” than anyone else that day. He returned again in 2001 to settle the score.
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 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. Discover Ireland Golf Tours.
Next on your Irish Golf Tour is the Doonbeg Golf Course designed Greg Norman, the two-time British Open Champion. The course is pretty unique as it forms a crescent shape along 1.5 miles of beach and sand dunes, while playing a round you are treated by views of the Atlantic. 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. The famous billionaire changed the name of the links to Trump International Golf Links and Hotel Doonbeg, Ireland.
Because of Normans design, the average time it takes for a round of golf is four hours and thirty minutes. The par 72 layout centres on a single loop of 6,885 yards from the back tees, as a result, Doonbeg has a challenging combination of five par 5’s and five par 3’s. Which, is no wonder it was voted number two in the top 10 new golf courses in the world by Sports Illustrated.
Tralee Golf Club is located in Co Kerry, on southwest coast of Ireland. Tralee Golf Club was designed by the one-and-only Arnold Palmer. Surrounded by the Atlantic, Tralee offers breathtaking views on all sides, a perfect choice for a private golf tour of Ireland. The area surrounding includes castles, distant islands, towering mountains and the famous beach that was featured in the film, Ryan’s Daughter. Tralee Golf Course is considered a golfer’s paradise, these stunning links represent a true challenge to veteran players and is widely hailed as one of the finest 18 holes in Ireland.
While playing this hole Peter Dobereiner stated that “it is the most magnificent backdrop for a golf course I have ever encountered”. The 17th hole named Ryan’s daughter, after featuring in the award-winning film by David Lean. Looking down over the cliffs you are taken back by the miles of beach, stretching as ‘far as the eye can see’, taking this route your personal driver can easily show you where most of the scenes from the film were shot. Arguably the most memorable hole on the course, the 17th plays from a high tee, across a gap, to a green contrasted against mountains.
Waterville Golf Club plays on a coastal region. A remote location, with stunning views of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range, to the Northeast. Turn 180 degrees southwest and you will get an unmatched view of the beautiful Ballinskelligs Bay. There are only a handful of courses that have a fine and unique collection of memorable golf holes. Waterville has three outstanding par 3’s and another three par 5’s, when you finish you want to go back and replay.
Sadly because of the remote location it has precluded Waterville from hosting the major championships or tournaments, never-the-less, many famous faces like Mark O‘Meara and Tiger Woods praised the architect, Eddie Hacket, for its near perfect design. If ever you find your way here, I can guarantee, you will leave with a feeling that Waterville is a very rare gem and in some ways, glad that it is unspoiled. With Executive Hire you don’t have to worry about remote locations as you will have your very own luxury chauffeur in Ireland to transport you and your golf clubs safely to each destination.
The Old Head Golf Club is a tough par 72 with a great mix of Par 3s, Par 4s and five Par 5s, all spread out over 7,200 yards. The course is built on a unique 220-acre diamond shaped piece of land that stretches 2 miles into the Atlantic from the mainland, the links’ cover 180 acres with the remaining 40 acres encircling the course.
The dramatic location truly cannot be found anywhere in the world; as it looks like its straight out of a fantasy novel. Old Head must be the most exhilarating place to play golf, you actually feel as though you are on the edge of the world. Teeing off at three hundred feet up is an indescribable feeling, listening the Atlantic waves crash onto the rocks as they smash into the cave tunnels beneath you. Originally designed as a walking course, people are encouraged to walk with a club caddy to really appreciate the layout and stunning views of the ocean waves crashing against the land. Club golf carts can be used to travel around the course but you would be doing yourself a disfavour (as it would be easy to miss the wonderful scenery the Old Head has to offer).
That completes Peter’s Choice of spectacular Golf and just some of the best Golf Tours in Ireland, 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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