Irish Golf Vacations | The Ultimate Golf Experience
This Golf Experience in Ireland is unique because of the most majestic Golf Course in the world – The Old Head of Kinsale. This tour was designed because every golfer that has come to these shores said they would have loved to have played a second at Old Head, we are making that dream a reality for everyone. This tour is only available from April to October because Old Head is seasonal. Wherever you have played in the world, it will not compare to The Old Head experience, the rest of the courses on this tour are legendary links courses in Ireland. The Savoy Hotel is in the perfect location/base, close to all restaurants and pubs with great music for you to enjoy. So don’t dream about just do it, all you have to do is get here and we do the rest- Dream Golf.
The Old Head Golf Links near Kinsale is one of the world’s most unique and dramatic courses, built by Ron Kirby, Paddy Merrigan, J. B. Carr and the late Eddie Hackett, in 1977. It sits on a 216-acre headland jutting out more than 2 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The entire course stretches for more than 7,000 yd, nine holes of play along the cliff-tops and all 18 holes give you an unmatchable view of the ocean. Overhead, along the 300 foot cliffs swooping cormorants and peregrine falcons, make their nests (as well as other rare Irish birds).
Old Head Golf Links is built on a 220-acre diamond shaped piece of land, that juts out over the Atlantic for over two miles. Scattered along the cliff side numerous caves run beneath your feet as you play. 180 acres has been dedicated to the main course, with the remaining 40 surrounding and frame the course.Old Head, is a tough par 72, with five Par 3’s, eight Par 4’s and five Par 5’s, sspread out to over 7,200 yards. With the ever-changing sea breezes, the course provides a challenge to the professional and amateur alike.
After the first day of golfing then it’s time to relax in the Old Head Suites, relax in the luxury of a sea-view room and for ultimate relaxation, the Old Head Spa offers a place to unwind and restore: The Thermal Spa. It includes a Sauna, Steam Room, Footbaths and a Heated Lounger.
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. There are two courses, the Castle Course and the Old Course. Established in 1892, and designed by Tom Morris/Alister MacKenzie, the Old Course has often been compared to Saint Andrews by the top world ranked golfers. The old course has an array of exceptional golf holes that utilizes the surrounding natural terrain to optimum advantage.
The Castle is a shorter course, a par 69, and 5,488 yards. General opinion is that it is easier than the Old Course, but the array of holes will challenge both new and experienced players. The Castle differs from the Old Course as it is flatter, with wide fairways and no dunes. On arriving at the 6th and 7th hole you will get a great view of Dough Castle, from which the course is named. Little has been changed on the Castle Course since 1963, when it was laid out by Commander John Harris and is great fun to play. Lahinch Golf Club is a great place for a deluxe Irish golf vacation, as it hosts the south of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship every year and should be on every golfer’s itinerary.
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. 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.
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. Quoted from the Washington Post “The word awesome can rightly be associated with the Tralee Golf Club and it is possibly the finest test of golf in all of Ireland.”
Ballybunion Golf Club was founded 1893. It is home to two uniquely and challenging links courses the Old Course and The Cashen Course. Ballybunion has enjoyed welcoming international visitors to the Club for many decades, not only for the high quality of both courses but also for the club’s facilities
The Old Course in recent years has emerged as the country’s most coveted golf venue, by professionals and celebrities. Bill Clinton famously made a flying visit here in 1998 as have many PGA Tour stars like Tiger Woods and Tom Watson (who was captain back in 2000 when the old course hosted the Irish open on the European tour). The Old Course is the original course at Ballybunion Golf Club and is classed as one of the best golf courses in the world. The first seven holes are a gentle learning curve, (then the layout can be quite challenging) it features narrow, contoured fairways that can be almost claustrophobic play on to the ninth, it becomes obvious why it is a luxury golf vacation spot and why it is ranked as one of the best in the world.
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 was officially opened in 2002, and was awarded European Golf Resort of the Year by the IAGTO, as well as Golf Digest’s ‘Best New International Course’, in 2010. 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.
That completes The Ultimate Golf Experience and just some of the best Golf Links 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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