Indulge yourself with one of our Customised Golf Vacations in Ireland
Ireland is awash with magnificent and challenging golf courses that offer superb 5 star accommodation. To make the selection easier for you, we have selected 5 of the very best golf and hotel resorts that Ireland has to offer in terms of course, accommodation, services such as spas and amenities. All of our golf vacation packages include the following golfing and hotel partners.
No. 1 Old Head
Old Head Golf Links is by far the most exquisite example of Irish landscape. The course is set in County Cork on the Southwest coast of Ireland, and an ideal place to begin any Ireland golf tour. The course is the most unique piece of landscape compared to anywhere else in the world. The two-mile peninsula is practically its own island, jetting into the Atlantic. It was founded by Brothers, John & Patrick O’Connor and is one of the most preferred golf experiences in Ireland.
The fluctuating sea winds turns this a wonderful course into one of endurance for golf pros and high handicappers. It is devised as a walking course, that encourages guests to walk the course and absorbs the plentiful remarkable vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and the Old Head Lighthouse.
The golf links is accompanied by 15 deluxe suites which comprises 14 Seaview Suites and a Presidential Suite. The Suites are a mixture of luxury and opulence and offer superb balcony views.
Old Head Thermal Spa – Old Head is home to one of the most tranquil and calming thermal spas in the southwest and offers a spa, sauna, an aroma-infused steam room, light therapy, footbaths and a heated lounger on which to ease sore or tired post-golf muscles. The Spa offers two treatment rooms with provide massages, a must after a challenging round of golf on your Irish Golf Vacation Packages. All skin treatments use VOYA skincare brand and include massages, facials and body treatments product
Old Head also provides a Fitness Suite in which guests can enjoy a workout using the most up-to-date cardiovascular and resistance equipment available to the market.
You are truly spoilt for choice when it come to dining at Old Head as it offers a multitude of dining experiences. The Club House has an outstanding five-star a la carte menu at the De Courcey Dining Room which presents culinary masterpieces such as lobster, fish, poultry, game and local produce which is complimented with an extensive wine list.
The Terrace offer outdoor dining with breathtaking view while the Lusitania Bar allows guests to enjoy meals in a more relaxing setting.
For an extra special touch, the Course Dining services offer a very special on-course dining “to-go” service that offers a selection of decadent snacks that include oysters and champagne or salmon and Guinness. The Food Cart is also available throughout the round and provides beverages, light snacks and cigars.
No.2 Dromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle is the perfect place to experience a luxury golf vacation in Ireland. It is situated in County Clare, west Ireland & was the home of the Kings of Thomand, the Dromoland O’Brien’s. Dromoland Golf Course is extensively known as one of the most exceptional 18-hole parkland golf courses in Ireland and presents a challenging game to any handicap with its meandering curves and boundless diversity.
The moment you check in, your breath will be taken away by the impressive hallways, resplendent rooms occupied with lavish furnishings, chandeliers & luxurious fireplaces with blazing log fires. Dromoland castle offer deluxe 5-star accommodation in its sumptuous Queen Anne rooms, Staterooms and Suites
Dromoland Castle has an extensive selection of dining options in its 5-star restaurants; Earl of Thomond and Fig Tree. There are three menu alternatives available; a la carte, gastronomic and d’hote as well as a six-course dinner or snacks served in the Country Club.
The grand drawing room accommodates The Brian Boru-wing which has a gorgeous patio area & balcony and is the perfect relaxing space to enjoy afternoon tea after a round of golf.
If you’re after something a little bit more al fresco, then why not try a picnic on the 400-acre woodland that encircles the castle. The chef can prepare a basket of snacks and more importantly a chilled bottle of Champaign. In the evening, you can also relax and enjoy the the Cocktail bar taking in the splendid views of the lakes of Clare.
The Spa at Dromoland is the ultimate in luxury and tranquility & the perfect way to relax after a round of golf and a must on a luxury golf tour in Ireland. The Spa has six treatment rooms & a hydro pool. It uses a unique Irish, 100% certified organic therapy product in all its treatments including facials, organic oil massage & Seaweed Leaf & Hot Stone Massage.
No. 3 Adare Manor
Adare Manor is situated in what is described globally as the most-quaint village in Ireland, Adare!! Adare Village has picture postcard streets lined with characteristic thatched roofed cottages and aromatic floral garden spectacles.
No Irish Golf vacation would be complete without a trip to Adare Manor Golf Resort. It is a magnificent 18-hole championship course & the brain child of Robert Trent Jones Senior. The superb parkland course has been described as challenging and one of the most scenic courses in the south west, as it meanders amongst glorious aged trees with a magnificent 14-acre lake as well as views of the The River Maigue.
The Hotel provides a selection of elegant and opulent themed rooms at the manor from which to choose, all equally as breathtaking as the next. They range from staterooms once inhabited by Lady Caroline Wyndham to classic room which feature bright and spacious quantities with exquisite furnishings.
Adare Manor offers a variety of dining experiences including The Oakroom which is perfect for intimate dining overlooking the Maigue River. It features many mouth watering dishes but the 8-couyrse tasting menu is a absolute must-try. The Carriage House 5-star restaurant proposes a more tranquil setting and offer a bistro-type menu and ideal for a night cap in the adjoining Clubhouse bar. Afternoon Tea is also served and consists of delicate cakes, light sandwiches and tea or a glass of champagne.
The Tack Room is a cellar-type bar which has a resident piano player and live entertainment from local musicians playing traditional and contemporary Irish music. For those who enjoy eating outdoors in the beautiful scenery, The Adare Manor Picnic includes a selection of Sandwiches, Homemade Cakes, Pastries, Biscuits and a selection of Irish and European Cheese served with Fresh Fruit and Crackers and includes refreshments
Lavender Cottage is Adare Manors signature spa, which offers a large range of body treatments, massages and wraps, to leave you revitalized and energized to continue your golf vacation in Ireland.after a round of golf. Adare also sports a 15 meter heated swimming pool and steam room. It also houses a Fitness room furnished with Nautilus equipment, treadmills and lifecycles.
There are a multitude of activities on the grounds of the castle from which to choose including clay pigeon shooting, ball trap, falconry, hawk walk, fishing and archery. There is also a historical tour of the manor that is well worth a see
No. 4 Doonbeg Golf Course at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel
Doonbeg golf course is situated in County Clare and was designed by two-time British Open Champion, Greg Norman. It spans and 1.5 miles of the breathtaking beach and sand dunes of Doughmore Bay. Wind direction on this course can entice golfers who enjoy a more challenging game while offering magnificent views of the Atlantic. This makes it an ideal choice on your customized golf package in Ireland.
The Hotel offers two different dining experience: Trumps Bar & Restaurant and the Ocean View Restaurant. Diners are truly spoilt for choice from the cutting edge cuisine offered at both restaurants.
The hotel offers opulence and comfort and space in their 5-star accommodation. There are a range of suites and cottages with varying luxurious looks and feels and all with exceptional views.
The White Horse Spa is an elegant and relaxing environment which offers a range of luxury treatments including massages, body treatments, facials and hair and nail services. Guests can also avail of the steam area and sauna and whirlpools with thermal mineral salts to ease sore muscles after a long day on the course and leave your fighting fit for another round on the next day of your Ireland Golf Trip.
No. 5 Ballybunion Golf Links
The Ballybunion Golf Course, is located on the north west coast of County Kerry and is world renowned as on one of the most beautiful lengths of sand dunes on the perimeter of the Atlantic Ocean. The Trent Jones Course offers many stunning views of the rugged coast line to enjoy during the game. The dunes are surrounded by long grass adding to the extensive meandering feel of the course. For golfers who enjoy multiple games, two unique golf courses offer uniquely different plays. The Old Course is a contoured landscape of unusual sand dunes, and adds a more challenging game for the golfer.
No. 6 Lahinch Golf Links
The Lahinch Golf Course is situated in a small picturesque seaside village in the Atlantic coast in Co. Clare and is a popular surfing destination. It is one of our favorite courses to being our guests on a Golf Tour of Ireland. It is also located in close proximity to the Cliffs of Moher, The Burnren and The Aran Island. It has two 18 hole courses; the Old Course and The Casle Course. It is consistently ranked among Europe’s Top 20 and the worlds Top 50 golf courses.
Doug Castle on 7th hole, was founded in 1506, and its Irish name “Dumhach Ui Chonchuir” translates to O’Connor’s Sand bank but was deposed by the O’Brien’s during Queen Elizabeths Rein. It’s slightly bizarre long-term residents, the goats, are instrumental in telling the weather; if seen around the Club House, it means bad weather and if seen on the sand hills, it means good weather.
No 7. Tralee Golf Links
The Tralee Golf Course was designed and built by Arnold Palmer and is described as “a true paradise” for experienced golfers who prefer a more challenging game. The course boasts many spectacular views of beaches and the Atlantic and was the chosen location for beach scenes used in the 1970’s movie “Ryan’s Daughter”.
The course is also home to what legend described as the mythical sandstone rock that Cuchullain hurled from the top of the Sliabh Mish Mountain which can be seen to the south of the 5th hole. Some say they can see the imprint of his giant fingers in the rock.
Our customized golf trips to Ireland include stops at Ballybunion, Lahinch and Tralee golf courses and includes a Private Ireland Driver Guide that will collect and drive you to Adare Manor Hotel to relax for the evening. Our Golf Transport Ireland vehicles are custom designed with comfort and style in mind for golfers, therefore there is plenty of room for all your golfing equipment!
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