There's no surprise Ireland is considered one of Europe's greatest hubs for international golfing. With a collection of award-winning courses set against the backdrop of rolling green hills, centuries-old castle ruins and dramatic ocean cliffs, you'd be forgiven for losing focus on the green.
This independent itinerary is fully customizable around your interests and budget.
Dedicated private chauffeur, serving as your local guide
All on-tour transportation and related fees
Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
Airport transfers at specified times on arrival and departure days
Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.
The Merrion Hotel
Welcome to Dublin! Upon arrival you will be met by your private chauffeur and will be taken on an orientation tour of the city. Dublin offers a fine introduction to Georgian mansions, with wide streets and spacious squares. You'll pass the Customs House on the north bank of the River Liffey and many mid-18th-century public buildings back in Dublin's Southside, including the beautiful Trinity College. You will pass Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and St Patrick's Cathedral—the latter founded in 1190 and best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745.
The Merrion Hotel
This morning, play a round of golf at Portmarnock Golf Club. Portmarnock is recognized internationally as one of the top links courses in the world. It has hosted many amateur and professional events such as the Walker Cup in 1991, The Canada Cup and the Irish Open 17 times. This evening will see you embark on a Literary Pub Crawl of Dublin. This kicks off with a clarion cry of mirth and joy in song – the Waxie Dargle, to be precise. Carry onwards from the Duke to the cobbled history of Trinity College and through a maze of narrow, winding streets. Bask in literary greats, delivered by a tour-led actor. Spanning Yeats to Larkin and Behan and Beckett, the words will come to life with laughter, language, and the unique warmth and welcome of an Irish literary pub crawl.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Mount Juliet golf course first opened in 1991 with a friendly match between Jack Nicklaus and Christy O'Connor Snr. Since then, the course has established itself as a premier venue for top professional and leisure golfers from around the world. It hosted a Tiger Wood's winning championship in 2002 and was chosen to host the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open in 2020. Set in the rolling pastures and woodland of Ireland's sunny Southeast, the course is both captivating and memorable. Non golfers can relax on the estate or try out the spa offering both traditional and alternative health treatments and a range of uplifting beauty treatments. Your chauffeur is available to take you into Kilkenny to explore this unique medieval city.
Enjoy a private tour of Ballykeefe Distillery, a family-owned eco-friendly farm distillery. You will see up close as they explain every step of in the brewing and distilling process on a range of super-premium spirits. Your tour will conclude with a tasting of course. Next up, visit Blarney Castle, built six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains. Legend tells us the Blarney Stone; you will get the gift of eloquence by kissing its magical stone. Take the opportunity to meet the head gardener here for a private walk around. Journey on the Killarney the town on the lakes, renowned for its lively pubs and open, cheerful atmosphere, you'll soon discover what the Irish call 'craic'!
Today play a round of golf at Waterville Golf Club. The earliest structured golf at Waterville has been tracked back to 1889. Golf at Waterville is a mystical experience – the splendor of classic links land, surrounded by the sea, gives Waterville its rating among the top courses in Ireland. Non golfers can soak up the specular land and seascapes that is the Ring of Kerry.
Golfers rise early and take to the green at Ballybunion Golf Course. Located on the Southwest coast of Ireland, Ballybunion's courses are highly regarded as two of the great championship courses in Ireland. Continue to Adare Manor Estate, situated in the heart of Adare Village. The hotel is recently refurbished to the highest standard and renowned as one of the top luxury hotels in Ireland, steeped in history and surrounded by medieval ruins.
Golfers can practice their swing and more on the completely revamped Adare Golf Course – the latest addition to world-renowned golf architect, Tom Fazio's portfolio of incredible golf courses. Later meet a Local Specialist and enjoy a walking tour around the picturesque village of Adare, which is billed as the prettiest village in Ireland with its thatched roof cottages and Tudor style houses.
Early morning play Lahinch Golf Links, a mecca for keen golfers, providing two 18-hole links courses, the Castle Course, and the Old Course (Championship). Travel to the Cliffs of Moher, rising 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves and stretching to 8km. Continue to Dublin's Doorstep Remember, as on all days of the trip, non-golfers, are taken care off from pre-booked unique local experiences to memorable iconic sights, your private chauffeur is there to make sure you don't miss a thing.
You will be transferred to Dublin Airport where your vacation ends. Slán go fóill – goodbye until we meet again.
Price is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to availability; varies by inclusions and travel dates.
Pricing is per person,
land only, based on January 2, 2022 travel date.
International airfare is additional.
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