Glorious Irish landscapes are enhanced by some of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. On this handcrafted tour of Ireland, you will play five of these, including Tralee, the Ballybunion Old Course, and the course that is the home to the Irish Open. Mixing challenging rounds with sublime scenery, this will be a comfortable retreat in Ireland’s magnificent southwest, and of course, there will also be castles, Guinness, picturesque old towns, and spectacular, coastal vistas.
Killarney – A Laid-Back Arrival on the Emerald Isle
For any golf trip to Ireland, it makes sense to fly into Shannon instead of Dublin. It is in the country’s Southwest, which is where the most famous and beautiful courses are located. You will land in Dublin, and it would be a five-hour cross-country transfer just to reach the first tee. So, you will land in Shannon today and be less than two hours to Killarney, which is a colorful old city that is situated inside a national park. You will check into your boutique hotel in the old town, and you can spend the afternoon exploring at leisure. Irish music seeps out from small pubs, colorfully painted houses line the main streets, and there will be a sense that you are in a town where time has stood still.
Killarney – Majestic Ireland and the Waterville Links
Killarney – Captivating Tralee Golf Club and the Dingle Peninsula
Killarney – Playing Ballybunion Old Course, Ireland’s Finest Links Course
Killarney – Laid-Back Day in Killarney and the Irish Open Golf Course
County Clare – The St Andrews of Ireland and Overnight in a Castle
County Clare – Teeing Off on a Final Links Challenge
County Clare – Departure from Shannon Airport
- Challenge yourself at the Ballybunion Old Course, which is arguably the finest links course in the world including Augustana
- Spend two nights in a castle where decadence meets endless views and an old-world charm
- Explore the Ring of Kerry and stop at Waterville, which is home to Ireland’s most scenic and spectacular 18 holes
- Capture the essence of Irish tradition as you spend five nights in Killarney, which is a vibrant and colorful old city
- Take the challenge to Mother Nature when you tee off at Tralee and Lahinch golf clubs
- Play the spiritual home of the Irish Open and discover why Killeen is one of Europe’s toughest courses
- Discover the vibrant, Irish coastline, notably on the Dingle Peninsula and when you play the 19th-century Doonbeg course
Ireland’s luscious landscapes always make for a spectacular vacation. Coastal cliffs hang over tiny beach coves and Atlantic Ocean waves, and beautiful valleys carve a path through green mountains. These are stunning settings to walk, but even more stunning settings to play a round of golf. Dotted around Ireland’s southwest are some of the world’s most celebrated golf courses, including Ballybunion Old Course, Tralee, and Lahinch. Steeped in history and defined by Mother Nature, these courses will provide a serious golfing challenge, but in their undulating fairways and cliff-perched greens, they will also provide a vacation of serenity and surreal views. There really is no other landscape like southwest Ireland and golf is always a great excuse to go exploring.
Handcrafted for senior visitors, this seven-night tour can be further customized to include other bucket-list courses or attractions. It is the perfect itinerary for first-time golf visitors to Ireland, incorporating five iconic courses and the spiritual home of the Irish Open. You will spend five nights in Killarney, which is a city that is packed with Irish tradition and charm. Here, you can get to know Guinness, Irish storytelling, dancing, and the friendly atmosphere for which the country is known. County Clare will be your destination for the final two nights, where you will stay in a castle and tee off at two of the country’s wildest and most spectacular courses.
Along the way, there will be plenty of traditional, Irish sightseeing as well. For example, on day two, you will travel halfway around the Ring of Kerry for a round at Waterville. The highlights of the Dingle Peninsula will beautifully complement Tralee Golf Club on day three. A relaxed pace will continue throughout, and tee times can be adjusted to your preferences. Usually, you will play in the morning and have the rest of the day to enjoy the sights, whether that is just the clubhouse or any town or attraction that you wish to see.
The reason for being here is the golf, and the six picturesque courses will take you on an eye-catching journey around rural and southwest Ireland. Waterville offers a dazzling location and a number of highly unique holes, making it an excellent introduction for what is to come. Arnold Palmer designed Tralee winds around Atlantic Ocean cliffs, which is one of those courses where so many holes can linger long in your memory. Ballybunion Old Course is Ireland’s premier golf course and is perhaps the finest course anywhere in the world. It will be a supreme test of your ability, so it is best to have a couple of rounds under your belt before teeing off.
On day five, you can take a break from the seaside with a relaxed day in and around Killarney. This is a city that is located within a national park, and Killarney Golf Club’s superb Killeen course offers a very different scenic challenge. As with the other courses, you should be wary of the plus 7,000-yard back tees. You can often gain more enjoyment from playing shorter, especially on courses where golfers win championships without finishing under par. After transferring to County Clare and the castle, you will play at Lahinch, which is well regarded as the country’s second best course. You will culminate your golfing excursion at Doonbeg Golf Club, which is a course that is dominated by Mother Nature and Ireland’s green landscapes.
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$3,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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