Ireland’s answer to St Andrews, the south-west is one of the world’s greatest places to play golf. Packed with dozens of magnificent courses – stretching from the eye-popping Old Head of Kinsale in the south all the way round to the westerly Doonbeg – a golf trip here really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Imagine yourself enjoying an itinerary that also included legendary links like Ballybunion, Tralee, Lahinch,Waterville, Dingle and Dooks. With spectacular views, giant dunes and some of the world’s most incredible holes, this really is bucket-list golf.
Starts at $2660
September 16 - 21, 2019
12 spots available
2 night accommodations at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis
3 nights accommodations at the Killarney Plaza, Killarney
Full Irish breakfast daily
Four rounds of championship golf: Lahinch, Dooks, Waterville and Tralee
Welcome cocktails and dinner
Transportation throughout by deluxe motor coach inclusive of gratuities
On site Premier Golf representative
Airport meet & greet
Items of a personal nature
Meals not specified on the itinerary
Travel Insurance (highly recommended) or Luggage
Golf Club Shipping
Caddy Fees where indicated
Golf Club Rental
Excursions and additional rounds of golf
Additional nights and associated golf
Additional spa services and associated items
$ 2,660 PER GOLFER BASED ON TWIN OCCUPANCY
$ 3,055 PER GOLFER BASED ON SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 1,836 PER NON-GOLFER BASED ON TWIN OCCUPANCY
All rates are subject to change based on currency fluctuation until a $1500 per person deposit is received. Prices are based on a minimum participation of 12 guests. Should the numbers drop below 12, the price will be adjusted accordingly.
This charming 4 star hotel is a former manor house dating back to the 18th century; an ivy-clad residence has been totally refurbished to provide the warmth of a country home with the style of a luxury hotel. Located in the center of the attractive medieval town of Ennis, County Clare, within short walking distance of excellent shopping, pubs, restaurants and the quaint Ennis attractions. The hotel provides an ideal starting point from which to explore the famous attractions of Ireland’s west coast. The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Ailwee Caves and Bunratty Folk Park are all within easy reach. In the evenings, while admiring the views of the pretty winding streets of Ennis and the rugged beauty of County Clare and the West of Ireland beyond, you can relax by the warmth of the blazing fire inside the Old Ground Hotel. The individually furnished rooms come with all the modern amenities including WiFi access. The ivy-clad Old Ground Hotel has an elegant restaurant called the Brendan O’Regan Room which offers fine cuisine. Guests should enjoy a hot Irish Whisky or a smooth pint of Guinness at the Poet’s Corner, the hotels pub and perhaps the most popular and traditional in town.
KILLARNEY PLAZA HOTEL & SPA, KILLARNEY
The Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa (4 star deluxe) has elegant guest hotel rooms, superb restaurants, bars and a luxury Sundari Spa, all wrapped up in a graceful, contemporary decor and delivered with attentive personal service. We find this to be the best value in Killarney! Located in the heart of Killarney Town at the gateway to the Ring of Kerry, there are dozens of great pubs and restaurants within strolling distance of its front door. With its amazing beauty, the Killarney National Park is on the hotel’s doorstep and Muckross House and Gardens is just a quick drive down the road. There are three bars in the hotel: The Piano Bar, The Window Bar and the Plaza Bar, all popular with locals alike. The restaurants in the hotel all feature excellent food made from fresh local produce served with flair, and the flagship Sundari Spa with luxury treatments is among the best in Ireland.
Lahinch features a couple of blind holes and true classic links flavor. Golf Magazine rates it #35 in the world (2017 ranking). Lahinch Golf Club was laid out in 1892 by Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews fame, and in the early 30’s, Dr. Alistair MacKenzie rededsigned some holes, making it one of the best links courses in Ireland. Some even call it “The St. Andrews of Ireland”, but that might be selling it short as far as difficulty goes. It is in the scenic area of western Ireland, complete with ruins, cliffs, blind tee shots and plenty of wind. Lahinch is famous for some legendary weather forecasters: goats that huddle around the clubhouse when a storm approaches.
DOOKS GOLF CLUB
Dooks is a traditional links course with a unique character that must be seen to be believed. A classic links course and considered one of the great “sleeper courses” in Ireland! Close to Killarney, Dooks is an an excellent golf option while in Kerry and golf has been played here since 1889. The par 70 golf course is set out on one of three stretches of sand-dunes at the head of the bay. It plays much longer than the scorecard suggests! And so, for the golfer who is seeking a beautiful and tranquil environment to enjoy good golf, Dooks presents a convincing case. Hole number 13 best illustrates the charm and magic of Dooks, because it is a throwback to the time when golf began. A good course with carts available, make sure to give it a whirl while in County Kerry.
WATERVILLE GOLF LINKS
This is an outstanding links, overlooking Ballinskegs Bay, and was once proclaimed “the most heavenly hell on earth”. Sometimes Waterville is ranked in the world top 100, and always it’s ranked in the top 2 or 3 courses by visitors on a southwest Ireland golf holiday. At Waterville, the earth, sky, mountains, ocean and the ever-present teasing winds combine to excite the senses. Golf in Waterville owes its beginnings to a foreign influence. It gained initial impetus from the laying of the trans-Atlantic telegraph cable and then the workers who came to Waterville in the 1800’s. With so many men stationed in such a remote location, it was inevitable that their minds would turn to sport and recreation. Golf was undoubtedly featured on the agenda from the 1800’s forward. The course features a nice statue in tribute to former Captain Payne Stewart, and the course was tuned up by Tom Fazio in 2005, to much world acclaim. Tiger Woods has often practiced for the British Open at Waterville. Access to Waterville is by means of the scenic Ring of Kerry route (half way around) making it a spectacular sightseeing day. Some carts are available or plenty of caddies.
TRALEE GOLF CLUB
Designed by Arnold Palmer and situated on a beautiful corner of Kerry’s southwest coast, some of the greatest views in the world can be seen from the tough holes. The front nine is a little easier but the back nine is as good and tough as it gets! Palmer said: “I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course”. The layout spans 160 acres onthe western side of Barrowe’s Island. The clubhouse is among the most welcoming of all the west coast courses. It is only about 45 minutes from Killarney.