Arrival at Dublin Airport and you are met by your chauffeur. Transfer to Dublin City for an orientation tour: featuring The National Gallery, Four Courts, Leinster House (the seat of the Irish Parliament), the Georgian Square, Trinity College and O’Connell Street.
Check into your hotel: Castleknock Hotel & Golf Club.
After Full Irish Breakfast you will travel to Portmarnock to play one of the truly great link courses, Portmarnock. Founded in 1894, the championship course offers a classic, traditional challenge.
When Tom Watson played the main course as part of this preparation for the defence of his British Open title in 1981, he remarked on the fairness of its layout. There are no tricks or nasty surprises, only an honest, albeit searching test of shotmaking skills. Invariably rated as Ireland’s best course in ballots by the Irish Golf Institute, Portmarnock takes justifiable pride in its 27 holes, which are maintained to the highest standards.
After golf return transfer to your Hotel.
This morning transfer southwards and you will enjoy your round of golf in Druids Glen:
As a leading golf course in Wicklow, Druids Glen is often referred to as “The Augusta of Europe.” The flora and fauna of the Glen provide a colourful backdrop to a magnificent golf course. The forests and streams produce a haven for wildlife in what was once a home to the Druids. Druids Glen was the Home of the Irish Open for four years.
After golf return transfer to your Dublin Hotel.
After full Irish breakfast travel northwards to County Louth Golf Club or “Baltray” as it is more affectionately known. This is Links Golf at its very best and rated in Golf Digest’s top 100 courses in the world as a “hidden gem”. Built on a generous site, the course has become noted for brilliant presentation by its greens staff and for the hospitality of its members. Whilst the origins of the Club date from a meeting in October of 1892, the current Championship Links was designed in 1938 by the renowned Tom Simpson. The Course is laid our in two loops covering some 190 acres.
After golf enjoy a panoramic tour of Drogheda, a quaint historic Irish town. Return to Dublin for your overnight.
You do not have far to travel today as you disembark to Carton House where you will play the Montgomerie Course: Winner of the “Best New Design of the Year 2004”.
Cut through rolling meadows and punctuated by native fescue, the Montgomerie blends a storybook setting with the exciting qualities of links golf. Here, the fairways run firm and fast. The intelligent bunker complexes demand strategic and shot-making excellence and the ground game is always in play.
After your ambitious day on the golf course enjoy a quiet drink in the bar at Carton House before returning to your hotel.
Today marks the highlight of your tour, a trip to the K-Club. Ireland’s first Ryder Cup Venue is no ordinary golf course. It has been acknowledged as the country’s most challenging inland layout. It charms, it entices and invariably brings out the best in your game. It is unlikely you will be asked to tackle the course from the championship tees, but this should in no way diminish the excitement of pitting your wits against Arnold Palmer.
Final night at your Dublin hotel.
Transfer to Dublin Airport.