A once in a lifetime opportunity to play the most famous and exclusive courses in Ireland...
Arrive in Dublin and transfer by coach to your golf hotel: Castleknock Hotel & Country Club. This afternoon you may want to loosen up with 9 holes on the hotel’s Golf Course. Castleknock Golf Course has already achieved a ranking in Ireland’s top golf courses despite only being open since 2005. The Greens are constructed to the full USGA recommendations. Leisurely overnight in your hotel.
This morning you will be transferred from your hotel to the county of Wicklow, just south of Dublin where you will play the European Club. This links course features 20 holes (two extra holes are in play most days) played through tumbling dunes with dramatic views of the Irish Sea. Some of the holes play along the beach.
The designer of this golf course, Pat Ruddy, discovered the property when he surveyed Ireland’s coastline by helicopter in search of a classic golf location. A distinguished fourball visited The European Club in July 2002 on their way to the British Open at Muirfield: Tiger Woods, David Duval, Scott McCarron and Mark O’Meara made up the fourball. Mr Woods recorded a course record 67 on his first visit to the club.
Return to your hotel in late afternoon for your overnight.
After breakfast today, it is time to play the Ryder Cup Course at the K-Club. 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. This experience will leave you with truly remarkable memories of Ireland.
Return to your hotel for your overnight.
Today you will travel to Killarney. En route visit the medieval City of Kilkenny. You will view the wonderful Kilkenny Castle and St. Canices Cathedral. Climb to the top of the tower attached to the Cathedral to get the best view of this marvellous city.
Kilkenny is often known as the Marble City and it has a number of craft stores selling Irish linen and pottery. The narrow streets give a medieval air to this town. Travel onwards through the county of Tipperary to Ireland’s second city of Cork. Continue on through Mallow to Killarney. Overnight in your hotel in Killarney.
After breakfast the coach will disembark to Waterville Golf Club: Golf has been played here since 1889 and the links course still offers a real challenge to golfers of all levels today. Every single hole on the course is a gem. The front nine are relatively sheltered but you are left in no doubt about the test ahead when you reach the 9th, also known as the “last easy”, especially since there was nothing easy about the course so far. Waterville features consistently in lists of the World’s best courses, usually close to the top, and is a must for anyone keen to experience true links golf.
After golf return along the scenic Ring of Kerry drive until you reach Killarney. See wonderful sights such as the Killarney Lakes and Ladies View. Overnight in Killarney.
This morning you will transfer to the small Kerry town of Ballybunion to play Ireland’s most famous golf course: Ballybunion. The original golf course is over 100 years old and was designed by Robert Trent Jones. The list of famous people who have played Ballybunion include President Bill Clinton, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and many more. “I am now of the opinion it is one of the best and most beautiful tests of links golf anywhere in the world.” - Tom Watson famously once said.
Travel onwards to Limerick or Ennis for your overnight.
After breakfast travel westwards to the County Clare coast where you will play Doonbeg Golf Course: “This is a course I wanted to be identified with, one I will be able to say with pride – I did that one – I am the luckiest designer in the world….because of the uniqueness of the site.” Greg Norman.
Doonbeg Golf Club span 1.5 miles of beach and dunes. The ocean is visible from the green, fairway or tee of 16 of the 18 holes. After golf return to your hotel
Today golf is served at Adare Golf Club; the last major golf course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Senior. This majestic design has gained international acclaim as one of his finest creations. Adare Golf Club measures 7,453 yards and uses 230 acres of lush Irish countryside. The exquisite parkland atmosphere of the desmesne has been preserved with the course set amid magnificent mature trees. The course contains many aquatic features. Home to the Irish Open in 2007 and 2008.
Return to Limerick or Ennis for overnight. Tonight you have the opportunity to partake in a farewell dinner in a local pub.
Transfer to the airport and bid farewell to the Emerald Isle.