The Irish Links Courses

The Irish Links Courses

When we say Golf with a Pro we mean Golf with a Pro and when we say golf on Irish links courses that’s exactly what we mean. This tour offers a fabulously special experience for golf enthusiasts…a chance to play the courses played by international golf professionals like Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell and many others. Your tour will be accompanied by PGA Tour Golf Pro, Padraic O’Rourke…who has a thorough and intimate knowledge of the courses you’ll be playing – and who will be playing (and teaching) every day during the tour. Hotels – nothing but the best…all superb 4 star and 5 star accommodations; a great Irish breakfast to start the day as well as a welcome dinner to greet your arrival and a good bye dinner to celebrate an experience you will remember forever!

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Your tour will be accompanied by PGA Tour Golf Pro, Padraic O’Rourke…who has a thorough and intimate knowledge of the courses you’ll be playing – and who will be playing (and teaching) every day during the tour.

  • Accommodations

  • Meals as indicated

  • Activities as indicated

  • Entrance fees as indicated

  • Tour guide/escort

  • On-tour transportation

  • Transfers to start location

  • Transfers from end location

  • Local Room Taxes

  • Required equipment

  • Required clothing

  • Medical Insurance

  • Cancellation Insurance

  • Flights

  • Personal spending money

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Extra Baggage handling

  • Car/Van Rental

  • Headphones

  • Information Package

  • VAT/Sales Tax

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin – Welcome to Ireland

Today’ Highlights:

Meet with Guide in arrival hall and transfer to Shelbourne hotel
Check in – may not be possible before 15h00
Welcome dinner at Peploe’s Restaurant * 2 min walk from hotel – subject to availability
Welcome to Dublin:
In the last 20 years, the Republic of Ireland’s capital city has transformed itself from a quiet, economically depressed, old-fashioned town into a modern, thriving, affluent, and youthful (around 35 percent of the city’s million-plus people are under the age of 25) European city. Ancient pubs, lively nightclubs, hundreds of live music venues, and elegant restaurants share rain-soaked sod with hundreds of years of troubled, painful, and fascinating history carved into stone. The Liffey River divides the city into two distinct areas, both of which have seen an upswing in recent years. But as Joyce, Yeats, Swift, and their modern counterparts have eloquently demonstrated, every corner pub, emerald green, and Georgian square of Ireland’s largest city holds a story waiting to be shared.
Notes for the tour:
When Preparing each day for your golf please remember that all of the nicer courses in Ireland have a dress code , which will be enforced:
Golf Shoes are required anywhere on the course, including the practice putting green.
The following items of dress are unacceptable at all times:
  • Untailored shorts or sports shorts
  • Tracksuit / leisure suit / shell suit tops or bottoms
  • Football shirts
  • Garments displaying prominent slogans
  • Sweaters / sweatshirts without a shirt
  • Sleeveless singlets or sun tops (sleeveless tops with collar are acceptable for women)
  • T-shirts and collarless shirts for men
  • Some places Blue Jeans

Day 2: Transfer to Doonbeg – The Portmarnock Golf Course

Today’ Highlights:

Play Portmarnock Golf Course
Welcome to Clare
Unspoiled natural beauty and a spectacular coastline are not the only assets of County Clare… The hospitality of its people, the traditions of Irish Music and Dance, colorful small shops and cozy pubs, traditional cottages and houses are just a few of the attributes of this area, Enjoy!
The Course
  • Highly ranked championship links course built in true traditional links style
  • 6422 metres Par 71
  • Host to many top amateur and professional events, including the 2008 & 2009 Ladies Irish Open
  • Elevated tees and greens, blind approaches and doglegs – not to mention typical links sea breezes
  • Open all year round – except Christmas Day
  • Golfers’ refreshments served in the Jameson Bar in the Old Jameson House (former residence & private golf course of the Jameson Family of Irish whiskey dynasty fame)
  • A founder member of the Irish Links Initiative, a body established to preserve, protect and promote Irish Links Golf Courses

DAY 3: Omapere – Bay of Islands (B)

Stone Store & Kemp House

Sand Tobogganing
This morning we cruise across the Hokianga Harbour to explore the sand dunes and, if you are feeling adventurous, ride a body board down the dunes.
Later we catch the vehicular ferry from Rawene to Kohukohu on the northern side of the harbour.
We drive over to Kerikeri, the fastest growing town in the North, known for citrus orchards, arts and crafts before heading for Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. The sparkling blue waters of this maritime park are dotted with islands – paradise for beach lovers and sailors.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Journey across the Hokianga harbour to the magnificent 500-foot high sand dunes which are still in their untouched state
Bodyboard down the slopes of the sand dunes and out over the clean, clear waters of the Hokianga Habour

Day 4: Transfer to Killarney – The Lahinch Golf Course

Today’ Highlights:

Play Lahinch Golf Course
Welcome to Killarney
We are all very proud of our vibrant “little” town and the incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside which makes Killarney a very special place indeed. Brim full of history, heritage, activities, and world class hospitality. Killarney is populated with enthusiastic and welcoming people, and this enthusiasm is reflected in many national and international awards, the most recent being when Killarney was selected as Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2011.Killarney has over 250 years’ experience in welcoming guests. With Ireland’s finest choice of Accommodation, Dining & Entertainment, Touring & Shopping Options, Sporting Activities all located in the midst of breathtaking and ever-changing beautiful landscapes, you will not be disappointed.
The Course
The Lahinch golf course is one of the best known courses in Ireland. With a beautiful view of the sea from atop some magnificent craggy cliffs, Lahinch has a wild, untamed atmosphere that is unique among the world’s golf courses. The merry band of goats that roam the links adds to this primitive ambience. Throw in the ruined castle that sits adjacent to their sister course and the feeling of being transported back in time is complete.
Lahinch is not just about atmosphere, however. It is also about challenge. The naturally rugged terrain at Lahinch makes for a real test of golfing skills for those who play there. Lahinch’s fiercely individual personality has made it a must-play course for any golfer traveling to Ireland.

Day 5: Play Old Course Ballybunion – The Ballybunion Golf Course

Today’ Highlights:

Play Old Course Ballybunion
The Course
Ballybunion Golf Course has a spectacular location off the west coast of Ireland. Located on the north west coast of County Kerry, on a beautiful stretch of sand dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find two wonderfully challenging and unique links golf courses at Ballybunion – the Old Course and the Cashen Course. This is the perfect place for your golf vacation in Ireland.
The Old Course exudes a majestic feel that simply cannot be compared to any other course on earth. With beautifully contoured fairways that tumble down through a blanket of grassy dunes, it’s no wonder these challenging holes have been consistently rated among the top courses in the world.

Day 6: Play Tralee – The Tralee Golf Course

Today’ Highlights:

Play Tralee Golf Course
The Course
The first European course designed by Arnold Palmer, this seaside links along the Kerry coastline is a must-play for those golfers making the journey to southwest Ireland. Nearly every hole offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the white sandy beaches below, prompting Palmer to declare, “I designed the first nine but surely God designed the back nine.”

Day 7: Transfer to Kinsale – The Waterville Golf Course

Today’ Highlights:

Play Waterville Golf Course
Welcome to Cork
Its reign as European Capital of Culture 2005 may have come to a close, but Cork is still without a doubt one of the hottest city break destinations in Ireland within the Cork/Kerry region. Delve into this perfectly sized urban hub and you’ll be rewarded with an astonishing array of excellent restaurants, chic bars and lively pubs, a strong local flavour and seriously good summertime festivals. Right now, Cork is cool and confident; the city is feeling good about itself and it shows; the streets are looking smart, the shops are looking stylish and the ‘craic’ (good fun) has never been better.
The Course
Golf at Waterville is a mystical experience – the beauty of classic links land, surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements. Over 100 years old, Waterville is rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world.
Links golf combines sand dunes gorse and native grasses, firm fairways, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces all intertwined by the ever changing weather. Forget the lob wedge. Think bump and run and creative shot making. Are you ready to walk in the footsteps of Ireland’s earliest golfers?

Day 8: Transfer to Dublin – The Old Head of Kinsale

Today’ Highlights:

Play Old Head of Kinsale
The Course
Old Head Golf Links is built on a 220-acre diamond of land, jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The promontory is almost an island with numerous caves running beneath your feet as you play the course.
The links and practice area occupy 180 acres and the remaining 40 acres of unspoilt cliff (rising in places to over 300 feet) frame the course.
Old Head, par 72, comprises five Par 5s, five Par 3s and eight Par 4s – stretching to over 7,200 yards from the tips, with a minimum of six tees per hole. Nine holes play along the cliff tops, and all eighteen holes provide stunning ocean views. With the ever-changing sea breezes, the course provides a stern test to the touring pro and the high handicapper alike.

Day 9: Play Royal County Down – The Royal County Down Golf Club

Today’ Highlights:

Play the Royal County Down Golf Club
The Course
Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zigzagging back and forth to provide a different vista from virtually every hole.
The ninth hole is one of the most photographed holes in world golf. A 486 yard par 4, it is played from one side of a huge mound down to a fairway some 60 ft below and 260 yards from the tee. From the bottom of the slope the second shot is played over two bunkers to a raised green.
The finest of all links courses, it offers a stern challenge from the championship tees. The record is 66 set by Ireland’s first golfing superstar, Jimmy Bruen.
Farewell Dinner at Town Bar & Grill * Just 2 minutes walk from Hotel.

Day 10: Goodbye Ireland – End of Tour – Transfer to Dublin Airport

Today’ Highlights:

Transfer to Airport / Depart Dublin Sle!