'To Be Sure'
A HOSTED GOLF TOUR OF IRELAND
11 of Ireland's BEST Courses
Play golf during the day, enjoy Irish hospitality in the evening
Hosted by Heather & Peter Wood
Ireland is famous for its genuine links courses and Irish hospitality. On this trip we combine stunning links golf with the best sightseeing and singing with the locals in the typical Irish pubs.
To be sure, this is golf travel at its best.
PROPOSED* TOUR INCLUDES
- 16 nights accommodation including daily breakfasts
- 11 rounds of golf on the best courses in Ireland including Ballybunion, Lahinch, Tralee, Old Head, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, The Island, Portmarnock
- Quality accommodation throughout, including the Slieve Donard Hotel, Bushmills Inn and Old Head
- Sightseeing to the Cliffs of Moher and more!
- Farewell dinner at Bushmills Inn
- Tour shirt and prizes included
- This is fully hosted small group tour with experienced leaders who are passionate about what they do.
PROPOSED* TOUR OVERVIEW
The trip begins at spectacular Old Head Golf Links, staying in the on course accommodation. We play the cliff top course of Old Head in then after our game we travel a short distance to the ‘very Irish’ town of Killarney. Here there is time for a game of golf at Waterville GC on the Ring of Kerry and sightseeing in Killarney.
We then meander up the south west coast, playing beautiful Tralee then settling into Ballybunion for a few nights and playing the two courses at Ballybunion. Then it's off to lahinch, dropping onto Doonbeg for lunch and visiting the Cliffs of Moher in the afternoon. We play Lahinch with its famous "Old Tom Morris" holes, and enjoy the music in the local pubs at night.
Next we travel across the centre of Ireland to Dublin, enjoying some sightseeing along the way. Whilst in Dublin we do some sightseeing in the morning, then play the Island Golf Club in the afternoon. We then head up the east coast to Newcastle, playing Portmarnock on the way, and we check into the very grand Slieve Donard Hotel located right next to the Royal County Down Golf Course. Staying and playing here is sure to be the highlight of the trip.
Then we head further north, playing Ardglass Golf Club on the way, arriving late afternoon in the village of Bushmills where we stay 3 nights. We play Royal Portrush, enjoy some whiskey tasting and sightseeing at the Giants Causeway and Carrick-a rede Bridge, and possibly squeeze in another game of golf at Portstewart, Castlerock or Ballycastle.
*Please Note: This a proposed itinerary only. The final itinerary will be issued shortly with full price and package details.
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
If you are interested in joining us on this tour, please let us know by enquiring here. No obligation. Places will be limited to 16.
Heather and Peter Wood
Peter and Heather have a wealth of experience in all facets of golf and golf touring. With first hand knowledge of Ireland, they will ensure you get the most out of your time in Ireland. To be sure!
"Our tours are known for the fabulous golf courses we can access, high quality accommodation, and variety of experiences that a particular destination can provide. However, one of the most important factor in the success of the tours is the camraderie of the people who join us. Golf is the common theme, but we have fun together, and lasting friendships are made.
Peter Wood... The Travelling Golfer"
INFORMATION ON THE COURSES
Old Head Golf Club
Old Head, par 72, comprises five Par 5s, five Par 3s and eight Par 4s â 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.
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.
Killarney Golf Club (Killeen)
is very much the flagship course at the club. The Killarney lakes and surrounding mountain ranges provide an imposing backdrop to this championship course. Re-opened in June 2006 the course is slightly longer now with faster greens. At 6593 metres it will challenge long hitters. But accuracy is vital as there is water on virtually every hole.
Ballybunion Cashen Course
It's simple really, if the Cashen Course at Ballybunion Golf Club was anywhere else it would attract far more attention and plaudits than it does. It's hard on a girl if her older sister is Sophia Loren!
Although built on similar, stirring terrain to The Old Course in the 1980s, in many ways 'The Cashen' is more irascible, more spectacular, more flirtatious, more brutal and more unforgiving and more difficult to tame than her older, more famous sibling.
Ballybunion Old Course
Blessed with the most formidable dune structure in Ireland, golf was introduced to the small Kerry town of Ballybunion in 1893. The present Ballybunion Golf Club was not formed until 1906, when prominent town folk commissioned local golf writer Lionel Hewson to design them a new nine-hole course on their spectacular coastal links-land. By 1927 the links had been extended to eighteen holes and in 1936 the club employed Tom Simpson to make further revisions and help shape a great piece of land into a great golf course.
The Island Golf Club
The Island Golf Club was among the first twelve Golf Clubs to be founded in Ireland.
There were two unusual features about it's origin for that time - one being that it had no military connection as other clubs had â and secondly, that it was initiated as a private club. The ten founder members became the owners of the Club and only allowed members as annual ticket holders.
Lahinch Golf Club
Overlooking the stunning County Clare coastline, the course first plays along the sea toward an estuary that dissects the site, before heading back along the main coastal road into town. After a solid opening the first hint of brilliance comes at the 3rd, an awesome driving hole over a large dune slope that turns seaward and follows a succession of humps and hollows into a clever plateau green. Next are Klondyke and Dell, unmistakably Lahinch these two Old Tom originals are amongst the most famous holes in Irish golf.
Tralee Golf Links
Although first formed within the town of Tralee in 1896, the Tralee Golf Club now plays on a course built in 1984 and situated along the Kerry coastline at nearby Barrow. Designed by Arnold Palmer and partner Ed Seay, the front nine at Tralee touches an ocean inlet and rocky shore while the back is carved from an immense dune ridge that tumbles down toward the area's spectacular beach.
Waterville Golf Club (optional)
Located along the Atlantic Ocean, on a peninsula of land bordered by an estuary of the Inny River, the Hackett design included a front side built over less exposed terrain away from the coastal dunes and a back nine that occupied rugged sandhills and touched both the mouth of the Estuary and the Atlantic's shoreline. Opening in 1973, the original Hackett course was the longest in Ireland but oozed old-world charm. It amassed itself quite a devoted and loyal following until sold in 1987 to a small group of Irish Americans who later embarked on what seemed a radical renovation program with architect Tom Fazio.
Portmarnock Golf Club (Old)
Portmarnock is arguably the best Championship Course in Ireland. It has hosted all of Irelands major championships from the Irish Ladies to the Irish Open and also some of the world's biggest events including the Canada Cup( now the World Cup), and the Walker Cup.
Amongst the winners of nineteen Irish Open Championships were Bobby Locke, Sam Torrance, Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam, Bernhard Langer, Jose Maria Olazabal, Ben Crenshaw, Hubert Green, John O'Leary, Mark James, Ken Brown and Michael Campbell.
Royal County Down
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 narrowest ribbons of fairways thread their way through as impressive a set of sand dunes as could be imagined. The fairways are surrounded by purple heather and golden gorse. Beautiful to look at but oh, so punishing for any who may stray from the prescribed path.
Ardglass Golf Club
Located 30 miles from Belfast on the beautiful County Down coast, Ardglass GC is links golf as it should be. With views of the rugged coast line from every hole and the majesty of the Mourne Mountains providing the perfect back-drop, Ardglass has a claim to be rated amongst the world's greatest links courses.
Royal Portrush Golf Club
Royal Portrush Golf Club is home to one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world, the Dunluce Links, and the hidden gem, the Valley Links. Portrush is the only club in Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship
The Travelling Golfer can tailor a golfing trip to Ireland to suit you!