Irish Legends Golf Tour to Ireland
7 DAY TOUR
April 28 to May 5, 2019
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Day 1: Arrive Dublin (a.m.) 18 holes at "The Island Golf Club" (10 mins from Dublin Airport).
The Island Golf Club is one of Ireland’s great golfing treats. Located on the edge of the east coast in Fingal, County Dublin, this superlative links golf course is a classic. The robust terrain is dominated by huge sand dunes and typically features a healthy swirling wind. The course is found in the midst of breath-taking landscape, with Donabate Beach, the Broadmeadow Estuary and the Irish Sea surrounding it from all sides.
Delve into the golf course, and you will find a great selection of holes. You will start off at “Partridge Hollow”, as the first hole is known. It is not the most difficult hole you will ever face, but the route is gorgeous. You drive down the cavern shielded by twenty-five feet dunes, and catch a glimpse of the sea on your walk up towards the green.
Depart for Kerry (p.m.) overnight in Killarney x 5 nights
Great Southern Killarney
4-star hotel Great. Location and facilities.
Day 2: 18 Holes at “Waterville Golf Club” www.watervillegolflinks.com
For those in search of a top tier links golf course in Ireland, look no further than Waterville golf course. Lying in situ in the radiant Ring of Kerry, Waterville is steeped in Irish mythology. The course origins date back to 1889, and it is imbued with a sense of prestige and presence.
The course was assembled by legendary Irish architect Eddie Hackett, who has had marvelous input into so many links golf courses. It is a typical Hackett design, in that it features differing challenges at every hole, with a climactic finish ahead. The seventeenth hole is probably the best known on the course. The tee for this par three hole is 250 feet above sea level, giving patrons the opportunity to gaze out towards the splendid beaches which surround the course, and out beyond to the Atlantic.
Day 3: 18 Holes at “Dooks Golf Club” www.dooks.com
Golf has been played in Dooks since 1889 and so it is one of the oldest clubs in Ireland. It was introduced to the local aristocracy by officers from the Royal Horse Artillery attending compulsory training at the nearby Glenbeigh Artillery Range. The club is renowned for its friendliness and invites all its visitors to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the clubhouse. Even though it has been extensively remodeled, great care was taken to ensure it retained its old-world charm and quirkiness. One can relax in the bar which was specially designed so that people at one end of the bar could speak to those at the other. Dooks golf links is not as exposed as some other Irish courses and features an amazing variety of gorse, heather and wild flowers. Surrounded by the blue waters of Dingle Bay, this links course offers golfers a chance to experience the largely undisturbed beauty of the Irish landscape, on one of the most renowned links courses in Ireland.
Day 4: 18 Holes at “Tralee Golf Club”
No golfing tour of the south-west of Ireland would be complete without a stop at Tralee Golf Club. Situated in the magnificent natural splendor of County Kerry, this truly is an excellent golf course. One of Arnold Palmer’s greatest creations, Tralee offers the complete links golf experience.
The route has an abundance of stunning natural imagery. You will tee off just a few feet from the Atlantic Ocean, whose watery splendor is a natural perimeter around the course. The stone walkways between player and beach is a delight. The high dunes are found at multiple locations along the way, with cavernous bunkers sitting at their feet. In the right kind of light, the whole course just shimmers in front of patrons.
The third hole may well be the most enjoyable feast for the eyes. This 194-yard par three is Tralee’s signature hole. Named “The Castle” due to the presence of ancient ruins of a tower that dates back to 1190, it is yet another wonderful feature of this course.
Day 5: 18 holes at “Ballybunion Golf Club”
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. Renowned architect Tom Simpson added what he termed “finishing touches”, recognizing that Nature had created a near perfect terrain without any assistance. (pm) Depart for Dublin overnight x 2 nights at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links.
Day 6: 18 Holes at Old “Portmarnock Golf Links”
Portmarnock Links, is the first golf course that International Management Group (IMG) developed in Ireland and opened for play in 1995. Set in the grounds of the old Jameson estate of St Marnocks,
in 1858 the family developed a private 12-hole course that stretched as far as the infamous 15th at neighboring Portmarnock Golf Club.
Just fifteen minutes from Dublin International Airport, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links enjoys an unmatched coastal location, with breath-taking views over the famous five-mile “Velvet Strand” and its hugely popular Portmarnock Links course. The Championship ‘Portmarnock Links’ course was designed by Bernhard Langer. and has played host to GUI, PGA and LET events. You will enjoy the championship links and deluxe hotel (Golf Resort of the Year 2016) offering great comfort and the best of traditional Irish hospitality. Portmarnock Links makes full use of the dunes and natural terrain to provide a layout that will please the most ardent of links purists. The elevated tees and greens, blind approaches and doglegs – not to mention typical links sea breezes, will keep you thinking through every round.
Day 7: Checkout and depart Dublin
HOTEL INFORMATION Great Southern Killarney
From its distinctive architecture to its effortless service and genuine hospitality, Great Southern Killarney has been a favorite retreat for over 160 years.
After warming yourself by the open fire in our entrance hall, ease into a soft velvet sofa and enjoy afternoon tea. We like to think time slows down just a little at Great Southern Killarney. Enjoy the light as it streams through tall windows, ramble through our gardens, and rest for a while on a secluded bench. Where else are you going to find 6 acres of gardens in the centre of a bustling town? This is life at Great Southern Killarney, a Victorian landmark, and one of Ireland’s most beautiful hotels since 1854.
This is our guests' favorite part of Killarney, according to independent reviews.
Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.
Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
Overlooking the Irish Sea, The Portmarnock Hotel is located between the picturesque villages of Malahide and Howth. It boasts a Championship Golf Course and an award-winning brasserie.
The hotel combines modern elegance with the grandeur of a 19th-century residence, previously owned by member of the Jameson Whiskey dynasty, now home to the famous Jameson Bar. There is also a cocktail lounge providing stunning sea views.
The rooms at the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links all have views of either the ocean, the gardens or the golf course. The rooms also include internet access and tea/coffee-making facilities.
The hotel’s golf course was designed by Bernard Langer and hosted the Irish Ladies Open in 2008 and 2009. The hotel also has direct access to the beach, a fitness room and the Oceana Beauty & Treatment Rooms.
The hotel is only 15 minutes from Dublin Airport and 30 minutes from central Dublin.
This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Portmarnock! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.