Capturing in words the unique experience that is a golf tour in Ireland is all but impossible; the atmosphere, hospitality and visual landscape must be seen to be truly understood. A country roughly the size of Florida serves up a golfing feast that is all but unrivalled in diversity and quality, presenting the opportunity for unforgettable golf tours.
Darren Clarke, one of Ireland’s favourite golfing sons and a former Open Champion, is the global ambassador for Your Golf Tours. The man from Donegal now resides in Portrush and is a proud member of Royal Portrush Golf Club, a wonderful links course that looks set to return to the Open Championship rota from 2019. Follow in Darren’s footsteps and tackle Portrush and a load more along Ireland’s majestic northern shores.
Clichés like the Irish craic and cold pints of Guinness are littered all over any description of the typical Irish golf vacation, but what you’ve no doubt read is largely true. The people are incredible friendly, the atmosphere lively to say the least, and the Black Stuff cold and smooth. Bring your golfing friends and discover that local pub that will live long in the memory, the only place to recount the day’s golfing highs and lows, of which there will no doubt be many.
Choose to drive yourself – allow plenty of time! – or our chauffeur guided options and uncover the greatest courses during your Irish golf trip. Dublin and Shannon remain the most likely points of entry from an air travel perspective, from which you have a number of awe-inspiring options. Around Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital city, relax in style at one of the top resorts, including 2006 Ryder Cup host The K Club, bolting on local links gems like The European Club, The Island and Portmarnock.
Heading upstream, Northern Ireland’s compact golfing landscape packs a mighty punch courtesy of Royal County Down, ranked just behind Pine Valley worldwide by many astute observers, a glorious links you should combine with Royal Portrush and Portstewart to the north. Ballyliffin and the strikingly rugged north-west links are also great add-ons.
Perhaps the most sought-after is a golf tour in south west Ireland. Names like Doonbeg, Ballybunion, Lahinch, Tralee and Waterville trip so easily off the tongue, and can be combined with centres like Killarney for the ultimate Irish golf tour package. These are some of Europe’s premier championship links, marked on the map by illustrious admirers like Payne Stewart, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods. Follow in famous footsteps, enjoy Ireland’s best and a golf tour that is hard to beat.
Best time to travel
Summer: May – Sep
Shoulder Season: Apr & Oct
Direct: Dublin, Belfast & Shannon
Connecting from London:
Dublin, Belfast, Shannon, Cork & Knock