At the K Club, the Golf Resort was designed by Arnold Palmer. The Palmer Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course are considered two of Europe's finest Championship Courses recently voted on the top ten worldwide golf resorts by CNN.
The Arnold Palmer designed Ryder Cup Course is quite simply, one of Europe’s most spectacular courses. It charms, it entices and invariably, brings out the very best in your game. It is unlikely that you will be asked to tackle the course from the championship tees, but this should in no way diminish the excitement of pitting your wits against Arnold Palmer, for, in a sense, this is precisely what you are about to do.
Ranked regularly in the top 3 parkland golf courses in Ireland, this Arnold Palmer designed golf haven is a must play ‘badge of honour’ that has hosted the top golf players in the world.
The Ryder Cup in 2006, the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open where we saw Rory McIlroy’s European Tour Shot of the Year and 11 European Opens testify the importance of The Ryder Cup Course to European Golf.
Overnight in The K Club
Depart The K Club & head to the west of Ireland to Ashford Castle
Your royal adventure begins when you enter through the grand stone gates of the remarkable 800-year-old castle. Discover the exquisite interiors, delicious cuisine, passionate team, a wealth of estate activities and state-of-the-art spa.
As a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Ireland’s top hotel destination and former home of the Guinness family, Ashford Castle is exceptional in every sense.
On the current site of the Ashford Castle, in 1228 a castle was built on the perimeter of a monastic site by the Anglo-Norman House of Burke.
After more than three-and-a-half centuries, in 1589 Ashford passed into the hands of a new master, English official Sir Richard Bingham, Lord President of Connaught.,
Overnight Ashford Cstle,Co. ..... full irish breakfast....
Enjoy this vast and wonderful tour before returning to Ashford Castle.
The flora on the Burren is a mixture of Arctic and Mediterranean and rare flowers such as gentian, orchids and bloody cranesbill are the rule rather than the exception. The Burren is truly an exceptional part of Ireland. Continue to Trump International via the Cliffs of Moher
Overnight, Trump Resort, Doonbeg, Co. Clare.
Golf in Doonbeg at Trump Doonbeg Golf Course has been regarded as one of the top golf resorts anywhere in the world! Situated on over 400 acres of Ireland’s most spectacular links overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean, Trump Doonbeg has been named the #1 Resort in Europe by Conde Nast Traveler, a World’s Best by Travel + Leisure, and many, many more.
This spectacular Martin Hawtree-designed, 18-hole Championship golf links course is a stunning site to behold. You will experience not only an incredible course, but unparalleled five star facilities, world-class hospitality and the highest standards of luxury.
Overnight, Trump Resort, Doonbeg, Co.Clare.
Travel to the spectacular Adare Manor.
Sitting on the banks of the River Maigue, Adare overlooks the fording point from which the village derives its name: Ath-Dara meaning ‘The Ford of the Oak’.
Overnight, Adare Manor, Co. Limerick
Masterfully designed, magnificently maintained, and perfectly set within the glorious estate of one of Europe’s most spectacular manor house hotels, The Golf Course at Adare Manor is ready to take its place among the best championship courses in the world.
Celebrated golf architect Tom Fazio has taken what was already an award-winning course and transformed it into a parkland paradise befitting a country in the top tier of global golfing destinations. The new course has been created in harmony with the outstanding natural beauty of its surroundings: lush, softly rolling terrain, mature tree scaping, and the sweeping banks of the River Maigue.
Each hole of The Golf Course at Adare Manor could be crowned the feature hole: each one has been entirely redesigned and reconstructed, with the very latest technology and course innovations, creating a challenging, characterful, and profoundly satisfying playing experience for golfers of every level. The final result is a course that is at once strategic and soulful, playable in all conditions, and future-proofed in preparation for premiere amateur and professional golf events. Cared for by an experienced, passionate team of devoted greenkeepers, the condition of this course and its velvet-smooth Pure Distinction bent grass greens is unrivalled.
Off the course, this commitment to perfection continues in the perfectly appointed clubhouse. Luxurious, stylish, with a modern jazz-age sensibility and every convenience and indulgence you could require, The Carriage House is a worthy counterpart to Europe’s finest new golf course. This is where you will find our expert team and comprehensively stocked Pro Shop, our elegantly welcoming locker rooms, and exciting options for food, drink, and relaxation. The Carriage House features a world-class restaurant managed by our Director of Culinary, Loughlin Druhan; a smart and lively bar serving light bites and a remarkable collection of fine wines, craft beers, and sophisticated cocktails; a gorgeous covered Terrace with panoramic views of the greens; and our snug and comfortable Cigar Lounge.
Taken together, The Golf Course at Adare Manor provides an unforgettable experience designed to inspire, challenge, and captivate the most demanding and spirited golf enthusiasts in the world.
Ballybunnion, (Irish: Baile an Bhuinneánaigh).
Located on the Shannon estuary, it is a true seaside links course. This World Renouned Ballybunnion Course is virtually treeless and a course of sharp contours throughout.
Majestic landscape and fresh sea air that is distinctly part of the Ballybunion experience. It is spectacular and supremely challenging.
Founded in 1893, the club had barely opened its doors before experiencing financial problems. An investment from Colonel Bartholomew saved the club in 1906, and nine new holes were promptly laid out. By 1927 the course had been expanded to 18 holes after the priceless gift of dunesland that nature has bestowed on it.
Ballybunion is rich in history with associations to Mesolithic times. Early iron age pins and Roman coins have been found, as well as stone lined long cists with skeletons.
After your round of golf at Ballybunnion, continue to your Killarney Hotel, The Europe Hotel & Resort
Sit back and relax in The Lounge of this Killarney hotel - where time stands still and catches its breath, where 24 carat gold leaf ceilings blend seamlessly with Irish woven blankets, crystal candlesticks and hand carved wooden ornaments.In the morning sun, read today's newspaper by full length picture windows or as evening draws in, relax by an open fire with an after dinner brandy. Relax in comfort and style in one of the most luxurious
The Spa Cafe
The Europe Hotel & Resort's bar is both charming and relaxing, where dark wood panelling and deep leather arm chairs go hand in hand with open fires & traditional music.
The 5 Star Europe Hotel & Resort's Panorama Restaurant has one of the most enviable views in Ireland
The Brasserie Restaurant with terrace for relaxed al fresco dining,
Overnight, Hotel Europe & Resort
Today offers the perfect haven to enjoy some time out and pampering.
In the Killarney National Park you will discover, Muckross House, Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle.
Enjoy transportation of a different kind! A pony and trap (also known as a Jaunting Car) helps you discover areas of Killarney National Park that you might not otherwise visit. Relax aboard a jaunting car as your Jarvey [driver] takes you through the magnificent scenery of the National Park.
Dooks Golf Club, tucked away on the Ring of Kerry near the town of Killorglin in southwest Ireland, is a delightfully old-fashioned club with a scenic and testing links that is overlooked by far too many visitors to Ireland’s southwest. Barely 6000 yards, you could almost call it “links golf in miniature,” for although Dooks Golf Club may lack the towering dunes of Ballybunion and Tralee, it calls for all of the bumpy, imaginative shots required by its more famous neighbors.
And, Dooks does this in a setting that is possibly even more sublime at the edge of Dingle Bay. A 9-hole course up until the 1970’s, Dooks Golf Club was then expanded to 18 holes by a group of world-famous architects (the local members). Actually, it’s hard to imagine that anyone else could have done a better job.
The Dooks members’ best move was to leave the green alone on what is now the 13th. The slopes of the green are said to mirror the contours of the distant mountains, and the result is, well, challenging to say the least. One of our favorite holes at Dooks Golf Club has the rare honor of having actually earned its way onto the Dooks scorecard, as it was not part of the original 18 holes. The Secretary used to call it “The Spare,” as they put it in play whenever maintenance was done to one of the others.
This special hole was located between the 11th and 12th, and visitors to Dooks Golf Club often struggled to squeeze it in without holding up the group behind them! It is now proudly the 12th hole itself, rather than the 19th. Visitors love it but their favorite hole at Dooks Golf Club might well be the current 19th, one of the friendliest in Ireland, a pub in the clubhouse to rival any on the Emerald Isle!
Overnight, The Europe Hotel & Resort for overnight.
Founded in 1893 Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is steeped in history and is widely known as one of the most historic golfing venues in Ireland. Killarney Golf & Fishing Club has had the privilege of hosting many high-profile events such as four Irish Opens (1991, 1992, 2010 & 2011), along with the European Amateur Team Championship, the Curtis Cup, the Ladies Open Championship and many more great events.
This is a truly magnificent drive from Killarney to Kinsale. Make a stop at Ladies View and absorb the sights from Moll's Gap.Continue through Kenmare towards Glengarriff.
Visit to Garnish Island. The Harbour Queen Ferries provides a regular service to the Gardens of Ilnacullin on Garnish Island. Ferries depart from Glengarriff Pier every 30 minutes during the season. The ferries are purpose built enclosed water buses which will whisk you to the island in safety and comfort.
Garinish is a unique Island that plays host to a multitude of plant variations, and the blanket of Summer colouring which covers the Island creates a rainbow of colour.
Continue to Kinsale for Overnight, Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Kinsale Hotel & Spa is set in 90 acres of mature wooded parklands, overlooking Oysterhaven bay. It is only 10 minutes from the quaint town of Kinsale. The contemporary restaurant features local produce with unspoilt views over Oysterhaven Bay while dining options are also available at the comfortable Captains Bar.
Guests have full complimentary use of the leisure centre including a 20m swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and state of the art gymnasium. Guests can enjoy the many developed walkways and private coves throughout the grounds. The hotel is an ideal base for exploring Cork city and county and its many attractions. The hotel provides complimentary parking for all hotel guests.
The Old Head of Kinsale was formed by differential erosion. An outcrop of hard sandstone is lodged between two layers of shale. The shale is eroded by marine action at a faster rate than the sandstone. The sandstone anticlines were much more resistant to erosion than the slate filled synclines. Thus over time the headland was formed
Occupying this stunning and unique headland reaching out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, the Old Head of Kinsale is home to a most spectacular world-class golf course.
The course was the incredible brainchild of the late John O'Connor together with his brother Patrick, the Club has developed into one of the most recognized and sought after golf experiences anywhere on earth. It is a sanctuary for those seeking the finest in personalized service.
Overnight, Kinsale Hotel & Spa
This morning depart Kinsale via Tipperary Visit to Rock of Cashel.Possibly the most photographed site in Ireland, the Rock of Cashel towers over the town of Cashel from its perch on a 200-foot high outcrop of limestone.
The Merrion Hotel occupies one of the finest, most beautifully restored and best located Georgian buildings in Dublin City Center.
Overnight, The Merrion Hotel
Portmarnock (Irish: Port Mearnóg)
On Christmas Eve 1893, an insurance broker named W.C.Pickeman and his friend George Ross rowed over from Sutton to Portmarnock peninsula to explore the possibility of creating a golf links. The peninsula is about two miles long and covers over 500 acres.
The course opened on St. Stephen's day 1894 with nine holes. It was extended to eighteen holes in 1896 with a new clubhouse and a further nine holes were added in 1971. The championship course follows the original layout although considerably lengthened (over 7,500 yards of the Championship tees). The only major change in the routing was the insertion in 1927 of a new now famous par three, the 15th hole.
Portmarnock was the venue for the first Irish Open in 1927
Overnight, The Merrion Hotel.
After a full Irish Breakfast, Depart Dublin Airport for your flight home.
1. The majority of golf clubs in Ireland require a handicap of 24 for men and 36 for women. Some golf clubs may request a certificate of handicap.
2. Generally it is necessary to have a good knowledge of the etiquette of golf
3. There is almost always a course available but we suggest you reserve it in advance
4. Each Golf Club has its own set of rules
5. Normally Golf Clubs require a non-refundable deposit in order to guarantee a booking - especially for groups.
6. It is necessary to reserve caddies in advance - we cannot guarantee their availability otherwise. The price of a caddie varies from € 25.00 to € 35.00 for every 18 hole round (price does not include a tip). It is necessary to pay the caddie master for the services of a caddie.
7. It is possible to hire a golf club at almost all golf clubs but it is always a good idea to book in advance
8. Dress code is important
9. Some clubs will request a list of players names, home clubs and handicaps, if not already supplied.
10. Please advise the group that most golf clubs require that a group check in at reservations at least 15 minutes before their tee – times
11. Full pre-payment or (non refundable) deposit is required to confirm tee-times at Golf Course.
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