Ireland Signature Adventure: Ireland Bucket List Experience (August 2023)

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The Bushmills Inn Hotel
The Bushmills Inn Hotel
Great Southern Hotel Killarney
Great Southern Hotel Killarney
Ballyliffin Golf Club - Glashedy and Old Links
Ballyliffin Golf Club - Glashedy and Old Links
Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Links
Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Links
Portmarnock Golf Club
Portmarnock Golf Club
Waterville Golf Club
Waterville Golf Club
Ballybunion Golf Club  (Old & Cashen)
Ballybunion Golf Club (Old & Cashen)
Tralee Golf Club
Tralee Golf Club
Portstewart Golf Club - The Strand
Portstewart Golf Club - The Strand
 Thursday Aug 31

Arrival at either Shannon or Cork airports

Transfer from Your Arrival Airport to Great Southern Hotel in Killarney
Meet & Greet by your chauffeur and transfer to Killarney

    For all transfers:
    Luxury Mercedes Sprinter mini-bus.

Check-in at The The Great Sourthen Hotel

Killarney is the proud birthplace of Irish tourism, with the town celebrating its 250th anniversary as a tourist destination in 2004. The Great Southern Killarney, has been a focal point of this lively and bustling tourist town since 1854.

Great Southern Killarney, a breathtaking four-star landmark hotel in the heart of Killarney's town center on six acres of gorgeous gardens. This premier historic hotel retains many original Victorian features with thoroughly modern amenities. Enjoy the beauty rooms, fitness center, tennis courts, heated pool, and sauna. The grand foyer is as impressive as the superb service and prime locale adjacent to the train station — a two-minute walk to the town center. No wonder the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Jackie Kennedy have stayed here.

In 2020 The Great Southern was delighted to be crowned Best Historic Hotel in Europe in the 2020 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence.

Dinner On Your Own

Overnight at The Great Southern
Friday Sep 1
Transfer by luxury bus to Tralee G.C

Golf at Tralee Golf Club

Although only founded in 1980, Tralee is ranked amongst Arnold Palmer’s top 10 designs in the world and as one of the World’s most scenic Links Courses. The 1st and 2nd holes offer spectacular views on the beach. The Academy Award winning film Ryan's Daughter starring Robert Mitchum and Sarah Miles had its beach scenes filmed beside the first few holes.

A tower stands behind the third green overlooking the harbor which dates back to the 1190’s!

Hole 5 will see you face to face with the sea again - aim slightly left of center to miss the bunkers on the right that are strategically placed to catch the drifting ball. The 6th is a right dog-leg Par 4, the second part over undulating hillocks as you go towards the Green. This is the start to the Loop, which involves holes 6,7,8 and noted as Palmer's favorite part of the course.

The back 9 will see you face deep Bunkers, heavy rough and sand dunes. The most memorable 17th plays from a high tee across a deep gorge to a green perched high against a backdrop of mountains. Don’t be distracted by the Clubhouse, you still have 13 bunkers to navigate. This is a combination of Links Golf, History and spectacular Scenery all wrapped in one beautiful package!

Return Transfer by luxury bus to Great Southern Hotel Killarney

Dinner On Your Own
Saturday Sep 2

Transfer to the Waterville Golf Club

Tee off at Waterville Golf Links

Waterville and Ballinskelligs Bay play an important part in the mythology of ancient Ireland. According to the “Book of Invasions” written about 1000 AD, Cessair, the granddaughter of Noah, landed in Ballinskelligs Bay and became Ireland’s first invader. Here too, the last of the mythical invaders, the Milesians, settled in 700 BC and reportedly left behind many of the archaeological sites found in the area.

These rich legends, along with the earliest memories of Kerry history, combine to form a mystical aura that visitors to Waterville can sense even today. No area captures this feeling more than the sand hills and strand that border Ballinskelligs Bay and form the present day Waterville Golf Links.

The earliest structured golf at Waterville has been traced back to 1889, when it came under the umbrella of the extremely active Waterville Athletic Club. It was a formalized part of the life of the village by 1900, when becoming one of the first clubs to be affiliated with the Golfing Union of Ireland.

The Athletic Club, for, and on behalf of, a Commercial Cable Company in Watervolle operated Waterville 9 holes for the next fifty years as the club membership fluctuated with the demand for cable communication between Europe and the US.

However, in the 1950s, more advanced technology replaced this demand and the Links entered a period of dormancy throughout the 1960’s, waiting the arrival of the Irish born American, John A. Mulcahy.

“Jack” as he was called by his friends had a vision to build the most testing golf links in the world. Ireland’s foremost links architect, Eddie Hackett, joined Mulcahy and his close friend Claude Harmon, a past Masters champion and head professional at Winged Foot Golf Club. They designed a course fit to be ranked among the best. The terrain was ideal, and after exhaustive planning and work, the course and its new clubhouse opened in 1973.

Today, Waterville Links ranks #4 in top 100 in Britian and Ireland and in the Top 100 in the World!

Transfer back to Great Southern Hotel After Golf

Dinner On Your Own
Sunday Sep 3

Full Day Tour of Killarney

You'll enjoy Kerry Jaunting (In Horse Cart), Riding over the Ring of Kerry past Dingle Links and visiting Muckross House!

Absolutely stunning scenery abounds in this area. So many WOW locations to see and appreciate! The town of Dingle is charming and there are a few not to miss things…..the pubs and little shops. There are sheep everywhere (and along the road is charming farm where you can not only feed the lambs but also hold one.
This is a not to be missed kind of day, and you'll have a tour guideso you can hear all the wonderful stories of note — and to get into these lovely places.

Dinner On Your Own
Monday Sep 4

Check out of Great Southern Hotel
Transfer by luxury bus to Ballybunion Golf Club

Golf at at Ballybunion Old Course

On a beautiful stretch of sand dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Ballybunion Old Course opened in 1893. It is located on the north west coast of County Kerry with beautifully contoured fairways that tumble down through a blanket of grassy dunes.

It is believed that the first real layout of golf holes in Ballybunion took place in 1893. Some British Army Offices who were holidaying in Ballybunion at the time and were staying at the Castle Hotel made the first layout. .Little is known of the actual designer, but the course originally had 9 championship holes and 3 practice holes; not an untypical layout for the time.

It wasn’t until 1926 that the course was reworked and expanded to 18 holes by the Irish golf journalist, Lionel Hewson.

Today Ballybunion Old Course is ranked 7th in Ireland and 17th in the World! If the wind is not blowing in off the Atlantic, it will not be overly difficult. If the wind is blowing up, don't worry about your score, just enjoy one of the most beautiful courses in the world!

After Golf, Hop on the Bus for the Trip over the River Shannon into Clare and On To Doonbeg

The longest river in the British Isles, the Shannon divides West of Ireland as well asvt he North and South of the Island.

You'll enjoy a very scenic 20 minute ferry ride to land in the town of Kilkee, County Clare. And if you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the dolphins, which in the summer, can sometimes swim so near the ferry, as if just to entertain you. As the only vehicle ferry trip on the main spine of the Wild Atlantic Way, this invigorating journey allows you experience the rugged nature of land and sea as you breath in the fresh salty sea air that encapsulates Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.

Check-in at 5* Doonbeg Golf Resort, County Clare

As early as 1892, officers of the Scottish Black Watch Regiment considered Doonbeg, Ireland an ideal setting for links golf. In the early 1990s, the Doonbeg Community Development Company began promoting the concept of a golf course at Doonbeg. With urging from that group, Shannon Development obtained purchase options for 377 acres of links-land from four local farming families. Doonbeg Golf Club Ltd., an Irish entity created by the partners of Kiawah Development Partners, acquired the options from Shannon Development and closed the sale in December 1999. Construction of the golf course commenced in December 1999.

The Doonbeg, Ireland golf course opened on July 9, 2002, when Greg Norman defeated Irish Ryder Cup star Padraig Harrington by 2 to 1 in an exhibition match, but much interest and activity predated the event.

In February 2014, Doonbeg Golf Club was purchased by Trump Hotels. The luxury golf resort has since been renamed, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland.

Dinner On Your Own
Tuesday Sep 5

Golf at Trump International Doonbeg Golf Course

Originally designed by Greg Norman in 2002, this course is a challenge to all, but the beauty and experience will never be forgotten! Your Forecaddy will assist you to score well. Doonbeg Golf Club course spans 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and centuries old sand dunes. The course offers views across the Atlantic from the green, the fairway, or tee of 16 of the 18 holes! A modern links course that you will always be excited to remember playing.

Donald Trump bought the Resort in 2014. Since then Trump Doonbeg has had been transformed by Dr. Hawtree to one of the 'must play' golf courses on the international circuit. He has allowed the character and soul of the land flourish while enhancing the playability tenfold. Every hole has its own identity which will both reward and challenge each golfer.

Dinner On Your Own
Wednesday Sep 6
Transfer by luxury bus to Near By Lainch in the town of Lahinch

Golf at Lahinch Golf Club Old Course

The famous Lahinch Golf Club Old Course, ranked #65  in the world, has benefited both from the natural characteristics of the terrain and from the genius of distinguished course architects.

Alexander Shaw -Old Tom Morris of St Andrews. commented: 'I consider the links is as fine a natural course as it has ever been my good fortune to play over.'

In 1927 Dr. Alister Mackenzie was invited to make a number of adjustments to the links. On completion he remarked, 'Lahinch will make the finest and most popular course that I, or I believe anyone else, ever constructed. Coming from a man who would very shortly design Cypress Point on the Monterey Peninsula and later help to create the legendary Augusta National, his comment can hardly be taken lightly.

Dinner On Your Own
Thursday Sep 7

Check Out of Trump Internatinal Golf Resort

Time to Head Up to Sligo !

Foodie Tour of County Sligo

For a little rest after playing every day, you'll enjoy a Foodie Tour of County Sligo enroute to the famous Bushmills Inn and Hotel on the Giant's Causway in Cointy Antrim.

The Taste of Sligo food tour is a 2.5-hour long foodie tour of Sligo’s finest venues. Host Anthony Gray takes you into the heart of Sligo town to experience exquisite culinary delights from Sligo’s award-winning chefs. You will visit 5-7 of the best of Sligo’s venues, taste and sample local food delights and beverages with a focus on the freshest local produce. There is no better way to explore Sligo than through its hospitality industry in good company. Sligo is a foodie heaven! Allow us to guide you.

Check in at The Bushmills Inn

Set against the backdrop of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, The Bushmills Inn is the perfect retreat for those who crave the unconventional, yet still expect exceptional service. The welcome is warm and the fire always lit.

Originally a Coaching Inn in the 1600s, this 4 star boutique Hotel and Restaurant is steeped in Irish history with a myriad of places to hide from the world. Step back to a time steeped in charm. From inglenook turf fires to hayloft snugs, there’s something to find behind every door.

In the village that is home to the world’s oldest Whiskey Distillery, between the famous Giant’s Causeway and Royal Portrush Golf Club, we offer the perfect base to explore a host of visitor attractions such as Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle and many of the Game of Thrones filming locations.

Dinner On Your Own
Friday Sep 8
Transfer by luxury bus to Royal Portrush G.C

Golf at Royal Portrush - Dunluce course

Portrush was once a small fishing village which later became a busy seaside holiday resort before Royal Portrush Golf Club emerged as an international golf destination.

It is a club with a long and distinguished tradition with world class links which are set in spectacular rolling sand dunes with breath taking coastal views. Royal Portrush is a golfing venue like no other and considered one of the finest Links courses in the world! A Harry Colt design, the Dunluce was the venue for The Open 2019 and is an amazing course. The 17th and 18th were redesigned to fit the stadium stands for the finishing holes and actually made a marked improvement in the finish! A tough, but fair test up and down lots of sand dunes so it is a walk, but well worth every step!

Dinner On Your Own
Saturday Sep 9
Check out of Bushmills Hotel and depart for Dublin with a stop at Portstewart GC for a round!

Golf at Portstewart - The Strand Course

Situated on Northern Ireland’s magnificent Causeway Coast, Portstewart Golf Club presents a difficult but fair game.

Strand Course is indisputably the jewel in Portstewart’s crown for both quality of game and scenery. The course is set in classic links country amid towering sand dunes with views at every turn of the Donegal hills, the Atlantic and the River Bann. The opening hole with its elevated tee, dogleg right to the green and sandy strip on the right, was always a particularly memorable opening hole.

After Golf, Hop on the Bus for your transfer to Dublin

Check in at The 5*Westbury Hotel in the heart of Dublin

The Westbury Hotel is one of Dublin's finest luxury properties!
Located right off St Stephen's Green, the Westbury is within a short walk of all of Dublin's major attractions!
The 205 rooms and suites are beautifully decorated with neutral colors, plush couches and linens, and modern patterns.

Dinner On Your Own
Sunday Sep 10

Portmarnock Golf Club

Welcome to Portmarnock Golf Club, founded in 1894. The links is consistently ranked amongst the top golf courses in the world.

Tee off at Portmarnock G.C. (Old Course)

Opened in 1894, Portmarnock (Old Course) has long been universally acknowledged as one of the truly great links courses. Portmarnock is situated along the Sluice River on the north side of Dublin, about 12 miles from the city center. Its quality and location have made it a splendid venue for some of the game's great events, from the British Amateur Championship of 1949, to the Canada Cup in 1960, quite apart from the 1991 Walker Cup and 12 stagings of the Irish Open. Portmarnock (Old) as been regularly rated No 1 in Ireland by Golf Digest regularly.
Lots of pot bunkers to avoid, if you can, but Portmarnock Old Course will definitely be one of the courses you will cherish having played!

Dinner On Your Own

Check out of your Hotel In Dublin and Transfer to Dublin Airport for Your Flight Home

Your Experience includes:

Stay in luxury accommodation:

    4 Nights’ accommodation sharing Double Room at the 4* Great Southern Hotel, Killarney
    3 Nights’ accommodation sharing 2 Bedroom Courtyard Apartment at the 5* Trump International, Clare
    2 Nights’ accommodation sharing Double Deluxe Room at the 4* Bushmills Inn, Bushmills
    2 Nights’accommodation sharing Double Room at the 5* Westbury Hotel, Dublin City
    All taxes
    Full Irish Breakfast Daily


    8x 18 holes of Bucket list golf (Pre-paid green fees & pre-booked tee times)
    1 Round of Golf at Tralee GC
    1 Round of Golf at Waterville
    1 Round of Golf at Ballybunion GC Old Course
    1 Round of Golf at Trump International Doonbeg
    1 Round of Golf at Lahinch Old Course
    1 Round of Golf at Royal Portrush Dunluce Course
    1 Round of Golf at Portstewart Strand Course
    1 Round of Golf at Portmarnock Championship Course


    Return Private Transfer to Tralee GC
    Return Private Transfer to Waterville GC
    Full Day Sightseeing of Kerry area including Dingle and Killarney with Driver Guide
    Coach & Driver for 7 days touring inclusive of driver’s half board accommodation
    Killimer / Tarbert Ferry
    Entrances: Sligo Food Tour/Killarney Jaunting/Muckross House
    Local Emergency Assistance
    Services and Taxes
    Online Itinerary and comprehensive travel information

Not included:

    Air Fares, Travel / Medical Insurance, Caddies, Golf Carts, Golf Equipment, Lunch, Dinner each day, local Tour Leader, Additional guiding services or entrances, Porterage, Tips

    US$ 8197.00 per person, double occupancy / based on 12 golfers traveling together

The Bushmills Inn Hotel

Time to take a slower pace of life. Step back to a time steeped in charm. From inglenook turf fires to hayloft snugs, there’s something to find behind every door – a secret just waiting to be unlocked. The welcome is warm and the fire always lit. So pull up a chair, there’s always room for a friend. Like a fine malt, the Bushmills Inn Hotel has matured across the years. The original coach house and stables are thought to date back to 1608, the same year that the Bushmills distillery was granted the first ever licence to distil whiskey. Over time the Inn took on many guises, from boarding house to bicycle factory. Careful redevelopment however has reawakened the Inn.The oak-beamed Loft with its fireplace "snug" is the gateway to the Mill House on the banks of the River Bush. Here these spacious and creatively designed guest rooms, discretely accommodating modern technology, all have their own sitting room area, small dressing room and, of course, private bathrooms. Located only 90 minutes from Belfast, 3 hours from Dublin and a short drive to world famous courses like Port Stewart and Portrush.

Great Southern Hotel Killarney

Great Southern Hotel Killarney

From its distinctive architecture to its effortless service and genuine hospitality, Great Southern Killarney, located within the city limits has been a favourite retreat for over 160 years. After warming yourself by the open fire in the 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.

Ballyliffin Golf Club - Glashedy and Old Links

Only established in 1947, Ballyliffin has rapidly gained acclaim and recognition as one of the finest golf clubs in the world. Situated on the northern most tip of Ireland, at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ballyliffin is now firmly on the itinerary of every discerning golfer visiting this island. Home to two Championship links – Glashedy Links and The Old Links, Ballyliffin is unique in the quality and contrasting excellence of both courses on site. The Glashedy Links has hosted the European Tour 2018 DDF Irish Open, the 2016 Irish Close Championship and Boys Home Internationals, The Interprovincial Championships in 2006, the European Tour North West of Ireland Open in 2002 and the Ladies Irish Open in 1998. The Old Links hosted the European Tour Irish Seniors Open in 2008 and the Irish Women’s Close in 2015.
The Glashedy Links, opened in 1995, is a Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock masterpiece fashioned around the incredible dunes of Ballyliffin and Ruddy has returned on many occasions to fine tune and oversee the constant improvements to the links.
The Old Links was opened in 1973 following the clubs move from rented lands nearby and was originally designed with contributions from Eddie Hackett, Lawrie and Pennick and members. Ruddy and Craddock made considerable changes whilst routing the Glashedy Links and Nick Faldo upgraded the links in 2005/6.

Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Links

Royal Portrush Golf Club - Dunluce Links

Dunluce Links at the Royal Portrush Golf Club is located in the town of Portrush in Northern Ireland. It is one of two golf course at the club, the other being the Valley Links.

Measuring 7319 yds from the back tees, with unimaginable rough and testing greens, combined with the unpredictable weather of the roaring North Atlantic make this course an admirable test for even the most seasoned golf aficionado.

One of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world, the Dunluce Links is the only club in Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship. Voted Number 12 in the world by Golf Magazine, it is a masterpiece of golf course architecture.

The result is a magnificent layout providing a fair and scenically stunning challenge for golfers to enjoy.

Portmarnock Golf Club

Within a picturesque curve of coastline, 10 miles to the north of Dublin City and only a 15-minute drive from Dublin Airport, Portmarnock Golf Club sits majestically on a narrow tongue of shallow duneland. And as a measure of its enduring quality, it remains one of the most respected venues in world golf. No other Irish course has been graced by so many distinguished players in a rich history encompassing a broad sweep of significant events. It is where Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead successfully followed its serpentine route through classic linkland on their way to victory in the 1960 Canada Cup. And it is where another generation of Americans, including Phil Mickelson and David Duval, secured a memorable Walker Cup triumph in 1991. These events, along with 19 stagings of the European Tour's Irish Open Championship, reflect the quality of a searching examination across the link's twenty-seven holes.

Waterville Golf Club

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 Irelands earliest golfers?

Ballybunion Golf Club (Old & Cashen)

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. The Trent Jones Cashen Course, located along the sweeping, undisturbed shoreline, offers breathtaking views throughout. There is a wild look to the place. Long grass covers the dunes that pitch and roll throughout the course. Whatever your choice, every hole, every hazard and every shot is defined by nature's infinite presence. Enjoy!

Tralee Golf Club

Designed and built by Arnold Palmer, this stunning setting represents a true paradise for those willing to challenge what is widely acclaimed as one of the finest links courses in the world. Smitten at first sight, Palmer would later go on record with this memorable quote: “I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine”. It comes as no surprise to learn that, due to the majestic beauty of this setting, Palmer choose it to be his first and, arguably, his finest golf course in Europe. Tralee, in addition to boasting a clear view of the Atlantic Ocean from every hole, has a fully qualified resident professional, fully stocked Pro Shop, a spacious and comfortable restaurant and bar and it has earned a reputation for having a most friendly and relaxed atmosphere for members and visitors alike. A trip to Southwest Ireland could not be
complete without playing this most precious and unpretentious of golfing jewels.
Portstewart Golf Club - The Strand

Portstewart Golf Club - The Strand

The Strand Golf Course is located in the seaside town of Portstewart on the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland. It is one of the three courses that make up the Portstewart Golf Club, which also includes the Old Course and the Riverside Course. It is considered one of the premier golf courses in the country and has hosted numerous professional and amateur tournaments.

The Strand Course measures 7,143 yards from the championship tees, and has a par of 72. It is a true links course, with undulating fairways, deep bunkers, and fast greens. The course also features natural dunes and beautiful views of the North Atlantic.

Host of the 2017 Irish Open, the Strand Course is a must-play for any golf enthusiast visiting Northern Ireland. It is a challenging but fair test of golf, with stunning scenery and a rich history.

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