Golf - “Off The Beaten Track” Ireland Series 4: The South Coast
This tour starts at the famous Ring of Kerry on the South East coast and then moves to Cork, Ireland’s second city on the South coast. The selected courses are all on or close to the sea, three are clifftop but only one is a true links and two are spectacular parkland. Cork is a great city to visit and nearby Kinsale is the gourmet capital of Ireland.
A Typical Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive at Dublin or Cork airport, met by AGS Representative, collect auto or meet your private driver/guide, proceed to Butler Arms Hotel at Waterville on the Ring of Kerry for 3 nights.
The Butler Arms is an excellent family run hotel in a scenic location with a homely intimate atmosphere. It has luxurious facilities and a renowned award winning restaurant.
Day 2 – Play Hogs Head, located on majestic cliffs with beautiful mountain and sea views. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr. it has a stunning run of holes from 8 to 16 close to the edge of 100 foot cliffs overlooking Ballinstelligs Bay. The inland holes follow the Finglass River. 7145yards, Par 72.
Day 3 – Play Waterville, a world ranked classic links surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements. It is rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world.
Day 4 – Drive to the River Lee Hotel in Cork for 4 nights, on route play Bantry Bay. It is a parkland course designed by two of Irelands top golf architects Eddy Hackett and Christy O’Connor Junior. Located on a clifftop, the wind is often prominent. Fourteen holes overlook the sea and parts of the course are quite tricky. 6735 yards, Par 71.
The luxurious River Lee Hotel has an excellent location on the banks of the river and yet is only five minutes’ walk from the centre of Cork.
Cork is a fascinating city that can be enjoyed by walking. On the streets, which can be hilly, you can meet the people. In the evenings you have the Cork Opera House which offers music events and plays, also the Everyman Theatre. There are traditional Irish pubs, nightclubs and some live gig venues.
Day 5 – Play Cork Golf Club on Little Island close to Cork City. It was laid out in 1927 by Alister MacKenzie who subsequently created such masterpieces as Augusta National and Cypress Point. The design includes his signature undulating greens, large free-form bunkers and substantial contouring. It has changed little over the years. 6813 yards, Par 72.
Day 6 – Play Fota Island Resort which has 27 holes in three challenging layouts woven into splendid woodland. Deerpark is the main course and is tough but fair, with water a significant hazard. The par five final hole provides a magnificent finish with a multi-tiered green protected on three sides by water. 6927 yards, Par 71.
Day 7- Play Old Head Golf Links at Kinsale. It is built on promontory stretching 2 miles into the Atlantic Ocean and is an exhilarating golfing experience for the location alone. There are nine memorable holes along the clifftops with the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean some 300 feet below. You are unlikely to play a more dramatic course than Old Head anywhere. 7100 yards, Par 72.
Kinsale is a small town that has the great concentration of restaurants and has long been known as the ‘Gourmet Capital’ of Ireland. The Good Food Circle has 11 member restaurants. They take a pride in serving delicious, top quality food with a great atmosphere. Kinsale is proud to be considered a ‘Foodie Town’ and celebrates its annual Gourmet Festival in October.
Day 8 – Depart for Airport