Grand Golf Tours - Ireland Series 1: Dublin and the South East
The highest ranked links golf courses in Ireland are expensive. However, without losing meaningful quality, by considering the next level of ranked courses you can cut the green fees by half. Some golfers such as seniors or mid to high handicap players may enjoy such courses more as they are not so long. They can however be equally challenging or just great fun. You might use the savings on upgraded accommodation, for some fine dining, or simply keep it for another vacation. That is why we use ‘Grand’ in the title, a term used often in Ireland.
Your Day by Day Itinerary
Arrive at Dublin Airport, met by AGS representative, collect auto or meet your private driver/guide, drive to your hotel base in Wexford for 2 nights.
Play Rosslare, a classic links on a narrow peninsula, excellent greens, firm, quick and true. The fairways are fast running through wind-swept dunes. Tough to play in the wind. 6786 yards, Par 72.
In the area: An opportunity to visit the Exhibition Centre at Waterford Crystal.
Drive to your Dublin Hotel, on route play Arklow, a classic links with old fashioned routing. The 6th (Out of Sight) crosses two other fairways known as (Humps and Hollows and The Graveyard) and there is more odd layout to come. 6516, Par 72.
Dublin – is a vibrant cosmopolitan city…. more below. You can stay in the city centre or just outside to the north convenient for golf and the airport.
Play St Anne’s, it has a wonderful location on Bull Island just 4 miles from the centre of Dublin. This course will test your shot making skills. 6717 yards, Par 71.
Play Corballis, a gem that is short, quirky, fun and close to Dublin. It shares the same large dunes as ‘The Island’. European professionals use it to practice before links tournaments. 4649, Par 66.
Alternatively, you may prefer to play Laytown and Bettystown. It is susceptible to fierce winds and presents a unique challenge with narrow fairways, fast greens and magnificent views of Mountains and the Irish Sea.
Play Seapoint is adjacent to the famous County Louth course, it’s challenging from the first tee. 7100 yards, Par 72.
In the area: The World heritage site at Newgrange, is a stone age passage tomb dated 5200 years old, earlier than Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids.
Play Portmarnock Links, designed by Bernard Langer and alongside its famous neighbour Portmarnock. If you stay at the hotel it is the best value golf course in and around Dublin and ranked in Ireland’s top 25 courses. Just 8 miles from the city centre and 15 minutes from the airport.
Depart from Dublin Airport.
Dublin – is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, the centre is compact and it’s an easy to walk to most places of interest and entertainment. There is something for everybody, theatres, fashionable shops, singing pubs, fine restaurants and heritage sights. Some popular cultural places of interest are Trinity College, The Book of Kell’s, National Museum and St Patrick's Cathedral.
4* Clayton Whites Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Wexford Town. There is of luxurious accommodation, 157 bedrooms in total range from economy rooms to suites. The Terrace Restaurant on the ground floor overlooks the beautiful courtyard in the centre of the hotel. The restaurant is renowned for offering excellent cuisine using the freshest locally sourced ingredients. The wine menu includes both old and new-world wines. Facilities include complimentary broadband and WiFi throughout, Library Bar and Coffee Dock, 20-meter swimming pool, gymnasium and High Performance Centre, Tranquility Spa and Wellness centre.
Central Dublin Hotel
The 4* Brooks Hotel is located just a few minutes from Grafton Street in the fashionable heart of Dublin City. It is a boutique hotel with entertainment, shopping and cultural sites all close by. Accommodation is in Classic, Deluxe, Executive rooms or Suites. All are spaciously appointed and features include: Free Wi-Fi, King size bed, Flat screen TV, Power Shower, Personal Safe, Fridge, Air Conditioning. Deluxe rooms, Executive bedrooms and Suites also feature a DVD player and Radio. Francesca’s Restaurant provides exquisite dishes with a distinctly Irish flavor. Jasmine Bar has been voted one of the ‘Great Whisky Bars of the World’ by Whisky Magazine and is part of the Whiskey Trail of Ireland. It also offers cocktails and superb dishes. The Café Lounge serves morning coffee and afternoon tea. Lunch is simple high quality dishes such as Seafood Chowder and Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad.
Hotel just North of Dublin
4 *Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is fifteen minutes from Dublin International Airport and enjoys a coastal location, with views over the famous five-mile “Velvet Strand’ and its beachside Golf Links. The Hotel has 134 bedrooms, Superior, Deluxe, Family and Suites are available. They have panoramic views over the Championship golf course, the beach and the garden courtyard. Facilities include: two bars, a restaurant, a Spa, complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi and free ample onsite parking for guests. The neighbouring picturesque fishing villages of Malahide and Howth offer celebrated seafood fare and the City Centre less than a 25 minutes’ drive away.