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South West of Ireland | Play golf in Lahinch, Tralee, Ballybunion, Waterville and Old Head | 7 Days & 8 Nights

Links Golf on The Wild Atlantic Way
Self Drive Tour or Luxury Chauffeured Tour

Play golf amid the spectacular landscape of the south west coast of Ireland. Experience some of the world’s greatest ocean-side links while immersing yourself in the wild beauty of south - west Ireland, and enjoying the world-class hospitality of its people.

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I wanted to let you know that our trip was one for the ages. We had more fun than I could have imagined.

– Herb Bennett
Call 800.832.1848 or 212.757.5797 to talk to one of our golf destination experts or email us and start planning the perfect trip today.
From : $2,495

Highlights

Prepare to do battle with Ireland’s legendary links of the southwest. Dotted along the southern reaches of the Wild Atlantic Way, you will play some of the world’s greatest ocean-side courses amid spectacular scenery. After golf, enjoy the conviviality of Ireland’s 19th hole at each famous course where you will be treated like a member for the day. Why not book early to receive a complimentary Whiskey Tasting for your group?

CustomerSupport
To customize this itinerary, talk to one of our golf destination experts on 800.832.1848 or 212.757.5797.
  • Day 1: Arrive in Shannon
  • Day 2: Play Lahinch Golf Club
  • Day 3: Play Doonbeg
  • Day 4: Play Tralee
  • Day 5: Play Ballybunion Old Course
  • Day 6: Play Waterville
  • Day 7: Play Old Head
  • Day 8: Depart Ireland
golfer at Royal County Down

Map


South West Links on Wild Atlantic Way

Included in This Tour

  • Meet & Greet on arrival by Destination Golf Representative.
  • Golfers Packing List & recommendations.
  • 6-Rounds on Championship Links Courses.
  • Guaranteed tee-times & greens fees.
  • Private Car Airport transfers upon arrival and departure in Ireland.
  • 7-Nights deluxe hotel accommodations with full breakfast daily.
  • Self-Drive rental vehicle with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance. OR upgrade to the services of a Professional Driver Guide.
  • Deluxe portfolio of Travel Documents & Personalized Itinerary.
  • 24/7 Concierge service in Ireland while travelling.
  • Discount admissions booklet for area attractions.
Not Included: Caddies, tips, travel insurance, and items of a personal nature. (Caddies can be requested at time of booking)

From Our Blog

  • Top Golf Courses in Ireland

    Golfers at Royal County DownIreland is without doubt one of the top ten destinations in the world for golf, and the reasons are there for everyone to see – the landscape is stunning, the courses are challenge, the weather unpredictable – a very appealing combination for the serious golfer.

    These are some ... Read More


Day 1: Arrive in Shannon.

Arriving in Shannon airport, pick up your rental vehicle or meet your driver guide. Drive to your hotel for a 3-night stay. Settle in and enjoy a pint of Guinness and some traditional Irish music in a local pub!

Day 2: Play Lahinch Golf Club

Situated on the west coast of Clare and naturally shaped by ocean and dunes, Lahinch is Ireland’s insiders’ favorite. The golf course was created by Old Tom Morris in 1892 and transformed by Alister Mackenzie in 1927.

Day 3: Play Doonbeg

This extraordinary new links site features grass-covered dunes rising nearly one hundred feet above the white capped Atlantic.

Day 4: Play Tralee

Perched on a cliff overlooking the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, Tralee is one of the most stunning links courses in the world offering many dramatic holes that test the skills of golfers at every level. The course was designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. Drive to your hotel for a 4-night stay.

Day 5: Play Ballybunion Old Course

The great sports writer, Herbert Warren Wind said that Ballybunion, founded in 1893, was ‘…nothing less than the finest seaside course I have ever seen.’ Ballybunion is one of the most challenging links courses in the world. In Tom Watson’s opinion ‘the graveyard near the first tee gives the golfer an inclination of the sense of mystique and timelessness that is to follow.’

Day 6: Play Waterville

This stunning course was fondly dubbed the “Magnificent Monster” by Sam Snead and is located on the Ring of Kerry and buffeted by peninsular winds. Jack Mulcahy and Eddie Hackett transformed this rugged links land into an elegant championship course. Waterville is a favorite of Tiger Woods.

Day 7: Play Old Head

Known as the Pebble Beach of Ireland, in many ways Old Head is far more stunning. Set on a peninsula with its own micro-climate and ocean views from every hole, all golfers should play here at least once.

Day 8: Depart Ireland

Transfer to Shannon Airport for your flight back home. Say goodbye to your driver guide or drop off your rental van. Until the next time, Slan abhaile!

CustomerSupport
To customize this itinerary, talk to one of our golf destination experts on 800.832.1848 or 212.757.5797.





Hotels

The Killarney Royal Hotel, County Kerry

Kerry the ‘Kingdom’ is calling, and deep in her heart lies Killarney Town and our own little welcoming haven, the Killarney Royal Hotel. It has been our privilege to welcome a century of travelers from around the world to our doorstep. Offering a warm and cozy respite our boutique 4 star hotel, awarded IGTOA Boutique Hotel of the Year 2012, and is centrally located in the heart of Killarney Town, with all the majestic beauty of Killarney and Kerry outside our door.




Doonbeg Lodge, Trump International. Doonbeg, County Clare

You may be a golfer, here to play a world-class links course on our beautiful Atlantic coastline; perhaps you wish to relax with spa treatments and immerse yourself in traditional music and song; maybe you love the great outdoors and want to surf, hike or cycle away your Doonbeg days. Doonbeg has it all. Superb luxury, genuine Irish hospitality, delicious cuisine, and an ideal base location for exploring the west coast of Ireland.




Travel Tips & FAQs

Ireland

Passports & Visas
To enter the Republic or Northern Ireland, you need a valid passport. While e-passports are commonly used now, they are not a necessity to enter Ireland. UK citizens do not require a passport to enter Ireland, but carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with photo).

Citizens of the EEA member states (the 27 countries of the European Union EU, together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and many other countries including USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand do not require visas to gain entry to Republic or Northern Ireland.

What to Pack
Bring a sweater, even in summer; waterproofs to accompany all outdoor activities; sunglasses; comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella. The weather is changeable so go for layers that you can put on or take off as the temperature changes.

Weather
February to April: Highest temperatures range from 46 to 54°F
May to July: Highest temperatures are between 64 and 68°F
August to October: Highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F.
Winter air temperatures inland normally reach 46°F, while the coldest months are January and February.
April & September are considered the most pleasant and temperate months.

Currency
In the Republic of Ireland, the official currency is the euro (€). One euro consists of 100 cent. In Northern Ireland, pound sterling is the local currency (£). One pound sterling consists of 100 pence.

Gratuities
Gratuities and tips are discretionary and are not usually included in a bill. The general custom is to give 10% to serving staff in restaurants. Cafes might have a collection box at the till and bar staff are not tipped but you are free to offer “have one for yourself”.

Emergency Services
Police, Fire, Ambulance:
Republic of Ireland, Telephone: 112 or 999
Northern Ireland, Telephone: 999

Gadgets
Plugs in Ireland are three-pronged, the same as in the UK and the electricity supply is also 230v. Adapters are widely available and its a good idea to bring a couple for your various gadgets.

Public Transportation
National Coaches
Republic of Ireland: Bus Eireann
Northern Ireland: Translink

Dublin Buses
Leap Visitor Card is a prepaid pass that allows you to travel on all Dublin Bus, Airlink 747 buses as well as the Luas Light Railway Tram and DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) for up to 3 days.

Railways
Republic of Ireland: Irish Rail
Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Railways
The Dart (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) covers Dublin’s coast and city area from Howth and Malahide in north County Dublin via Dun Laoghaire in south County Dublin to Greystones in County Wicklow.
Luas light rail/tram service travels across the south and west of Dublin city including the city center areas.

Time Zone
Ireland functions on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During the summer it becomes GMT+1, that’s Irish Standard Time (IST) in the Republic and British Summer Time (BST) in Northern Ireland.
For example, New York is Irish Time -5 hours & Los Angeles is Irish Time -8 hours.

Language
English is commonly used throughout Ireland although Irish is the official language and there are Irish speaking areas called the Gaeltacht where it is the predominant language.

Driving
You will need either a full valid national driving license or an international driving permit. Cars in Ireland drive on the left-hand side of the road and both driver and passengers are required to wear seat belts at all times by law. Signposts in Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas are written in Irish (Gaelic) so familiarise yourself with both English and Irish spellings before you set off for those parts. Northern Ireland uses miles per hour, while the Republic of Ireland uses kilometers for signage and speed limits.

Vaccinations
There are no vaccinations required to visit Ireland.


Testimonials

“Back from a great golf trip and thanks so much for your assistance. Hotels were outstanding and made for a wonderful relaxing trip.”
– Tim Dudich


“I wanted to let you know that our trip was one for the ages. We had more fun than I could have imagined.”
– Herb Bennett


“To say our group had an awesome time on our trip would be the understatement of the century.”
– John C. Granzow, CIMA


“I will have no hesitation in recommending your company for future use! I felt as if you and your company gave us top notch customer service and never batted an eye for what may have been odd questions – that type of service is hard to find. You really gave us personal service!”
– Leslie Wajda


“Trip was great – accommodations excellent.”
– Kathleen McCormack-Batterson


“This note is to praise Destinations Ireland and our driver, James Finn, who truly made our trip a pleasure!”
– Donna Long


“The trip was really great.  You did a fabulous job of picking the properties. Scotland is beautiful! It was a great trip. You scored again! Can’t wait for our next adventure.”
– Libby McGriff


“I wanted to let you know that the accommodations were fabulous throughout our trip. We were completely blown away, what a magnificent find. The house is simply breathtaking. A word on the drivers. I could not have asked for more accommodating or entertaining gentleman to escort us around. They were full of information, great stories, and advice. Really, really just wonderful guys all around.”
– Susanne McNeill


“A masterful job in creating and arranging such a phenomenal trip…”
– P.J. Fitzgerald


“We had a “dream trip” and you/your organization were a large part it making it all happen. Everything went smoothly and was more than we ever imagined! We are already talking about a return trip in a few years! Have to save our money. 🙂 Thanks again for all you did for us.”
– Nancy Capocy


“I cannot express how much I appreciate you making all the arrangements with such short notice & I just wanted to say Thank you again for all your help.”
– Susan Sanford


“All I do is talk about the wonderful trip, sites and your company and how we couldn’t have been happier with all the arrangements and people who set this wonderful trip up. Again thank you!!!”
– Janet Jenrick


“We had a wonderful time in Ireland and I appreciate all the reservations you made and the guidance your gave us.”
– Monica Kobasic


“I wanted to thank you for arranging a great trip to Scotland. The Channings, Culloden House, and Roxburghe House were fantastic…the best of accommodations, food, and customer service”
– Trina Girimont


“I wanted to thank you and Destinations Ireland and Beyond. We had an amazing experience. We loved all the hotels that you set us up with. Thank you for being so insightful, quickly giving us a speed course of Ireland and helping us decide where to go and what to see. I would highly recommend Destinations Ireland and Beyond as the best travel agency!”
– Donna and Ira Spector


“A lot of beautiful memories. THANK YOU for all of your planning and attention to detail,”
– Kathy Ross


“I just wanted to send you a thank you for all you did to make our trip the best! It was beyond our expectations! We loved all of our accommodations. I can’t say that I have a favorite because it all was perfect. We were not ready to come home and all look forward to visiting Ireland again.”
– Peg Cozzolino


“I want to THANK ALL OF YOU FOR A WONDERFUL TRIP. Ronelle and I had a marvelous time.”
– P.J. “Paul” Nicholson


“Thank You! for all your help arranging a wonderful visit to Ireland.”
– Ron & Jennifer Spielman


“Tim and I had a wonderful trip to Ireland thanks to your wonderful suggestions and arrangements. Everything was just perfect. We truly had a wonderful trip and are grateful for your services.”
– Jenny Popp


“Thank you for the great job you did arranging our trip to Ireland. Everything went wonderfully and the accommodations were the best.”
– Elizabeth Zechman


Booking Enquiry for Links Golf on The Wild Atlantic Way

You can use this form to contact us with your preferred date of travel, the number of people in your party and your requirements and we will get back to you with a quote.

Booking Form

  • Let us know if you have any special requirement for your booking.
  • Contact Details

  • We send out a regular newsletter with details of new golf itineraries.

Highlights

Prepare to do battle with Ireland’s legendary links of the southwest. Dotted along the southern reaches of the Wild Atlantic Way, you will play some of the world’s greatest ocean-side courses amid spectacular scenery. After golf, enjoy the conviviality of Ireland’s 19th hole at each famous course where you will be treated like a member for the day. Why not book early to receive a complimentary Whiskey Tasting for your group?

CustomerSupport
To customize this itinerary, talk to one of our golf destination experts on 800.832.1848 or 212.757.5797.
  • Day 1: Arrive in Shannon
  • Day 2: Play Lahinch Golf Club
  • Day 3: Play Doonbeg
  • Day 4: Play Tralee
  • Day 5: Play Ballybunion Old Course
  • Day 6: Play Waterville
  • Day 7: Play Old Head
  • Day 8: Depart Ireland

golfer at Royal County Down

Included in This Tour

  • Meet & Greet on arrival by Destination Golf Representative.
  • Golfers Packing List & recommendations.
  • 6-Rounds on Championship Links Courses.
  • Guaranteed tee-times & greens fees.
  • Private Car Airport transfers upon arrival and departure in Ireland.
  • 7-Nights deluxe hotel accommodations with full breakfast daily.
  • Self-Drive rental vehicle with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance. OR upgrade to the services of a Professional Driver Guide.
  • Deluxe portfolio of Travel Documents & Personalized Itinerary.
  • 24/7 Concierge service in Ireland while travelling.
  • Discount admissions booklet for area attractions.
Not Included: Caddies, tips, travel insurance, and items of a personal nature. (Caddies can be requested at time of booking)

From Our Blog

  • Top Golf Courses in Ireland

    Golfers at Royal County DownIreland is without doubt one of the top ten destinations in the world for golf, and the reasons are there for everyone to see – the landscape is ... Read More



Day 1: Arrive in Shannon.

Arriving in Shannon airport, pick up your rental vehicle or meet your driver guide. Drive to your hotel for a 3-night stay. Settle in and enjoy a pint of Guinness and some traditional Irish music in a local pub!

Day 2: Play Lahinch Golf Club

Situated on the west coast of Clare and naturally shaped by ocean and dunes, Lahinch is Ireland’s insiders’ favorite. The golf course was created by Old Tom Morris in 1892 and transformed by Alister Mackenzie in 1927.

Day 3: Play Doonbeg

This extraordinary new links site features grass-covered dunes rising nearly one hundred feet above the white capped Atlantic.

Day 4: Play Tralee

Perched on a cliff overlooking the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, Tralee is one of the most stunning links courses in the world offering many dramatic holes that test the skills of golfers at every level. The course was designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. Drive to your hotel for a 4-night stay.

Day 5: Play Ballybunion Old Course

The great sports writer, Herbert Warren Wind said that Ballybunion, founded in 1893, was ‘…nothing less than the finest seaside course I have ever seen.’ Ballybunion is one of the most challenging links courses in the world. In Tom Watson’s opinion ‘the graveyard near the first tee gives the golfer an inclination of the sense of mystique and timelessness that is to follow.’

Day 6: Play Waterville

This stunning course was fondly dubbed the “Magnificent Monster” by Sam Snead and is located on the Ring of Kerry and buffeted by peninsular winds. Jack Mulcahy and Eddie Hackett transformed this rugged links land into an elegant championship course. Waterville is a favorite of Tiger Woods.

Day 7: Play Old Head

Known as the Pebble Beach of Ireland, in many ways Old Head is far more stunning. Set on a peninsula with its own micro-climate and ocean views from every hole, all golfers should play here at least once.

Day 8: Depart Ireland

Transfer to Shannon Airport for your flight back home. Say goodbye to your driver guide or drop off your rental van. Until the next time, Slan abhaile!

CustomerSupport
To customize this itinerary, talk to one of our golf destination experts on 800.832.1848 or 212.757.5797.


Hotels

The Killarney Royal Hotel, County Kerry

Kerry the ‘Kingdom’ is calling, and deep in her heart lies Killarney Town and our own little welcoming haven, the Killarney Royal Hotel. It has been our privilege to welcome a century of travelers from around the world to our doorstep. Offering a warm and cozy respite our boutique 4 star hotel, awarded IGTOA Boutique Hotel of the Year 2012, and is centrally located in the heart of Killarney Town, with all the majestic beauty of Killarney and Kerry outside our door.




Doonbeg Lodge, Trump International. Doonbeg, County Clare

You may be a golfer, here to play a world-class links course on our beautiful Atlantic coastline; perhaps you wish to relax with spa treatments and immerse yourself in traditional music and song; maybe you love the great outdoors and want to surf, hike or cycle away your Doonbeg days. Doonbeg has it all. Superb luxury, genuine Irish hospitality, delicious cuisine, and an ideal base location for exploring the west coast of Ireland.




Travel Tips & FAQs

Ireland

Passports & Visas
To enter the Republic or Northern Ireland, you need a valid passport. While e-passports are commonly used now, they are not a necessity to enter Ireland. UK citizens do not require a passport to enter Ireland, but carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with photo).

Citizens of the EEA member states (the 27 countries of the European Union EU, together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) and many other countries including USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand do not require visas to gain entry to Republic or Northern Ireland.

What to Pack
Bring a sweater, even in summer; waterproofs to accompany all outdoor activities; sunglasses; comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella. The weather is changeable so go for layers that you can put on or take off as the temperature changes.

Weather
February to April: Highest temperatures range from 46 to 54°F
May to July: Highest temperatures are between 64 and 68°F
August to October: Highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F.
Winter air temperatures inland normally reach 46°F, while the coldest months are January and February.
April & September are considered the most pleasant and temperate months.

Currency
In the Republic of Ireland, the official currency is the euro (€). One euro consists of 100 cent. In Northern Ireland, pound sterling is the local currency (£). One pound sterling consists of 100 pence.

Gratuities
Gratuities and tips are discretionary and are not usually included in a bill. The general custom is to give 10% to serving staff in restaurants. Cafes might have a collection box at the till and bar staff are not tipped but you are free to offer “have one for yourself”.

Emergency Services
Police, Fire, Ambulance:
Republic of Ireland, Telephone: 112 or 999
Northern Ireland, Telephone: 999

Gadgets
Plugs in Ireland are three-pronged, the same as in the UK and the electricity supply is also 230v. Adapters are widely available and its a good idea to bring a couple for your various gadgets.

Public Transportation
National Coaches
Republic of Ireland: Bus Eireann
Northern Ireland: Translink

Dublin Buses
Leap Visitor Card is a prepaid pass that allows you to travel on all Dublin Bus, Airlink 747 buses as well as the Luas Light Railway Tram and DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) for up to 3 days.

Railways
Republic of Ireland: Irish Rail
Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Railways
The Dart (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) covers Dublin’s coast and city area from Howth and Malahide in north County Dublin via Dun Laoghaire in south County Dublin to Greystones in County Wicklow.
Luas light rail/tram service travels across the south and west of Dublin city including the city center areas.

Time Zone
Ireland functions on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During the summer it becomes GMT+1, that’s Irish Standard Time (IST) in the Republic and British Summer Time (BST) in Northern Ireland.
For example, New York is Irish Time -5 hours & Los Angeles is Irish Time -8 hours.

Language
English is commonly used throughout Ireland although Irish is the official language and there are Irish speaking areas called the Gaeltacht where it is the predominant language.

Driving
You will need either a full valid national driving license or an international driving permit. Cars in Ireland drive on the left-hand side of the road and both driver and passengers are required to wear seat belts at all times by law. Signposts in Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas are written in Irish (Gaelic) so familiarise yourself with both English and Irish spellings before you set off for those parts. Northern Ireland uses miles per hour, while the Republic of Ireland uses kilometers for signage and speed limits.

Vaccinations
There are no vaccinations required to visit Ireland.


Testimonials

“Back from a great golf trip and thanks so much for your assistance. Hotels were outstanding and made for a wonderful relaxing trip.”
– Tim Dudich


“I wanted to let you know that our trip was one for the ages. We had more fun than I could have imagined.”
– Herb Bennett


“To say our group had an awesome time on our trip would be the understatement of the century.”
– John C. Granzow, CIMA


“I will have no hesitation in recommending your company for future use! I felt as if you and your company gave us top notch customer service and never batted an eye for what may have been odd questions – that type of service is hard to find. You really gave us personal service!”
– Leslie Wajda


“Trip was great – accommodations excellent.”
– Kathleen McCormack-Batterson


“This note is to praise Destinations Ireland and our driver, James Finn, who truly made our trip a pleasure!”
– Donna Long


“The trip was really great.  You did a fabulous job of picking the properties. Scotland is beautiful! It was a great trip. You scored again! Can’t wait for our next adventure.”
– Libby McGriff


“I wanted to let you know that the accommodations were fabulous throughout our trip. We were completely blown away, what a magnificent find. The house is simply breathtaking. A word on the drivers. I could not have asked for more accommodating or entertaining gentleman to escort us around. They were full of information, great stories, and advice. Really, really just wonderful guys all around.”
– Susanne McNeill


“A masterful job in creating and arranging such a phenomenal trip…”
– P.J. Fitzgerald


“We had a “dream trip” and you/your organization were a large part it making it all happen. Everything went smoothly and was more than we ever imagined! We are already talking about a return trip in a few years! Have to save our money. 🙂 Thanks again for all you did for us.”
– Nancy Capocy


“I cannot express how much I appreciate you making all the arrangements with such short notice & I just wanted to say Thank you again for all your help.”
– Susan Sanford


“All I do is talk about the wonderful trip, sites and your company and how we couldn’t have been happier with all the arrangements and people who set this wonderful trip up. Again thank you!!!”
– Janet Jenrick


“We had a wonderful time in Ireland and I appreciate all the reservations you made and the guidance your gave us.”
– Monica Kobasic


“I wanted to thank you for arranging a great trip to Scotland. The Channings, Culloden House, and Roxburghe House were fantastic…the best of accommodations, food, and customer service”
– Trina Girimont


“I wanted to thank you and Destinations Ireland and Beyond. We had an amazing experience. We loved all the hotels that you set us up with. Thank you for being so insightful, quickly giving us a speed course of Ireland and helping us decide where to go and what to see. I would highly recommend Destinations Ireland and Beyond as the best travel agency!”
– Donna and Ira Spector


“A lot of beautiful memories. THANK YOU for all of your planning and attention to detail,”
– Kathy Ross


“I just wanted to send you a thank you for all you did to make our trip the best! It was beyond our expectations! We loved all of our accommodations. I can’t say that I have a favorite because it all was perfect. We were not ready to come home and all look forward to visiting Ireland again.”
– Peg Cozzolino


“I want to THANK ALL OF YOU FOR A WONDERFUL TRIP. Ronelle and I had a marvelous time.”
– P.J. “Paul” Nicholson


“Thank You! for all your help arranging a wonderful visit to Ireland.”
– Ron & Jennifer Spielman


“Tim and I had a wonderful trip to Ireland thanks to your wonderful suggestions and arrangements. Everything was just perfect. We truly had a wonderful trip and are grateful for your services.”
– Jenny Popp


“Thank you for the great job you did arranging our trip to Ireland. Everything went wonderfully and the accommodations were the best.”
– Elizabeth Zechman


Booking Enquiry for Links Golf on The Wild Atlantic Way

You can use this form to contact us with your preferred date of travel, the number of people in your party and your requirements and we will get back to you with a quote.

Booking Form

  • Let us know if you have any special requirement for your booking.
  • Contact Details

  • We send out a regular newsletter with details of new golf itineraries.