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Golf at Royal County Down, Northern Ireland
North and East Coast of Ireland | Play Portrush, Portstewart, Royal County Down, Portmarnock, and Ballyliffin Golf Clubs | 8 Days & 7 Nights

North & East Coast Golfing Ireland
Self Drive Tour or Luxury Chauffeured Tour

Play like a champion on the courses of champions. Home to Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke, this corner of Ireland has the some of the best golf courses in the world.

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Thank You! for all your help arranging a wonderful visit to Ireland.

– Ron & Jennifer Spielman
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.
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Highlights

Northern Ireland is home to major champions Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke, winners of two U.S. Opens and a British Open respectively. Now you can play golf in the home country of these great major winners and find out what makes the courses of Northern Ireland so special. This tour includes six of the best links courses, including Royal Portrush and Royal County Down, both in the top 10 golf courses in the world!

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 Ireland. Stay in Bushmills, County Antrim
  • Day 2: Play Ballyliffin Golf Club
  • Day 3: Play Portstewart Golf Club
  • Day 4: Play at Royal Portrush Golf Club
  • Day 5: Play Royal County Down Golf Club
  • Day 6: Play at Portmarnock Golf Club
  • Day 7: Play County Louth Golf Club – Baltray
  • Day 8: Depart from Dublin

Map


North & East Coast Golf Ireland

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.
  • 7-Nights deluxe hotel accommodations with 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 Ireland

Stay 4-nights at the Bushmills Inn Hotel on The Giant’s Causeway Coast.

Day 2: Play Ballyliffin Golf Club

One of Ireland’s leading links boasts two Championship Courses: The Old Links and Glashedy Links. Ballyliffin is renowned for its hospitality, spectacular setting, and outstanding presentation standards all year round.

Day 3: Play Portstewart Golf Club

Portstewart offers 54 holes of golf set on Ulster’s stunning Causeway Coast. This course has something for every golfer, with one the most spectacular opening holes in all of golf.

Day 4: Play at Royal Portrush Golf Club

Royal Portrush is home to one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world. This is the only club in Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship.

Day 5: Play Royal County Down Golf Club

Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most beautiful natural links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. This course is a true test of any player’s command of the traditional bump and run. After golf, drive to County Dublin, where you’ll stay 3-nights at The Portmarnock Hotel.

Day 6: Play at Portmarnock Golf Club

With 27 holes of pure links to enjoy, Portmarnock is considered one of the best courses in the world. This is a course which will be remembered by all who stroll its historic fairways.

Day 7: Play County Louth Golf Club – Baltray

County Louth is one of the best kept secrets of Irish golf. With natural unspoiled seaside territory and towering sand hills, murderous rough, and a rating of long holes that call for powerful hitting.

Day 8: Depart Ireland

After breakfast this morning, transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.

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



Hotels

Portmarnock Hotel & Links, County Dublin

From the moment you arrive at the Portmarnock Hotel, the friendly staff will take care of your every need. This leaves you free to walk on the award-winning, magnificent ‘Velvet Strand’ beach, enjoy pampering in the health & beauty clinic or dine on delicious, locally sourced cuisine. This 4 star hotel, combines modern elegance with all the grandeur of a 19th century home, which overlooks the Irish sea. The property was once owned by members of the Jameson Whiskey dynasty.




The Bushmills Inn, County Antrim

The Bushmills Inn was recently awarded the prestigious ‘Best Boutique Hotel / Inn in Ireland’ by Golfers Guide to Ireland. One of Ireland’s most well-known, luxurious four-star Inns, The Bushmills Inn is situated in an enviable location a stone’s throw from a host of visitor attractions including Royal Portrush Golf Club, Old Bushmills Distillery, The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle. Roaring peat fires, nooks and crannies and a secret library set the tone.




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 North & East Coast Golfing Ireland

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

Northern Ireland is home to major champions Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke, winners of two U.S. Opens and a British Open respectively. Now you can play golf in the home country of these great major winners and find out what makes the courses of Northern Ireland so special. This tour includes six of the best links courses, including Royal Portrush and Royal County Down, both in the top 10 golf courses in the world!

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 Ireland. Stay in Bushmills, County Antrim
  • Day 2: Play Ballyliffin Golf Club
  • Day 3: Play Portstewart Golf Club
  • Day 4: Play at Royal Portrush Golf Club
  • Day 5: Play Royal County Down Golf Club
  • Day 6: Play at Portmarnock Golf Club
  • Day 7: Play County Louth Golf Club – Baltray
  • Day 8: Depart from Dublin

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.
  • 7-Nights deluxe hotel accommodations with 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 Ireland

Stay 4-nights at the Bushmills Inn Hotel on The Giant’s Causeway Coast.

Day 2: Play Ballyliffin Golf Club

One of Ireland’s leading links boasts two Championship Courses: The Old Links and Glashedy Links. Ballyliffin is renowned for its hospitality, spectacular setting, and outstanding presentation standards all year round.

Day 3: Play Portstewart Golf Club

Portstewart offers 54 holes of golf set on Ulster’s stunning Causeway Coast. This course has something for every golfer, with one the most spectacular opening holes in all of golf.

Day 4: Play at Royal Portrush Golf Club

Royal Portrush is home to one of the best and most challenging links golf courses in the world. This is the only club in Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship.

Day 5: Play Royal County Down Golf Club

Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most beautiful natural links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. This course is a true test of any player’s command of the traditional bump and run. After golf, drive to County Dublin, where you’ll stay 3-nights at The Portmarnock Hotel.

Day 6: Play at Portmarnock Golf Club

With 27 holes of pure links to enjoy, Portmarnock is considered one of the best courses in the world. This is a course which will be remembered by all who stroll its historic fairways.

Day 7: Play County Louth Golf Club – Baltray

County Louth is one of the best kept secrets of Irish golf. With natural unspoiled seaside territory and towering sand hills, murderous rough, and a rating of long holes that call for powerful hitting.

Day 8: Depart Ireland

After breakfast this morning, transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.

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

Hotels

Portmarnock Hotel & Links, County Dublin

From the moment you arrive at the Portmarnock Hotel, the friendly staff will take care of your every need. This leaves you free to walk on the award-winning, magnificent ‘Velvet Strand’ beach, enjoy pampering in the health & beauty clinic or dine on delicious, locally sourced cuisine. This 4 star hotel, combines modern elegance with all the grandeur of a 19th century home, which overlooks the Irish sea. The property was once owned by members of the Jameson Whiskey dynasty.




The Bushmills Inn, County Antrim

The Bushmills Inn was recently awarded the prestigious ‘Best Boutique Hotel / Inn in Ireland’ by Golfers Guide to Ireland. One of Ireland’s most well-known, luxurious four-star Inns, The Bushmills Inn is situated in an enviable location a stone’s throw from a host of visitor attractions including Royal Portrush Golf Club, Old Bushmills Distillery, The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle. Roaring peat fires, nooks and crannies and a secret library set the tone.




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 North & East Coast Golfing Ireland

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.