Golf in Ireland
Golf Holidays to IrelandThe ‘emerald isle’ lives up to its name no matter which course you play or region you choose to visit. The outstanding scenery is as much of a talking point as the quality golf on offer, both are some of the best on the globe, leaving visitors with no choice but to return year after year. Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland offer a diverse range of courses, from traditional links courses such a Royal County Down and Portmarnock to resort courses like Lough Erne and Fota Island. Chaka Travel can help you design a golf tour to include some of the must-play renowned courses and some excellent hidden gems to create a golf holiday deserving of Ireland’s excellent golfing reputation.
Druids Glen Resort is a luxurious golf and spa complex which features two Championship Courses. Located half an hour from the centre of Dublin, Druids Glen offers a peaceful and tranquil environment in which to escape from life for a while. The Spa at Druids Glen offers just about every treatment that you can imagine along with relaxation rooms and a beautiful indoor swimming pool. Guests can choose to dine in one of two great restaurants which have been awarded with AA Rosettes for the quality and presentation of the food served. All of the bedrooms at Druids Glen are spacious and have been beautifully designed and are equipped with super comfortable beds and all of the mod-cons that you would expect from a 5* hotel. Golfers are in for a real treat. The Druids Glen Course is regarded as one of the best Parkland Courses in Ireland, has stage four Irish Open's and the condition is so good that it has often been described as the 'Augusta of Europe'. The Druids Heath Course is also a joy to play with views of the mountains the sea and the Irish Countryside. Its quality is also emphasised by the fact that it played host to the 2006 Irish PGA Championships.
This wonderful hotel boasts a great position in a private island and within easy access from Cork's downtown, where visitors may find plenty of entertainment, shopping and dining options at hand as well as sightseeing attractions. The resort offers breath-taking views to the nearby woodlands and several golf courses, allowing its visitors to truly relax and breathe fresh air in a beautiful setting. All the comfortable and charming guest rooms and suites are lavishly appointed and count with an impressive array of modern amenities and exclusive services to ensure a memorable stay. Guests may wish to relax at the well-appointed spa centre after a round of golf.
The Kildare Hotel at the K Club, just west of Dublin City Centre, is the first hotel in Ireland to be awared with 5 Red Stars by the AA - the highest accolade possible. Located on the site of two great golf courses, the K Club was the Venue of the Ryder Cup in 2006 and also hosted the European Open from 1995 - 2007. As you would expect from a hotel of this quality, the Kildare Hotel at the K Club offers a range of dining options, a luxurious spa and service one would expect from a 5* establishment. All of the bedrooms at the Kildare Hotel have been individually designed and cleverly combine modern fixtures and fittings into the traditional style of this grand hotel.
Mount Juliet is a luxury hotel which features Michelin Starred Dining, a world class spa and a golf course which has staged both European Tour and the WGC American Express World Golf Championships. Located on the South Eastern side of Ireland, the Mount Juliet Hotel is a beautiful building that was designed in the 18th century. Converted into a hotel in 1989 the hotel features 31 individually designed bedrooms with views of the River Nore. The dining experience at Mount Juliet is first class. The Lady Helen Restaurant has been awarded with 3 AA Rosettes and 1 Michelin Star.
The Old Head of Kinsale is home to a World-Class Golf Course and Luxury Members' Accommodation located in County Cork on the Southwest Coast of Ireland. The brainchild of the late John and his brother Patrick O’Connor, the Club has developed into one of the most recognised and sought after golf experiences anywhere on earth. It is a sanctuary for those seeking the finest in personalized service. We look forward to welcoming you to the ‘Old Head Experience’ in the very near future. The Clubhouse now includes 15 Luxurious Members' Suites which complement the magnificent beauty and setting of the site. There are 14 Seaview Suites and 1 Presidential Suite. The ultimate in relaxation, the Old Head Spa offers a place to unwind and restore. The Thermal Spa includes a Sauna, Steam Room, Footbaths and a Heated Lounger. There are also two Treatment Rooms at Old Head offering massages for the golfer and non-golfer alike. Residents can also enjoy a challenging workout using the latest cardiovascular and resistance equipment in the Old Head Fitness Suite. Old Head Golf Links is built on a 220-acre diamond of land, jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The promontory is almost an island with numerous caves running beneath your feet as you play the course. The links and practice area occupy 180 acres and the remaining 40 acres of unspoilt cliff (rising in places to over 300 feet) frame the course. Designed and constructed by a unique team, Ron Kirby - former designer at Jack Nicklaus’s Golf Design Services, Paddy Merrigan - Australian course architect and agronomist, Liam Higgins - one of Ireland’s best known golf professionals currently on the Seniors Tour, the late Eddie Hackett - former Irish golf professional and golf course designer, the late Dr. Joe Carr - Ireland’s most successful international amateur golfer and finally, Haulie O’Shea – building contractor. Old Head, par 72, comprises five Par 5s, five Par 3s and eight Par 4s – stretching to over 7,200 yards from the tips, with a minimum of six tees per hole. Nine holes play along the cliff tops, and all eighteen holes provide stunning ocean views. With the ever-changing sea breezes, the course provides a stern test to the touring pro and the high handicapper alike. Old Head Golf Links is designed as a walking course where Members and Guests are encouraged to walk the links with a Caddie. Old Head's Caddie Programme is among one of the most extensive and professional worldwide. The course is set up, depending on conditions, on a daily basis. Facilities include a warm up range with complimentary golf balls and a short game practice area. Old Head has a team of fully trained outside services staff to cater for your every need.
Close to the village of Doonbeg, out on the water's edge, sits one of Europe's most distinguished 5-star destinations, the Lodge at Doonbeg. The spectacular property was recently purchased by the Trump Organization and has been renamed the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland. The acquisition, which was highly sought after by many major hotel and golf companies, marks the 16th golf club in the Trump golf portfolio and the first Trump Hotel Collection luxury resort property in Ireland. Named the #1 Resort in Europe by Condé Nast Traveler, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland (formerly the Lodge at Doonbeg) awaits travelers with spacious accommodations, fine amenities and discreet service. A trip to Doonbeg is an unparalleled opportunity to experience luxury accommodations set against a magnificent backdrop of rugged landscape, rolling waves and sand dunes with thousands of years of stories buried within them.
Waterville House is a four star, 18th century manor house located on-site at Waterville Golf Links. The property features the natural beauty of a forty acre estate on the Atlantic and the most famous sea trout and salmon fishery in Ireland. Aside from its comfort and charm, Waterville House has 12 bedrooms en-suite, sauna, steam room, health facility with massage room, billiard room and private golf practice facility. Guests of Waterville House enjoy preferential tee times and access to fishing in private lakes and rivers.
Golf in Ireland