Golf Holidays to South West of Ireland
Boasting one of Ireland’s mildest climates, this area is ideal for golf breaks. The counties of the south west, are traditionally rural – Limerick, Kerry and Clare are well known for their warm welcome. The golf courses in the area all benefit visually from the overlooking MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range, which is home to Ireland’s highest peaks. The golf is as spectacular as the scenery, the Doonbeg Course which is known as a top course in Ireland and the British Isles was designed by Greg Norman and he has visited the course over 20 times. The course is now owned by Donald Trump and sits at 14th in the top Irish courses. Click info tab for more.
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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.
Fota Island Hotel & SpaThis 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. Corporate travellers might take advantage of the meeting and business facilities on-site to hold any kind of event and everyone may wish to relax at the well-appointed spa centre after a busy day of working or sightseeing.MORE INFO
Muckross Park Hotel & Cloister SpaThe luxurious Muckross Park Hotel & Spa is nestled in Killarney National Park, only a short walk from Muckross Lake and Lough Leane as well as the Muckross House and its lush, green gardens. Visitors might take a ten-minute drive to historic Ross Castle or venture into Killarney, only five minutes away, for shopping and nightlife. The hotel is richly decorated throughout with dark wood furnishings and plush textiles in royal colours. The rooms and suites display a traditional décor but come with many modern amenities such as air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi internet and 24-hour room service. Guests can enjoy fine dining in the Yew Tree Restaurant, classic afternoon tea in Monks Lounge, or casual comfort food in Molly Darcy's Irish pub. The romantic and opulent spa is complete with an herbal sauna, salt grotto, vitality pool, ice fountain and cool water plunge pool among other luxury facilities, all for a splendid countryside retreat.MORE INFO
Blarney Golf ResortSet amongst 68.8 hectares in the beautiful wooded Shournagh valley, this Golf Resort has a lot to boast about. Its stunning location close to the historic town of Blarney in County Cork is steeped in history, legend and rugged natural beauty. The legendary Blarney Castle, resting place of the world-famous Blarney Stone, stands about 3 km from the resort, and the city of Cork is just 12 km away. The resort lies approximately 18 km from Cork International Airport and 80 km from Kerry Airport. The luxurious hotel has 64 stylishly designed bedrooms, while the 40 beautifully appointed Golf lodges offer a high level of comfort. The hotel lobby offers a 24-hour reception and check-out service, lift access, a cloakroom and a safe. Guests can wine and dine in the hotel's bar or one of the 2 restaurants. Business guests can take full advantage of the excellent conference facilities on offer, as well as complimentary 100MB WiFi. The hotel offers guests both room and laundry services for an extra charge. Children can enjoy the playground, and those arriving by car can leave their vehicle in the hotel car park. The resort's impressive signature championship golf course was co-designed by two-time Majors winner, John Daly. Take the 601-yard par 5 - that has Daly's signature written all over it! Some of the best greens in Ireland are to be found along this 6,712-yard, par 71 course (fees may apply). All residents enjoy free use of the hotel's leisure facilities, an indoor pool and a children's pool, as well as a sauna, jacuzzi and steam room and a new state of the art gym. For a fee, massage and health treatments are also available.MORE INFO
Carlton Kinsale Hotel & SpaThis charming family-friendly hotel and SPA complex lies just a short distance from the heart of Kinsale town and the Old Head. Set on 90 acres of mature wooded parkland with panoramic views overlooking Oysterhaven Bay, this hotel comprises 128 guestrooms which are air-conditioned and provided with all amenities guests may need during their stay, whether travelling on business or leisure. The area offers a wide range of maritime activities, gourmet restaurants and golf courses. Guests who prefer to stay at the hotel can enjoy facilities such as a 20-metre deck-level swimming pool complete with a hydrotherapy relaxation section. Parents can watch their children splash about in the kids' swimming pool. A well-equipped gym is provided for guests who wish to stay in shape, while those who require pampering can give themselves over to various SPA procedures and massage treatments.MORE INFO
Clarion CorkThis attractive contemporary hotel is located opposite the city hall, with a view of the River Lee. It is located just a two-minute walk from the shopping and entertainment district of the city. It is also around 6 km from Cork airport. The hotel comprises a total of 197 guest rooms. Dining options include a snug bar and Augustines restaurant with a non-smoking area. A public Internet terminal is also available to the guests. Preferential car parking rates apply to hotel residents using Lapps Quay Car Park. Guests may enjoy an 18-metre indoor swimming pool and a children's pool. Essence Spa is available for beauty and therapeutic treatments which are subject to additional charges. Breakfast may be selected from a buffet.MORE INFO
Fels Point HotelThe Rose Hotel, formerly Fels Point Hotel is a four star hotel located in Tralee town, ideally located close to the town centre with the backdrop of the Slieve Mish Mountains.Our team here will ensure you will have a relaxing stay and ensure you have all the information you need to discover Tralee and all our local attractions including Kerry's Wild Atlantic Way, there is so much to explore, local beaches, coffee shops and cafes along your journey not to be missed.Dining at The Rose Hotel ensures you get a taste of what our local food suppliers and artisan producers have to offer and our Chefs seasonal menus ensures all the best ingredients are included in the Park restaurant, and Dott's bar. Our Herbs & Roses Spa features world renowned Elemis therapies and products. Spirit Gym including Steam Room & Sauna is also available, with complimentary access for residents of the hotel.During mid-term breaks and school holidays our popular Kids Club ensures our Junior Guests have a great holiday and lots of fun! Complimentary car parking and WIFI are also available.Our Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore Kerry's Wild Atlantic Way; within walking distance of the hotel you can visit, Siamsa Tire, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, Kerry County Museum & Medieval Experience, Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre & Nature Reserve or enjoy family time at The Aquadome - Ireland's largest indoor water world. Within easy access of the hotel you can discover the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, or play golf on the world acclaimed Tralee Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer designed golf course, situated on the rugged Atlantic coast of Ireland's south west is a unique combination of traditional seaside golf links and the world famous scenery of the Kingdom.MORE INFO
ParknasillaThis 4 star hotel is located on the coastline of Sneem. It is 60.0 Km from the National Park Killarney. The Hotel has a restaurant, a bar, a coffee shop, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre/gym. All 78 rooms are equipped with ironing set.MORE INFO
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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.
A must visit course in the area is the Ballybunion Old Course, it is Ireland’s number one course and features in the world’s top 100, sitting at 21st globally, it is a particular favourite of Tom Watson and was famously played by Bill Clinton on a visit in 2001. The counties of Clare and Limerick, are home to some idyllic scenery; from the ‘Burren’ which is Ireland’s largest limestone feature, to the so called ‘Golden Vale’, which is an area of extremely fertile land created by the River Shannon that is well known for dairy and cereal farming. The golf clubs are also well known with quality courses such as Lahinch and Adare Manor. The Lahinch old course is ranked 2nd in Ireland, it has been played by a number of famous names in the past including Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and most recently Graeme McDowell, all of whom have won the annual South of Ireland Championship. Adare Manor has recently held the Irish Open, being won by Padraig Harrington. Killarney Golf Club is considered to be the jewel in the crown of the region, with it getting the name of ‘the closest golf club to heaven’. South west Ireland is home to Europe’s most westerly course, Dingle Golf Club. The course here follows the form of the rest of Ireland and has a stunning back drop of the rugged Atlantic coastline. Away from golf, the town of Shannon and surrounding area is perfect for those wanting a cultural experience or those that are looking an opportunity to hike across The Burren is also worth a visit forconnoisseurs of fine sea foods, who will love this area with freshly caught fish and shell fish in abundance in most restaurants in the region.