Ireland’s Road Less Traveled Golf Experience

The Backroads and Golf Links of Ireland!

Ireland

  • Nights 6
  • Days 7
  • Rounds of Golf 5
  • Dates April 1 - October 31, 2022

For the golfer an experience on Ireland’s West Coast usually has you arriving into Shannon International Airport, which literally splits the country from the north and the south. Most who travel to Ireland for the first time, are drawn to the big name courses that line the southwest coast. However, if you were to turn left instead of right out of Shannon and head north towards Galway to Sligo to Donegal and all the way up to Ballyliffin, you will discover some of Ireland’s finest and most economical gems!

If Robert Frost were a golfer and based on a passage in one of his famous poems, The Road Not Taken, “…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I…I took the one less traveled by…And that has made all the difference“… then it would be fair to say that Robert might have taken that left turn out of Shannon and headed north.  And he would have been right!

If you are willing to follow the similar logic in your decision, then be prepared to be rewarded.  Not only will you be able to experience some hidden gems, you will experience the many intangibles that make Ireland such an authentic place to visit, never mind to play golf! The same applies for those not playing golf as there is so much beauty, culture and bliss to fill your days.

Itinerary

Day1
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 - ARRIVE INTO DUBLIN
  • Arrive into Dublin International Airport, Ireland
  • Upon arrival, transfer to Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Derry, N. Ireland.
  • Evening at your leisure
  • Hotel – Bishop’s Gate Hotel
Day2
MONDAY, AUGUST 15 - BALLYLIFFIN
  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • Golf – Ballyliffin – Glashedy Links
  • Non-Golfer – Sightseeing Options
  • Hotel – Bishop’s Gate Hotel
Day3
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 - PORTSALON
  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • Golf – Portsalon Golf Club
  • Non-Golfer – Sightseeing Options
  • Hotel – Bishop’s Gate Hotel
Day4
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 - DONEGAL
  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • Check out and transfer to play your next round of golf.  Non-golfers will sightsee while the golfers play.
  • Golf – Donegal Golf Club
  • After golf, continue south to Balina and check into the charming Mount Falcon Estate for the next 2 nights.
  • Non-Golfer – Sightseeing Options
  • Hotel – Mount Falcon Estate
Day5
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 - CARNE
  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • Check out and transfer to Vaughan Lodge in Lahinch, Ireland for 2 nights.
  • Golf – Carne Golf Club
  • Non-Golfer – Sightseeing Options
  • Hotel – Mount Falcon Estate
Day6
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 - ENNISCRONE
  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • Golf – Enniscrone Golf Club 
  • Non-Golfer – Sightseeing Options
  • After golf, transfer to Malahide, a suburb town of Dublin where you will spend your final night.
  • Check into the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
  • Hotel – Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
Day7
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 - DEPART / EXTEND
  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • Check out and transfer to the Dublin International Airport (DUB) or extend in Dublin city Center for the weekend

Accommodations

Bishop’s Gate Hotel

3 Nights at Bishop's Gate Hotel in Derry with full Irish breakfast daily

Mount Falcon Estate

2 Nights at Mount Falcon Estate with full Irish breakfast daily

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links

1 Nights at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links with full Irish breakfast daily.

Golf Courses

Ballyliffin Golf Club – Glashedy Links

The new Glashedy Links is a Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock masterpiece fashioned around the incredible dunes, and is rated among the best links tracks in the world. Ruddy... More

Portsalon Golf Club

Portsalon Golf club was founded by Colonel B.J Barton in 1891. Colonel Barton established the Portsalon hotel and golf links and was very forward thinking in Portsalon becoming one... More

Donegal Golf Club

Donegal Golf Course is a links course built on a promontory of 182 acres that extends out into the Atlantic Ocean. The course, built on land of geological significance,... More

Carne Golf Club

Carne in North Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland lies in magnificent unspoiled sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay and the wild Atlantic Ocean near the town of Belmullet.... More

Enniscrone Golf Club

Enniscrone is among the finest and most challenging of traditional Irish links golf courses and offers 27 holes on 400 acres of magnificent links land, featuring the par 73... More

Included

  • 3 Nights at Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Derry, N. Ireland
  • 2 Nights at Mount Falcon Estate
  • 1 Night at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
  • 5 Rounds of Golf:
    • Ballyliffin – Glashedy Links
    • Portsalon GC
    • Donegal GC
    • Carne Golf Links
    • Enniscrone Golf Club 
  • Full Irish Breakfast Daily
  • Air-conditioned coach with driver option is available for an additional cost
  • Meet and assist at airport
  • All local taxes and service fees
  • Services of your Distincte representative

Not Included

  • All flights both local and international
  • All portage and tips for drivers & guides
  • All caddies and carts not indicated in itinerary
  • All meals, drinks not mentioned in itinerary
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Fuel costs for rental vehicle

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Dates & Prices

Prices are in USD, per person, based on 4 golfers and double occupancy.

April 1, 2020 — October 31, 2020
Package Options Starting From Single Occupancy
Standard Double / Twin Room $3,349.00 $3,850.00
Non-Golfer / Sharing $1,950.00

Before You Travel

  • A quality rain suit, pants and jacket is a MUST! Zero Restriction and FootJoy are quality brands. If you do not own such apparel, it is expensive and note, you get what you pay for. So purchase wisely as you’ll be thankful you have it if you get a good lashing!
  • Rain gloves – a must when playing in the rain. They come in pairs and for good reason. A wet hand on a wet grip will only result in tears as your ball, and maybe your club too, will undoubtedly end up in the fescue.
  • A good ski hat – yes, not what you typically think of for golf but because most courses are on the ocean, the water temps are still only in the upper 50’s to 60 degrees. Combine these factors with some wind blowing onshore and then throw in some rain and it is a recipe for being miserable. A nice warm hat that can cover your ears could be your best friend.
  • A proper golf umbrella – a must as normal summer weather means intermittent showers that come and go throughout a 4 hour round. You can generally see what is coming so instead of changing in and out of rain gear, you can use a good sturdy wind-resistant umbrella to shelter you until the shower passes.

Now, what about sunshine? Yes, they do have it in Ireland and when it comes out especially in the late spring and summer months, it can be quite warm to hot. Therefore, a few pair of golf shorts are in order. Golfers have been known to wear shorts under their rain pants simply because the extremes from shower to sunshine can be very dramatic – so this is sometimes the best approach.

All in all, these are the best tips to best prepare you for what we hope is a memorable experience golfing in Ireland.

Price Per Person

$2,750.00

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