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Connemara Championship Golf Links
Golf on the edge of Europe...Connemara Championship Golf Links is nestled between the scenic splendor of the 12 Bens Mountain Range and the rugged Atlantic Ocean. This beautiful isolated links course lies along County Galway's portion of the Wild Atlantic Way. It takes a full 90 minute drive to get to CCGL but the ride is incredibly scenic offering panoramic views of the jagged Atlantic Coastline. Travelling to this course is well worth the journey. Bring your cameras!!!
The Connemara Championship Golf Links is an exhilarating golfing experience. This awesomely picturesque par 72 course with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean was designed by Eddie Hackett and measures over 7,000 yards. Opened in 1973, the course is a true links challenge. From the testing dog leg opening hole to the breathtaking back 9, it has been acknowledged as the “equal to any in the world”. The course has been described by US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson as spectacular and is a wonderful example of links golf in Ireland.
When playing Connemara it's easy to be mesmerized by the landscape around you, whether it's Slyne Head Lighthouse, the 12 Bens Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean or Grainne O'Malleys Castle, there is something special on every hole. The club offers fantastic facilities with a modern clubhouse bar, coffee shop and restaurant, a pro shop, practice range and putting green. The pro shop has everything you need from golf carts, rental clubs, tuition and all top clothing brands. This course is certainly off the beaten path but it's a trip well worth taking!
The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of one million visitors every year and are a Signature Discovery Point in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. They stretch for 8km (5miles), as the crow flies, along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland and reach 214m (702 feet) at their highest point at Knockardakin just north of O’Brien’s Tower. Here you can have a world class one in a million visitor experience.
At the southern end of the Cliffs of Moher stands Hags Head, a natural rocky promontory that resembles a seated woman when viewed from the north. In the ancient Gaelic language, the word Mothar means “ruined fort” and a 1st century BC fort stood where Moher tower now stands. Therefore the Cliffs of Moher means the cliffs of the ruined fort and although there is no trace remaining of this two thousand year old fort it has given name to the cliffs which are visited annually by almost one million visitors.
The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is located almost midway along these spectacular cliffs and the site is home to an environmentally friendly visitor center set into the hillside, O’Brien’s Tower – a 19th century viewing tower and 800 meters of cliff side pathways, viewing areas and steps.
Galway City Guided Walking Tour
The walking tour departs from O’Connell's Bar on Eyre Square for a leisurely stroll through the medieval streets of Galway. This tour brings to life the events that shaped this city and indeed Ireland also. From Viking raids, to the Spanish Armada, to Cromwell's siege of the city and enslavement of the population, this tour will open your eyes to what life was like inside and outside the walls of 'The City of the Tribes', for the past thousand years. The walk typically takes 90 minutes and can be tailored to the interests of the group. It starts in O’Connell's Bar and finishes back there also.
Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum
This tiny museum is worth visiting for the views of the River Corrib alone. The symmetrical yellow tower was built in 1852 as a lookout from which fishing boats on the river could be monitored; it was in use until commercial net fishing died out in the 1970s. Exhibits tell the story of Galway’s fishing heritage and the vital role it played to the city’s industry.
Foxford Woollen Mill Tour
Founded in 1892 Foxford Woollen Mills continues to thrive to this day with local craftspeople producing the 'World Famous' blankets, rugs and tweed. Since opening in 1992 The Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Center is recognized as one of the leading attractions in Ireland. At the core of this unique facility is the tour of the Working Woollen Mills which allows the visitor to experience the fascinating success of the Foxford Woollen Mills.
This amazing self-guiding multi media presentation is hailed one of the most interesting tours in Ireland and is available in French, German, Italian and Spanish as well as English and Irish. Taking approximately one hour to complete the Woollen Mill Tour gives an insight to life in Ireland in the late nineteenth century.
Connacht Craft Experience Whiskey Distillery Tour
This guided distillery tour brings you through the process of making whiskey and will help you understand why the Irish are so passionate about single pot still Irish whiskey. They set up their tours to be small and interactive, so that you can really enjoy the experience without feeling rushed or pushed out the door to make room for another tour bus. The Connacht Craft Experience is a guided tour followed by a sampling of our Ballyhoo Whiskey and a Straw Boys Poitín.
Belleek Pottery Museum
Celebrating its 160th year in business in 2017, Belleek Pottery is one of Northern Ireland's oldest and most fascinating attractions. When you step into the world of Belleek Pottery you enter one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most fascinating attractions. Original and unique pieces are made using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. One of the most collectable and prized sets is the Black Mark range.
Established in 1857, Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of County Fermanagh. Situated in the picturesque village of Belleek on the banks of the Lough Erne, this imposing building is home to the world famous Belleek Fine Parian China and Belleek Visitor Center. Visitors partake in guided tours, take a walk around the on-site museum, visit the audio visual theater and showroom and enjoy refreshments in the restaurant. There is also a gift shop where visitors can purchase authentic Belleek products.
Marble Arch Caves
Explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers at The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. The caves lay undisturbed for countless thousands of years as the river eroded and dissolved away millions of tons of limestone, and rank upon rank of stalactites grew slowly from the cave roof to carve and shape the majestic passages we have today. Superstition and fear kept visitors away until 1895 when two brave explorers disturbed the silence and the first beam of light pierced through the blackness.
Visitors to The Marble Arch Caves can enjoy a tour and see the bewildering variety of cave formations guided by the friendly and informative tour guides. The spectacular walkways allow easy access while powerful lighting highlights the glistening stalactites and reveals the beauty and grandeur of the caves. Electric powered boats take visitors through huge caverns and along the river located beneath the earth's surface. The tour lasts for approximately 75 minutes and is suitable for people of an average fitness. It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing.
|Tue July 2, 2019 Depart America for flight to Shannon(SNN) these are over-night flights that arrive in Ireland the next morning. (Flight not part of package.)|
|Wed July 3, 2019 Arrive Shannon Int. Airport prior to 10am & transfer to Cliffs of Moher then onto Galway - Stay at The Galmont Hotel – Galway (D)|
|Thu July 4, 2019 Play Galway Bay then afternoon and evening free to explore Galway - Stay at The Galmont Hotel – Galway (B)|
|Fri July 5, 2019 Travel the Wild Atlantic Way to Play Connemara Championship Links - Stay at The Galmont Hotel – Galway (B)|
|Sat July 6, 2019 Enjoy a walking tour of Galway and then have free time to explore Galway - Stay at The Galmont Hotel – Galway (B)|
|Sun July 7, 2019 Transfer to Enniscrone Golf Links and continue to Sligo after golf. - Stay at The Glasshouse Hotel – Sligo (B & D)|
|Mon July 8, 2019 Tour Sligo Abbey then learn about WB Yeats, Sligo was his home town and visit Connacht Distillery - Stay at The Glasshouse – Sligo (B)|
|Tue July 9, 2019 Play Strandhill Golf Course then enjoy free time to explore Sligo. - Stay at The Glasshouse Hotel – Sligo (B) |
|Wed July 10, 2019 Tour Day, visit Belleek Pottery Museum, tour Marble Arch Caves and return to Sligo - Stay at The Glasshouse Hotel – Sligo (B)|
|Thu July 11, 2019 Check out of Glasshouse, play County Sligo Links Course then transfer to Lough Erne - Stay at Lough Erne Resort – Lough Erne (B & L) |
|Fri July 12, 2019 Today is a free day to enjoy the first class amenities at Lough Erne Resort - Stay at Lough Erne Resort – Lough Erne (B)|
|Sat July 13, 2019 Play the Faldo Course at Lough Erne Resort - Stay at Lough Erne Resort – Lough Erne (B & D)|
|Sun July 14, 2019 Today we enjoy the morning at Lough Erne then transfer back to Dublin. - Stay at Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel - Dublin (B & D)|
|Mon July 15, 2019 After Breakfast depart the hotel on the Hilton's airport shuttle for your flight back to America.|
Sightseeing and Touring:
North West Ireland Golf Adventure
July 3 - 15, 2019
Participants fly into Shannon International Airport(SNN) and out of Dublin International Airport(DUB). (Flights are not included in package).
Lough Erne Golf Course
"A Great Place to Play. A Great Place to Stay." Rory McIlroy Lough Erne Resort is proud to have Rory McIlroy as its Touring Professional. Lough Erne Resort is home two Championship Golf Courses, The Faldo Course and the Castle Hume Course.
The Faldo Course, is a Golf World & Golf Monthly Top 100 Course (UK & Ireland) designed by Six time Major winner Nick Faldo, The Faldo Championship Course is his first golf course design in Ireland. The Faldo Championship Course (7,167 yards Par 72) is an exciting challenge for golfers of all abilities, featuring 18 spectacular golf holes. Situated between Castle Hume Lough and Lower Lough Erne, 14 of the holes have Water in play, highlighted by the iconic 10th Hole, ‘Emerald Isle’ where the green is surrounded on three sides by water.
The routing of The Faldo Championship Course takes full advantage of the natural topography and provides golfers with superb all year round playing conditions as well as breathtaking views of The Fermanagh Lakelands.
Golfers can take some time out at The Halfway House situated behind the ninth Green, with stunning views over Lower Lough Erne. Other dining options available at The Resort include The Loughside Bar & Grill, The Blaney Bar and The Catalina Restaurant.
Castle Hume Golf Course*
An eighteen hole par 72, Championship course parkland course surrounded by Castle Hume Lough and Lower Lough Erne which is over 6,800 yards long, first opened in 1992.
Featuring stunning views, manicured fairways and well contoured greens, over seven thousand trees and thirty bunkers; the course is built on well-drained limestone land. Castle Hume has been host to an unprecedented 10 Ulster PGA Championships.
*This course in NOT inlcuded as part of our package, but you may wish to play it if time permits. Tee times can be made directly with the pro-shop during your stay.
Enniscrone Golf Links
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 Dunes Championship Links Course. The Dunes is one of Ireland’s top-ranked championship links courses; and it is the course we'll play when we visit.
Enniscrone features some of the most dramatic dunes in Ireland with players delving from the flat lands into the dunes once the opening hole doglegs towards the ocean. The mammoth dunes create hilly fairways and some uneven lies, and the occasional blind shot that Irish links are famous for. The dunes are blanketed in tall marram grass which creates a serious challenge to contend with when you miss the fairway and unique esthetics for this coastal layout. In terms of dramatic terrain, County Sligo may be Enniscrone's only rival on the Emerald Isle and while a limited number of carts/buggies are available, players that elect to walk will give their calves an extra workout as they traverse the rolling landscape.
The outward nine takes you far from the clubhouse before traversing back home with the inward nine holes; a classic links feature. Conditioning is very good throughout the course as is the challenge with Enniscrone standing as one of the more difficult layouts on Ireland to play to one's handicap. While southwest Ireland gets all the hype when attracting American golfers, the courses on the northwest portion of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way truly are not to be missed and the impressively unique links at Enniscrone is ranked at the top of that list.
The Glasshouse Hotel Sligo
The Glasshouse is Sligo’s only 4 star city center hotel, it stands out with its unique glass facade architecture, shaped like a ship in dock, the hotel’s glass exterior can be seen from afar, inside the quirky colorful interiors are equally as impressive. It is conveniently located near O’Connell Street so guests are within easy walking distance of the galleries, shops, pubs, and chic cafes of the city center. The hotel also boasts an award winning restaurant and two vibrant pubs. Attractions like the Model Arts and Niland Gallery, the Sligo Country Museum, Hawk’s Well Theatre, and some of Sligo’s spas are also nearby and can be reached on foot.
The energetic and vibrant atmosphere of the hotel extends to its 116 spacious bedrooms, each features a large window with gossamer curtains that give a colorful hue. The hotel offers Sligo city view rooms and River view rooms that enjoy pleasant views of the Garravogue River and some feature balconies. All rooms offer individually controlled air conditioning, complimentary WiFi, 26 inch LCD TV with a full entertainment menu, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, ergonomic workspace and 24 hour room service. We'll have deluxe rooms that also offer a range of deluxe toiletries, Bathrobes and slippers and Bottled Mineral Water.
Strandhill Golf Club
A coastal club located in County Sligo, Strandhill Golf Club, established in 1931 with a 9 hole golf course, now offers an 18 hole course and has since 1973. The course features undulating terrain and strategically-placed bunkers, as well as panoramic scenery provided by nearby natural spectacles Knocknarea Mountain and Strandhill Beach.
A gentle opening downhill Par 5 sets the golfer up for a great run of holes through to the end of the front nine. Everything you would expect to find and be challenged on a links course is found here – great tee shots over rough links grasslands, rippling fairways and fantastic undulating green locations. Holes 2, 3, 4 and 7 are set by the ocean and strand respectively and are a stand-out on the front nine.
The run of holes from the 13th to 15th definitely give cause for thought on the second nine. A wonderful view from the 18th green and clubhouse waits as a reward for a fun round on this terrific links. Post round, enjoy a refreshing Guinness served by a welcoming and friendly staff member to round out your experience at Strandhill.
The Galmont Hotel and Spa
The Galmont is one of Ireland's premier 4 star hotels situated just outside of Galway's City Center. The hotel is located on the banks of Lough Atalia and overlooking Galway Bay. THe hotel is located just a five-minute walk from Eyre Square and 8 minutes’ walk from the bustling shops, pubs and restaurants of Galway's main Quay Street.
The Galmont's 261 guestrooms include satellite LCD TVs, luxury bedding, minibars, coffee/tea makers, and free WiFi. Bathrooms include designer bath products. The Galmont offers several on-site dining options. Marina's Grill - Serving Mediterranean food, fresh seafood, and international dishes in a contemporary setting. Open daily for breakfast and dinner and for Sunday lunch.
Coopers Bar & Lounge - Serving an all-day menu including lunches and traditional afternoon tea; featuring a heated terrace overlooking Lough Atalia.
The Galmont's Spirit One Spa offers a range of treatments and thermal suite experiences to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. The spa's fitness and leisure center feature a Greco-Roman pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and outdoor hot tub, which has wonderful views across Lough Atalia.
The Lough Erne Resort
Winner of Hotel of the Year 2017, Lough Erne Resort, is a luxurious 5-Star hotel in Enniskillen, the gateway to North West Ireland. Nestled on a 600 acre peninsula with spectacular views of the Fermanagh Lakelands and The Faldo Course, it's clear to see why Lough Erne Resort is renowned as one of the finest 5 Star hotels Northern Ireland has to offer.
Lough Erne Resort is Northern Ireland's first 5-Star AA resort featuring 120 rooms and suites. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, corporate outing, golf trip or holiday with friends, at Lough Erne Resort you'll find magnificent accommodations with access to golf, spa services and our gourmet special offers.
Lough Erne Resort provides the ultimate 36-hole golf experience. Home to two Championship Golf Courses; the awarding winning Faldo Course and Castle Hume Golf Course and Golf Academy with state of the art facilities. The Thai Spa - Guests can enjoy a unique Thai inspired experience from the luxury treatment menu using award winning ESPA products. The Thermal Suite and Infinity pool at The Thai Spa are complimentary for hotel guests.
Restaurants & Bars: Acclaimed Chef, Noel McMeel and the Tastes of Lough Erne
Proud winner of Hotel Restaurant of the Year 2017 (Food and Wine Awards) Menus by acclaimed chef, Noel McMeel feature the best of local produce; choose from the 3 AA rosette Catalina Restaurant; The Loughside Bar & Grill specialising in quality Irish Meats and Seafood from the grill; drinks and light bites in The Blaney Bar or indulgent Afternoon Tea. Each dining experience is served with views of the Fermanagh Lakelands.
Our participants will enjoy five-star accommodations in beautifully decorated rooms designed with comfort in mind. Each of the resort's guestrooms offer luxurious Irish bed linens and spa-like baths featuring rain showers and freestanding baths. Well-appointed with amenities such as tea and coffee makers, complimentary WiFi, and access to The Thermal Suite & Infinity Pool at the Spa, guests can unwind in a private oasis. The jewel of each accommodation is the panoramic view of the surrounding golf courses and Castle Hume Lough.
County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point
Set on the west coast of County Sligo in the shadow of Benbulben Mountain and overlooking Donegal Bay this is truly a magnificent setting and a great challenge of golf.
County Sligo Golf Club is located about 15 minutes drive from the Glasshouse Hotel at the seaside village of Rosses Point and is much more than just a beautiful golf course.
Widely regarded as a great championship golf course, Co Sligo successfully combines gorgeous scenery and competitive play. Views of Benbulben mountain eclipsing the northern skyline and of rolling green hills set before the Atlantic Ocean make Co Sligo one of the most beautiful links in Ireland.
Yet don’t be too mesmerized by the course’s natural beauty. Golfers will need to direct all their focus to their game if they expect to survive this challenging links course.
The 17th hole is the signature hole. The long par-4 calls for an accurate drive to the right of the fairway followed by play to the left up a steep uphill to the green. The challenge doesn’t end there, though, as the green is preceded by a steep slope that rejects any short approach, sending it back towards the fairway.
Scenic, challenging, inspiring. All a golfer can ask for in a great links!
The Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel
The Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel is located within a few miles (7 km) of Dublin International Airport. This 166-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, and a 24-hour business center. The hotel is ideally located for those who have an early flight the next morning.
The welcoming and relaxing room has large soundproofed windows. Decorated in predominantly soft beige and light colors, rooms are very modern, large in size and in outstanding condition. Catch up with emails at the large desk with ergonomic chair or take time off in the easy chair. A 37-inch LED TV comes with digital channels, and guests can stay connected with WiFi and wired Internet. The bathroom offers a soaking tub, hairdryers, and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include a fridge, a coffee maker and a safe.
Our participants will use the Hilton's scheduled shuttle bus service when they depart the hotel to go to Dublin Airport. The shuttle transfer from hotel to airport normally takes less than 15 minutes.
Galway bay Golf Club
The natural water hazard is the Atlantic Ocean, such is the dramatic backdrop to this Par 72 PGA Championship 18 hole golf course that is Galway Bay Golf Resort. When designing the course, former Ryder Cup and World Cup golfer Christy O Connor jnr. superbly blended the stunning backdrop of Galway Bay and the rugged curves of the Atlantic coastline with mature trees, water hazards, concealed bunkers and highly acclaimed putting surfaces. With variable wind speed and directions this Championship course plays differently each day posing a considerable challenge to even the lowest handicap golfers, yet it is a true and fair test of golf. As you decide on club selection the panorama of Galway Bay and its beauty unveiled before you, with the hills of Clare to the south, while to the West sits the majestic city of Galway –city of the tribes- surrounding the rugged and unpredictable Atlantic Ocean. Set on 300 acres the course played host to the European PGA West of Ireland Open in 1999. Set your challenges higher with a round of golf at the prestigious Galway Bay Golf Resort.