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"The most spectacular golf course in the world" - (Links Magazine)
Unrivaled in terms of the magnificent beauty and setting of the site, Old Head Golf Links continues to take the golfing world by storm. The brainchild of John and Patrick O'Connor, the Club has developed into one of the most recognized and sought after golf experiences anywhere on earth. The Course is 20 minutes from the Perryville House in Kinsale...
Old Head is a remarkably dramatic piece of Ireland, built on a 220-acre diamond shaped piece 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 unspoiled cliff (rising in places to over 300 feet) frame the course.   Old Head’s par 72 layout is comprised of five Par 5s, five Par 3s and eight Par 4s – stretching to over 7,300 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.  One of our recent trip participants had this to say about Old Head. “I’ve played many great courses including Pebble Beach, but I would choose Old Head as my favorite course in terms of playability and scenic enjoyment. It should be on every golfer’s bucket list.”      We feel the same way and hope you’ll take the opportunity to cross it off your bucket list when you join us on our next Ireland Trip

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The Golf Course at Adare Manor is quite possibly the best maintained golf course in the world. This parkland layout is a luxurious golf experience and one that is most fitting to be the final round we play on our Southwest Ireland Golf Adventure. Host course for the 2027 Ryder Cup, you can experience what the top players in the world will be in for when they compete here in a couple years.

In 2015 Tom Fazio was brought in to reinvigorate the twenty year old layout of Robert Trent Jones. The idea was to bring the Course at Adare Manor to level on par with that of the likes of Augusta. In fact many who've played Adare often point to the similarities between Augusta and Adare.  A recent reviewer had this to say, "manicured to perfection .. its a challenge but every hole just delivers something for you to admire or stare at .. golf facilities are just like the 5 star hotel and everyone is so welcoming to guests."  This final round will include a fore caddy and and a shared golf cart. A round of golf here is an absolute treat for all those who love the game of golf. We are so pleased this will cap off our 12 day adventure!

Golf Carts

As we've mentioned most golfers do not use golf carts in Ireland. In fact most courses only have a few carts available and those are typically only rented to golfers with physical ailments. However if you provide a doctor’s note, at least a month in advance, stating you need one for medical reasons, most courses will permit you to rent a cart.  One course, Ballybunion’s Old course, does not allow carts for any reason.

Carts are available to anyone(no doctor's note is required) at four of the courses we will visit, Adare, Waterville, Ballybunion Cashen Course, and Old Head (restricted to cart path only).  Tralee had a few carts available but a medical note is required in order to reserve one.

Most locals simply carry their own bags, or rent a pull “trolley.”  Advice I’d give a first timer: Take caddies, but also take note: you must arrange for them in advance.  It’s not like here in the US where you can just show up and say, “I’d like a caddie.” Over there, the caddies don't work for the clubs, they are "free agents", often with other jobs and need some lead time to coordinate their work schedule. The best part of Ireland is its people. Hiring a caddie is a great way to enjoy the course, shoot a better score and learn about the country through a friendly four hours of conversation. Average cost is 50-60 euro per round plus tip. One more thing, more often than not, the course will not have enough caddies on hand the day you play, so the caddy-master will assign one caddy to carry two bags and work for two golfers. When this happens the price is slightly reduced.

SFGA will send an email in Spring 2024 to all registered participants asking what your preference is for caddies, trolleys or carts where available.

The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is considered one of the finest drives in the world. From rugged cliffs to golden beaches, small villages and pastures green to peat bogs and picturesque mountain ranges. This peninsula illustrates all that is beautiful, wonderful and wild in our beloved motherland. 
The variety of sites makes this one of the most diverse and interesting drives that one is likely to experience in their travel adventures. Along the Ring of Kerry drive you'll see ancient stone forts to landscapes carved out of rock by the Ice Age, from sparkling lakes to winding mountain passes. We travel large parts of this route on the ride to/from Waterville Links.

A Breathtaking Challenge - The legendary Tom Watson described the glorious links at Ballybunion Golf Club as the best in the world. High praise indeed for this magnificent test of golf which meanders menacingly through massive dunes on the shores of the Atlantic. Ballybunion Golf Club actually boasts two separate courses.

The Old Course (Par 71, 6,598 yards) certainly can bare it's teeth when the wind comes up - and it's often windy! The Old Golf Course is consistently ranked as one of the world's top ten golf courses, features a graveyard by the first tee, which some say is a warning to golfers who breeze through the first five holes only to come face to face with the ever challenging 6th, the fiendish 8th, the daunting par four 11th and the devilishly tricky 15th. – consistently ranks Ballybunion Old Course as No. 1 in Ireland, this is your opportunity to find out why!

Representing the first European design of Arnold Palmer, Tralee Golf Club in southwestern Ireland is one of the most spectacularly beautiful golf courses you will ever encounter. And while beauty often masks certain deficiencies in a golf course, that is certainly not the case with Tralee. Having completed his masterpiece, Palmer commented: "I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course. I am happy that we have one of the world's great links here".    

Tralee Golf Course, while it always boasted a magnificent setting, with the course settling down and the greens thriving over time, Tralee has now joined the elite group of Irish links. With views of the Atlantic and white sandy beaches from almost every hole, Tralee earns rave reviews from all who play it.

Ballybunion Golf Club: Old Course

Carriage Ride to Ross Castle
Greet your driver at the Great Southern Hotel in central Killarney—and pet the horse, if you’d like. Climb aboard and relax as you trot through the town and your driver points out landmarks. Pass St. Mary’s Cathedral, a charming thatched cottage, and Killarney House Gardens before you clip-clop into Killarney National Park. The country’s last herd of native red deer frequent the deer park, so keep your eyes peeled as you admire the misty mountains across the lake. As you approach Ross Castle, a 15th-century tower house, your carriage driver will tell you tales of its heroic past. Enjoy a photo stop here before you return to the tour's starting point.

The Great Southern Hotel - Killarney

Located very near the heart of Killarney town and set within 6 acres of secluded landscaped gardens, this elegant Victorian-era hotel combines old-world charm with contemporary flair and stylish accommodation. The hotel has a rich and colorful heritage, playing host to many celebrities and dignitaries since it first opened in 1854. It still offers the same traditional Irish charm, warm welcome and excellent customer service but now also boasts modern and luxurious facilities.

Bedrooms are spacious and equipped with all the amenities you would expect in a four-star hotel. Our group will be in the upgraded Deluxe Garden View Rooms. Guests have the choice of two restaurants: the grand gilt-domed Garden Room Restaurant which overlooks the gardens and serves imaginative dishes using fresh, locally sourced produce. The friendly Punch Bowl Bar is open throughout the day for tea, coffee, snacks and cocktails. The hotel's Innisfallen Leisure Centre has a gym, 17m indoor pool, sauna, steam room, monsoon shower and jacuzzi. The health & beauty rooms offer a range of massages and body treatments, facials and hydrotherapy. An elegant and comfortable base for a visit to Killarney town, the lakes and mountains of Killarney National Park, the Ring of Kerry and all the other stunning Links Courses found in Co Kerry.

Things to know about golf in Ireland:

  • 3 Nights in upgraded Deluxe Catagory Rooms at Kinsale's finest, The Perryville House
  • 6 Nights in Junior Suites at the historic Great Southern Hotel in Killarney's lively  downtown, near shopping, pubs & restaurants
  • 2 Nights in Deluxe King Rooms at the five star Adare Manor - Ireland's finest resort and home of the 2027 Ryder Cup
  • 11 Mornings with Full Irish Breakfasts at the Hotels 
  • 6 Group Meals:
    • 3 Group Lunches
    • 3 Group Dinners (Kinsale, Killarney and Adare)
  • Great Links Golf at: 
    • Old Head Golf Links – We’ve never found a better course than Old Head – that’s why we’re playing it twice!
    • Ballybunion Golf Club – The Old Course – Tom Watson's favorite.
    • Waterville Golf Links – One of the finest Links Courses in Ireland.
    • Ballybunion Golf Club – The Cashen Course - Many of the members prefer it to the Old Course!
    • Tralee Golf Club - Arnold Palmer's jewel, considered his finest Links.
    • The Golf Course at Adare Manor – Host Course of the 2027 Ryder Cup!
  • This trip will have no Tournaments and the golf will be stress-free & fun. 
  • Sightseeing includes: Blarney Castle & Woolen Mills, the Ring of Kerry, Distillery Tour, Killarney Horse Carriage ride and time to explore the local pubs, taverns, restaurants and shops of Kinsale, Killarney and Adare.
  • Private Motor Coach transportation and our own Driver/Guide.
  • VAT Taxes on package inclusions & Gratuities on planned group meals.

Tralee Golf Club

Waterville Golf Links

The Old Midleton Distillery – The Jameson Experience
Jameson Irish Whiskey is world renowned and its history can be traced on guided tours through the Irish Whiskey Visitor’s Center. The Jameson Experience tour commences with an informative audio-visual presentation. Guests are accompanied by a tour guide and follow the Old Distillery Trail through the various historic and architecturally unique distillery buildings such as - Mills, Malting Houses, Corn Stores, Still-houses, old Offices and atmospheric Warehouses. The visitor can encounter superbly restored machinery and dramatic recreations of many of the steps in Irish whiskey production, going back in time to when farmers would have delivered sacks of locally grown Irish barley by horse and cart to the finished product that is now the world renowned Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Visitors can see the largest original Pot Still, with a capacity of 32,000 gallons and the Old Waterwheel manufactured in 1825 to provide motive power prior to the days of electricity, and still turning today.   The secret of the Jameson Irish Whiskey lying in the triple distillation, where the spirit was kept for many years in maturing oak barrels imported from Spain, Portugal or America where they would have contained, Port, Sherry or Bourbon previously and this then would give the whiskey its characteristic flavor.   Each visit to Midleton Distillery culminates in the Jameson Bar with the Irish Whiskey tasting session when you may have the opportunity of becoming a qualified Irish Whiskey Taster with a presentation diploma!

Adare Manor - Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards: #1 Resort in the World

Forbes Travel Guide: Five-Star rating

World Golf Awards: Ireland’s Best Golf Course

Designer Robert Trent Jones II described the layout as being, "perhaps the finest piece of links land in the world". It has the ocean on one side and the river on the other to create an amazing setting for this stunning golf course. Each hole has its own character to keep golfers not only on their toes but thoroughly entertained throughout. The 10th and the 13th are the stand out holes that will take your breath away from tee to green. This is a dateless golf course which after playing makes you ask yourself if you've ever played amid quite such surroundings. Rated in the top 100 by Golf Magazine, the vast majority of Cashen’s green positions have been copied by many new course designers. Spectacular and supremely challenging, what can never be copied is the majestic landscape and fresh sea air that is distinctly part of the Ballybunion experience. 

The Perryville House - Kinsale

Perryville House is an elegant and distinctive period townhouse overlooking Kinsale Harbour, County Cork in the south of Ireland. Originally built in 1820 and beautifully restored, Perryville House is now a warm, gracious and light-filled boutique guesthouse.
True to its original role as a private residence, Perryville House welcomes guests from all over the world to share and enjoy the finest Irish hospitality and luxury accommodation in Kinsale. 
A masterpiece of Georgian architecture with later Victorian embellishment, Perryville House was built in 1820 by Captain Adam Warren Perry for his family whose ancestors continued to reside here until the late 1950s. It had various owners from then until 1997 when fired by the beauty, character and history of this lovely house, Andrew & Laura Corcoran undertook the mammoth task of refurbishing and bringing it back to its former glory. Situated in the heart of Kinsale, overlooking the harbour, Perryville House welcomes guests from April to October each year.

Once the bedrooms of the family that built Perryville House, now an elegant escape for guests from around the world . . . Each of their 25 tranquil, spacious rooms is unique in size, design and furnishings and all are beautifully appointed in finely-finished, bespoke luxury.  Our participants will stay in elegant Superior Double Rooms which offer a 6’ king bed and are a generous 325 sq.ft. enhanced by charming courtyard-garden views and a private bathroom with shower. As with all their rooms you’ll enjoy luxury linens and period furnishings.  An exceptional Perryville House breakfast is included and guests can also enjoy morning coffee, light lunch, afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks in the Garden Room or Drawing Room.

Best of all is the Perryville's magnificent location across from the scenic harbor and just a few steps from the many gourmet restaurants, pubs, music, and shopping activities.

Package Price:

Old Head Golf Club

      A) $7,995 Per Person, Double Occupancy or $15,990 Per Couple
      B) $5,995 Per Non-Golfer, Double Occupancy or $13,990 Per Couple, Golfer & Non-Golfer     


Adare Manor

Old Head Golf Links

Adare Manor - Adare

Adare Manor is a neo-Gothic architectural masterpiece, once the family seat of the Earls of Dunraven. Today it is cherished as a warm and welcoming five-star luxury resort, with all air-conditioned guestrooms lavishly appointed with original art, Georgian-style furnishings, and marble bathrooms. Guests may create an itinerary of activities on the sweeping 840-acre estate, with Golf on a championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio which is host to the 2027 Ryder Cup, falconry, archery, clay shooting, gundog displays, fishing, a spa with 111SKIN products, and more, all available on-site. Fine dining and world-class libations across the resort's many restaurants, lounges, and bars offer something to tempt every palate. Just outside the manor gates, the charming village of Adare is a beautiful blend of traditional thatched cottages, antique shops, boutiques, and friendly pubs. Ideally situated at the gateway to the southwest and only 30 minutes from Shannon Airport, Adare Manor provides a magnificent base from which to explore some of Ireland's most compelling sights.

Adare Manor

Southwest Ireland Golf Adventure

Cashen Course at Ballybunion

Saturday 6/15/24  Depart America for flight to Shannon(SNN) it's an over-night flight that arrives in Ireland the next morning. (Flight not part of package.)
Sunday 6/16/24 Arrival at SNN (Shannon International Airport).  Transfer to Midleton for Jameson Distillery tour and group lunch.  After lunch continue on to Perryville House in Kinsale. Upon arrival enjoy a welcome reception and then Dinner is on your own in Kinsale. - Overnight at Perryville House - Kinsale.
Monday 6/17/24 Golf at Old Head Golf Links beginning at 10:00am. Return to Perryville House after golf. Dinner is on your own in Kinsale. - Overnight at Perryville House - Kinsale.
Tuesday 6/18/24  Golf at Old Head Golf Links beginning at 10am.  Return to Perryville House after golf.  Dinner is on your own in Kinsale. - Overnight at Perryville House - Kinsale.
Wednesday 6/19/24  After breakfast, check-out of Perryville House and transfer to the Blarney Woolen Mills and Castle. After touring & lunch, transfer to Killarney for check-in at Great Southern Hotel for 5 nights. - Overnight at Great Southern Hotel, Killarney.

Thursday 6/20/24 Golf at Ballybunion Golf Club (Cashen Course).  After golf, return to Great Southern Hotel.  Dinner is on your own in Killarney. - Overnight at Great Southern Hotel, Killarney.

Friday 6/21/24  Golf at Tralee Golf Club tee times beginning at 10:30am follow by Group dinner held in clubhouse restaurant. Return to Great Southern hotel after golf. Tonight a Group dinner is held in hotel.- Overnight at Great Southern Hotel, Killarney.

Saturday 6/22/24 This morning we have organized a horse carriage ride from the hotel then enjoy your free time exploring Killarney.  Dinner is on your own in Killarney. - Overnight at Great Southern Hotel, Killarney.

Sunday 6/23/24 Golf at Waterville Golf Club, followed by Group dinner held in clubhouse restaurant. Return to Great Southern hotel after golf. Overnight at Great Southern Hotel, Killarney.

Monday 6/24/24 Golf at Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course) After golf, return to Great Southern Hotel.  Dinner is on your own in Killarney. - Overnight at Great Southern Hotel, Killarney.
Tuesday 6/25/24 After breakfast, check out of Great Southern Hotel and transfer to Adare Manor, to check-in for 2 nights. Dinner on your own tonight consider the hotel or nearby options in the village of Adare. - Overnight at the Adare Manor.
Wednesday 6/26/24 Golf at the Golf Club at Adare Manor.  This evening enjoy a Farewell Group Dinner. - Overnight at Adare Manor.
Thursday 6/27/24 After breakfast, check-out of hotel for airport transfers to SNN.  Have a safe flight home.

Killarney Town
Killarney is one of Ireland's leading tourist destinations because of the abundance of restaurants, pubs and shopping. Killarney also offers a magnificent lake and mountain scenery in Killarney National Park. It is also situated on the Ring of Kerry scenic drive.   Killarney has over 250 years of experience in welcoming guests. With Ireland's finest choice of Accommodation, Dining & Entertainment, Touring & Shopping Options, Sporting Activities galore and many nearby Blue Flag Beaches, - all located in the midst of breathtaking and ever-changing beautiful landscapes, you will not be disappointed.   Killarney offers an abundance of beautiful boutiques, jewelry shops, art & photography galleries where you can purchase memorable gems. Downtown Killarney has late night shopping May to October with many stores open 7 days a week. There is also a number of traditional Irish stores stocking everything from Aran Sweaters to Irish Crystal and everything in between.    So whether you are looking buy presents to take home or for a great meal, lively traditional Irish music or just a quiet pint, you are sure to find it in this town.

Tralee Golf Club

Make no mistake about it; Waterville Golf Links in Kerry is one of the finest links golf courses in the world, never mind Ireland. Located on the Ring of Kerry, the surrounding scenery and quality of golf holes is breathtaking to say the least.
Waterville has enjoyed great popularity and has hosted some of the world’s leading professionals from Faldo and Floyd to Stewart, O’Meara and Woods, all of whom have been captivated by the course. Raymond Floyd subsequently wrote of his experience: “this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen it has some of the finest links holes I have ever played”. The late Henry Cotton, three times British Open Champion, probably said it best when he commented: “Waterville has to be one of the greatest golf courses ever built. If it were located in Britain, it would undoubtedly be a venue for the British Open. I have never seen a more consistent succession of really strong and beautiful golf holes than here.” Now that you’ve read what these guys had to say, don’t you want to see for yourself??? Oh and by the way, their own website claims that it is the Number 1 ranked Golf Links in Ireland!

Sightseeing and Touring:

Tentative Itinerary:

We return to Southwest Ireland in June of 2024 with an offer of what may be our best itinerary ever! After all, if you want to cross the great links at Tralee, Waterville, Ballybunion and Old Head off your bucket list, the Southwest is where you'll have to go! Well, we've had the pleasure of taking our SFGA members all over the world and one of their most popular golf destinations has always been Ireland.  Ireland has so many reasons to visit in addition to the golf including the breathtaking landscapes, the witty humor, fantastic cuisine and the music. Even without a drop of Irish blood in your veins, it’s easy to fall in love with Ireland’s charms, traditions, and strong sense of community.  You will experience these Irish traditions and more, as this trip combines the perfect blend of golf and sightseeing. And best of all, you’ll have one of the best driver/guides in Ireland who will teach you a bit of Gaelic, discuss Irish history & culture, assist with your bags and chauffeur you around in a private coach for the entire trip. Our trip will take place in mid July when the weather is typically warmer and the precipitation is considered to be low. It's the best time of the year to visit and the golf courses should be in their best shape. Ireland has become a mecca for golfers and one visit is all it takes to understand why the Emerald Isle is such a magical place.

Please note several important details:

  • Guests should fly in and out of Shannon Int. Airport(SNN), on Ireland's west coast. Flights to/from Ireland are not included in this package.
  • Flights are over-night and in order to arrive the morning of the June 16th, you need to depart from the US on Saturday the 15th of June, 2024.
  • The hotels we’ve selected are considered among the very best in each city we visit.  Not only will our participants receive upgraded rooms at each venue but these hotels are in the towns of Kinsale, Killarney and Adare. So it will be an easy walk to shops, restaurants and pubs.
  • Tee TImes at Old Head, Tralee and Adare Manor have been confirmed. Ballybunion and Waterville have not opened their tee time bookings for 2024, therefore, the itinerary may vary slightly based on the 2024 member’s tournament schedules for Ballybunion and Waterville.
  • In Ireland golfers usually walk. However, carts are available for the rounds we play at Ballybunion Cashen Course, Waterville, Old Head and Tralee. The cost of the carts is additional and average about 60 euros per round.  If you want carts at these courses please let us know at least 120 days prior to the trip so we may reserve them for you. And...your cart is already included for the round at Adare Manor!
  • Participants will be chauffeured to and from all the golf courses on our own private motor coach. It takes anywhere from 25 minutes (Old Head) to 1.5 hours (Waterville) to travel to these courses. The rides to and from the courses are enjoyable as you will witness some of the most spectacular coastal and mountain scenery Ireland has to offer.
  • This trip is limited to just 16 golfers. Please register early as space is limited.

The Golf Course at Adare Manor

Kinsale, Killarney and Adare

June 16 - 27, 2024

Golf Carts are available for 5 of the 7 rounds we play!

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