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A trip to the West coast of Ireland, offering a grand tour of this often overlooked territory full of excellent links golf.
There is a certain romance and magic attached to names such as Galway, Westport and Donegal which conjure up images of the real Ireland… and rightly so. There is no part of the Emerald Isle which remains so unspoiled and totally the way it has been for centuries. The golf is no less enchanting, yet still of a quality to test the most skillful. Experience the best courses that the west has to offer, including Connemara, County Sligo “Rosses Point”, Enniscrone and Carne and you have played some of the very best to be found in all of Ireland.
Spend your fist 3 nights near Galway, cultural capital of Ireland and gateway to the scenic west
Play Galway Bay Course
Christy O’Connor Jr., Ryder and World Cup player, designed this 18 hole course to highlight and preserve the ancient historic features of the Renville Peninsula. The spectacular setting on Galway Bay is distractingly beautiful and the cleverly designed mix of holes presents a real golfing challenge, which demands total concentration.
Play Westport Course
Situated on the shores of Clew Bay and set in 260 acres of parkland, Westport offers golfers a memorable challenge. The course commands a wonderful view of Clew Bay and is dominated by the Holy Mountain, Croagh Patrick. The signature hole on this course is the par 5 fifteenth which reaches 586 yards and features a long carry from the tee over an inlet of Clew Bay. Designed by the noted golf architect Fred Hawtree, who also designed the St. Andrews New Course.
Spectacularly located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean with the Twelve Bens Mountains as a background, this is a big hitter’s championship course and as challenging as any to be found. From the testing dog leg opening hole through to the breathtaking back 9, which have been acknowledged as the “equal to any in the world”, Connemara is an enduring monument to its designer Eddie Hackett.
Transfer to the attractive Sligo area for your final 4 nights
Play County Sligo “Rosses Point” Course
The County Sligo Club, or Rosses Point as it is more popularly known, is one of Ireland’s great championship links. It has been home of the West of Ireland Championship held each year since 1923. Set among vast sand dunes on the cliffs overlooking three large beaches. Constant winds are an added factor to its many challenges, not the least of which are some of its elevated tees. A burn meanders through the course and comes into play on a number of holes.
Play Enniscrone Dunes Links
Enniscrone Dunes Links course, on the shore of Killala Bay, is one of the many marvelous tests of golf found in Ireland. The quality of the golf is matched by the surroundings, with the Ox Mountains close at hand. Each golf hole follows the natural contours of the land. It challenges golfers of all abilities, their imaginations, demanding the use of every club in the bag. At Enniscrone, the wind, true links lies and firm elevated greens reward those who can hold a line, hit fairways and execute ‘bump and run’ shots. Enniscrone is also the venue for the Irish Close Championships.
Play Carne Links
No emerald sparkles brighter than Carne, an 18 hole championship course set in the towering sand hills in the extreme West of County Mayo, near the remote village of Belmullet. Designed by Ireland’s best known architect, Eddie Hackett, Carne is surely destined to become one of the finest courses in the world. The tees and plateau greens are set amid sand hills and narrow fairways snake through winding canyons and every hole offers spectacular views.
Play Donegal “Murvagh” Course
This challenging championship links course occupies magnificent Murvagh peninsula in Donegal Bay, hence it is known locally as Murvagh. The course is isolated from the outside world by a forest of evergreens washed on one side by the great Atlantic Ocean and by Donegal Bay on the others. It has a panoramic view of the Bluestack Mountains and the beach that runs along the Atlantic border is one of the finest in Ireland. It has been described as the Muirfield of Ireland, similar in terrain with two loops of nine holes, the first nine an outer loop and the second nine an inner loop running in the opposite direction.
Starting at $3,825 per golfer
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