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The Southwest Swing


 

This Tour of Ireland’s south western coastal counties, allows you experience some of our best Classic Links Golf Courses.

 

 

 

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The Southwest Swing

This Tour of Ireland’s south western coastal counties, allows you experience some of our best Classic Links Golf Courses.

This is one of our most popular tours, and I have to say this is one of my favourite locations to play Golf, anywhere in the world. The stunning Golf courses I’ve included on this tour are amongst the best you’ll find, and I guarantee after experiencing Golf on Ireland’s south west coast, you’ll be wanting to come back, time and time again.

Prices from

€2,625.00 per person

Includes all green fees and hotel accommodation, based on twin room occupancy. Single room supplement €80 per night.

Golf Courses

Ballybunion Golf Club

Consistently voted amongst the top Golf courses of the World, Ballybunion is a stunning test of Golf. Legendary multiple major winner Tom Watson was the captain of the club during their centenary year and rates it alongside Pebble Beach as his favourite course. For me, Ballybunion never plays the same two days running. I have played here in all types of weather conditions, from beautiful blue skies to strong winds coming off the Atlantic, and the Links at Ballybunion never disappoints.

Dooks

Dooks is often described as a hidden gem, but in recent years has been getting its due recognition. A beautiful location, one I first visited in the late 1980’s, it has some breath taking scenery as well as a really challenging layout. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Lahinch Golf Club

Situated less than a mile from the main street of this picturesque seaside town, Lahinch is one of the oldest Links venues in the country and annually hosts the South of Ireland amateur championship. My first experience of playing here at Lahinch as a teenager was a chastening one, where I’m happy to admit the course and the elements got the better of me. This is a great test of Golf and one not to be missed.

Waterville Golf Links

Waterville Golf Links is situated on the famous Ring of Kerry, one of Ireland’s most picturesque locations. In my opinion the Links at Waterville offers one of the stiffest golfing challenges to be found anywhere in the country. I had the absolute thrill of playing in an Irish PGA Championship here in 1986 in the company of ten times Ryder Cup player, Christy O’Connor Senior, an experience I will never forget.

Tralee Golf Club

This Arnold Palmer designed course is situated on a stunning piece of the Kerry coastline, alongside the Atlantic Ocean. The scenery on the back nine makes this one of my favourite places to play Golf and it is a terrific test of every facet of your game. Winding its way through the sand dunes, with the challenge that the unpredictable Irish weather can provide, this is a real joy.

The Old Head Links

The Old Head Links is a relatively new addition to Ireland’s wonderful group of outstanding Links Golf courses, but wow, what an addition. I have been lucky enough to play both Pebble Beach and Cypress Point on the Monterey Peninsula, and in my opinion the location at Old Head is even more spectacular. You have to play here, and hope the weather is kind.

Hotels

The Europe Hotel, Killarney

The Europe is situated on the magnificent Lakes of Killarney. This property is 5 star luxury all the way and enjoys some of the most spectacular lake views anywhere in the country.

The Clarion Hotel, Cork City

The Clarion Hotel is situated on the banks of the River Lee in Ireland’s second largest city of Cork. Ideally located to allow guests to enjoy the great restaurants and nightlife of the busy, bustling City.

Lahinch Golf and Leisure Hotel

Situated in the seaside village of Lahinch, just a five minute transfer from the famous Lahinch Golf Club. I love strolling down the town on a summers evening hearing all the Golfers recounting their experiences on the Links that day. This hotel is a stones throw from the famous beach at Lahinch, one of the best surfing locations along our Wild Atlantic Way.

The Intinerary

The itineraries below are suggested itineraries but in reality, your itinerary is our itinerary. These have worked very successfully for us but if you let us have your arrival and departure points we can build an ideal itinerary to fit in with your travel. The key for us at GolfWild is to maximise your Golfing experience whilst you are here with us in Ireland. If you wish, you can have some fun in the “Build your own Tour”  section of the website, picking the Golf courses and Hotels on your Wish List and add in some sightseeing or activities while you are here, and we will put together that Bucket List Itinerary you have always dreamt of.

As you will see from the suggested itineraries below, arriving into either Shannon Airport or Cork Airport gives you the opportunity to play a round of Golf on your arrival day. I’d definitely recommend this if possible.

Itineraries

Dublin Airport Arrival

  • Day 1. Arrival into Dublin, executive transfer to Killarney, Overnight in The Europe Hotel X 4 nights
  • Day 2. Play Golf in Watervile
  • Day 3. Play Golf in Tralee
  • Day 4. Play Golf in Dooks
  • Day 5. Play Golf in Ballybunion, and depart from Shannon Airport.

Cork Airport Arrival

  • Day 1. Arrive into Cork, executive transfer to play Golf at Old Head, overnight in The Europe Hotel Killarney X 4 nights.
  • Day 2. Play Golf in Waterville
  • Day 3. Play Golf in Tralee
  • Day 4. Play Golf in Dooks
  • Day 5. Play Golf in Ballybunion, and depart from Shannon Airport.

Shannon Airport Arrival

  • Day 1. Arrive into Shannon, executive transfer to play Golf at Lahinch and overnight at the Golf and Leisure Hotel, Lahinch.
  • Day 2. Play Golf at Ballybunion, overnight at the Europe Hotel Killarney X 3 nights
  • Day 3. Play Golf at Waterville
  • Day 4. Play Golf at Dooks
  • Day 5. Play Golf at Tralee and depart from Shannon Airport

Dublin Airport Arrival

  • Day 1. Arrive into Dublin, executive transfer to Killarney, overnight in the Europe Hotel X 4 nights.
  • Day 2. Play Golf at Waterville
  • Day 3. Play Golf at Dooks
  • Day 4. Play Golf at Tralee
  • Day 5. Play Golf at Ballybunion, executive transfer to Lahinch, overnight at the Golf and Leisure Hotel.
  • Day 6. Play Golf at Lahinch and depart from Shannon Airport.

Cork Airport Arrival

  • Day 1. Arrive into Cork, play Golf at Old Head and overnight in the Europe Hotel Killarney X 4 nights
  • Day 2. Play Golf at Waterville
  • Day 3. Play Golf at Dooks
  • Day 4. Play Golf at Tralee
  • Day 5. Play Golf at Ballybunion, executive transfer to Lahinch, overnight at the Golf and Leisure Hotel
  • Day 6. Play Golf at Lahinch and depart from Shannon Airport.

Shannon Airport Arrival

  • Day 1. Arrive into Shannon, Executive transfer to play Golf at Lahinch, overnight at the Golf and Leisure Hotel
  • Day 2. Play Golf at Tralee, overnight at the Europe Hotel Killarney X 4 nights
  • Day 3. Play Golf at Waterville
  • Day 4. Play Golf at Dooks
  • Day 5. Play Golf at Ballybunion (Old Course)
  • Day 6. Play Golf at Ballybunion (Cashen Course) and depart from Shannon Airport.

Dublin Airport Arrival

  • Day 1. Arrival into Dublin, executive transfer to Cork, overnight in The Clarion Hotel, Cork City
  • Day 2. Play Golf at the Old Head, transfer to Killarney and overnight in The Europe Hotel X 4 nights
  • Day 3. Play Golf at Waterville Golf Club
  • Day 4. Play Golf at Dooks Golf Club
  • Day 5. Play Golf at Tralee Golf Club
  • Day 6. Play Golf at Ballybunion Old Course, transfer to Lahinch, overnight in The Golf and Leisure Hotel X 2 nights
  • Day 7. Play Golf at Lahinch Golf Club
  • Day 8. Depart Ireland from Shannon Airport

Cork Airport Arrival

  • Day 1. Arrival into Cork, Golf at Old Head, transfer to Killarney, overnight in The Europe Hotel X4
    nights.
  • Day 2. Play Golf at Waterville Golf Club
  • Day 3. Play Golf at Dooks Golf Club
  • Day 4. Play Golf at Tralee Golf Club
  • Day 5. Play Golf at Ballybunion Old Course, transfer to Lahinch, overnight at The Golf and Leisure Hotel X 2 nights
  • Day 6. Play Golf at Lahinch Golf Club
  • Day 7. Depart Ireland from Shannon Airport

Shannon Airport Arrival

  • Day 1. Arrive into Shannon, play Golf at Lahinch Golf Club and overnight at The Golf and Leisure Hotel
  • Day 2. Play Golf at Ballybunion Old Course, transfer to Killarney, overnight at The Europe Hotel X 4 nights
  • Day 3. Play Golf at Tralee Golf Club
  • Day 4. Play Golf at Dooks Golf Club
  • Day 5. Play Golf at Waterville Golf Club, transfer to Cork City, overnight in The Clarion Hotel X 2 nights
  • Day 6. Play Golf at The Old Head Golf Links
  • Day 7. Depart Ireland from either Cork or Dublin Airport

Extra Day Activities / Places of Interest

Skellig Michael

The Unesco World Heritage site of Skellig Michael is situated 11km of the County Kerry coastline. It was the site of an early Christian monastery until abandoned in the late 12th century, and has recently featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Star Wars – The Force Awakens. It’s a glorious way to spend a down day from Golf as is taking the opportunity to do some wonderful deep sea fishing in the wild Atlantic waters. So why not add an extra day to your tour on the wonderful Skellig Ring, recently named as a must see, worldwide destination by Lonely Planet.

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are located on the southwestern edge of the Burren region of County Clare. The cliffs are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and annually attract more than 1 million visitors. The facilities are excellent here, with an informative visitor centre, café and retail outlets.

The Burren

The Burren national park is an area some 250km square in County Clare. The rolling hills of the Burren are composed of limestone pavements with criss – crossing tracks known as Grikes. The Burren is renowned for its remarkable assemblage of flowers and fauna and is a spectacular sight when the flowers are in full bloom.

The Southwest

The South West corner of Ireland is known for its exceptional hospitality. The famous Irish pubs offer pints of Guinness and traditional Irish music, and the restaurants serve up all the excellent fresh local produce and seafood. What better way to spend the evening after a day’s Golf than experiencing the world famous Irish hospitality, which to me is very much a part of the wonderful experience of playing Golf in Ireland. Come join me.

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