Top 10 Irish Golf Tour FAQ’s and our responses.
1. Best time of year to come to Ireland on a Golf Vacation ?
- Now is always good! But if that’s not an option, we recommend from April 1st to late October.
- April & October: slightly cooler temperatures offset by more reasonable rates and better availability of tee times on famous courses.
- Summer Months: May to August are busiest, especially July and August, but warmer.
- When pushed, we recommend late May/ June or September – the best of all worlds.
2. Where should I play?
It depends! …. on the nature of your golf trip to Ireland. A few pointers:
- Once in a lifetime bucket-list golf trip –> Southwest. Trophy courses, incredible scenery, an authentic Ireland. Southern Belles Tour.
- Business trip and want to shoehorn in lots of great golf –> Dublin/East area. Day-trip to brilliant courses nearby and enjoy vibrant Dublin in evenings. Dublin and Ancient East Tour.
- Get away from it all and/or Budget conscious but no compromise on golf courses quality? –> (i)Donegal and –> (ii)West of Ireland. Less discovered and definitely under-appreciated. Fantastically wild courses and scenery. Rory Recommends Tour and Go West Tour.
- Want to play the Golf Digest #1 ranked course in the world? –> Northern Ireland – Royal County Down. Then on to Royal Portrush, venue for 2019 British Open. Northern Lights Tour.
3. Real Irish Golf’s Favourite Course?
Like the weather, changes weekly, but as of this week, The European Club
4. Real Irish Golf’s Hidden Gem?
Will probably change next week, but this week, Strandhill Golf Club.
5. So is there anything different about golfing in Ireland?
A few things we would call out:
- Irish Golf is more of an ‘everyman’ sport with a more casual feel. A local may join you.
- Links Golf: Ireland has over 50 Links courses out of approx. 200 true links in the world.
- Wind: Likely you will usually get some from ‘gentle breeze’ to ‘lively’. Embrace it.
- Speed of play: generally pace of play is quicker. Most people walk but buggies available.
6. Speaking of Northern Ireland, is it safe?
7. Where should we fly into?
Dublin or Shannon. Dublin good for all regions and Shannon a great option if going Southwest or West. U.S. non-stop flights to Dublin from New York, Boston, Newark, Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago, LA and San Francisco. Round-trip airfares start at $600.
9. How much does it cost?
Week long packages start at under $2,000. This covers 7 nights 4* accommodation, 6 rounds of championship golf, car rental (driver-option also available), 3 evening dinners and Day-One PGA lesson – ‘How to play links golf’.
10. But what is the weather like?
You want facts – OK let’s turn to the Irish Met office – Irish Met Office:
OK we’re ready to go now but we need help convincing the ‘the other half’.
Definitely outside our comfort zone but … oh alright … stay tuned for upcoming blog!