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Ireland Golf Tour 2022

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    Play the Emerald Isle’s best golf courses with your Voyages.golf team members. This small, highly mobile escorted golf tour is a prelude to the 150th Open Championship in St Andrews. Starting in Dublin, our golf journey begins with Portmarnock Links, before heading to the top-rated golf course in the world: Royal County Down. Whilst in County Down, we cannot miss playing the famous Ardglass Golf Club, with the oldest clubhouse in the world. Next, we head to the capital of Northern Ireland to use Belfast as our base. Whether you call it a golf holiday or vacation, this Ireland Tour is designed to suit you! The last golf course on this tour is the esteemed Galgorm Castle Golf Course, host of the 2020 Irish Open. This golf tour runs between 06 – 11 July 2022 and ends in Edinburgh.


     

    This overland journey dabbles in links and parkland golf, playing top-quality golf courses whilst retaining the fun that epitomises golf in Ireland. The aim of this tour is to explore Ireland’s East Coast, hopping from one golf course to another while sleeping in luxury hotels and enjoying all that the country has to offer, before heading to Scotland and beginning your Events Travel 150th Open Experience. See here for Events Travels’ Open Championship experiences.


     

    For those who have not yet experienced Voyages.golf escorted tours before, pack your bags and book your spot to see what the fun is all about. Join your Voyages.golf team members on this intimate overland journey like no other.

    Tour Information

    Your Golf Tour Includes:

    • 5 nights’ accommodation
      • 1 night at Portmarnock Golf Hotel, Ireland
      • 2 nights at Slieve Donard Hotel, Northern Ireland
      • 2 nights at The Merchant Hotel, Northern Ireland

     

    Golf Inclusions

    • 4 Rounds of Golf (pull trolleys included unless carts specified)
      • Portmarnock Links
      • Ardglass Golf Club
      • Royal County Down
      • Galgorm Castle Golf Club (shared motorised buggie included)

     

    Other Inclusions

    • Daily full breakfast at each hotel
    • All transportation from Dublin to Edinburgh
    • Flight from Belfast to Edinburgh, baggage included (one-way)
    • Meals as indicated by the itinerary
    • Golf prizes within the tour group
    • All VAT & taxes included
    • Golf travelling tour kit
    • Services of your Voyages.golf team throughout

    Wednesday 06 July

    • We arrive at Dublin International Airport for a group transfer to the Portmarnock Hotel near Dublin
    • Dinner is included in the Jamesons Bar for our welcome reception

     

    Thursday 07 July

    • After breakfast at the hotel, we pick up our sticks and head to the links. Designed by Bernhard Langer, Portmarnock Links utilises natural dunes and undulating terrain to create an exciting, exhilarating golf journey.
    • After golf, we head to Northern Ireland to check into the Slieve Donard Resort in Newcastle. This famous hotel with its recognisable spire under the Mountains of Mourne overlooks the Royal County Down golf course, rated the best in the world.

     

    Friday 08 July

    • Day three of this Irish golf trip sees us tee it up at Golf Digest’s World Best Golf Course: Royal County Down.
    • Our tee-time is around midday so you will have a leisurely breakfast and enjoy a beach walk, the nearby Newcastle town, or simply relax until we walk over to the first tee, just a short walk from the hotel

     

    Saturday 09 July

    • After a full Irish breakfast at the hotel, we make a small journey along the coast to the nearby Ardglass Golf Club. Reputed to have the oldest Clubhouse in the world, it dates back to 1405 AD. Brick & mortar aside, the seaside golf course plays along elevated land that declines sharply into the sea, separated by dark basalt rock that characterises Northern Ireland; resembling the Giants’ Causeway.
    • Expect a fun-filled round of golf on a shorter golf course that is all about excellent shot-making and admiration of the surroundings.
    • After golf, we head north to the capital of Nothern Ireland: Belfast, to check in at the 5-star Merchant Hotel in the Cathedral Quarter.

     

    Sunday 10 July

    • Today we check-out of the hotel and set a course for the northwest, to Galgorm Castle Golf Club. Host of the Irish Open 2020 (winner John Catlin), the course offers some of the best parkland golf west of the Irish Sea.
    • After golf, we make the 30-minute drive to Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast, where history is a little more discernable than most cities. Belfast is one of our Voyages.golf team members’ favourite cities!
    • We leave this evening free to enjoy Belfast at your leisure. This is our last night in Ireland before heading to the land of the Scots for The Open Championship.

     

    Monday 11 July

    • Today we depart Northern Ireland and head to Edinburgh for Open week. Flights and luggage are included.
    • This is where our tour ends. For those wishing to extend their stay and attend the 150th Open Championship, please see our parent company Events Travel’s packages here.

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    Portmarnock Golf Links

    Designed by golf great Bernhard Langer and Stan Eby, the Portmarnock Golf Links offer some of the best links golf in Ireland. Designed to test one’s ability while offering an exhilarating experience, Portmarnock Links delivers. The course features elevated tees that require precision from the first, with winding fairways and deep pot bunkers, Portmarnock has its fair share of challenges. The golf course favours the thinker. There are 98 bunkers on the golf course, and 100 problems if you become trapped. The aim of the game at Portmarnock Links is to keep the ball in play!

     

    Royal County Down Golf Course

    One of the world’s best golf courses is Royal County Down, on the east coast of Ireland. Overlooking the Irish Sea, Royal County Down is wedged between the town of Newcastle and an open stretch of beach along Dundrum Bay, all under the Mountains of Mourne in the Murlough Nature Reserve. The imposing mountains form a spectacular backdrop to what is undoubtedly one of the toughest links golf courses. Long holes and blind tee shots are characteristic of Royal County Down Golf Club. Add sideways rain and strong winds and you get the real test of golf just like Old Tom Morris originally designed it for. Gear up for a fun round at Golf Digest’s top-rated golf course.

     

    Ardglass Golf Club

    With a clubhouse dating back to AD 1405, the Ardglass Golf Club is situated next to a sleepy fishing village of the same name. The course overlooks the Irish sea with an ocean view throughout its eighteen holes. Unlike many links courses in Ireland, Ardglass looks fairly upon golfers of all abilities; wayward tee shots don’t always go unpunished, and the risk-to-reward ratio can be as fair as you want it to be. The first tee appears daunting; golfers must hit over a ravine made of rock to the fairway, but as long as the wind isn’t up you have a fair chance of hitting your target. A stunning golf course with friendly hospitality within the clubhouse: what more could you want.

     

    Galgorm Castle Golf Club

    Host of the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Galgorm Castle Golf Club is one of Ireland’s best parkland golf courses. The course is relatively new, opening in 1997 under the design of renowned golf course architect Simon Gidman. The course is nestled within the 220-acre Galgorm Castle Estate that is bordered by the rivers Maine and Braid which come into play on numerous holes. After three rounds of golf by the sea, you will relish seeing Galgorm Castle Golf Club in all its forested, green beauty.

    Portmarnock Hotel Dublin

    Known as the best golf resort in Dublin, the 4-star Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links is tucked away on an idyllic stretch of ‘The Velvet Strand’, overlooking the Irish Sea on the northern outskirts of Dublin, just minutes from the airport. The award-winning links golf course was designed by Bernhard Langer & Stan Eby. The Resort sits on the old Jameson Estate which is the home of Jameson Irish Whisky. Our welcome reception is held in the aptly named Jameson Bar, where centuries of Irish history are laced into the walls. The rooms, on the other hand, are indulgent, modern, and luxurious. We have Superior rooms booked, however, you can always upgrade to a more luxurious option. The Portmarnock Hotel has undergone a refurbishment recently that modernised the entire hotel while retaining its Irish heritage. A stay at the hotel & play on the links golf course will kickstart our Ireland Golf Tour magnificently.

     

    Slieve Donard Resort Northern Ireland

    Overlooking the top-rated golf course in the world with its iconic spire is the Slieve Donard Resort, wedged between the Irish Sea and the Mourne Mountains. The Resort and Spa takes leisure to the next level with a concierge who will organise everything you want to do while there. The hotel boasts an extensive range of dining and socialising options while overlooking the beach. Rooms are spacious, comfy and feature world-class views, while the indoor pool is available for use year-round. Did we mention it overlooks Royal County Down Golf Club? The famous red building with its spire is visible as you play the back nine of Royal County Down golf course.

     

     

    The Merchant Hotel Belfast

    Unique is an understatement when it comes to The Merchant Hotel. Located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, you are never far from anywhere when staying at The Merchant. The hotel features an eclectic mix of Art Deco and Victorian rooms so you have the pick of the bunch. The hotel has just 62 rooms, delivering opulence at every corner. With some hotels, the décor alone is enough to wow, and so it is with The Merchant. The Belfast Hotel includes a luxury spa, rooftop gymnasium with panoramic city views and various bars & restaurants to indulge within.

     

    The Sheraton Grand Hotel Edinburgh

    Located in a UNESCO World-Heritage building, the Sheraton Grand is one of the most strategically placed hotels you could stay in Edinburgh. The building enjoys views of Edinburgh Castle, while being a short walk from the Royal Mile and the shops on George Street. The hotel is perfectly placed for our tour group being in the centre of Edinburgh but also well-placed for a small, mobile group to get in and out of the city with ease. The guest rooms at The Sheraton Grand feature timber floors with contemporary furnishings. We can assure you that your Open golf experience will be full of comfort, style and memories at the Sheraton.

    This tour is predominantly about playing golf, but we have a few places to visit along the way if time allows:

     

    Dublin

    • Kilmainham Gaol
    • Glasnevin Cemetery
    • Irish Famine Museum
    • Guinness Headquarters
    • Whisky tours and tastings

     

    Belfast

    • Titanic Museum
    • Peace Wal
    • Crumlin Road Gaol
    • St Georges Market
    • Ulster Museum

     

    Edinburgh

    • Edinburgh Castle
    • History Walks
    • The Scotch Whisky Experience
    • Arthurs Seat
    • National Museum of Scotland
    • Royal Mile

    All transportation throughout Ireland is by a private 16-seater bus that is for the exclusive use of this Voyages.golf tour. This bus will journey up the east coast of Ireland throughout our stay. A flight is included from Belfast to Edinburgh that includes luggage and your golf bags in the price.

    Pricing

    See the full tour including The Open Championship offered by our parent company Events Travel here – Page 58.

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