Golfing in Ireland
Ireland is one of most surprising places in the world for a golfing holiday. The gorgeous scenery, historical sites dating back to the time of the Celts and the rugged landscape make for a great holiday. Golfing adds another dimension to a trip to Ireland. The island of Ireland is of course surrounded by a pounding sea on all sides resulting in great golf courses boasting incredible views. There is nothing quite like golfing in Ireland if you want to play and enjoy great views at the same time. Ireland offers top quality designer golf courses and clubs such as the Kinsale Old Head in Cork offer not just great games on quality courses but also top quality food and drinks all placed in typical Irish scenery. Courses with unexpected views and Irish sea vistas include restaurants and clubs such as the Ballybunion club in Kerry (also home to the famous tourist attraction the ‘ Ring of Kerry’) and the Doonbeg club in county Clare. Of course there are more luxurious golf clubs that you could visit if you want to be spoiled with nearby golf courses in top condition, typical Irish meals of the highest quality and even spa treatments. Golfing in Ireland is truly an adventure for the senses.
Ireland has hosted many big golfing tournaments and events and is the host of the annual European and Irish Open golf tournament. Ireland is becoming one of the main hot spots for golfing and it is the Irish warm welcome that makes so many golf fanatics feel like they’re coming home to a place where tradition, beautiful surroundings and a great game of golf make for an unforgettable stay. Adare Manor is known for hosting great golfers like Tiger Woods every year and the fairly new courses situated at Druid’s Glen and at Mount Juliet are great additions to other golfing options such as the course in Dublin called Portmarnock.
Contrary to popular belief you can play golf all year round in Ireland. Golfing in Ireland offers a generally mild climate with temperatures ranging between 15 and 25C between the months of May through to September.
Cork city and Dublin are the most popular places to stay in Ireland but you can also make use of one of the many great B&B accommodations and hotels connected to golf courses throughout the country such as the Silver Springs Moran Hotel near the Cork Golf Club. The Adare Manor and Mount Juliet resorts offer package holidays and Sligo and Antrim all offer luxury accommodation and a great game of golf at your doorstep.
Playing a good game of golf makes anyone hungry and Ireland is a very versatile place when it comes to choosing your meal. From a traditional meal at an Irish pub to a luxury 5-course meal in a luxury restaurant or hotel, you can pick from fresh seafood and basically any type of cuisine in the larger cities such as Dublin. A great example of Irish food is the Classiebawn restaurant near Sligo town. Local produce such as fresh fish and meat are incorporated into top-notch meals suiting anyone’s taste.