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Ireland’s Famed Fairways

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Ireland’s Famed Fairways

Eleven Days

Ireland hosts some of the finest golf courses in the world; from noted links to hidden gems. Dream Escape’s programme is designed for experienced golfers, and each day has been carefully crafted to strike the perfect balance between activity and touring.

Learn the local way of life as you travel with a chauffeur-guide between destinations. Discover the Emerald Isle’s rich history and culture on a truly unforgettable trip.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Dream Escape’s tailor-made programme could include any of the following experiences:

  • Play on the edge of Europe on a flat, isolated course where the wind will be your biggest opponent. Its unique location offers uninterrupted views of sandy beaches and towering mountains.

 

  • Spend a day exploring Ireland’s first National Park with your touring-chauffeur. Its famous 26,000 acres are perfect for wildlife watching and hiking.

 

  • Enjoy a round or two on the first European course designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. Legend has it; Palmer created the first nine holes and Mother Nature did the rest.

 

  • Explore a region described as ‘one vast memorial to bygone cultures’ – a captivating landscape filled with ruined forts and ancient castles.

 

  • Set in a corner of the Dingle Peninsula, play ‘one of the best kept secrets in Irish golf’, a real gem with panoramic vistas.

 

  • Join a foodie walking tour through one of the prettiest towns in Ireland – meet the producers and artisans as you sample fresh seafood, gourmet cheeses, and handmade chocolates.

 

  • Visit Tom Watson’s favourite golf course, and one so beautiful that it requires little introduction.
  • Voted the most spectacular golf course in the world by Links Magazine, your final round will be played on a course set across a two-mile peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean.

 

  • Experience the hospitality at the friendliest golf course in Ireland – be greeted warmly as you step through the clubhouse doors and feel immediately at home.

 

  • See the unrivalled views from atop one of the remarkable natural landmarks in Ireland. The 500-ft sea cliffs will doubtless remain in your heart and mind long after you have returned home.

 

  • Compete on an enchanting masterpiece; a combination of the original created by Old Tom Morris and modifications made by famous architect Martin Hawtree.

 

  • Visit the snug pubs and bars of Ireland’s second city and experience the rich musical tradition of the country.

 

For your accommodation Dream Escape will handpick properties catered to your tastes.

These could include an intimate country house overlooking the picturesque Cashel Bay, a neo-Gothic manor house that reopened in 2017 to international acclaim, or a suite in a luxury members’ accommodation at a world-class golf course.

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THINGS TO DO

KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK

Killarney is an excellent spot from which to explore the outstanding natural scenery of Co. Kerry. Today and the National Park is renowned for its beauty; Ireland’s highest mountains raise a jagged edge to the sky while at their feet rest three still lakes (Upper Lake, Muckross Lake and Lough Leane) studded with little islands.

LAHINCH GOLF CLUB

Started by Old Tom Morris in 1894, he believed that Lahinch was one of the finest natural courses he had ever seen.

OLD COURSE BALLYBUNION

This is links golf in its purest, most natural form which just happens to play over stunning dunes.

THE ENGLISH MARKET, CORK

has been serving the people of Cork for more than a century. A myriad of artisan and speciality producers have helped develop Cork County into Ireland’s flagship food region. It has a gourmet reputation among the finest in Europe.

THE OLD HEAD GOLF LINKS

Has been ranked #1 in Links Magazine’s listing of the most spectacular golf courses on the planet.

TRALEE GOLF COURSE

Opened in 1984. It was the very first European golf course designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer.

PLACES VISITED

CLIFFS OF MOHER

Selected as one of the Signature Experiences of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher are a breath-taking Discovery Point. They are the crowning glory of the Co. Clare coastline. Like a viewing platform for prehistoric giants who wish to peer over the edge of Europe, they provide an unrivalled view across the vast boiling wildness of the Atlantic Ocean

CORK

Cork is Ireland’s second largest and southernmost city with a history dating back to the 6th century; Founded on islands in an estuary, waterways circle the city centre crossed by over 20 bridges. Hilly neighbourhoods climb the river banks, stacked with colourful houses. These along with the Georgian architecture give the city a Continental feel. It is a creative and exciting city, renowned for learning, with a world class university and specialist colleges. It has a rich musical traditional and is home to no less than 24 festivals running throughout the year.

KINSALE

One of the prettiest small towns in Ireland, with its crooked streets, slate hung houses and bow-fronted shops.It has a long and chequered history. The Battle of Kinsale in 1601 was the ultimate battle in England’s conquest of Gaelic Ireland.  The Irish forces and their Spanish allies were defeated which signified the end of the old Gaelic order, Irish resistance and marked a turning point in the history books. For over 300 years it was a garrison town and port of consequence, which left a legacy of Georgian and Victorian architecture.

THE BURREN

The Burren is truly is a special place full of wonder, beauty and discovery. It is a karst landscape made up of an extraordinarily rich geological, botanical and archaeological heritage with parts of the region classed as a National Park. This limestone plateau resembles a lunar landscape; in the spring and summer months, great colour abounds against the stark landscape. Ruined forts and castles and numerous prehistoric sites dot the landscape; the region has been aptly described as ‘one vast memorial to bygone cultures’.

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