Golf has long been associated with the island of Ireland. With world-class golf courses situated in some of the most stunning locations, it is fair to say that Ireland’s credentials as a golf destination are sky-high. During this episode we focus on some of Ireland’s Iconic and Unknown Golf Courses as we help you explore and see some of these stunning locations alongside Jamie – The Adams & Butler in-house Golf Specialist. In this webinar we will visit Old Head Golf Links, Kilkea Castle Resort, Lahinch Golf Club, Carne Golf Links and Ballybunion Golf. For ideas on how to fit all of these amazing golf courses into one trip check out our sample itinerary.
First we take you on a visit down to Old Head Golf Links in Kinsale, where we meet Danny, the clubs Director of Golf. Set out on a diamond shaped peninsula Old Head is among one of the most dramatic golf courses in the world, and to give you the perfect perspective of that Danny shares a video that flies us over the course, narrated by CNN’s Shane O’Donoghue. Danny then gives us an update on some of the accommodation options available at Old Head, along with detailing many of the other offerings at Old Head.
Although Ireland is synonymous with its dramatic links golf courses, its parkland golf courses should not be sniffed at. To showcase that we take you to Kilkea Castle, where the resorts Director of Sales take us through. We start with a video flying over this stunning treelined golf course which surrounds the castle. Adrian then take us through what the resort has to offer in terms of golf, also touching on the accommodation option and other activities on site.
From here we head west to Lahinch, where we meet Lahinch Golf Club’s General Manager, Paddy. The Old Course at Lahinch most recently hosted the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open back in 2019, where current World Number 2, Jon Rahm, was crowned as the champion. Paddy shares a video with us on all of the wonderful things available at Lahinch. To see a flyover of the course please check out this video. Paddy then takes us through why Lahinch is known as the St. Andrews of Ireland.
Onto possibly the most remote golf club in Ireland after this as we take you up to Belmullet to meet Gerry, chairman of Carne Golf Links. Gerry talks to us about the history of Carne, most interestingly being how no machinery was used when building the golf course. Gerry also tells us of the two layouts that you can play at this 27-hole golf course. The Hackett Course, which is the original layout, and the Wild Atlantic Dunes Course, which features the Back 9 of the Hackett Course and the newly designed Kilmore 9. The Wild Atlantic Dunes course is said to be possibly the most dramatic 18 holes in golf. Gerry finishes with a spinetingling video to highlight this drama.
Our final stop on this trip takes us to Ballybunion Golf Club. Possibly the most well-known golf course in Ireland, we meet General Manager, John. We start with a video flying over the golf course, where we see the course browned after a summer drought a few years back. Links golf plays at its fastest and hardest when the golf course browns like this. We then hear from John on what Ballybunion has to offer, the Old Course often disputes the countries number 1 ranking (as does the Old Course at Lahinch) but we also hear from John about Ballybunion’s second course, the Cashen, which is regularly ranked in the top 30 golf courses in Ireland.
Lastly we hear from our Golf Specialist, Jamie, on the differences between golf in Ireland, Scotland and England. Followed by Q&A’s where all of the presenters answer the live audiences questions.
There are many top class and hidden gem golf courses in Ireland, so no matter the area you find yourself in it is likely there is an enjoyable golf experience near you. Should you wish to visit Ireland to experience the amazing golf courses Ireland has to offer then contact Adams & Butler and we will create the perfect golf itinerary for you.
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