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  • Writer's pictureEoin Francis

Top tips for planning a golf trip to Ireland

Updated: Jun 19, 2023


Ireland is a golfer's paradise, with over 400 golf courses spread across its rolling hills and rugged coastline. But with so many courses to choose from, planning a golf trip to Ireland can be overwhelming. Here are some top tips to help you make the most of your golfing adventure.

Ballyliffin
Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal
  1. Research courses and accommodations: When planning your golf trip, take some time to research the top-rated courses and accommodations. Many of Ireland's golf courses are located in stunning surroundings, so consider staying at a golf resort to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

  2. Choose the right time of year: Ireland's weather is unpredictable, but the best time to visit for golf is between May and September when the days are longer and the weather is milder.

  3. Book tee times in advance: Ireland's golf courses are popular, especially during peak season, so it's important to book tee times well in advance to ensure you get to play the courses you want.

  4. Rent a car: While there are public transportation options available, renting a car is the best way to explore Ireland's golf courses. This gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace and visit courses off the beaten path.

  5. Pack for all weather: Ireland's weather can be unpredictable, so be sure to pack warm and waterproof clothing to ensure you're comfortable on the course. Layering is key, as temperatures can vary throughout the day.

  6. Don't forget your camera: Ireland's golf courses are known for their stunning scenery, so don't forget to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking views. From rugged cliffs to rolling hills, the landscapes are truly spectacular.

  7. Hire a local caddie: Hiring a local caddie is a great way to enhance your golfing experience. They can provide valuable insight into the course you're playing and offer local knowledge about the area. Plus, many courses in Ireland only allow golf buggies for medical reasons, so a caddie can help you navigate the course.


Old head
Caddie at the 4th hole "Razors Edge", at Old Head

With these tips, you're well on your way to a memorable golf trip to Ireland. From classic links courses to hidden gems, Ireland's golf courses offer something for golfers of all levels. So pack your clubs, bring your sense of adventure, and get ready to tee off in one of the world's most beautiful destinations.

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