Have you ever dreamed of playing golf in Ireland or Scotland? Sports Traveler has tremendous golf trips to some of the world's most incredible golf courses in the countries where golf was born. Let us book your tee-time and travel package to play Ireland's Royal County Down, Old Head, Ballybunion. In Scotland explore the Old Course to play St. Andrews.
Golf Trips to Ireland
There is no country on earth quite like Ireland. Filled with culture, landscape, history, and home to the largest collection of world-class golf courses and resorts. From the famous links courses to historic castles and local courses designed by legends of the game - travel with Sports Traveler to experience Ireland and all it's majesty.
Let us do the driving on the roads and you do the driving on the course!
How to plan your trip:
Our all-inclusive Golf Ireland travel packages include airfare from the United States or your origin country into the major transportation hubs of Shannon, Dublin, or Belfast. Hotel accommodations are available at various golf resorts and hotels across the countries of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Traveling around Ireland/Northern Ireland:
Packages are fully escorted with guides on mini-coaches or we can create a 'you-drive' package and take care of your rental car. The official currency of Ireland is the Euro and of Northern Ireland is the Sterling (British Pound). There is no border control between the countries.
Casual player? High level player?
Tee-times are available from May until October for most courses and can be pre-booked up to one year in advance. Many top courses including most Links Courses do have handicap requirements, however there are plenty of top courses available for recreational golfers of all levels.
Example Golf Ireland Program:
- Three nights accommodation at a four or five-star traditional hotel or Castle property
- Full transfers during your trip, including airport transfers
- Full Irish breakfast each morning
- Golf at your choice of famous courses including: Waterville, Tralee and Ballybunion Old Portmarnock Old, Druids Glen, the K-Club, Old Head, Waterville, Ballybunion Old Course and others!
- Three course dinner in your hotel restaurant on one evening
- Traditional Irish entertainment and pub crawls
- Extension programs to Killarney, Blarney Castle, and the Ring of Kerry!
Top Courses in Ireland
Royal County Down - Par 75
Voted the #1 Ireland Golf Course by Golf.com! Royal County Down Golf Course is located in Northern Ireland along the Irish Sea. The course features breathtaking views of both the sea and the Mourne Mountains and has two challenging courses - The Championship Links and Annesley Links. The course will host the 2015 Irish Open.
Old Head - Par 72
Old Head is one of Irelands newest links courses only opening for play in 1997. Its lack of history soon disappears into insignificance once you first gaze upon the dramatic diamond shaped peninsula, which exudes golfing pedigree. The course occupies 180 acres of breathtaking coastline with unspoiled cliffs surrounding the course on three sides. The course has five par 5’s, five par 3’s and eight par 4’s, nine of which run directly along the cliff tops. Old Head is one of the worlds most talked about courses and certainly has a valid claim as one of the most memorable.
Ballybunion Old - Par 71
Updated by Tom Watson, it is said that after playing Ballybunion for the first time, man would think the game originated here. A true seaside links course, virtually treeless and a course of sharp contours, Ballybunion is located on the Shannon Estuary. Although the course appears very intimidating it is extremely fair. It is not a course that will favor one particular type of player, but will reward all for good play.
Waterville - Par 72
A visit to Waterville Golf Club takes the player back in time to the beginning of the history of golf - this club was founded in 1889 and is accordingly one of the oldest-established golf clubs in the British Isles. Golf at Waterville is a mystical experience - the beauty of classic links land, surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged by the elements. You are eased into the course gently on the front nine before, heading into the larger dunes on the tough back nine.
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Golf Trips to Scotland
Live your golf dream. You can play St. Andrews and Sports Traveler can get you there. Scotland is the birthplace of golf and country filled with tremendous history, culture and scenery. Let us plan a memorable week playing at historic St. Andrews Golf Course and other top courses in Scotland. Extend your trip and explore castles and the historical cities of Edinburgh, featuring Edinburgh Castle and Glasgow.
Example St. Andrews Golf Course Program:
- One round on the Old (guaranteed), one round on Kingsbarns or Carnoustie and one round on the New, Jubilee or Castle Championship courses
- Three nights accommodation in either the five-star Old Course Hotel, the five-star Fairmont St Andrews or the four-star Rusacks Hotel all with full Scottish breakfast each morning
- Lunches served each day in the Clubhouse restaurant
- Three course dinner in your hotel on one evening
- Return transfers from your hotel to the golf course including full bag transfer service
- Visit to the British Golf Museum and to the Driving Range
- Souvenir group photograph taken on the first tee of the Old Course
- A generous range of official souvenir merchandise
- A dedicated representative to co-ordinate your itinerary prior to arrival and availability throughout your stay.
Old Course - 6721 yards
Though the championship credentials of the Old Course hardly require justification, the venue has played host to 25 Open Championships and many other major competitions over the years. Measuring almost 7,000 yards from the championship tees, the visitor will rarely play from here and is more likely to take on the 6,566-yard challenge. In the absence of wind, the Old Course can actually play quite easy but the overpowering sense of awe that one feels when standing on the first tee will certainly equalise matters. And while each hole is both a pleasure and an unforgettable experience to play, some of the finest on the Old Course include the first, eleventh, fourteenth and seventeenth holes.
Quite apart from the degree of difficulty, the first ball struck on the Old Course will probably prove to be the most nerve-wrenching shot that you will ever hit. One should steer the drive to the left hand side of the fairway, keeping the out of bounds on the right well out of play, while the long hitter must take care to avoid the burn, situated 260 yards from the tee. The second shot calls for a medium to long iron, depending on the wind and with the green almost at one with the burn, walk off with a par and it is a job well done.
The par 4, 17th "Road Hole" is one of the most celebrated and feared holes in golf. Should you take the advised line over the "Black Sheds", your drive should be struck with a touch of draw and must carry at least 180 yards. And while the prudent second shot here would be to the front right corner of the green, for those who relish a challenge, great accuracy is required in order to avoid the road to the right and rear of the green and also the dreaded Road Hole Bunker. End up in the bunker though, and you may well experience both on your way to running up a nice score
The Old Course at St. Andrews is a must for all avid golfers, who should make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. While it is one thing getting the opportunity to play here, it is quite another to make the occasion a memorable one in scoring terms. Every virgin Old Course golfer finds that in addition to pitting their wits against the course, the none-too-slight elements of history, reputation, aura and self-determination all contrive against a low return.
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