As we continue 2024 with pent-up demand for golf travel to the British Isles on the most famous of links courses, we thought it would be useful to provide some insight into alternatives that currently have better availability and deliver similarly memorable British golf experiences.
Although our guaranteed tee times in 2024 on the Old Course at St Andrews have been sold out for many months and several other marquee courses have limited to no availability, there is still plenty of world class golf to be played on golf packages throughout the British Isles this year.
Last week’s trip to Northwest Ireland with PerryGolf checks off the island’s only region I had yet to visit. We played 8 times in 7 days then took a day to see Dublin. One of the group had been to Ireland, two had been to Scotland. Ages ranged from late 50s to early 70s. None of us were accustomed to so much golf but nobody came close to taking a pass. Excellent weather didn’t hurt. We had 65-70 degree days with a one to two club breeze plus sunny skies aside from nine holes of rain which didn’t make a difference.
A recent week long trip along the west coast of Ireland reminded me of the myriad of golf options available, from the more established to the newcomers. Read more for the Top 5 Golf Trips to Northwest Ireland.
What a difference one year makes! Never a truer expression for golf travel to the British Isles.
Almost exactly one year ago, COVID quarantine restrictions for entry into the UK were lifted and a very short golf travel season in 2021 remained before the fall and winter months. Tee times were widely available at the best and most desirable courses in Scotland and Ireland. The biggest challenge was clearing your schedule at the last minute…and that of your friends for the seven day pilgrimage to the “Home of Golf”.