Where Can and Can’t You Use Buggies in UK and Ireland? Here’s the Answer

Planning your next golf vacation to the UK and Ireland? You probably want to know whether you’ll be walking or riding each round of golf.  Here’s a chart with the answers to this question at many of the more popular golf courses in the British Isles.  Certainly exceptions have been made in some cases in the past, but this chart should serve as a guide to better understanding what you  can expect your next golf vacation.

Golf Course Buggies/Carts Available? Cost Notes

Ireland

Ballybunion (Old) No n/a Available on Cashen Course for €35
Waterville Yes €40-€50 Buggy for same-day replay is €25
Doonbeg Yes, but must be accompanied by a caddie €85 + tip Fee includes buggy and caddie
Old Head Yes €60 Can pair with forecaddie for €25
Tralee No, except for those with a medical certificate €50 Fee includes buggy and caddie
The European Club Yes €40 Small fleet; advanced reservations recommended
Lahinch (Old) No, except for those with a medical certificate n/a Extremely limited availabilty
Golf Course Buggies/Carts Available? Cost Notes

Northern Ireland

Royal County Down No n/a Club claims “the terrain” doesn’t permit buggies
Royal Portrush (Dunluce Links) No n/a Cell phones not permitted, either
Golf Course Buggies/Carts Available? Cost Notes

Scotland

The Old Course
at St. Andrews
No, except for those with a permanent disability and only from April to October Caddie Fee (£30-£45 + tip) Must be operated by an approved caddie
The Castle Course
at St. Andrews
No, except for seniors or those with a medical certificate and only from April to October Caddie Fee (£30-£45 + tip) Must be operated by an approved caddie
All Other Courses
at St. Andrews
No, except for seniors or those with a medical certificate £25 Must be operated by an approved caddie
Carnoustie No, except for those with a medical certificate n/a n/a
Muirfield No, except for those with a medical certificate £35 Users must sign a “Safety Policy Acknowledgement Form”;Carts cannot be guaranteed in advance as members have priority.
Kingsbarns No, except for those with a medical certificate £50 Must be operated by an approved caddie
Royal Troon No n/a n/a
Turnberry
(Ailsa Course)
No, except for those with a medical certificate £40 plus Caddie Fee (£40 + tip) Must be operated by an approved caddie

 

For more information about each of these courses, click: Golf Scotland or Golf Ireland.  See the original article here.
 

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Montalto Estate

 Monalto is a privately owned Estate nestled in the picturesque surroundings of the County Down countryside.  With Northern Ireland becoming a much more popular destination for golfers, thanks to the on-course success of Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and, in particular, Rory McIlroy, Royal County Down and Royal Portrush have never seen so many visitors.  PerryGolf are always on the look out for properties to use that meet the quality our clients expect and Montalto Estate is one we’ve recently become aware of and which could work out perfectly for the right group.  It has 10 deluxe bedrooms, so for groups of guys wanting single rooms or indeed a large party of couples, it could work out perfectly as an exclusive use property…which would make your trip to Ireland even more special.

By Keith Baird.  Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 11 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.

Exciting New Northern Irish Links Course Set to Open in 2014

David McLay Kidd, the famous Scottish golf course designer, has been handed the responsibility of designing an exciting new links course in Northern Ireland.  The plans for the Bushmills Dunes Resort and Spa have been in the pipeline since 2001 and now it looks like its taking off; with hope of completion by 2014.

Current Open Champion, Darren Clarke, thinks that the development will be fantastic for the area.  He is well aware of the project and said that the proposed site is ideal for a classic links course – it’s not far from where he lives.

Northern Ireland already boasts world renowned venues such as Royal County Down and Royal Portrush, and when you add Portstewart and Castlerock into the mix, you already have a great destination for golfers. Couple these venues with the new 5 star resort and you have an outstanding option for those who enjoy golf travel.

Click here for further details of the venture.

By Gary Sheppard.  Gary has been with PerryGolf for over 5 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.

Olympic Torch to Make its Way Through Northern Ireland

If you are going to be in Northern Ireland between the 3rd and 7th of June this year, the arrival of the Olympic torch will be a sight to behold.

The flame will journey over from Greece to arrive at Land’s End on the 18th of May 2012.  Here will begin the 70 day trip around the UK.

Travelers to Northern Ireland this year can expect to see the torch-bearers arrive into Belfast on the 3rd of June; it will then be carried through more than 60 towns and villages until the 7th of June where it will leave for Cairnryan in Scotland.

Travelling for around 12 hours per day, the torch will ultimately arrive at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

List of destinations in Northern Ireland through which the torch will be relayed:

3rd June –  Holywood, Bangor, Newtownards, Comber, Dundonald, Stormont, Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, Glynn, Larne, Drains Bay, Ballygalley, Glenarm, Carnlough, Glenariff, Cushendall, Ballycastle, Dervock, Bushmills and Portrush.

4th June – the torch will be taken across the River Bann and then on to Coleraine, Articlave, Castlerock, Downhill, Ballarena, Limavady, Ballykelly, Greysteel and Londonderry.

5th June – New Buildings, Magheramason, Bready, Ballymagorry, Strabane, Sion Mills, Omagh, Dromore, Irvinestown, Enniskillen, Fivemiletown, Clogher, Augher, Aughnacloy, Caledon, Armagh, Portadown, Gilford, Banbridge and Newry.

6th June – after leaving Newry, the flame will be taken to Lisburn and Belfast.

7th June – the final leg of the relay will take in Newcastle, Dundrum, Clough, Downpatrick, Crossgar, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Templepatrick, Antrim, Ballyronan, Magherafelt, Ballymena and Moorfields.

Royal Portrush to Host Irish Open

Royal Portrush Golf Club

The 2013 Irish Open will be held at Royal Portrush – the only club in Ireland to have hosted the Open Championship.  With two fantastic links courses; the Dunluce Links and the Valley Links; avid golfers are always keen to include Royal Portrush in their Northern Irish golfing itineraries.

To read more about Ireland’s possible bid to host The Open again after Royal Portrush last held it in 1951, click here.