NEW! We are excited to inform you of the newest addition to our PerryGolf Galleries – Old Head Golf Club. These incredible photographs have been taken by Aidan Bradley, a leading golf course photography specialist in the world.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|No, except for those with a medical certificate||£40 plus Caddie Fee (£40 + tip)||Must be operated by an approved caddie|
Located in the southwest corner of the country in the historical town of Kinsale lies a diamond of land that juts three miles into the Atlantic Ocean. With its natural beauty, jagged cliffs and green pastures, The Old Head Golf Links has been described as “the most spectacular golf course on Earth,” according to LINKS Magazine. Purchased in 1989, John and Patrick O’Connor spent nearly ten years completing their dream of creating a breathtaking golf course, which finally opened in 1997. Read more “Ireland: The Old Head Golf Links”
Kinsale is an excellent town to stop by on your tour of the Southwest of Ireland. With only a 20 minute drive to Old Head and with several restaurants offering excellent seafood dining, e.g. Jim Edwards and Man Friday, you are spoiled for choice.
Exciting news for next year is that the Actons Hotel is currently undergoing a massive refurbishment and changing to a small boutique hotel – an ideal addition to the area. Further details to follow at the start of 2013.
By Denise McKee. Denise has been with PerryGolf for over 11 years and is a member of our admin team.
No trip to the South West of Ireland would be complete without a visit to the village of Kinsale. It’s a beautiful fishing village only 20 minutes from Old Head Golf Links, arguably Ireland’s most scenic golf course with Cork and the world famous Blarney Castle only 20 minutes in the other direction. It is however more commonly knows for its fantastic restaurants, with the village often being referred to as the gourmet capital of Ireland. With seafood as the unsurprising speciality, you’re spoiled for choice everywhere you look whether you’re after a Michelin Star meal or simply a great bowl of chowder for lunch.
By Keith Baird. Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.