Royal County Down Golf Club is one of Ireland’s oldest golf clubs. Located in Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland, RCD is home to two 18-hole links courses that date back to 1889. Read more “Royal County Down Golf Club”
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|
PerryGolf’s Founding Director, Colin Dalgleish, has recently returned from the 2013 British Open Golf Voyage. Below are some of his thoughts July 17 upon embarking on the quest, as well as some of his afterthoughts on July 25. The golf cruise was to no surprise, another success for both PerryGolf and clients. Between the five rounds of golf, attending the final round of The Open Championship at Muirfield, cocktail parties and much more fun in the sun, the slideshow below only sheds a mere glimpse into what a luxury golf cruise it really was. But I bet it’s enough to make you wonder about the 2014 British Open Escorted Tour…Enjoy!
“As the The Open Championship is shortly about to begin at Muirfield Scotland, the PerryGolf British Open voyage around Ireland and Scotland is now well underway. PerryGolf guests onboard the delightful 700 guest Azamara Quest have already enjoyed a pre-cruise stay at the The Westin Dublin Hotel followed by golf at 2006 Ryder Cup venue the The K Club outside Dublin, the classic links of world top ten Royal County Down Golf Club, and the excellent Carrick overlooking the beautiful Loch Lomond in Scotland. Combined with a great range of sightseeing activities for the non golfing spouses amongst the group, and some outstanding dining, entertainment, and all inclusive drinks onboard, the 100+ PerryGolf guests are having a great time!”
“PerryGolf’s highly successful 2013 British Open Golf voyage onboard the 700 guest Azamara Quest concluded earlier this week. Since our previous post from the Carrick Loch Lomond, the ship sailed through the western isles and around the north of Scotland before PerryGolf guests had exclusive use of Castle Stuart Golf Links only a few days following the Scottish Open Championship. She then continued to Scotland’s beautiful capital city of Edinburgh where her central berth afforded guests panoramic views of the city during the two day stay. After golf at Kingsbarns and attendance at the final days play at The Open Championship (a mere 35 minute transfer from the ship), guests then enjoyed a relaxing day at sea on Monday in perfect weather, the final few miles into the city of Hamburg being accompanied by water cannon spraying tugboat.”
Want to attend next years Open Championship? Click here to learn more about the 2014 British Open Escorted Tour by PerryGolf and be sure to watch the short video below – 2014 Open Championship Tour by PerryGolf – to get a better geographical sense of what’s entailed in next year’s tour!
You can also engage yourself with our fully interactive Google Earth Video of the 2014 British Open Escorted Tour – you’ll be able to pause the video and browse around the area as you please via Google Earth. Thanks for reading!
Have you read PerryGolf’s President Gordon Dalgleish’s 8 tips to make your dream of attending an Open Championship a reality?
Congratulations to Ardglass Golf Club who recently won Irish Golf Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) Links Golf Course of the Year 2011. Located in Northern Ireland, the club is a great addition to a golf schedule in that area and for groups looking at 36 holes, it could easily be combined with a morning round on Royal County Down. To read more on the club’s award, please click here.
By Denise McKee. Denise has been with PerryGolf for over 11 years and is a member of our admin team.
Golf in Northern Ireland has seen a wonderful upturn in interest and activity over the last 10 years. Many would argue that the jewel in the crown of golf in that part of Ireland is Royal County Down. Renowned golf writer Larry Olmsted explains why it remains a favorite of many PerryGolf clients;
As I wrap up my recent visit to Northern Ireland I have a stunning confession to make: I did not play Royal County Down.
Why is this such big news? Because RCD, as some fans call it (though the Irish tend to shorten it just to County Down) is indisputably one of the greatest golf courses on earth, and by consensus the best in Northern Ireland, … Read more