The European Club is located in Co. Wicklow, Ireland about 40 miles south of Dublin. Read more “The European Club, Co. Wicklow, Ireland”
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|
I read with interest the recently published Irish course ratings in ‘Backspin’, an Irish golf magazine. The ratings were awarded by Irish pros, amateurs and the media…and the resulting list makes for some fascinating reading. The biggest surprise to me was Ballybunion being rated 7th in the Links Courses category – I have played there in the past and thought the course was fantastic. I was also interested to see how well the courses in the Dublin area and Northern Ireland fared, especially the links courses which our clients usually prefer to play. Click here to see details of the full list.
Making use of this list, you could have a fantastic trip based in Dublin then head up to Newcastle and finish on the north coast of Northern Ireland. In Dublin you could play Portmarnock, The European Club, The Island and Royal Dublin (or the Links at Portmarnock Hotel). You could then head north (it’s just over an hour to Baltray) and play Co Louth before continuing up to Newcastle. Here you would play Royal County Down and then continue to the north coast where you might be based at Bushmills and would be perfectly positioned to play Royal Portrush, Portstewart and Ballyliffin. This would make for a great trip and would allow you to play 9 of the top 18 courses mentioned, including all of the top 5! And that is only including the links courses; if you want to mix in a couple of parkland courses, there is also the K Club and Druid’s Glen, both just outside Dublin. What are you waiting for?!
By Alastair Niven. Alastair has been with PerryGolf for over 9 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.