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The Best of Dublin & Northern Ireland

6 Nights | 6 Rounds including Royal County Down, Portmarnock & The European Club





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This six-night, six-round package tours the finest courses in Dublin and Northern Ireland, presenting a blend of classic and modern links layouts. It's available from April to October. Ardglass is a classic seaside design, set on black rock where smugglers and pirates once roamed. The par-3 2nd hole is nestled in a cove on the shore, offering beauty and challenge. Royal County Down, an Old Tom Morris design, is generally considered as one of the top 10 courses in the world, and also as one of the more difficult courses in Ireland and beyond. Portmarnock Links is a challenging traditional links overlooking the Irish Sea featuring shaggy dunes, deep bunkers and stunning views. The European Club is majestic layout featuring massive dunes, the longest green in the world and the unique delight of a 20-hole round. County Louth is a hidden gem dating back to 1892 that features just 50 bunkers, allowing the gorse and hilly terrain that borders the fairways to serve as its natural defense.  Portmarnock Golf Club is the undisputed leading links in Dublin, set on 500 acres of a sandy peninsula facing the Irish Sea and dating back to 1894. Deluxe accommodations are provided at Slieve Donard Resort & Spa and Davenport Hotel.

Sample Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: US Depart
Day 2: Ardglass
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa
Day 3: Royal County Down
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa
Day 4: Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links
Davenport Hotel
Day 5: European Club
Davenport Hotel
Day 6: County Louth
Davenport Hotel
Day 7: Portmarnock
Davenport Hotel
Day 8: Ireland Depart

<Day 2 ~ Ardglass Golf Club

Today play Ardglass (tbc).  Ardglass is a course many would never find on their own but we wholeheartedly recommend it. Founded in 1896, this is an exceptional layout less than 30 minutes from Royal County Down with dramatic elevation changes and striking views as you play on high ground along black rock cliffs beside the Irish Sea. The first five holes are as memorable as you’ll find with rocks and water threatening every shot not played with a putter.  The par 3s here stand out.  No. 2 at 167 yards is “Howd’s Hole” played over a massive ravine to a much to small green.  “Cathlin” plays from an elevated tee to a green located on the edge of the club’s rocky headland 198 yards away.  A 14th century castle serves as Ardglass’ clubhouse, the oldest in golf.

Ardglass Golf Club, Northern Ireland by LINKS Magazine

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<Day 2 2 nights ~ Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

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Your Itinerary

Situated at the foot of the beautiful Mountains of Mourne, the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa stands in six acres of private grounds which extend to an extensive golden strand. Originally a luxurious railway hotel, the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is owned by the Hastings Hotels Group, and offers fine accommodation and excellent facilities. Recently celebrating its Centenary, the Slieve Donard at Newcastle is truly one of Ireland's great holiday hotels. Apart from the obvious attraction for golfers, the hotel is also an ideal setting for fishing, horse riding and mountain walks. The hotel has undergone a complete modernisation and refurbishment to all bedrooms. In 2006, after a 15 million pound refurbishment the new Spa and bedroom wing opened its doors with the Spa providing one of the finest facilities in all of Ireland. Situated on two floors and with stunning views across the Irish Sea and the Mourne Mountains. A wide range of fitness and leisure experiences cover the ground floor, including a 20 metre pool, high tech gymnasium and the restaurant and lounge. On the first floor guests are transported to a zone of complete peace and tranquility with E'Spa, the world-renowned Spa company, a luxurious range of therapies have been created to truly balance mind, body and soul which can be enjoyed in any one of 16 treatment suites.

<Day 3 ~ Royal County Down Golf Club

Golf today on Royal County Down (tbc).  Northern Ireland’s Royal County Down is routinely ranked among the World Top 5 and never less than first or second among the great clubs of the UK and Ireland for two reasons: the beauty of the setting and the brilliance of the design. Old Tom Morris authored the first 18 hole course here and gets a healthy share of the credit for this masterpiece but George Coombe and Harry Colt also had a hand in it, as have Donald Steele and Martin & Ebert in recent years.  None would dispute however, that the site as it was found with its rugged dunes, natural corridors and hollows, golden gorse and purple heather was destined for greatness.  The ninth stands out among many.  This 427-yard par 4 begins with a blind tee shot to a fairway found eighty feet down a sidehill plunge where two cross bunkers protect a green saddled between two dunes.

Click here for the golf course VIDEO

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY

Royal County Down Golf Club, Northern Ireland by LINKS Magazine

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<Day 4 ~ Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links

Play Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links (tbc). This challenging traditional links course by Bernard Langer and Stan Eby overlooks the Irish Sea from links land just north of illustrious Portmarnock Golf Club. The early holes play leisurely away from the sea before the course comes alive just before the turn as the holes make their way through shaggy dunes back towards the coast. The back nine provides a series of visually stunning links holes loaded with deep bunkers, featuring steep faces giving the course a traditional look while incorporating modern architectural techniques. Please note a very limited supply of golf carts are available for hire. Certain restrictions may apply, please advise your Golf Travel Specialist.

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<Day 4 4 nights ~ Davenport Hotel

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Your Itinerary

The Davenport is a newly redesigned 4-star hotel located in the heart of Dublin City close to Merrion Square and ideal for exploring on foot the sights of this bustling city. The facade of the building was originally a church dating back to 1863 and is under a highly prized preservation order.  It boasts 115 bedrooms with en-suite marble bathrooms, 24-hour gym access, a stylish restaurant and a bar.  The stylish rooms feature a sitting area which includes a work desk, uniquely designed furniture, air-conditioning, smart TVs with Chromecast, free WiFi and international electrical outlets.  The marble table restaurant offers a selection of Irish and international dishes and is specialised in afternoon tea and homemade desserts. The hotel also provides an intimate bar area with a gastropub menu and a wide selection of whiskey.

<Day 5 ~ The European Club

Today play The European Club (tbc) at Brittas Bay.   Tucked amid tumbling dunes 30 miles south of Dublin, the European Club has been appreciated from the time it opened in 1987 as one of Ireland's finest links courses. The majestic layout features massive dunes, the longest green in the world (127 yards, No. 12) and the unique delight of a 20-hole round, offering an extra pair of par-3s to enhance the experience. The 7th has been ranked among the top 100 holes in the world. It’s a 470-yard par-4 set on a sandbank through a bed of reeds with a burn right, beyond which are a hundred acres of unspoiled links land, and towering dunes left. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington have played here and enjoyed the course because it demands both solid ballstriking and sound strategy. However, a very limited supply of golf carts are available for hire. Certain restrictions may apply, please advise your Golf Travel Specialist.

Click here for the golf course VIDEO

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY

The European Club, Ireland by LINKS Magazine

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<Day 6 ~ Co Louth Golf Club

Today play Co Louth Golf Club (tbc).   Found along the Irish Sea 40 minutes from Dublin’s airport, County Louth – or Baltray – is one of Ireland’s hidden gems.  It was founded in 1892 but the essence of the layout was opened in 1938 as a Tom Simpson/Molly Gourlay design that has now been stretched to 7,031 yards.  Simpson dotted the 190-acre property with only 50 bunkers, allowing the gorse and hilly terrain that borders the fairways to serve as its natural defense. There are no weak holes here and no two are alike.  Better still, these greens are routinely among the best in the country.  The club has hosted multiple Irish Opens and is a regular among Ireland’s top 10.

County Louth Golf Club, Ireland by LINKS Magazine

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<Day 7 ~ Portmarnock Golf Club

Today play at historic Portmarnock (tbc).   Portmarnock Golf Club is the undisputed leading links in Dublin, found only 10 miles from the airport.  It is also recognized as one of the finest in the world regularly listed among the top 50.  The Irish Open has played here nearly 20 times along with the Walker Cup, the Irish Amateur Close Championship and the British Amateur Championship.   Found on 500 acres of a sandy peninsula facing the Irish Sea, the club opened in 1894 with nine holes before nine more were added two years later forming the championship layout played today. The site is fairly flat without dramatic dunes which produces a predictable golf course where nothing is manmade. This along with consistently true greens has endeared the course to many over the years.

Click here for the golf course VIDEO

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY

Portmarnock Golf Club, Ireland by LINKS Magazine

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Sample Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1:

This evening depart the United States.

Day 2:

Today play Ardglass (tbc).  Ardglass is a course many would never find on their own but we wholeheartedly recommend it. Founded in 1896, this is an exceptional layout less than 30 minutes from Royal County Down with dramatic elevation changes and striking views as you play on high ground along black rock cliffs beside the Irish Sea. The first five holes are as memorable as you’ll find with rocks and water threatening every shot not played with a putter.  The par 3s here stand out.  No. 2 at 167 yards is “Howd’s Hole” played over a massive ravine to a much to small green.  “Cathlin” plays from an elevated tee to a green located on the edge of the club’s rocky headland 198 yards away.  A 14th century castle serves as Ardglass’ clubhouse, the oldest in golf.

Ardglass Golf Club, Northern Ireland by LINKS Magazine

On arrival at the Airport you will be met by PerryGolf personnel who will assist you with your luggage and transfer to your transportation.

Your preferred arrival & departure airport options are dependent on your personal preferences. The closest airport to your first hotel/golf course is listed first. Some airports have direct transatlantic flights from US cities while others only offer service with connections through European hub cities. Our air department is available to talk through your air travel options.

OVERNIGHT: Slieve Donard Resort & Spa - Classic Room

Day 3: Royal County Down image

Golf today on Royal County Down (tbc).  Northern Ireland’s Royal County Down is routinely ranked among the World Top 5 and never less than first or second among the great clubs of the UK and Ireland for two reasons: the beauty of the setting and the brilliance of the design. Old Tom Morris authored the first 18 hole course here and gets a healthy share of the credit for this masterpiece but George Coombe and Harry Colt also had a hand in it, as have Donald Steele and Martin & Ebert in recent years.  None would dispute however, that the site as it was found with its rugged dunes, natural corridors and hollows, golden gorse and purple heather was destined for greatness.  The ninth stands out among many.  This 427-yard par 4 begins with a blind tee shot to a fairway found eighty feet down a sidehill plunge where two cross bunkers protect a green saddled between two dunes.

Click here for the golf course VIDEO

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY

Royal County Down Golf Club, Northern Ireland by LINKS Magazine

OVERNIGHT: Slieve Donard Resort & Spa - Classic Room

Day 4: Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links image

Play Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links (tbc). This challenging traditional links course by Bernard Langer and Stan Eby overlooks the Irish Sea from links land just north of illustrious Portmarnock Golf Club. The early holes play leisurely away from the sea before the course comes alive just before the turn as the holes make their way through shaggy dunes back towards the coast. The back nine provides a series of visually stunning links holes loaded with deep bunkers, featuring steep faces giving the course a traditional look while incorporating modern architectural techniques. Please note a very limited supply of golf carts are available for hire. Certain restrictions may apply, please advise your Golf Travel Specialist.

OVERNIGHT: Davenport Hotel - Classic Room

Day 5: European Club image

Today play The European Club (tbc) at Brittas Bay.   Tucked amid tumbling dunes 30 miles south of Dublin, the European Club has been appreciated from the time it opened in 1987 as one of Ireland's finest links courses. The majestic layout features massive dunes, the longest green in the world (127 yards, No. 12) and the unique delight of a 20-hole round, offering an extra pair of par-3s to enhance the experience. The 7th has been ranked among the top 100 holes in the world. It’s a 470-yard par-4 set on a sandbank through a bed of reeds with a burn right, beyond which are a hundred acres of unspoiled links land, and towering dunes left. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington have played here and enjoyed the course because it demands both solid ballstriking and sound strategy. However, a very limited supply of golf carts are available for hire. Certain restrictions may apply, please advise your Golf Travel Specialist.

Click here for the golf course VIDEO

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY

The European Club, Ireland by LINKS Magazine

OVERNIGHT: Davenport Hotel - Classic Room

Day 6: County Louth image

Today play Co Louth Golf Club (tbc).   Found along the Irish Sea 40 minutes from Dublin’s airport, County Louth – or Baltray – is one of Ireland’s hidden gems.  It was founded in 1892 but the essence of the layout was opened in 1938 as a Tom Simpson/Molly Gourlay design that has now been stretched to 7,031 yards.  Simpson dotted the 190-acre property with only 50 bunkers, allowing the gorse and hilly terrain that borders the fairways to serve as its natural defense. There are no weak holes here and no two are alike.  Better still, these greens are routinely among the best in the country.  The club has hosted multiple Irish Opens and is a regular among Ireland’s top 10.

County Louth Golf Club, Ireland by LINKS Magazine

OVERNIGHT: Davenport Hotel - Classic Room

Day 7: Portmarnock image

Today play at historic Portmarnock (tbc).   Portmarnock Golf Club is the undisputed leading links in Dublin, found only 10 miles from the airport.  It is also recognized as one of the finest in the world regularly listed among the top 50.  The Irish Open has played here nearly 20 times along with the Walker Cup, the Irish Amateur Close Championship and the British Amateur Championship.   Found on 500 acres of a sandy peninsula facing the Irish Sea, the club opened in 1894 with nine holes before nine more were added two years later forming the championship layout played today. The site is fairly flat without dramatic dunes which produces a predictable golf course where nothing is manmade. This along with consistently true greens has endeared the course to many over the years.

Click here for the golf course VIDEO

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY

Portmarnock Golf Club, Ireland by LINKS Magazine

OVERNIGHT: Davenport Hotel - Classic Room

Day 8:

Depart Ireland from Airport.



Golf Schedule

Ardglass image

Ardglass is a course many would never find on their own but we wholeheartedly recommend it. Founded in 1896, this is an exceptional layout less than 30 minutes from Royal County Down with dramatic elevation changes and striking views as you play on high ground along black rock cliffs beside the Irish Sea. The first five holes are as memorable as you’ll find with rocks and water threatening every shot not played with a putter.  The par 3s here stand out.  No. 2 at 167 yards is “Howd’s Hole” played over a massive ravine to a much to small green.  “Cathlin” plays from an elevated tee to a green located on the edge of the club’s rocky headland 198 yards away.  A 14th century castle serves as Ardglass’ clubhouse, the oldest in golf.

Ardglass Golf Club, Northern Ireland by LINKS Magazine


Royal County Down image

Northern Ireland’s Royal County Down is routinely ranked among the World Top 5 and never less than first or second among the great clubs of the UK and Ireland for two reasons: the beauty of the setting and the brilliance of the design. Old Tom Morris authored the first 18 hole course here and gets a healthy share of the credit for this masterpiece but George Coombe and Harry Colt also had a hand in it, as have Donald Steele and Martin & Ebert in recent years.  None would dispute however, that the site as it was found with its rugged dunes, natural corridors and hollows, golden gorse and purple heather was destined for greatness.  The ninth stands out among many.  This 427-yard par 4 begins with a blind tee shot to a fairway found eighty feet down a sidehill plunge where two cross bunkers protect a green saddled between two dunes.

Click here for the golf course VIDEO

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY

Royal County Down Golf Club, Northern Ireland by LINKS Magazine


Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links image

This challenging traditional links course by Bernard Langer and Stan Eby overlooks the Irish Sea from links land just north of illustrious Portmarnock Golf Club. The early holes play leisurely away from the sea before the course comes alive just before the turn as the holes make their way through shaggy dunes back towards the coast. The back nine provides a series of visually stunning links holes loaded with deep bunkers, featuring steep faces giving the course a traditional look while incorporating modern architectural techniques.


European Club image

Tucked amid tumbling dunes 30 miles south of Dublin, the European Club has been appreciated from the time it opened in 1987 as one of Ireland's finest links courses. The majestic layout features massive dunes, the longest green in the world (127 yards, No. 12) and the unique delight of a 20-hole round, offering an extra pair of par-3s to enhance the experience. The 7th has been ranked among the top 100 holes in the world. It’s a 470-yard par-4 set on a sandbank through a bed of reeds with a burn right, beyond which are a hundred acres of unspoiled links land, and towering dunes left. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington have played here and enjoyed the course because it demands both solid ballstriking and sound strategy.

Click here for the golf course VIDEO

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY

The European Club, Ireland by LINKS Magazine


County Louth image

Found along the Irish Sea 40 minutes from Dublin’s airport, County Louth – or Baltray – is one of Ireland’s hidden gems.  It was founded in 1892 but the essence of the layout was opened in 1938 as a Tom Simpson/Molly Gourlay design that has now been stretched to 7,031 yards.  Simpson dotted the 190-acre property with only 50 bunkers, allowing the gorse and hilly terrain that borders the fairways to serve as its natural defense. There are no weak holes here and no two are alike.  Better still, these greens are routinely among the best in the country.  The club has hosted multiple Irish Opens and is a regular among Ireland’s top 10.

County Louth Golf Club, Ireland by LINKS Magazine


Portmarnock image

Portmarnock Golf Club is the undisputed leading links in Dublin, found only 10 miles from the airport.  It is also recognized as one of the finest in the world regularly listed among the top 50.  The Irish Open has played here nearly 20 times along with the Walker Cup, the Irish Amateur Close Championship and the British Amateur Championship.   Found on 500 acres of a sandy peninsula facing the Irish Sea, the club opened in 1894 with nine holes before nine more were added two years later forming the championship layout played today. The site is fairly flat without dramatic dunes which produces a predictable golf course where nothing is manmade. This along with consistently true greens has endeared the course to many over the years.

Click here for the golf course VIDEO

Click here for the golf course IMAGE GALLERY

Portmarnock Golf Club, Ireland by LINKS Magazine




Accommodations

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa image
Situated at the foot of the beautiful Mountains of Mourne, the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa stands in six acres of private grounds which extend to an extensive golden strand. Originally a luxurious railway hotel, the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is owned by the Hastings Hotels Group, and offers fine accommodation and excellent facilities. Recently celebrating its Centenary, the Slieve Donard at Newcastle is truly one of Ireland's great holiday hotels. Apart from the obvious attraction for golfers, the hotel is also an ideal setting for fishing, horse riding and mountain walks. The hotel has undergone a complete modernisation and refurbishment to all bedrooms. In 2006, after a 15 million pound refurbishment the new Spa and bedroom wing opened its doors with the Spa providing one of the finest facilities in all of Ireland. Situated on two floors and with stunning views across the Irish Sea and the Mourne Mountains. A wide range of fitness and leisure experiences cover the ground floor, including a 20 metre pool, high tech gymnasium and the restaurant and lounge. On the first floor guests are transported to a zone of complete peace and tranquility with E'Spa, the world-renowned Spa company, a luxurious range of therapies have been created to truly balance mind, body and soul which can be enjoyed in any one of 16 treatment suites.
Davenport Hotel image

The Davenport is a newly redesigned 4-star hotel located in the heart of Dublin City close to Merrion Square and ideal for exploring on foot the sights of this bustling city. The facade of the building was originally a church dating back to 1863 and is under a highly prized preservation order.  It boasts 115 bedrooms with en-suite marble bathrooms, 24-hour gym access, a stylish restaurant and a bar.  The stylish rooms feature a sitting area which includes a work desk, uniquely designed furniture, air-conditioning, smart TVs with Chromecast, free WiFi and international electrical outlets.  The marble table restaurant offers a selection of Irish and international dishes and is specialised in afternoon tea and homemade desserts. The hotel also provides an intimate bar area with a gastropub menu and a wide selection of whiskey.




Ground Transportation

VW Caravelle automatic 5-6 days

SELF DRIVE BASIS - THE FOLLOWING RENTAL VEHICLE IS INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR COSTING

Hertz: VW Caravelle with automatic transmission or similar, with unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Insurance Theft Protection Insurance, Location Service Charge and tax. (Excess of €3,000.00 is applicable. Liability can be waived by purchasing SDW at time of rental)



Ardglass by Aidan Bradley
Ardglass by Aidan Bradley
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa
Royal County Down by Aidan Bradley
Royal County Down by Aidan BradleyRoyal County Down by Aidan Bradley
Royal County Down by Aidan Bradley
Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links
Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links
Davenport Hotel
Davenport Hotel


 

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