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Introduction Local information Golfing Getaways Some of Greg Allen’s favourite places Ireland’s Great Golfing Challenges Kevin Markham Golfers Guide to Ireland Awards ‘The’ .. Ambassador ....Paddy O’Looney

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Curtis Cup - Ireland 2016

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New Era - Confederation of Golf in Ireland

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ANTRIM DONEGAL

– LEINSTER

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LONDONDERRY

TYRONE

DOWN FERMANAGH ARMAGH MONAGHAN

SLIGO MAYO

LEITRIM

CAVAN LOUTH

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ROSCOMMON LONGFORD

MEATH WESTMEATH DUBLIN

GALWAY KILDARE OFFALY

WICKLOW

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LAOIS CLARE

TIPPERARY NORTH

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EAST LEINSTER was for all intents and purposes the recreational playground for many of Ireland’s literary giants notably Goldsmith, Beckett, Joyce, Kavanagh, and Behan, all of whom left their literary imprint there in times past. Its history goes back to the Vikings and any day of the week you hear of some archaeological dig or other uncovering remnants of its early past. Leinster occupies the eastern quarter of the island of Ireland with Dublin, the country’s capital, it’s largest city. If you take a compass, place its point in Dublin and draw a 60 mile radius semi-circle - you now have a broad outline of the area covered by the province. In many ways Leinster is a microcosm of all the delights you can find in Ireland - and all within a 60 mile radius of Dublin’s air and sea ports. Leinster’s golf ranges over traditional and modern, from links to parkland. The quality of golf is superb. The Irish and European Opens, and Irish PGA and Golfing Union of Ireland amateur championships have been hosted by clubs in this region. But not only that, the 2006 Ryder Cup was played at the K Club in Co. Kildare. Leinster region a great choice of courses to play!

Counties in the East / Leinster:

28 Golf course entries 42 Accommodation in the region

Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow.

Druids Glen Golf Club, Co. Wicklow.

Detailed map of courses in this region on next page County Louth Golf Club, Co. Louth. Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club, Co.

THE SOUTH REGION

– MUNSTER

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Meath.

Rosslare Golf Club, Co. Wexford.

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SOUTH AS any Munster man will tell you, well those from Cork anyway, Cork City is the ‘real’ capital of Ireland. In the Irish way of things it’s influence that’s important. And as any Dublin man will tell you with half his city populated by Corkmen, Cork City influence wins hands down, ergo, the ‘Real ‘Capital. Limerick, Munster’s other ‘city’, oversees the point where the River Shannon, meets the Atlantic Ocean. Limerick and its Shannon estuary has always been a focal point for travellers to, from and within Ireland. It has been building aviation bridges since the first Atlantic seaplanes noisily spattered and splashed their comings and goings at nearby Foynes. And rugby ? Well that’s the religion in these parts. The province of Munster covers the bottom quarter of the island of Ireland. If you take a line between Waterford and just south of Galway City, everything below lies in Munster. And some fabulous golf too - Lahinch, Doonbeg, Ballybunion, Tralee, Killarney, Waterville, Adare, Fota Island, County Tipperary Golf and Country Club in Dundrum names which conjure the exotic in Irish Golf. But there is much more to this impressive selection of Munster’s golf. Some 89 clubs are distributed throughout the province, each with its own character and story to tell. The range includes links, coastal heaths and parklands which will both challenge and enthral.

Counties in the South / Munster:

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Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford.

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Co. Kerry.

Detailed map of courses in this region on next page Dromoland Castle Golf & Country

Club, Co. Clare.

Waterville Golf Club, Co. Kerry. Cork Golf Club, Co. Cork.

THE WEST REGION

– CONNAUGHT

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THIS is the wildly beautiful western quarter of Ireland. It includes counties Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, and Sligo. It is noted for its extravagant beauty, its mountain, sea, and lake scenery often criss crossed with tiny fields and bright dry stone walls The Atlantic’s gigantic surf tossed waves crash along the province’s western shoreline, while the River Shannon flows gently along its eastern in land boundary. A dramatically indented coastline is home to the province’s formidable array of links – Connemara, Carne, Enniscrone, Strandhill and Co.Sligo. This fistful of 5 are as spectacular and challenging as any in any part of Ireland. Co. Sligo is home to the West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship while Enniscrone played a bridemaid’s role in this regard a couple of years ago.There is parkland golf here too and popular courses include Castle Dargan, Westport, Oughterard, Athlone and Portumna. A triangular shape with points at Galway, Sligo and Portumna broadly locates the province of Connaught. Enjoy !

Counties in the West / Connaught:

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Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo.

71 Accommodation in the region

Connemara Golf Club, Co. Galway

Detailed map of courses in this region on next page Westport Golf Club, Co. Mayo. County Sligo Golf Club, Co. Sligo.

THE NORTH REGION

– ULSTER

74 76 Regional map with golf course location 78 Golf course entries 83 Accommodation in the region

Ballinrobe Golf Club, Co. Mayo.

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NORTH THE top quarter of the island. A line drawn between Sligo town on the west and Dundalk on the east coast almost defines the southern boundary of this 9 county province. It includes the counties – Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Monaghan and Tyrone. Of these 5 have a coastline boundary which has provided ideal links terrain for some of Ireland’s most celebrated links – Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Portstewart, Ballyliffin, Portsalon, Rosapenna, and Donegal, Ardglass and Castlerock. Some of the greatest golfers have honed their skills on theses courses such as, Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell to name but a few. This is a great time to visit, to climb on its merry-go-round and enjoy. The thing about Ulster is that it is so compact that you can easily compass your way around its towns and cities, its shops, restaurants, theatres and ‘watering places’ which are only too willing to entertain. There are over 120 golf clubs in Ulster with the newest, a Nick Faldo master piece at Lough Erne, Fermanagh, now taking centre stage. A great selection of courses to play. Great courses await . . .

Counties in the North / Ulster: Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Monaghan, Tyrone.

Rosapenna Golf Club, Co. Donegal

Detailed map of courses in this region on next page

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Slieve Russell Resort, Co. Cavan. Lough Erne Resort, Co. Fermanagh.

Belvoir Park Golf Club, Co. Antrim.

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Golf in Ireland Golf has become one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in Ireland. With over 420 golf clubs, Ireland has 30% of the links courses in the world, some in the Top 100, as well as top championship Parkland courses. Choose from links courses where the sea fresh breeze invigorates your game or pick an inland jewel with interesting lake or river shots. Whatever course you choose you are assured of a warm welcome and an enjoyable experience all year round. Green Fees There is great value presently, most clubs have special rates for groups, sometimes based on inclusive green fees and club house catering arrangements. Green fee reservations can be made direct to the selected golf clubs and look out for Golf passes (Discounted Golf Prices) / Special offers on clubs websites. Caddies and Caddy Cars Caddies are available at the most popular championship clubs and prior booking arrangements are recommended. Caddy (pull) cars can be hired at most clubs and cost about €3 per round.

is recommended to enquire on availability prior to making reservation and book a buggy if required. Weather Ireland enjoys a temperate climate, which is ideal for golfers. However, it is advisable to pack your waterproofs as rain and sunshine are all part of the Irish climate. Dress Code While it is advisable to check with the individual club, smart casual is the accepted uniform for golfers. Jeans and trainers are frowned upon and in some of the more traditional clubs a jacket, collar and tie are insisted upon when using the dining room, so do check in advance. Soft Spikes and Handicap Certificates A good proportion of golf clubs now have a soft spikes only policy, so do check in advance. Also, handicap certificates are becoming the accepted norm, so if you have one from your club, bring it along.

Motorised Carts / Golf Buggies Many courses offer motorised carts. It

Currency / Credit Cards Main stores, hotels and restaurants in Ireland will accept the majority of credit cards/laser cards. However, it is always advisable to carry some € (euro) and in Northern Ireland £ (sterling), many smaller accommodation establishments such as B&B’s and guesthouses may not accept credit cards/laser cards. Irish Whiskey No visit to Ireland would be complete without at least “sampling” some Irish Whiskey. Whiskey – spelt with an “e” in Ireland - is said to have been invented in Ireland as far back as the 6th century and since then it has been part of the landscape, culture and history of this country. Irish Whiskeys are in many ways very different to their Scottish and American cousins, they are superbly smooth and the selection and diversity reflect not only the Distillers’ age-old expertise, but also Ireland’s heritage and unspoilt countryside. Why not combine your stay in Ireland with an evening spent sampling some of those wonderful whiskeys in the company of an Irish Whiskey Expert who will combine knowledge and expertise with plenty of stories and Irish humour. Log on to www.irishwhiskeyevent.com for more information.

Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the compilation of this brochure. Portside Publications cannot however accept responsibility for errors or omissions but where such are brought to our attention, future publications will be amended accordingly.

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With over 450 clubs on the island of

The accommodations listed in this guide

There are a selection of restaurants listed

Ireland, there is golf for all on the Emerald

have been submitted by approved premises

in this guide, the standard of food in most

Isle. To help you select the clubs of your

only. The rates quoted in the

establishments is very good and ask about

choice the courses are set in alphabetical

accommodation section of this guide are

“Early Bird” / “Specials” / ‘Value Menus”.

order in each region, giving details of the

per person based on two people sharing a

They are located after the accommodations

services available at each.

twin or double room, on a bed and

listings in the relevant sections.

Because some club’s green fees and open

breakfast basis. Self catering

weeks have not yet been finalised for 2014

accommodation is based on a one week

at the time of going to press, it is advisable

rental unless otherwise stated.

to contact the clubs in advance for

Northern Ireland entries will continue to

confirmation of exact fees and dates.

feature their rates in Pounds Sterling.

When phoning counties Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh or Tyrone from overseas, insert your local international access code followed by 44 and delete the zero in front of the local area code. For the rest of Ireland the same format applies, but replace 44 with 353.

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Swimming pool

Evening entertainment

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Gym

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Travel agent booking

Arrange tee-times

Angling facilities (nearby / on-site)

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here are very few elements of the downturn over the past five to six years that we can point towards as a ‘positive’ but for the international visitor or someone looking to take a golf holiday at home, the radical adjustments in the golf economy mean there has probably never been such good value on such a wide scale in so many Irish resorts. It was a point hammered home to me recently while I was on a break in Portugal where, as luck would have it, the weather was more typical of the West of Ireland than the Western Algarve. It gave me a fresh By Greg Allen appreciation for the Irish golf holiday experience which is less RTE Sport dependent on weather (for reasons we all know about and prepare for) and thereby has to be judged in the context of what’s on offer both on and off the course, and often long into the night. For the most part, Irish golf resorts offer a more rounded experience than almost anywhere in the world and often one which lasts as long after the round is finished, as anyone could wish for. In Britain, there are many resorts and great courses comparable to what’s on offer in Ireland but in truth, you generally pay more for the privilege. North America, Asia, Australia and South Africa offer high quality but again often at a price so while Ireland remains as competitive as it is right now, it can draw in more of the middlespend golfer looking for value and quality with the added bonus of enjoying the very special experience of playing golf in Ireland. As long as the course, clubhouse and accommodation standards are upheld in these still difficult trading times, the resourcefulness that has been shown in the last five years will surely stand to the industry here when the hoped-for sustained recovery is upon us. Thankfully, even through tough times, there are still many great places to stay and play in Ireland and here, in no particular order, are some of the very best.

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Carton House This is one of the most progressive and innovative resorts in Europe that has two distinctly different championship courses one of which, the Montgomerie, has staged the Irish Open on three occasions in 2005, 2006 and 2013. The sister O’Meara course staged the Irish Amateur Open in 2004 in which a still growing young teenage Rory

Carton House, Co. Kildare

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McIlroy shot 67 in the final round less than a week after his 15th birthday, to claim a top ten finish. So in just over ten years, Carton House Resort has already something of a storied history although the estate itself has a distinctly longer one stretching back more than two centuries. The evolution of Carton House from a

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Golfing Getaways relatively run down stately home when it was bought by the Lee Mallaghan in 1977, to modern resort has been nothing short of extraordinary and bears the mark of a passionate family business. I remember visiting the estate and seeing the golf course development plans for the first time in 2001 and when told of their ambitions for the almost completely flat land at the front of the estate, I could never have envisaged what would eventually become the Montgomerie Course – an audacious take on the inland links genre of design. Montgomerie was there that day and the passion he brought to that project shone through in the eventual execution of the plans and the ‘Monty’, which has subsequently staged three Irish Opens, is a unique, daunting and terrific test of pure shot-making. The O’Meara course is on a different kind of land which has true parkland credentials and wends its way over undulating ground with many sylvan features until you reach the 14th, 15th and 16th which are as enjoyable and beautiful a stretch of inland holes as you will find in Ireland. The re-routing of the first and eighteenth holes has bolstered and beefed up the O’Meara course to the extent that it is widely tipped to stage an Irish Open soon. While in the area: Play Luttrellstown Castle. Since the redesign of the course in 2007 by Donald Steel and Tom McKenzie, the fine original routing has been heavily remodelled and grown some muscle to elevate it into the elite category of Irish parklands. On a medium/luxury budget: Stay in Carton House, a unique four star hotel that blends a bold modern structure with the old house in a truly innovative seamless way and has real luxury touches and a relaxed welcoming ambiance. For fine value quality accommodation: The Courtyard, Leixlip Castlemartyr Hotel and Resort I passed through the town of Castlemartyr last April and had heard a great deal about Ron Kirby’s inland links and how authentic it

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was, but had kept putting a visit on the long finger. So I planned a stay in the hotel in late summer, played the course twice and found that it exceeded my expectations. It is unlike any other inland links that I have experienced because it truly looks like a course by the sea but with slightly softer and more generous amounts of grass under foot on the fairways and greens. It is a very smart use of the land from the relatively gentle opening short par four to the tough finishing stretch over the closing three holes. Throughout is a varied, fair and always interesting challenge, offering respite on occasion like the short par four 9th while then immediately testing you to the utmost on the very next hole, the difficult long winding par four 10th, which is one of the best on the course. There’s good food in the ultra modern clubhouse and the hotel offers old world charm with ultra modern touches in the opulent rooms. While in the area: Cork City is only 20 minutes away and you approach it from the east driving from Castlemartyr so Cork Golf Club on Little Island is a must play. On a Medium and Luxury budget: Stay in Castlemartyr. For fine value accommodation: Midleton Park Hotel and Sundown House B &B Kilmountain. GOLFERS GUIDE TO IRELAND 2014

Mount Juliet The Mount Juliet experience begins as soon as you drive through the gates. Even before this Jack Nicklaus course became the benchmark for standards of greenkeeping and excellence, there was something about the atmosphere of Mount Juliet that set it apart. The hotel and clubhouse both possess a relaxed luxurious feel and the golf course, with its wide fairways and big greens manages to cater for most standards while also being challenging enough to stage three Irish Opens, two Amex World Championships and a Shell Wonderful World of Golf. The most beautiful parts of the course run from the tree-lined second to the

“Irish golf resorts offer a more rounded experience than almost anywhere in the world”

watery fourth hole while on the back nine, the par three 14th and the closing two holes are great examples of trademark Nicklaus design features that can also be seen in his home course at Muirfield Village in Ohio. Mount Juliet opened in 1991 when the economics of the country were challenging enough and the golf resort model in Ireland was relatively untried. That may be one of the reasons it has come through the recession in good health. Playing Mount Juliet is an experience rather than a day’s golf. The clubhouse, hotel and even the practice ground are set in true sylvan beauty. If you love golf in Ireland, this is a must play experience. While in the area: Play nearby Gowran, a fine parkland, which wends its way in and around the racecourse. It was designed by Jeff Howes, who also had a strong hand in the construction of Mount Juliet. Just fifteen minutes down the road is Kilkenny Golf Club which is a fine example of a traditional Irish parkland course. On a Medium/ Luxury budget: Stay at Hunter’s Yard/Rose Garden Cottages/ Mount Juliet House. For fine quality value accommodation: Stay at nearby Abbey House, Jerpoint. Adare Manor I had heard about Adare Manor many years before I eventually played it for the first INDEX STARTS ON PAGE 92


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time in 2001. By the time I finished the round, I was astonished that such a grand scale tree-lined course existed in Ireland. It felt as though one of the great American parklands had been transplanted in County Limerick. Before playing Adare, I had always gone with the received wisdom that in Ireland, we do links courses especially well, but playing Adare made me feel that we had an inland course to rival our links ‘royalty’ in terms of challenge, design and natural beauty. What makes Adare particularly special is that it’s one of those rare layouts that starts well and then gets better and better, culminating in the truly dramatic par five 18th with the green set beneath the Manor walls, guarded by an ancient Cedar of Lebanon with the daunting River Maigue separating the fairway from the wide but shallow putting surface. The rolling terrain of the 13th hole through a tunnel of trees is probably my favourite parkland par four in Ireland and the drive off the 9th tee with the Manor in the background is one of the great vistas in Irish golf. Adare has staged two Irish Opens and two JP McManus Pro Ams and has been lauded by many of the best players in the world with good reason. It is one of a handful of Irish parklands which bear comparison to the very best resort courses in the world. While in the area: A wonderful trio of links courses, Doonbeg, Lahinch and Ballybunion are all within roughly an hour’s drive. On a Medium/Luxury budget: Stay in a group in the cottages near the clubhouse or in one of the luxury serviced houses near the 7th fairway. Some of the competitive golf packages make the

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Adare Manor Resort, Co. Limerick

extraordinary 160 year old Manor House a viable option even on a ‘medium’ budget. The Dunraven Arms is a great alternative. For fine quality value accommodation: Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel K Club Mention the words ‘K Club’ in golf company outside of Ireland and it is clear it has achieved a recognition level as one of the places to stay and play in Ireland. That status was hard-earned. From the staging of European Opens every year from 1995 to 2007 and of course the Ryder Cup match of 2006, the K Club has earned its stripes. This is a resort which has been ranked in top ten in the world in a CNN poll. There are two completely different looking layouts – the treelined Palmer (or Ryder Cup course as it is generally referred to) and the much more open but no less challenging Smurfit Course. It’s hard to believe that both were built on predominantly flat land. Great

earthmoving work and tree planting was needed to create the Palmer which has matured superbly over the twenty or more years of its existence into the undulating leafy beauty it is today. Even more land movement was required on the Smurfit course which is built on more open country and thereby its definition owes a great deal to the tall grasses off the fairway along with high mounding and a major water feature to the right of the 7th hole. While it remains a five star product, the K Club is now a relatively affordable treat and few courses on either side of the Atlantic which have staged the Ryder Cup in the last 30 years are as well-priced in terms of green fees and packages as the Palmer. Given the historic nature of the Ryder Cup matches played there, it is a truly special experience to walk in the footsteps of Europes’ heroes of 2006. While in the area: Play Killeen Castle which is within half an hour’s drive. It’s a Jack Nicklaus signature course which staged the Solheim Cup in 2011 and is a true five star golf experience at a reasonable price. Also, within half an hour’s drive is the excellent Seve Ballesteros/Jeff Howes designed Heritage course in Killenard County Laois, which is a 5 star resort with a golf academy on site. On a Luxury Budget: Stay in the K Club and check out their packages which offer real value for what you will experience. For fine value quality accommodation: Lawlor’s Hotel, Naas Fota Island Resort Since it last staged the Irish Open in 2002, Fota Island’s smart and varied layout has matured beautifully and bears comparison

The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club, Co. Kildare

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to the very best parkland courses in the country. Golf has been played here for over a century but it was only in 1993 that the current routing came into existence under the design of Christy O’Connor Junior and Peter McEvoy. A substantial upgrading in 1999 under the eye of Jeff Howes involved serious reworking of the green complexes and it reached a standard which enabled it to stage two successful Irish Opens in 2001 and 2002. It has an open aspect in places which helps instill confidence in the novice golfer and yet the excellent varied routing allied with those fine green complexes makes it much harder to score on than would readily be anticipated. The sylvan beauty of the surroundings, the cosy nature of the clubhouse, the chic modern five-star Fota Island hotel and the informality of the ambiance makes it one of the great long term or short term stays in the Irish landscape of golf resorts. There are 27 holes here, with the Deerpark 18 forming the traditional Irish Open course. Within 300 metres walk of the clubhouse is an excellent golf academy. While in the area: Play Cork Golf Club at Little Island. This Harry Colt gem is just about as good a member-owned parkland course as you will find in Ireland with the shoreline, a quarry and strong movement in the land offering a varied routing. A substantial upgrading of the course almost two years ago, which involved the rebuilding and reshaping of the bunkers has substantially enhanced this

Druids Glen, Co. Wicklow.

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Faithlegg House Hotel, Co Waterford. great traditional Irish parkland beauty. Medium/Luxury budget: Stay at the Fota Island resort. For fine value quality accommodation: Commodore Hotel Cobh. Faithlegg House Hotel and Golf Club It’s a personal viewpoint, but I always tend to favour the look of a golf course right outside the front of a hotel. In Faithlegg, the 18th green and first tee are within yards of the facade of the old house which dates back to 1783. Over 200 years later, in 1993, the resort opened with a deceptively gentle looking parkland golf course which has strong enough design elements, courtesy of Patrick Merrigan’s fine greensites, to stage the Irish Ladies Open twice in 2000 and 2001 - the former event being won on a modest total of 6 under par by eight-time European Solheim Cup player, Sweden’s Sophie

Gustafson. Faithlegg is blessed with rolling terrain which sweeps down to the River Suir Estuary and a features many grand old trees. It has matured very well in 20 years and is now a great example of what a resort course should be – playable for all handicaps but challenging for very good players, thanks mainly to the slick undulating greens. The Hotel is at the upper end of the four star range and has a destination restaurant, the award winning Roseville Rooms. On a medium/Luxury budget: Stay in Faithlegg House For fine value quality accommodation: For groups especially, Faithlegg own selfcatering houses. Druids Glen Is there a better or tougher par four hole in Ireland, or indeed anywhere in the world than the devilishly difficult dogleg 471 yard 13th, in Druids Glen? Is there a prettier parkland par three in Ireland than the 12th? When Druids Glen was opened, it hit the ground running with the announcement of an Irish Open to be staged there within a year of the completion of construction. Built on a site of great potential, the budget was large and the scope of Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddoick’s design was extensive. The cost alone of blasting a swathe of granite to create the 13th hole is reported to have come in at £300,000. In truth, Druids Glen has a lot more going for it than simply a number of spectacular holes. It is eminently playable for the most part by a wide variety of handicaps and although there are some severely difficult tee shots, most notably on the 13th INDEX STARTS ON PAGE 94


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and 17th, the enjoyment factor is one of the highest you will find on any course in Ireland and that is largely down to the emphasis on strong greenkeeping standards and also the imaginative planting of shrubs, gorse and flowers which are framed by the high number of mature old trees on the site. Still not 20 years old, Druid’s Glen gets better year on year and it is an extraordinary large scale parkland creation. The resort also has the robust, muscular and even more challenging Druid’s Heath set on more open exposed land. Its interesting design on a fine site is like a hybrid of heathland and parkland. From the first shot to the last it is a relentlessly uncompromising tough and demanding challenge. While in the area: Play the European Club which is simply one of Ireland’s very finest links courses and has a worldwide reputation for excellence. Also take in the fine 36 holes at Powerscourt which has two long, challenging fine courses. The East Course is arguably Peter McEvoy’s best creation while the West Course is designed by David McLay Kidd, of Bandon Dunes fame. On a medium/Luxury budget: Stay in the Druids Glen resort For fine value quality accommodation: Chester Beatty Inn, Ashford. Ballyliffin Arriving in Ballyliffin is like no other experience in the golfing landscape of Ireland. The two courses, lying side by side, look like they should be miles apart because

while Glashedy is carved out through high dunes, the Old Links moves more naturally and sympathetically with the undulations of the land and a flat lie is a rare thing on its lumpy bumpy fairways. If you are a 36 hole-a -day golfer, this is pretty close to golf nirvana for links traditionalists. While Ballyliffin is not not strictly a resort, the link-up in terms of golf and accommodation packages with the nearby four star Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa makes this one of the great destination golf venues in the country. The Inishowen Peninsula has a relaxed easy vibe about it that is unique, even by Donegal standards. The influence of Pat Ruddy is again evident here with his Glashedy design among the most admired in his considerable portfolio. It is less extreme in terms of penalty than his designs at the European or Sandy Hills and it is a joy to play. And so too is the Old Course which was lengthened and subtly re-modelled in the last ten years by Faldo Design with a strong input from Sir Nick himself. It now stretches to around 7,000 yards from the back tees and is probably among the most under-rated courses in the country. On a medium accommodation budget: The golf packages at Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa. For high quality value accommodation: McGrory’s Culdaff. Rosapenna Golf has been played in Rosapenna since the

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end of the 19th century when Old Tom Morris was commissioned to lay out a links on the shores of Sheephaven Bay. A hotel was built shortly afterwards and the course was then modified by Harry Vardon and James Braid. It possesses quite a history especially by comparison to most Irish resorts which are, for the most part, barely twenty years old. Rosapenna has survived two wars, economic depressions too numerous to count and the burning down of the original hotel in 1962 to emerge as one of the most robust resorts in Ireland in spite of it’s relatively remote location. The Casey family bought the property in 1981 and it has grown and developed significantly with the addition of the Sandy Hills course along with substantial adjustments and improvements to the Old Tom Morris Course. Sandy Hills is a severe but eminently fair challenge and is really a wonderful golf experience. Bring your very best golf though because this is a course with few bail-out options. The hand of Pat Ruddy’s design is strongly evident here and there are reminders of themes present at Ruddy’s world-renowned European Club in Wicklow. Recently, the Caseys have purchased the 36 hole St Patrick’s complex just two miles away meaning there is the potential that the resort could have 81 holes at some point in the future because nine holes of the original Old Tom Morris course have been preserved. While in the area: Play Portsalon which has been re-designed by Pat Ruddy. And, although it’s a bit of a

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Mount Wolseley Spa & Country Club, Co. Carlow drive, don’t miss Narin and Portnoo which is understated, underrated and utterly unmissable. On a medium budget & for fine value as well: Stay at the Rosapenna Hotel Glasson When Glasson opened almost 20 years ago, it was regarded widely as a project that owed more to a dream than a realistic ambition. In 1993, Tom Reid turned his farm by Lough Ree into a golf course with the help of Christy O’Connor Junior whose design, which was aimed at maximising the wonderful views of the lake, comfortably stands the test of two decades. It is no longer a hidden gem. It has twice hosted a European Challenge Tour event and in 2011 was recognised by the Irish Golf Tour Operators Association as their Resort of the Year. The hotel, which incorporates the 230 year old farmhouse, is both homely and comfortable and there’s a sense that the staff cannot do enough for you. It is a truly family run business and it is all the better for it. While in the area: Play Mullingar, one of the finest of Ireland’s parklands, designed originally by the legendary James Braid. On a medium budget: Stay In the Glasson Golf and Country Club. GOLFERS GUIDE TO IRELAND 2014

The golf/accommodation packages are among the most competitive you will find. MountWolseley This is one of Christy O’Connor Junior’s strongest designs and has matured well over the years. Mount Wolseley looks and feels every bit as challenging in places as the best of Ireland’s resort parklands which is a testament to the quality of the rolling landcape, the strong design and the ambition of the Morrissey family who own the resort. The muscular varied challenge of the front nine evolves into a rolling back nine which features two of the best holes on the course, the par 3 11th over water and the short par four 14th through a tree-lined valley. The course begins and finishes in front of the hotel and it effectively wraps around the main building - a feature which makes avid golfers chomp at the bit to get out there and play it as soon as they arrive. While in the area: Carlow, just ten miles faway, is a must-play course. Before the arrival on the Irish golf landscape of high budget commercial parkland resorts in the early 1990’s, Carlow was widely regarded as the finest inland course in the country. Having played it recently, it has lost none of it’s lustre and quality of design. On a medium budget: Stay at Mount Wolseley which has some

very attractive golf packages. Hilton Templepatrick When David Jones and David Feherty came together for an all-too-brief golf design partnership, they combined to produce this excellent parkland resort course which has a capacity to surprise and keep a golfer’s concentration on edge from a deceptively easy looking first hole all the way to a fine risk and reward par 5 18th. It has big, firm and fast greens which roll all over the place without ever being overcooked in terms of undulation. It’s seriously and consistently challenging, even from the forward tees and it’s always interesting with lots of variation. While in the area: Nearby Belfast has some of the best parklands on the island of Ireland. None are better than Malone, which is, for many, the best of its kind in Northern Ireland. Not far behind in terms of challenge and charm are Belvoir Park and Royal Belfast. On a Medium budget: Stay on site at the Hilton, which has a fine pool and an excellent gym used by many of Northern Ireland’s top GAA, rugby and soccer teams.

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Ireland’s Great Golfing Challenges Ireland’s golf Challenges are not exactly a secret and yet they are rarely discussed during the regular weekend golf round. I have yet to figure out why, for this is a remarkably entertaining yet competitive environment for golfers of all abilities. You play many of Ireland’s finest courses over three or four days and the green fees are a By Kevin Markham fraction of their usual price. Author of Hooked: Go as a three ball to the north west, as a An Amateurs Guide fourball to Waterford, or gather a gang to the Golf Courses together and head for the events in the north. of Ireland. You could find yourself playing on Royal County Down, Lough Erne, Enniscrone, Ballyliffin or The Heritage, to name a few. You play for prizes of course – the West Coast Challenge’s pot is €10,000 – although there is a distinct feeling that winning is secondary to the pure thrill of playing some of the best courses in Ireland… if not the world. You can play alongside friends, family or strangers, and there are many stories of how new friendships have been formed and rekindled on the fairways, year after year. The blueprint dates back to 1967, when James Brolly (Eglinton Hotel), Dai Shields (Carric-na-cule Hotel), James McCabe (Dillon Bass Ltd., Portadown) and Steve Mitchell (Secretary of NE Golf Alliance) came together to create an event that involved 200 golfers. The sponsor was McCabes of Portadown, known as Remy Martin, and the

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Atlantic Coast Challenge 2014 will be this tournament’s fourth year. The Atlantic Coast Challenge (ACC) ensures that golfers can roam Ireland’s northern shoreline from east of Belfast (Kirkistown Castle) to the western tip of the island (Carne). That’s a stretch of 26 links, among them some of the most acclaimed golf courses in the world. We are spoiled for choice. The ACC courses stretch across the coastline of counties Sligo and Mayo. They may not have the instantly recognisable name or reputation of the Royals, but these courses are big… big in thrills, big in drama and big in heart. There are no taller dunes than at Carne, few courses boast as many remarkable holes as Enniscrone and you’d be hard pressed to beat the views of Drumcliff Bay and Benbulben at Rosses Point. This is a COMPLETE MAP OF IRELAND ON PAGE 92

company donated £300 plus miniatures to all players. The Troubles made things difficult over the years, but hard work saw the tournament attracting ever greater numbers of tourists to Northern Ireland. In 2000, 1,040 golfers (820 of whom were visitors) took part, making it the largest amateur golfing event in Europe. The name of the event may have changed (Remy Martin, The Black Bush, and Bushmills Malt Causeway Coast Golf Tournament), but the spirit of the event has always remained the same. It took some time for the idea to blossom in Ireland, but several Challenges have cropped up to offer their verdant fairways and greens to the world’s golfers… and that is what makes these such outstanding events: golfers from across the globe come to play here, boosting our economy and bringing a buzz to local communities. Just ask anyone who has played in the Dunmore East Classic where the entire village of Dunmore East hosts some 300 golfers – many from the UK, Canada and South Africa – with restaurants and bars full to bursting point at night. The golf format varies between three and fourballs but they are all Stableford. It means that everyone has a good shot at winning something. And then there’s the value on offer: the Coasts of Down Links Challenge costs £115, while the West Coast Challenge costs €125. It’s unbeatable value and it’s the perfect opportunity to have a few days away with people whose company you enjoy… not to mention the hospitality of your hosts, wherever you decide to head. Try one. You won’t know what you’re missing until you do.

place of breathtaking landscapes and sparkling hospitality… and that’s just the golf courses. It makes this an unforgettable golfing experience, which may explain why the Challenge attracts golfers from as far as the USA and China. “The opportunity to play these three top links courses is second to none, and the dates should be imbedded in every golfer’s diary. What’s more, it’s superb value for money and great craic, too,” says David O’ Donovan, General Manager, County Sligo Golf Club.

Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Co. Mayo.

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Carne Golf Club Now a 27 hole destination, Carne has stamped its credentials on world golf thanks to designers Eddie Hackett and Ally McIntosh, and the passion and commitment of the people of Belmullet. Giants must have romped across the mighty dunes of Belmullet, making the designers’ job that much easier. These dunes are truly enormous, overshadowing you for much of the round and creating holes that are jawdropping in their ambition and so natural in feel.

Enniscrone This is another of Eddie Hackett’s gems, rolling along the shores of Killala Bay. The dunes here are mesmerising and they are home to an enthralling test of links golf. At times it is terrifying – you will need all your wits about you – but it is never less than inspiring, and starting at the 12th there’s a spectacular run for home.

Rosses Point/County Sligo Rosses Point dates back to 1894, and is host to the annual West of Ireland Championship. Little has changed over the years and Rosses Point has the most interesting variety of holes and changes of pace of any links on the island. It also has stunning views with the mighty Benbulben ever-present. The changes in style call for smart shot-making, especially on the back nine.

Causeway Coast Challenge A trip to our island’s most northern stretch of golf courses, along the Antrim coast, promises a golfing extravaganza that mixes wonderful links golf with stunning views. From Castlerock the Inishowen Peninsula rises to the north-west, while Ballyliffin is poised on the peninsula itself, playing host to Ireland’s two most northern links. Portrush has the Donegal mountains and seascapes of rocks and castle, while the Glens of Antrim and distant Scottish mountains are visible on a clear day from Ballycastle. Now in its 47th year, this is the oldest Challenge in Ireland, and Europe too. The tournament accommodates 850 golfers and boasts its own App and a Hole-In-One GOLFERS GUIDE TO IRELAND 2014

teaser (the prize is a trip to the US Masters). It also has one particularly rewarding extra for golfers from outside Northern Ireland… you can enjoy a practice round on three of the courses included in the price. The format requires your four ball to split up so you play with unknown golfers… which creates friendships and stories that cross continents and last for years. Raymond, the tournament organiser, confirms this: “It’s the camaraderie and craic of meeting old friends from years gone by, and people come back time and again. We have two golfers who have been coming every year for the last 30 years. There’s just this great atmosphere as golfers from around the world are reunited. That’s why this tournament has stood the test of time.” It is also worth factoring in the Giant’s Causeway, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the Bushmills Distillery… which order you choose to visit them in is up to you. DETAILS Competition Format: Teams of four: Singles and Team Stableford. Date: 2 - 6 June 2014 Cost: £150 Accommodation options include: The Lodge Hotel, Bush Town Hotel, Ramada Portrush, and plenty of private accommodation. Prize Fund: Approx £4,500. More details: www.causewaycoastgolf.com, info@causewaycoastgolf.com

Ballycastle With its stunning views and interesting mix of holes, Ballycastle offers golfers a very different experience to the other three.

There are links holes here for sure (Hog’s Back is a violent beast), but they are squeezed between parkland and headland holes. The holes up to and down from the headland promise the most thrilling shots of the day.

Ballyliffin (Old) Ballyliffin boasts two of the best links on the island. The Old plays through the lower dunes, over crumpled fairways and deep bunkers. Bump and run is the soul of links golf, but here it may cause angst as balls wander off fairways and away from greens at will. It is thrilling golf nonetheless and not as tough as its more muscle-bound sibling (Glashedy), which makes it a friendlier challenge. The format at Ballyliffin will be a shotgun start – which should liven up proceedings.

Castlerock Castlerock is a brilliant links of erratic dunes, intriguing shapes and remarkable holes. The par three 4th – Leg O’ Mutton – may be the hole they talk about, but I’ve always been intrigued by the 12th with the large whale buried in the fairway. It changes pace constantly so you rarely settle into a rhythm. Be sure to ask the locals for a drop of Bishop Daly’s Special Brew.

Royal Portrush (Valley) The wild rose bushes behind many of the greens on this low-lying, fast-paced links create tempting but threatening backdrops. This is no place to run through the green, nor is it a place for the faint-hearted. The Valley may not carry the reputation of the Dunluce course (see below) but drifting beneath the high dunes which wrap around INDEX STARTS ON PAGE 94


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Royal County Down

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Royal County Down can be summed up in one word: heaven. This is a links experience that settles in the soul, combining beauty and danger with magical scenery (Mourne Mountains) all day long. The blind 9th is often hailed as one of the world’s most enthralling golf holes, but there are many others, too. Unique features, such as the bearded bunkers, only serve to emphasise how special this place is. Now all you have to do is qualify.

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this short course promises a different links test.

Coasts of Down Links Challenge If County Antrim has its Causeway Coast Challenge, then County Down is well able to match it. The opportunity to play Royal County Down (RCD) is an amazing enticement when you consider the Challenge entry fee of £115, but there is an element of qualification that also adds to the thrill of this particular event. For you will only play one of the world’s greatest courses if you score well over Ardglass and Kirkistown Castle golf clubs on the first two days. There are also live scoreboards in the clubhouse (and online), so you’ll know whether you’re going to make the cut. But even those who don’t still get to play RCD… if just the Annesley links. It may only be a par 66, but it’s a terrific little links and, by criss-crossing its bigger sibling a few times, it’s a cruel reminder of what might have been.

Ardglass Ardglass is a links/seaside/headland gem, with possibly the most dramatic salvo of opening holes on the island… ably assisted by the line of canons pointing you towards the 1st green, set in a rocky turret. Holes 10, 11 and 12 are thrilling, set across from the Coney Island made famous by Van Morrison. And the clubhouse is worth the visit alone.

Kirkistown Castle Make no mistake, Kirkistown Castle may only be a par 69 but it is a lethal links. There are two hillocks which host greens and tees in glorious fashion, and from here you will get a great perspective on the rest of the course. It is worth studying because there are few places to hide on this James Braiddesigned course. Play straight.

The Deise county has been hosting the Dunmore East Classic for 22 years. Unlike links courses, which can give you such a wind-battering golf education, Tramore, Waterford and Faithlegg golf courses are more gentle and colourful affairs, coasting between avenues of trees, over streams and alongside rivers. Dunmore East Golf Club, the fourth course for 2014, slides across a headland overlooking Dunmore East fishing village. The tournament is centred, quite literally, in the fishing village of Dunmore East. Here, golfers enjoy legendary evening hospitality and entertainment, and it is this that gives the Challenge its distinctive personality. Over the years the organisers have learned how best to package the event, combining golf, food and accommodation. “The Dunmore East Golf Classic is offering five nights’ accommodation for the price of four to attract new and regular visitors to stay and play, both on and off the golf course. Our evening 'Apres Golf’ nights are world famous for their fantastic ambience and boisterous singalongs. It all emphasises our ' Great Golf - Great Craic'

Tramore, Co. Waterford.

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Doonbeg, Co. Clare.

motto,” says event organiser, Tony Boland. Hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs are stuffed to the gills with regular visitors from the UK, the US, Germany, Canada and South Africa. By all accounts, the atmosphere around the village makes this more of a jamboree than a golf tournament. DETAILS Competition Format: Teams of four: Singles and Team Stableford. Additional Singles tournament on 26 April at Waterford Castle Golf Club. Date: 27 April - 1 May 2014 Cost: €299 (4 dinners & 4 rounds of golf). A 5 night stay with 4 dinners & 4 rounds of golf costs from €399. Accommodation is based mainly in the village of Dunmore East, ranging from the Haven Hotel to B&Bs and self-catering. Other options are also available. Prize Fund: Over €10,000 in Waterford Crystal More details: tonyboland@discoverdunmore.com, Tel: +353 87 9389574

Dunmore East Golf Club Dunmore East slips back and forth across fairly open, wind-rattling ground before descending to the signature cliff top holes. Here you’ll encounter a spectacular backdrop with the village and sea below, and shots that require real bravery.

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location and the River Suir. The start and finish are awash with mature and elegant oak trees, which provide space and grace in front of the 18th century mansion/hotel. The middle of the course is more open and undulating, with the addition of river views, old stone walls and more big trees.

Tramore Tramore is an easy-paced, rhythmic layout that roves through dense trees with lots of variety and shape to holes. Of all the courses it requires the most discipline as trees get a touch too close, but smart golf will reap great rewards.

Waterford Waterford Golf Club dates back to 1912, and there’s a classic parkland air about it. It is a short par 71 and its easy tree-lined rhythm is a pleasure to play. The back nine takes you slowly up the slopes to the highest point that is the 18th tee and all the views that offers.

Great Irish Links Challenge ‘Great’ sums it up in every sense of the word. This challenge plays over three of Ireland’s most highly acclaimed links courses – Ballybunion, Doonbeg and Lahinch – and promises five star treatment from start to finish. Entry costs €620 and our American golfing friends make up roughly 80% of the field. Indeed, when the tournament was first played in 2010, American Football legend, Dan Marino, was among the competitors and he returned in 2011. Other famous

names include Darrius Rucker (of Hootie & The Blowfish fame) and Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics. The renowned Lodge at Doonbeg is the centre of attention, with its multitude of awards (e.g. Conde Nast Traveler’s Number 1 Resort in Europe 2013) making it almost as big an attraction as the Greg Normandesigned golf course. Competitors enjoy transportation to the courses, daily prizes at each venue and nightly entertainment. Ray Kearney, Marketing Manager at the Lodge, acknowledges the wonderful response the tournament has received: “The Great Links Challenge is now in its fourth year and it has been a runaway success. The level of entry right from the outset has been fantastic and that, coupled with the relaxed format of the event, has made it one which everyone loves. For many participants it is the cornerstone tournament of their year." DETAILS Competition Format: Teams of four: Stableford Fourball Betterball. Date: 11 – 14 May 2014 (Welcome Reception on the 11th) Cost: €620 Accommodation Options: The Lodge at Doonbeg as well as numerous others, including Vaughan Lodge Hotel, The 19th Lodge and self catering options. Prize Fund: Crystal prizes are awarded to daily and overall winners. More details: www.greatirishlinkschallenge.com

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Ballybunion The Old Course, cherished by Tom Watson, has explosive dunes and a sea-swaying rhythm that tees off at the 6th hole and never lets up. It is not that long, which makes it manageable, but the par threes are tough. The mesmerising back nine delivers a sweet rollercoaster ride, including the par four 11th – one of the world’s best holes.

Doonbeg Doonbeg is the glamour resort it was always built to be, winning countless international awards. The sensational links weaves through picture-perfect dunes and takes you to the sea frequently – nowhere more telling than on the brilliant par four 6th, the lethal par three 14th, and the 9th green at the farthest curve of Doughmore Bay.

Lahinch Lahinch sits alongside Ballybunion with its reputation, seaside town and staunch advocates. It has the added bonus of a pair of goats who predict the weather and a rhythm that proves almost hypnotic. You visit the coastline early, with the Old Tom Morris holes (Klondyke and The Dell) starting the most tantalising stretch of holes.

Great North Links The north of the island hosts three excellent challenges and the Great North Links is one of them. This challenge sees you playing the mighty Royal Portrush (Dunluce), Ballyliffin (Glashedy) and Portstewart (Strand). The challenge is very popular with golfers from Sweden and the UK… Ballyliffin even has a dedicated page in Swedish on its website. “The tournament was set up because these three courses are seen as destinations

of choice by golfers everywhere. It also fits in well with the clubs at this time of year to offer great value for money,” says John Farren, Ballyliffin Manager. There’s the added attraction that these three courses have four further courses between them… just in case you’re worried about not playing enough golf. And then there’s the stark beauty of Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point, a short drive north of Ballyliffin. DETAILS Competition Format: Teams of four: Singles and Team Stableford. Date: 8 – 10 October 2014 Cost: £175 Accommodation Options: See www.ballyliffingolfclub.com Prize Fund: TBC More details: Tel: 074 937 6119, info@ballyliffingolfclub.com

Ballyliffin (Glashedy) The stark beauty of Glashedy Rock, rising out of the Atlantic, combines with the roughly hewn mountains to give Ballyliffin a raw air and one that is matched by the Pat Ruddy-designed course. It bears all of his hallmarks, combining elegance with danger. Golfers must approach greens with care for bunkers are deep and perfectly positioned.

Portstewart (Strand) Few would argue that Portstewart’s front nine is among the best on the island. You are thrown straight into a landscape known as ‘God’s Own Country’, where valleys and tall dunes help to create holes that are truly tantalising. The new clubhouse is magnificent, as are the views over the 1st tee from its balcony.

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Royal Portrush (Dunluce) Designed by H.S. Colt in the 1930s, this masterpiece combines a world-class reputation with some of the country’s finest holes (5 and 14 most notably). The Dunluce has an air of greatness and an aura of invincibility which will inspire you all day long. Be patient as club selection is the key on holes where you can almost always see what lies ahead.

TheWest Coast Challenge The West Coast Challenge will enjoy its 28th year in 2014. This four day tournament has become an annual pilgrimage for golfers from Ireland, England and Scotland. It plays along the dazzling coastline and rolling seascapes of counties Sligo and Donegal, with an accompanying blaze of fresh north west breezes and stunning landscapes. Covering Bundoran, Enniscrone, Donegal and Strandhill, it mixes in four very different links courses, from the quirkiness of Strandhill to the muscle of Donegal. The format sees you playing with different golfers over the four days. It has created long friendships with golfers returning year after year to reunite with friends. It’s part and parcel of the Challenge’s overriding spirit, and one that extends further than you’d expect: some 18 to 24 golfers from Ballybofey Golf Club make this an annual outing to raise funds. During the tournament they run a ‘book’ on their scores with all winnings donated to a county Donegal charity. “We have donated over €8,000 in the past ten years, which is a great achievement, and a great credit to all the lads,” says Alister Henderson.

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Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

DETAILS Competition Format: Teams of three: Singles and Team Stableford. Date: Early May 2014, with precompetition reception. Cost: €125 (TBC) Accommodation Options: Hotels in Bundoran include The Great Northern, The Holyrood, and Allingham Arms. The Diamond Coast Hotel is in Enniscrone. Prize Fund: over €10,000 More details: www.westcoastchallenge.info

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The Laois International Golf Challenge

See above.

is an intriguing mix of four County Laois golf courses. The four day event, from 19 – 21 May 2014, plays over The Heath, Portarlington and Portlaoise, with the Seve Ballesteros Heritage course providing the final round. Cost €100 which includes nightly entertainment programme. www.golfirelandmidlands.com

Strandhill There is something of the genius about Strandhill – a design and quirkiness that makes this short course one of the most fun and intriguing to play. That is in no small part down to the members who designed the course over 80 years ago. Don’t let the par 69 fool you, for Strandhill is a stern test.

Five Further Challenges The Carlow International Golf Classic

Bundoran Famous for Christy O’Connor Senior hitting ‘every-club-in-the-bag’ to one of the par threes, Bundoran can be a terror of a links on a windy day. There’s no place to hide (apart from behind the Great Northern Hotel) on a bumpy, open golf course that will teach you the art of links golf – pure and simple.

is in its second year. Bunclody, Carlow and Mount Wolseley are three impressive but very different parklands, where Carlow is the grand dame. The price of €149 (tbc) includes three rounds of golf, three meal vouchers and one gala dinner in early September. The prize fund is €7,000. www.carlowtourism.com/golfclassic

The Heart of Down Golf Tournament Donegal Donegal is one of those beautiful, idyllic and unspoiled Irish locations, tucked away on the isolated Murvagh Peninsula. The views are spectacular and, equally spectacular, is the links course that glides effortlessly through and over the dunes. Donegal is often discussed in terms of its length, but this is a very playable course.

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(two rounds played over Ardglass and Spa, before the top qualifiers play Royal County Down) has yet to be confirmed for 2014. The Donegal Links Classic plays over Ballyliffin (Old), Rosapenna (Old Tom Morris) and Portsalon. The event takes place from 26 – 28 May 2014, with individual team Stableford events. Cost €100 for visitors. www.ballyliffingolfclub.com

For a brilliant touch, that combines links with parkland, try the Lough Erne & Links Challenge from 21 – 23 July 2014. Teams of four play over the glamorous Lough Erne, the elegant Donegal, and the thrilling Narin & Portnoo. Entry costs €140. www.donegalgolfclub.ie or 074 9734054. The variety and quality of courses is astounding when you consider that many of the above venues regularly feature in Ireland’s Top 100 courses, with some making the World’s Top 100. Similarly, the value is remarkable and the price to enter some of the Challenges is less than the price of playing one of the clubs at regular rack rates. And while the quality of the courses and the value for money have to be highly commended, there is one other thing that makes such Challenges so attractive – and that’s the people who organise them, the people who play them, and the people who welcome you to their region of Ireland with open arms. INDEX STARTS ON PAGE 94


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Best Parkland Course

Overall Winner Powerscourt Golf Club

Leinster Region Mullingar Golf Club

Ulster Region: Royal Belfast Golf Club

Connaught Region: Westport Golf Club

Munster Region:

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club

Leinster Region Portmarnock Golf Club

Ulster Region Royal Portrush Golf Club

Connaught Region Enniscrone Golf Club

Munster Region Ballybunion Golf Club

Best Links Course

Overall Winner Royal County Down Golf Club

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Overall Winner Carton House

Ulster Region Roe Park Resort

Munster Region Midland & West Region Faithlegg House Hotel Resort Glasson Country House Resort

Best Hidden Gem

Overall Winner Dundrum House Golf Club

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Leinster Region Mount Temple Golf Club

Ulster Region Narin & Portnoo Golf Club

Connaught Region: Ballinrobe Golf Club

Munster Region: Douglas Golf Club

Best Hotel Manager Mark Nolan Dromoland Castle

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Paddy O’Looney ‘The’ .... Ambassador of Irish Golf n the mid 1990s, when Jean kennedy Smith was US Ambassador to this country, I happened to attend an earlymorning media gathering at Iveagh House in Dublin. Though it had to do essentially with the impending Columbia space shuttle mission, there was a fascinating golfing dimension. We were informed that through the influence of Paddy O’Looney, the Chief Executive of Swing, astronaut Lt Col Jim Halsell would be carrying on board a pennant incorporating the logos of nine Irish golf clubs. All of which we greeted with a quiet smile. It was typical of the sort of exposure O’Looney achieved for golf tourism in the South-West of this fair land, from the time he took over at the helm of SWING in 1986, until his retirement in 2011.

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Prior to that, I had got to know him when he competed in various amateur championships, going back four decades ago. At a time when Connacht were very often cannon-fodder for the other provinces, I remember O’Looney competing in the annual interpros as a member of Connemara GC in 1974, ‘75 and ‘76. During that period, he won five of the 16 matches he played for Connacht, which was a fairly decent return in the circumstances. It was while working in the hotel industry in the West that he met and married Joey on October 5th 1973 and they’ve been together ever since, celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in October 2013. And typically mischievous, Paddy decided that Napoleon was the only appropriate name for their large, lovable English sheepdog, given that Josephone happened to be the lady of the house. Napoleon was golftrained, naturally, and lived to the grand old age of 16. They made a great trio in the Liscannor Golf Hotel where I happened to take my family on holiday one year in the early 1980s. Indeed Joey and I still laugh about the time when, in an attempt at occupying the children on a rainy day, I put a film called ‘Porkys’ on the hotel video, thinking it was a Walt Disney production, perfect for children. Fortunately, it had not reached its more lurid segments when I realised my mistake and quickly replaced it with more innocent fare.

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When Denis Brosnan of the Kerry Group decided to launch SWING as a promotional vehicle for golf in the South West, O’Looney became its inaugural Chief Executive. And it proved to be an inspired appointment, given his popularity throughout the industry in this country, his enduring skill as a category-one player and his insight into the tourism industry, especially the lucrative, US market. He could talk the talk. Like the occasion in 2000 when he and Manuel Pinero shared memories of Bing Crosby during a competition for delegates attending the Third World Golf Tourism Congress at Montecastillo, Spain. It was where Pinero, as a local golfing icon, presented the prizes, along with the mayor of Jerez. The winner happened to be the former Connacht interprovincial, with the admirable, gross score of level-par 72 and the runner-up was none other than Victor Garcia, older brother of Sergio, who was reigning Irish Open champion at the time. With regard to Crosby - O’Looney recalled to Pinero how, as a 15-year-old juvenile member of Portmarnock, playing off five, he had the good fortune to meet the Old Groaner who was visiting the club along with his Irish manager, George O’Reilly. Some years later, in 1976, Crosby played golf in another European capital - for the last time. It so happened that his playing partner in Madrid had been Pinero, when he died of a heart-attack after the round. "Not surprisingly, Manuel still remembered every detail of that sad occasion," O'Looney recalled. In July 2007, O’Looney spearheaded the 21st anniversary of Brosnan’s vision in bringing together the leading five golf clubs of the South-West - Lahinch, Ballybunion, Tralee, Killarney and Waterville - under one

Over those years, SWING generated about €22 million in green-fee revenue for its member clubs, in conjunction with other leading Irish facilities. And from a marketing standpoint, confidence in the quality of their product was reflected in the slogan: "Come and experience the flavour of how we enjoy our golf in Ireland at your golf club today”. A measure of the change from the modest, 211 rounds generated by SWING back in 1986, was that it could boast more than 20,000 rounds for the 2006 season, with a significant increase for the opening months of 2007. Then there were the invaluable comments from two world figures whose words O’Looney got permission to use in marketing material. Tiger Woods said: “A whole new world was opened for me by the wonderful links courses of Ireland’s southwest. Mark O’Meara and myself were really taken by the warmth of the Irish hospitality. Wherever we went, people seemed genuinely pleased to see us, not simply as visiting golfers, but as new-found friends.” O'Meara said: “In 1998, the SWING courses helped me realise the dream of a lifetime, when I went on to capture the British Open at Royal Birkdale. So, I could hardly give them a greater recommendation. Golf in the Emerald Isle took on a special appeal for me from the time I competed in the Irish Open at Portmarnock in 1987. Later, at venues such as Waterville, Ballybunion and Lahinch, the welcome has always been wonderful.” Indeed his contribution to Irish golf tourism has been richly significant. So, at the end of a productive career, it is especially sad that well-earned retirement has not been kind to Paddy, who has been the victim of a series of health set-backs in recent years. His many friends in golf, here and beyond these shores, will wish him a change of fortune. Dermot Gilleece

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Curtis Cup comes to Ireland in 2016 UN Laoghaire Golf Club has been selected to host the 2016 Curtis Cup Match between Great Britain & Ireland and the United States of America. Following a rigorous review of possible venues, the Ladies’ Golf Union (“the LGU”) selected Dun Laoghaire to host this prestigious international event. The Curtis Cup is the best known team trophy for lady amateur golfers and is organised by the LGU when it is played in Great Britain & Ireland. The first Curtis Cup Match was played in 1932 at the Wentworth Club in England, and was won by the American team. The match was last held in Ireland in 1996, when it was played on the Killeen Course at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club. This year’s match at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland attracted a large and noisy crowd of home and international spectators. Dun Laoghaire’s selection for the 2016 match was announced during the

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closing ceremony. “We are delighted that the next home Curtis Cup match will be held in Ireland in 2016,” commented Shona Malcolm, CEO of the LGU. “Dun Laoghaire Golf Club submitted a very compelling bid for hosting the 2016 match. The quality of the course and top class facilities at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, coupled with the commitment and enthusiasm of the club’s team, convinced us that we were selecting a great venue.” A number of the best courses in Great

Britain & Ireland were considered as part of a competitive bidding process. In being selected, Dun Laoghaire Golf Club joins an esteemed list of previous host venues which include Royal County Down, The Old Course, St. Andrews, Royal St. George’s, Muirfield, and Royal Liverpool. The 27-hole championship course at Ballyman Glen, on the border of counties Dublin and Wicklow, was designed by the renowned course architects at Hawtree Limited. The 102-year-old club moved to Ballyman Glen in the summer of 2007 from its original 18-hole home in the Dublin suburb of Dun Laoghaire. The course is complemented by a 5-star clubhouse, Golf Academy, Driving Range and extensive practice facilities. Dun Laoghaire Golf Club is a Members club, with over 1,200 members, including Men, Ladies and Juniors. GB & I Curtis Cup Team 2011 Nairn, Scotland. Photo Carol Fell.

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New era in Irish Golf Confederation of Golf in Ireland ~ CGI

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he Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI), the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) and the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) join together to form the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI). The CGI is a new organisation, purpose of which is to help advance the sport of golf on the island of Ireland, for the future. The CGI will complement the work of the associations as well as providing a necessary combined approach to certain key strategic areas in the future development of golf in Ireland. The CGI, which is a not for profit organization and the objectives are Create and implement a development plan for golf in Ireland. Respond to the investment requirements of the two Sports Councils, who are seeking one single application for golf. Provide an organisation to interact with the Olympic Council of Ireland which wishes to deal with only one body. Provide support and a "spiritual home" for aspiring Irish tournament professionals in the early years of their careers. Specifically, there is important work to be done to stop the decline in membership of golf clubs and to start the re-building process after the economic hardships of recent years. The key to this will be to bring a new focus to the game and the business of golf clubs on the island of Ireland. The CGI announced the appointment of

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John Roche as its Director of Golf and Business Development and will be responsible for drafting and implementing a plan for the promotion and development of golf in Ireland. John Roche is an active member of Bray Golf Club and incoming 2014/15 President. The GGI will engage with various stakeholders, including Affiliated Golf Clubs, the R&A, Irish Sports Council, Sports Council "I was very impressed by the openness and willingness of the key organisations in the sport of golf to engage in such a positive way to create the new CGI. It's important to point out that the CGI will, in no way, dilute or weaken the autonomy of the three member organisations; it will work in a complementary way to address common objectives and challenges. I very much look forward to chairing the CGI and to working with John Roche and the Board Members to advance the cause of Irish golf in the coming years". Redmond O’Donoghue

of Northern Ireland and other industry bodies and then launch its plan for the promotion and development of the sport in early 2014. The Associations have chosen Redmond O'Donoghue to be Chair of the Confederation for the next three years. Mr. O'Donoghue has been a senior business figure in Ireland for many years; additionally, he has been close to golf through his roles as Chairman of Bord Failte (1999-2001) and as Chairman of Failte Ireland (2008 - to date). Mr. John Treacy, CEO of the Irish Sports Council said: "This is a very welcome and very positive development for golf in Ireland. The success of the work of the associations is at its most visible in the world class performances by Irish golfers on the international stage - particularly during the past six or seven years. The CGI will build on this outstanding success story and help to provide additional strategic direction for the sport, throughout the whole island". Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport added: “I am delighted to welcome the establishment of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland. I commend the Golfing Unions and the Irish PGA on their vision and initiative in bringing the Confederation together. This is a major step forward in the strategic development of golf in Ireland. The CGI will support the work of the Golfing Union of Ireland, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and the Professional Golfers Association and build on the success of Irish golf across Ireland and Internationally. I wish all involved with the new venture every success”.

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EAST LEINSTER was for all intents and purposes the recreational playground for many of Ireland’s literary giants notably Goldsmith, Beckett, Joyce, Kavanagh, and Behan, all of whom left their literary imprint there in times past. Its history goes back to the Vikings and any day of the week you hear of some archaeological dig or other uncovering remnants of its early past. Leinster occupies the eastern quarter of the island of Ireland with Dublin, the country’s capital, it’s largest city. If you take a compass, place its point in Dublin and draw a 60 mile radius semi-circle - you now have a broad outline of the area covered by the province. In many ways Leinster is a microcosm of all the delights you can find in Ireland - and all within a 60 mile radius of Dublin’s air and sea ports. Leinster’s golf ranges over traditional and modern, from links to parkland. The quality of golf is superb. The Irish and European Opens, and Irish PGA and Golfing Union of Ireland amateur championships have been hosted by clubs in this region. But not only that, the 2006 Ryder Cup was played at the K Club in Co. Kildare. Leinster region a great choice of courses to play!

Counties in the East / Leinster: Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow. Detailed map of courses in this region on next page County Louth Golf Club, Co. Louth.


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Druids Glen Golf Club, Co. Wicklow.

Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club, Co. Meath.

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Golf Course Dundalk Golf Club Carnbeg Golf Club Ballymascanlon Golf Club Killin Park Golf Club Greenore Golf Club Ardee Golf Club County Longford Golf Club Seapoint Golf Club County Louth Golf Club Townley Hall Golf Club Ballinlough Castle Golf Club Headfort Golf Club Royal Tara Golf Club Navan Golf Club Moorpark Golf Club Bellewstown Golf Club Laytown & Bettystown Glasson Golf Club New Forest Golf Club Mullingar Golf Club Delvin Castle Golf Club South Meath Golf Club County Meath Golf Club Glebe Golf Club Knightsbrook Golf Club Killeen Castle Golf Club Ashbourne Golf Club Mount Temple Golf Club Moate Golf Club Esker Hills Golf Club Tullamore Golf Club Castle Barna Golf Club Edenderry Golf Club Moyvalley – The Champions Club Rathcore Golf & Country Club Kilcock Golf Club Black Bush Golf Club Killeen Golf Club Highfield Golf Club Carton House – Montgomerie Carton House – O’Meara Celbridge Golf Club Knockanally Golf Club Castlewarden Golf Club K Club, The – Palmer Course K Club, The – Smurfit Course Millicent Golf Club Curragh Golf Club, The Clane Golf Club Bodenstown Golf Club Woodlands Golf Club Palmerstown House Golf Club Pine Trees Golf Club Birr Golf Club Portarlington Golf Club Cill Dara Golf Club Dunmurry Springs Golf Club Newbridge Golf Club

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Golf Course Craddockstown Golf Club Naas Golf Club Mountrath Golf Club Abbeyleix Golf Club Rathdowney Golf Club Heath Golf Club, The Heritage Golf Club, The Athy Golf Club Kilkea Castle Golf Club Rathsallagh Golf & Country Club Tulfarris Golf Club Baltinglass Golf Club Old Conna Golf Club Woodbrook Golf Club Bray Golf Club Powerscourt Golf Club – East Powerscourt Golf Club – West Dun Laoghaire Golf Club Charlesland Golf Club Glen of the Downs Golf Club Greystones Golf Club Delgany Golf Club Kilcoole Golf Club Djouce Golf Club Vartry Lakes Golf Club Druids Glen Golf Club Druids Heath Golf Club Roundwood Golf Club Wicklow Golf Club Blainroe Golf Club Glenmalure Golf Club Macreddin Golf Club European Golf Club Coollattin Golf Club Woodenbridge Golf Club Arklow Golf Club Leinster Hills Golf Club Killerig Golf Club Carlow Golf Club Mount Wolseley Hotel & Golf Club Tara Glen Golf Club Seafield Golf & Country Club Ballymoney Golf Club Courtown Golf Club Castlecomer Golf Club Kilkenny Golf Club Gowran Park Golf & Leisure Resort Callan Golf Club Mount Juliet Golf Club Mountain View Golf Club Borris Golf Club New Ross Golf Club Bunclody Golf Club Enniscorthy Golf Club Wexford Golf Club Rosslare Golf Club St. Helen’s Bay Golf Club

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Map Ref. Golf Course Golf Clubs in the North Dublin area DubN Balbriggan Golf Club DubN Balcarrick Golf Club DubN Balheary Open Golf Club DubN Beaverstown Golf Club DubN Castleknock Golf Club DubN Clontarf Golf Club DubN Coldwinters Gold Club DubN Corballis Golf Club DubN Corrstown Golf Club DubN Deer Park Golf Club DubN Donabate Golf Club DubN Elmgreen Golf Club DubN Forrest Little Golf Club DubN Hollystown Golf Club DubN Hollywood Lakes Golf Club DubN Howth Golf Club DubN Island Golf Club, The DubN Luttrellstown Castle DubN Malahide Golf Club DubN Open Golf Club, The DubN Portmarnock Golf Club DubN Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links DubN Roganstown Golf & Country Club DubN Royal Dublin Golf Club DubN Rush Golf Club DubN Silloge Park Public Golf Club DubN Skerries Golf Club DubN St. Margaret’s Golf & Country Club DubN St. Anne’s Golf Club DubN Sutton Golf Club DubN Turvey Golf Club & Hotel DubN Westmanstown Golf Club Golf Clubs in the South Dublin area DubS Beech Park Golf Club DubS Carrickmines Golf Club DubS Castle Golf Club DubS Citywest Hotel & Golf Resort DubS Dublin City Golf Club DubS Dublin Mountain Golf Club DubS Edmondstown Golf Club DubS Elm Park Golf Club DubS Foxrock Golf Club DubS Glencullen Golf Club DubS Grange Castle Golf Club DubS Grange Golf Club DubS Hazel Grove Golf Club DubS Hermitage Golf Club DubS Killiney Golf Club DubS Leopardstown Golf Club DubS Milltown Golf Club DubS Rathfarnham Golf Club DubS Slade Valley Golf Club DubS South County Golf Club DubS Stackstown Golf Club DubS Stepaside Golf Club Map reference in this colour denotes a links course.

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 balbriggangolfclub@eircom.net Club Administrator: Elaine Spillane 18 Hole parkland course 15 mins from Dublin Airport. Challenging course in warm friendly environment providing visitors with a relaxing and memorable day’s golf. Full catering facilities available, excellent quality and service. Green Fees:Monday - Tuesday €25; Wednesday - Sunday €35; Visitors: Everyday Opens: See Website Location: Located about 20 miles North of Dublin City, the course is easily accessible being just off the M1. Length: 6,069 metres Golf Pro: Nigel Howley 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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041 988 2757 Signature Hole 8th, Par 3, 235 yds, Index 3 A beautiful and challenging down hill par 3 with amazing views from the tee, played down to a challenging green with water on the left and trees to the right and back.

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0404 68168 Signature Hole 15th, Par 3, 192 yds, Index 15 Christy O’Connor “this hole is one of the finest ‘short’ holes” to be found anywhere. Play from an elevated tee, a pond in play on the left, and the green is in an amphitheatre of mounds.

Blainroe Golf Course is set on parkland terrain whilst having delightful views of the Irish Sea with some holes situated right on the coast. Green Fees:Summer: Monday - Friday €40, Weekends & Public Holidays €50. Winter: Monday - Friday €25, Weekends & Public Holidays €35. Visitors: Everyday Opens: June 11th - 15th, August 27th - August 31st 2014 Open Week Location: 3 miles south of Wicklow Town on Coast Road. Length: 6,140 metres Golf Pro: John McDonald 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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 info@braygolfclub.com Contact: Alan Threadgold Spectacular view on a course with beautiful USGA specification greens, playable all year round. Wonderful variety of holes to test golfers of all levels. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €25 - €40 Visitors: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Opens: Men’s Open Comp - Wednesday Mornings (April - August) Location: Travel south on N11, take Bray/ Greystones exit. Right at roundabout and right at the Wilton Hotel. On left, 700 yards. Length: 6,252 yards Golf Pro: Ciaran Carroll

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BRAY GOLF CLUB - Greystones Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

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 info@bellewstowngolf.com Manager: Michael Leonard Spectacular new 18 hole course, all weather USGA greens, flanked by the River Bradden to the North, the course runs along the top of the Hill of Crockafotha. A great challenge to all levels of golfers. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €10; Weekends & Public Holdiays €20. Visitors: Welcome everyday Opens: See website Location: Located 25 miles North of Dublin & 6 miles South of Drogheda. Turn off the M1 at Drogheda South and Julianstown exit. Length: 6,700 yards Golf Pro: Sid Baldwin 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch available

BLAINROE GOLF CLUB - Blainroe, Co. Wicklow.

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01 841 2229 Signature Hole 6th, Par 3, 161 yds, Index 15 Lovely par 3 from an elevated tee the green is protected by water front left and a bunker back left to catch the long tee shot. Pick the right club off the tee to set up a good birdie chance.

01 276 3200 Signature Hole 11th, Par 4, 322 yds, Index 11 A stunning hole overlooking Killiney Bay. Golfers drive from an elevated tee, threading the ball between 2 fairway bunkers leaving a relatively short approach shot to a 3 tier green.

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BUNCLODY GOLF & FISHING CLUB - Carrigduff, Bunclody, Co. Wexford.

 info@bunclodygfc.ie Contact: Pro Shop Situated on 300 acres of breathtaking parkland beside the River Slaney on the Carlow – Wexford border. This exciting addition to Irish Golf is already drawing much praise from golf fans everywhere. Green Fees:From €30 to €55 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: Entrance opposite Mill Race Hotel at the top of the Main Street. Length: 7,164 yards Golf Pro: Ian Kerr

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CARTON HOUSE GOLF CLUB - The Montgomerie, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. www.cartonhouse.com

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 reservations@cartonhouse.com Director of Golf: Francis Howley Colin Montgomerie, is a 7,300 yard "links style" journey across sweeping firm fairways, cavernous bunkers and impeccable greens. It hosted the world's finest golfers at the 2005, 2006 and 2013 Irish Opens. European Golf Resort of the Year 2008. Green Fees:From €65 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: 14 miles west of Dublin City Centre; beside Maynooth. Length: 7,301 yards Golf Pro: Francis Howley 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

01 505 2000 Signature Hole 18th, Par 5, 513 yds, Index 18 The 18th is a memorable and magnificent climax to this incredible golf course. The par 5 runs alongside the River Rye and demands strategy and execution to finish on a high.

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 reservations@cartonhouse.com Director of Golf: Francis Howley Designed by two-time major championship winner Mark O’Meara, this is an exhilarating parkland experience which meanders through ancient woodland and skirts the banks of the River Rye. Host to the 2005 Irish Amateur Championship. Green Fees:From €55 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: 14 mls West of Dublin City, beside Maynooth. Length: 7,165 yards Golf Pro: Francis Howley

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CHARLESLAND GOLF CLUB - Greystones, Co. Wicklow.

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 info@castleknockgolfclub.ie Manager: Niall Monahan A stunning Parkland course providing a superb test for all levels of golfer. With superb drainage, the fairways and greens are playable all year round. Come play on “The best greens in Ireland” - Peter Lawrie, Spanish Open Winner 2008”. Green Fees:Summer: Midweek €30, Weekend €40. Early Bird & Twilight from €20 Visitors: Everyday Opens: Every Tuesday €30 Location: Beside Phoenix Park, 20 minutes from City Centre and Airport.

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CASTLEKNOCK GOLF CLUB - Porterstown Road, Castleknock, Co. Dublin.

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 teetimes@charlesland.com Director of Operations: Gerry O’Brien An Eddie Hackett designed course, the front nine hugs the Irish Sea and is linkslike while the back nine is beautiful parkland with several outstanding holes. Green Fees:From €20 - €40; See website for Special Offers Visitors: Everyday Opens: Every Friday €15 - Ladies & Mens Singles Location: Take Greystones at Junction 11 on N11. Travel straight through 6 roundabouts, at 7th roundabout take 2nd exit at the roundabout, then 1st right to golf club. Length: 6,169 metres Golf Pro: James Nash 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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01 640 8736 Signature Hole 11th, Par 3, 158 yds, Index 15 This stunning Par 3 is guarded on three sides by a beautiful stone walled lake. Accuracy is a must!

01 287 8200 Signature Hole 13th, Par 3, 229 mts, Index 7 One of the longest Par 3’s in Ireland. The prevailing wind usually helps otherwise a driver is required.

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• A Hawtree Design Championship Seaside Course • 3 Miles From Wicklow Town & 50 Minutes From Dublin Airport •

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 proshop@citywesthotel.com Golf Events Manager: Alan Dunning The Citywest Championship course is located in a magnificent parkland setting with mature trees & mountain views in abundance. Christy reckons the finishing stretch of 16th, 17th & 18th are amongst the best finishing holes in Ireland. Club hire from €20. Green Fees:Apr - Sept: Mon - Fri €25; Sat - Sun €30. Oct - Mar: Mon - Fri €20; Sat - Sun €25. Visitors: Everyday - subject to availability Opens: See website Location: In the foothills of the Dublin mountains, just 20 minutes from Dublin Airport & City Centre. Junction 3A on N7. Length: 6,010 yards 18 69 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

COOLLATTIN GOLF CLUB - Coollattin, Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow.

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053 942 9125 Signature Hole 12th, Par 3, 122 yds, Index 15 Ever heard of Troon’s postage stamp? Meet it’s sister. You will either love this hole or hate it. The most beautiful setting on the course, set within the walls of the old garden.

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 coollattingolfclub@eircom.net Hon. Secretary: Jack Lynch Set in mature woodland Coollattin is a most attractive course and a very good test of golf. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €25; Weekends €30 & Public Holidays €30. Special Group rates on request. Visitors: Monday - Friday Opens: Last week in June Location: South Wicklow, 3 miles from Carnew, 1 mile from Shillelagh. Length: 5,972 metres. Golf Pro: Peter Jones

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01 401 0878 Signature Hole 18th, Par 4, 416 yds, Index 2 The final hole is a real test of character. Play it safe and avoid the water or go for the green with the second shot. One great last challenge on the Championship Course.

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COUNTY LOUTH GOLF CLUB - Baltray, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

www.countylouthgolfclub.com

 reservations@countylouthgolfclub.com General Manager: Liam Murphy One of the great links courses of Ireland, world renowned. Home to East of Ireland Amateur Championship and proud host to 2004 Nissan Irish Open and 2009 3 Irish Open. Green Fees:See website Visitors: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Opens: See website Location: 5 miles North East of Drogheda. Length: 7,031 yards Golf Pro: Paddy McGuirk

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041 988 1530 Signature Hole 14th, Par 4, 332 yds, Index 13 This is a relatively short par four. A good drive will leave a short but difficult approach to a slightly elevated green that will test the very best.

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 info@courtowngolfclub.com Manager: Sharon O’Hara The boundaries are within 100 metres of the sea, but Courtown is actually a parkland course. Surrounded on three sides by forestry and the course boasts hundreds of mature trees. Every fairway is tree lined to reward the accurate golfer and punish the wayward. A mature par 71 and provides great variety. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €25; Weekends & Public Holidays €30 Visitors: Monday - Friday Opens: See website Location: Kiltennell, near Gorey County Wexford. Length: 5,898 metres Golf Pro: John Coone 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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053 942 5166 Signature Hole 18th, Par 3, 131 mts, Index 18 A great finishing hole, challenging par three over water which has been the ruin of many a card but is a hole which is remembered by visitors and members alike.

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www.delganygolfclub.com

 delganygolf@eircom.net Contact: Office/Pro Shop A Harry Vardon designed woodland course surrounded by breathtaking scenery with hill & sea views. A course with over 100 years of maturity which makes for a true test of golf. Redeveloped Clubhouse & recently opened Ryder Cup Bar, with memorabilia honouring our 4 Ryder Cup players - creating a unique sense of old & new. Green Fees:Mon - Fri €30; Sat/Sun & P. Hols €40; Special offers on-line Visitors: Everyday subject to availability Opens: See website Location: Half an hour south of Dublin City Centre, off N11. Near Delgany village, 10 kms from Bray in Co. Wicklow. Length: 5,473 metres Golf Pro: Gavin Kavanagh 18 69 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

01 287 4536 Signature Hole 16th, Par 3, 164 mts, Index 17 There are no hidden difficulties - just hit a good tee shot. Look for the plaque that commemorates the Bradshaws.

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DJOUCE GOLF CLUB - Ballinastoe Crossroads, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow.

 djoucegolfclub@gmail.com Manager: Donal McGillycuddy 01 281 8585 / 086 855 4154 A gentle flat parkland course with Vartry Lake on one side and over shadowed by Signature Hole 5th, Djouce Mountain. This Eddie Hackett designed course creates an in interesting Par 4, 343 yds A panoramic view of the challenge for all golfers. Green Fees:Monday - Sunday €15 Visitors: Everyday Location: 6.5km from the N11 motorway, 15 km from South Dublin, 12km from Bray, 10km from Glendalough. Length: 6,455 yards

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 reservations@druidsglenresort.com “The Augusta of Europe” Home of the Irish Open 1996, ’97, ’98, ’99. Seve Trophy 2002. Green Fees:From €55 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: 30 minutes south of Dublin. Take Junction 12 off the N11 south from Dublin. Signpost for Newtownmountkennedy. Length: 7,046 yards Golf Pro: Patrick Geraghty 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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Signature Hole 12th, Par 3, 174 yds, Index 12 Tee off from an elevated tee box which sits above the floral Celtic Cross to a green protected by water and a statue of the overlooking Druid.

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www.druidsglenresort.com

 reservations@druidsglenresort.com Golf Director: Barry Dowling “Nature’s Gift to Golf ”. Host to the 2006 Irish PGA Championship. Unique design provides beautiful views of mountains, sea and countryside. Ultimate Irish golfing experience. Hosted Garcia, Goosen, Clarke, etc. Green Fees:From €35 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: 30 minutes South of Central Dublin on main N11 route, take Junction 12 off the N11. Length: 7,001 yards Golf Pro: Patrick Geraghty 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

DUN LAOGHAIRE GOLF CLUB - Ballyman Road, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.

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01 281 2567 Signature Hole 14th, Par 3, 159 yds, Index 17 Elevated tee box to a green which is set in a natural rock quarry, the green is also surrounded by pot bunkers and gorse bushes which provide a unique links look.

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 teetimes@dlgc.ie General Manager: Justin Lowry The club’s 27-hole course has been designed by Hawtree to allow different combinations of the nine-hole courses to be played. The magnificent 5-star clubhouse, and extensive practice facilities, make it one of Ireland’s finest clubs. Host venue to The Curtis Cup 2016. Visitors and Societies are welcome seven days a week. Green Fees:Early Bird & Twilight offers from €50 Visitors: Daily Opens: Visit our website for information, and to book a tee time Location: Only 5 minutes drive from the M11 motorway & just 30 minutes south of Dublin between Bray & Enniskerry. 27 72 Length: 6,543 metres Golf Pro: Kevin Kelliher Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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www.dlgc.ie 01 272 1866 Signature Hole The 27 hole layout offers maximum flexibility to players and there are many fine holes here to appeal to golfers of every standard.

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THE EUROPEAN CLUB - Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow.

www.theeuropeanclub.com

 info@theeuropeanclub.com Manager: Sidon Ruddy Ranked 78th Course in World per Golf Magazine (2007) and 15th Britain & Ireland per Golf World (2005). Green Fees:€180 Visitors: Everyday Opens: Contact the club Location: Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow. “Wicklow - The Garden of Ireland”. Length: 7,355 yards

0404 47415 Signature Hole 7th, Par 4, 470 yds, Index 1 This is understandably ranked one of the 100 Greatest Golf Holes in the World. It looks gorgeous but plays like a beast requiring two great, straight shots along a stream.

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 kevin@forrestlittle.ie Manager: Kevin McIntyre A mature parkland course close to Dublin Airport. Recent major developments, including re-building all greens to USGA specification and major course drainage. A hidden gem always in excellent condition. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €25; Weekend €30; Special group rates Visitors: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Opens: See website Location: M50 Airport Exit; N1 Dublin Airport to Swords, left at Coachmans Inn roundabout, first turn right, turn right, entrance 50 metres on right. Length: 6,490 yards Golf Pro: Tony Judd 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

01 840 1763 Signature Hole 7th, Par 3, 154 yds, Index 17 Tee shot played from an elevated tee to an elevated green, surrounded by 6 bunkers. There is a water hazard between tee and green, no lay up area, accuracy the key.

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GLASSON COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL & GOLF CLUB - Glasson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. www.glassongolfhotel.ie

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GLEN OF THE DOWNS GOLF CLUB - Coolnaskeagh, Delgany, Co. Wicklow.

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056 772 6699 Signature Hole 4th, Par 4, 403 mts, Index 2 A fantastic hole based on the 13th hole at Augusta. The approach to this green will be from a difficult stance so always favour the front left edge of the green.

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www.greystonesgc.com

 administration@greystonesgc.com Contact: Office As one of Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious private members club and with a Harry Colt influenced golf course set within the magnificent Burnaby Estate, Greystones is a must play destination for all those who appreciate the history of the game.

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01 287 6240 Signature Hole 15th, Par 5, 510 yds, Index 7 Accuracy all the way from tee to green required. Tee on highest point of course, OB all the way down right hand side, and very little bail out on the left. Not for the faint hearted!

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Golf Operations Manager: Joe Scriven  golf@gowranpark.ie Set amidst the former Annaly Estate, this wonderful parkland golf course with tree-lined fairways, superb greens and various water hazards, is a test for all golfer grades. Green Fees:High Season Midweek €25; Saturday/Sunday €35; Low Season Midweek €20; Saturday/Sunday €25 Visitors: Everyday Opens: Open Singles every Thursday Location: Junction 7 M9, Kilkenny 13 kms., Dublin 106 kms., Waterford 51 kms. Length: 6,110 metres

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 info@glenofthedowns.com Golf Director: Marcus Coughlan Boasting magnificent panoramic views of the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea. Golfers of all levels will find the course a challenge with its natural slopes and valleys. Check website for seasonal specials. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €50; Weekends & Public Holidays €65; Winter Rates €65 Golf for two including main course lunch special Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: 7 miles south of Dublin on N11. Length: 6,443 yards 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

GOWRAN PARK GOLF CLUB - Gowran, Co. Kilkenny.

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090 648 5120 Signature Hole 15th, Par 3, 185 yds, Index 4 This is one of the most photographed holes in Irish golf. With both the Tee and Green perched out in Lough Ree, with a carry of 185 yards, a Par is always welcome here.

01 287 4136 Signature Hole With the great Harry Colt exerting his influence, the course is a masterpiece in tactical design - testing skill, mind and spirit!

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Discover the Glasson Experience . . .

Fantastic Lakeside Setting Centrally Located On-site 4 Star Hotel Host to European Challenge Tour ’07 & ’08 Green Fees range from €35 to €55

The Warmest Welcome Awaits . . . Glasson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. T: +353 (0)90 648 5120 E: info@glassongolf.ie

www.glassoncountryhouse.ie

Hermitage Golf Club Since 1905 Hermitage is situated a mere five miles (8 kms) from the city centre. It is bordered on one side by the arterial N4 national route, and on the other by the meandering River Liffey. This course of rolling parklands, is within the part of the beautiful Liffey Valley known as the Strawberry Beds, a Dublin landmark made famous in song and story. The gentle terrain of the front nine contrasts with the stern test that awaits many on the back nine. The signature hole is the picturesque 10th (pictured right), a unique hole by any standards, which looks down on the Liffey as it meanders through a collage of spectacular beauty. The green set a couple of hundred feet below at about 160 yards and from the tee it looks like water, sand and a little green. T: 01 626 8491 E: hermitagegolf@eircom.net W: www.hermitagegolf.ie Lucan, Co. Dublin. (on the N4 near Liffey Valley)

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 info@headfortgolfclub.ie Admin. Secretary: Nora Murphy Headfort Golf Club is an outstanding 36 hole parkland facility taking full advantage of the natural beauty of one of Ireland’s oldest and finest estates. Headfort New Course has recently been ranked the 8th best parkland course in Ireland. Green Fees:Sunday - Friday (O)€35 (N)€40, Saturday (O)€50 (N)€55 Visitors: Everyday Opens: Every Tuesday - Men’s Open Singles Location: Exit 10 off M3 just 35 mins. from the M50 & Dublin Airport. 100 kms from Belfast. Length: 5,973 (O) metres; 6,164 (N) metres Golf Pro: Brendan McGovern 36 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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01 832 3055 Signature Hole 8th, Par 3, 157 mts, Index 15 An intriguing down hill par 3 that never plays the same, very hard to concentrate on the task at hand as the views are truly stunning.

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www.kclub.ie 01 601 7200 Signature Hole 16th, Par 5, 570 yds, Index 2 Known throughout the world by Darren Clarke’s exploits in The Ryder Cup. Double dog-leg over sand, rough & River Liffey. The sanctuary like green is protected by water.

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www.kclub.ie 01 601 7200 Signature Hole 7th, Par 5, 600 yds, Index 12 The magnetic feature of the 7th is the ‘Swallow Quarry’, a vast man-made rock face that rises out of a lake. A series of waterfalls embellish the water hazard and the hole.

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KILKENNY GOLF CLUB - Glendine, Co. Kilkenny.

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THE K CLUB - The Smurfit Course - Straffan, Co. Kildare.

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www.howthgolfclub.ie

 secretary@howthgolfclub.ie General Manager: Darragh Tighe One of James Braid’s unique designs. A very enjoyable challenge awaits golfers of all levels, shot making skills are a must when the wind is a factor - you won’t see views of Dublin anywhere like it. Howth Golf Club is a truly unique golfing experience. Green Fees:Monday - Sunday €50. Best rates available on the website. Visitors: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, (Saturday & Sunday Evening) Opens: Open Week – July 2012 Location: Located on the Howth Peninsula - 25 minutes east of Dublin City Centre. Length: 5,841 metres Golf Pro: John McGuirk 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

THE K CLUB - The Palmer Ryder Cup Course - Straffan, Co. Kildare.

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 hermitagegolf@eircom.net Manager: Eddie Farrell This course of rolling parklands is within the part of the beautiful Liffey Valley known as Strawberry Beds. The gentle terrain of the front 9 contrasts with the stern test of the back 9. Green Fees:Early Bird €20 - €30; Seasonal €35 - €50 Visitors: Monday, Thursday, Friday Opens: Various times throughout the year Location: Situated 8 kms from Dublin City Centre on N4 Galway Road near Liffey Valley. Length: 6,060 metres Golf Pro: Simon Byrne 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

HOWTH GOLF CLUB - Carrickbrack Road, Sutton, Dublin 13.

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 enquiries@kilkennygolfclub.com Manager: Sean Boland Office: Aoife 18 hole championship scenic parkland course. The greens are sand based and playable all year round. The course provides a good test for all levels of golfers but due to it’s gentle undulations is playable by all ages and handicap levels. Golf glider €10. Green Fees:From €30 Midweek; €40 Weekend Visitors: Everyday Opens: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, Open Week last week in May Location: Just off the N11 Castlecomer Road on way into City. Take exit 8 off motorway from Dublin. Length: 5,908 metres Golf Pro: Jimmy Bolger 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

056 776 5400 Signature Hole 1st, Par 4, 375 mts, Index 4 Tight driving hole, one fairway bunker on right and mature Oak tree on the left. Second shot to a large undulating green protected by bunker and trees.

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01 689 3000 Signature Hole 12th, Par 5, 548 yds. A risk reward Par 5. Tight line off the tee down the left as fairway slopes right to left. This leaves a choice, go for the green or lay up as the green is protected by water to the front and right.

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www.knightsbrook.com

 golf@knightsbrook.com Director of Golf: Gavin Hunt 18 hole Championship course designed by Christy O’Connor Jnr. A challenging and creative course, you will enjoy views over undulating fairways and testing greens with demanding water features. Official Venue to the 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup. Green Fees:From €20 Visitors: Everyday Opens: Monthly Open Competitions Location: Easily accessible on Dublin side of Trim only 25 minutes from M50. See website for directions. Length: 6,100 metres 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

LAYTOWN & BETTYSTOWN GOLF CLUB - Bettystown, Co. Meath.

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 info@killeencastle.com Sales Manager: Karen Collins The spectacular Jack Nicklaus signature golf course at the heart of the estate in county Meath. The course which measures over 7,000 yards from the black tees. Voted the Best Parkland in the greater Dublin area. Green Fees:Vary depending on time of year and check website for best offers. Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: Killeen Castle is located in the heart of “Royal Meath”. Just minutes from Dunsany and the village of Dunshaughlin. Length: 7,677 yards Golf Pro: Paul McCanny 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

KNIGHTSBROOK HOTEL SPA & GOLF RESORT - Dublin Road, Trim, Co. Meath.

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 links@landb.ie Secretary: Helen Finnegan This tradition links course is reputed to have a tough par of 71. This is County Meath's only links golf course. You will certainly enjoy a good round of golf as there are some excellent holes on this stretch of links land. This beautiful golf course provides an excellent opportunity to test your golf. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €40; Weekends & Public Holidays €45. Group rates Visitors: Monday - Friday Opens: See website Location: Just outside Drogheda town on the coast at Bettystown, 30 miles from Dublin. Length: 5,875 metres Golf Pro: R. J. Browne 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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www.landb.ie 041 982 7170 Signature Hole 18th, Par 5, 439 mts, Index 15 Dog-leg par 5 into prevailing wind, a long carry over two dunes, protecting the green.

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Mount Wolseley Hotel Spa & Country Club - Luxurious 4 Star Resort 1 Night B&B plus 1 Round of Golf From €69.95pps - Single supplement €30pp (subject to availability) 18 Hole Championship Golf Course designed by Christy O’Connor Jnr. State of the Art Leisure Centre Award Winning Spa with 14 Magnificent Treatment Rooms Mount Wolseley Hotel Spa & Country Club, Tullow, Co. Carlow. Tel: 059 918 0100 Fax: 059 915 2123 Email: info@mountwolseley.ie Web: www.mountwolseley.ie

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 info@luttrellstown.ie Director of Golf: Chris Pollier Originally opened in 1993, this Championship parkland course was recently redesigned by Tom MacKenzie and Donald Steel.

01 860 9600 Signature Hole 11th, Par 4, 419 yds, Index 13 A tight tee shot, water along the left and two deep traps on the right, a conservative drive is best. A tiny green offers no comfort for the long second shot and water left and over the back.

Green Fees:Midweek from €25; Weekend from €35 Visitors: Societies and visitors everyday Opens: Every Wednesday Location: Just 30 minutes from Dublin City & Airport. Length: 7,347 yards Golf Pro: Peter O’Hagan

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MACREDDIN GOLF CLUB - Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow.

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0402 36999 Signature Hole 12th, Par 4, 450 yds An elevated teeing position, driving over Ballycreen Brook, leaving a long iron shot between the statuesque pines, to the green. Most will be delighted with a par.

Green Fees:Monday - Friday from €25, Weekends & Public Holidays from €35 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: Just an hours’ drive from South Dublin. Length: 7,173 yards

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 golfreservations@mountjuliet.ie General Manager: William Kirby Jack Nicklaus designed championship course has hosted three Irish Opens, the WGC-American Express Championship in ’02 & ’04 with the world’s top golfers. 10th Tee Bar Available Green Fees:Visitors Mon/Tues €75; Sun/Wed/Thurs €80; Fri/Sat €90; Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website for regular updates Location: Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Length: 7,264 yards Golf Pro: Sean Cotter

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0906 481 841 Signature Hole 16th, Par 5, 457 mts, Index 8 The 16th Hole lies on a plateau with severe fall back to the bunkers. This par 5 is protected by water with out of bounds on the second shot and has broken many hearts!

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 lmorrissey@mountwolseley.ie Director of Golf: Lisa Morrissey Christy O’Connor Jnr. designed championship course set in rolling parkland with elegant mature trees and picturesque lakes to challenge your game. Green Fees:Sunday - Thursday €40 - €50; Friday & Saturday €50 - €60 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: ½ mile from Tullow, 10 miles from Carlow Town, 1 hour from Dublin, Waterford and Kilkenny. Length: 7,172 yards Golf Pro: Ted Higgins 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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 mounttemple@eircom.net Contact: Margaret & Michael Dolan A traditional Irish Championship golf course in the heart of Ireland and is renowned for its large links type greens and undulating fairways. A shot makers course, with superb views of over 100 kms of the heart of Ireland. Top class Golf Academy and Driving Range on site. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €20; Weekends & Public Holidays €25 Visitors: Everyday Opens: Throughout the year Location: Close to M6 Motorway Junction 6 or 7, 1 hour from Dublin. 10 minutes from Athlone. Length: 6, 000 metres Golf Pros: Avail. on site 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

MOUNT WOLSELEY GOLF CLUB - Tullow, Co. Carlow.

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059 918 0100 Signature Hole 10th, Par 5, 553 yds, Index 14 This hole demands a strong course management and a little bit of bravery, go for the green in two and risk glory or disaster.

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www.mullingargolfclub.com

 mullingargolfclub@hotmail.com Manager: Sean Finnegan A James Braid designed course, situated at it’s present site since 1935. It is a Championship Challenge set in old wooded and delightfully undulating parklands. Recent major enhancement with USGA greens and tees. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €35 Weekends & Public Holidays €40; Early Bird: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Group Rates available Visitors: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday Opens: 1st week June Location: From Dublin take the M4, 1st exit for Mullingar & follow N52 Tullamore Rd., follow sign for Belvedre House. Length: 6,683 yards Golf Pro: John Burns 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

044 934 8366 Signature Hole 2nd, Par 3, 209 yds, Index 5 Considered by many players to be one of the hardest Par 3 holes in play, the 2nd at Mullingar is a classic at 209 yards to an elevated island green.

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WICKLOW GOLF TOURS 3 Rounds of Golf & 2 Nights Bed & Breakfast €155 PPS (€30 supplement at weekends)

Golf Courses: Arklow Golf Links Coollattin Golf Club Woodenbridge Golf Club &

Woodenbridge Hotel & Lodge Family run, 62 Bedrooms, Bar & Restaurant Reservations: T: +353 0402 35146 E: reservations@woodenbridgehotel.com

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045 906 901 Signature Hole Every hole has its own individual charm and no two holes are similar. It is nearly impossible to pick a signature hole because every hole is magnificent.

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01 846 2968 Signature Hole 15th, Par 3, 183 yds, Index 12 “One of the greatest sea side holes in the world” Ben Crenshaw. Requires an accurate tee shot to a well guarded raised green. “Finest par 3 in golf” Arnold Palmer.

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01 846 1800 Signature Hole 18th, Par 4, 408 mts, Index 3 From the tee set in the dunes, you have a very challenging drive. The green is nestled in a natural amphitheatre with the hotel providing an impressive and welcoming backdrop.

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POWERSCOURT GOLF CLUB - EAST - Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.

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 info@portmarnockgolfclub.ie General Manager: Brian Hurley Portmarnock Golf Club, founded in 1894, is internationally recognised as one of the top links courses in the world. It has hosted 19 Irish Opens, Canada Cup (World Cup), Walker Cup and in the process had an enviable roll of honour of truly great champions. Through the genius of its original layout and an evolutionary approach to change, Portmarnock has continued to offer a fair challenge to all our visiting golfers. Green Fees: Contact club for details Visitors: Everyday Location: Located on a sandy Peninsula in the North-East of County Dublin, 10 miles from Dublin City Centre. 27 72 Length: 6,934 yards Golf Pro: Joey Purcell Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

PORTMARNOCK HOTEL & GOLF LINKS - Strand Road, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin.

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 golf@palmerstownhouse.com General Manager: Graham Byrne One of the great golf courses on the Irish & European golfing map. 7,419 yard par 72 Championship course. An exhilarating challenge & an experience that golfer’s can treasure for a lifetime. Golf Societies and Corporate Groups welcomed. Green Fees:Vary depending on time of year and check website for best offers. Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: 20 minutes from Dublin City Centre. 25 minutes from Dublin Airport. Length: 7,419 yards Golf Pros: Graham Byrne / Mark Cribben 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

PORTMARNOCK GOLF CLUB - Portmarnock, Co. Dublin.

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 info@oldconna.com Manager: Tom Sheridan Designed by Ireland’s renowned golf course designer Eddie Hackett, this beautiful parkland course combines panoramic sea-scapes & mountain views, with exceptional wooded terrain. Quite apart form our customary warm welcome, a tempting restaurant menu & bar facilities await you in our bright and comfortable clubhouse. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €40; Weekends & Public Holidays €50 Visitors: Monday, Thursday, Friday Opens: See website Location: 12 miles from Dublin on the East coast. Golf Pro: Donal Gleeson 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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www.powerscourt.ie 01 204 6033 Signature Hole 17th, Par 5, 544 yds, Index 2 Beautiful par 5 which is the ultimate risk and reward hole. A good drive down the left and the green beckons in two.

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ROSSLARE GOLF CLUB - Rosslare Strand, Rosslare, Co. Wexford.

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 office@rosslaregolf.com Contact: Office Famed for its unique character & location at the gateway to Ireland in the Sunny Southeast, Rosslare’s championship links guarantees a wonderful golfing experience. Burrow Course (par 46) 12 holes - Green Fees Monday - Friday Low Season €15, High Season €20. Weekends & Public Holidays - High/Low Season €20. Green Fees:Early Bird (Pre10am) €30, after 10am from €35; W/E & P. Hols from €40 Visitors: Anytime. Tuesday - Ladies Day Opens: See website Location: Rosslare Strand. Length: 6,786 yards Golf Pro: Johnny Young 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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01 204 6033 Signature Hole 15th, Par 4, 336 yds, Index 14 What appears as a straight away par 4 requires some thought from the tee, with a picturesque and undulating green that overlooks the Irish Sea.

053 913 2203 Signature Hole 11th, Par 4, 481 yds, Index 1 Classic example of a traditional Irish seaside links hole, with a blind approach shot. Guided to the green by the renowned Rosslare “Barbers Pole”.

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www.theroyaldublingolfclub.com

 info@theroyaldublingolfclub.com Contact: Reservations Royal Dublin is a Harry Colt designed traditional links, which has undergone major upgrading under the watchful eye of the golf course architect Martin Hawtree in 2007. It is a traditional out-and-back links where the prevailing winds dramatically change the aspect of each of the nines. Green Fees:Monday - Sunday €120 (except Wednesday & limited availability on Saturday); Early Bird / Twilight €75 Visitors: Welcome Location: 3 miles from the centre of Dublin City situated on North Bull Island Nature Reserve. Length: 7,629 yards Golf Pro: Leonard Owens 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

01 833 6346 Signature Hole 18th, Par 4, 483 yds, Index 3 The garden hole, which is a 483 yard dog-leg, with the green located under the Clubhouse windows, has been the scene of many exciting finishes in tournament golf.

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ROYAL TARA GOLF CLUB - Bellinter, Navan, Co. Meath.

www.royaltaragolfclub.com

 info@royaltaragolfclub.com Golf Coordinator: Declan O’Brien Royal Tara boasts a mature 27-hole golf complex set in rolling parkland. All visitors are assured of a warm welcome to a royal gem with terrific facilities. Venue for the All Ireland GUI Cups and Shiels Finals 2013. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €25; Weekends & Public Holidays €30 Visitors: Everyday Opens: Throughout the year Location: New M3 Motorway, Exit at Junction 7 signposted Skryne Johnstown. Length: 5,980 metres Golf Pro: John Byrne

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 golflinks@seapoint.ie Contact: Office Superb championship links course ranked 26th by Golf Digest in 2010. Large manicured greens, spectacular views over the Irish sea and a beautifully appointed clubhouse. Visitors welcome. Host Venue for 2010 & 2011 Irish PGA Championship. Green Fees:From €35 Visitors: Welcome everyday Opens: See website Location: On the coast, 30 minutes from Dublin Airport. Length: 7,100 yards Golf Pro: David Carroll 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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www.stanneslinksgolf.com

 info@stanneslinksgolf.com Manager: Ted Power St. Anne’s golf links is situated on the Bull Island, a tract of links land that is a joy to play. Known as the “Gift from the sea”, the building of the North Bull Wall in 1826 helped form a sandbar which expanded over the years to become an island. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €40, Weekend & Public Holidays €50 Visitors: All year round Opens: Mid summer Location: Situated on Dublin’s most famous ecological attraction - Bull Island Nature Reserve in Dublin Bay. Length: 6,717 yards Golf Pro: Roger Yates 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

ST. MARGARETS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB - St. Margarets, Co. Dublin.

01 833 6471 Signature Hole 10th, Par 3, 164 yds, Index 12 Semi-island green with water on three sides - a very difficult tee shot - 150 yard carry over a natural lake to an undulating green - a par at this hole is a very good result.

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www.stmargaretsgolf.com

 reservations@stmargaretsgolf.com Sales & Marketing Manager: Carol Scanlon 01 864 0400 Internationally acclaimed 18 hole Championship Course. Host to Irish PGA Signature Hole 18th, Championship, Irish Seniors Open & Ladies Irish Open. Par 4, 456 yds, Index 2

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 sales@tulfarris.com Sales & Marketing Manager: Suzanne Coyne Tulfarris offers a spectacular 18 hole lakeside course, which will test your golfing skills while taking in the breath-taking surroundings, ponds & wild grasses melt into the natural environs to create sweeping panoramic views. Recognised as one of Ireland's premier parkland courses, having hosted Irish Seniors Open & PGA Championships. Green Fees:Monday - Thursday €25; Friday - Sunday €40 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: Only 1 hour from Dublin. Travel S/E on the N81 & turn left & onto the stunning Blessington Lake peninsulas. Length: 7,165 yards 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

TULLAMORE GOLF CLUB - Brookfield, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

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This right to left hole has a large bunker complex on the dog-leg. Generally a long iron or rescue club to a two tier green with lake on the right hand side. Magnificent finishing hole.

Green Fees:Monday - Friday €25 to €35; Saturday - Sunday €25 to €40 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: Beside Dublin Airport, 15 minutes from Dublin City Centre. Length: 6,917 yards Golf Pro: Gary Kearney

045 867600 Signature Hole 16th, Par 3, 200 yds A two-tiered green awaits an accurate long iron with many birdies opportunities. But if the nerves strike, your ball will sink to the bottom of Blessington Lake. Be brave!

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www.tullamoregolfclub.ie

 tullamoregolfclub@eircom.net Contact: Ann Marie Cunniffe Tullamore is a Championship course, located in its present venue since 1926. Originally designed by James Braid after the course was upgraded in the 1990’s by Patrick Merrigan. The course provides a memorable experience for golfers in all categories. Green Fees: Mon Open €20, Tues Fourball €100, Mon to Fri €30, Weekends €38, Online Booking Available. Winter deals: Nov & March €25. Dec to Feb €20 Visitors: Everyday Opens: Monday Location: only 1 hour from the M50. Length: 6,248 yards Golf Pro: Donagh McArdle 18 70 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

057 932 1439 Signature Hole 16th, Par 4, 419 yds, Index 3 This hole is a dog-leg to the left. To get a par, the drive must reach the corner and the 2nd shot must carry all the way over the stream to reach the green.

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 info@wicklowgolfclub.ie General Manager: Roger Kennedy Full use of natural contours and features of the terrain. Great Par 3 holes. Spectacular coastline views from every tee box and green. Green Fees: High Season: Monday - Friday from €30; Weekends & Public Holidays €35. Low Season: Monday - Friday €20 Weekends & Public Holidays from €25. Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: 45 minutes south of Dun Laoghaire, just off the main N11 Dublin Rosslare Route. Length: 5,824 metres Golf Pro: Enda McLoughlin 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

WOODBROOK GOLF CLUB - Dublin Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

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01 282 4799 Signature Hole 18th, Par 4, 371 mts, Index 8 Not the longest to finish a card, but with out of bounds on both sides, it’s a testing hole. Keep it in play for the short second shot to close out a score or perhaps the match.

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www.woodbrook.ie

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www.woodenbridge.ie 0402 35202 Signature Hole 4th, Par 3, 187 yds, Index 7 Tough par 3 and described as a ‘Little Gem’. Steep rise to the top of a hill over which the saucer shaped green lies, bunkers & the River Avoca on the left. A par always welcome!

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Between the hills and the sea, a distinguished tradition in Irish golf, offering a new challenge for todays golfer.

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BLOOMS HOTEL, Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

www.blooms.ie

 reservations@blooms.ie Rates: B&B from €69 per room. Open all year round. Blooms Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Temple Bar, in Dublin’s city centre. This is the perfect base for those wishing to combine golfing in Dublin and the Leinster region, with taking in everything the capital city has to offer. Golf clubs such as Royal Dublin, St. Anne’s, Portmarnock, Clontarf and Carton House are but a short drive away. Everything in the city centre, such as Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse, IFSC and Grafton Street are a mere stroll away. Blooms combines comfortable accommodation, with friendly hospitality, and unparalleled convenience. Swing by and see for yourself. General Manager: Barry O’Sullivan

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BRIDGE HOUSE HOTEL, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

www.bridgehouse.com

 info@bridgehouse.com Rates: B&B from €60 pps. The famous 4 star Bridge House is a luxurious 70 bedroom hotel, leisure club & spa in the heart of Tullamore. Magnificent award winning bars, Carvery & new Italian Balcone Restaurant & Charleville Restaurant are a must for any visitor. A family run hotel with a great tradition of hospitality, good food & service & offers live entertainment every night. Facilities onsite include the leisure complex, indoor swimming pool, outdoor hydro pool, Spa & Beauty centre with treatments for ladies & gents, sauna, Jacuzzi & fitness gym. Only 5 minutes from 2 championship golf courses. Shopping, cinema, numerous attractions & activities locally. Look for special offers on www.bridgehouse.com 70 General Manager: Danny Corbett

BROOKLODGE HOTEL & MACREDDIN GOLF COURSE, Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow.

CARTON HOUSE, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

www.cartonhouse.com 01 505 2000

Carton House - European Golf Resort of the Year 2008 is located only 30 minutes from Dublin International Airport. Carton House is one of Irelands most historic Palladian houses, & boasts a stylish 165 bedroom hotel, two world class championship golf courses & a luxury spa. Carton House has many dining options, something to suit all tastes & group sizes. Country Seat of the 1st Duke of Leinster, built in 1739, Carton House offers contemporary elegance & opulent modern luxury. It is also home to the Golfing Union of Ireland headquarters & National Coaching Academy. No. 1 Irish Golf Resort 2012.

CONRAD DUBLIN, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.

The K Club, Palmerstown House, Portmarnock Links, Portmarnock, Royal Dublin.

www.conraddublin.com 01 602 8900 Golf Courses: Royal Dublin, Killen Castle, K Club, Carton House, The Island

www.fitzwilliamhoteldublin.com

 enq@fitzwilliamhotel.com Rates: B&B from €95 pps. This 5* chic haven is ideally located overlooking St. Stephen’s Green and adjacent to Dublin’s premier shopping centre. All rooms boast views of our courtyard garden or St. Stephen’s Green with complimentary high speed wifi access and complimentary daily mineral waters. The Fitzwilliam Hotel truly has a food offering for all, from Michelin Star cuisine in the world famous Thornton’s restaurant to hearty pub food in our Inn on the Green, or Citron, our extremely stylish restaurant. All major tourist attractions, bars and restaurants are just a short stroll away or why not relax and unwind in our Spirit Beauty Salon after a long day on the course. Director Sales & Marketing: 139 Bronagh Kelleher

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 dublininfo@conradhotels.com Rates: B&B From €159. Open all year. Our five-star luxury hotel, located in the heart of Dublin city, offers 191 luxurious hotel guestrooms and offers privacy and comfort for discreet business meetings. Whether it’s business or pleasure the Conrad Dublin has it all. This luxury hotel is only minutes walking distance from fashionable shopping on Grafton Street. For the sport enthusiast, the hotel is ideally located, with great golf courses such as Portmarnock and Royal Dublin nearby. Providing unsurpassed hospitality for all of its hotel guests, the Conrad hotel offers a combination of luxury and a genuine local experience in Ireland. Visit the Conrad Dublin and experience the ultimate luxury . . . The Luxury of Being Yourself. General Manager: 191 Martin Mangan

FITZWILLIAM HOTEL DUBLIN, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

0402 36444 Golf Courses: Macreddin, Woodenbridge, Coollattin, Arklow, The European, Druids Glen, Powerscourt

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057 932 5600 Golf Courses: Tullamore, Esker Hills, Mount Temple, Glasson, Mullingar, Athlone, Birr, The K Club, Castlebarna.

www.brooklodge.com

 info@brooklodge.com Rates: B&B from €50 pps. Open all year round. Hotel of the Year 2009 & 2010, a stunning luxury hotel, one hour from Dublin & home to the dramatic Strawberry Tree, Ireland’s only Certified Organic Restaurant & The Wells Spa, a designated “Resort Spa”. Macreddin Golf Course, described by Golf World Magazine as “Outstanding & Truly Spectacular”, was designed by European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley & is set in 160 acres of statuesque pines & meandering brooks. Macreddin Village hosts Acton’s Country Pub & Brewery, The Orchard Café, an Organic Bakery & Smokehouse along with The Storerooms, collection of shops. Macreddin Stables & Equestrian Centre offer horse riding & trekking. Hosts: Evan Doyle & Joe Kelly

01 671 5622 Golf Courses: Portmarnock K Club Powerscourt Royal Dublin Carton House St. Anne’s

01 478 7000 Golf Courses: K Club, Druids Glen, Portmarnock, Royal Dublin, The Island, The European

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Join Killeen Castle Golf Club – €2,000 per year

“One of my proudest designs” – Jack Nicklaus, Champion Golfer and Designer of Killeen Castle Call us on 01 689 3000 w w w. k i l l e e n c a s t l e . c o m

On par for a relaxing break Situated in the heart of Ireland, just an hour from Dublin, less from Galway, Wineport Lodge is a luxury lakeshore hideaway. With over 8 championship courses a short driving distance away Wineport Lodge is a perfect base for a golf based getaway.

Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Athlone t. 090 643 9010 e. lodge@wineport.ie

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GLASSON COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL, Glasson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

www.glassoncountryhouse.ie

 info@glassongolf.ie Rates: B&B from €45 pps. This four star 65 Bedroom Hotel is set on the shores of Lough Ree, with magnificent views over the Lake & the Golf Course. Designed with the discerning Golfer in mind, ideal for both the travelling Golfer & for those looking for a comfortable base to explore surrounding courses. IGTOA Golf Resort of the Year 2011. Hosted the European Challenge Tour in ’07 & ’08, Glasson has established an enviable reputation. Less than 1¼ hours from Dublin, Galway & Shannon, Glasson Hotel & Golf Club is ideally located. A warm welcome awaits at this family-owned & managed property. Excellent ‘Play & Stay’ packages available – Green Fees range from €35 to €55. Director of Sales & Golf: 18 65 Gareth Jones

KELLY’S RESORT HOTEL & SPA, Rosslare, Co. Wexford.

www.kellys.ie

 info@kellys.ie Rates: B&B from €154. Escape to a hidden gem in the South East. Situated on Rosslare’s beach, Kelly’s Resort has everything you will need to make your holiday relaxed and enjoyable. Enjoy the numerous indoor/outdoor facilities, or relax in our exclusive spa “SeaSpa”. Good food, superb wines, nightly entertainment are also very much part of the tradition. During Spring and Autumn our guests can enjoy daily workshops. Each midweek will have its own speciality i.e. cooking, wine tasting, health & beauty, gardening, painting and lots more. Reservation Managers: Eileen Doyle / Joanne O’Connor

053 913 2114 Golf Courses: Rosslare, Wexford, Enniscorthy.

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THE KILDARE HOTEL, SPA & COUNTRY CLUB, Straffan, Co. Kildare.

www.kclub.ie

 sales@kclub.ie Rates: B&B from €295 pps. Open all year round.

01 601 7200

The K Club, Ireland’s AA Hotel of the Year 2011 offers guests the highest standards of comfort and service combined with the elegance and unique charm of an 19th Century Irish country house. Nestled in 550 acres of idyllic Kildare countryside, The K Club is located 30 minutes from Dublin International Airport and Dublin City Centre. Home to two Arnold Palmer designed golf courses, activities such as fishing, horseback riding, falconry and clay pigeon shooting, The K Club will leave a lasting impression with guests worldwide. Chief Executive: Michael Davern

www.knightsbrook.com

 info@knightsbrook.com Rates: B&B from €50 pps. Open all year round. This contemporary hotel offers a unique experience in luxury and opulence combined with modern sophistication. Guests will enjoy deluxe accommodation, health and beauty spa and an 18 hole championship golf course designed by Christy O’Connor Jnr. In addition golfers have a choice of 13 challenging courses within driving distance of the hotel including the K Club, Carton, and Headfort. 30 minutes from Dublin and 15 minutes from Newgrange this hotel has conference facilities for 1,100 delegates. A Cusack Hotel. Official Venue to the 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup. General Manager: Patrick Curran

 info@marlfieldhouse.ie Rates: B&B from €85 pps. Closed 2nd January - 1st March

www.marlfieldhouse.com 053 942 1124

Marlfield House is a beautiful period house with 19 bedrooms set on 36 acres of gardens and grounds. A wonderful location from which to play the best golf courses in the south east, Courtown,Seafield, The European Club and Coollattin all within a short drive from Marlfield House. Luxurious bedrooms, sumptuous decor and a highly acclaimed restaurant are all words closely associated with one of Ireland’s finest country houses.

Directors: Margaret & Laura Bowe

Golf Courses: European, Druids Glen, Arklow, Courtown, Rosslare, Bunclody, Coollattin

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MOUNT WOLSELEY SPA & COUNTRY CLUB, Tullow, Co. Carlow.

www.mountwolseley.ie

 sales@mountwolseley@ie Rates: B&B from €50 pps. Open all year round. The Mount Wolseley Hotel Spa & Country Club is a 7,198 yards championship parkland golf course designed by the renowned golfer Christy O’Connor Jnr. Picturesque lakes filled with wildlife and the water comes into play on eleven of the 18 holes. The bent grass greens are generous in size but are strategically framed by bunkers. The signature holes are the par three 11th which is a 207 yards all water carry from the championship tees. The 18th is a fantastic finishing hole, fairway lined with mature trees, a second shot up the hill across a water hazard to the green. The charm of this country resort awaits you just an hour from Dublin.

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046 948 2100 Golf Courses: County Meath, Headfort, Royal Tara, Navan, K Club, Carton, Rathcore, Killeen Castle

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MARLFIELD HOUSE, Courtown Road (R742), Gorey, Co. Wexford.

Golf Courses: The Palmer Course (on-site) The Smurfit Course (on-site), Luttrellstown, Druids Glen, Royal Dublin

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KNIGHTSBROOK HOTEL SPA & GOLF RESORT, Dublin Road, Trim, Co. Meath.

Sales & Marketing: Lisa Morrissey

090 648 5120 Golf Courses: Glasson (on site), Athlone, Mount Temple, Moate, Esker Hills, Tullamore, Mullingar

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059 918 0100 Golf Courses: Mount Wolseley (on-site), Killerig, Carlow, Kilkea, Rathsallagh.

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www.powerscourthotel.com

 reservations@powerscourthotel.com Rates: B&B from €190 per room. Nestled among the breathtaking glens and mountain foothills south of Dublin, the Powerscourt Hotel offers guests a glorious golf and spa experience enriched by magnificent scenic views and historic elegance. With 200 lavishly furnished rooms and suites and 36 holes of championship golf, the resort is a stunning complement to the sublime formal gardens of historic Powerscourt Estate.

Reservations Manager: Dawn Byrne

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TINAKILLY HOUSE HOTEL, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow.

www.tinakilly.ie

 reservations@tinakilly.ie Rates: B&B from €40 pps.

0404 69274

Tinakilly House is an elegant Victorian country mansion set in fourteen acres of beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the Irish Sea. The hotel has 51 spacious bedrooms, some with four-poster beds and junior suites with breathtaking sea views, featuring all the modern comforts. The kitchen prides itself on its fine blend of modern and traditional Irish cuisine. The conference and banqueting facilities can cater for up to 90 guests. Exclusive wedding hire is also available. General Manager: 51 Colin Hatt

TULFARRIS HOTEL & GOLF RESORT, Blessington Lake, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.

01 274 8888 Golf Courses: Powerscourt, European Club, Druids Glen, Glen of the Downs, Royal Dublin, Portmarnock.

Golf Courses: Druids Glen, European, Wicklow, Delgany, Greystones, Woodenbridge, Blainroe, Roundwood.

www.tulfarrishotel.ie

 sales@tulfarris.com Rates: B&B from €39.50 pps. Open all year round. Standing on the tee at Tulfarris by the shores of Blessington Lake will leave you speechless. Set across 3 of the lake's stunning peninsulas, the 4 Star Hotel & 18th Century Manor, nestled amid 200 acres of mature woodland against the backdrop of Wicklow's rolling hills, Tulfarris is the perfect place to for a golfing getaway. It is one of the most picturesque hotels in Wicklow the epitome of delicious food, relaxed bars & deluxe guest bedrooms with spectacular panoramic views. Designed by the celebrated golf architect, Patrick J. Merrigan, our 18-hole championship golf course blends the natural landscape with inspired features to create a challenging golfing layout. Sales & Marketing Manager: 18 69 Suzanne Coyne

045 867600 Golf Courses: Tulfarris, Rathsallagh, K Club, Palmerstown House, Citywest, Killeen.

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Enniskerry, County Wicklow. Tel: (01) 204 6033

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WINEPORT LODGE, Glasson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

www.wineport.ie

 lodge@wineport.ie Rates: B&B from €75 pps. Open all year round. Situated in the heart of Ireland, just an hour from Dublin, less than Galway, Wineport Lodge is a luxury lakeshore hideaway. The Lodge has 30 lakeview rooms and suites, each individually designed, each with private balcony. Wineport also boasts an intimate Treatment Suite, outdoor cedar hot tubs and a renowned restaurant. With over 8 championship courses a short driving distance away Wineport Lodge is a perfect base for a golf based getaway. Managing Director: Ray Byrne

090 643 9010 Golf Courses: Glasson, Athlone, Mount Temple, Moate, Esker Hills, Mullingar, Tullamore, New Forest

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2014 THE BLUE ORCHID, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

www.blueorchid.ie

 info@blueorchid.ie

01 283 1767

Sawadee - Welcome to The Blue Orchid The Blue Orchid is truly the home to Ireland’s finest, authentic, Thai cuisine. The experience is not simply one of dining in one of Ireland’s finest restaurants, but also an experience of utter delight where the almost mystical taste of Thai cuisine is captured in full, and then offered to the discerning diner. Cuisine served in a relaxed atmosphere in a long established and popular south-side eatery. Always terrific value.

Golf Courses: Royal Dublin, Milltown, Elm Park, Woodbrook, Foxrock, Bray

Opening Hours: Open 7 Days a week 17.00 - 22.00; Sunday: 16.00 - 22.00 Location: Halfway down Newtown Park Avenue, Blackrock. 60

Manager: Nui

CAVISTONS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 59 Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Co. Dublin.

GF

www.cavistons.com

 info@cavistons.com This is purely a fresh seafood restaurant. Straight from the Atlantic waters, our motto is “Let the fish do the talking”. Voted Best Fish Restaurant in Ireland by The Guardian Newspaper. Georgina Campbell 10th Annual Award 2008 for creativity with Irish Fish food. Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: Sittings: 12.00; 13.30; 15.00 kitchen closes 15.20. Friday & Saturday: Dinner: 18.00; 20.15 kitchen closes 20.35. Closed Monday & Sunday. Location: Glasthule Village, approx. 300 yards from Glasthule / Sandycove DART Station. Turn right outside station and walk to main junction. 30

Proprietor: Peter Caviston

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KOH RESTAURANT & COCKTAIL BAR, 6 - 7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1.

 enquiries@koh.ie Spacious outdoor terrace; a stylish cocktail lounge with award winning flair cocktail barmen; and an À La Carte Restaurant which prides itself on superb modern Thai/Asian food at reasonable prices. A wine list expertly chosen to match the delicate subtle Asian flavours. Opening Hours: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12.00 - 17.00; Saturday & Public Holidays: 13.00 - 17.00; Dinner: Mon - Thurs, Sun & P. Hols.: 17.00 - 23.00 Friday & Saturday: 17.00 - Midnight Location: In the heart of Dublin City on the fashionable Millennium Walkway, which runs from the River Liffey to the Jervis Street Luas stop (The Italian Quarter). Proprietors: Conor Sexton / Conor Kilkenny

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www.koh.ie 01 814 6777 Golf Courses: Portmarnock, Royal Dublin, Milltown, Elm Park, St. Anne’s, Portmarnock Links.

www.lecrivain.com

 enquiries@lecrivain.com Ultimate Dining Experience in Dublin This very stylish and contemporary moderately priced multi Award Winning Restaurant is 5 minutes walk from St. Stephen’s Green. Using the very best of Irish produce all the while supporting local and artisan producers using food in season, Chef Derry Clarke and his wife Sallyanne established L’Ecrivain in 1989, and is an experience not to be missed. Two private functions rooms available also. Opening Hours: Lunch: 12.30 - 14.00; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 18.30 - 22.30 Closed Sunday & Public Holidays Location: 5 minutes walk from St. Stephen’s Green.

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01 280 9245 Golf Courses: Woodbrook, Bray, Dun Laoghaire, Powerscourt, Old Conna, Elm Park, Royal Dublin

Modern Thai Asian Cuisine

GF SC

L’ECRIVAIN RESTAURANT, 109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.

Proprietors: Derry & Sallyanne Clarke

Thai

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01 661 1919 Golf Courses: Portmarnock, Royal Dublin, Milltown, Elm Park, St. Anne’s, Portmarnock Links. French / Modern Irish

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www.gogartys.ie

 restaurant@gogartys.ie Gogartys serves exceptionally good bar food, mainly from traditional Irish recipes but also some international flavours and favourites. We also stock a good range of craft Irish beers, ciders and Irish whiskeys.

Opening Hours: Open 7 days a week: Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 23.00; Sunday & Bank Holidays 12.00 - 23.00 Location: Centre of Temple Bar, in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre, Corner Fleet St./ Anglesea St. 150

Proprietor: Martin Keane

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OLIVER ST JOHN GOGARTY, 58 - 59 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

www.gogartys.ie

Opening Hours: Open 7 days a week: Monday - Wednesday 17.00 - 23.30; Thursday Sunday 12.30 - 23.30 wLocation: Centre of Temple Bar, in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre, Corner Fleet St. / Anglesea St. 92

Proprietor: Martin Keane

RESTAURANT FORTY ONE @ Residence, 41 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

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Traditional Irish

01 662 0000 Golf Courses: Portmarnock, Royal Dublin, Milltown, Elm Park, St. Anne’s, Portmarnock Links.

Restaurant Forty One, one of the most elegant dining rooms in the City, where Award Winning Dishes are served under the Directorship of Head Chef, Graham Neville. Available for private events also. Restaurant Forty One is open to the public for lunch and dinner. Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: Lunch 12.30 - 14.00; Dinner 17.30 - 22.30 On St. Stephen’s Green.

01 671 1822 Golf Courses: Portmarnock K Club Powerscourt Royal Dublin Carton House St Anne’s

www.restaurantfortyone.ie

 info@restaurantfortyone.ie

Restaurant Manager: Arvin Goorwappa

01 671 1822 Golf Courses: Portmarnock K Club Powerscourt Royal Dublin Carton House St. Anne’s

Traditional Irish

 restaurant@gogartys.ie Gogartys Award Winning Restaurant specialises in traditional Irish dishes. We have an extensive menu, but some favourites include Leg of Wicklow Lamb, 20oz Porterhouse Steak, Dingle Crab Claws, Aranmore Oysters, Sole on the Bone, and our signature dish Gogartys Howth Lobster.

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ROLY’S BISTRO, 7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4.

www.rolysbistro.ie

 ireland@rolysbistro.ie Roly’s Bistro is the place to wine and dine, in the heart of Ballsbridge, ample parking and within walking distance of many of Dublin’s hotels. Booking recommended and enjoy the exceptional dishes prepared by Paul Cartwright. We are also offering an exciting new Café and Bakery for Casual dining, 7 days a Week 07.30 - 11.00, No booking required. Opening Hours: Open 7 Days a week 12.00 - 15.00; 18.00 22.00. Closed 25th, 26th, 27th December & Good Friday. Location: Centre of Ballsbridge, just up from Lansdowne Road, close to American Embassy & RDS nearby. Proprietors: John O’Sullivan, Angela O’Sullivan, Paul Cartwright

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01 668 2611 Golf Courses: Portmarnock, Royal Dublin, Milltown, Elm Park, St. Anne’s, Portmarnock Links. European

Accommodation Information Symbols explained: Number of bedrooms

Conference facilities

TV in bedroom

WiFi available

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Full bar licence

Free car parking

Arrange hire of clubs

Angling facilities (nearby / on-site)

Swimming pool

Evening entertainment

Gym

Spa

Travel agent booking

Arrange tee-times

Horse riding (nearby - on-site)

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SOUTH AS any Munster man will tell you, well those from Cork anyway, Cork City is the ‘real’ capital of Ireland. In the Irish way of things it’s influence that’s important. And as any Dublin man will tell you with half his city populated by Corkmen, Cork City influence wins hands down, ergo, the ‘Real ‘Capital. Limerick, Munster’s other ‘city’, oversees the point where the River Shannon, meets the Atlantic Ocean. Limerick and its Shannon estuary has always been a focal point for travellers to, from and within Ireland. It has been building aviation bridges since the first Atlantic seaplanes noisily spattered and splashed their comings and goings at nearby Foynes. And rugby ? Well that’s the religion in these parts. The province of Munster covers the bottom quarter of the island of Ireland. If you take a line between Waterford and just south of Galway City, everything below lies in Munster. And some fabulous golf too - Lahinch, Doonbeg, Ballybunion, Tralee, Killarney, Waterville, Adare, Fota Island, County Tipperary Golf and Country Club in Dundrum names which conjure the exotic in Irish Golf. But there is much more to this impressive selection of Munster’s golf. Some 89 clubs are distributed throughout the province, each with its own character and story to tell. The range includes links, coastal heaths and parklands which will both challenge and enthral.

Counties in the South / Munster: Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford.

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Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Co. Kerry.

Waterville Golf Club, Co. Kerry.

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Charleville Golf Club

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Waterville Golf Links

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Lahinch Golf Club (Old)

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Glengarriff Golf Club

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Skellig Bay Golf Club

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Roscrea Golf Club

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Mitchelstown Golf Club

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Parknasilla Golf Club

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Spanish Point Golf Club

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Cahir Park Golf Club

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Kenmare Golf Club

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Ennis Golf Club

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Slievenamon Golf Club

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Macroom Golf Club

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Woodstock Golf Club

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Clonmel Golf Club

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Blarney Golf Resort

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East Clare Golf Club

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Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club

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Lee Valley Golf & Country Club

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Nenagh Golf Club

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Faithlegg Golf Club

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Muskerry Golf Club

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Templemore Golf Club

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Castlegregory Golf Club

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Mahon Golf Club

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Doonbeg Golf Club

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Dingle Golf Links / Ceann Sibeal

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Frankfield Golf Club

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Kilkee Golf & Country Club

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Dooks Golf Club

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Cork Golf Club

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Kilrush Golf Club

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Killorglin Golf Club

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Douglas Golf Club

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Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club

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Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club

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Cobh Golf Club

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Shannon Golf Club

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Beaufort Golf Club

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Rafeen Creek Golf Club

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Clonlara Golf Club

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Dunloe Golf Club

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East Cork Golf Club

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Castletroy Golf Club

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Ross Golf Club

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Monkstown Golf Club

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Thurles Golf Club

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Castlerosse Golf Club

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Fota Island Golf Club

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Rathbane Golf Club

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Killarney Golf & Fishing Club

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Water Rock Golf Club

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Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort

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Kanturk Golf Club

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Castlemartyr Golf Club

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Adare Manor Golf Club

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Doneraile Golf Club

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Youghal Golf Club

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Limerick County Golf Club

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Mallow Golf Club

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Berehaven Golf Club

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Limerick Golf Club

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Ballinamona Golf Club

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Bantry Bay Golf Club

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Newcastle West Golf Club

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Fermoy Golf Club

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Coosheen Golf Club

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County Tipperary Golf & Country Club

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Lismore Golf Club

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Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club

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Ballykisteen Golf & Country Club

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Dungarvan Golf Club

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Lisselan Estate Golf Club

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Tipperary Golf Club

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Gold Coast Golf Club

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Dunmore Golf Club

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Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club

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Waterford Golf Club

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Bandon Golf Club

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Ballybunion Golf Club

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Waterford Castle Golf Club

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Kinsale Golf Club

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Tralee Golf Club

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Williamstown Golf Club

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Fernhill Golf Club

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Ardfert Golf Club

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West Waterford Golf & Country Club

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Castleisland Golf Club

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Tramore Golf Club

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Listowel Golf Club

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Dunmore East Golf Club

Old Head Golf Links Map reference in this colour denotes a links course.

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061 605 293 Signature Hole 18th, Par 5, 584 yds, Index 2 This has been described as one of the finest par 5’s in the world with the beautiful River Maigue flowing alongside the fairway.

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068 27146 Signature Hole 17th, Par 5, 485 yds, Index 9 A short Par 5 but with a spectacular shot into the green. A good drive down the middle and a lay up for your second is the best way to play this hole.

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www.ballybuniongolfclub.ie 068 27146 Signature Hole 11th, Par 4, 473 yds, Index 2 Located along the shoreline, this hole demands great accuracy off the tee and for your approach shot, you will need to fly it all the way!

€3

www.bandongolfclub.com

 enquiries@bandongolfclub.com Secretary / Manager: Kay Walsh Testing parkland course (par 71, standard scratch 71) in a beautiful setting, natural hazards abounding on the undulating slopes of the Bandon Valley. Centenary Year in 2009. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €35; Weekends & Public Holidays €40 Visitors: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Opens: Thursdays in Summer - Men’s Open Singles Location: On the West side of Bandon between the Clonakilty & Dunmanway roads in the old Castlebernard Estate. Length: 6,625 yards Golf Pro: Paddy O’Boyle 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

CASTLEMARTYR RESORT - Castlemartyr, Co. Cork.

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www.ballybuniongolfclub.ie

 info@ballybuniongolfclub.ie General Manager: Vari McGreevy The Old Course exudes a majestic feel that simply cannot be compared to any other course on earth. With beautifully contoured fairways that tumble down through a blanket of grassy dunes, it's no wonder these challenging holes have been consistently rated among the top courses in the world. Green Fees: Old Course €180 Visitors: Monday - Friday Location: Located in NW Kerry on a beautiful stretch of sand dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Length: 6,802 yards Golf Pro: Brian O’Callaghan 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

BANDON GOLF CLUB - Castlebernard, Bandon, Co. Cork.

061 396 204 Signature Hole 18th, Par 4, 365 yds, Index 3 A drive through two sentinel trees, dog-leg, you must then avoid the grave yard on your right & trees guarding the ruined castle on your left. The green slopes back to front, right to left.

www.adaremanor.com

 info@ballybuniongolfclub.ie General Manager: Vari McGreevy The Trent Jones Cashen Course, sweeping along undisturbed shoreline, offers breathtaking views throughout. A wild look to the place, long grass covers the dunes that pitch & roll throughout the course. You will find yourself hitting uphill, downhill & sidehill shots, putting on beautifully contoured greens - rewards good play. Green Fees: Cashen Course €65 Visitors: Monday - Friday Location: Located in NW Kerry on a beautiful stretch of sand dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Length: 6,318 yards Golf Pro: Brian O’Callaghan 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

BALLYBUNION GOLF CLUB - Old Course - Sandhill Road, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry.

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www.adaremanorgolfclub.com

 mroberts@adaremanor.com Golf Ops. Manager: Michael Roberts The last major golf course designer by Robert Trent Jones Senior. Course measures 7,453 yards and was host to the Irish Open in 2007 & 2008 and host to JP McManus Invitational Pro Am & the Irish Open 2007 & 2008. Green Fees:November - April €65; May - October €85 Visitors: Everyday Opens: Once a month Location: Approx. 25 mins. from Shannon Airport, 15 mins. from Limerick City, 2 hrs. from Dublin. Length: 7,453 yards Golf Pro: Gary Howie 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

BALLYBUNION GOLF CLUB - Cashen Course - Sandhill Road, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry.

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 info@adaremanorgolfclub.com Manager: Michael O’Donnell Adare Manor Golf Club is one of the few Irish woodland courses that stays open year round. This beautiful woodland course, which is renowned for its tree-lined fairways, testing greens and historical ruins, offers both the amateur and professional a stern challenge. Visitors always welcome. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €25; Weekends & Public Holidays €25; Society Rates Visitors: Monday through Friday, Saturdays on application. Opens: Tuesday Location: On the left hand side after you pass the Lantern Lodge roundabout which is on the Limerick side of Adare. Length: 5,807 yards 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

ADARE GOLF CLUB @ Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort - Adare, Co. Limerick.

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023 884 1111 Signature Hole 7th, Par 3, 192 yds, Index 12 A slight drop in elevation from tee to green guarded by water on the left and bunker on the right, superb par 3 hole is without doubt one of the finest holes in Irish golf.

€3

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www.castlemartyrresort.ie

 golf@castlemartyrresort.ie Manager: Brady Sherwood This magnificent championship links is set on Castlemartyr 220 acre estate in East Cork. Created by renowned golf course designer Ron Kirby, the 6,790 yards par 72 will challenge and please players of any calibre. The Manor includes 103 bedrooms, a luxury spa, landscaped woodlands and lakes. Green Fees:Mon - Thurs €36, Fri & Sun €41, Sat €50 - Low season rates from €30 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: A 20 minute drive east from Cork City along the N25, between the towns of Midleton and Youghal. Length: 6,790 yards 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

021 421 9001 Signature Hole 5th, Par 3, 211 yds, Index 2 This challenging hole is well protected by 3 deep bunkers and the large clover shaped green undulates from right to left. Strongbow’s 13th Century ruins in the backdrop.

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CHARLEVILLE GOLF CLUB - Charleville, Co. Cork.

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052 612 4050 Signature Hole 14th, Par 3, 185 yds, Index 3 Elevated tee playing down to a generous but challenging green. Out of bounds on the right, a stream & bunker to the front, plus a swirling wind. Accurate tee shot for a par or better.

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www.corkgolfclub.com 021 435 3451 Signature Hole 4th, Par 4, 410 mts, Index 1 A tee shot has to carry 160 metres over Lough Mahon to find the fairway, with green side bunkers the flag has to be attacked from the left. A cracking hole.

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 dinglegc@iol.ie Secretary: Steve Fahy Experience the magic 6,696 yards, traditional championship links. The most westerly golf course in Europe. Each hole on this magnificent links is carved from the natural landscape.

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DOOKS GOLF CLUB - Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry

 office@dooks.com Manager: Michelle McGreevy Founded in 1889, Dooks is one of the oldest links in Ireland. The superb seaside setting of a truly traditional golf links makes Dooks a golf experience of a lifetime. Green Fees:Monday - Sunday from €85 - Special group rates available Visitors: Monday - Sunday Opens: See website Location: On the Atlantic Ocean on the Ring of Kerry route, 14 miles from Killarney & Kerry Airport. Length: 6,586 yards

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066 915 6255 Signature Hole 9th, Par 4, 449 yds, Index 1 The Gaelic name “Ifreann” i.e. Hell, should forewarn Golfers as to what awaits them. Meandering burn in play off the tee a fiendishly difficult green. A 4 here is a miracle!

Green Fees:Monday - Friday €55; Weekends & Public Holidays €55 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: Ballyferriter (9 miles from Dingle Town) on Dingle Peninsula. Length: 6,696 yards

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 info@corkgolfclub.ie General Manager: Matt Sands Redesigned by Dr. Alister MacKenzie in 1924, Cork Golf Club has matured to become one of the finest inland courses in Ireland. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €60, Weekends €65, Online Booking Available Early Bird €48 Visitors: Everyday Ring Re: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday AM Opens: See website Location: 5 miles East of Cork City off the N25, signposted. Length: 6,162 metres Golf Pro: Peter Hickey

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Signature Hole 16th, Par 3, 166 yds, Index 15 Delightful Par 3 guarded by water feature where only the best shot can expect to get close to the pin on a gently sloping green with out of bounds lingering just over the back of the green.

 cgc@indigo.ie Sec. Manager: Aine Myles Keating Clonmel is one of the oldest golf clubs in Munster, established in 1911. Set in the foothills of the Comeragh Mountains with magnificent views across the valley of the river Suir. Tee time on-line bookings now available. Distance membership available €150. Green Fees:Mon - Fri €20; Sat - Sun & P. Hols. €25. Group rates + discounts available Visitors: Weekdays - Weekends (Check in advance) Opens: Tuesday Location: 5 kms outside Clonmel on R678 towards Rathgormack. Length: 6,366 yards Golf Pro: Robert Hayes 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

CORK GOLF CLUB - Little Island, Cork, Co. Cork.

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www.charlevillegolf.com

 info@charlevillegolf.com Manager: Pat Nagle Not overly long by modern standards, the main hazard and attraction on this wonderfully maintained course are its trees. A very enjoyable test of a players ability with the emphasis on course management. A course for all ages. Green Fees:Monday €20; Tuesday - Friday €25; Weekends & Public Holidays €35. Visitors: Any day is a good day - (2 courses) Opens: Tuesdays Location: Adjacent to Munster’s most central town and only 45 minutes to Cork and Limerick. Length: 6,467 yards Golf Pro: Jamie O’Sullivan 27 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

CLONMEL GOLF CLUB - Lyreanearla, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

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www.dooks.com 066 976 8205 Signature Hole 7th, Par 4, 450 yds, Index 1 View from the tee high in the sand dunes has to be admired. Demanding tee shot, get this right and par is a great score.

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 reservations@doonbeggolfclub.com Contact: Reservations “Located 40 miles west of Shannon International Airport & midway between two Irish shrines - Ballybunion & Lahinch - Doonbeg is poised to become one itself” GOLF Magazine. Voted Europe’s Best Golf Resort in Europe 2013 & Top 20th Hotel in the World - Conde Nast. Voted Best Hotel in Ireland 2012 - Golfers Guide to Ireland. Green Fees:From €125; Residents €95 Visitors: Monday - Sunday Opens: All year round Location: Less than an hours drive from Shannon Airport. Length: 6,772 yards Golf Pro: Brian Shaw 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

DOUGLAS GOLF CLUB - Douglas, Cork, Co. Cork.

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Signature Hole 15th, Par 3, 134 mts, Index 17 Hitting from an elevated tee to a well protected green, this relatively short par 3 provides a good challenge for all golfers which belies it’s index.

Green Fees:Monday - Friday €35; Saturday & Sunday €40; Group Rates available. Visitors: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Opens: See website Location: Douglas Village ¼ mile towards Maryborough Hill. Length: 6,076 metres Golf Pro: Stephen Hayes

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 douglasgolf@eircom.net General Manager: Conor O’Brien 18 hole parkland course founded in 1909 with panoramic views over Cork City.

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DROMOLAND CASTLE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB - Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare.

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 golf@dromoland.ie Secretary: John O’Halloran Magnificent mature parkland course set within a medieval castle estate of 410 acres. Completely redesigned in ’03 by JB Carr & Ron Kirby. The Ron Kirby Academy is one of the most modern golf practice facilities in Ireland, 9 driving range bays & a fully enclosed teaching bay. Electric Cart €10, Club Hire €30, Shoes €10. Green Fees:Monday - Sunday €70 April to September. €60 in Shoulder season. Early Bird / Twilight: €55 Visitors: Everyday Location: 6 miles from Ennis, 8 miles from Shannon. Length: 6,824 yards Golf Pro: David Foley 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

061 368 444 Signature Hole 7th, Par 3, 179 yds, Index 18 Scenic downhill Par 3. Large lake vista and the Castle as a background. Green is surrounded by both bunkers and water hazards.

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DUNDRUM HOUSE HOTEL GOLF & LEISURE RESORT - Dundrum, Cashel, Co. Tipperary. www.dundrumhousehotel.com

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 golfshop@dundrumhouse.ie Golf Manager: William Crowe This wonderful championship course is interwoven into 200 acres of mature parklands. Designed by Philip Walton, an exhilarating course that provides a real test of golf. “Ranked in the top 30 Irish parkland courses in the media.” Green Fees:Monday - Sunday except Saturday from €30; Saturdays from €35 Visitors: All week Opens: Monday’s: Singles April - October & Open Week 1st week August Location: 12 kms from Cashel on the M8 and 45 minutes from Limerick. Dublin less than 2 hours, 1 hour Shannon and Cork.. Length: 7,200 yards 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

ENNIS GOLF CLUB - Drumbiggle Road, Ennis, Co. Clare.

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 golf@fhh.ie General Manager: Liam Moran The 13th hole has a breathtaking view of the River Suir and with the Icehouse on the left of the fairway it combines history and nature at its best. Green Fees:Monday - Thursday €30; Friday - Sunday €40 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: 5 miles from Waterford City on Dunmore Road and 2 miles from Cheekpoint. Length: 6,666 yards Golf Pro: Derry Kiely

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FAITHLEGG GOLF CLUB - Faithlegg, Co. Waterford.

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 info@ennisgolfclub.com General Manager: Pat McCarthy Ennis has tree-lined fairways and tight greens and represents a considerable challenge, while its relatively even terrain of 5,706 metres makes it an ideal terrain for the holiday and society golfer. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €25; Weekday Fourball €80; Weekends & Public Holidays €30; Weekend Fourball €100 Visitors: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Opens: See website Location: Less than one mile from town centre – well signposted. Length: 5,706 metres

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062 71717 Signature Hole 13th, Par 5, 580 yds, Index 7 One of the most testing holes to be found with the hole guarded by woodlands on both sides with the Multeen River cutting through the fairway 100 yards from the green.

051 380 587 Signature Hole 16th, Par 3, 166 yds, Index 3 “Olivia's Garden”, set amongst more mature woodland. Surrounded by bunkers giving the narrow green an island effect makes this hole a challenge even for the accomplished golfer.

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“Stay & Play” Packages 2 Night Golf Society Deals: From €149 Midweek & €179 Weekends includes: 2 B&B & 1 Table d’Hote Dinner & 2 Rounds of Golf. 1 Night Golf Society Deals: From €99 Midweek & €119 Weekends includes: 1 B&B & 1 Table d’Hote Dinner & 1 Round of Golf. Day Society Green Fees from €25

* Par 72 Philip Walton Designed Championship Course * * 70 Bedroom Manor Hotel * Award Winning Leisure Centre *

* Just 1¾ hours from Dublin, 1 hour from Cork and from Portlaoise, 45 minutes from Limerick * Dundrum House Hotel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary. T: 00 353 (0) 62 7 1116 E: reservations@dundrumhouse.ie W: dundrumhousehotel.com

Experience the Magic of Faithlegg Special Hotel & Self-Catering Rates for Groups & Golf Societies

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 reservations@fotaisland.ie Chief Exec. Officer: Jonathan Woods One of Ireland’s best-loved courses, Fota Island Resort, twice host to the Irish Open, has 3 distinctively challenging championship golf courses set in beautiful parkland scenery. Surrounded by tall oak trees, bathed in peace & quiet, Fota Island Resort also has the comfortable Clubhouse, Pro Shop, & Fota Island Golf Academy, with latest state-of-art computerised analysis, & a full array of teaching aids. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €40 - €65; Weekends €50 - €85 Visitors: Everyday Location: Take the N25 east from Cork City for 9 miles. Exit at R624. Fota is 1,000 yards on the right towards Cobh. Length: 7,362 yards Golf Pro: Kevin Morris 27 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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064 663 1034 Signature Hole 10th, Par 3, 142 yds, Index 16 One of the most memorable par threes in Golf. Playing down a tree lined fairway to an elevated green, surrounded by an oxbow lake.

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065 708 1003 Signature Hole 5th Old, Par 3, 154 yds, Index 16 Designed by Old Tom Morris, the green is hidden behind one of the courses famous dunes and has remained untouched since 1894.

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www.macroomgolfclub.com

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Macroom Golf Club is a beautiful parkland course situated within the castle grounds, on the banks of the River Sullane. Golfers cannot but be impressed by the peaceful beauty that surrounds them. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €25; Weekends & Public Holidays €30 Visitors: Everyday except Weekends & Public Holiday mornings Location: Through the Castle Arch in the Town Centre. Length: 6,102 yards N E

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www.kinsalegolf.ie

 office@kinsalegolf.ie Contact: Bookings 18 hole parkland course constructed in 1995 and extended in 2009. The landscape has been used to it’s maximum and the planting of a large number of hardwood trees adds to it’s playing strategy. Approved to Fáilte Ireland Standards. Established 1912 and voted GUI Munster Club of the Year 2012. Green Fees:From €35 and special rates avaliable, check with club Visitors: Every day on-line Location: 2 miles North of Kinsale Town on the R607 under the old railway bridge at Farrangalway. Length: 6,935 yards Golf Pro: Ger Broderick 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

 info@lahinchgolf.com General Manager: Paddy Keane The Old Course is a classic links course set amongst the famous dunes with subtle contoured greens in true MacKenzie style. The Castle course presents golfers with a slightly less formidable, though equally interesting challenge. Green Fees:Monday - Friday: Old €130; Castle €30. Weekend & Public Holidays: Old €150; Castle €30 Visitors: Most days Opens: Old: Every Thursday Apr to Oct. Castle: Every Wednesday Apr to Oct. Location: Lahinch, Co. Clare. Length: Old: 6,950 yards Castle: 5,488 yards

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LAHINCH GOLF CLUB - Liscannor Road, Lahinch, Co. Clare.

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KINSALE GOLF CLUB - Farrangalway, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

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Signature Hole 18th, Par 4, 406 yds, Index 2 ‘Peril Harbour’ - The tee box is built on the water which makes it a unique challenge for all golfers and surrounded by the picturesque Caha Mountains.

Secretary/Manager: Cormac Flannery  reservations@killarney-golf.com Four time home of the Irish Open, the courses at Killarney are amongst the most scenically appointed in the world. The beauty of the landscape, the majesty of the mountains and lakes make a visitto Killarney Golf Club an unforgettable experience. Green Fees:Tuition and Green Fee rates available on request. Visitors: Everyday Location: On N72, 3 kms West of Killarney Town on Ring of Kerry Road. Length: 7,249 yards Killeen; 6,780 yards Mahony’s Point Golf Pro: David Keating

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021 488 3700 Signature Hole 18th, Par 5, 507 yds, Index 18 The ultimate risk and reward hole, need to place your drive into a narrow fairway lined by mature woodland. A mid or long iron to the island green for the adventurous player.

www.kenmaregolfclub.com

 info@kenmaregolfclub.com Sec. Manager: John Sullivan One of “Ireland’s best kept secrets.” Lies in the shadows of the Caha Mountains and partially surrounded by the Kenmare River Estuary. Fantastic greens and spectacular holes, a place not to be missed in a golfers itinerary. Buggy booking required. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €35 Weekends & Public Holidays €40. Visitors: Everyday - Pre-Book Opens: See website Location: On the Ring of Kerry on the R569. Two minute walk from Kenmare town centre. Length: 6,086 yards 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch available

KILLARNEY GOLF & FISHING CLUB - Mahony’s Point, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

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Signature Hole 14th, Par 4, 346 yds, Index 4 Drive over the River Sullane, out of bounds on right, water left down the fairway with a green protected in front by water. Par on this is like a birdie.

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 mallowgolfcluboffice@eircom.net Mallow Golf Club is a championship course set in the heart of the Blackwater Valley. Renowned as the “Undiscovered gem of parkland courses in Munster” Mallow is a course that golfers of all abilities will enjoy playing. Additional facilities; 4 all-weather tennis courts and 2 squash courts. Special Group Rates on request. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €25; Weekends & Public Holidays €35 Visitors: Midweek Opens: Wednesday - Gents Open Day €20 (CONGU Hcp required) Location: 20 minutes from Cork City and 1 mile from Mallow Town Centre. Length: 5,960 metres Golf Pro: Sean Conway 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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Signature Hole 16th, Par 3, 172 mts, Index 9 A testing par 3 played over a waterfall feature to a two tiered green protected by bunkers on both side with a premium on accuracy.

Green Fees:Monday - Sunday €35, Special group rates: Monday - Sunday €30 Visitors: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday pm, Sunday pm Opens: See website Location: 8 miles from Cork City, near both Car Ferry and Airport. Length: 5,663 metres

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022 21145 Signature Hole 7th, Par 4, 413 mts, Index 1 Excellent par 4, requires an accurate tee shot to left side of fairway to leave a mid /long iron approach. A par here will feel like a birdie. 2nd shot offers a panoramic view of the Galtee Mountains.

www.monkstowngolfclub.com

 office@monkstowngolfclub.com Manager: Mr. Hilary Madden Well developed parkland course with good variety of holes, presenting a test for golfers of all handicaps. Scenic views of Cork Harbour and mature tree lined fairways.

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 info@newcastlewestgolf.com Manager: John Devine In a magical setting among the rolling hills of West Limerick, the course is now rated amongst the best in Munster & beyond with magnificent greens. Recently invested a six figure sum in an exciting Development Programme, additional drainage, which has brought the course to a new level, and a must play in the Munster Region. Green Fees:Mon - Fri from €20, W/E. & P. Hols. €30. 4Ball Specials €100. Very attractive Group & Society Rates. Visitors: Everyday Location: Between Limerick & Kerry, 40 mins. from Shannon, Ballybunion 40 mins. & 50 mins. from Tralee & Killarney. Length: 6,462 yards 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

069 76500 Signature Hole 6th, Par 3, 191 yds, Index 4 This hole is played across a wide expanse of water to a sloping green, with index 4, a par is very welcome.

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THE PERFECT TEE OFF Fota Island Resort is just a ten minute drive from Cork City. It is located in the heart of a 780 acre estate which is included in ‘The Inventory of Outstanding Landscapes in Ireland’. The splendid woodlands are woven onto three challenging championship courses; The Deerpark Course, The Barryscourt Course and The Belvelly Course and was proud to host the 2001 and 2002 Irish Open. Amazing individual, group and societies packages now available. Book online at www.fotaisland.ie or for more information contact us on Tel 021 488 3700 or Email info@fotaisland.ie GOLFERS H GUIDE TO IRELAND 2014

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ROSCREA GOLF CLUB - Derryvale, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.

www.roscreagolfclub.ie

Office Administrator: Kathleen Phelan  info@roscreagolfclub.ie 18 hole parkland course situated in the shadow of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the geographical centre of Ireland. Founded in 1892, greens have acclaimed by amateurs and professionals as being of the highest quality. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €15; Weekends & Public Holidays €15 Visitors: Everyday Location: 1 mile from Roscrea town on the Dublin side, with direct access from the R445. Length: 5,862 metres

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0505 21130 Signature Hole 5th, Par 5, 445 mts, Index 8 Locally known as the “Burma Road”. Out of bounds to the left and large mature tree line to the right. New green which is protected by mounds and grass bunkers.

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TRALEE GOLF CLUB - West Barrow, Ardfert, Co. Kerry.

www.traleegolfclub.com

 info@traleegolfclub.com Manager: Anthony Byrne 066 713 6379 Surrounded by the Atlantic, magnificent panoramic view from all holes – made Signature Hole 3rd, famous in “Ryan’s Daughter” 1968. Showpiece 3rd, rising from crashing waves, with Par 3, 194 yds, Index 12 Par 3 “The Castle” is a show 14th century castle. Green Fees:Contact the office or check on-line for offers www.traleegolfclub.com Visitors: Monday - Saturday Location: 8 miles north west of Tralee Town on Barrow Peninsula. Length: 6,975 yards Golf Pro: David Power

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TRAMORE GOLF CLUB - Newtown Hill, Tramore, Co. Waterford.

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www.tramoregolfclub.com

 info@tramoregolfclub.com Hon. Secretary: Richard Walsh With 6,088 (Blue) metres to be negotiated to produce a good score on gently undulating greens - your putting game will be examined throughout the round. The newly designed par 4, 5th hole, naturally guarded by overhanging trees will reward those who possess the advantage of an accurate tee shot. Green Fees:Monday - Thursday €35; Friday - Sunday €40. Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website. Open Singles Friday €25; Tuesday Fourball line €100 Location: Located on the Ring Road in Tramore approx. 10 minutes from Waterford City; Part of the sunny South East. Length: 5,823 (White) metres 27 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

WATERFORD CASTLE HOTEL & GOLF CLUB - The Island, Waterford City, Waterford.

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051 871 633 Signature Hole “We like to think that we have 18 signature holes! No two holes are alike and all 18 are unique, offering a different challenge.”

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 wvgolf@iol.ie Sec. Manager: Noel Cronin Mystical Links on the roaring Atlantic. Founded in 1889 and ranked in the top 5 of Ireland and Top 100 courses in the world. Noted training venue for British Open by four of last five champions. Accommodation and golf packages available. Green Fees:Contact club for green fee rates Visitors: Everyday Location: Southwest coast on Ring of Kerry, 50 miles Kerry Airport, 125 miles Shannon, 110 miles Cork. Length: 7,355 yards Golf Pro: Liam Higgins 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

WEST WATERFORD GOLF CLUB - Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

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051 386 170 Signature Hole 9th, Par 3, 174 mts “Newtown” stretches to 174 metres and with the green protected by a drain and bunkers, this testing Par 3 can make or break your score.

www.waterfordcastle.com

 golf@waterfordcastle.com Contact: Office Ireland’s only true island golf course surrounded by the River Suir & accessed by complimentary ferry. Designed by Des Smyth, this 320 acre island is enclosed by water. Putting green, Chipping area. Early Bird before 10am. Green Fees:Low/High: Mon- Thurs €25 - €30, Fri - Sun & P. Hols €30 - €40 Visitors: Everyday except Sunday mornings Opens: See website Location: Positioned on the River Suir, just one mile down river from Waterford City, the Island enjoys idyllic seclusion while located close to the city. Length: 6,231 metres Golf Pro: James Funnell

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066 947 4102 Signature Hole 11th, Par 5, 477 yds, Index 12 It may be short in distance, but this beautiful monster has destroyed many a good score card. Aim left of the hut when teeing off and left again on your approach as ball kicks right.

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www.westwaterfordgolfclub.com

 info@westwaterfordgolfclub.com General Manager: Austin Spratt “I was given the opportunity to design a great golf course in a unique location.” Course architect Eddie Hackett. Club Winner of 3 All-Ireland Junior Foursomes. Home of Seamus Power Professional on eGolf Tour USA and Gary Hurley presently International player. “Great Value Green Fees” Dermot Gilleece - Irish Times. Green Fees:From €25 Visitors: Everyday Opens: Every Wednesday / See website Location: 4 kms west of Dungarvan off N25 bypass on the Aglish Road. Length: 6,719 yards Golf Pro: Timmy Murphy 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

058 43216 Signature Hole 14th, Par 4, 422 yds, Index 3 Superb dogleg, requiries an accurate tee shot between a tree-lined avenue of trees, leaving a long iron approach to a small green guarded by bunkers & the Brickey River, with little margin for error.

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 res@actonshotelkinsale.com Rates: B&B from €99. Opening early 2013. Actons of Kinsale is spectacularly located in the heart of Kinsale overlooking the magnificent Kinsale Harbour and marina. In 2013 the hotel re-opened after a substantial refurbishment. This Kinsale hotel has 74 en suite bedrooms and many enjoy superb harbour views. Sidney’s Bar & Brassiere is the ideal place for guests to dine in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. The Health & leisure Club has a 15 meter indoor pool, sauna , steam room, and a fully equipped techno gym.

021 477 9900 Golf Courses: Old Head, Kinsale, Bandon, Douglas, Fota Island, Cork, Lee Valley

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ARD NA SIDHE COUNTRY HOUSE, Caragh Lake, Killorglin, Co. Kerry.

www.ardnasidhe.com

 reservations@ardnasidhe.com Rates: B&B from €180. Open 1st May - 30th September Ard Na Sidhe Country House is a charming 18 bedroom lake hotel. Hidden on the picturesque shore of Caragh Lake, Killorglin along the Ring of Kerry, it is the ideal luxury hideaway and haven of tranquility. The house lies nestled between 32 acres of spectacular gardens, hidden pathways and secret glades give way to the lakes and mountains beyond. The perfect place to while away an afternoon, enjoying afternoon tea on the terrace or simply exploring the gardens is a must for every visitor. General Manager: Michael Brennan

066 976 9105 Golf Courses: Dooks, Killorglin, Beaufort, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club (2), Tralee, Waterville, Ring of Kerry

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BLUE HAVEN HOTEL, 3/4 Pearse Street, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

www.bluehavenkinsale.com

 info@bluehavenkinsale.com Rates: From €35 pps. Closed 25th December. Blue Haven, a charming old world boutique hotel, situated in the heart of the historic town of Kinsale, Cork within touching distance of Kinsale’s many famous bars and restaurants and only 20 minutes from Cork. Famous for its excellent food, service, style and great live music 7 days a week. Blue Haven has an array of dining options to choose from, our cosy Blue Haven Café, to our luxurious Bar, Bistro and Fishmarket Restaurant. All dishes combine seasonal produce from our garden and fresh seafood from our local shores, carefully prepared by our team of international chefs. Blue Haven prides itself in delivering the ultimate in friendly and efficient service to our customers. Member of the Good Food Circle. 17 Proprietor: Ciaran Fitzgerald

THE BREHON, Muckross Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

021 477 2209 Golf Courses: Kinsale, Bandon, Old Head Golf Links, Fota Island, Harbour Point, Lee Valley

www.thebrehon.com

 info@thebrehon.com Rates: B&B from €65 pps. The Brehon & Angsana Spa, a member of The Gleneagle Group, is a luxurious hotel of unique grace and elegance set amid Killarney’s alluring landscape. Each guestroom and suite reflects a contemporary blend of beauty, style and space. Angsana Spa at The Brehon provides a sanctuary for the inner self. The experienced Thai therapists offer a range of holistic spa treatments and massages to refresh and revitalise the spirit, mind and physical being. Managing Director: Mr Patrick O’Donoghue

064 663 0700 Golf Courses: Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Ross, Dooks, Killorglin, Beaufort, Ring of Kerry, Ballybunion, Tralee

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BUTLER ARMS HOTEL, Waterville, Co. Kerry.

www.butlerarms.com

 reservations@butlerarms.com Rates: B&B from €80. Closed Mid November - Mid March The charming family-run Butler Arms Hotel was the holiday retreat for Charlie Chaplin for many years. Its tastefully furnished bedrooms, with magnificent sea views, a restaurant renowned for its Atlantic Seafood and locally reared Beef and Lamb dishes, together with the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Fisherman’s Bar makes this hotel a ‘must’ for the discerning guest. It is located within a mile of both the recently renovated Tom Fazio Waterville Golf Links and the new Ron Kirby designed Skellig Bay Golf Club, two excellent courses with stunning ocean views. Tourism Ireland 4 star AA 3 star. General Managers: Louise & Paula Huggard

066 947 4144 Golf Courses: Waterville, Dooks, Ring of Kerry, Skellig Bay, Ballybunion, Tralee, Killarney

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CASTLEMARTYR RESORT, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork.

www.castlemartyrresort.ie

 reservation@castlemartyrresort.ie Rates: B&B from €165 per room. Open all year. Castlemartyr Resort offers luxury 5 Star accommodation within easy reach of Cork Airport and is on the doorstep of Cork City. The 18th century classic manor house lies adjacent to the ruins of an 800 year old castle originally built by The Knights Templar. The Resort is nestled in 220 acres of mature landscape, with meandering streams, parklands and a tranquil lake that is abundant with wildlife and gardens that include a reconstruction of the historical, classical parterre beds. The Castlemartyr Golf Resort is an 18 hole, 6,790 yds, par 72, inland links style course. It is the creation of renowned golf course designer Ron Kirby. 103

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DINGLE BENNERS HOTEL, Main Street, Dingle, Co. Kerry.

www.dinglebenners.com

 info@dinglebenners.com Rates: B&B from €70 pps. Closed 14th December - 26th December. Dingle’s oldest hotel, perfectly located to explore the Dingle Peninsula, situated in the heart of Dingle town with its award wining restaurant and lovely pub just the ticket after a great day’s golf on the wide range of nearby courses.

General Manager: Cormac O’Sullivan

066 915 1638 Golf Courses: Dingle, Tralee, Dooks, Castlegregory, Ballybunion.

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DROMOLAND CASTLE, Newmarket-on-Fergus Co. Clare.

www.dromoland.ie

 sales@dromoland.ie Rates: From €230 per room. Open all year round. Dromoland Castle is a magnificent baronial castle dating from the 16th century. It is one of Europe’s leading 5 star resort hotels. The spacious guest rooms and suites are beautifully furnished and decorated. Enjoy a choice of dining experiences where menus are varied and superb. Amenities on the estate include golf, fishing, tennis, full health and beauty spa and swimming pool. Horseriding only 10 minutes drive from the castle. Located 8 miles from Shannon Airport and 6 miles from the town of Ennis. Director of Sales: John Hehir

061 368 144 Golf Courses: Dromoland (on-site), Shannon, Ennis, Woodstock, Lahinch, Doonbeg.

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DUNDRUM HOUSE HOTEL GOLF & LEISURE RESORT, Dundrum, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.www.dundrumhousehotel.com  reservations@dundrumhouse.ie Rates: B&B from €49 pps. Open all year round. Dundrum House Hotel incorporating the County Tipperary Golf & Country Club is an impressive Resort just 2 hours from Dublin, 1 hour Cork, Portlaoise and Limerick 45 minutes. Golfers have a choice of fine hotel accommodation or thirty 4 star spacious contemporary holiday houses. Designed by 1995 Ryder Cup hero, Philip Walton, this exhilarating course is a testing par 72 course, woven into the fabric of this beautiful estate. The Clubhouse serves good wholesome food and the hotel’s restaurant is renowned for its excellent cuisine. The Health Centre offers relaxation in the 21 metre Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Steam Room, Gym & Wellness Suite. A ‘must’ for your next Golf Outing. 18 70 Director of Golf: William Crowe

THE DUNLOE, Beaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

 reservations@thedunloe.com Rates: B&B from €180. Closed 12th October - 16th April inclusive.

062 71116 Golf Courses: County Tipperary Golf Club (on-site), Tipperary, Ballykisteen, Thurles, Cahir

www.thedunloe.com 064 664 4111

Golf Courses: Killarney Golf & A luxury 5 star hotel in breathtaking location overlooking the Gap of Dunloe. Fishing Club (2), Surrounded by exotic flowering gardens and hidden woodland walks which lead to the Beaufort, ruins of the 12th century Dunloe Castle, making it the ideal setting for a relaxing getaway. Dooks, All guests enjoy a range of complimentary facilties; horse riding, fishing on lake, indoor Waterville, tennis, 25m swimming pool, steam room and sauna as well as children’s adventure Tralee, playground. Ballybunion General Manager: Jason Clifford

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THE EUROPE HOTEL & RESORT, Fossa, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

www.theeurope.com

 reservations@theeurope.com Rates: B&B from €220 low season. Closed 15th December - 6th February inclusive. 5 Star The Europe Hotel & Resort lies nestled on the waters edge of Lough Lein. Escape into a world of relaxed elegance while enjoying one of the most breathtaking views in Ireland from your own private balcony. Adjacent to Killarney Golf & Fishing Club (home of the Irish Open 2010 & 2011), it is the idyllic base for your golfing get away. Unwind in the active level of ESPA at The Europe which includes 20m lap pool, indoor & outdoor vitality pools, heat experiences, lifestyle showers, techogym & relaxation areas.

General Manager: Michael Brennan

FAITHLEGG HOUSE HOTEL & GOLF CLUB, Faithlegg, Co. Waterford.

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 reservations@fhh.ie Rates: B&B from €59 pps. Closed 21 - 27 December, January 6 - 8 February. A member of the Tower Hotel Group, Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Club is located just 9.5 kms from Waterford City, situated on it’s own 18 hole championship golf course overlooking the River Suir. This elegantly restored country house hotel comprises 82 bedrooms with 14 master rooms in the original house. The Estuary Leisure, Health & Beauty Club is also located in the original hotel with a fully equipped gymnasium, sauna, jacuzzi and a 17m swimming pool. Our onsite golf co-ordinator will arrange preferential tee-times & green fees for courses in the local area. Special reductions are available to guests staying in the hotel for Faithlegg Golf Course. General Manager: 18 82 Liam Moran

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064 667 1300 Golf Courses: Killarney Golf & Fishing Club (2), Beaufort, Dooks, Waterville, Tralee, Ballybunion

051 382 000 Golf Courses: Faithlegg, Waterford Castle, Waterford, Tramore, Mount Juliet, Dungarvan, West Waterford

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The Inn at Dromoland comprises of 150 guest rooms as well as bar, restaurant, banqueting suite and meeting rooms. Leisure facilities at this Clare hotel include fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Located in the beautiful Co. Clare countryside, the hotel commands panoramic views across the Clare Hills and Shannon estuary. Ideally located just 13 kms from Shannon Airport, 15 minutes drive from Ennis and 20 minutes drive from Limerick, it is the ideal choice for a leisure or business stay. The hotel is now closer than ever thanks to the new motorway and also the Limerick tunnel.

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Kids Club. The Kids Club is in operation over some weekends and during school holidays - Summer, Easter, Mid-Term Breaks and Christmas. We would advise that you check with the hotel prior to your arrival to ensure the kids club will be open during your stay. Deerfields Restaurant has introduced some great new menu choices, these are available to view on the website. A range of Clare attractions are located nearby including Dromoland Estate and Dromoland Castle’s championship golf course which surrounds the hotel, as well as Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, located 10 minutes drive away. The team at the Inn at Dromoland look forward to welcoming you and ensuring you have a relaxed and enjoyable stay.

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FOTA ISLAND RESORT, Fota Island, Cork, Co. Cork.

www.fotaisland.ie

 reservations@fotaisland.ie Rates: B&B from €64.50 pps. Open all year. Discover one of Ireland’s newest luxury destinations, situated on the heart of an idyllic island in Cork Harbour and only 20 minutes from Cork Airport and City Centre. Fota Island Hotel & Spa is a five star hotel located on Fota Island Resort, which also offers championship golf courses and golf academy, a world renowned and award winning spa and exceptionally appointed self catering holiday lodges. Three individual dining experiences await: Dine with distinction at The Fota Restaurant or enjoy a light snack or afternoon tea in The Amber Lounge or alternatively, relax with bistro style cuisine overlooking the 18th green in The Clubhouse.

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THE INN AT DROMOLAND, Dromoland Estate, Newmarket-on-Fergus Co. Clare.

www.theinnatdromoland.ie

 info@theinnatdromoland.ie. Rates: Room from €90 - €180 incl. full Irish breakfast. Open all year round.

061 368 161

Located in the beautiful Co. Clare countryside, The Inn at Dromoland commands panoramic views across the Clare Hills and Shannon Estuary. Ideally located just 13 kms from Shannon Airport, 15 minutes drive from Ennis and 20 minutes drive from Limerick, it is the ideal choice for a leisure or business stay. The Inn at Dromoland is now closer than ever thanks to the new motorway and also the Limerick tunnel! Deputy General Manager: Claire Coughlan

www.killarneyinternational.com

 inter@iol.ie Rates: B&B from €49 pps. Closed from 23rd December - 26th December. Located in the heart of Killarney town, the International Hotel offers 90 exquisite guestrooms with our focus on comfort and luxury. Guestrooms offer luxurious pillow-top memory foam mattresses, Jacuzzi Bath, air conditioning, Power Showers and complimentary WIFI. * Hannigans Bar & Restaurant with all day dining & live music. * 3-D Golf Simulator. * Snooker Lounge, Gym, Sauna. * Discounted Green Fees. * Drying Room. * Choice of private rooms for prize-giving. * Only 5 minutes drive from Killarney Golf Club, home to the 2010 & 2011 Irish Open. * 12 championship courses within 90 minutes drive. 90 General Manager: Terence Mulcahy

KENMARE BAY HOTEL & RESORT, Sneem Road, Kenmare, Co. Kerry.

The Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort is ideally situated on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Kenmare. A pathway leads you directly into the centre of town in a matter of minutes. Kenmare is renowned for its award-winning restaurants, lively pubs and bars and unusual quirky shops. With regular live music and late bar opening times, it provides the perfect atmosphere for ‘après golf’. The Hotel offers great value packages for golfers, who can choose to stay in the hotel itself or the on-site holiday homes. Reservations Manager: Hanneke Vermolen

064 663 1816 Golf Courses: Killarney, Dooks, Ross, Ballybunion, Tralee, Ring of Kerry, Waterville

www.kenmarebayhotel.com

 info@kenmarebayhotel.com Rates: From €59 per room. Closed 22nd - 26th December & some Winter weekdays.

064 66 41300 Golf Courses: Kenmare, Ring of Kerry, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Dooks, Waterville, Skellig

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KILLEEN HOUSE HOTEL, Aghadoe, Lakes of Killarney, Co. Kerry.

www.killeenhousehotel.com

 charming@indigo.ie Rates: B&B from €60 pps. Closed 1st November - 30th March. A charming little hotel best describes the character & style of this unique property. Located 5 minutes from Killarney’s 3 courses & within an hour’s drive of Tralee, Waterville & Ballybunion, it’s not surprising that we specialise in golfing holidays. Our bar, has a “Ball Wall” with over 8,000 differently marked golf balls from all over the world. With 23 bedrooms (8 deluxe “Championship” rooms) & our famous Award Winning Rozzers Restaurant, we facilitate meal times around tee times, with full Irish breakfast as early as 5.30am. Geraldine & Michael look forward to extending the hospitality of the house to you as they celebrate their 22nd year of providing hospitality to guests from all over the world. 23 Proprietors: Michael & Geraldine Rosney

THE MALTON, Town Centre, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

 res@themalton.com Rates: B&B from €65 pps. Open all year round.

064 663 1711 Golf Courses: Killarney Golf & Fishing Club (3), Beaufort, Tralee, Waterville, Dooks, Kinsale, Ballybunion, Skellig Bay

www.themalton.com 064 663 8000

Established in 1854, The Malton is a stunning Victorian hotel combining old world charm with the most up to date luxurious facilities. Situated on six acres of gardens in the heart of Killarney, The Malton is truly a golfer’s haven. Renowned for its wonderful food, combined with attentive service and comfortable surroundings, The Malton is the perfect retreat after a great day’s golf.

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Golf Courses: Dromoland Castle (on-site), Lahinch, Doonbeg, Ennis, Shannon.

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INTERNATIONAL HOTEL KILLARNEY, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

General Manager: Conor Hennigan

021 488 3700 Golf Courses: Fota Island (27 hole on - site), Cork, Old Head, Water Rock

Golf Courses: Killarney Golf & Fishing Club (3), Dooks, Ballybunion, Tralee, Waterville, Ring of Kerry

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 info@meadowlandshotel.com Rates: B&B from €45 pps / €60 single. Closed 25th December. Situated on beautifully manicured gardens, the Meadowlands Hotel is a relaxing and enchanting oasis, located just 1km from Tralee town centre. The Meadowlands Hotel is a 4 star family run hotel by the O’ Mhathúna’s from Dingle. The hotel is conveniently located at the gateway to the Kingdom of Kerry, and is the ideal base for any golfers' tour of the county. It's tastefully appointed surroundings are elegantly furnished and the friendly ambiance is reflected in the welcoming and helpful staff, who are always on hand to aid, advise and chat as the needs arises. Proprietor: Paddy Ó Mhathúna Reservations: John Griffin

www.muckrosspark.com

 info@muckrosspark.com Rates: B&B from €75 pps. Open all year round.

064 66 23400

First established in 1795, this is a deluxe 5 star hotel located close to Killarney Town Centre, 7 championship golf courses & is on the Ring of Kerry route. The hotel has modern range facilities, 24 hour guest services & 68 deluxe bedrooms. Cloisters Spa is a haven of relaxation, the Spa has a full Thermal Suite with vitality pool, herbal sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, tropical rain shower & outdoor hot tub. Yew Tree Restaurant recently won an AA Rosette & is situated in the original piano lounge of the hotel & serves modern Irish dishes. Molly Darcy's Traditional Irish Pub is one of Ireland's most famous Irish bars with great Irish food & traditional entertainment. Winner of Ireland's Best Accommodation.

OLD BANK TOWN HOUSE, 11 Pearse Street, Kinsale. Co.Cork.

Golf Courses: Killarney (2) Dooks, Beaufort, Ring of Kerry, Waterville

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www.oldbankhousekinsale.com

 info@oldbankhousekinsale.com Rates: B&B from €50 pps. Closed 24th & 25th December. Located in the centre of Kinsale, Co. Cork, only 20 minutes from Cork City within touching distance of Kinsale’s many famous bars and restaurants, this Georgian building is a perfect blend of comfort, old world charm and character. Old Bank Town House also offers a Cafe & Gourmet Food Store - Areal Foodie Heaven. Our reputation for excellent, friendly personal service and meticulous attention to detail will always ensure your visit to Old Bank Town House Kinsale, Co. Cork is a special one.

Marketing Manager: Cassandra Burke

SANCTA MARIA HOTEL, Lahinch, Co. Clare.

 info@tridenthotel.com Rates: B&B from €42.50 pps. A 4 star hotel, spectacularly perched on the water’s edge overlooking Kinsale Harbour. The hotel has 75 bedrooms including an Executive Wing comprising 30 rooms and a penthouse floor of 9 luxury suites, all with beautiful sea views. Only five minutes walk from the centre of Kinsale, the Trident Hotel is an excellent base to explore the winding streets and many shops, cafés, galleries and restaurants and with a host of attractions and leisure activities on the doorstep – including the world-renowned Old Head Golf Links. A warm welcome awaits you! Managing Director: 75 Hal McElroy

021 477 4075 Golf Courses: Kinsale, Old Head, Bandon, Cork, Fota.

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 sanctamaria01@eircom.net Rates: B&B from €45 pps. Closed 1st November - 1st March. The Sancta Maria Hotel is owned and run by the McInerney family who have welcomed golfers and holiday-makers alike for 50 years. Many of the attractive bedrooms overlook the famous Lahinch golf links, which is within 100 yards of the hotel. The hotel restaurant specialises in fresh produce and special emphasis is placed on local seafoods and home-baking. The quiet elegance of the spacious lounge provides the perfect atmosphere for relaxation after you have experienced the splendour of Lahinch’s majestic golf paradise. Special golf breaks available & ideal for small groups. Proprietor: 24 Thomas McInerney

TRIDENT HOTEL, World’s End, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

066 718 0444 Golf Courses: Tralee, Castelisland, Killorglin, Ballybunion, Dingle.

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MUCKROSS PARK HOTEL & CLOISTERS SPA, Muckross, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

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065 708 1041 Golf Courses: Lahinch (36), Doonbeg, Woodstock, Spanish Point, Ennis, Dromoland Castle, Kilrush

www.tridenthotel.com 021 477 9300 Golf Courses: Old Head, Fota Island, Cork, Kinsale (GUI 2012 National Finals)

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WATERFORD CASTLE HOTEL & GOLF RESORT, The Island, Ballinakill, Waterford, Co. Waterford. www.waterfordcastle.com  info@waterfordcastle.com Rates: B&B from €60 pps. Closed 24th - 26th December inclusive. Situated on its own private island, Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort offers luxurious accommodation in the South East. Along with the magical Castle itself guests can enjoy the 18-hole championship golf course with its abundance of flora and fauna or can choose to stay in one of the modern, spacious and comfortable Castle Garden Lodges. The 800 year old Castle hosts 19 individually designed guestrooms with stunning views of the surrounding estate and is the perfect place for a relaxing break. From the moment you disembark on The Island and follow the tree-lined drive you will truly appreciate being somewhere very special. Hotel Manager: 18 18 Derek Coyne

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EARL OF THOMOND, Dromoland Castle Hotel, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare.

www.dromoland.ie

 sales@dromoland.ie Located in the 5* Dromoland Castle Hotel, the Earl of Thomond Restaurant offers a relaxed and elegant dining experience. Dinner can be enjoyed in this magnificent room, adorned with crystal chandeliers and large bay windows overlooking the lake. Delicious seasonal menus are available throughout the year and European dishes are prepared with a lighter more modern approach. Opening Hours: Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 07.30 - 10.00 (Summer); 08.00 - 10.00 (Winter) Dinner: 19.00 - 21.30 Location: Dromoland Castle Hotel. 85

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THE FIG TREE RESTAURANT, Dromoland Castle Golf Club, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare.

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With access to the historical Walled garden the design concept is for a contemporary look with a classical feel decorated with comfort and relaxation in mind. This restaurant tailors it’s menu to a more informal dining experience, maintaining the same standard of gourmet cuisine of the Castle in a relaxed setting.

Opening Hours: Winter: 10:00 - 19:00 Spring & Summer: 10:00 - 21:00 Location:

061 368 144 Golf Courses: Dromoland Golf Club (on-site)

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FOTA RESTAURANT, Fota Island Resort, Fota Island, Cork, Co. Cork.

Golf Courses: Dromoland Golf Club (on-site)

French / Modern

www.fotaisland.ie

 reseravtions@fotaisland.ie The delightful Fota Restaurant dining venue has an outdoor terrace for balmy summer evenings and serves a freshly prepared buffet breakfast as well as bistro style hearty evening meals, perfect for those returning from a challenging round of golf or a day exploring the local area.

021 488 3700 Golf Course: Fota (27 Holes)

Opening Hours: Saturday: 18.00 - 21.30 Location:

Fota Island Hotel & Spa, Fota Island Resort.

Hotel Manager: John O’Flynn

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JIM EDWARDS, Market Quay, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

Brasserie

www.jimedwardskinsale.com

 info@jimedwardskinsale.com We are an Award winning restaurant serving the best of fresh local produce. We provide an extensive Seafood Selection and local lobster being a speciality. Succulent Steaks and organic Lamb are also available. Opening Hours: Open 7 days a week Lunch: 12.00 - 15.00; Dinner: 15.00 - 22.00.

Location:

021 477 2541 Golf Courses: Kinsale, Old Head, Cork, Bandon, Fota Resort

Centre of Kinsale town with outstanding heritage and attractions.

Proprietor: Liam Edwards

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THE WEIR BISTRO, @ The River Lee Hotel, Western Road, Cork, Co. Cork.

www.doylecollection.com

 riverlee@doylecollection.com Stunning riverside hotel enjoying views of the weir on the River Lee. The hotel is light and airy and provides a perfect setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner for residents and non residents. Opening Hours: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12.00 - 14.00. Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 18.00 - 22.00. Location: On the banks of the River Lee within 5 minutes walk from UCC, St./ Finbars Cathedral, the City Museum and the Glucksman Art Gallery. Proprietor: The Doyle Collectuon

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ACTONS HOTEL

Pier Road, Kinsale, Co. Cork. Reservations: 00 353 (0)21 477 9900 E: res@actonshotelkinsale.com Actons Hotel Kinsale is spectacularly located in the heart of Kinsale overlooking the magnificent Kinsale Harbour & marina, the hotel has recently been refurbished & re-opens early in 2013. This Kinsale Hotel boasts 74 tastefully furnished en suite bedrooms, many enjoying panoramic harbour views. Enjoy gourmet dining at Acton’s Restaurant, or relax in the cosy Bar & Bistro. Actons Leisure Club completes the hotel with swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, spa pool, sauna, steam room, gym & treatment room. Actons Hotel is ideally situated for a vacation in this interesting historic town, considered the gourmet capital of Ireland - Kinsale, Co Cork. Nearby activities include some of Ireland’s best golf, sailing, fishing & other sporting activities.

Actons Hotel, the heart of Kinsale Golf Courses nearby: Old Head, Kinsale, Bandon, Douglas, Fota Island, Cork, Lee Valley plus more.

w w w. a c t o n s h o t e l k i n s a l e . c o m Stay in the heart of Killarney National Park at the 5 Star Muckross ckross Park Hotel and enjoy a golfing trip to remember. member.

This year experience award winning accommodation, world class spa facilities and a choice of dining experiences located close to some of Europe's best Links courses.

Golf in Co. Kerry is special l with breath taking king golf courses shaped ed by nature and hospitality to a tee.

For a choice of great t room packages & ideas

uckross kross ross ss Park ss ark rk Hotel Hotel tel l today! contact Muckross

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WEST THIS is the wildly beautiful western quarter of Ireland. It includes counties Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, and Sligo. It is noted for its extravagant beauty, its mountain, sea, and lake scenery often criss crossed with tiny fields and bright dry stone walls The Atlantic’s gigantic surf tossed waves crash along the province’s western shoreline, while the River Shannon flows gently along its eastern in land boundary. A dramatically indented coastline is home to the province’s formidable array of links – Connemara,

Carne, Enniscrone, Strandhill and Co.Sligo. This fistful

of 5 are as spectacular and challenging as any in any part of Ireland. Co. Sligo is home to the West of

Ireland Amateur Open Championship while Enniscrone

played a bridemaid’s role in this regard a couple of years ago.There is parkland golf here too and popular courses include Castle Dargan, Westport, Oughterard, Athlone and Portumna. A triangular shape with points at Galway, Sligo and Portumna broadly locates the province of Connaught. Enjoy !

Counties in the West / Connaught: Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo.

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Golf Course County Sligo Golf Club Carne Golf Links Enniscrone Golf Club Strandhill Golf Club Castle Dargan Golf Club Ballina Golf Club Ballymote Golf Club Tubbercurry Golf Club Ballinamore Golf Club Achill Golf Club Mulranny Golf Club Swinford Golf Club Boyle Golf Club

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Golf Course Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club Ballaghaderreen Golf Club Castlebar Golf Club Westport Golf Club Ballyhaunis Golf Club Castlerea Golf Club Strokestown Golf Club Ballinrobe Golf Club Claremorris Golf Club Roscommon Golf Club Ardacong Golf Club Tuam Golf Club Mountbellew Golf Club Athlone Golf Club

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Golf Course Connemara Champioship Golf Links Oughterard Golf Club Connemara Isles Golf Club Bearna Golf Club Galway Golf Club Cregmore Park Golf Club Glenlo Abbey Golf Club Athenry Golf Club Loughrea Golf Club Ballinasloe Golf Club Gort Golf Club Curra West Golf Club Portumna Golf Club Ashford Castle Golf Course Map reference in this colour denotes a links course. GOLFERS GUIDE TO IRELAND 2014


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 info@ballinrobegolfclub.com Secretary: Bernie Murphy In the words of Padraig Harrington - 3 times major winner “This must be the finest championship course in the West of Ireland. The par threes, in particular, are a delight. My favourite hole is the 5th, a marvellous green inset into the River Robe. The 10th hole with its island green requires a very precise choice of club”. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €20; Saturday €30; Sunday €35. Special 4 Ball rates Visitors: Everyday Opens: Fridays & Bank Holiday weekends Location: 3 kms from Ballinrobe on R331 towards Claremorris. Length: 6,354 metres

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 info@bearnagolfclub.com Manager: Pat Donnellan Parkland, moorland Bearna Golf Course on the west of Galway City two miles north of Bearna Village. Good bar and restaurant, visitors and societies always welcome. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €30; Weekends & Public Holidays €40 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: Bearna, Co. Galway. Length: 5,746 metres Golf Pro: Gary Madden

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 info@carnelinks.com Reservations Manager: Mary Walsh Carne Golf Links in North Mayo lies in magnificent unspoiled sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay and the wild Atlantic Ocean. This was the last links course to be designed by the late Eddie Hackett and it is now believed by many who have played it to be his greatest challenge. Carne Golf Links 27 holes are routed throughout the highest sand dunes to be found anywhere in the world. Green Fees:On request Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: Carne, Belmullet, Co. Mayo. Length: 6,119 metres 27 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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 teresa@countysligogolfclub.ie Director of Golf: David O’Donovan Links course, est. 1894. Present course designed by H. Colt in 1920’s. The new 9-hole Bomore course was added in 1999. Home of West of Ireland Championship since 1923. Green Fees:On request Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website for details Location: 8 kms. from Sligo Town on R291 along coast. Length: 6,947 yards Golf Pro: Jim Robinson

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097 82292 Signature Hole 16th, Par 3, 142 mts, Index 17 “Magarlin” – A stray shot off the tee may land you among the wild orchids.

 info@connemaragolflinks.net Secretary Manager: Kathleen Burke This Championship course has a popular reputation with big hitters who relish the big, long, meandering fairways. Back 9 has been described the equal of any in the World. Green Fees:May, June, July and September €55; August €70 Visitors: Everyday Opens: 30th March - 7th April; 15th - 23rd June; 7th - 15th September, 2013 Location: 9 miles from Clifden. Beside the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacular setting with the 12 Bens in the view. Length: 7,055 yards Golf Pro: Hugh O’Neill 27 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

COUNTY SLIGO GOLF CLUB - Rosses Point, Co. Sligo.

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094 95 41118 Signature Hole 13th, Par 3, 162 mts, Index 12 A delightful par 3 over water to a well guarded sloping green with a beautiful Lime Kiln as a backdrop.

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 enniscronegolf@eircom.net Captain: Pat Forde Originally designed by Eddie Hackett as a 18 hole links course in 1974, additional holes designed by Donald Steele opened in 1991, Enniscrone now offers 27 holes. The Dunes Championship Links Course is a highly ranked venue for National and GUI tournaments, and is renowned for it’s majestic dunes and challenging layout. A great traditional Irish links golf experience for the most discriminating links golfer. Green Fees: Weekend €70; Mid-Week €55 Group Rates available. Visitors: Limited Tee Times available, Monday - Sunday Opens: All year round Location: R297 Inischrone, Co. Sligo. Length: 7,033 yards (GPS 54.206333, -9.099821) 27 73 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

096 36297 Signature Hole 16th, Par 5, 545 yds, Index 11 The Long Bank - Drive must be down the left of the fairway for a chance to reach in two. If not, lay-up & the 3rd to the elevated, shallow green requires a good pitch or bump & run shot.

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 oughterardgc@eircom.net Hon. Secretary: Martin Lee A very enjoyable test of golf that appeals to golfers of all levels. The course was redeveloped in 1997 by Mr Paddy Merrigan when 18 new greens and tee boxes were constructed to USGA specifications. A warm West of Ireland welcome awaits in the Clubhouse. Green Fees:Mon - Fri from €20; Weekends & P. Holidays from €25. Special Rate 12+ Visitors: Weekdays - Online booking available Opens: Tuesdays & Public Holidays Apr - Oct €15, Student €15, Juniors €10 Location: On the N59 main Galway to Clifden road 1 mile before the town of Oughterard – the Gateway to Connemara. Length: 5,964 metres Golf Pro: on site 18 70 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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 info@westportgolfclub.com Contact: Office Parkland championship course, host venue to the Irish PGA Championship 2002 and Irish Close Championship 2005. Less than a mile to Ireland’s tidiest town.

Green Fees:From €20 Visitors: Everyday Opens: Wednesday Location: On the Newport Road out of Westport. Length: 7,000 yards

098 28262 Signature Hole 15th, The challenging drive over the Atlantic Breakers, where Ireland’s Holy Mountain Croagh Patrick follows every shot. Welcome to the majestic 15th at Westport - beware of low flying swans.

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 tuamgolfclub@eircom.net Secretary: Mary Burns Tuam Golf Club is one of the more attractive Parkland Championship Courses in the area. Our magnificent clubhouse facility, incorporating bar, restaurant, private visitor area, games room and changing rooms. The variety of trees and wild life make for pleasant viewing and lends itself to a most enjoyable round. Green Fees:Monday - Friday €20 Visitors: Monday - Friday Opens: Wednesday April - October Location: One mile from town centre on Athenry Road. Length: 5,624 metres

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 info@broadhavenbay.com Rates: B&B from €40 pps.

353 97 20600

The Broadhaven Bay Hotel is a family owned luxurious 90 bedroomed hotel only minutes from the centre of the bustling town of Belmullet. We also have a selection of luxury suites and well appointed bedrooms, a superb 25m heated pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi complete with a fully equipped gym and is the perfect location for your overnight visit to Belmullet.

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DOWNHILL HOUSE HOTEL, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

www.downhillhotel.ie

 kay@downhillhotel.ie Rates: 2 B&B + 1 D + 2 rounds of golf from €195 pps. Closed December 22nd - 26th inclusive. The newly refurbished Downhill House Hotel, Ballina Co. Mayo, set amongst landscaped gardens, adjacent to the Moy River, situated in the “Salmon Capital of Ireland” Ballina, Co. Mayo. Enjoy a warm & friendly welcome from the Moylett family, offering excellent cuisine, 60 well appointed guestrooms, Eagles Health & Leisure Club, with 2 indoor heated swimming pools, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, & fitness suite. Mayo has some of the Worlds most acclaimed championship courses, Carne – Belmullet, Enniscrone & parkland course Ballina is nearby. Rosses Point championship course in Sligo is less than an hour away. Sales & Marketing Manager: Kay Devine

096 21033 Golf Courses: Ballina, Enniscrone, Carne /(Belmullet), Strandhill, Rosses Point

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HOTEL WESTPORT, Newport Road, Westport, Co. Mayo.

www.hotelwestport.ie

 reservations@hotelwestport.ie Rates: B&B from €59 pps. Play your Golf in the West this year! 4 Star Hotel Westport is a must, set in 7 acres of private woodland in the heart of Westport, this charming Hotel is popular with Golfers. Only 5 minutes drive from Westport Golf Club. Organised Golf Weeks in April & September partnering with Ballinrobe & Westport Golf Clubs. Discounted Green Fees available for guests. Hotel facilities include Leisure Centre, Spa, Bar Food Served Daily until 9pm, AA Rosette Islands Restaurant and a 9 Hole Crazy Golf Course! Groups Welcome No Single Supplement for Groups during June 2014! General Manager: Declan Heneghan

Golf Courses: Carne, Enniscrone, Mulranney

098 25122 Golf Courses: Westport, Castlebar, Ballinrobe, Mulranny, Carne (Belmullet), Enniscrone, Connemara

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A pitch from Enniscrone & short drive from Belmullet The Ice House is perched on the banks of the River Moy, outside Ballina, Co. Mayo. Originally a 19th century ‘ice store’, today The Ice House is one of Ireland’s most unique design hotels, an eclectic fusion of old and new. Panoramic views from every room, delicious food and an intimate spa, it’s the perfect location for a golf based break.

The Quay, Ballina, Co. Mayo tel 096 23500 email chill@theicehouse.ie

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THE ICE HOUSE HOTEL & SPA, The Quay, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

www.icehousehotel.ie

 chill@theicehouse.ie Rates: B&B from €70 pps. Open all year round. A pitch from Enniscrone and short drive from Belmullet, The Ice House is perched on the banks of the River Moy, outside Ballina, Co. Mayo. Originally a 19th century ‘ice store’, today The Ice House is one of Ireland’s most unique design hotels, an eclectic fusion of old and new. Panoramic views from every room, delicious food and an intimate spa, it’s the perfect location for a golf based break. Winner of ‘Small Golf Hotel of the Year Managing Director: Ray Byrne

096 23 500 Golf Courses: Ballina, Enniscrone, Rosses Point, Strandhill, Carne, Westport, Castlebar.

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ROSS LAKE HOUSE HOTEL, Rosscahill, Oughterard, Co. Galway.

www.rosslakehotel.com

 rosslake@iol.ie Rates: B&B from €70 pps. Closed 1st November - 16th March. Elaine and Henry Reid would like to introduce you to their 19th Century Country House where a warm welcome awaits you. Ross Lake House is a wonderful Georgian house in it’s own estate set in the magnificent wilderness of Connemara. Echoes of gracious living are carried throughout the house creating an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation. Our restaurant offers country house cooking at its best. Situated 2 miles from Oughterard Golf Club and within an hours drive of Connemara Championship Golf Course makes this hotel a must for golfers. Bearna Golf Course and Galway Bay Golf & Resort are also close by. Proprietors: Henry & Elaine Reid

091 550 109 Golf Courses: Oughterard, Bearna, Connemara, Galway Bay Golf Resort

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NORTH THE top quarter of the island. A line drawn between Sligo town on the west and Dundalk on the east coast almost defines the southern boundary of this 9 county province. It includes the counties – Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Monaghan and Tyrone. Of these 5 have a coastline boundary which has provided ideal links terrain for some of Ireland’s most celebrated links – Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Portstewart, Ballyliffin, Portsalon, Rosapenna, and Donegal, Ardglass and Castlerock. Some of the greatest golfers have honed their skills on theses courses such as, Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell to name but a few. This is a great time to visit, to climb on its merry-go-round and enjoy. The thing about Ulster is that it is so compact that you can easily compass your way around its towns and cities, its shops, restaurants, theatres and ‘watering places’ which are only too willing to entertain. There are over 120 golf clubs in Ulster with the newest, a Nick Faldo master piece at Lough Erne, Fermanagh, now taking centre stage. A great selection of courses to play. Great courses await . . .

Counties in the North / Ulster: Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Monaghan, Tyrone.

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Golf Course Ballyliffin Golf Club Cloughaneely Golf Club Dunfanaghy Golf Club Gweedore Golf Club St. Patrick’s Golf Club Portsalon Golf Club Rosapenna Hotel Golf Club Otway Golf Club Buncrana Golf Club Redcastle Golf Club Greencastle Golf Club Castlerock Golf Club Portstewart Golf Club Kilrea Golf Club Manor Golf Club Brown Trout Golf Club Ballyreagh Golf Club Royal Portrush Golf Club Bushfoot Golf Club Ballycastle Golf Club Gracehill Golf Club Cushendall Golf Club Cruit Island Golf Club North West Golf Club Letterkenny Golf Club Faughan Valley Golf Club City of Derry Golf Club Foyle International Golf Club Radisson Roe Park Hotel & Golf Club Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club Strabane Golf Club Park Golf Club Ballymena Golf Club Galgorm Castle Golf Club Carnfunnock Country Park Larne Golf Club Cairndhu Golf Club Whitehead Golf Club Ballyclare Golf Club Bentra Municipal Golf Club Donegal Golf Club Newtownstewart Golf Club Omagh Golf Club Fintona Golf Club

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Golf Course Killymoon Golf Club Ronan Valley Golf Club Traad Ponds Golf Club Moyola Park Golf Club Massereene Golf Club Hilton Templepatrick Golf Club Greenacres Golf Club Allen Park Golf Club Balmoral Golf Club Burnfield House Golf Carrickfergus Golf Club Greenisland Golf Club City of Belfast Golf Club Bundoran Golf Club Aughnacloy Golf Club Benburb Valley Golf Club Dungannon Golf Club Lurgan Golf Club Silverwood Golf Club Down Royal Park Golf Club Lisburn Golf Club Temple Golf & Country Club Scrabo Golf Club Aberdelghy Golf Club Rockmount Golf Club Holywood Golf Club Carnalea Golf Club Bangor Golf Club Helen’s Bay Golf Club Blackwood Golf Club Donaghadee Golf Club Clandeboye Golf Club Kirkistown Castle Golf Club Mahee Island Golf Club Lisnarick Golf Club Castle Hume Golf Club Lough Erne Golf Club Enniskillen Golf Club Loughgall Country Park Portadown Golf Club Edenmore Golf Club Tandragee Golf Club Banbridge Golf Club Spa Golf Club Ringdufferin Golf Club

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Golf Course Downpatrick Golf Club Ardminnan Golf Club Bright Castle Golf Club Ardglass Co Down Blacklion Golf Club Rossmore Golf Club Clones Golf Club Castleblayney Golf Club Concra Wood Golf Club County Armagh Golf Club Mayobridge Golf Club Ashfield Golf Club Lambeg Golf Club Cloverhill Golf Club Warrenpoint Golf Club Kilkeel Golf Club Royal Co Down Golf Club Mourne Golf Club Slieve Russell Golf & Country Club Belturbet Golf Club County Cavan Golf Club Farnham Estate Golf Club Virginia Golf Club Cabra Castle Golf Club Nuremore Hotel Golf Club Mannan Castle Golf Club Clogher Valley

Golf Clubs in the Belfast area Bel Antrim Golf Club Bel Belvoir Park Golf Club Bel Castlereagh Hills Golf Club Bel Cliftonville Golf Club Bel Colin Valley Golf Club Bel Dunmurry Golf Club Bel Fortwilliam Golf Club Bel Knock Golf Club Bel Malone Golf Club Bel Mount Ober Golf Club Bel Ormeau Golf Club Bel Royal Belfast Golf Club Bel Shandon Park Golf Club Map reference in this colour denotes a links course.

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 info@ardglassgolfclub.com General Manager: Cormac Cahalane 028 4484 1219 (RoI 048) Ardglass Golf Club is a spectacular Par 70 seaside course and all 18 holes have Signature Hole 11th, dramatic views of the rugged coastline, with the majesty of the Mourne Mountains Par 5, 499 yds, Index 3 providing a perfect backdrop. The course is becoming a “must play” for any overseas This par five is protected by water on right and gorse golfing visitors to Ireland. and wind bushes on left “ It’s not a stretch to crown Ardglass among the 10 most stunning seaside courses in making it essential for two the world ...” WorldGolf.com, USA straight shots to reach the green in regulation. Green Fees:Monday - Friday £49; Weekends & Public Holidays £75 Visitors: Monday - Sunday (with prior arrangement) Location: 7 miles south of Downpatrick. £2 £25 Length: 6,268 yards Golf Pro: Paul Vaughan 18 70 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

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 info@ballyclaregolfclub.com Manager: Michael Stone 028 9332 4541 (RoI 048) Founded in 1923 and set in the rolling green countryside of Ballyclare. This mature Signature Hole 3rd, parkland course makes good use of the natural features of its landscape, Par 4, 431 yds, Index 1 particularly the local river and tree-lined fairways which provide a fabulous setting Named ‘Orpinsmill’ and features out of bounds on and demanding challenge. the left and water hazards Green Fees:Monday - Friday £25; Weekends & Public Holidays £31; on the right, making it a Society discounts available challenging hole for even the most seasoned golfer. Visitors: Visitors & Societies welcome. Restrictions apply at weekends. Location: 20 minutes from Belfast, easy access from both major Ports and Airports. 1 mile North of Ballyclare. £2 £20 Length: 6,373 yards Golf Pro: Colin Lyttle 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

BALLYLIFFIN GOLF CLUB - Ballyliffin, Inishowen, Co. Donegal.

www.ballyliffingolfclub.com

 info@ballyliffingolfclub.com General Manager: John Farren Two of the finest Links Courses in the World, The Old Course and Glasheady Links, with a superb clubhouse and one of the warmest welcome’s in golf.

Green Fees:The Old Links €80; Glashedy €90 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: 30 minutes drive North of Derry. Length: Old Links 6,910 yards; Glashedy 7,217 yards Golf Pro: Gareth McCausland

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BALMORAL GOLF CLUB - 518 Lisburn Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT9 6GX.

www.balmoralgolf.com

 admin@balmoralgolf.com Hon. Secretary: Michael Agnew 028 90 381 514 (RoI 048) A mature parkland course recently enhanced by 18 new USGA specifications Signature Hole 15th, greens. The course has an exciting variety of holes including the challenging 448 Par 4, 338 yds, Index 6 A challenging hole which yard ‘opener’ and a demanding 442 yard 18th. Golfers will enjoy a visit to demands concentration Balmoral, the home of 1947 Open Champion, Fred Daly. from your tee shot to your Green Fees:Monday - Friday £25; Saturday & Sunday £27 final putt. Position off the Opens: Open Day: 1st Monday each month - Open Week 3rd Week June tee is crucial if you are to find the water guarded Location: Leave M1 Motorway at exit 2 and follow directions to King’s Hall. green. Length: 6,227 yards Golf Pro: Lee McKenna £3 £25

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 info@belvoirparkgolfclub.com General Manager: Jim Cullen 028 9049 1693 (RoI 048) Founded in 1927, this secluded & undulating parkland championship course set in Signature Hole 3rd, 136 acres of mature woodland & designed by HS Colt. With stunning views from a Par 4, 427 yds, Index 2 A superb dogleg Par 4. This spectacular clubhouse, this is one of Ireland’s best golfing secrets. Many famous golfers such as Peter Allis, Fred Daly, Rory McIlroy, & the world renowned golf writer hole demands a long right to left tee shot followed by Peter Dobereiner, have rated Belvoir Park as one of the best inland courses in Ireland. an accurate approach. The Green Fees:From £65 - £75 green is guarded by a deep greenside bunker. Visitors: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Opens: July Location: 3 miles from Belfast City Centre. £3 £20 Length: 6,685 yards Golf Pro: Michael McGivern 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

BUNDORAN GOLF CLUB - Bundoran, Co. Donegal.

www.bundorangolfclub.com

 bundorangolfclub@eircom.net Secretary: Noreen Allen 18 holes on a mixture of links and parkland, laid out in two loops of nine, all which command splendid views of Donegal. Green Fees:See website Visitors: Weekdays Opens: See website Location: N15, 37 kms. north of Sligo Town. Length: 5,729 metres Golf Pro: David Robinson

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CITY OF DERRY GOLF CLUB - 49 Victoria Road, Londonderry, BT47 2PU.

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 info@cityofderrygolfclub.com Hon. Secretary: Andrew A Meenagh 028 7134 6369(048 ROI) Founded in 1912, this is a magnificent 27 hole parkland overlooking the River Signature Hole 14th, Foyle. Willie Park Jnr. designed the original 9 holes & commented that it would Par 4, 401 mts, Index 1 "Aintree" - Dogleg with a ‘provide a capable test of the skill of any player’. The course was extended to 18 challenging tee shot, holes in 1932, & a 9-hole course was added in 1983. The striking clubhouse accurate second to a building, built in 1986, has panoramic views of the Foyle and the hills of Donegal. deviously sloped green if Green Fees:Monday - Friday £18; Weekends & Public Holidays £25 any chance of a prized Visitors: All week birdie. Spectacular views down to the River Foyle. Opens: See website Location: 3 miles south of the City on the road to Strabane £3 Length: 5,877 metres Golf Pro: Sam Smallwoods 27 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

CONCRA WOOD GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB - Dundalk Rd., Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.

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074 91 36335 Signature Hole 17th, Par 3, 171 mts, Index 10 A picturesque par 3 with a good degree of difficulty, with the beach to the right and behind the green which is out of bounds.

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www.enniskillengolfclub.com

 info@enniskillengolfclub@com Club Stewart: Darryl Robinson Established in 1896, the course is lined along many of the fairways with mature trees. Parkland course with undulating fairways and raised tees and well maintained greens. A good test of golf awaits. Green Fees:Monday - Friday £20; Weekends & Public Holidays £25 Visitors: No restrictions - Bookings taken Opens: See website Location: Set on the edge of Enniskillen, within walking distance of the town centre beside Castlecoole Estate. Length: 6,145 yards Golf Pro: Liam McCool

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 dunfanaghygolf@eircom.net Hon. Secretary: Cairns Witherow An 18 hole true links course laid out in 1905 by six times winner of the British Open, Mr Harry Vardon. The course has spectacular views and the greens are consistently rated among the best in Ireland. Dunfanaghy Golf course is sandbased and free-draining, making it playable all year round. Green Fees:Mon - Fri €25; Weekends & P. Hols €30. See website for special offers Visitors: Everyday Opens: July / August open week, Wednesday opens. Location: Approximately 22 miles from Letterkenny on the N56 and 25 miles from Donegal airport also on the N56. Length: 5,300 metres Golf Pro: Seamus McMonagle 18 68 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

ENNISKILLEN GOLF CLUB - Castlecoole Road, Castlecoole, Enniskillen, BT74 6HZ.

042 974 9485 Signature Hole 4th, Par 5, 508 mts, Index 7 This double dog-legged par five with it’s terrifying approach to a water protected green is a spectacular hole for everyone to enjoy and embrace.

www.donegalgolfclub.ie

 info@donegalgolfclub.ie Bookings: Grainne Dorrian Lying in the bosom of Donegal Bay, this superb links occupies an elegant peninsula. “Hauntingly beautiful and an excellent test of golf” is how Peter Dobereiner described it. GPS: N 54˚ 36.758 - W 8˚ 9.574 Green Fees:Monday - Friday €70, Weekends €80 Visitors: Everyday Opens: 1st week June Location: Located at Murvagh and reached from the N15 Donegal to Sligo Road. It is signposted from the N15 Length: 7,280 yards Golf Pro: Leslie Robinson 18 73 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB - Kill, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal.

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 info@concrawood.ie Hon. Secretary: Gareth McMahon This spectacular 18 hole championship course opened in 2008, thanks to the vision and planning of Castleblayney Golf Club. 240 acres of dramatic, wooded landscape that tilts down into Lough Muckno. Spectacular views stretching across the surrounding mountains. Green Fees:See website for latest offers Visitors: Everyday subject to availability Opens: Every Tuesday & Seniors Every Wednesday Location: On the Dundalk road (N53) from Castleblayney town approx 200 metres. Length: 6,048 metres Golf Pro: Conor McKenna 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

028 6632 5250 (RoI 048) Signature Hole 7th, Par 4, 306 yds, Index 15 Elevated tee, driving between trees with water and OOB on right side and hazard running across the fairway to a protected green.

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HILTON TEMPLEPATRICK GOLF CLUB - Templepatrick, Co. Antrim, BT39 ODD.

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 eamonn.logue@hilton.com Manager: Paula Collins 028 9443 5542 (RoI 048) Championship golf course set in 220 acres of beautiful parkland in the Castle Upton Signature Hole 8th, Estate. USGA specification & the course plays on full tees & greens all year. Hosted Par 4, 343 yds, Index 2 Very tight tee shot through the Ladies European Tour & the Ulster PGA Championship. two massive oak trees, “Best Golf Destination in Northern Ireland” at the World Travel Awards 2010. slight right to left dog-leg. Green Fees:Monday - Friday from £26; Weekends & Public Holidays from £29 Three fairway bunkers & Visitors: Everyday the 2nd shot over water requires a dead aim to the Opens: See website green. Location: 15 minutes from Belfast (M2). 5 minutes from International Airport. Length: 7,031 yards £3 £25 18 72 Golf Pro: Eamonn Logue Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

MALONE GOLF CLUB - 240 Upper Malone Road, Dunmurry, Belfast, BT17 9LB.

www.malonegolfclub.co.uk

 manager@malonegolfclub.co.uk Manager: Peter Kelly 028 9061 2758 (RoI 048) Fine championship course set in 330 acres of undulating mature wooded parkland Signature Hole 7th, just 5 miles from Belfast city centre. Renowned for its excellent standard of Par 4, 487 yds, A very difficult dog-leg par presentation and friendly welcome. 4. Drive off to a small Green Fees:Monday - Friday £75; Weekends & Public Holidays £85. landing area which leaves a Visitors: Monday, Wednesday (am), Thursday, Friday, Sunday long iron/rescue wood to a Opens: Mid July well guarded green. Take a 5, be happy and Location: 5 miles south of Belfast City Centre. move onto the next hole! Length: 6,689 metres Golf Pro: Michael McGee £2 £25

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www.portsalongolfclub.com

 portsalongolfclub@eircom.net Hon Sec: Peter Doherty Founder member of GUI (1891). Portsalon offers golfers an opportunity to play golf on an original golf links design, unspoiled, uncrowded natural links land. Ranked number 25 in Ireland by Golf Digest 2013 Winner of Best Hidden Gem in Ulster 2013 by Golfers Guide to Ireland Green Fees: Special GUI Card Rate €30 ,Weekday €40, Weekend €50. Visitors: Ring in advance Opens: First week July Location: 22 miles north of Letterkenny via Ramelton, Milford, Kerrykeel to Portsalon Golf Club. Length: 6,200 metres 18 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

PORTSTEWART GOLF CLUB - 117 Strand Road, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry, BT55 7PG.

074 954 5107 Signature Hole 15th, Par 5, 480 mts “Inis Caoil”. A stunning Par 5 that epitomises the beauty of the course. This one of the finest golf holes in the country if not the world.

www.northwestgolfclub.com

Secretary: Sean Carroll (086-6047299)  secretary@northwestgolfclub.com A true links course, with smooth and true fescue greens, fast running fairways, wispy rough with strategically placed rivetted bunkering throughout the course. Visitors to the club will not be disappointed when they tee it up at North West. Green Fees:Mon- Fri €25 (Member €20), W/E & P. Hols. €30 (Member €25), Society Rates. Twilight Rate €15 (Any day after 3pm June, July, August) Visitors: All visitors welcome - Tuesdays Golf & Meal €20 Opens: Tuesdays & Thursdays in summer months & see website for other days Location: 17 kms north of Derry on the Derry- Buncrana main road and 3 kms south of Buncrana. Length: 6,314 yards 18 70 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

PORTSALON GOLF CLUB - Portsalon, Fanad, Co. Donegal.

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 narinportnoo@eircom.net Director of Golf: Daragh Lyons Etched into the sand dunes in the stunning Gweebarra Bay on Donegals west coast this course is a championship par 73 Links of unrivalled natural beauty. With €1.6 million spent on the clubhouse and course in recent years it is nothing short of a golfers paradise. Green Fees:Monday - Sunday €70; GUI Rate €50 Visitors: Monday - Sunday Opens: Every Wednesday Location: West coast of Donegal approximately 6 miles from the towns of Glenties and Ardara. Length: 6,269 metres Golf Pro: Daragh Lyons 18 73 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

NORTH WEST GOLF CLUB - Lisfannon, Buncrana, Co. Donegal.

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074 915 9459 Signature Hole 2th, Par 4, 361mts, Index 3 Dog-leg left, your drive is over the corner of the river and the river is ‘S’ shaped all the way to the green. Accuracy is a must!

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 michael@portstewartgc.co.uk Manager: Michael Moss Wonderful links course dominated by a huge dunescape. Host to all major Irish Amateur and Professional events. Championship Course, Riverside Course or Old Course. Green Fees:Monday - Friday £100; Weekends & Public Holidays. £120; Riverside Monday - Friday £22 Weekends £27; Old Course Monday - Friday £10 Weekends £15 Visitors: Everyday except Saturday am Location: 3 miles west of Portrush on Causeway Coast. Length: 7,004 yards Golf Pro: Alan Hunter 18 36 72 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

028 7083 2015 (RoI 048) Signature Hole 1st, Par 4, 427 yds, Index 11 Elevated first tee, great view of the Strand Beach and Donegal Hills. Described as one of the best starting holes in Ireland.

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BALLYLIFFIN LODGE & SPA Shore Road, Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal.

The first thing to strike you about Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa is the spectacular panoramic views of the world famous Ballyliffin Golf Club and Malin Head. Private and intimate set in the heart of the village, the drama of its views is continued as you enter its beautifully designed interior where traditional charm and luxury is woven into the very fabric of the exquisite dĂŠcor. A stay in Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa whether for golf, wedding, walking, keep fit or simply chilling out, will calm your spirit, relax your body and rejuvenate your soul. We look forward to welcoming you to Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa. T: 03 35(0)74 937 8200

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t: 071 985 1777 | e : info@thesandhousehotel.ie | w: www.sandhouse.ie A spontaneous warm welcome awaits you as the the open log fire radiates and glows from the fireplace in the cosy entrance lounge. The homely, stress-free atmosphere of luxury and relaxation is adorned by displays of fresh flowers. Located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and overlooking the blue flag Rossnowlagh Beach, this haven of relaxation, comfort and quality is only 3 hours from Dublin and less than 2 hours from Belfast.

Golf Courses nearby: Donegal/Murvagh, Bundoran, Ballyliffin, Rosses Point, Narin-Portnoo.

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ROE PARK GOLF CLUB @ Roe Park Resort, Limavady, L’Derry, BT49 9LB.

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 reservations@roeparkresort.com Manager: Terry Kelly The 18 hole parkland layout takes full advantage of it’s beautiful setting with Lough Foyle and the Inishowen Peninsula providing a dramatic backdrop. The course is popular with amateurs and seasoned players alike. Course is both challenging and enjoyable. Green Fees: Monday - Friday £25; Saturday & Sunday £30 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: On the A2 Derry - Limavady Road. At the heart of the North Coast of Northern Ireland. Length: 6,277 yards Golf Pro: Michael McCrudden 18 71 Bar Snacks / Lunch / Dinner available

ROSAPENNA HOTEL & GOLF RESORT - Rosapenna, Downings, Co. Donegal.

 golf@rosapenna.ie Contact: Frank Casey Jnr. 36 holes of magnificent links golf in a stunning location from the classic Old Tom Morris links to the modern 21st century Sandy Hills links, a golfers paradise.

028 777 22222 (RoI 048) Signature Hole 15th, Par 4, 262 yds, Index 15 The 15th hole, dogleg Par 4 where water comes into play. The challenging tiered green is reachable for the brave in one. This hole is both challenging and enjoyable for all.

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Green Fees: Old Tom Morris €80; Sandy Hills €80 Book Online €60. GUI/ILGU online €50; Dawn/Dusk Book Online rate €40 Visitors: Everyday Location: 23 miles north west of Letterkenny on the Rosguill Peninsula. Length: 6,901 yards; 7,177 yards

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ROYAL BELFAST GOLF CLUB - Station Road, Craigavad, Hollywood, Co. Down, BT18 0BP.

www.royalbelfast.com

 admin@royalbelfast.com Manager: Mrs. S. H. Morrisson 028 9042 8165 (RoI 048) The 1st hole is one of the best opening holes in Irish Golf, measuring 417 yards Signature Hole 11th, from the back tee. It is a slight ‘dog-leg’ rising to one of the most difficult greens Par 3, 174 yds, Index 8 The 11th - an uphill drive on the course. IGTOA Parkland Course of the Year 2013. over thick gorse and an Green Fees: Monday - Friday £85; Weekends & Public Holidays £95 undulating terrain to a Visitors: Any day except Wednesday & Saturday (by appointment) sloping green which is Opens: See website largely hidden from view. Location: 7 miles from Belfast centre on the road to Bangor. Length: 6,306 yards Golf Pro: Mr. A. Ferguson £3 £25

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THE ROYAL COUNTY DOWN GOLF CLUB - Golf Links Road, Newcastle, Co. Down, BT33 OAN. www.royalcountydown.org  golf@royalcountydown.org Secretary: David Wilson Links in the shadow of the Mourne Mountains on the edge of Dundrum Bay.

Signature Hole 9th, Par 4, 486 yds, Index 5 A blind tee shot, needs to be down the left side of the fairway for the best approach to the undulating green with a greenside bunker and two deep pots on the left.

Green Fees:Monday - Friday (am) £185; Monday - Friday (pm) £170; Sunday (pm) £185 Visitors: Everyday except Wednesday & Saturday Opens: See website Location: 30 miles south of Belfast. Length: 7,181 yards Golf Pro: Kevan Whitson

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ROYAL PORTRUSH GOLF CLUB - Dunluce Road, Portrush, Co. Antrim, BT56 8JQ.

www.royalportrushgolfclub.com

 info@royalportrushgolfclub.com Manager: Wilma Erskine 028 7082 2311 (RoI 048) Royal Portrush has been portrayed by many golfers as one of the most challenging Signature Hole 7th, courses in the world, requiring skill and concentration. Par 3, 192 yds, Index 12 ‘White Rocks‘ as the name Green Fees:Dunluce: Monday - Friday £145; Weekends £165; suggests, elevated tee Valley: Monday - Friday £42.50; Weekends £55; positions, panoramic views Dunluce: April & October Monday - Friday £75, Weekends £165 of the Giants Causeway, Visitors: Everyday - time restrictions Dunluce Castle and the town of Portrush. Location: Portrush, Co. Antrim. Length: 7,143 yards Golf Pro: Gary McNeill £4

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SLIEVE RUSSELL HOTEL GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB - Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan.

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 slieve-golfclub@quinn-hotels.com General Manager: Tony Walker This luxurious complex which has hosted several European Tour events has become one of Ireland’s top golfing venues. Water is incorporated on many holes with the par 5, 13th and par 3, 16th proving a memorable challenge. Green Fees:Sunday - Friday (Residents) €30; Saturday (Residents) €40; Sunday - Friday (day rate) €39; Saturday (day rate) €49 Visitors: Everyday Opens: See website Location: Located just 90 minutes from Dublin City Centre. Length: 7,001 yards Golf Pro: Gordon Smyth

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049 952 5090 Signature Hole 13th, Par 5, 528 yds, Index 14 A unique challenge of water from start to finish. The mixture of water on left hand side & landscaping on the right-hand side firmly puts this hole as one of Ireland's best par 5's!

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 stay@adelphiportrush.com 028 7082 5544 (RoI 048) Rates: £65 to £139 per room. Open all year round. Golf Courses: Opened 2007 with 28 individually designed luxury bedrooms, Adelphi Portrush 4 star is Royal Portrush (2), ideally situated in the town centre, yet just minutes away from 8 eighteen hole golf Portstewart (3), courses. Early breakfast catered for and a lift to all floors makes Adelphi Portrush an ideal Castlerock (2), venue for golfers. Ballycastle, Gracehill, Relax after golf in the health suite, which boasts a sauna, spa and steam room, or try a Brown Trout, therapeutic massage in the Adelphi Spa Salon. Bushfoot Enjoy fine dining in the quality surroundings of the Adelphi Bistro. Proprietors: Mark & Amanda Holmes

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BALLYLIFFIN LODGE & SPA HOTEL, Shore Road, Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal.

www.ballyliffinlodge.com

 info@ballyliffinlodge.com Rates: B&B from €80 pps. Open all year. The 4 Star Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel & Spa has spectacular panoramic views of Malin Head, Inishowen coastline, the world famous Ballyliffin Golf Club and the golden sands of Pollan Bay. Private and intimate, set in the heart of Ballyliffin village, the views are enhanced by the beautifully designed interior where traditional charm and luxury is woven into the very fabric of the exquisite décor. Beautiful high ceilings, roaring open fire, sumptuous furnishings and lots of natural light evokes a feeling of calm and tranquility. Rock Crystal Spa, 40 individually designed bedrooms and suites, state of the art leisure club, and Jack’s Bar & Restaurant, the ultimate retreat in Donegal. 40 Sales Manager: Breda McGonigle

BEECH HILL COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL, 32 Ardmore Road, Londonderry, BT47 3QP.  info@beech-hill.com Rates: B&B from £65 pps.

www.beech-hill.com 028 7134 9279 (RoI 048)

4 star Country House set in 32 acres of parkland. Ideally situated for golf courses in Northwest, Donegal and Portrush. Special golf rates arranged. Ardmore 9 hole golf course next door to hotel. Award winning restaurant. Golf times, transportation, professional guides all arranged. Luxurious accommodation, fine dining and suite accommodation. Member of Manor House Hotels of Ireland. Proprietors: Seamus Donnelly / Patsy O’Kane

074 937 8200 Golf Courses: Ballyliffin (2), Buncrana, North West, Royal Portrush, Portstewart, Castlerock, Rosapenna

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Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort www.rosapenna.ie

Old Tom Morris & Sandy Hills . . . await you. Rosapenna, Downings, Co. Donegal. T: +353 (0)74 915 5301 F: +353 (0)74 915 5128 E: reservations@rosapenna.ie

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BENEDICTS OF BELFAST, 7 - 21 Bradbury Place, Shaftsbury Square, Belfast, BT7 1RQ.

www.benedictshotel.co.uk

 info@benedictshotel.co.uk 028 9059 1999 (RoI 048) Rates: B&B from £35 pps. Golf Courses: Benedicts of Belfast is at the centre of all things great in town. The hotel has 32 Royal Belfast, individually styled bedrooms, 12 of which are executive double rooms. Belvoir Park, All the bedrooms are equipped to the highest standards including wide screen digital Malone, television, complimentary wi-fi, direct dial phone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and all Galgorm Castle, Royal Portrush, bedding as used by the Ritz Carlton Group, including American king-size feather topped Royal County beds with luxury Egyptian cotton sheets at the maximum 600 threads per square inch. Down Executive rooms even have a spa bath. General Manager: Gary Graham

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BURRENDALE HOTEL, COUNTRY CLUB & SPA, 51 Castlewellan Rd, Newcastle, Co. Down, BT33 OJY. www.burrendale.com  banqueting@burrendale.com 028 4372 2599 (048 ROI) Rates: B&B from £80 Single. Open all year round. Golf Courses: Nestling between the majestic Mourne Mountains & the glimmering Irish Sea, The Burrendale Royal County Hotel, Country Club & Spa is a fine example of the best in traditional hospitality. Only 10 Down, Kilkeel, minutes walk from town, at the Burrendale you will find a wealth of opportunity for leisure, Downpatrick, pleasure and business. Only 45 mins drive from Belfast & 90 mins from Dublin, the seclusion & Spa, Ardglass, Bright Castle, privacy of the Burrendale Hotel belies the high quality of accommodation & cuisine. Close by Warrenpoint, you can enjoy golf on the Championship Links of the Royal County Down, trek through the Ballynahinch. mountain forests on horseback, stroll along the miles of golden beaches & dunes, or relax in the tropical atmosphere of our Country Club. 70 Marketing Manager: Fiona O’Hare

THE BUSHMILLS INN HOTEL, 9 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, Co. Antrim, BT57 8QG.

www.bushmillsinn.com

 mail@bushmillsinn.com 028 207 33000 (RoI 048) Rates: B&B from £138 pps. Open all year. Golf Courses: Award-winning four star Hotel, and one of Ireland’s most well known luxurious hotels and Royal Portrush, member of the prestigious ‘Ireland’s Blue Book’. Step inside to a very special place with Portstewart, peat fires roaring, the Gas Bar which is still lit by gas light today and nooks and crannies Castlerock, just waiting to be explored. The spacious guest rooms are beautifully appointed and Ballycastle, Bushfoot, creatively designed with walk-in dressing rooms, luxury bathrooms and small sitting area. Gracehill The AA Rosette Restaurant blending ‘New Irish’ cuisine with the finest North Antrim fresh produce overlooks the garden courtyard and contrasts intimate ‘snugs’ with white washed walls, warm mellow brick with well aged timbers and the garden room conservatory. 41 Hotel Manager: Alan Walls

THE CENTRAL HOTEL CONFERENCE & LEISURE CENTRE, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal. www.thecentralhoteldonegal.com  info@centralhoteldonegal.com Rates: B&B from €45 - €85 pps. Open all year round.

074 972 1027

A warm welcome awaits you at The Central Hotel Conference & Leisure Centre, situated in the heart of Donegal Town, This property owned by The White Group, has recently been refurbished and has attained the creditable AA3 star accolade along with Fáilte Ireland recognition. The Central oozes warmth in atmosphere and hospitality.

General Manager: Eamonn Gillespie

Golf Courses: Donegal/Murvagh Narin & Portnoo, Bundoran, County Sligo, Letterkenny

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CULLODEN ESTATE & SPA, Bangor Road, Craigavad, Hollywood, Belfast, Co. Down, BT18 0EX.

www.hastingshotels.com

 res@cull.hastingshotels.com 028 9042 1066 (RoI 048) Rates: B&B from £90 pps. Golf Courses: Standing on the wooded slopes of the Holywood hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the Royal Belfast, coastline, is the magnificent Culloden Estate & Spa, Northern Ireland’s premier independent Clandelboye, 5 Star hotel. A mere 5 miles from Belfast City Centre and originally built as the official palace Blackwood, for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden stands in 12 acres of beautiful secluded gardens. Palatial Bangor, Royal Co. Down surroundings, fine antiques and the highest levels of personal service combine to give the Culloden a unique air of elegance. The exclusive ESPA Spa offers a full range of health and leisure facilities and golfing enthusiasts can enjoy privileged tee-off times at Royal Belfast Golf Club. General Manager: 105 Helen Caters

HILTON TEMPLEPATRICK HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB, Templepatrick, Co. Antrim, BT39 0DD. www.hilton.co.uk/templepatrick  eamonn.logue@hilton.com Rates: B&B from £65 per room.

028 9443 5500 (RoI 048)

Set in 220 acres of wooded parkland within the Castle Upton Estate, Hilton Templepatrick is Northern Ireland’s premier 4 star hotel, golf and leisure resort. Located 15 minutes drive from Belfast city centre and five minutes from Belfast International Airport, the hotel is the ideal base to explore many of Northern Ireland’s fine golf courses. Leisure facilities on site include 18-hole championship golf course (built to USGA specifications), driving range, putting green, 18m swimming pool and fully equipped Livingwell Health Club. Golf Director: Eamonn Logue

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Golf Courses: Hilton Templepatrick, Royal Belfast, Malone, Belvoir Park, Royal Portrush, Royal Co. Down.

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Contemporary service in an old world setting Here, at the water’s edge of Lough Eske, amongst the fabled Blue Stack Mountains, escape to a luxurious world of relaxed elegance Where Spa Solís, the castle gardens, thoughtful service and lavishly appointed guest rooms are steeped in Gaelic history for you to discover

Golf at Solís Lough Eske Castle Midweek and Weekend Golfing packages available with choice of golf from 7 nearby Golf Courses Call: +353 (0) 749 725 100 Email: reservations.lougheske@solishotels.com

Solís Lough Eske Castle Donegal Town, County Donegal. +353 (0) 749 725 100 | www.solislougheske.com


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KILLYHEVLIN HOTEL & CHALETS, Killyhevlin, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT47 6RW.

www.killyhevlin.com

 info@killyhevlin.com 028 6632 3481 (RoI 048) Rates: B&B from £35 pps. Golf Courses: Escape to the award winning 4 star Killyhevlin Hotel & Chalets, set on the shores of scenic Enniskillen, Lough Erne. Surrounded by private grounds & lakeside gardens, this family run hotel is Castle Hume located only 1 km from the historic town of Enniskillen. All 70 spacious bedrooms & suites Golf Club, have been individually designed & decorated to an exceptional standard. The Silks Lough Erne Golf Resort, Restaurant offers diners an extensive menu, while bar food, carvery lunch & snacks are Ashwoods Golf served daily in the Boathouse Grill. Residents can enjoy full use of the exclusive Killyhevlin Health Club, complete with gym & pool, or pamper themselves in the luxurious Elemis Spa. Centre Killyhevlin also offers 13 lakeside chalets which sleep up to four persons. 70 General Manager: David Morrison

NESBITT ARMS HOTEL, Main Street, Ardara, Co. Donegal.

www.nesbittarms.com

 info@nesbittarms.com Rates: Room from €89

074 954 1103

The Nesbitt Arms Hotel is situated in the centre of Ardara, Co. Donegal. It is a small family run Hotel and a member of the White Group of Hotels. It boasts excellent cuisine, warm and friendly atmosphere. Its location, in addition to its close proximity to some of the most scenic golf courses, is also the central point for beautiful beaches, scenic mountain walks, excellent fishing and traditional Irish music. Ardara is a heritage town, which hosts numerous festivals each month during the year. Manager: Catherine Clancy

Golf Courses: Narin/Portnoo, Murvagh, Cruit Island.

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RAMADA PORTRUSH, 73 Main Street, Portrush, Co. Antrim, BT56 8BN.

www.ramadaportrush.com

 info@ramadaportrush.com 028 7082 6100 (RoI 048) Rates: B&B from £50 pps. Open all year. Golf Courses: The award winning Ramada Portrush is situated overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the Royal Portrush, centre of Portrush. 69 en suite bedrooms with wi-fi, safe and lift. Portstewart, The Counties Café Bar and Restaurant with its lively atmosphere is a popular meeting Castlerock, place. Ideal base for golfing at Royal Portrush, Portstewart, Castlerock, Ballycastle, Ballycastle, Bushfoot, Gracehill and Galgorm Castle Golf Courses. Gracehill, Galgorm Castle Ramada EMEA 2011 Overall Guest Satisfaction Winner Marketing Manager: Mary O’Neill

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RATHMULLAN HOUSE, Rathmullan Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

www.rathmullanhouse.com

 info@rathmullanhouse.com Rates: B&B from €75 pps plus 10% service charge. Closed 6th January - 14th February. A country house with a seaside setting on Lough Swilly amid mature gardens, which stretch down to a sandy beach. Inside, elegant sitting-rooms are in period style. Bedrooms have their own distinctive style from garden views to spacious family rooms. The award-winning Weeping Elm Restaurant offers seasonal menus with the emphasis on local indigenous produce. Facilities include an indoor heated pool and tennis courts. Some of Ireland’s greatest golf courses are within easy reach of Rathmullan House. Dublin - 3½ hours, Belfast - 2 hours. General Manager: Mary Wheeler

074 915 8188 Golf Courses: Otway, Portsalon, Rosapenna, Ballyliffin

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ROE PARK RESORT, Roe Park, Limavady, Co. L’Derry BT49 9LB.

www.roeparkresort.com

 reservations@roeparkresort.com 028 777 22222 (RoI 048) Rates: B&B from £60 pps. Open all year round. Golf Courses: Whether you’re travelling for business in Derry or the Northwest, planning a break or simply Roe Park (on-site), sampling the history & natural beauty of Northern Ireland, we invite you to enjoy some of Castlerock, the finest hotel, golf & leisure facilities that the North - West of Ireland has to offer. Unwind Royal Portrush, in one of 118 guest rooms & luxury suites - pamper yourself in our Spa. Play a round or two Portstewart, on our private 18 hole golf course. Choose from two of the best restaurants in the Northwest Ballyliffin of Ireland. Most of all, we invite you to enjoy the space - to work, to rest & to make the most of your - where modern luxury meets traditional Irish charm & hospitality. At the heart of the North Coast golf links courses. Reservations: Clare Mullan / Karen McNeely

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ROSAPENNA HOTEL & GOLF RESORT, Rosapenna, Downings, Co. Donegal.

www.rosapenna.ie

 reservations@rosapenna.ie Rates: B&B from €80 pps. Closed November - March. The origins of the Rosapenna Hotel date back to the year 1891 when Lord Leitrim invited the renowned Old Tom Morris to lay out a golf course along the sand dunes of Sheephaven Bay. Today Rosapenna boasts a further 18 holes (Sandy Hills) set in the higher more rugged dunes, created by links master Pat Ruddy, his last designed course. Sandy Hills has been described as ‘breathtaking’. Excellent facilities per symbols below plus a golf practice area. The Rosapenna Old Tom Morris Links remains very much as it has been for the past century - a standing tribute to the greatest golf architect of all time. General Manager: Andrew McLaughlin

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074 915 5301 Golf Courses: Rosapenna (36 holes), Portsalon, Ballyliffin, Dunfanaghy

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Donegal Golf Club was founded in 1959 and the first golf course and clubhouse was built on the edge of Donegal Town at Tullycullion. In the early 70’s the links land of the Murvagh Peninsula were identified as being more than suitable for a golf course. The leading golf course designer at the time, Eddie Hackett designed an 18-hole golf course on the Murvagh links. The course and new clubhouse was officially opened in 1976 and the course has undergone some changes and major remodelling overseen by Mr. Pat Ruddy.

“An outstanding links golf course” “A real challenge not to be missed” “Featured in the Top 100 Courses Ireland & UK”

T: 074 97 34054 E: info@donegalgolfclub.ie W: www.donegalgolfclub.ie

Check out our website for the latest offers at www.donegalgolfclub.ie

ENJOY YOUR GOLF! Golf Course Information Symbols explained: 18

Course Type (Parkland, Links)

Driving range

Club hire

Number of Holes

Caddy hire

72

Par of course

Buggy hire

Club shop

Soft spikes only

Accommodation Information Symbols explained: Number of bedrooms

Conference facilities

TV in bedroom

WiFi available 18

Course on-ste

Tennis on-site

Full bar licence

Free car parking

Arrange hire of clubs

Angling facilities (nearby / on-site)

Swimming pool

Evening entertainment

Gym

Spa

Travel agent booking

Arrange tee-times

Horse riding (nearby - on-site)

Restaurant Information Symbols explained: 80

Dining capacity

Private dining area

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Full licence

Wine licence

Vegetarian dishes

GF Gluten free

SC Service charge

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ROYAL COURT HOTEL, 233 Ballybogey Road, Portrush, Co. Antrim, BT56 8NF.

www.royalcourthotel.co.uk

 info@royalcourthotel.co.uk 028 7082 2236 (RoI 048) Rates: B&B from £40 pps. Golf Courses: Situated overlooking the harbour town of Portrush and its world famous Royal Portrush Royal Portrush, Golf Club with panoramic views of County Donegal and the Scottish Isles. There are 13 guest Portstewart, bedrooms and 5 suites, all finished to a high standard. Restaurant and Bar facilities available Castlerock, daily serving Carvery Lunch and Menu from 12.30 pm and Evening Menu from 4.00 pm. Ballycastle, Gracehill, Open all year round, the hotel offers the perfect base not only for golfing, fishing and Bushfoot water sports, but for those who wish to explore the Causeway Coast including the legendary Giants Causeway and the famous Bushmills Distillery. General Manager: Jennifer O’Kane

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SANDHOUSE HOTEL, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal.

www.sandhouse.ie

 info@thesandhouse.ie Rates: B&B from €75 pps. Closed November - February.

071 985 1777

A 4 Star manor house hotel overlooking Donegal Bay. Excellent base for golfing with one sixth of the links courses in the world within a short drive. Ocean view bedrooms, award winning food, Marine Spa, all combine to make every stay special. Drying room for golf gear. Minutes from Donegal-Murvagh golf course. Only 3 hours from Dublin.

General Manager: Paul Diver

Golf Courses: Donegal/ Murvagh, Bundoran, Ballyliffin, Rosses Point, Narin-Portnoo

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SLIEVE DONARD RESORT & SPA, Downs Road, Newcastle, Co. Down, BT33 0AH.

www.hastingshotels.com

 res@sdh.hastingshotels.com 028 4372 1066 (RoI 048) Rates: B&B from £75 pps. Golf Courses: The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa is one of the most stunning and luxurious golf hotels on Royal Co. Down, the island of Ireland. Explore the unique features of this one hundred year old Victorian Kilkeel, property which boasts the luxurious Spa, incorporating 16 Treatment Rooms, a 20m pool, Ardglass, vitality pools, extensive exercise facilities as well as the Lighthouse Lounge and Horizon Juice Warrenpoint, Bright Castle, Bar for healthy dining. Fine dining is available in the traditional Oak Restaurant or relaxed Downpatrick bistro style in the atmospheric Percy French Inn. Immediately adjacent to Royal County Down Golf Club and host hotel to the 2007 Walker Cup. IGTOA (Ireland Golf Tour Operators Association) Golf Hotel of the year 2006. General Manager: 178 Stephen Meldrum

SMUGGLERS CREEK INN, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal.

www.smugglerscreekinn.com

 info@smugglerscreekinn.com Rates: From €35 pps.

071 985 2367

Nestled high on a cliff edge with its seafaring theme and rustic charm, panoramic view overlooking Rossnowlagh beach and Donegal Bay, Smugglers Creek Inn is a world famous, multi-award winning Restaurant & Bar with Accommodation. It offers a wide range of exciting and mouth-watering menus that suits even the most discerning taste buds.

Golf Courses: Donegal/Murvagh Bundoran, County Sligo, Lough Erne Resort

Winner of Good Eating Guide to Ireland 2012 - Best Tourist Venue.

Proprietor/Manager: Emily Brown/Mark Rush

SOLIS LOUGH ESKE CASTLE, Lough Eske, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal.

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www.solislougheskecastle.com

 sales.lougheske@solishotels.com Rates: B&B from €97.50 pps. Closed on selected dates in winter. Special Golf Package. Solis Lough Eske Castle is located within 42 acres of mature woodland, on the shores of Lough Eske outside Donegal Town, 10 minutes from the infamous 18 hole Championship course at Donegal Golf Club. The Gaelic castle has been restored into Donegal’s first five star hotel and spa. The hotel encompasses 96 Guest Rooms including a Presidential Suite and 15 luxurious suites. With exceptional personal service and flawless attention to detail, Solis Lough Eske Castle is quickly becoming one of the most popular hotels in the Country. Business Manager: Jeroen Quint

074 97 25100 Golf Courses: Donegal, Narin/Portnoo, Bundoran, Ballybofey, Ballyliffin, Portsalon, Rosapenna

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The only Four Star Golf Resort at the Heart of the North Coast

• • • • • • • • •

118 Luxury Guest Rooms 2 Restaurants 18 Bay Floodlit Driving Range 18 Hole Golf Course Indoor Golf Academy Resident PGA Professionals 12 Treatment Area Spa State-of-the-Art Health Club Meeting & Event Facilities

Royal Portrush

1 Royal Portrush Golf Club 35mins, 22miles

2 Portstewart Golf Club 35mins, 20miles

Portstewart

3 Castlerock Golf Club 25mins, 16miles

2 )HSS`SPMÄU .VSM *S\I 1hr, 40miles

+44 (0) 28 777 22222

Reservations@RoeParkResort.com

Castlerock

A B

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Belfast City Airport 1 ¼hrs, 60miles

)HSS`SPMÄU

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Belfast Int. Airport 1hr, 45miles

Dublin Airport 3hrs, 130miles

Roe Park Resort, Limavady, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland, BT49 9LB

www.RoeParkResort.com


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Bed, breakfast and an excellent choice of main courses. A stay at a Hastings Hotel in Northern Ireland means you’re never too far away from a world class links golf course.

T. +44 (0) 28 9047 1066 hastingshotels.com


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Inishbofin

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Clew Bay

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Hags Hd.

W12

W6

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W24

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W31 W32

Galway

W29

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W4

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Boyle

Castlerea

W26

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Loughrea

W38

W35

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Athenry Ballinasloe

W20 E7

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Dunany Pt.

Dundalk Bay

Dublin

MEATH

Navan

E14

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E23

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Ardee

N89

N79

Downpatrick N90 N91 N94 N93 Newcastle

Newry

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DOWN

N69

Lisburn

N71 N74 N77 N78 N66 N68

Banbridge

N88

Dundalk

E2

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N103 N67

Lurgan

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N102 N104

Carrickmacross LOUTH N114

N115

E1

N100

ARMAGH

N87

Armagh

N84 N85

N53

Belfast Golf Courses Balmoral Golf Club Belvoir Park Golf Club Castlereagh Hills Golf Club Cliftonville Golf Club Colin Valley Golf Centre Dunmurray Golf Club Fortwilliam Golf Club Knock Golf Club Malone Golf Club Mount Ober Golf Club Ormeau Golf Club Royal Belfast Golf Club Shandon Park Golf Club

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LONGFORD

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N60

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Ballymena

Portadown

N62 N61

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N112

Cavan

N109

FERMANAGH

Longford

Athlone

W23

W37

Roscommon

W19

W14

LEITRIM

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N95

N117

N46

Cookstown

Dungannon

Omagh

N45

N44

TYRONE

Enniskillen N83

N82

N43

N47

LONDONDERRY

Londonderry N33

N19

N14 Coleraine N16 N15 N21

N17

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Limavady Ballymoney

N12

N13

Portstewart

Inishowen Hd.

N29

Lough Foyle

Strabane

N28

N26

N9

Buncrana

N27

N32

Lifford

N80 N81

N31

Carrick-on-Shannon

W13

N42

Ballyshannon

ROSCOMMON

W15

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DONEGAL

N7

N24

N8

N25

N5

Letterkenny

Donegal

Bundoran

Ballymote

GALWAY

Tuam

Ballyhaunis

W18

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Ballina

W3

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Golam Hd.

Clifden

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Achill Island

Achill Hd.

Ballycastle

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Bay lala l i K

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S30

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Hook Hd.

E109

New Ross

E95

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E111

North Dublin Golf Courses Balbriggin Golf Club Balcarrick Golf Club Balheary Open Golf Course Beaverstown Golf Club Blanchardstown Golf Centre Castleknock Golf Club Clontarf Golf Club Corballis Golf Club Corrstown Golf Club Deer Park Golf Centre Donabate Golf Club Elmgreen Golf Centre Forrest Little Golf Club Hollystown Golf Club Hollywood Lakes Golf Club Howth Golf Club Luttrellstown Castle Golf & CC Malahide Golf Club Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links PortmarnockGolf Club Roganstown Golf & CC Rush Golf Club Silloge Park Public Golf Course Skerries Golf Club St. Margarets Golf & CC Sutton Golf Club The Island Golf Club The Open Golf Centre The Royal Dublin Golf Club Turvey Golf Club & Hotel

Rosslare Harbour

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CARLOW

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Carrick-on-Suir

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Limerick

Mallow

S51

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S20

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S33

S69

S52

S90

CORK

S50

Clonakilty

The index on the following pages is in alphabetical order with a map reference number and a page number corresponding to the course entry. Golf courses in the Dublin and Belfast Regions are not shown individually on the map due to space constraints.

Because of the small scale of this map, position of courses are for a guideline only. The information on this map is correct at the time of going to press. © January 2014 Portside.

S14

S17 S18 S19

S13

Charleville

Macroom

S31

S22

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Shannon

Ennis

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CLARE

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Bantry

Kenmare

Clear Island

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Killarney

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S29

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Kilrush

Lahinch

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Dursey Island

S42

Waterville

Cods Hd.

Valentia Island

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Tralee Bay

Dingle S40 (An Daingean)

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South Dublin Golf Courses Carrickmines Golf Club Castle Golf Club Citywest Hotel & Golf Resort Dublin City Golf Club Dublin Mountain Golf Club Dun Laoghaire Golf Club Edmondstown Golf Club Elm Park Golf Club Foxrock Golf Club Glencullen Golf Club Grange Castle Golf Club Grange Golf Club Hazel Grove Golf Club Hermitage Golf Club Killiney Golf Club Leopardstown Golf Centre Lucan Golf Club Milltown Golf Club Newlands Golf Club Rathfarnham Golf Club Slade Valley Golf Club South County Golf Club Stackstown Golf Club Stepaside Golf Centre Westmanstown Golf Club


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course name

map page ref.

A Abbeyleix Golf Club Aberdelghy Golf Club Achill Golf Club Adare Manor Golf Club Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort Allen Park Golf Club Antrim Golf Club Ardacong Golf Club Ardee Golf Club Ardfert Golf Club Ardglass Golf Club

E60 N69 W10 S19 S18 N53 Bel W24 E6 S29 N94

27 77 68 52 52 77 77 68 27 51 78

Ardminnan Golf Club Arklow Golf Club Ashbourne Golf Club Ashfield Golf Club Ashford Castle Golf Course Athenry Golf Club Athlone Golf Club Athy Golf Club Aughnacloy Golf Club

N92 E90 E27 N102 W41 W35 W27 E64 N60

77 27 27 77 68 68 68 27 77

DubN DubN DubN W15 W6 S53 W9 W37 E11 W21 N31 S27 S27 N20 N40 W18 S26 S24 N1 E3 N34 E97 W7 N17 N54 E68 N88 S91 N73 S85 W31 S45 DubN DubN E16 N110 Bel N61 N41 S84 E52 E37 N95 N75 E84 S69

28 27 27 68 68 51 68 68 27 69 77 52 52 77 78 68 51 51 78 27 77 27 68 77 78 27 77 52 77 51 69 51 27 27 28 77 78 77 77 51 27 27 77 77 28 51

B Balbriggan Golf Club Balcarrick Golf Club Balheary Open Golf Club Ballaghaderreen Golf Club Ballina Golf Club Ballinamona Golf Club Ballinamore Golf Club Ballinasloe Golf Club Ballinlough Castle Golf Club Ballinrobe Golf Club Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club Ballybunion Cashen Course Ballybunion Golf Club Ballycastle Golf Club Ballyclare Golf Club Ballyhaunis Golf Club Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club Ballykisteen Golf & Country Club Ballyliffin Golf Club Ballymascanlon Golf Club Ballymena Golf Club Ballymoney Golf Club Ballymote Golf Club Ballyreagh Golf Club Balmoral Golf Club Baltinglass Golf Club Banbridge Golf Club Bandon Golf Club Bangor Golf Club Bantry Bay Golf Club Bearna Golf Club Beaufort Golf Club Beaverstown Golf Club Beech Park Golf Club Bellewstown Golf Club Belturbet Golf Club Belvoir Park Golf Club Benburb Valley Golf Club Bentra Municipal Golf Club Berehaven Golf Club Birr Golf Club Black Bush Golf Club Blacklion Golf Club Blackwood Golf Club Blainroe Golf Club Blarney Golf Resort

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IRELAND 2014 course name

map page ref.

course name

map page ref.

Bodenstown Golf Club Borris Golf Club Boyle Golf Club Bray Golf Club Bright Castle Golf Club Brown Trout Golf Club Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club Club Buncrana Golf Club Bundoran Golf Club Burnfield House Golf Bushfoot Golf Club

E48 E105 W13 E71 N93 N16 E107 N9 N59 N55 N19

27 27 68 28 77 77 28 77 78 77 77

Coollattin Golf Club Coosheen Golf Club Corballis Golf Club Cork Golf Club Corrstown Golf Club County Armagh Golf Club County Cavan Golf Club County Longford Golf Club County Louth Golf Club County Meath Golf Club County Sligo Golf Club Courtown Golf Club Craddockstown Golf Club

E88 S86 DubN S74 DubN N100 N111 E7 E9 E23 W1 E98 E57

30 51 27 53 27 77 77 27 30 27 69 30 27

N114 S35 N38 E102 E93 N72 E2 W2 N36 N56 DubS W14 S38 E40 E40 E32 W5 DubS N81 W16 N98 E99 S40 S30 DubN S82 W19 Bel N12 S48 S15 E43 S41 E41 E74 S32 E54 N58 N27 DubS N77 E47 W22 Bel N117 N97 S14 S37 DubN N2 N104 S76 DubN Bel N99 W28 W30

77 51 77 27 27 77 27 69 77 77 27 68 51 28 29 27 68 27 77 68 77 27 51 51 29 52 68 79 77 51 53 27 51 27 29 53 27 77 79 30 77 27 68 77 77 77 51 53 27 77 77 51 27 77 79 69 68

Cregmore Park Golf Club Cruit Island Golf Club Curra West Golf Club Curragh Golf Club, The Cushendall Golf Club

W33 N23 W39 E46 N22

68 77 68 27 77

DubN E77 E21 S41 E79 DubN N76 N42 S51 S42 S9 S75 N65 N91 S12 E81 E81 DubS DubS E73 E1 S23 N3 N62 S56 S46 S63 S99 Bel E55

27 30 27 53 30 27 77 79 51 53 54 54 77 77 54 31 31 27 27 31 27 54 79 77 51 51 51 51 77 27

S6 S78 E33 N86 DubS DubS DubN S4 E108 W3 N83 E30 E87

51 51 27 77 27 27 27 54 27 69 79 27 32

S39 N26 S54

54 77 51

C Cabra Castle Golf Club Cahir Park Golf Club Cairndhu Golf Club Callan Golf Club Carlow Golf Club Carnalea Golf Club Carnbeg Golf Club Carne Golf Links Carnfunnock Country Park Carrickfergus Golf Club Carrickmines Golf Club Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club Carton House – Montgomerie Carton House – O’Meara Castle Barna Golf Club Castle Dargan Hotel Golf Club Castle Golf Club Castle Hume Golf Club Castlebar Golf Club Castleblayney Golf Club Castlecomer Golf Club Castlegregory Golf Club Castleisland Golf Club Castleknock Golf Club Castlemartyr Golf Club Castlerea Golf Club Castlereagh Hills Golf Club Castlerock Golf Club Castlerosse Golf Club Castletroy Golf Club Castlewarden Golf Club Ceann Sibeal / Dingle Golf Links Celbridge Golf Club Charlesland Golf Club Charleville Golf Club Cill Dara Golf Club City of Belfast Golf Club City of Derry Golf Club Citywest Hotel & Golf Resort Clandeboye Golf Club Clane Golf Club Claremorris Golf Club Cliftonville Golf Club Clogher Valley Golf Club Clones Golf Club Clonlara Golf Club Clonmel Golf Club Clontarf Golf Club Cloughaneely Golf Club Cloverhill Golf Club Cobh Golf Club Coldwinters Golf Club Colin Valley Golf Club Concra Golf & Country Club Connemara Champioship Golf Links Connemara Isles Golf Club

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D Deer Park Golf Club Delgany Golf Club Delvin Castle Golf Club Dingle Links / Ceann Sibeal Djouce Golf Club Donabate Golf Club Donaghadee Golf Club Donegal Golf Club Doneraile Golf Club Dooks Golf Club Doonbeg Golf Club Douglas Golf Club Down Royal Park Golf Club Downpatrick Golf Club Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club Druids Glen Golf Club Druids Heath Golf Club Dublin City Golf Club Dublin Mountain Golf Club Dun Laoghaire Golf Club Dundalk Golf Club Dundrum House Hotel & Leiure Resort Dunfanaghy Golf Club Dungannon Golf Club Dungarvan Golf Club Dunloe Golf Club Dunmore East Golf Club Dunmore Golf Club Dunmurry Golf Club Dunmurry Springs Golf Club

E East Clare Golf Club East Cork Golf Club Edenderry Golf Club Edenmore Golf Club Edmondstown Golf Club Elm Park Golf Club Elmgreen Golf Club Ennis Golf Club Enniscorthy Golf Club Enniscrone Golf Club Enniskillen Golf Club Esker Hills Golf Club European Golf Club

F Faithlegg Golf Club Faughan Valley Golf Club Fermoy Golf Club

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Fernhill Golf Club Fintona Golf Club Forrest Little Golf Club Fortwilliam Golf Club Fota Island Golf Club Foxrock Golf Club Foyle International Golf Club Frankfield Golf Club

S92 N45 DubN Bel S80 DubS N28 S73

51 77 32 77 56 27 77 51

Kinsale Golf Club Kirkistown Castle Golf Club Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort Knock Golf Club Knockanally Golf Club

S91 N78 E25 Bel E42

56 77 35 77 27

Newlands Golf Club Newtownstewart Golf Club North West Golf Club Nuremore Hotel Golf Club

DubS N43 N24 N115

27 77 80 77

Galgorm Castle Golf Club Galway Golf Club Glasson Hotel & Golf Club

N35 W32 E18

77 68 32

Lahinch Golf Club (Castle) Lahinch Golf Club (Old) Lambeg Golf Club Larne Golf Club Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club Lee Valley Golf & Country Club

S1 S1 N103 N37 E17 S70

51 56 77 77 35 51

E69 S93 N44 DubN Bel N8 W29

38 51 77 27 77 77 70

Glebe Golf Club Glen of the Downs Golf Club Glencullen Golf Club Glengarriff Golf Club Glenlo Abbey Golf Club Glenmalure Golf Club Gold Coast Golf Club Gort Golf Club Gowran Park Golf & Leisure Resort Gracehill Golf Club Grange Castle Golf Club Grange Golf Club Greenacres Golf Club Greencastle Golf Club Greenisland Golf Club Greenore Golf Club Greystones Golf Club Gweedore Golf Club

E24 E75 DubS S33 W34 E85 S57 W38 E101 N21 DubS DubS N52 N11 N57 E5 E76 N4

27 32 27 51 68 27 51 68 32 77 27 27 77 77 77 27 32 77

Leinster Hills Golf Club Leopardstown Golf Club Letterkenny Golf Club Limerick County Golf Club Limerick Golf Club Lisburn Golf Club Lismore Golf Club Lisnarick Golf Club Lisselan Golf Club Listowel Golf Club Lough Erne Golf Resort Loughgall Country Park Loughrea Golf Club Lurgan Golf Club Luttrellstown Castle

E91 DubS N25 S20 S21 N66 S55 N80 S88 S31 N82 N84 W36 N64 DubN

27 27 77 51 51 77 51 77 51 51 77 77 68 77 36

E50 N33 S66 E51 N85 E53 DubN DubN N6 N13 W40 E72 E72

38 77 51 27 77 27 38 38 80 80 68 38 39

DubS E12 E62 N74 E63 DubS E39 N51 DubN DubN N71 DubN

27 34 27 77 27 34 27 80 27 27 77 34

DubN

27

E44 E44 S50 S67 E36 E78 E65 S10 N106 E100 S49 E26 E38 E92 E4 DubS S43 N46 N14 S11

34 34 51 56 27 27 27 51 77 34 56 35 27 27 27 27 51 77 77 51

E86 S68 N79 S72 DubN S52 Bel N116 N15 N50 N101 E45 DubS S34 E29 S79 E15 E103 Bel E28 E94 E104 W26 E59 N108 N49 E34 E20 W11 S71

36 56 77 51 27 57 80 77 77 77 77 27 27 51 27 57 27 36 77 36 36 27 68 27 77 77 27 36 68 51

N112 S77 S17 E35 E61 DubS E66 N10 S44 N90 N70 N29 DubN N47 N7 W23 S2 S47 E110 N96 E82 Bel N107 DubN N18 E13 DubN

77 51 51 27 27 27 27 77 51 77 77 82 27 77 82 68 58 51 39 77 27 82 82 39 82 40 27

E58 N30 E14 S7 E19 E106 E56 S22

38 80 27 51 27 27 27 57

N68 E96 E8 Bel S13 DubN N63 S65 DubN S87 DubS

77 27 40 77 51 27 77 51 27 51 27

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H Hazel Grove Golf Club Headfort Golf Club Heath Golf Club, The Helen’s Bay Golf Club Heritage Golf & Spa Resort Hermitage Golf Club Highfield Golf Club Hilton Templepatrick Golf Club Hollystown Golf Club Hollywood Lakes Golf Club Holywood Golf Club Howth Golf Club

I Island Golf Club

K K Club, The – Palmer Ryder Cup Course K Club, The – Palmer Smurfit Course Kanturk Golf Club Kenmare Golf Club Kilcock Golf Club Kilcoole Golf Club Kilkea Castle Golf Club Kilkee Golf & Country Club Kilkeel Golf Club Kilkenny Golf Club Killarney Golf & Fishing Club Killeen Castle Golf Club Killeen Golf Club Killerig Golf Club Killin Park Golf Club Killiney Golf Club Killorglin Golf Club Killymoon Golf Club Kilrea Golf Club Kilrush Golf Club

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M Macreddin Golf Club Macroom Golf Club Mahee Island Golf Club Mahon Golf Club Malahide Golf Club Mallow Golf Club Malone Golf Club Mannan Castle Golf Club Manor Golf Club Massereene Golf Club Mayobridge Golf Club Millicent Golf Club Milltown Golf Club Mitchelstown Golf Club Moate Golf Club Monkstown Golf Club Moorpark Golf Club Mount Juliet Golf Club Mount Ober Golf Club Mount Temple Golf Club Mount Wolseley Golf Club Mountain View Golf Club Mountbellew Golf Club Mountrath Golf Club Mourne Golf Club Moyola Park Golf Club Moyvalley – The Champions Club Mullingar Golf Club Mulranny Golf Club Muskerry Golf Club

Old Conna Golf Club Old Head Golf Links Omagh Golf Club Open Golf Club, The Ormeau Golf Club Otway Golf Club Oughterard Golf Club

P Palmerstown House Golf Club Park Golf Club Parknasilla Golf Club Pine Trees Golf Club Portadown Golf Club Portarlington Golf Club Portmarnock Golf Club Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links Portsalon Golf Club Portstewart Golf Club Portumna Golf Club Powerscourt Golf Club – East Powerscourt Golf Club – West

R

N Naas Golf Club Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Navan Golf Club Nenagh Golf Club New Forest Golf Club New Ross Golf Club Newbridge Golf Club Newcastle West Golf Club

O

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Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Rafeen Creek Golf Club Rathbane Golf Club Rathcore Golf & Country Club Rathdowney Golf Club Rathfarnham Golf Club Rathsallagh Golf & Country Club Redcastle Golf Club Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club Ringdufferin Golf Club Rockmount Golf Club Roe Park Golf Club @ Roe Park Resort Roganstown Golf & Country Club Ronan Valley Golf Club Rosapenna Hotel Golf Resort Roscommon Golf Club Roscrea Golf Club Ross Golf Club Rosslare Golf Club Rossmore Golf Club Roundwood Golf Club Royal Belfast Golf Club Royal County Down Golf Club Royal Dublin Golf Club Royal Portrush Golf Club Royal Tara Golf Club Rush Golf Club

S Scrabo Golf Club Seafield Golf & Country Club Seapoint Golf Club Shandon Park Golf Club Shannon Golf Club Silloge Park Public Golf Club Silverwood Golf Course Skellig Bay Golf Club Skerries Golf Club Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club Slade Valley Golf Club

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Slieve Russell Golf & Country Club Slievenamon Golf Club South County Golf Club South Meath Golf Club Spa Golf Club Spanish Point Golf Club St. Anne’s Golf Club St. Helen’s Bay Golf Club St. Margaret’s Golf & Country Club St. Patrick’s Golf Club Stackstown Golf Club Stepaside Golf Club Strabane Golf Club

N109 S36 DubS E22 N89 S3 DubN E111 DubN N5 DubS DubS N32

82 51 27 27 77 51 40 27 40 77 27 27 77

Temple Golf & Country Club Templemore Golf Club Thurles Golf Club Tipperary Golf Club Townley Hall Golf Club Traad Ponds Golf Club Tralee Golf Club Tramore Golf Club Tuam Golf Club Tubbercurry Golf Club Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort Tullamore Golf Club Turvey Golf Club & Hotel

N67 S8 S16 S25 E10 N48 S28 S62 W25 W8 E67 E31 DubN

Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Club Waterford Golf Club Waterville House & Golf Links West Waterford Golf & Country Club Westmanstown Golf Club Westport Golf Club Wexford Golf Club Whitehead Golf Club Wicklow Golf Club Williamstown Golf Club Woodbrook Golf Club Woodenbridge Golf Club Woodlands Golf Club

S59 S58 S64 S61 DubN W17 E109 N39 E83 S60 E70 E89 E49

58 51 58 58 27 70 27 77 41 51 41 41 27

Strandhill Golf Club Strokestown Golf Club Sutton Golf Club Swinford Golf Club

W4 W20 DubN W12

68 68 27 68

Woodstock Golf Club

S5

51

S83

51

N87 E95

77 27

T Tandragee Golf Club Tara Glen Golf Club

77 51 51 51 27 77 58 58 70 68 40 40 27

V Vartry Lakes Golf Club Virginia Golf Club

E80 N113

27 77

N105 S81

77 51

Y Youghal Golf Club

W Warrenpoint Golf Club Water Rock Golf Club

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ACCOMMODATION INDEX Actons of Kinsale

59

Inn @ Dromoland The

62

Adelphi Portrush

83

International Hotel

62

Ard-na Sidhe Country House

59

Kelly's Resort Hotel & Spa

44

Ballyliffin Lodge& Spa Hotel

83

Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort

62

Beech Hill Country House Hotel

83

Kildare Hotel The

44

Benedicts of Belfast

84

Killeen House Hotel

62

Blooms Hotel

42

Killyhevlin Hotel & Chalets

86

Blue Haven Hotel

59

Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort

44

Brehon The

59

Malton The

62

Bridge House Hotel

42

Marlfield House

44

Broadhaven Bay Hotel

71

Meadowlands Hotel

63

Brooklodge Hotel & Macreddin Golf Course

42

Mount Wolseley Spa & Country Club

44

Burrendale Hotel

84

Muckross Park Hotel & Cloisters Spa

63

Bushmills Inn Hotel

84

Nesbitt Arms Hotel

86

Butler Arms Hotel

59

Old BankTown House

63

Carton House

42

Powerscourt Hotel

45

Castlemartyr Resort

59

Ramada Portrush

86

Central Hotel-Donegal

84

Rathmullan House

86

Conrad Dublin

42

Roe Park Resort

86

Culloden Estate & Spa

84

Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort

86

Dingle Benners Hotel

60

Ross Lake House Hotel

72

Downhill House Hotel

71

Royal Court Hotel

88

Dromoland Castle

60

Sancta Maria Hotel

63

Dundrum House Hotel Golf & Leiure Resort

60

Sandhouse Hotel

88

Dunloe The

60

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

88

Europe Hotel & Resort The

60

Smugglers Creek Inn

59

Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Club

60

Solis Lough Eske Castle

88

Fitzwilliam Hotel

42

Tinakilly House

45

Fota Island Resort

62

Trident Hotel

63

Glasson Country House Hotel

44

Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort

45

Hilton Templepatrick Hotel & Country Club

84

Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort

63

Hotel Westport

71

Wineport Lodge

46

Ice House Hotel & Spa

72

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