Dublin for the Weekend

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By Roger K

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  1. Hey TT,

    I only have 48 hours in Dublin, any "must do" golf suggestions for a first time traveler to Dublin?

    My client work / travel schedule will put me in Dublin for a free weekend (this weekend). I've got a full list of things to do that can keep me busy. However, just like the Guinness is supposed to taste better the closer you get, I presume the same with our favorite hobby. Open for anything...golf bars, exhibits, pitch and putt courses, driving ranges, etc.

    My goal is to go back for a more respectable 2 week trip...so I'm considering this more of a scouting expedition. Any advice is appreciated.

    Thanks, Roger

  2. Jerry M

    Jerry M
    Dallas, TX

    Been to Dublin about 3-4 times. If you want to play Golf I would suggest Portmornock. Great golf course. You must have a reservation. If you want to play an off the track gem. I would suggest The Island. It's not very well known but a lot of fun play. It's probably about 30 minutes from Dublin.

    If it were me going there, I would head immediately north and play Royal County Down. About an hours drive. One of the top golf courses in the world! One of my favorites.
  3. No'l

    Palmdale, CA

    Yeah, if you are staying around Dublin, the two suggested above, Portmarnock Golf Club, and The Island Golf Club are both good. There's another one, but a tree lined course just south of Dublin called, Druids Glen, which many have referred to it as the Augusta of Europe is also very nice.

    Enjoy your time!
  4. Jameson Distillery, one of my favs when I was there. Like was said above, hit Royal County Down next time, if there is a Heaven on Earth, it was there. Magical place.
  5. If you've been to Ireland, you know that you don't sit down in a pub for more than 5 minutes before someone strikes up a conversation with you.

    Well, got talking to golfer at a pub on Saturday night, and he offered to pick me up on Sunday morning at my hotel and take me to a par 3 outside of Dublin. He explained that most courses in town we're full with leagues on Sunday morning, and this would be a good bet. Since I was short on time, playing 9 and with a local was something to be grateful for.

    Next morning, we headed out to Liffey Valley, a quaint local course with not much to offer other than an honest round, great conversations, clean air, and only the occasional whiff of the horse corral across the road. After the round, we grabbed lunch in a nearby village before he drove me back into town and dropping me off at the Guinness Storehouse to check off another place on my tourist list.

    Royal County Down, Portmarnock, and Druid's Glen will all have to wait until next time - thank you for the recommendations. This time I'm grateful for my day out with my gracious and generous host, Brian, and looking forward to my return.
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  6. Drew D

    Drew D

    Agree with the above statements about Portmarnock. The amenities at that hotel are are also top notch. If you ever return, there is a gem in the southwest of Ireland called Killarney Fishing and Golf Club.

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