3-Day Golf Trip in Ireland?

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By Roger K

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  1. If you had 3-days and you were flying in and out of Dublin, what is your go to golf itinerary?

    Traveling to the U.K. for business in mid-June and making a long weekend of it in Ireland. Would like to play each day and see the countryside. Thinking of renting a car but open to alternatives.

  2. Definitely Druids Glen and the K Club
    Played both and they are top class
    Go a bit further afield to Ballybunion if you have more time one day

    That is a bucket list three days in my mind!
  3. GeoffDenton said:

    Definitely Druids Glen and the K Club
    Played both and they are top class
    Go a bit further afield to Ballybunion if you have more time one day

    That is a bucket list three days in my mind!

    Looks solid, thank you. Druids Glen keeps popping up as a suggestion!
  4. Declan R

    Declan R
    Wexford Rep Of Ireland

    You should definitely try and play Druids Glen in Co Wicklow Roger... approx 45 min from Dublin and a gorgeous course...home to the Irish Open on 3 consecutive occasions.....Powerscourt in Co Wicklow also boasts two fine courses that will not disappoint.....I know you said Dublin but these are well worth a visit.
  5. Declan R said:

    You should definitely try and play Druids Glen in Co Wicklow Roger... approx 45 min from Dublin and a gorgeous course...home to the Irish Open on 3 consecutive occasions.....Powerscourt in Co Wicklow also boasts two fine courses that will not disappoint.....I know you said Dublin but these are well worth a visit.

    Powerscourt is attractive to me, as Powers is a family name, although I don't think there's any relatives there if my understanding of history is correct. Thanks for the suggestions!
  6. Don O

    Don O
    Madison, WI

    Another option is to fly in and out of Shannon. Ballybunion, Lahinch, and Doonbeg (Trump) as well several other links courses are in that area. If I'm in Ireland, I'd prefer the links courses over parkland courses. The west coast has many to choose from. I had a week, so I played from Dunfanaghy to Galway and was sorry I didn't include Lahinch as I drove through the old and new courses to get to the Cliffs of Moher. Yeats and other Irish writers lived and wrote in this area.

    Dublin is a charming city, but it is highly internationalized so my high point was the Guinness Tour. If you can situate yourself in a town like Ennis or Galway on a Friday evening - the bars are packed, the musicians move freely and everyone is Irish that night (even with an Irish surname, my American accent was a dead give-away).
  7. Wow, thanks for all the suggestions! I am interested in links courses near the water, you've given me a lot to choose from, thank you.
  8. Tempting. With 16 hours of sunlight, and wanting to see the countryside, I am thinking about venturing a little further out of Dublin. Drive 1-3 hrs, play a round of golf, visit a castle and see local sights, evening in the pub. Wake up and do it again x 2!

    Appreciate the suggestions!
  9. Robert

    Robert
    wishaw, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

    Portmarnock Golf club is a great track
  10. AntD

    AntD
    Hampshire, UK

    Roger,

    Why not look up these great courses and others on Mark Crossfield YouTube channel. You will get a good view of the courses and if you go and play you'll know what to expect..

    Ant
  11. That's a great suggestion, I enjoy Mark's videos but I didn't know he does course reviews. That will be great.
  12. MattW

    MattW
    Thetford, 0

    Another vote for Druids Glen...I really want to go back
  13. Jim K

    Jim K
    Gorey, Co. Wexford

    Hi Roger,

    A lot of visitors would opt for the links experience. About 45 mins north of Dublin is Baltray (AKA County Louth). About 45 mins south is The European Club which I highly recommend. In Dublin there is Portmarnock or The Island (Both will stage the British Amateur Open this year) or Portmarnock Links or Royal Dublin - all super courses. There is also St. Annes which is right beside Royal Dublin or maybe Laytown & Bettystown or Seapoint (these are super courses and not quite as expensive as most of the others named).
    If you prefer parkland then Druids Glen is superb (about 30 mins from Dublin), as is Mount Juliet (about an hour from Dublin) or maybe The Heritage (about an hour from Dublin) or possibly Palmerstown House (only 20 minutes out of West Dublin). You will be spoilt for choice over here. Some of the above a bit expensive but all very worth while. Enjoy the trip. Kind regards. Jim K
  14. Druids Glen is superb, if you keep an eye on www.justgolf.ie and www.golfnow.ie you can get some great deals for Mount Juliet, Carton House etc for mid week golf
    As Don O said if you can fly into Shannon or don't mind driving 2 and a half hours from Dublin airport to Limerick you have Adare Manor which is outstanding, some reviews are calling it the Agusta of Europe!! Lahinch is only 40 mins from Limerick city and hosting the Irish open in July.
    Enjoy your trip!!

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