19th October 2019
Ireland is a small country, about 300 miles north to south and 150 miles east to west.
Apart from the few motorways, narrow winding roads to many of it’s great golf courses makes travel a little slow.
Being Irish born, and living abroad, I am a yearly visitor and learned by experience it’s best to plan an itinerary by dividing the country by it’s four provinces.
Base yourself in a central location within the province, this will prevent “B&B jumping”, which means staying in a different place each night…lugging cases nightly is very tiring!
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This map shows the provinces clearly>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Dungannon in Tyrone, a fine course would be a base in Ulster
Mount Juliet in Kilkenny in Leinster.
Limerick Golf Club in Limerick for Munster.
Galway Bay Golf in Galway for Connacht.
These are just suggestions, but you get the picture!
For new visitors driving on the left takes a little getting used to, plan extra time into your travel to anticipate wrong turns or delays.
If your budget permits rent a car with automatic transmission and GPS
Rental cars are small, if you have passengers give a lot of thought to packing!!
Plan your airport destination in Ireland, Dublin (east coast) or Shannon (west coast)
You can land in one and depart from the other!
Many courses are “walk only”, with or without pull carts, make sure you pack accordingly.
Light rain gear and hats are recommended.
Pack extra socks, gloves and balls, especially if you are going to play Ireland’s famous links courses.
These are tough, even for scratch golfers, lost balls in the gorse are hard to find.!
I like to play the great parkland courses like Adare Manor and the K Club to get a break from the formidable links.
Hiring a caddie is worthwhile if you are a competitive golfer.
Don’t play golf every day. There is lots to see and appreciate in Ireland, from museums to castles to shopping, and of course great pubs.
Walk to the pubs!!
A sense of humor never hurts when you play golf…
What should you do if your round of golf is interrupted by a lightning storm?
Walk around holding your 1-iron above your head, even God can’t hit a 1-iron!
Golfer: “Caddy, do you think it is a sin to play golf on Sunday?”
Caddy: “The way you play, Sir, its a crime any day of the week!”
Relax and enjoy your trip!!