High-End SW Ireland Golf Tour

Stay in South West Ireland and play some of best links golf courses on the planet

  • Ireland is host to a variety of traditionally beautiful and state of the art hotels, including the fabulous Killarney Park, Dromoland Castle and Hayfield Manor. These hotels offer guests a unique taste of traditional Irish hospitality & history combined with modern, luxurious facilities.

    For this suggested top-notch golf vacation, which is a ‘grand tour’ of the best courses in SW Ireland, we recommend three nights at Killarney Park with golf at Ballybunion Old and Tralee, then two nights in Cork at Hayfield Manor with golf at Old Head, and finishing off with two nights at Dromoland Castle with golf at Lahinch and Doonbeg.

    This is 5-star all the way with luxurious accommodations and a selection of Ireland’s finest links golf courses.

    Best golf courses in South West Ireland

    South West Ireland Regional Overview

    Average weather graph for South West Ireland

  • A 4 night suggested itinerary from $1725pp

    • Day 1 - Arrive at Cork Airport and drive to Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney  (1 hour and 20 minutes drive)
    • Day 2 - Play golf at Ballybunion Old Course (55 minutes drive from the hotel)
    • Day 3 - Play golf at Tralee Golf Club (50 minutes drive from the hotel)
    • Day 4 - Play golf at Old Head Golf Links and then stay overnight at Hayfield Manor Hotel (1 hour 45 minutes drive to Old Head from Killarney. 55 minutes drive from Old Head to Hayfield Manor)
    • Day 5 - Return to USA (15 minutes drive from Hayfield Manor to Cork Airport)

    Car rental included (self-drive)

    Not quite what you're looking for? Speak to one of our golf specialists TOLL FREE on (+1) 844.676.GOLF to tailor your own golf vacation

  • Tee Times
    Many of the golf courses you will wish to play are private golf clubs and therefore have limited tee times and restrictions on visitor play. Often demand outstrips supply, so it is never too early to begin planning your golf vacation.

    Attire in Golf Clubhouses
    Most golf clubs allow visitors to use their clubhouse facilities, including the locker rooms and dining areas. Over the last decade, golf clubs have relaxed their dress codes, however we recommend taking a pair of street shoes (not sneakers) to avoid any issues. 

    Caddies and Carts
    The majority of the links courses have caddies available because, traditionally, they are walking courses, however we will often need to book them in advance for you. Caddies are self-employed and supply can change on a daily basis. 

    With regards golf carts, these can be hard to come by on the traditional links courses and in some cases do not even exist! As with caddies, please request carts at the time of booking with us and we will do our best to reserve them for you.

    Practice Facilities
    These are not quite as abundant as they are at US golf courses, and you may struggle to find a practice range (or a conveniently located one) at the great, classic links courses in the UK and Ireland. Even if you do manage to find one, don’t be surprised if you have to purchase range ball tokens from the Pro Shop and self-serve!

    Halfway Houses and Beverage Carts
    Most of these great links golf courses were designed to play nine holes out (away from the clubhouse) followed by nine holes back, with no halfway house. Be prepared to carry refreshments in your golf bag to keep you going for the whole round. Similarly, there are very few (if any) beverage/refreshment carts at these courses as it is not customary to drink alcohol whilst playing golf in the UK and Ireland.

    Handicap Restrictions
    Many of the golf courses have handicap restrictions for visiting golfers and will require to see official proof of your handicap. The primary reason for this is to ensure only seasoned golfers visit these courses and don’t hold up play.

    The Weather
    The weather in this part of the world can be unpredictable, and you do need to be prepared for all kinds at any time of year. Having said that, in order to get the full UK and Ireland golf experience, every golfer should relish a dose of challenging weather at least once during their stay!

    Although it is possible to play golf year-round, we view April as the start of the season. For the avid golfer who is looking to play 36 holes (or more) in one day, June and July have the longest daylight hours with play possible until 10pm!