Ireland Trip 2020

October 9 – October 16, 2020

Lodging: Ballybunion Golf Lodge. https://ballybuniongolflodge.com/
Across the street from Ballybunion Golf Links

Proposed Golf

Ballybunion Old

Originally founded in 1897, Herbert Warren Wind, the distinguished American golf author, described Ballybunion as “nothing less than the finest seaside course I have ever seen”.

As you drive from the historic town of Ballybunion, along the winding road to the golf club, your eyes feast upon the most spectacular links land imaginable. It will come as no surprise that this course, located on Sandhill Road, has the largest, most formidable sand dunes in Ireland.

Tom Watson fell in love with Ballybunion and he goes out of his way to extol the course’s virtues. After several visits, Watson agreed to write an article for the course guide/planner. He writes: “After playing Ballybunion for the first time, a man would think that the game of golf originated here. There is a wild look to the place, the long grass covering the dunes that pitch and roll throughout the course making it very intimidating… in short, it is a course on which many golf architects should live and play before they build golf courses. I consider it a true test of golf.”

Ballybunion is ranked the number one course in Ireland and 20th in the world.

Ballybunion Cashen

Ranked the 27th best course in Ireland, The Cashen Course was designed byRobert Trent Jones The Cashen is set amongst even taller, more alarming, sand dunes than the Old course and its feel is slightly harder, despite being over 300 yards shorter in length, possibly because the fairways are tighter.

Tralee

Tralee Golf Club was his first Irish endeavor for Arnold Palmer and it opened in 1984; it’s a rugged and exhilarating creation.

According to folklore, Palmer created the first nine and Mother Nature did the rest. The front nine at Tralee Golf Club plays across fairly level links land, but the majority of the holes hug the coastline and the ground is elevated, affording magnificent views from the cliff top across Tralee Bay to the Atlantic Ocean beyond. The back nine plays through mountainous dunes with fearsome carries across ravines to plateau greens.

Tralee is ranked the 13th best course in Ireland.

Waterville

Golf at Waterville started around 1889 with a modest 9-hole course, laid out on the eastern section of the present course. In the 1950s, the club folded until Jack Mulcahy (an Irish American) bought the links in the late 1960s. Mulcahy commissioned Claude Harmon, his friend and the 1948 Masters champion and Eddie Hackett, Ireland’s most prolific architect, to design a new course. In 1973, the “beautiful monster” course at Waterville opened for play. Tom Fazio was subsequently commissioned to update the course.

Waterville plays on a promontory surrounded by the sea. It’s a stunning, remote location with views to the northeast of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range and to the southwest across the beautiful Ballinskelligs Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The fairways are gently undulating, the front nine plays across relatively flat ground whilst the back nine weaves its way through avenues of tall dunes. The view from the elevated 17th tee, an excellent par 3 called “Mulcahy’s Peak” after the founder Jack Mulcahy, is simply breathtaking.

Waterville is the 5th rankled course in Ireland.

Dooks

Environmentally, Dooks Golf Club has to be one of the most natural golf courses in the world. Everything is in harmony with its surroundings – it’s a beautiful place for golf.

Officers from the Royal Horse Artillery laid out a short nine-hole course in 1889 and they introduced the local gentry to the game of golf. This establishes Dooks as County Kerry’s oldest golf course.

Dooks is the 31st ranked course in Ireland.

Killarney – Killeen

Killeen, the jewel in the crown of Killarney’s three courses, played host to the Irish Open on four separate occasions. The course offers both spectacular lakeside scenery and challenging golf to players of all levels, with water features on nearly every hole.

Golf in Killarney dates back to 1891, but the Killeen course opened in 1972. It is the 36th ranked course in Ireland.

Cost: $3790.00 per person based on double occupancy accommodations

• Golf – six rounds of golf on the selected courses
• Lodging – six nights accommodations
• Breakfast daily
• Chauffer Driven Rental Car – luxury coach and driver
• Single Occupancy Upcharge $240.00

Notes:
1. The prices are based on the approximate current exchange rates of US$1.10 = €1.00 and US$1.40 = €1. If the rates fall outside these bandwidths at the time of final payment (60 days from date of travel), then the price will either increase or decrease depending on whether the US$ weakens or strengthens in the meantime.

2. Above quote is based on a group of eight to twelve golfers travelling sharing a luxury golf coach and driver.

3. The package prices specifically excludes air fares, meals (other than breakfast each morning which is included), caddies or buggies/pull carts, and gratuity to driver (typically €10 – €15 per person), etc.

4. All tee times, accommodations and rental vans are subject to availability at time of booking.

5. To confirm a booking, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the package price will be required to pay the non-refundable deposits for green fees, hotels and bus hire.

Please feel free to email (cfoley@chrisfoleygolf.com) or call (218-820-9426) with any questions.