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South West Ireland Golf Tours

The beach-lined shores overlooking the Atlantic Ocean invite you to experience the spectacular South West Ireland golf courses, set among some of the most dramatic and beautiful backdrops the world has to offer.

Our stunning tour gives you the chance to enjoy a traditional taste of Ireland while playing some of the top 8 courses in the South West of Ireland.

The South West Ireland golf experience includes Lahinch, TraleeBallybunionWaterville, Doonbeg, and the iconic Old Head.

After playing a round in one of these outstanding clubs, you have the chance to sample the local culinary and cultural delights and explore the local countryside – such as the magnificent Ring of Kerry adorned with sparkling water, postcard-worthy landscapes, and grazing livestock.

Recommended South West Ireland Tour

Key Features

Ireland’s South West coast is our most popular Irish tour, and it’s easy to see why. Rugged Atlantic coastline, world-class golf, and a taste of traditional Ireland combine to make a trip guaranteed to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1

  • Drive/Transfer from Dublin or Shannon Airport to Kinsale. Enjoy a relaxing first evening and a true taste of the ocean at Fishy Fishy restaurant.

Day 2

  • An early rise for your first day of golf, start your trip at Old Head Golf Links, a unique experience playing out on a peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Take photos at the famous lighthouse, the iconic vista of this course.

Day 3

  • A short drive/transfer to the west coast of Ireland for your second round; Tralee Golf Club. Designed by Arnold Palmer, this magnificent coastal venue includes views of a 12th-century watchtower.

  • Transfer to Killarney, where you’ll enjoy dinner at the exceptional Harrow restaurant.

Day 4

  • The fourth day brings a real hidden gem, Waterville. This is a sublimely rhythmic and picture-perfect course situated in an irresistible setting on the Ring of Kerry, links golf doesn’t get more beautiful than this.

  • In the evening, visit Killarney Brewing Company for the perfect post-round pint and enjoy dinner at Foley’s restaurant, where steak and seafood are served in an old 1795 coaching inn.

Day 5

  • Drive/Transfer to Ballybunion Golf Club, a sprawling masterpiece set alongside the beach with holes weaving through giant dunes. After your round, continue north along the west coast to Lahinch for a relaxing evening.

Day 6

  • Play Doonbeg, located along the rugged Clare coastline. Recently redeveloped by Dr Martin Hawtree, this has become a must-play in Ireland’s Southwest.

Day 7

  • Completing the tour, Lahinch Golf Club will be an ideal finale. The course meanders along dramatic cliffs, offering sweeping Atlantic views. This is an enchanting place to play golf, rugged, distinctive, unusually varied, and immensely entertaining. Enjoy your last evening in Ireland in Lahnich town.

Day 8

  • Breakfast at the hotel, transfer/drive to Shannon or Dublin airport.

Tour Summary

7 nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotels, based on twin/double share, including daily breakfast 

6 rounds of golf

Self-drive automatic rental car or transfers or chauffeur driven van 

On-site assistance of a Premier Golf representative 

All taxes and fees included

Lighthouse sitting on the cliffs at Old Head Golf Links
Old Head Golf Links, County Cork

Pricing

From $5,945 per golfer

From $2,673 per non-golfer

Based on travel in mid-season (June), group of 8 golfers sharing twin/double, 4-star hotels, transport in a luxury coach with driver.

Coastline holes at Ballybunion golf course
Ballybunion, County Kerry

Allan’s Tip

While Killarney has many, many great pubs, The Speakeasy is a gem, tiny and full of locals you are as likely to get a good tip for a horse as a pint in there and with a bookies across the street you can (legally) act on this, if you are brave enough!

Allan O’Connor
Premier Golf Ireland Operations Manager

This tour does not include flights, dinner reservations (these can be arranged by our concierge team) caddies or carts unless stated (these can be arranged by your sales agent)

South West Ireland Highlights

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Iconic Culture
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World Class Golf Courses
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Spectacular scenery
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Premier Golf team located in Killarney
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Short direct flights from the USA
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Best weather May – September

Our Top 3 Playable South West Ireland Courses

Experience the essence of South West Ireland golf with our selection of playable courses, each offering a distinct challenge and scenic beauty. Here are our top three choices that showcase the best of South West Ireland’s golfing treasures.

Ballybunion Golf Club

The Old Course

 A jewel in Irish golf, offering a classic links experience with undulating fairways, imposing dunes, and challenging greens, all set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

Lahinch Golf Club

The Old Course

Known for its historic design and natural terrain, Lahinch presents a blend of blind shots and wild grasses, challenging golfers amidst spectacular coastal views.

Waterville Golf Links

Combining the beauty of classic links land with the majesty of the sea, Waterville challenges players with its wind-swept holes and fast greens, set in a stunning, isolated location.

Hole 12 at Old Head

South West Ireland Courses

For more information on golf courses in South West Ireland, visit our course pages:

South West Ireland represents the very best of the Irish countryside and the metropolitan hub of Southern Ireland. Ireland’s second-largest city Cork has been labeled as the ‘culinary capital’ of Ireland and is home to the 18th-century English Market, as well as numerous places to eat and drink. Dromoland Castle hosted the Women’s Irish Open in 2022, and the 2027 Ryder Cup will be held at the famed 5-star Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Club in Limerick.

Premier Golf’s office located in Killarney ensures our team is on the ground and able to assist on your tour.

South West Ireland Reviews

Exceeded My Expectations

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 26, 2023

I was with Mark Osborne, so had much of the same experiences. The 7 courses we played would be hard to beat: Old Head, Waterville, Tralee, Ballybunion (Cashen)/(Old), Lahinch, and Doonbeg. We ended up eating at all of the recommended restaurants and we pleased with all. We had 8 golfers, so making reservations as early as possible is highly recommended. We often had chowder for lunch after our rounds. The chowder at Lahinch is not to be missed.

Mike Taylor was our driver and was perfect. Helpful, prompt, informative, funny, and professional are some of the adjectives to describe him. The coach was large and accommodating with everyone having more than enough room. Most importantly, Mike got us to our destinations on time and safely.

We experienced every type of weather imaginable. One day was a shorts day with plenty of sunshine and only moderate wind (2 extra clubs). The other days had winds which required shots with 4+ extra clubs. We did get the remnants of two hurricanes which added to the rain and wind.

Five of the caddies we had were off the charts good (clubbing, finding balls. humorous and reading putts). The other younger caddies were better than average but compared to the older caddies, were not as proficient. One day we rode in carts and our fore caddy was awesome. Caddies made a huge difference and I do not see how we could have played decent golf without them.

They’re those who will bypass Doonbeg because of the Trump name. They will have deprived themselves from a great experience. The course conditions were the best of the 7 courses we played. The clubhouse was easily the best.

We had researched a number of companies, before choosing Premier. We obviously made the right choice.

Mike Carlson

The seven day test.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 26, 2023

The golf on Old Head was scary good. Waterville was a tough beauty even without the wind gusting over 40. I want another shot at Tralee without the rain and 35 mph winds (we wimped out after nine holes). Ballybunion Cashen was extremely demanding and unique. Ballybunion Old exceeded expectations and had a couple of crazy holes that were even more fun. Lahinch was spectacular. No matter what you think of Trump, he runs a hell of a course at Doonbeg.

If you’re game isn’t sharp or you’re advancing in years, don’t be afraid to move to more forward tees. The caddies will love you for it. BTW, if given the choice, always take a caddie….worth ever penny as entertainment and as a stroke saver.

Our coach driver, Mike was THE BEST. You need not worry about anything with him in charge.

Our hotels were top notch. No cookie cutter facilities were they. It was sometimes difficult to get a full breakfast if we had an early tee time.

All in all Premier puts together a spectacular package to Ireland.

Mark Osborne

A wonderful trip

Rated 5.0 out of 5
August 4, 2023

Thank you for such a wonderful trip! I had an absolute blast and a vacation of a lifetime. Although the trip was no rest for the weary I wouldn’t have it any other way. Got absolutely drenched at Tralee as goretex can only hold on for so long but that course just might be my favorite along with Ballybunnion. Battled 30-40 mph winds at Waterville and ended the golf trip with back to back birdies! Really enjoyed my time at Lahinch and Doonbeg as well.

Can’t believe I never got in a wreck with the car considering the hairpin turns and the locals racing like F1 drivers and it is true…the Guinness is definitely much better!

Jeff W

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South West Ireland Golf FAQs

The top golf courses to play in Southwest Ireland are Ballybunion, Old Head, Lahinch, Waterville, and Tralee. These courses are renowned for their stunning landscapes, challenging layouts, and rich golfing traditions.

The best time of year to visit Southwest Ireland for golfing is typically from April to September. Golfers can expect pleasant temperatures and longer daylight hours, providing ample time to experience the beautiful courses in Southwest Ireland.

Yes, you can customize your golf tour itinerary in Southwest Ireland. Premier Golf offers fully customizable tours that can be designed to suit your preferences and needs. Whether you want to play specific courses, add additional sightseeing activities, or adjust the duration of your tour.

Yes, during golf tours in Southwest Ireland, Premier Golf can provide transfers for your convenience. Private transfers that include luxury coaches with a dedicated driver for the duration of your tour are available. This ensures comfortable and seamless transportation between golf courses.