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Ireland Golf Tour – July 2023

Open Venue Royal Portrush coastline

Escorted Ireland Top 100 Golf Tour

July 24 – August 1, 2023

Join Premier Golf this July for an exclusive Ireland travel experience.

Play five great rounds of golf including three Golf Magazine World Top 100 courses!

Bill Hogan, Premier Golf Business Development Manager and Golf Magazine World Top 100 Panelist, will escort this 8-night trip from Dublin. Including rounds on highly-ranked Royal Portrush, St Patrick’s Links, and Royal County Down, among others.

Tour Overview

Throughout the tour Hogan will provide insight on his ranking preferences and how a golf course goes from good to great, and why Ireland has so many wonderful links courses in a relatively small country.

You’ll have dinner with Wilma Erskine OBE, BEM, who for 35 years was Secretary Manager of Royal Portrush GC and was responsible for the 2019 Open Championship returning to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years. Dame Erskine’s charm will be readily apparent as she gives our group the insight of becoming the first and only female Secretary Manager of a Royal Golf Club back in 1984, to the rewarding task of getting the Open Championship back on Irish soil for the first time since 1951. It will be a night to remember.

At The Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort, you’ll meet John and Frank Casey, two brothers who run the family-owned, outstanding Donegal resort, and hired Tom Doak to design the wonderful St Patrick’s Links, already ranked #55 in the world. Hear first-hand about the creative genius of Doak and his routing concepts, design characteristics and how the project came to fruition. There’s much to learn about building a World Top 100 golf course, and the Caseys’ stories are fascinating and very entertaining.

Royal County Down coastline, Northern Ireland
Royal County Down Golf Club, Northern Ireland

Along the way, we’ll also tour The Titanic Experience in Belfast, tour and taste Bushmills Whiskey, and walk along the fascinating Giant’s Causeway. Our hand-picked hotels are all prime golf locations, from the Golflinks Hotel Portrush, the Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort, and finally the iconic Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in County Down. Non-golfers will be escorted, while the others are playing golf, on fun sightseeing activities in the nearby regions and visiting charming small towns.

This tour is strictly limited in size and a $2,000 per person non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space. For an extended option, this tour also matches perfectly with one of our Open Championship Tours at Royal Liverpool, or we can customize an onward journey to Dublin or other parts of The Emerald Isle.

Summary

Included
8 nights of deluxe hotel accommodation
5 rounds of golf (and options for more)
Caddie requests
Sightseeing tours and entrance fees as shown
Motorcoach and driver
Daily full hotel breakfast
3 cocktail parties
3 dinners with wine
3 lunches
Escorted non-golfer sightseeing activities
Full travel information packet
Driver gratuity
Bill Hogan as your tour escort
All taxes and service charges for included ingredients.

Not Included
Airfare to Dublin
Additional rounds of golf
Caddie fees where available
Room service or mini-bar or similar hotel incidental charges
Meals not shown as included
Spa services, or any other item not specifically shown as included in the itinerary.

Pricing

$5,990 per golfer double or twin room

$3,850 per non-golfer double or twin room

$7,150 per golfer for single room

Note: $2,000 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking, with the balance due May 15, 2023. Terms and conditions apply. All payments are non-refundable, so Travel Insurance is highly recommended.

The Patrick's Links at Rosapena, Ireland
Patrick’s Links at Rosapena Golf Course, Ireland

Tour Itinerary

Sun July 23

  • Depart the USA for Dublin

Mon July 24

  • Mon July 24 Morning arrival in Dublin and meet your Premier Golf host Bill Hogan plus your professional Ireland driver and luxury motorcoach.

  • Drive to Portrush and check in at the Golflinks Hotel (Superior rooms). Welcome cocktail party and dinner with Wilma Erskine OBE, BEM.

Tue July 25

  • After your hotel breakfast (included in the hotel every day of the tour), golf today at the Portstewart GC (Strand course), which dates back to 1894 and hosted the 2017 Irish open won by Jon Rahm.

  • Non-golfers will sightsee the Causeway Coast and maybe test the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and Game of Thrones sites. After golf, everyone will meet for lunch at Harry’s Shack, a seafront fish and cocktail bar built literally “on the rocks”.

Wed July 26

  • Highlighted round of golf today at the iconic Royal Portrush Dunluce GC at 10:52, site of the 1951, 2019, and 2025 Open Championship. We can practically guarantee that this golf course will be in your personal all-time top 10!

  • Non-golfers will see Dunluce Castle and have time in Portrush village, before meeting at Royal Portrush GC for lunch in the stunning clubhouse, and a look at all the fantastic memorabilia and trophy case.

Thu July 27

  • Check out of Golflinks Hotel and visit the intriguing Giant’s Causeway National Park, with its 40,000 interlocking basalt columns from an ancient volcanic eruption.

  • This tour involves some light walking. afterwards we’ll tour The Bushmills Distillery. The oldest in Ireland dates back to 1608, followed by a tasting and the chance to order your own personalized bottle.

  • Continue to The Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort and check into Deluxe Rooms.

  • Cocktails and dinner tonight at the hotel and meet the Casey’s, the Rosapenna proprietors who can give insight into running a first-class Ireland golf resort and explain the development of St Patrick’s Links.

Fri July 28

  • Today a chance to relax and play a leisurely round on the Rosapenna Sandy Hills links (10:30am), which was designed by Pat Ruddy in 2003 through the high dunes along the Sheephaven Bay. Don’t think of it as an easy course however, it has plenty of bite and is often ranked in the top 20 in Ireland. Bring your camera because it’s quite beautiful!

  • Non-golfers can relax at the hotel, perhaps enjoy a swim in the indoor pool, or partake in a spa experience. Our driver is available for local sightseeing including the nearby Fanad Lighthouse built in 1817.

  • Fancy more golf? Consider a twilight round on the Old Tom Morris Links with a cart to save the legs!

Sat July 29

  • A highlight round of golf today on the new St Patrick’s Links (10:30am) designed by Tom Doak, and already ranked World #55. Walking these links with an expert caddie is truly an enthralling day of golf.

  • Non-golfers can sightsee with the driver at Glenveagh National Park and Castle, or the nearby Rita Wilson Gallery with excellent artwork of the stunning Donegal landscapes. Again, a relaxing afternoon at the Rosapenna Resort.

Sun July 30

  • Morning farewell from Rosapenna and drive to Belfast for sightseeing of the town including a nice lunch, and a visit to the wonderful Titanic Experience for a true to life exhibition of the ill-fated ocean liners construction and one-and-only voyage.

  • After your day in Belfast, we’ll drive to County Down and check into the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa and the top-of-the-line new Resort Rooms.

Mon July 31

  • Talk about ending your trip on a high note! After a leisurely morning at the hotel & spa, or even a walk around the town of Newcastle, golf this afternoon at Royal County Down Championship course (2:04pm), among the best golf courses on the planet.

  • Non-golfers can sightsee around County Down with the driver of Castlewellan Forest Park, Inch Abbey from the year 1180, or Castle Ward and it’s walled 820 acre beautiful estate.

  • We’ll all gather for a Farewell Cocktail Party and Dinner at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa to finish off the tour, and your chance to decide how you would rank the courses played over the past week.

Tue Aug 1

  • Check out of the hotel and drive to Dublin Airport to depart.

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