For a few months now, my dad and 5 of his close friends have had an Ireland Golfing trip planned. Initially I didn’t give it much thought, as I assumed they had every detail of the trip planned out. They are playing a total of 5 golf courses, which is the focus of the trip. My dad leaves tomorrow afternoon. Recently it occurred to me that other than the names of the courses, he didn’t know all too much about the trip at all. The simple question “are you planning on seeing Cliffs of Moher?”, helped me soon realize how little he knew about his activities and whereabouts during his upcoming trip.
My dad had never even heard of Cliffs of Moher, which is arguably Ireland’s most scenic attraction. This led me to a series of questions about one of my highly researched Bucket List destinations.
On Tuesday August 1st they are flying from San Francisco International Airport, to Dublin Ireland. Knowing the towns and regions that the 5 courses they are playing are in, I followed up with some additional questions. They are landing in Dublin and then making their way down south to Waterford Golf Club.
- From Waterford they will head to Old Head Golf Links
- Then to Tralee Golf Club
- North to Ballybunion Golf Club
- And save Lahinch Golf Club for last
With 5 courses being played, they will be in Ireland for a total of 8 days. This leaves them 3 days in between golf rounds that they have time to explore some of the best scenery and attractions Ireland has to offer.
Will you visit Ireland’s oldest University, Trinity College?
Located in Dublin, one of the countries ancient treasures. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity is a world within a world, once you enter the gates and cross the cobblestones it’s as if the modern thriving city outside simply melts away. A stroll in and around the grounds is a journey through the ages and into the hushed world of scholarly pursuit. Many shop and office workers take their lunchtime sandwiches here during summer months simply to escape the hustle and bustle outside. The college is famed for its priceless treasures including the awe-inspiring Book of Kells (on permanent exhibition) and the mind-boggling Long Room (the inspiration for the library in the first Harry Potter movie).
Do you alcoholics have any interest in the Old Jameson Distillery tour?
The tour really begins when you board the bus as your driver is very informative and friendly. As soon as you arrive at the distillery you’re engulfed by the amazingly old world atmosphere. The massive cooper vat in garden, the antique barrels and trucks, the red windows and green grass, combine perfectly to give you a warm and welcoming reception.
Near first Course, Copper Coast Road, Waterford
Located right near Waterford Golf Course, The Copper Coast stretches 10.5 miles from Kilfarrasy to Stradbally. The region is known for its panoramic seascapes, cliffs, bays, and coves. In fact, the Copper Coast Road, the R675 stretching from Dungarvan to Tramore, is considered to be one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world. It’s also known for it’s beautiful, clean beaches such as Clonea and Bunmahon and the village of Bunmahon, Boatstrand, Dunhill, Annestown and Fenor.
Are you renting a car? If yes, will you be visiting the famous Ring of Kerry?
In between Tralee and Old Head Golf Courses-Rugged islands, white-sand beaches, dramatic mountain passes and a royal goat – the Ring of Kerry works its magic as you travel from rugged coastline to charming villages and buzzing towns.
Worthy side trip from the Ring of Kerry; Skellig Islands
The Skellig Islands are 2 uninhabited, rocky islets off the southwestern coast of Ireland. Skellig Michael is known for its well-preserved early Christian monastery. The site, reached by steep steps, includes stone beehive-shaped huts, oratories and crosses.
1 hour west of your 4th Golf Course: Bunratty Castle
Bunratty Castle is a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland. It is located in the centre of Bunratty village, by the N18 road between Limerick and Ennis. 1 hour east of Ballybunion Golf Club.
In between Old Head and Tralee, Beara Peninsula
The Beara Peninsula, apart from being stunningly beautiful is the place to go if you like peace and quiet roads with no tour buses.
Driving through it- and worth a stop. Killarney National Park
Renowned by many as the “Jewel in Kerry’s crown” Killarney National Park is a truly spectacular natural beauty spot. It is near the town of Killarney, County Kerry, and was the first national park in Ireland, created when Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish Free State in 1932.
King Johns Castle, Limerick
In between Ballybunion and Lahinch Golf Clubs, King John’s Castle is a 13th-century castle located on King’s Island in Limerick, Ireland, next to the River Shannon.
Couple hours North of Lahinch, Kylemore Abbey
Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.
Cliffs of Moher
Right near Lahinch Golf Club, One of Ireland’s most famous sights, the Cliffs of Moher are entirely vertical and the cliff edge is abrupt. On a clear day the views are tremendous, with the Aran Islands etched on the waters of Galway Bay. From the cliff edge you can just hear the booming far below as the waves crash and gnaw at the soft shale and sandstone.