Throughout the island of Ireland, there are over 400 golf courses to accommodate any skill level. The uniqueness of Ireland’s golf courses encompasses design, challenge, location, and scenery. On a year round basis, golfers can test their skills on the spectacular windswept dunes of championship links, or play on the parkland or tree-lined fairways. There are also many public ‘Pay and Play’ courses. Some golf courses offer clubhouse facilities, restaurants and pubs, lessons, motorized carts, and caddies for hire.
Golfing in Ireland is the largest single sporting holiday attraction. It has developed an international reputation making it the most sought after golf destination in Europe. Several new courses have been developed over the past decade.
For the serious golfer, you might want to bring your own clubs, especially if you plan on playing on some of the championship courses. Many golf courses will rent equipment. However, equipment should be reserved in advance. Most of the clubs operate a ‘soft spikes’ policy. If you travel with metal spikes, they can be converted to ‘soft spikes’ for an additional cost. During the peak season, mid May through mid September, many of the golf courses are booked. To make the most of your Irish golfing holiday or vacation it is advisable to reserve your tee time well in advance.
While many clubs offer motorized carts, some do not. However, because of the severity of the terrain, the links courses usually do not offer the carts. They work at maintaining the old traditions. Caddies are available for hire at many clubs. Fees are arranged and paid to the Caddy Master. Plan on a tip as well. Many clubs reserve the right to request a ‘handicap certificate’, especially if you plan to compete.
World-renowned golf architects and international golfers have designed several Irish courses. Once played upon, you will never forget your exhilarating experience. Along with the thrill and excitement of golfing in Ireland, you will experience hospitality like nowhere else in the world. The scenery and sites you will explore will be indelible in memory. The country is magical, the people are poetic, and the myths and legends may place you at another time in history. For the golfer, Ireland is a little slice of heaven.
The climate is temperate, with little snow, and coastal areas seldom have frost. The Atlantic Gulf Stream arrives in April with spring, making fairer weather and better golf. From June to the end of July, daylight extends until 11PM. May, August, and September, daylight is usually from 7AM until 8PM. December and January are usually the coldest months. In October and November dusk occurs around 4PM to 5PM. It can rain any time of year. However, it is the rain that keeps the courses lush and beautiful all year round.