Ireland just might be golf's Shangri-La. The country's legendary hospitality is surpassed only by its unspoiled beauty, incredible landscapes and championship links of the highest standard.
For over a decade, Frontiers has designed outstanding golf itineraries for our clients on the Emerald Isle. We specialize in small, customized departures based on your specific travel objectives. You will play the same mystical courses that the large golf tour operators offer but we are uniquely capable of providing a level of personal service that is unmatched in the business at no additional cost to you.
In addition to your golf needs, we can accommodate any other interests in the party whether it is fly fishing, horseback riding, garden tours or general sightseeing. Ireland holds a world of travel opportunities within one country and is the ideal setting for a holiday combining the objectives of a non-golfing companion.
Ireland's seaside links layouts are a golfer's dream. In terms of accommodations, there are many options ranging from comfortable B&Bs to very deluxe hotels, country inns and castles. Most of the itineraries we suggest have our clients in Ireland for seven nights and include airport meet-and-greet service on arrival, a private driver/guide with a deluxe, spacious coach to provide all required transfers throughout the itinerary, accommodations based on double occupancy, a hearty Irish breakfast each morning, one round of golf each day and all applicable taxes.
Multiple staff trips and escorted group tours over the years have led us to fine tune our itineraries to focus on the following regions:
The Magical Southwest
Easily accessed from Shannon International Airport, this region is steeped in ancient history and folklore. There are over 100 heritage and cultural sites of significance, not to mention some of the very best and most famous links courses in the world including The Old Course at Ballybunion, Waterville, Tralee, Old Head and Dooks Golf Club.
The Rugged West Coast
Ireland's western shores are warm, wild and wonderful. The landscape has been remarkably unaffected by the passage of time and is a striking mixture of coastal beauty, majestic mountains and lovely lakes, providing breathtaking scenery in all directions. This region is also home to great golf including international classics such as Lahinch and Doonbeg as well as lesser-known gems like Connemara, Carne, Sligo and Donegal.
Dublin and The North
The Republic of Ireland's capital, Dublin, has emerged as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe, buzzing with energy and excitement. This contrasts nicely with the natural beauty and wonderful people of Northern Ireland. Visiting golfers will have the opportunity to experience classic links courses at Portmarnock, Baltray, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Portstewart and Ballyliffin.
We invite you to discover the best links golf in the world. In terms of course quality, accommodation options, friendliness, accessibility and value, many well-traveled golfing enthusiasts consider the Irish experience to be better than any other destination.
Scotland – Where it All Began
Known as the Home of Golf, you will find incredible links and parkland courses in Scotland that challenge the golf enthusiast as well as offer tremendous scenery in which to play the game. From the most celebrated courses with worldwide prestige to some of the most challenging and unique "hidden gems," Scotland offers tremendous variety.
Of course, your vacation could take you to the Aberdeen and Grampian highlands area where some of the finest courses such as The Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and Stonehaven dot the landscape with superb greens and spellbinding scenic beauty. There are some 25 courses along 150 miles of impressive coastline. They offer legendary opportunities to play among the hallowed links of this remarkable sport. You will find wonderfully updated clubhouses and beautifully maintained courses. The overall feel of care and quality is what will beckon you back.
The illustrious "Home of Golf," St. Andrews Old Course, has had the game played on it for over 600 years. Golfers around the world make the pilgrimage to this region to play some of golfing's Mecca courses such as St. Andrews, The Old Course, The New Course, Kingsbarns and Dukes Course.
From the phenomenal parkland course to the alluring seaside links, a golf vacation will offer you the chance to challenge your game as well as revel in the Scottish Experience in this most charming country.
Photos Courtesy of: Adare Manor Ireland, Cape Kidnappers, ICMI Greywalls Scotland, Kauri Cliffs, La Estancia, Mena House Egypt and Sheen Falls Lodge