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Your PGA Golf Specialist: Dave Redmond

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THE LINKS OF SOUTHWEST IRELAND & DUBLIN

CUSTOM TRIP FOR THE PAUL FARRELL GROUP

THE LINKS OF SOUTHWEST IRELAND & DUBLIN

AUGUST 24, 2023 - AUGUST 30, 2023 | 6 NIGHTS | 5 ROUNDS | 8 GOLFERS

AUGUST 24, 2023 - AUGUST 30, 2023 | 6 NIGHTS | 5 ROUNDS | 8 GOLFERS

YOU'LL PLAY GOLF IN DUBLIN FOR 2 DAYS, WATCH NOTRE DAME/NAVY FOOTBALL, THEN HEAD SOUTH FOR 3 MORE DAYS OF GOLF...

Play Portmarnock, The Island Club, Waterville, Old Head & Ballybunion...

Play five of Irelands greatest links courses bookended around the Notre Dame/Navy football classic at Dublin's Aviva Stadium. You'll stay in Dublin for 3 nights and in Killarney for 3 nights.

You don't have to look far to find amazing links courses in Ireland, the country has more links courses than any country in the world outside of Scotland.

As you enjoy golf and get ready for football, you'll get to experience Dublin, one of the greatest capital cities in the world. Here you'll find the Guinness Storehouse Factory, the Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin Castle, Grafton Street & its Buskers, St. Patricks Cathedral, the National Museum of Ireland, the famous Temple Bar (among the city's 750 pubs) and much, much more...

Epic Golf Travel

November 29, 2021

Hi Paul,

Many thanks for your inquiry, we would love to be your resource for all your golf travel needs!

Epic Golf Travel was founded over 25 years ago and our company partners are PGA Professionals who have over 75 years of golf industry and travel experience. We are members of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), the leading international golf tourism organization, as well as the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).


At Epic Golf Travel, our motto, “The Best Golf Vacations on the Planet”, is our sincere promise to you to deliver an exceptional golf travel experience... every trip you take and every time you take one.


To this end, we spend more hours planning and executing your trip than any other golf tour company in the industry. Because of the time we spend, this sometimes comes at a cost, so working with us may not be for everyone or for every trip. But for those who seek a genuine interest in their golf experience and fanatical attention to detail, we believe you’ll appreciate our absolute commitment to you and your golf travel plans.

The attached schedule is based on 8 golfers traveling and includes 6 nights double accommodations, 5 rounds of golf, options for both chauffeured coach & driver and self-drive vehicles, a full Irish breakfast each morning and numerous other inclusions listed below.

Your suggested lodging are the 4 Star Brooks Dublin Hotel and the 4 Star Killarney Plaza Hotel.

Your suggested golf has you playing 5 outstanding links golf courses; Portmarnock Golf Club, The Island Golf Club, Ballybunion Golf Club (Championship), Old Head Golf Links and Waterville Golf Links.  More information on both your lodging and golf courses may be found below.

Should this itinerary suit your needs, I suggest you fly into the Dublin International Airport.

Our prices INCLUDE ALL TAXES AND ANY RESORT OR LODGING FEES, there are no hidden costs of any kind.


Your monies are 100% protected from any Coronavirus related issues. Your trip can be rescheduled with no penalty should there be any governmental closures, delays or travel bans specific to COVID-19.


This trip itinerary is a quotation only and therefore remains subject to availability.

When we've reached the point where you're ready to book, you can simply click on the "Ready to Book" button contained herein and it will walk you through the process of making your deposit and other payments.

I look forward to your thoughts and please reach out with your questions or comments.

Kind regards,

 

YOUR TRIP SUMMARY
DATES: August 24, 2023 - August 30, 2023
# GOLFERS: 1 Golfer / 1 Non-Golfer
DAYS/NIGHTS
ROUNDS:
13 Days / 12 Nights / 6 Rounds
GOLF: 6 rounds of golf with prepaid greens fees. See courses below.
LODGING: 12 nights lodging in deluxe accommodations at the lodgings listed below
TRANSPORT: 5-passenger self-drive automatic vehicle (Volkswagen Passat Estate or similar. Mercedes C Class Estate add $300.00 USD)
ITINERARY: We will begin to build a final day by day tour itinerary after we've had the opportunity to discuss and fully understand your trip wishes and expectations.
PRICE: $14,440.00 USD TOTAL (PER COUPLE)
DEPOSIT: $2,815.00 USD TOTAL (PER COUPLE)
TERMS: Your monies are 100% protected from any Coronavirus related issues. Your trip can be rescheduled with no penalty should there be any governmental closures, delays or travel bans specific to COVID-19

In order to secure all aspects of your golf trip a 25% deposit reflected above is required, with an additional 25% payment due 120 days prior to travel. The balance is due 60 days prior to travel.

In order to secure all aspects of your golf trip a 25% deposit reflected above is required, with an additional 25% payment due 120 days prior to travel. The balance is due 60 days prior to travel.

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES
Full use of all practice facilities at all golf courses
Full Irish breakfast each morning
Destination Travel Pack with useful information on traveling to the UK and areas visited on your tour
All Lodging and Golf Course Surcharges & All Taxes
Full Services of Epic Golf Travel Personnel before, during and after your trip including a web portal for individual online deposit and balance payments, arranging all golf, room, caddie and dinner reservations, rental car requests & airport transfer requests
Epic Golf Travel 24/7 Golf Concierge
Automatic Membership into our Epic Plus Program
Our Gold Star Service Pledge

Once you've decided on lodging, this link will take you to your online invoice and our credit card system.

Each golf may make their trip payments individually.

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YOUR GOLF COURSES

You'll play 5 of the Top 40 Golf Courses in Ireland

AUGUST 24, 2023

THE ISLAND CLUB

Ranked #8 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland

The Island Club in Ireland was once on an island. It’s now attached to the mainland but it’s still an isolated peninsula-like spur of links land, sandwiched between the Irish Sea, the beach of Donabate and the Broadmeadow estuary.

Few people know about The Island Golf Club, despite the fact that the course is over 100 years old and has featured in numerous ranking tables over the years. One leading golf magazine once commented: “The best course in Ireland you have never heard of. Play it and tell no-one.”

This is a no-frills golf course. There is nothing artificial, it’s simply harmonious and in tune with its surroundings. Some of the most shaggy, rugged and looming sand dunes imaginable provide natural and distinct amphitheaters for many of the holes. In the summer, if you are unfortunate and wayward enough to find the dunes, be careful to avoid trampling on the wild dune flowers.

AUGUST 25, 2023

PORTMARNOCK GOLF CLUB

Ranked #3 in Ireland and #47 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

Portmarnock Golf Club is situated on its own sandy peninsula, approximately two miles long and covering some 500 acres. The land belonged to the famous distiller, John Jameson, and from around 1850, the links was used as the Jameson’s private golf course. Nine “proper” holes opened for play in October 1894 and, two years later, the course was extended to eighteen holes.

There is nothing man-made about Portmarnock; it’s a natural links, and considered to be a very fair golf course. With water on three sides, the course is at the mercy of the wind. Laid out broadly in two loops of nine holes, you are invariably playing in different directions. Measuring just less than 7,500 yards from the back tees, it is a formidable test of golf.

There are delightful views to the south of Portmarnock, including the Ireland’s Eye (a small island), home to important seabird colonies and the Hill of Howth (once famous for its electric trams).

Portmarnock has hosted a number of important tournaments, including 19 Irish Opens, the Canada Cup and the Walker Cup. The closing five holes are especially brutal. Bernard Darwin once commented: ”I know of no greater finish in the world than that of the last five holes at Portmarnock”.

AUGUST 26, 2023

NOTRE DAME/NAVY FOOTBALL

The 96th Meeting between the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Midshipmen of Navy will be in Ireland on August 26th, 2023.

Notre Dame will kick off its 2023 football season against Navy in Ireland, marking the first time since 2012 the Fighting Irish will play on foreign soil.

Aviva Stadium in Dublin will host the Fighting Irish and the Naval Academy for the 96th meeting in the teams' storied rivalry.

 

AUGUST 27, 2023

OLD HEAD GOLF LINKS

18 holes, 72 par, 6,793 yards

Old Head Golf Links has to be one of the world’s most exhilarating sites upon which golf is played. You feel as though you are on the edge of the world there and if you suffer from vertigo, some of the tees definitely present a problem. You’re constantly three hundred feet above the Atlantic as you play the course. As your gaze goes over the edge of the cliffs to the rocks and water below, it literally takes your breath away.

The course opened for play in 1997 and it's laid out on a narrow headland, jutting out for two miles into the Atlantic Ocean.

Old Head is a very special place indeed. There are many memorable holes, none more so than the 17th, called “Lighthouse”. It's a long par five requiring a bold second shot to the right-hand side of the fairway as anything left will leave a blind approach to a green nestled in a punchbowl on the edge of the cliffs. The 18th is a dramatic closing hole that should be played from the high back tee for maximum drama. It’s unlikely you will play a more dramatic golf course anywhere in the world.

AUGUST 28, 2023

WATERVILLE GOLF LINKS

18 holes, 72 par, 7,378/6,810 yards

Waterville plays on a promontory surrounded by the sea. It’s a stunning, remote location with views to the northeast of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range and to the southwest across the Ballinskelligs Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The fairways are gently undulating, the front nine plays across relatively flat ground while the back nine weaves its way through avenues of tall dunes.

There are few courses that can boast such a fine collection of unique and great golf holes. Waterville has three outstanding par threes and three excellent par fives, the par fours are pretty good, too. The 11th is a short par five with a rippling fairway protected on both flanks by towering dunes. The 366-yard par four 16th was once called “Round the Bend” because it follows the natural curvature of the Atlantic coastline. .

AUGUST 29, 2023

BALLYBUNION GOLF CLUB OLD COURSE

18 holes, 71 par, 6,802 yards

Originally founded in 1893 as a 12-hole course, Ballybunion was extended to 18 holes in 1926. The Old Ballybunion course remained relatively anonymous until it hosted the Irish Championship in 1937. Little has changed since.

Ballybunion is a thrilling challenge and a supreme test of golf. Tom Watson fell in love with Ballybunion and agreed to write an introduction for the course guide. He writes: "After playing Ballybunion for the first time, a man would think that the game of golf originated here. There is a wild look to the place, the long grass covering the dunes that pitch and roll throughout the course making it very intimidating... in short, it is a course on which many golf architects should live and play before they build golf courses. I consider it a true test of golf."

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YOUR LODGING

3 nights in the capital city of Dublin & 3 nights in Killarney

THE BROOKS HOTEL DUBLIN

Brooks Hotel is a boutique luxury 4 Star hotel located in the heart of Dublin City, just a 2 minute walk from Grafton Street and St. Stephen’s Green. It oozes charm and personality with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The hotel is located in what is becoming the most creative area of the city, with theaters, great restaurants, an array of pubs and an eclectic mix of interesting shops and boutiques. The hotel is within walking distance of all the major tourist attractions, including Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Guinness Storehouse and many major museums and galleries.

Each guest room at the Brooks Hotel is uniquely designed and features a charming en suite bathroom, flat screen TV, complimentary bottled water, exclusive toiletries, self controlled air conditioning and a pillow menu to guarantee a perfect night’s sleep.

A complimentary turn down service is offered nightly. The Brooks Hotel is a member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Original Irish Hotels.

KILLARNEY PLAZA HOTEL

The 4 Star Killarney Plaza Hotel reigns over Killarney Town with grace and glamour. It is located adjacent to Killarney National Park and the gateway to the Ring of Kerry and in the heart of Killarney town center. The hotel offers stylish bedrooms, superb restaurants, bars, conference and banquet facilities and an exclusive and luxurious Spa and private Leisure Center.

This flagship hotel for the family-owned O'Donoghue Ring Hotel Group certainly impresses on many levels. Although opened in 2002, the property's traditional-style architecture exudes a old-fashioned quality. Stepping inside, early 20th-century elegance prevails, awash with ochre marble, polished brass, and Art Deco accents.

The hotel has almost 200 rooms, all of which are decorated in traditional furnishings with navy carpeted floors, antique-style furnishings and brass lamps. Rooms are spacious and clean, with desks and seating areas, while amenities include safes, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms are clean and topped with Italian marble and provide high-end Comfort Zone toiletries, robes and slippers.

 

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YOUR TRANSPORTATION

KERRY COACHES OF IRELAND - CHAUFFEURED COACH & DRIVER

Kerry Coaches is Ireland’s leading chauffeured golf transport provider. They provide local and experienced drivers who specialize in golf tours and have proven to be an invaluable asset to any golf vacation. These drivers have built up a strong working relationship with caddy masters, course rangers and other staff at all of Ireland’s finest courses. The drivers have full knowledge of the best restaurants and pubs in the country. From local Irish cuisine, traditional music to finding the best pint of Guinness, these drivers will point you in the right direction.

Kerry Coach's Class D+ vehicles are ideal for group’s seeking special VIP treatment. Each leather seat is hand crafted to provide superior comfort. There is ample leg room and the luxurious interior provides the perfect setting to travel in comfort and style.

The coach can serve up to 12 passengers and features 12 large full leather reclining seats, tables, air conditioning, a refrigerator and DVD player.

MERCEDES VETO COACH - SELF DRIVE

You will ride comfortably with plenty of room in a 9-passenger Mercedes Veto Touring Sprinter. The coach includes leather reclining seats, radio, CD and ample luggage space.

Four golfers, golf clubs and luggage are allotted per vehicle.

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THINGS TO SEE & DO

CAUSEWAY COASTAL ROUTE

Scenic, dramatic and inspiring, the Causeway Coastal Route is a constant feature of global top tens and top fives when it comes to visitor experiences and bucket lists. Around every corner of this spectacular winding route you’ll find thrills and adventure, as well as peaceful retreats. The variety along the coastal route means there’s something for everyone and a multitude of ways you can see it.

The route runs north along the coast from Belfast and includes sweeping views of the sea, multiple castles, lighthouses, waterfalls, cliff walks, Game of Thrones locations, suspension bridges, tunnels, river gorges and the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

You'll head north along the east coast of Northern Ireland and then past Royal Portrush Golf Club and across the top northern coast of the country. This is perhaps one of the most inspiring and beautiful drives in the world.

GIANT'S CAUSEWAY

Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it.

The location is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was voted one of the Top 5 Greatest Natural Wonders of the UK. It is located in Northern Ireland close to Bushmills and Portrush.

Climb the Shepherd's Steps and hike along the clifftop trail to get a bird's eye view of the beautiful causeway coast. Or enjoy the road less travelled capturing the World Heritage Site on an active five-mile hike along the stunning cliff-top path with the guided Clifftop Experience.

You can also unlock the mystery and stories of the landscape in the exhibition area of the Visitor Center.

THE GUINNESS STOREHOUSE FACTORY, DUBLIN

Located in the heart of St. James’ Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Ireland. In fact, the interior is designed to look exactly like a pint of Guinness itself and is known to be the largest pint in the world.

A ticket to the Guinness factory (roughly €18) will take you on a tour through seven floors of Irish brewing history, where you will learn all about the Guinness family, as well as how the beloved stout beer is meticulously crafted to perfection. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at the Gravity Bar on the 7th floor, where you can enjoy a refreshing pint of Guinness with a 360 degree view of the Dublin skyline.

THE OLD JAMESON DISTILLERY, DUBLIN

Another historical gem is the Old Jameson Distillery, located just off Smithfield Square. This location previously used to be the original site where Jameson whiskey was manufactured and distilled until it stopped production in the early 1970s.

Learn the story of John Jameson and his adventures in whiskey making on a guided tour of the Jameson Distillery. Since his brave first steps into the brewery building in 1780, the Jameson brand has been focused on its founder's ambition to create unforgettable experiences.

A tour of the old distillery will take you through the history and process of creating the refined whiskey, along with the unique opportunity to take part in a comparative whiskey-tasting experience. At the end of the tour, you will be given an exclusive Whiskey Taster Certificate to officially certify your knowledge in traditional Irish whiskey.

GRAFTON STREET, DUBLIN

A bit like Dublin city itself, Grafton Street presents something of an enigma to visitors. In other major capitals, people gather along grand boulevards to shop, lunch, drink and eat. In Dublin, locals head to Grafton Street, a narrow winding road that’s been at the heart of the city’s social life for more than a century.

Grafton Street is home to all varieties of shops, both locally owned and national brands. It's also home to countless restaurants, cafes and pubs. And, most famously, Grafton Street is home to the many buskers that entertain visitors with a variety of music, magic and street performances.

Entering from Stephen’s Green in the south, Grafton Street meanders by a series of street-level shops, twisting and turning, before sloping down to the broad sweep of College Green and the grand entrance to Trinity College.

On a busy Saturday afternoon it can be hard work negotiating a path from one end of the street to the other, so dense are the crowds strolling about or gathered around the multiple street entertainers.

 

THE SEASIDE VILLAGE OF MALAHIDE

The town of Malahide is situated just outside of Dublin city proper and is surrounded by countryside, the broad meadow estuary and the Irish Sea. The town has won numerous Irish Tidy Towns Awards and is a modern village with a traditional Irish feel.

This picturesque seaside village enjoys a blend of contemporary chic and old-school Irish charm that is as unique as it is captivating.

Malahide has acquired a reputation as the gourmet capital of the East Coast of Ireland and the village boasts a wide array of retail destinations and services including fashion boutiques, hair and beauty salons, florists, restaurants, cafes and two small shopping centers. Traditional shopfronts and several cobble-lock side streets give the village an intimate and welcoming feel.

DUBLIN CASTLE

Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government.

With over 800 years of Irish memories encapsulated within its walls, this incredible structure has borne witness to some of the most pivotal events in all of the country’s history.

Spanning an area of over 11 acres, the Castle stands proudly on the highest ridge in the locality and offers self-guided and guided tours of the grounds, including the Castle’s many rooms, gardens and museums such as the Chapel Royal, the Chester Beatty Library, the Garda Museum and the Revenue Museum.

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