Ireland - Killarney, Kinsale and Doonbeg

Lahinch Golf Club

Dingle Golf Links

18 holes (Eddie Hackett, Tom Fazio) Top 10 in Ireland for years.  Along the shores of  Ballinskelligs Bay, Waterville provides a true links golf experience, complete with rolling dunes, firm fairways, sod-faced bunkers and unpredictable weather.

Céad Míle Fáilte - Ireland has earned a reputation for warm hospitality.  The Irish phrase céad míle fáilte appears everywhere you go.  In Gaelic, the translation is (a hundred thousand welcomes).  What a way to begin!  Our itinerary will allow you to take advantage of the welcoming spirit that is so prevalent from one town to the next.  Along our way, we will visit a few sights and attractions that will surely impress.  The combination of the breathtaking and ever-changing beautiful landscapes, mixed with the genuine hosts is a recipe for memories.  

The ideal placement of this historic hotel is only the beginning.  Rarely does a traveler find the combination of service, Victorian-era, old-world charm and stylish modern facilities in a location that provides so much access to the vibrant city which surrounds it.  Originally opened in 1854, this family owned  property boasts, (2) restaurants, a friendly bar, tea room, a leisure centre with gym, 17m indoor pool, sauna, steam room, monsoon shower and jacuzzi. The health & beauty rooms offer a range of massages, facials and hydrotherapy.  Best of all is Great Southerns’ proximity to a list of renowned Irish links courses that lure golfers from all regions of the globe

When it comes to bucket list Irish links golf, the Southwest of Ireland is the place to go!  Within a small region of the Emerald Isle, golfers can find famed courses such as Tralee, Waterville, Ballybunion, Old Head and others.  We've had the pleasure of taking golfers all over the world and one of the most popular golf destinations has always been Ireland.  Ireland offers so many reasons to visit in addition to the golf which include, the breathtaking landscapes, the witty humor, fantastic cuisine and music. Even without a drop of Irish blood in your veins, it’s easy to fall in love with Ireland’s charms, traditions, and strong sense of community.  You will experience these Irish traditions and more, as this trip combines the perfect blend of golf and sightseeing. And best of all, you’ll have one of the best driver/guides in Ireland who will teach you a bit of Gaelic, discuss Irish history & culture, assist with your bags and chauffeur you around in a private coach for the entire trip.  

Ireland is a mecca for golfers.  One visit is all it takes to understand why the Emerald Isle is such a popular destination.  Bucket list courses at Tralee, Waterville, Ballybunion and Old Head are on tap and maybe a pint or two during our Southwest Ireland itinerary.  In Ireland, golfers usually walk so most courses have no carts or limited availability of carts. However, some carts are available at Ballybunion Cashen Course, Waterville and Dooks. The cost of the cart is additional and must be requested in advance. The charming and vibrant town of Killarney provides an ideal location to access the shopping, restaurants & pubs and many of Ireland’s finest courses.  When staying in Killarney we recommend taking advantage of these wonderful courses:

The Old Course – 18 holes (Tom Simpson) Ranked #6 in 2020, of Ireland links courses by Golf  Digest, this is the favorite of many a golfer including Tom Watson.  One gaze upon the sea from the mighty dunes will convince you too.

In the heart of Limerick City, you cannot fail to miss the huge stone curtain walls or stout round towers on the approach from Thomond Bridge.  Built in the 13th century by King Johns,  this place has had a very long and turbulent history, much of it filled with bloodshed.

Old Head Golf Links

Waterville Golf Links

Ballybunion Golf Club

18 holes (Martin Hawtree, Anthony Brown) Founded in 1889 it is one of the five oldest links in Ireland and one of the most fun courses you’ll ever play! The course has amazing coastal views, it's always in good shape and it's an easy course to walk.

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Killarney Town

The Cobh Heritage Centre

18 holes (Eddie Hackett, Christy O'Connor Jr.) No pristine fairways and snobby members, only a true Irish Links with members that are happy you visited.  The most westerly course in Europe is a scenic 90 minute drive from Killarney to the western Dingle Peninsula where you may see more sheep than people.

King John's Castle

Our guests at Trump Doonbeg will enjoy the ultimate in old-world luxury and refinement in 5 star hotel suites.  The location on the water’s edge with sweeping views of the Atlantic, place you in the lap of luxury.  Guests can bask privately in their lavish marble bathrooms with walk-in rain showers or perhaps may choose the pampering of the White Horse Spa, on property.  (2) ocean view restaurants, (2)  bars, a tea room and room service provide the warm Irish hospitality known world-wide.

The Great Southern Hotel - Killarney

The museum is part of a historic naval, emigration and shipping harbour, from where Titanic set sail.  Whether you are interested in the Irish Emigration story, learning more about the ill-fated Titanic and the Lusitania, or immersing yourself in naval and military history, Cobh Heritage Centre has it all.

Killarney Golf & Fishing Club

Private transfers for golf courses and airport arrivals/departures are included in all custom packages.  For transportation in Southwest Ireland, we choose the outstanding services of Kennedy Coaches, established in 1950. You will have one of the best driver/guides in Ireland who will assist with your bags and chauffeur you around in a private coach for the entire trip.  Best of all, they will teach you a bit of Gaelic, and share entertaining stories of Irish history & culture.

The Cashen Course – 18 holes (Robert Trent Jones II)   At times overshadowed by the Old Course, the Cashen course at Ballybunion is a stern test with minuscule greens perched on tiny crevices and sea views for miles.

Ballybunion Golf Club

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Tralee Golf Club


Trump International Doonbeg Golf Links & Hotel - Doonbeg

18 holes (Arnold Palmer) It’s widely acclaimed as one of the finest links courses in the world.  With views of the Atlantic and white sandy beaches from almost every hole, Tralee earns rave reviews from all who play it.  As Mr. Palmer put it, “I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine".

Perryville House - Kinsale

18 holes (Greg Norman) Spanning 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and sand dunes, the Greg Norman-designed course at Trump International Golf Links Ireland is a stunning sight to behold and offers views of the Atlantic from 16 of 18 holes.

Irish whiskey is recognized around the globe.  A guide leads you through dramatic recreations of many of the steps in Irish whiskey production, from the delivery of sacks of locally grown Irish barley by horse and cart to the finished product that is now the world renowned Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Dromoland Castle Golf Course

Bucket list golf in Ireland's Southwest

18 holes (Ron Kirby, J.B. Carr) One of the finest Parkland courses in Ireland, combines gentle hills, ancient trees and unexpected water hazards, matched by superb practice facilities and a welcoming club house experience.


Dooks Golf Club

The Jameson Experience

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Killeen Course – 18 holes (Billy O’Sullivan, Eddie Hackett ) Offers spectacular lakeside and mountain scenery and a challenging track with fast greens and water features on nearly every hole.  As the host of four Irish Opens, the Killeen Course may be a favorite of Sir Nick Faldo who is a two time winner.

The Old Course 18 holes (Alister MacKenzie, Old Tom Morris) Consistently ranked in the top 10 in Ireland, Lahinch hosted the 2019 Irish Open, won by John Rahm.  The par 4 holes at Lahinch in particular are now generally regarded as the best in Ireland.  Watch for the goats, if they are lying near the clubhouse, you may need your umbrella.  It’s going to rain.

Featured Golf Courses

18 holes – 18 holes (Ron Kirby, Eddie Hackett)  Built along the rugged coastline jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, Old Head is one of the most spectacular settings to play golf in the world.  9 holes play along the clifftops and all 18 provide an ocean view.  Golfers travel from the corners of the Earth to see it for themselves.

Doonbeg Golf Club

Situated on the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, Killarney has over 250 years of experience in welcoming guests to many of Ireland's  accommodation, dining, entertainment, touring & shopping options.  This town is ideal for stepping out on foot to traverse the vibrant streets & sidewalks buzzing with festive atmosphere.

Perryville House is an elegant, boutique guesthouse overlooking Kinsale Harbour, in the south of Ireland. Originally built in 1820 and beautifully restored, the location is well suited for exploring the scenic harbor, gourmet restaurants, pubs, and shopping in the historic medieval port and fishing town.  Each elegant Superior Double Room offers a 6’ king bed enhanced by charming courtyard-garden views and a private bathroom with shower. The famed “Old Head Golf Links” is just a 20 minute drive, making Perryville House ideal for the traveling golfer.