Golfing, Ireland Castle Hotels and Spas
Ireland golf vacations are a perfect setting for relaxation and stress relief. That is why so many travelers set their sights on having their dream golf vacations in Ireland.
Ireland has some of the best golf courses the world has ever seen, whether they be links or parkland courses.
Blessed with beautiful landscape and magnificent scenic views, Ireland golf vacations are a definite must and will provide you with a wonderful time, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned golfer.
Another bonus of golf vacations in Ireland is that on most resorts, you can bring the whole family. You can include your family in your golfing vacation ideas.
Part Two - includes ideas on Ireland vacations and golf adventures in the South and Southwest regions of Ireland.
In this article, I have chosen to feature the famous Ireland Castle hotel, Ashford Castle and its beautiful grounds.
Opened in 1939 as an Ireland Castle hotel, Ashford Castle has a reputation for genuine hospitality, excellent facilities and unpretentious service.
Enjoy succulent meals in the George V Dining Room and afternoon Tea Service in the Drawing Room on your Ireland Golf Vacations.
For outdoor activities, engage yourself at Golf Stableford for a round of golf, or consider a guided historical walking tour of the grounds and gardens, and a Treasure Hunt on the grounds.
There are a number of specialty food events for beginners and epicureans including visits to Connemara to sample local fare.
Enjoy the explanations of epicurean delights during the visit with the suppliers, along with full Irish breakfasts at the castle, lunches with suppliers and a special Artisan dinner back at the castle.
The End of Season Game Week featuring a 5 course menu at the end of game season (around January 26th to February 1st).
The Edwardian Dinner a traditional meal in the style of the day, commemorating the visit of the Prince of Wales, and also transporting the guests back into the time of the Guinness era (around February 23rd to March 1st).
The Luxury Food & Wine Week the freshest seasonal produce and the finest wine are served on the specially designed menu for the guests (usually around the 3rd week of April).
The Winemaker Dinner Series - Wineries which have graced the Connaught room at Ashford Castle include the noble vintners of Ladoucette, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Teyssier, Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley, Domaine Louis Latour, Chateau Vignelaure, Domaine Dujac, Stags Leap Wine Cellars Napa Valley, Domaine Comte Lafon and many more.
Plan to attend one of these exquisite dinner and wine experiences.
The special one hour falconry lesson is suitable for all ages and is specifically structured with children in mind to instill an appreciation of the natural world.
After viewing all the Birds of Prey at the Ashford Falconry school, the group sets off to the surrounding woods and gardens where they will be flying their hawk off to the trees and watch in wonder as the hawks return to their gloved fist.
This is an opportunity of a lifetime.
Not only can you enjoy golfing at Ashford Castle, but you can also enjoy golfing at other famous courses nearby.
While staying at castle, you have the benefit of planning a number of day trips for many activities including golfing at Connemara Championship Links, Carne Golf Links, Enniscrone Golf Club and Rosses Point Sligo.
Indulge yourself in a helicopter ride over Ashford and the west of Ireland, or pamper yourself in the Royal Treatment in the tranquil Health and Beauty Rooms with the sound of the lapping waters of Lough Corrib.
The M.V. Lady Ardilaun is an all-weather 100 passenger ferry which offers guests of Ashford Castle an opportunity to enjoy a tour of Lough Corrib, the cleanest, most scenic and best fishing lake in the Republic of Ireland.
The lake Lough Corrib is known for its wiled brown trout and salmon and some of the best fishing in Ireland can be found here at Ashford Castle during the Mayfly hatch in May and June.
The spring runs of Salmon sometimes enter the adjacent River Cong as early as February, while salmon fishing reaches its peak in June or early July.
For horse lovers, the castle also features a large indoor school and outdoor jumps both natural and manmade.
Rides are mainly of one hour duration and take you over the beautiful wooded countryside between the shores of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask and into the mountains of Connemara to the West.
After a full day of activities, retreat back to the castle to relax in front of the fires.
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The Royal County Down Golf Club is one of the most spectacular and astounding mature golf clubs, full of history and tradition and filled with exhilarating golfing and astounding views.
At the Royal County Down Golf Club you will find its two championship links and alongside, the Annesley Links.
While the championship links are designed to be a greater challenge, the Annesley links are for everyone, both pros and amateurs. Both are located alongside the Dundrum Bay and backdrop of huge mountains.
In 2005, the Royal County Down Golf Club was ranked as number 4 in the 100 best golf courses outside of the US by the Golf Digest.
For those who have played at the Ballyliffin Golf Club, they have been blessed with having a chance to play at two great golf courses adjacent to each other; the old links or the Glashedy links with a fun yet unpredictable day of golfing with the best of the old and new provided to its members and visitors.
Both the old links and the Glashedy links straddle the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and provide a challenging game.
With the success Ballyliffin Golf Club has experienced, you can be sure that a golfing trip to this eventful course would be well worth the long trip from across the globe.
Surrounded by breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, stunning Irish mountains and mesmerizing rainbows, this outstanding par 72 links golf course provides an invigorating game and makes the golfer feel exhilarated and at one with nature.
As you play around the many twists and turns of the golf course, more wonders of nature will delight your senses, such as the Connemara ponies and swans.
For more sightseeing and fine dining, visit the Connemara Golf Links clubhouse and restaurant which offers a wide array of Irish dishes, as well as variety of dishes from around the world.
This mature golf course has been home to many prestigious events such as the West of Ireland Championship.
The club has also hosted the Irish Close Championship, the Interprovincial Championships, and the Home International Championships, gaining its status as a world class golf course.
The County Sligo Golf Club golf course is embraced by natural beauty with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Irish mountains on the other.
A wide variety of attractions and activities are available for the whole family in Sligo town.
The Donegal Golf Club, with its great design and world class amenities and facilities, has been the venue of prestigious championships such as the Irish ladies Close Championship and the Mens Irish Close Championship.
This expansive and wide open course is mostly made up of low dunes and the play is hard and fast, but you will want to stop for a while and just soak in the dramatic view of the Atlantic Ocean and stunning scenery of the Irish mountains.
This full 18-hole championship par 73 golf course is measured at 7280 yards and is a classic links.
One of the most beautiful golf courses and resorts and one of the top resorts in the world.
Named the European Golf Course and Resort of the Year in 2005 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.
With two golf courses, Druids Glen and Druids Heath, the sister course, this is a treat for the serious golfer or simply for anyone looking for an adventure in Ireland golf vacations.
Enniscrone Golf Club is surrounded with serenity and calm, breathtaking scenery with a backdrop of mountains, trees, and rolling hills and is known to golfers from all over the world as a picture of life.
The golf course is definitely one of the best in the world with rugged dunes, clear skies, and one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the backdrop of the Nephin and Ox Mountains.
Enniscrone Golf Club has two golf courses, making it one of the largest courses in Ireland:
The Dunes, Enniscrones flagship Championship course with 73 pars, with a total of 6,949 blue yards, 6,814 white yards, and 6,372 green yards.
The Scurmore course with 72 pars, 6,734 blue yards, 6,240 white yards, and 4,680 green yards.
This tranquil estate and luxury hotel is the perfect getaway from a fast paced lifestyle where you can unwind on the 1,500 acres of lush greens and stunning landscapes.
The championship 18-hole golf course was designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus himself.
Major golfing names like Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Thomas Bjorn have played there.
One of Ireland's classic golf clubs, the Portmarnock Golf Club ranked number 30 in 2005 by the famous Golf Digest in its annual top 100 courses outside the US.
The 27 hole championship course is not only beautiful, but extremely challenging and the seaside breeze provides a cool refresher.
This course will test your skills and define you as a golfer. Enjoy the stunning views from Ireland's Eye and Lambay Island and the peace and pensive ambience of the well manicured greens and the tended landscape.
Rosapenna Golf Links has what many golf courses dream of, beauty, great playability and near perfection.
Many would say it was designed by the heavens.
This "mature" golf course has been the discovery and the design of one of Ireland's most famous golf architect, Old Tom Collins.
This century old course, laid out in 1891, was flocked by great numbers to enjoy its serene beauty and its natural landscape that was perfect for a challenging links course.
A century has passed and the old links still remain intact, and it is a great honour to the three masters that have superbly provided the designs.
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