Suppose you have been given the god-awful job to organize the boy’s or girls golf tour in Ireland or wherever else for 2015/2016! You must read the following points because I would like to share a few of my thoughts to help you plan a great golf trip for everyone to enjoy. I will outline a couple of the crucial aspects that will ensure you won’t make a complete disaster of the task at hand. In this piece, I will be focusing on helping you with building a great Irish Golf Tour.
Create a checklist… If you do nothing else, create a checklist. Detail; golf courses, transportations, accommodation, the great places to eat at every stop, great shopping, what sights to see, research Irish sporting events, and whatever else you think the group would like to do? You must obtain the group’s consensus for which golf courses they would really like to play? But be realistic and trust me, the idea of playing Waterville and Royal Portrush on the same trip sounds great, but they’re a lot of traveling between those golf courses, and you will lose too much time traveling when you could be playing golf.
Before you nail down where you would like to play golf, I typically segment Ireland into four golfing destinations. However, the areas can overlap depending on the courses you would like to play. Southwest golf links courses: Ballybunion GC, Doonbeg GC, Dooks GC, Lahinch GC, Old Head Golf Links, Tralee GC & Waterville Golf Links. Southwest parkland golf Course: Cork Golf Club, Adare Golf Club (at the Manor House) & Killeen at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club.
Dublin Golf links (Baltray, European Club, The Island, Portmarnock G.C, Portmarnock Links & Royal Dublin)
Northern Ireland Golf Links: Ardglass, both courses at Royal County Down, at Royal Portrush, Castlerock & Port Stewart. North & West Golf Links: Ballyliffin, Carne, Donegal, Enniscrone, Narin & Portnoo, Northwest, Portsalon, both courses at Rossapenna, Rosses Point. (Please note; that there is a lot of traveling to get from place to place around the West and North West of Ireland).
If you like a sample of a couple of the Irish golf tour segments, I suggest mixing up the South West & Dublin and or the North West and the Northern courses. But please be advised; keep traveling from place to place down to the minimum. There is nothing worse than trying to fit too much into a 4 day, 5 days or 7 day Irish Golf Tour. The trick here is to ensure that you spend as little time traveling in a bus or hire car (by the way, don’t drive, Irish roads can be challenging) and spend all your time playing golf. Or invest the time exploring the area that you are located in.
I am sure you will meet more people from socializing in the local pubs and maybe you might decide to pack up the clubs for the day and go fishing! I can assure you that you will find all the cool places to enjoy nice evening meals with good entertainment; maybe even enjoy a few pints with the caddies and catch some of the great traditional Irish music.
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Before you book anything, make sure you’re satisfied with the financial commitment from everyone within the group. For example, if you use your credit details to secure 12 golfers in Ballybunion, you will be charged upfront for the total bill, and you don’t want to be left with an extra fee that brother Tom says, “oh no, I forgot, it’s my kids birthday that week, and I can’t go!”
Arrange comfortable chauffeured transportation and may I suggest, where possible, avoid driving cars or vans. I typically advise my clients to avoid the mess with cheap rentals because there can be a lack of good customer services, and it is only chaos should you be unfortunate where the car or van breaks down somewhere in the middle of nowhere. I have seen too many disasters, and I can always hear an echo of those famous last words, “ooooh, I should have listened.”
If this is your first Irish Golf Tour, book guest houses & bed and breakfasts. This is the best way to meet Ireland. You will meet and talk to people like never before in your life, spending time with people is fun! Try it, and I promise you that you will thank me after. Or at least spend one night in a B&B. If you feel the workload is too much for you to do, please give me a call, and I will create a great golf trip for all to enjoy.
There are many great fun things to do in Ireland besides playing golf, and I can take care of that plan for the non-golfing ladies and gents. You can leave that job up to the average golf tour operator, but I will suggest a wider range of things to do and places to see. If you have any questions about golf trips to Ireland, please feel free to contact me. I wish you the very best of luck and enjoy Ireland!
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John Dooley PGA,
If you have any questions about golf tours to Ireland? Do not delay, and please feel free to contact me as soon as possible. I wish you the very best of fun on your next Irish Golf Tour.