“My favorite place to play golf is in Ireland,” says Bill Murray. “It’s the most beautiful country to play golf in. And when you come as a guest, you’re treated like a king.” After all, this is the home of champions.
With over 300 golf courses, is it any wonder that Ireland is green? World renowned courses dot the map but it is also the informal and friendly manner in which the game is played, that makes Irish golf a special experience. We have selected three courses in the south west, all jewels of Irish golfing and surely be an unforgettable experience.
For non-golfers, we have three days of great sightseeing in scenic west Ireland, time to relax at the hotel spa or explore, shop at nearby Killarney – plus a stay in Dublin for everyone.
Join fellow Alumni Association members on this unique holiday that combines
playing some of the country’s great courses, tours and special attractions
for non-golfers to places like the Dingle Peninsula, the Cliffs of Moher,
the Blarney Stone, Dublin and more.
Saturday, May 5: Depart JFK
Depart this evening from JFK for Shannon Ireland
Sunday, May 6: To Killarney (B/D)
Morning arrival and transfer to your reserved accommodations at the Muckross Park Hotel and Spa. Time to rest before taking a horse-drawn jaunting ride in Killarney National Park. Relax as your Jarvey (driver) takes you through the magnificent scenery. Return to the hotel where we depart for dinner and entertainment at Kate Kearney’s Cottage Nestled at the entrance to the world famous Gap of Dunloe, Kate Kearney’s Cottage is a 150- year-old family-run establishment. Kate Kearney’s Cottage hosts a traditional Irish night which consists of dinner, traditional music and costumed dancers.
Monday, May 7, In Killarney (B/D)
Choice of Golf or Sightseeing
Enjoy a round of golf at Lahinch Golf Club. The Old Course is one of two 18-hole courses at Lahinch Golf Club. Golf at Lahinch dates back to 1892, making it one of Ireland’s oldest clubs. The Old Course is a classic seaside links layout with rolling greens and undulating fairways. The towering sand dunes that cover the landscape guarantee that golfers will encounter several blind shots. The unpredictable winds coming off the ocean add an interesting twist to the round.
Visit the Cliffs of Moher. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren region, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Then travel through the Burren region, part of which forms the Burren National Park, and is one of Ireland’s unique places. It is composed of limestone pavements, which have been eroded to a distinctive pattern. This pavement is crisscrossed by cracks known as grykes in which grow a myriad of wild flora The Burren contains dozens of megalithic tombs and Celtic crosses as well as a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating back to the 12th century. The day also includes an oyster lunch at Moran’s Oyster Cottage. Dinner at our hotel.
Tuesday, May 8: In Killarney (B/D)
Choice of Golf or Sightseeing
Enjoy a round of golf at Ballybunion Golf Course. The Old Course is the original course at Ballybunion Golf Club, which is located in County Kerry on Ireland’s southwest coast. It is joined by another championship links course designed by Robert Trent Jones. The Old Course has gained a reputation as one of the best links golf courses in the world. The classic links land terrain is covered with rolling sand hills and grassy dunes. The challenging layout features narrow, contoured fairways that feel as though they are tunneled through the dunes.
Tour the Dingle Peninsula with free time in Dingle Some of the finest coastal scenery to be seen in Ireland can be found in West Kerry, on the Dingle Peninsula. This peninsula is famous for its Celtic, pre-Christian monuments and Christian churches. It is also a ‘Gaeltacht’ (Irish speaking) area, where the Irish language and traditional ways of life are preserved. Dingle town itself is a thriving fishing town and offers plenty of opportunity for shopping or simply savoring the atmosphere of a typical country Irish town with its plentiful pubs, narrow streets and busy harbor. We will also enjoy a boat tour of Dingle Bay. Relish the delights of a short boat cruise of Dingle Bay with an enlightening commentary on local history and look out for Fungie the local celebrity dolphin. The Harbor Cruise is guided tour, takes about 1 hour. Dinner at our hotel.
Wednesday, May 9: In Killarney – Full day of sightseeing for everyone to the Ring of Kerry (B/L)
The Ring of Kerry is the most famous and panoramic route in Ireland. The astonishing beauty of this large peninsula, Iveragh, comes from the great diversity of its scenery, which offers incessant contrasts. En-route around the Ring, take in spectacular scenery – mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean as one travels along the coast road. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Continuing to Cahirciveen, you’ll pass the birthplace of our National hero, Daniel O’Connell. Next, continue on through peat bogs to the town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly colored houses. The road then continues through the mountains to Molls Gap and Ladies View with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney.
After having lunch at a local restaurant, we will have a unique & FUN experience and that is going to a sheep herding demonstration at Kissane Farm Set in the spectacular scenery of Molls Gap on the Ring of Kerry, Kissane Sheep Farm is a traditional, working sheep farm with approximately 1.000 mountain sheep and hundreds of lambs. The farm is run by John and Anne Kissane, as it has been run by generations of the family for the last 150 years. Here we will enjoy its activities such as Sheepdog demonstrations shearing demonstrations, bottle feeding the orphan (pet) lambs in season before returning to our hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner at our hotel.
Thursday, May 10: In Killarney (B/D)
Choice of Golf or Day at leisure for Non-Golfers
Enjoy a round of golf at Killarney Golf Course. The Killeen Course is one of two 18-hole courses at Killarney Golf & Fish Club in County Kerry. The Killeen is the headliner of the three courses at the club, which is set on the banks of the Killearney Lakes and beneath Ireland’s largest mountain range, the MacGillycuddy Reeks. After hosting both the Irish Open and Curtis Cup in the 1990s, the course was extensively renovated and lengthened in 2006 and poses as a championship test once again.
For Non-Golfers and Sightseers
Day on your own for independent exploration and to do the following suggested programs. Take the ferry to Garnish Island a unique Island that plays host to a multitude of plant variations, and the blanket of Summer coloring which covers the Island creates a rainbow of color. Or Visit to the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre is located on the second floor of the Kenmare Heritage Centre in County Kerry. The centre promotes the craft of making lace — Kenmare Lace, which has earned international acclaim, and a variety of other types. Visitors can buy locally made items as well as machine-made hankies and tablecloths, and lace-making materials. Or Visit the Muckross House is a magnificent Victorian mansion built in 1843 and is one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. Built on the shores of Muckross Lake, it is beautifully situated amidst the spectacular scenery of Killarney National Park. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyle of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement area one can experience the working conditions of the servants employed in the house. Or relax at the hotel SPA. Or take a short taxi ride into the town of Killarney for shopping and independent exploration.
Our farewell dinner this evening is at Lord Kenmare’s Restaurant. Lord Kenmares Restaurant introduces you to the finest in contemporary cuisine. They combine the rich culture of the Mediterranean with the flavor of modern Irish cuisine to cater for a variety of tastes.
Friday, May 11: To Cork & The Blarney Castle and onto Dublin (B)
After breakfast, we board our coach and travel through Country Kerry to the 15th century Blarney Castle where we will have a chance to acquire the “gift of gab” by kissing the Blarney Stone. An ancient stronghold of the McCarthy’s, Lords of Muskerry, it is one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic castles, and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster. Built in 1446, Blarney Castle is famous for its Blarney stone, the Stone of Eloquence, which is traditionally believed to have the power to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. Many legends tell the story of the Stone, but why not kiss it and find out the truth behind the legend. Then continue to Ireland’s capital. Dublin, rich in history and proud of its past. Afternoon and evening free for independent activities. Overnight in Dublin.
Saturday, May 12: In Dublin (B/D)
This morning we start our day with a “Panoramic Tour of Dublin to give you a short overview to “Dublin’s Fair City”. The tour will introduce you to the principal sites seeing the elegant Georgian squares, famous for its architecture and of course its famous doors. Pass by Trinity College, with the 8th century Book of Kells and the long room with its 200,000 books. Pass by St Patrick’s Cathedral. Built in 1192, it is one of Ireland’s largest Cathedrals made famous by its former dean Jonathan Swift, author of “Gulliver’s Travels.” Pass by Christchurch, built by the Anglo-Norman’s in 1172 to replace an earlier Church built by the Vikings in 1038, on your way to the Phoenix Park with its many monuments including the Papal Cross. Return to the city center via the Quays, passing by the Guinness brewery and Collins Barrack, now part of the national museum, before arriving back into O’Connell Street and back to our hotel. This evening a “Farewell to Ireland” dinner at the wonderful Cliff Town House where there is a special surprise awaiting us. Overnight in Dublin.
Sunday, May 13: To USA (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your direct flight home.
The Price Includes:
- Round-trip air from JFK to Shannon and returning from Dublin
- Transfer to and from Airports and hotels
- 5-nights accommodations at the Muckross Park Hotel and Spa including:
- Accommodations in Deluxe Twin or Double or single Rooms
- Full Irish breakfast every morning
- Dinner for 3 nights
- Free wifi and Internet service
- Bathroom with Orla Kiely products
- Nespresso machine
- Bottled water in room
- 24-hour room service
- Access to The Spa at Muckross and use of the spa facilities during your stay
- Complimentary welcome drinks reception (wine, mineral water)
- 2-Nights at the Trinity City Hotel in Dublin
- Hotel taxes and service charges
- Welcome dinner and entertainment at Kate Kearney’s Cottage
- Dinner at Lord Kenmare’s Restaurant
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Oyster lunch on Cliffs of Moher/Burren sightseeing tour
- Lunch at a local restaurant on Ring of Kerry sightseeing tour
- Killarney Jaunting Car ride in Killarney National Park
- Sheepherding demonstration at Kissane Sheep Farm
- Modern Coach and driver for touring and transportation to/from golf course
- Panoramic sightseeing tour of Dublin
- Stop to “Kiss the Blarney Stone” in Cork
- English speaking guide for sightseeing tours
- Farewell dinner and special surprise at Dublin’s Cliff Townhouse Restaurant
The Muckross Park Hotel & Spa is a 5-star hotel ideally located in the heart of Killarney National Park, beside the Lakes of Killarney and only a few minutes by taxi from the town of Killarney. Its elegant surroundings have welcomed Queen Victoria, George Bernard Shaw and a wealth of guests since 1795. All bedrooms are finished to a very high degree with large king size beds, Irish linen and most with views of the National Park. Each room has Satellite TV & DVD, Nespresso Coffee machine, 2- hour room service, Free WiFi access, Bathrobes & Slippers, Bottled Water, cooler as well as a safe and in room climate control. And, take some time to relax and rejuvenate in The Spa at Muckross where body and mind find sanctuary.
In Dublin, our accommodations will be at the Trinity City Hotel that is located in the heart of Dublin’s city center and is adjacent to Trinity College. The guest bedrooms have been designed to provide visitors with all modern comforts in a spacious setting that is tastefully distinctive. The Trinity City Bar is quirky and vibrant drawing an eclectic mix of people through its doors. Relax in the contemporary bar or in one of the casual dining areas and enjoy a dish from the bar lunch or bar dinner menu. The chic design scheme is accentuated by the natural daylight that floods in from the large front facing windows looking onto the bustle of Pearse Street.
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PRICE PER PERSON
Per Person in Double Occupancy
$2,499 payment via check or money order
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Per Person in Single Occupancy Room:
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Add to above costs:
– U.S. airline facility, security, taxes and Fuel Surcharge $299 ($315 via credit card)
– Prepaid Gratuities to drivers and guides $90 ($95 via credit card)
-Golf Green Fees
The prices do not include the following golf green fees allowing the golfer to not only pre-select the course they want to play, but also if they want to play, 1, 2 or all 3 days. On those days they do not play (other than the included tour to the Ring of Kerry on May 9) – they can go on the sightseeing tour schedule for that day or just relax and do independent exploring
Lahinch Golf Club – Old Course @ $228 ($240 via CC) or Castle Course @ $42 ($44 via CC)
Ballybunion Golf Course – Old Course @ $228 ($240 via CC) or Cashen Course @ $78 ($82 via CC)
Killarney Golf Course – Killen Course @ $92 ($97 via CC) or Mahony’s Course @ $70 ($73 via CC)
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$2,199 payment via credit card
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