Halcyon Golf Travel: Professionals at golf trips to Ireland
We’re passionate about golf trips to Ireland, but even more passionate about organising one thats perfect just for you. We provide you with your own golf trip advisor (a passionate, local golfer) to recommend, plan and book everything for you in a friendly and efficient manner. No need to worry about green fees, caddies, transport, accommodation or table reservations, we have you covered. Before we send an initial proposal we advise you speak with us in person via video or over the phone so we can better understand your requirements. This helps us create you a truly personalised Irish golfing experience.
Sample golf tours Ireland
Customized, luxury Ireland golf trips. An efficient booking process
Let us know a good time to call back to discuss your golf trip to Ireland. We aim to respond immediately with feedback on your desired itinerary and get a date/time in the diary to speak in person.
This typically lasts 30 to 40 mins. This initial call helps us understand you better and create a more personalised itinerary based on your requirements and personality.
with a suggested itinerary for you. There can be some back and forth emailing / calling at this stage, it depends on how involved you like to get in the trip planning. If you prefer not to speak on the phone, we can skip straight to this step.
Only until you’re happy with your personalised itinerary and we’ve confirmed availability do you have to pay a deposit. The 35% downpayment locks in your tee times and all the elements of your golf vacation in Ireland.
In the run-up to your golf trip to Ireland we’re here to assist however we can to get you ready for your vacation. Make sure to take advantage of your personal golf trip advisor.
is due 9 weeks prior to the first day of your vacation. Payment can be made via Credit card, debit card or bank transfer.
We’re available 24/7 to assist you during your time in Ireland.
The Wild West
Expert tips for planning a golf vacation to Ireland
Royal Portrush, Dunluce. Credit Gary Lisbon
The emerald isle is home to 7 of the worlds top 100 courses, however trying to play all of them in one trip requires at least 4 different hotels, or a lot of driving on small country roads. With the help of a Halcyon Golf Travel trip planner this is of course possible to organise, but for optimal “Craic” we recommend picking 2 locations to stay and play. This allows you to play a handful of world famous courses along with some amazing hidden gems you’ve probably never heard of. Not only does this bring down the cost of your golf vacation to Ireland, it gives you some time to explore, relax and enjoy a pint of Guinness at the local pub. The four main golfing locations are Dublin, Northern Ireland, North West Ireland and South West Ireland.
If you’re travelling all the way across the Atlantic for a once in a lifetime golf tour of Ireland, your first reaction will be to ignore this tip. Please read on, you should trust us on this one!
- A lot of the top courses in Ireland don’t allow golf carts, so walking 1 or 2 rounds every day (especially if you’re used to riding) can get tiring. Leave a rest day for a massage!
- Especially on the West coast, the weather can get a little wild. Leaving a free day gives you the option of skipping golf one day and moving it to the free day if the weather is too bad.
- Leaving a free day gives you the option of spontaneity! You might fall in love with a place and want to spend an extra day there, or meet a local who invites you to their home course.
- Ireland is full to the brim with hidden gems. Having a free day allows you to play that course you drove past that looked awesome.
- Ireland is famous for its castles and churches, amazing pubs and beautiful feats of natural beauty such as The Giants Causeway. Not to mention the Guinness factory and Irish whisky distilleries. Use your day off to explore Ireland.
A golf trip to Ireland wouldn’t be authentic without at least one day of lousy weather. Layering up with thin layers is the best way to go for links golf as the weather can change quickly. Rain gloves, waterproofs and a snood are essentials for golf tours in Ireland.
In parts of Ireland the roads can be very small, windy and of course you drive on the left. If you opt for a self drive option then planning to drive when its light can prove very useful. If you’re used to driving an automatic transmission, make sure thats what your rental is (it usually costs a little more). The rental cars here are smaller than in the USA, so pack accordingly. If you’re in a group larger than four then its definitely worth paying extra for a driver guide. It will be a much more relaxing experience and means everyone can enjoy a drink after their round. Your personal Halcyon Golf Travel trip advisor will be at hand to help you choose the most appropriate transport option for your golf trip to Ireland.
Remember Northern Ireland uses pounds (£) and Ireland uses Euros €. The pound is generally around 10-20% stronger than the euro. It’s cheaper to exchange your cash at home rather than at the airport / cash machines in Ireland. You only need cash for paying caddies and tipping; most other things can be paid by card. We recommend downloading an app such as Revolut for card payments, this ensures you get the best exchange rates and minimal fees for spending abroad.
Ireland is very well connected with the USA and the rest of the world. From the USA you have 2 direct flight options. Dublin (flights from 16 US cities) or Shannon (Flights from 5 US cities). The golfing geography of Ireland is easiest to understand split into four sections. Dublin, Northern Ireland, Southwest Ireland and Northwest Ireland. Dublin airport is obviously best for golf in the Dublin area and its easy to nip up into Northern Ireland to play Royal County Down and Royal Portrush. Shannon is best located for a Southwest tour of Ballybunion, Lahinch and Waterville. Its also easy to head directly North to play Rosapenna, County Sligo and Ballyliffin from Shannon.
A luxury Ireland golf trip with Halcyon doesn’t just guarantee world class golf and organisation. Irish culture pays respect to “The Craic”, which essentially means having a good time. At Halcyon we know how much “good craic” can add to your experience during a golf trip to Ireland. It’s our mission to ensure your Guinness is creamy, the music is buzzing and the craic is exceptional from start to finish.
Golf vacations Ireland- FAQ'S
We recommend a driver guide for golf tours in Ireland. The roads at times are primitive so having a local who knows the roads takes a lot of weight off your shoulders. A driver guide is also great for getting the most out of your time in Ireland, get a locals insight and be shown the best spots in town. For the ultimate luxury Ireland golf trip, we can arrange helicopter to transfers to transport you in style, saving you time to do some more exploring.
If you’re on a tighter budget, we can arrange car rentals and also local transfer companies to take you to and from your hotel and golf courses.
May to September provide the best weather conditions for golf vacations in Ireland with July and August being the warmest months. April and October are also great, there’s a lot less tourists but the airs a little crisper. It goes without saying the climate is a little temperamental in Ireland, so course maintenance relies partly on the previous few months weather but tends to happen out of season.
Yes we do. Ireland has many beautiful country estates and castles which make brilliant bases for a luxury Ireland golf trip. We can provide you with concierge, fine dining recommendations and even helicopter transfers. Contact us today to speak to a golf travel expert and begin planning your customized, luxury Ireland golf trip.
Our custom Ireland golf trips range from £3000 – £10,000+ per person per week. This includes accommodation, breakfast, green fees and transportation within Ireland. All of our golf trips are bespoke, contact us to design you a customised itinerary within your specified budget.
Yes. We can provide you with a variety of levels of hosting services from a driver guide all the way up to a full concierge service for your party.
That’s tough one and it really depends who you ask! Here’s Halcyon founder Jack Sallis’ top 10 courses in Ireland.
- The Island
- Royal Portrush (Dunluce)
- Royal County Down
- Portstewart (strand)
- County Sligo
Golf trips to Ireland: Craic off the course
Ireland is blessed with dramatic scenery, beautiful architecture and an all round friendly atmosphere. It’s certainly worth taking an afternoon or a day to explore some of the amazing sights and activities off the course. Your Halcyon trip advisor will happily suggest some activities for you based on where you’re staying and what tickles your fancy!