Experience Ireland Golf & Travel

Experience all that is great about Ireland with Experience Ireland Golf & Travel! Great golf course, heavenly hotels, stunning sightseeing tours and much much more!!

At Experience Ireland Golf & Travel we design beautifully bespoke itineraries, with overnights in some of the most outstanding hotels in Ireland, golf on Ireland’s top courses and all in the comfort of your own luxury VIP chauffeur driven vehicle. We are your exclusive agent who will add the personal touch and most importantly we are local so we can guarantee you a truly Irish Experience.

The Experience Ireland team has well over 30 years experience in Golf & Hospitality which they will use to the maximum when putting your Tour to Ireland together. Alice Thompson brings an amazing array of skills to the EIGT table through working at Beaufort Golf Club, as Guest Relations Manager at the magnificent Merrion Hotel in Dublin and also as “General Legend” with one of Ireland’s most successful Luxury Chauffeur Companies, J O’Callaghan & Sons, for many years. Alice’s attention to detail and wide knowledge of Golf, Sightseeing, Transport and Hotels is the perfect mix to plan your dream trip to Ireland. Tom Kennedy brings an in-depth knowledge of Ireland’s golf courses, some say he has visited every corner of these looking for his errant golf shots while there are only a handful of people that have tried more craft beer in Ireland than Tom! He also knows a thing or 2 about the finer restaurant in the country as well. An unique combination if we do say so ourselves.

Our services are wide ranging and include putting together some of the finest Golf Itineraries together for your next Golf Trip to Ireland! Experience some of the finest Castles, heavenly Hotels & Stately Homes on your next staycation through EIGT. Sightseeing is also a speciality of ours and we can plan an amazing Itinerary including the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and beyond! All of these wonderful ways to experience Ireland can also be put together along with your very own Luxury VIP Vehicle to take you there in style.

Let us create an unique Irish Experience on your next trip to the Emerald Isle. We are passionate about Ireland and have the experience in Golf & Hospitality to back that up! If you would like Experience Ireland Golf & Travel to put together an epic Irish Experience for your next trip get in touch via Email or give us a call on +353-64-6622830. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

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Society Challenge 2017 at Dooks Golf Links

The delightful Dooks Golf Links will host our Society Challenge for the 2nd year running on Saturday 28th October with the 1st Prize on offer being a FREE OUTING FOR 16 GOLFERS! The County Kerry course has been welcoming visitors since 1889 and is a fantastic venue for all levels of players.

The format of the day itself is a Team of 4 competition with 2 scores to count on each hole, full handicaps apply. The entry fee per Team is €200 (€50 per person) which includes a Breakfast Bap with Tea/Coffee on arrival, your Round of Golf of course and a Main Course after play in the Clubhouse.

You can book your team in Online or if you have any queries please call +353-87-6453537 or email smopen@tomkennedygolf.com.

Make sure to check out Dooks on Twitter and Facebook as well!

Driving in Ireland when not on the Golf Course!

Narrow roads (some with grass down the middle!); tractors, cows & sheep blocking your way and “they drive on the wrong side of the road over here” too. It’s all a lot of fun driving in Ireland!

There can be quite a few challenges for visitors to Ireland setting out on their to drive on our roads for the first time. City and rural driving have their own unique scenarios and there are strict rules to adhere to if you are unfortunate enough to have an accident with another car. To help ease the stress, here are some tips to keep you safe and ensure you have an enjoyable stay in the country.

City Driving
City driving is where everyone is in rush, but no one is going anywhere fast. Traffic is mostly slow moving at best and can be at crawling pace during peak hours. You need to accept the fact that there is absolutely no point in being in a hurry. Surrender yourself to the pace of traffic and you’ll have a less stressful experience.

Get to know your route beforehand by driving it in the evening at a quitter time. Note where you have to change lanes and familiarise yourself with the road signs and what they mean.

Quite often, people can get lost down one-way systems in towns. If this happens, don’t panic, find somewhere to pull in, park safely and work your route out calmly. If you’re still unsure, ask a local business or Gardaí for directions.
Probably the most important skill you’ll need for city driving is concentration. With buses, vans and lorries all vying for space, your view is very restricted. Expect cars, motorbikes, cyclists and pedestrians engrossed in their smartphones to suddenly appear in front of you. Constantly check all your mirrors and beware car doors opening suddenly.

Rural Driving
While driving in the country is vastly different to the city, it does bring its own set of unique challenges like farm machinery, livestock and narrow winding roads with tight bends.
Driving on a winding narrow country road can be difficult. There is quite a bit of gear changing, braking and steering as you navigate around the bends. Some of these roads may have a speed limit of 80 km per hour, but if you attempt to drive at that speed on these unfamiliar twists and turns, you could quickly end up in a ditch or a hedge. Driving at night can be even more tricky, so drive at a pace that you are comfortable and feel safe with.
On National or N roads, the speed limit can be up to 100 km per hour. Occasionally where there are hard shoulders, drivers will move towards them and slow to let following traffic pass without having to cross into the oncoming lane. This a courtesy and not a rule of the road.

It can be quite frustrating for some country drivers when, all of a sudden, their momentum is slowed right down by a tractor in front. This is to be expected though, so don’t let your frustrations get the better of you. The farmer or tractor driver will usually pull in as soon as he/she finds a space to let you pass, often they’ll wave for you to overtake when they can see that the road ahead is clear. You should also be cautious when you approach a tractor coming the other way as it could be towing a low wide load that may cross into your lane.

Another common obstacle to be expected is livestock. Farmers often drive herds of cows or sheep along roads to bring them to another field or shed. Be patient and wait till the farmer clears them off the road for you before proceeding slowly. You should also be aware of farm animals roaming free. Slow down and pass them with great care and attention.

Other Drivers
It’s important to remember that how you drive can affect other drivers, so always be mindful of the other cars on the road. Don’t tailgate. This is where you drive too close to the car in front of you. Not only are you not allowing enough braking distance, but it’s also extremely distracting for the driver in front.
Always signal your intent. How can other drivers anticipate what you’re going to do if you don’t signal?
Let others merge. When other cars are trying to merge, move over into the outside lane to give them room.
Don’t hog the outside lane. The outside lane on a motorway or duel-carriageway is used for overtaking and is not meant for cruising in.

Monitor your high beams. Don’t use your high beams when there is other traffic on the road as they can cause temporary blindness in other drivers. Unfortunately, not all drivers show due care and consideration to their fellow motorists and their use of the horn can be somewhat overzealous. A common mishap for those starting out on their own is stalling at traffic lights. If this happens to you, ignore the car horns, take a deep breath and go through your starting procedure. Check it is safe to proceed, before driving off calmly.

Accidents and what to do
If you are unlucky enough to be involved in an accident, there are certain things you are required to do by law, and other things you should do for safety and to protect yourself from financial loss. First things first, stop the vehicle – if you are in a dangerous location or obstructing traffic, move the car only so far that it is in a safer location.

When you are in a safe location and at a standstill, turn off the ignition and breathe. A running car can be a safety hazard, turning it off reduces the risk of a fire. Try to remain calm and take a moment for several deep breaths, this will help you better handle the situation. Next, you will need to get out of the car and mark the scene. Flares, cones or reflective markers will make the accident area more visible for other drivers. Check for injuries on yourself and on any other drivers or passengers who may be involved.

Depending on the severity of the accident and if there are any injuries, you may need to call the Gardaí, who will then alert other emergency services if required.  If you are involved in a more minor crash with no injuries, exchange car insurance details with the other driver and take photos on your phone of the accident site as these will help to explain what happened at a later date.

Drive safely and calmly, and you should avoid any mishaps. Happy driving, on and off the golf course!

There’s more to driving than the basics and Ready for the Real Road, from Liberty Insurance, is here to make sure you’re ready for any challenges that you might meet. For more information, visit their Safety Centre and for a quick and easy car insurance quote, visit Liberty Insurance.

Pierse Motors Pro-Am at Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel

The Pierse Motors Pro-Am will take place on Tuesday 15th August 2017 at the Ballykisteen Golf Club. It promises to be a great event following on from the Euro Pro Tour Event staged there back in May with the condition of the golf course getting rave reviews! There has been significant investment over the past year in the golf course and hotel and this commitment from the new ownership is very much bearing fruit now.

Entries have been flying in for the 2017 Pro-Am, sponsored by Pierse Motors, and the Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel are very much looking forward to the day itself on Tuesday 15th August! There are still a few team spots available and at €350 per Team to include Entry for a Team of 3, a PGA Professional to play with your team and also Buffet Dinner after Golf this is great value!

You can secure your team spot for The Pierse Motors Pro-Am at Ballykisteen by emailing golfevents@ballykisteenhotel.com or by calling +353-62-32117 with any queries.

Ballykisteen have some Open Competitions coming up over the next few weeks, including an Open Singles on Monday 7th August with an entry fee of just €15 per person which is wonderful value for a course in such great condition! You can check out their Open Competitions HERE! In the meantime check out the Ballykisteen Golf Facebook Page and Ballykisteen Golf on Twitter for the latest updates from this terrific Tipperary venue.

Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament 2017

Become The Best In Belfast…

Take the opportunity to be part of history and play in the Inaugural Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament from Monday 3rd – Wednesday 5th July 2017 at Malone Golf Club, Royal Belfast Golf Club & Shandon Park Golf Club! You can head on from there to Portstewart Golf Club for The Irish Open making it a great golfing week in the North of Ireland.

The most prestigious courses within the Belfast area have come together to offer this unique tournament. You will play in this Titanic-esque pairs event where the best scores count over three days. With such close proximity to both Belfast Airports and the City Centre, Golfers will enjoy the fantastic golf by day and the excitement of the City by Night.

The entry fee for The Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament is just £99 per person Golf Only while there are Play & Stay packages available from Patrick Aiken at TheGolfPA.com. Click HERE to get an Entry Discount Code, this must be redeemed by Sunday 18th June with entries using this Code submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 20th June.

All golf clubs are easily accessible and within approximately 5 miles of Belfast city centre. The event is open to both Lady & Gentlemen Golfers and is run on the Stableford points format. The deadline for Tournament entries Friday 30th June 2017 – To Enter your Team just call +44 28 7032 6707 or email info@TheGolfPA.com.

Killarney RFC Golf Classic 2017

The Killarney Rugby Football Club Golf Classic takes place this year on Friday 30th June at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club’s Mahony’s Point course.

There will be great prizes to play for on the day including Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin while there will be a Hole-in-One competition during the Golf Classic as well. The Killarney RFC Golf Classic novel Hole-in-One competition will be played on the iconic & picturesque 18th hole at Mahony’s Point and will certainly provide a fantastic final challenge to the golfing day supporting Killarney Rugby Club. Open to both ladies and gents as part of the Classic, the first player who strikes a hole-in-one will win a top of the range bicycle and gear from O’Sullivan’s Cycle worth up to €5,000!

The Rugby Club has had a fantastic response from the business community once again and with over 40 teams due to take part it promises to be a great day out! Great sponsors have supported the event from the off and with a mighty BBQ lunch midway through the golf, and so the back nine will be a formidable test!

The entry fee for the Killarney RFC Golf Classic is €250 (Team of 4). Tee times are allocated on a first come first served basis so if you would like to enter a team please call +353-87-1240365 or email rugbyclubkillarney@gmail.com.

Resurgent Ring of Kerry

I visited the Ring of Kerry Golf Club recently and was blown away by the location, the condition of the course and also the new setup in the Clubhouse as well. Significant investment has been made to ensure the course is kept in great shape along with the providing Bar & Restaurant facilities to match.

The County Kerry venue is located in a beautiful spot overlooking Kenmare Bay on the beautiful Ring of Kerry. The course measures 6,663 yards from the back tees and it is the last ever design from the late and great Irish golf architect, Eddie Hackett. The par-73 layout has 9 par-4s, 5 par-5s and 4 par-3s to make it a great test of golf for all levels, significant investment has also been made in the course drainage and the greens are some of the best, if not the best, putting surfaces I have played on this year.

Facilities at the Ring of Kerry Golf Club include a Driving Range located less than a wedge from the Clubhouse while the new Greens Bar & Restaurant has been getting rave reviews from golfers and non-golfers alike! Having seen their cocktail menu as well a good day and night could definitely be had at Greens, unfortunately I wasn’t able to sample their cocktails on the day!! Greens is suitable for smaller groups, corporate functions and wedding – the menu options and service is superb as well.

Membership at the Ring of Kerry GC is great value as well, just €270 for Ladies or Gents with Junior Membership only €55 per annum also. Membership is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase (which can be done online!) and includes the following benefits:

  • Unlimited golf at any time that the course is open for play
  • Kerry Golf Card, which entitles you to discounted Green Fees at other Kerry courses
  • Opportunity to participate in all weekly tournaments, major events and team matches
  • GUI Handicap Card status (additional €30 adults / €6 juniors)
  • A dual courtesy playing rights promotion with Clement Ader Golf Club near Paris in France (Full time residents of Ireland only)
  • 6 Courtesy Rounds of golf at Parknasilla Golf Club
  • Member guest rates

Society Golf is also wonderful value at Ring of Kerry Golf Club, just €25 per person with fantastic Golf & Dinner packages as well including one phenomenal view for the post golf festivities! There are also some excellent accommodation rates locally for Play & Stay packages. A night out in Kenmare after a Round of Golf at the Ring of Kerry GC, followed by dinner at Greens and maybe a few cocktails sounds like Heaven to me!

If you are interested in Membership at Ring of Kerry Golf Club or would like to take your Society here for their next Outing or Away Trip call +353-87-6453537 or email Tom Kennedy Golf.

 

The Golf Guide Tour – Irish Event

The Golf Guide Tour makes it first stop in Ireland in June when it visits The Heritage Resort. This coincides with the relaunch of its Irish Edition of the Magazine with plans for further Irish Tournaments in 2018.

This 36 Hole event at The Heritage Resort in Killenard, Ireland – just 30 minutes south of Dublin – takes place on Sunday 11th & Monday 12th June 2017. Packages are as follows:

  • 2 Rounds of Golf plus 2 nights B&B in the 5-Star Heritage Hotel £270 / €295 per person sharing
  • 2 Rounds of Golf plus 2 nights B&B staying in The Ballesteros Apartments £220 / €240 per person sharing
  • Golf Only – £100 per person / €110 per person

The Competition Format is a Pairs Better Ball with Stableford scoring played off 90% handicap. The winners from each event are invited to the competition week on the Costa del Sol in November 2017 or February 2018, which includes a 3 night stay at the 4 star Tamisa Hotel Mijas including Breakfast, return flights, all transfers and 3 competitive rounds of golf.

To enter the Race to Mauritius, you must enter a minimum of 4 GGT events. After the St Andrews event, the top 10 pairs from our Order of Merit will then qualify for a UK Final to decide the overall winners of the amazing 7 day trip to Mauritius!!

You must have a current CONGU handicap to win any of the top three prizes. Non-handicap golfers are welcome to attend but can only win the other prizes on offer. Due to the increased popularity of the events, a £50 deposit per person is required to secure your place. Contact competitions@thegolfguide.co.uk for payment details.

 

Shell Pro-Am 2017 at Carne Golf Links

The Shell Pro-Am takes place at Carne Golf Links, Belmullet, Co Mayo on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June 2017.

Teams of 3 will play with an Irish PGA Professional over both days with a free practice round on Friday 16th June. There are great prizes available for the event at this amazing golf course in Belmullet, County Mayo. Tournament Itinerary as follows:

Friday 16th June – Practice Day
Saturday 17th June – Day 1 of Pro-Am
Sunday 18th June – Final Day of Pro-Am

The cost to enter a team in the Shell Pro-Am at Carne Golf Links is €190 per golfer / €570 per team, this price includes a meal on the Saturday night. To enter a team call Carne Golf Links today at 097 82292 or email info@carnegolflinks.com.

In the meantime see this video and get some lessons from the Pro’s on how to play links golf.

Social Media Open 2017 – Tournament Review

Our 5th Anniversary Tournament would take us to the same venues as 2016 – Ballybunion Old Course & Cashen Course, Dooks Golf Links & Tralee Golf Links – from Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th April 2017. This year had a record entry of 160 golfers (80 teams), having started with just 40 golfers 4 years ago when we took on Mount Juliet, Castlemartyr, Adare & Old Head.

Plenty golfers made it down on the Monday evening before play started the following morning, some taking it easy and preparing without the usual hangover while others were starting as they meant to go on that week! The craic was mighty in Kilcooly’s that night which did bode well for a great week, on and off the course!

The first day’s play took in a 2 course start (never used that before!) on The Old & Cashen at Ballybunion Golf Club on Tuesday 25th April 2017. While the 2 course start worked well it still entailed an early start on The Old Course with the first golfers setting off at 7.24am on a still but chilly morning. Rune Karlsen, Manager of Tromso Golf Club in Norway, and his playing partner, Paal Kjelsrud, got things started as they did in 2016 as well, this time in the company of Umberto Biagi & Tarek Aref. The early scores were decent as the early risers seemed to be getting the better of the scoring conditions. However it was 2 teams that started later on The Old & Cashen courses that led the way after Round 1 – Cork brothers, John & Liam Deasy, returned an excellent 45 points followed closely behind them by another Cork team, John Howard & Jim Dunne on 44. Plenty teams were still in the hunt only a few shots back of the leaders including Defending Champs, Joe Kennedy & Peter Murphy, along with Lindsay Hamill & Tom Baldwin, Chris Garde & Billy Farrell, Lewis Jones & Gavin Bonham and Leo Dunne & Paul Madigan.

Day 2 started under sunny skies at Ballybunion while those who took on The Old Course on Tuesday moved to the Cashen Course on Wednesday 26th April for Round 2 while the teams that took on the Cashen on Day 1 moved onto The Old Course. Scoring was definitely better for the morning starters, even after the previous night’s festivities at Kilcooly’s, with the wind picking up in the afternoon making both courses a true test of links golf. John & Jim powered ahead in the 2nd Round with a great score of 45, giving them a 7 shot lead from Warrenpoint duo Brian McKee & Joe Lenfestey. Lewis Jones & Gavin Bonham added a solid 40 points to their 41 on Day 1 to lie in 3rd place. 10 shots covered the Top 8 but the chasing pack had it all to do to catch the Cork boys out in front. Ireland led the way in The Nations Cup with 2 rounds to go. Onto Killarney as our base for the next 3 nights with a combination of local hotels hosting us.

The 3rd Round of Social Media Open 2017 started under gloomy skies and a little rain but this soon cleared to a fabulous day at Dooks Golf Links on Thursday 27th April. Our Italian friends, all 22 of them, were some of the first golfers out on the day on the testing links course as all teams tried to climb the Leaderboard on “Moving Day”. Scoring was the best of the week so far with many teams returning scores in the mid to high 40s. Best score of the day come from Kate Docherty & Martina Syron who returned a fabulous 47 points while there were many teams returning 40 or better in the kind scoring conditions. John & Jim again recorded a consistent score, 44 this time to extend their lead to 8 going into the Final Round at Tralee the following morning.

Tralee Golf Links was the venue for the Final Round of our 5th Anniversary Tournament on Friday 28th April and again this tremendous golf course lived up to all the expectation. The course was in phenomenal condition with the greens slick and rolling beautifully. The early starters definitely got the best of the scoring conditions, with the first team fourball out on the course producing the best team score of the day in the shape of Stuart Hasson & Gay Hannon who returned 45 points to shoot up the leaderboard. Nearest the Pin on the day also went to an early starter, Kate Docherty! As the wind picked up in the afternoon teams did struggle, especially on Back 9, but this did not detract from an amazing experience at Tralee. John & Jim has their worst day of the 4 in terms of scoring at Tralee but still managed to post a creditable 40 points to ensure victory was guaranteed to become 2017 Social Media Open Champions! Chris Garde & Billy Farrell, regulars at our Tournaments, took 2nd place. Lewis & Gavin secured 3rd place with a 4 round points total of 162 while Lindsay Hamill & Tom Baldwin grabbed 4th place on the countback from 4 teams on 159 with Paschal & Noel McMahon getting a Top 5 finish on the same score. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves as thoughts now moved to our Prize Giving Dinner at Randles Hotel in Killarney that evening. Ireland again triumphed in The Nations Cup while Honourary Irish Captains, John Mooney & Shay Kelly, took The Conefrey Shield.

The Prize Giving Dinner began just after 9pm in Killarney at Randles Hotel with all teams in the mood for celebrating, especially our Dutch contingent that provided the backing track for the evening from their table! A huge thanks to everybody for making the week what it was, all the players; the Golf Courses – Ballybunion, Dooks & Tralee – and all their staff; the wonderful Guest Houses and Hotels and of course our Tournament Partners – Conefrey’s Pharmacy, Druids of Ireland by LJ Golf, Irish Biltong, Open Fairways, Jonathan McDonnell QFA, Vox Golf, Royal & Awesome, Club Clean Ireland, Wyldsson and Fresh Today. We are already planning for our 2018 Tournament and hope to see many of you there next year!

Check out our Facebook Albums from our 5th Anniversary Tournament, you can also check us out on Twitter. Any queries regarding our Event you can email smopen@tomkennedygolf.com