A couple of ideas for an Father's Day golf trip to Ireland

Father’s day golf trips

I find that playing golf with your dad is one of the best ways to bond that everlasting friendship and love between a father and his son.

I have put together a few ideas for different types of golf trips to the South West of Ireland for yourself and your dad to enjoy with the help of Concierge Golf . Concierge golf will book your tee times, accommodation, transportation and during your trip we can make recommendations for a range of activities to do also.

Lahinch Golf Club
8th Hole at Lahinch Golf Club

Father's Day sample trip 1

Ref: A five day golf trip, economical but play great links golf courses; 

Day 1
Fly into Shannon Airport to be greeted by John Dooley from Concierge Golf! It is important for us to meet everyone on arrival and go through the itinerary to double check everything is good. Then you can proceed to pick up your rental car with a satellite navigational devise.
Drive to and play Adare, a tremendous park land golf course, followed by one night B&B at the Dunraven Arms Hotel in the village of Adare. I would suggest to checkout a very nice restaurant in the village of Adare, called 1826 or, you can also enjoy some pub grub in Pat Collins Bar & restaurant. There is generally a good atmosphere at Collin’s pub and there tends to be a few fellow golfers that hangout there watching the US PGA golf over the weekends.

Day 2
Head to Ballybunion and play the Cashen course (we will buy the Ballybunion two golf course ticket on your behalf) and it is a tough walk even without the wind! But, Ballybunion allow golf carts on the Cashen course if needed.
That night you will stay at the Castleross Hotel in Killarney. You and your dad can enjoy one of the self-catering golf cottages for the next four nights. I like the cottages because of there is plenty of room, there are two bed rooms to a cottage and with a couple of bathrooms to match. If required the cottages can sleep four persons and Killarney Golf Club is a matter of minutes away from the hotel and you could nip down to play a few holes in the evening time for some spectacular views of the Killarney lakes.  

Day 3
Why not play Dooks! This course is a hidden links gem with a lot of great tricky holes for you to think about. I would suggest playing an early morning round at Dooks and if you both are feeling good after the first round, why not go for a second round? You can pick up some caddies or golf carts if needed.
In the evening time, take a local taxi into Killarney and enjoy a walk around the town. There are plenty of great pubs in Killarney and you could pick anyone of them to enjoy some fine pub grub, live Irish traditional music with a couple of creamy pints of stout.

Day 4
Make the trip down to Waterville Golf Links and stop in Dooley restaurant in Waterville for some fine food before your homeward bound trip to the Castleross Hotel, Killarney. 

Day 5
Check out of the Castleross Hotel and drive North West for Ballybunion Old Course. This is a walking only golf course and for a treat, perhaps you might consider hiring a caddy! The caddy experience will add to your dads experience and trust me, it is worth it, the fun and the stories you can listen to from the caddies are never ending. But I must warn you, do not believe everything you hear!
Later that day drive up to Bunrathy, Concierge Golf will arrange a good quality B&B at a good price for your final night. Bunrathy is located very close to Shannon Airport and maybe only a ten minute drive to the Airport. Then perhaps enjoy a nice meal at either PJ Clarkes or Durty Nellys before departing the next morning.
Day 6
Depart from Shannon airport.
That trip based on two people, rental car, accommodation and golf tee times can be priced from €1,300 to €2,100 per person. The prices ranges suggest are subject to seasonal change.
If you do not like the courses I have suggested, you can always switch with Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, The Ring of Kerry, Cork Golf Club, Old Head, Skellig bay or Tralee G.C. You can also knock a few more bucks off the tee times by taking advantage of booking early bird rates and twilight rates instead of premium tee times.

                                                Father's Day sample trip 2

Play the best links and stay in 5* properties..

Day 1 Fly into Shannon Airport & Play Lahinch Golf Club or Doonbeg
You will be greeted by John Dooley from Concierge golf at Shannon Airport. Then you and your dad will be picked up by a chauffeured driven luxury car (which you will have at your disposal for the next five days). You have a choice of playing either Doonbeg Links or Lahinch G.C. You can spend some time on the range working on your rhythm before you tee off with PGA Professional John Dooley (who will play golf with you each day for the duration of the trip and you can call on his advices when you require golf instruction). That night you will spend at Moy House and enjoy a fine dining experience at the Moy house.

Day 2 – Ballybunion Old
Drive to Ballybunion and play the Old Course with caddies (each day we strongly recommend taking caddies), then onto the 5* Europe Hotel in Killarney. That evening I would suggest a nice meal at Gabys in Killarney.
Day 3- Waterville Golf Links
We’re all off to play Waterville Links and at Waterville, there is a great practice ground located close to the first tee. Now that is a great opportunity to practice and receive golf instruction before & after we play. After golf, I would recommend eating at Dooleys Restaurant in Waterville (No relation at all).

Day 4 – Tralee G.C
We will tee the balls up to play golf at Tralee golf club and following the round of golf, I recommend enjoying an evening dinner at Kileen House in Killarney. If you did not know, Tralee Golf Club is a links course and is an Arnold Palmer designed golf course.
At this stage everyone is a little tired and before dinner I would suggest a couple of massages back at the EPSA in the Hotel. Perhaps after reviewing the ESPA menu you could enjoy a different treatment from their fantastic list of treatments and your dad might like to enjoy a treatment every day!

Day 5, Adare
The final leg of this journey will take to you to the Robert Trent Jones designed golf course, Adare. This is possibly one of the greatest parkland golf courses in Ireland.

That evening you will spend your final night at Dromoland Caste in their luxurious executive suits.  Dinner will be served at the Earl of Thomond restaurant. The restaurant is located in the hotel and their menu is just fantastic. Or we can head down the road to Gallaher's fish restaurant located in Bunrathy and I really like how they serve their fish.

Day 6
A wonderful breakfast at the castle, then depart from Shannon to fly home.


You can add in helicopter trips to play the Old Head golf links or Portmarnock Old. You can even switch the trip around to be based in Dublin, or Belfast to play Royal County Down and Royal Portrush. These are the decisions that we at Concierge Golf can help you make and we can customise the trip to suit you and your father’s needs.
The price for this trip can vary from €3,900 to €6,200 per person depending on the type of accommodation you prefer. Plus, we can quote you for helicopter transfers for the whole trip or for one special segment of your  trip. 

Thank you for your time and I hope I have supplied you with a few ideas for your father day golf holiday trip. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Concierge Golf at info@conciergegolf.ie and please ask for John.

There are some of the main airports and main carriers that fly in and out of Shannon airport.

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Airports in the US & Canada that you can fly directly in and out of Shannon Airport

Airport                                                                  Carrier

Newark                                                        United
Boston                                                         Aerlingus
New York JFK                                               Delta & Aerlingus
Atlanta                                                        Delta
Toronto                                                       Air transat
Philadelphia                                                 US Airways
London Heathrow                                          Aerlingus/British Airways
London Stansted                                           Ryanair
London Gatwick                                            Ryanair
Manchester                                                  Aerlingus
London City                                                 British Airways



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