South West Links – Ballybunion to Old Head

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At a Glance
  • Where & What: South Coast of Ireland - 7 Days & 6 Nights - Self Drive or Chauffeured Tour
  • Golf Courses: Lahinch, Doonbeg, Tralee, Ballybunion, Waterville and Old Head
  • Hotels: Stay Three Nights at The Killarney Royal Hotel and Three Nights at Doonbeg Lodge

Prepare to do battle with Ireland’s legendary links of the southwest. Dotted along the southern reaches of the Wild Atlantic Way, you will play some of the world’s greatest ocean-side courses amid spectacular scenery. After golf, enjoy the conviviality of Ireland’s 19th hole at each famous course where you will be treated like a member for the day. Why not book early to receive a complimentary Whiskey Tasting for your group?

Day by Day

Day 1Arrive in Shannon

Arriving in Shannon airport, pick up your rental vehicle or meet your driver guide. Drive to your hotel for a 3-night stay. Settle in and enjoy a pint of Guinness and some traditional Irish music in a local pub!

Day 2Play Lahinch Golf Club

Situated on the west coast of Clare and naturally shaped by ocean and dunes, Lahinch is Ireland’s insiders’ favorite. The golf course was created by Old Tom Morris in 1892 and transformed by Alister Mackenzie in 1927.

Day 3Play Doonbeg

This extraordinary new links site features grass-covered dunes rising nearly one hundred feet above the white capped Atlantic.

Day 4Play Tralee

Perched on a cliff overlooking the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, Tralee is one of the most stunning links courses in the world offering many dramatic holes that test the skills of golfers at every level. The course was designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. Drive to your hotel for a 4-night stay.

Day 5Play Ballybunion Old Course

The great sports writer, Herbert Warren Wind said that Ballybunion, founded in 1893, was ‘…nothing less than the finest seaside course I have ever seen.’ Ballybunion is one of the most challenging links courses in the world. In Tom Watson’s opinion ‘the graveyard near the first tee gives the golfer an inclination of the sense of mystique and timelessness that is to follow.’

Day 6Play Waterville

This stunning course was fondly dubbed the “Magnificent Monster” by Sam Snead and is located on the Ring of Kerry and buffeted by peninsular winds. Jack Mulcahy and Eddie Hackett transformed this rugged links land into an elegant championship course. Waterville is a favorite of Tiger Woods.

Day 7Play Old Head

Known as the Pebble Beach of Ireland, in many ways Old Head is far more stunning. Set on a peninsula with its own micro-climate and ocean views from every hole, all golfers should play here at least once.

Day 8Depart Ireland

Transfer to Shannon Airport for your flight back home. Say goodbye to your driver guide or drop off your rental van. Until the next time, Slan abhaile!


Ireland Golf Inclusions

  • Meet & greet by Destinations Golf.
  • Golfers packing list & recommendations.
  • 6-Rounds of championship golf.
  • Guaranteed tee-times.
  • 6-Nights deluxe hotel accommodations & breakfast daily.
  • Self-Drive van or upgrade to Driver Guide.
  • Your Personalized Trip Portfolio on our Destinations Golf Travel App.
  • Recommendations for dining, sightseeing, shopping & entertainment.
  • Enjoy our Concierge Services in Scotland while travelling.

Not Included:

  • Caddies: request at time of booking
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature


  • Request a complimentary quote

The Killarney Royal Hotel, County Kerry

Kerry the ‘Kingdom’ is calling, and deep in her heart lies Killarney Town and our own little welcoming haven, the Killarney Royal Hotel. It has been our privilege to welcome a century of travelers from around the world to our doorstep. Offering a warm and cozy respite our boutique 4 star hotel, awarded IGTOA Boutique Hotel of the Year 2012, and is centrally located in the heart of Killarney Town, with all the majestic beauty of Killarney and Kerry outside our door.

Doonbeg Lodge, Trump International. Doonbeg, County Clare

You may be a golfer, here to play a world-class links course on our beautiful Atlantic coastline; perhaps you wish to relax with spa treatments and immerse yourself in traditional music and song; maybe you love the great outdoors and want to surf, hike or cycle away your Doonbeg days. Doonbeg has it all. Superb luxury, genuine Irish hospitality, delicious cuisine, and an ideal base location for exploring the west coast of Ireland.

Adare Manor, Adare Manor Golf Club. Adare, County Limerick

Adare Manor offers guests a lavish welcome and unforgettable hospitality in a spellbinding setting. The lush parkland and pristine woods of Adare Manor’s 840 acre estate provide a tranquil backdrop for this truly magical castle hotel, which overlooks the banks of County Limerick’s beautiful River Maigue. Every lovingly restored detail of the neo-gothic Manor House is a testament to the devotion to excellence and passion for beauty at the heart of the Adare Manor experience.

Ireland & UK - Frequently Asked Questions

Passports & Visas

To enter Ireland or UK, you need a valid passport. While e-passports are commonly used now, they are not a necessity to enter Ireland. UK citizens do not require a passport to enter Ireland, but carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with photo).


February to April: Highest temperatures range from 46 to 54°F
May to July: Highest temperatures are between 64 and 68°F
August to October: Highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F.
Winter air temperatures inland normally reach 46°F, while the coldest months are January and February.
April & September are considered the most pleasant and temperate months.


Gratuities and tips are discretionary and are not usually included in a bill. The general custom is to give 10% to serving staff in restaurants. Cafes might have a collection box at the till and bar staff are not tipped but you are free to offer “have one for yourself”.


Plugs in Ireland and UK are three-pronged and the electricity supply is also 230v. Adapters are widely available, and it’s a good idea to bring a couple for your various gadgets.


You will need either a full valid national driving license or an international driving permit. Cars in Ireland drive on the left-hand side of the road and both driver and passengers are required to wear seat belts at all times by law. Signposts in Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas are written in Irish (Gaelic) so familiarise yourself with both English and Irish spellings before you set off for those parts. Northern Ireland uses miles per hour, while the Republic of Ireland uses kilometers for signage and speed limits.


English is commonly used throughout Ireland and UK, although Irish is the official language in Ireland, and there are Irish speaking areas called the Gaeltacht where it is the predominant language.

What to Pack

Bring a sweater, even in summer; waterproofs to accompany all outdoor activities; sunglasses; comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella. The weather is changeable so go for layers that you can put on or take off as the temperature changes.


In the Republic of Ireland, the official currency is the euro (€). One euro consists of 100 cent. In Northern Ireland, pound sterling is the local currency (£). One pound sterling consists of 100 pence.

Emergency Services

Police, Fire, Ambulance:
Republic of Ireland, Telephone: 112 or 999
Northern Ireland, Telephone: 999

Time Zone

Ireland functions on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During the summer it becomes GMT+1, that’s Irish Standard Time (IST) in the Republic and British Summer Time (BST) in Northern Ireland.
For example, New York is Irish Time -5 hours & Los Angeles is Irish Time -8 hours.


There are no vaccinations required to visit Ireland.