1 Round at Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course)
1 Round at Tralee Golf Club
1 Round at Waterville Golf Links
Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course)
Course Type: Links
Length: 6,802 yards
A breathtaking challenge – the legendary Tom Watson described the glorious links at Ballybunion Golf Club as the best in the world. High praise indeed for this magnificent test of golf which meanders menacingly through massive dunes on the shores of the Atlantic.
The Old Course is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top ten golf courses, features a graveyard by the first tee, which some say is a warning to golfers who breeze through the first five holes only to come face to face with the ever changing 6th, the fiendish 8th, the daunting par four 11th and the devilishly tricky 15th.
Tralee Golf Club
Course Type: Links
Length: 6,975 yards
Tralee Golf Club founded in 1980 is located 8 miles Northwest of Tralee town on the Barrow Peninsula. A sensational Arnold Palmer designed links course alongside a beautiful rugged coastline where one can see the ocean from every hole and a seascape. It lies on the Southwest coast of Ireland at the gateway to the Dingle and Fenit Peninsulas and is one of the world’s most scenic and spectacular true links golf courses. The magnificent beach and surrounds featured prominently in the epic film Ryan’s daughter on the gentler outward nine you will negotiate the 6th, 7th and 8th known locally as Palmer’s loop.
The back nine is a world of extraordinarily wild and massive dunes. The 12th hole is probably the most examining 2nd shot hole in golf where you are faced with a second shot to an elevated green with a deep ravine protecting the green. From the 14th tee, there is a breathtaking view of Banna Strand which is renowned in song and story. The downhill par three 16th and the doglegged 17th are two more outstanding holes. “I have never come across a piece of land so ideally suited for the building of a golf course. I am happy we have one of the world’s great links.” Arnold Palmer
Waterville Golf Links
Course Type: Links
Length: 7,378 yards
Waterville Golf Club founded in 1889 is located on the Ring of Kerry, approximately 1 mile from the village of Waterville and 50 miles from Killarney. Links land is a geological rarity, less than one percent of all the courses in Ireland and the British Isles are championship links, Waterville is one of these. After 80 years of play, the original nine hole course was redesigned by the famous Irish golf architect, Eddie Hackett and the late owner, John A. Mulcahy. Today Waterville is truly magical.
The course gradually introduces the player to its special tempo and rhythm and concludes with a symphony of links beauty. Each hole at Waterville is a wonderful experience, with the 2nd and 3rd holes, both par fours, being particularly impressive. The par three, 17th is probably the feature hole. Waterville is one of the finest links golf courses in the world, never mind Ireland.
The Links resort includes Waterville Golf Links, Waterville House, the Directors residence, and a four-star 18th-century manor. Guests enjoy preferential access to Golf Links and one of the finest salmon and sea trout fisheries in Ireland.
- Tralee Golf Club
- Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course)
- Waterville Golf Links
Accommodation can be added on request
FROM € 550/ PERSON
Ballybunion offers an excellent selection of top bars and restaurants to choose from in the town. Top options would include McMunn’s Bar & Restaurant, Strollers Bistros, Kilcooly’s Bar & Restaurant and Daroka. The options vary from traditional “pub grub” to fine dining.
For those looking to dip their toes in the great Atlantic Ocean, the nearby beaches have grown in popularity as surf sites in recent years. Ballybunion beach itself is a popular spot for strolling amongst the locals and, at low tide, tidal caves will become accessible to those looking to explore the hidden coastline
These beaches are also popular amongst equestrian enthusiasts. Indeed, horse riding is a popular option amongst locals and tourists alike. There are plenty of trekking options available, and if you’d rather not experience the exhilaration of a beach ride, there are plenty of stunning woodland treks to choose from.
In the town itself, the traditional music scene is thriving and the town’s pubs are worth a visit for those looking to explore the best of Irish culture. As host to the 2006 World Fleadh, the town has a lot to offer. Alternatively, the town’s theatre holds performances of traditional Irish dance, music and literature.
There is an excellent pub scene in Tralee, albeit mainly at the weekends. If you are looking for a traditional night out, with some good music and craic, during the week your best option would be Sean Ógs Pub, at the weekends your options multiply, with the likes of An Teach Beag, The Brogue Inn, Paddy Macs and Bailey’s Corner all providing top live entertainment. If you would like to get your picture taken close to golfing history, a trip to the Castle Bar is a must, there you will see the wedge Tom Watson used to win The Open.
There is some fantastic options for food available, all a short distance from the town centre. Highlights from the list would be D’arcy’s Restaurant, Finnegans Restaurant, The Pikeman Bar and The Stonehouse Restaurant. If you are willing to travel slightly further out of town Spa Seafood, the Westend Restaurant, the Oyster Tavern or Brooks Restaurant are well worth the trip.
Tralee has a multitude of historical statues and monuments to visit, some of which are listed below. The focal point of the town is the beautiful Town Park, 75 acres of green in the middle of bustling streets. The park is basically a monument to the “Rose of Tralee” festival, which takes place annually in August since 1959, housing rose gardens, walkways and fountains to honour those who inspired the festival. Also in the region are the Ashe Memorial Hall, with its medieval experience, Siamsa Tire Theatre, Blennerville Windmill, a restored 18th-century mill & St. Johns Church built in 1854.
For the more active and adventurous visitor, you could go cycling on one of the numerous mountain tracks that surround Tralee, try the rock wall or Paddle Boats in the Tralee Bay Wetlands or go for a stroll along some of the best beaches the country has to offer, Banna, Fenit or Derrymore are all within 20 minutes of the town centre.
We can gladly recommend the best spots to eat and drink in Waterville during your visit. Some examples for food would be; the Smugglers Inn, Dooley’s Restaurant, the Butler Arms, and An Corcan Restaurant. For a pint (or 2!!) we would recommend the Fishermen’s Bar, the Smugglers Inn, and the Waterville Inn.
Waterville sits on the Ring of Kerry, a 179 kilometer-long circular tourist route that connects the village to Killarney, Kenmare, Sneem, Glenbeigh, Killorglin, Cahersiveen, and Caherdaniel.
Notable locations in the area include Valentia Island, Staigue stone fort, and Derrynane House, home of the famous Irish national figurehead Daniel O’Connell. Killarney National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty that is popular among hikers and casual walkers alike. Areas to be discovered within include Torc Mountain, Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle and Ladies View.
-Exchange rates are only an approximate and will be subject to change at the time of booking. Additional supplement for weekend golf will apply.
– Promotion available through the SWING office only.
– All courses above must be booked to avail of the rate.
– Additional courses are charged at the normal rate.
– All courses subject to availability at the time of booking. Ballybunion Golf Club closes for the season on October 5th 2018.
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Other courses & services (accommodation/transport) can be added to the above on request