Kochik Group, US, July 2013

Reflections on Ireland

We have traveled to many places and had some great times but our recent travels in Ireland far surpass them all!  The Irish people- so proud of their country and their heritage; so warm and helpful…. Listening to our story and sharing theirs. So often as we travel and time passes we become weary and tire of being away from home and we are ready to go home- not so with Ireland.  Pat said often: “I am not ready for it to be over.”

So many varies sights to see- wonderful small towns such as Macroom, Kenmare, Cobh;  stone churches everywhere like the Abby in Adare; castles like the Blarney Castle to visit or just see from  a distance; the cliffs of Mohrer and the Burren; the parks of Dublin. Country roads so narrow and yet revealing the Ireland we so wanted to see so much- yes we lost our way and the GPS failed us but in doing so we found ourselves in the Ireland we wanted to see!  Trinity College and Kalmahain Gaol, cathedrals from the ages and the many pubs;  Guiness, Jamison and the Temple Bar area- all in Dublin.   Ross Castle, Killarney National Park, Muckross House, the Ring of Kerry were among the highlights of our stay in Killarney.

Superb accommodations….. Beautiful and tasteful décor, warm gracious staff, great breakfasts added to our daily experience and comfort. Excellent locations near fun things to do and see… The Malton probably the most luxurious hotel we have experienced… Trinity Capital was in the very heart of Dublin and the rainbow on the last day in the Vaughan Lodge in Lahinch capped off a wonderful experience.

Effective scheduling… tee times work well….. Ample drive time from Killarney to the courses- and an American driving on the left side of the highway needed ample time!

Fantastic golf…. Memorable experience…. Breathtaking scenery from each course- either the Irish countryside or the ocean with people having fun in the water. Each hole offered a new challenge and another photo to take! Caddies made the golf experience so much more pleasant- knowledgeable friendly supportive people

Everybody at www.swinggolfireland.com were so kind and patient – answering a myriad of questions about golf, hotels, driving in Ireland, local ground transportation and so many topics. Really a professional group that I would strongly urge anyone travelling to Ireland to seek their assistance- it was like the difference between playing a new course alone stumbling upon the course’s difficulties or having a well experienced caddie to guide you and offer kind assistance that really enhances your game that day- so it is with www.swinggolfireland.com.

While we planned the trip to Ireland with the mindset that this would be a once in a lifetime experience- now having been there I am not sure that will be true.