Springtime is giving us a preview of the weather to come here in the Pacific Northwest, and my thoughts naturally turn to golf. And when my thoughts turn to golf, they invariably wander off to dream of golfing in Ireland.
Ireland offers some of the most magnificent and challenging golf experiences to be had. Indeed, with the hundreds of courses to be found throughout the country, there is an interesting and unique golf experience for just about any level of play. One can find courses providing expansive and breathtaking views of the sea or travel inland to play courses that seem to have been created from magic, such are the stunning colors and vistas of the Inland.
For the true aficionado, a golfing tour of Ireland can only be described as heaven. With the numbers of golf course and accommodations available, there are literally thousands of combinations that can be made to make your tour unique. A quick search online brings more than 1 million opportunities to find the plan that works best for you, your skill, and your budget. There are a number of firms who will shape a tour specific to your desired itinerary. Of course, if you have the time and inclination, designing your own tour and making the arrangements is another option.
The organized tours generally consist of a 6 or 7 day stay and opportunity to play 4 or 5 different courses. You are transported by coach or car, and all tee times and accommodations are taken care of (including a full Irish breakfast each day). Double occupancy rates are adjusted if your traveling companion would rather be visiting castles while you play. There are also options for you to drive the tour on your own, making your own arrangements for a rental car.
If your budget permits, you may want to look at the several opportunities to stay at a castle hotel and golf resort. There are also many manor accommodations at or near golf resorts and the more traditional hotel golf resorts. Naturally, your choice will depend somewhat on your budget.