"Ireland is home to over 400 golf courses, including spectacular parkland courses, and has hosted some of the biggest and most prestigious golfing events in the world." Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.
With credentials like these, as well as scenic backdrops and top visitor attractions and hospitality, it is little wonder that Ireland continues to punch well above its weight in attracting golfers from every corner of the globe.
Having tackled the fairways and no matter what your handicap or how you have played that day, one of the most important aspects after playing the 18 holes is 'the nineteenth hole' – and where you will relax afterwards with the finest accommodation, food and drinks. Lahinch is now on the map like never before as for the first time ever it will host the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Adare Manor is to bid for the 2026 Ryder Cup after the completion of the €70 million refurbishment and it looks like a distinct possibility.
Here are 3 great 5-star golf getaways in Ireland, where you can relax in a golf hotel after enjoying yourself on the course:
Can you play like the professionals? The K Club is a great location to test your skills, as it was the venue for the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and no less than 13 European Opens plus the home of the 2006 Ryder Cup. It never loses its sheen and there are two magnificent courses to choose from with a great golf guest services team. The beautiful 5-Star K Club hotel, which offers the finest food, drinks and accommodation, is in the heart of Co. Kildare in 550 acres of mature parkland with the River Liffey running through it.
Dreamy Dromoland is a place where every golfer dreams of having a great game. Designed by Ron Kirby and JB Carr, this impressive 18 hole par 72 championship course is set on the magnificent 450 acre estate which is close to Shannon Airport and now firmly on the Wild Atlantic Way. Dromoland Castle offers the ultimate in luxury and is one of the finest five-star hotels in Ireland and the perfect place to sit back and dissect your game afterwards shot by shot!
Powerscourt Hotel and Spa is one of the most luxurious 5 star hotels in Ireland with over 200 deluxe suites and no less than two championship golf courses and a spectacular spa. It is set in one of the most scenic estates in the country – the Powerscourt demesne -and the 194 room Palladian-style resort is the perfect place to unwind after a great game of golf. The majestic Sugarloaf looms large and PGA Professional Paul Thompson is on hand to offer coaching and guidance on all facets of your golf game after which you will have truly earned your rest in this beautiful hotel.
Grab your clubs for a great golf getaway!