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Getting around Contents The Old Course at Ballyliffi n Golf Club


1 Cead Mile Fáilte The Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD welcomes you to the Offi cial Fáilte Ireland Golf Guide 2012.


4 An Irish Welcome A guide to Irish golf and how to use this guide.


6 Ireland and the Majors After winning six major golf titles since 2007, Philip Reid takes a look back to see how Ireland keeps producing champion after champion.


12 Golf & Fishing As Ireland’s fi shing & golf product quickly rises in popularity, Paddy McDonnell talks us through his favourite places to enjoy these two addictive sports.


16 The Dublin Region 18


Golf Courses 29 Accommodation


30 Booking a Golf Tour in Ireland Recent successes on the global golf scene have further elevated Ireland as a golf destination of choice. Paul Gallagher details the options available for those wanting to book their next golfi ng trip.


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34 Dublin’s Doorstep and Lakelands Regions


36 Golf Courses 55


Accommodation


58 Special Offers A summary of the best green fee deals that are available for 2012.


62 The South East Region 64 Golf Courses 70 Accommodation


72 Hidden Gems Ireland boasts some of the best golf courses in the world. But, with over 400 golf courses dotted around the country, John Fogarty takes a look at some hidden gems that should also be considered.


74 The Cork & Kerry Regions 76 Golf Courses 86 Accommodation


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90 The Irish Open Huge crowds and Major champions fl ocked into Killarney for the Irish Open. Charlie Mulqueen reviews the spectacular social and family occasion that took place, supported by Fáilte Ireland.


92 The Mid West Region 94 Golf Courses 99 Accommodation


100 A Wish List Nature has blessed Ireland with world- class golf courses. Liam Kelly reviews his


‘Wish List’ and the global golf events that they have staged.


102 The North Region 104 Golf Courses 108 Accommodation


112 The West & North West Regions 114 Golf Courses 121 Accommodation


124 Finding us The addresses for the Fáilte Ireland Regional Offi ces in Ireland and the addresses for Tourism Ireland Offi ces all over the world.


125 Map and Index


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