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Welcome to Ireland


Where ever you go as a visitor in Ireland you will hear the phrase ‘Cead Mile Fáilte’ – literally a hundred thousand welcomes. And in Ireland, we mean it.


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t’s been said many times before, but still worth saying again, the people in Ireland are genuinely friendly. They take an interest in visitors. And


that’s why your fi rst trip to Ireland will never be your last. For a small island on the edge of the Atlantic, Ireland has the power to charm like nowhere else. From rugged mountains and sheer cliffs to idyllic meadows and lakes; for most golfers it’s a dream come true to step in the footsteps of the greats and play on some of the world’s most famous courses.


How to get here Travelling to Ireland couldn’t be easier. There is a non-stop service from 10 major gateways in the US, and there are more than 200 connections from the UK. There are a number of tour operators who specialise in this area and can help tailor a vacation accordingly. For example whether you want to spend all your time golfi ng, or perhaps mix it up with a bit of salmon fi shing. With online booking facilities, special offers and fi rst-rate places to stay, check out our accommodation providers. For more information about getting to Ireland and planning your trip, simply visit www.discoverireland.com and select the country you are travelling from!


About the guide The Offi cial Fáilte Ireland Golf Guide is designed to be a very user-friendly magazine. It offers the reader both a detailed guide to golf in Ireland, and also a number of enjoyable and informative articles about related activities.


Golf Clubs & Courses Golf is very popular in Ireland. There are now more than 400 clubs and courses across the whole of the island. More than a third of the world’s links courses are in Ireland as well as some of the top championship parkland courses.


Using the Guide If you don’t know where or which course you would like to play, simply browse through each region. The courses are listed alphabetically in each section. All courses in Ireland are listed, along with their email address, website and telephone numbers. Featured courses include a fuller description of the club and a picture. There is also a map at the end of the magazine so you can see in what area each course is situated and what it is near to. There is also an alphabetical index at the end of the magazine so if you do know which course you are looking for it will be easier to fi nd.


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Fáilte Ireland Approved Golf Clubs Whenever you see this symbol you can be assured this golf club is visitor friendly and the club is committed to delivering high quality services & facilities. Ireland is the fi rst country to set up a nationwide approval scheme for golf courses. This scheme was launched by Fáilte Ireland in 2010 to navigate consumers towards an excellent Irish golfi ng experience. For more information visit our website


www.discoverireland.ie/golf or contact the golf department in Fáilte Ireland by email: golf@failteireland.ie or by phone: 353 1 8847171.


Green Fees Most clubs have special rates for visitors and groups. Some clubs have also banded together and offer a special pass. Be sure to ask about any special offers from the clubs and your tour operator.


Caddies, Clubs, Buggies and Motorised Carts Caddies are available at the bigger championship courses, but do book ahead. Most clubs also offer club hire. If you are looking to hire a buggy or cart do ask when you make your booking as some clubs only have a limited number. The cost varies.


Dress Code, Soft Spikes and Handicap Certifi cates Despite the infl ux of fashionable young players like Rory McIlroy, Irish golf is still quite traditional. Jeans, shorts and trainers are frowned upon and some places insist on a jacket and tie when using the clubhouse dining room. Smart casual is a safe bet. Most clubs are moving towards a policy of only allowing soft spikes, so do check in advance. And if you do have a handicap certifi cate from your club it is worth bringing it along.


Currency The Currency in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro; in Northern Ireland it is Sterling. Debit and credit cards, like VISA and MasterCard, are generally accepted at main stores, hotels and most restaurants. However, smaller guesthouses and Bed and Breakfast’s may only accept cash.


Weather Ireland enjoys a mild temperate climate. However, it is advisable for visitors to pack their waterproof clothing.


For more information visit www.discoverireland.com if you live outside Ireland, or www.discoverireland.ie if you live in Ireland.


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