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The Home of Golf and many legendary Open Championship golf venues. Links golf is Scotland is a pilgrimage for all golfers.

Thank you for taking us to Ireland. Words cannot describe how honored and grateful we are to be part of such a special family. With that said, you have inspired me. Bottom line, I will never forget your passion, drive and commitment to the cause of our Warriors and Freedom. Thank you for your support! Best to you and your families. God Bless Ireland.
Major Ed Pulido US Army Retired

 

Travel Advice

Most golf courses, particularly links golf course, are open all year round. Courses are in best condition and weather is most suitable for golfing from April to October, when it is recommended you visit.


The climate of Ireland is temperate so it neither gets too hot nor cold. In summer, daylight hours extend to 10.30pm enabling two rounds of golf to be comfortably played with plenty of time for lunch.


1. Plan in advance

Ireland has become the top overseas destination for visiting US, Canadian and Asian golfers and the earlier you begin to plan your golf vacation, the greater choice of.tee times you will have.

 

2. Handicap Certificates

It is required that all golfers carry a current handicap certificate as an increasing number of courses require visiting players to be a member of a golf club. The handicap limit at some clubs is 24 men and 36 ladies. All golf professionals must supply us with a copy of their PGA card at time of booking to be guaranteed any discounted green fees.

 

3. Caddies

Are available at most Golf Clubs (None at the European Golf Links). It is advisable to book them in advance and we will do this for you. There are single and double bag carriers and they will add immensely to the enjoyment of your round of golf. Work out the tip before hand or ask the caddie master or enquire in the pro shop. Don’t embarrass the caddies with a players huddle on the 18th green.

 

4. Pull Carts

Are available at all courses except Old Head.


5. Electric Carts

Electric or Motorized carts are only available on a limited basis at very few courses and must be requested in advance; however, they cannot be guaranteed. The golfer must pay all cart fees directly to the Golf Club.

 

6. Buggies


Many inland courses do have buggies and a few links courses. It is advisable to pre book any buggies needed and we are happy to do this for you.


7. Equipment Hire


It is advisable to book in advance particularly if there is a large group or if you have specific requirements. Club hire is available at most of the golf clubs through the Professional/Golf Club Shops. If you prefer you can rent golf clubs for your entire stay, simply visit our equipment partner www.clubstohire.com

 

8. Tee-Times

It is essential that your group be ready to play at the appointed time. No guarantee can be made for groups that miss their allotted tee-time. In case of unavoidable delay, we will endeavour to secure a later tee-time.

 

9. Pace of Play

A four ball game should take between 4 - 4.5 hours. As elsewhere in the world, slow play can be a problem in Ireland, especially on busy days. For everyone’s enjoyment please observe golf etiquette and call faster groups through.

 

10. Golf Lessons


Golf lessons can be arranged by Golf Digest Irish Tours with the resident professional at any of the courses or booked directly on the day of play if required.

 

11. Clubhouses


All Golf Clubs offer full bar and catering facilities and golf apparel and souvenirs can be purchased at the well-stocked 'pro shops' at each location.

 

12. Practice Facilities

Many of Ireland's golf courses were established in the late 19th or early 20th century. Consequently, practice facilities may be limited, if available at all. Most courses have a putting green at a minimum and some provide practice areas that require your own practice balls.

Your tour information pack will contain details of practice facilities at the golf courses on your itinerary. Many of the newer courses have excellent practice facilities that include a full driving range.

 

13. Pro-Shop Facilities

Pro-shop facilities are available at the vast majority of golf clubs in Ireland. These range from basic to fully equipped golf-shops.

 

14. Dress Code

Soft spikes are mandatory on most courses. Jeans and round neck tee shirts are not permitted. Smart golf wear is acceptable in all golf clubs. Some clubs do require a jacket and tie after 7.00pm.


15. Clothing

In addition to your clubs, pack waterproof shoes and rain suits and two or three pairs of all weather (rain) gloves. Pack some warm clothing even in the summer. Bring plenty of golf balls, as most likely you will lose some in the links rough.


16. Non Golfers

Ask for our many wonderful non-golfing itineraries that include organised sightseeing tours.

 

17. Currency


The currency in Northern Ireland and Scotland is GBP (British Pound Sterling). In the Republic of  Ireland the currency is EURO. Currencies can be purchased at banks or foreign exchange departments using foreign currency, travellers cheques or Eurocheques with Eurocheque card. 
Normal banking hours in Ireland are 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, and banks are open at Airports for all flight arrivals. ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines/cash dispensers) are located at banks in many towns and some retail outlets and most accept major credit cards, particularly Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus debit cards. Western Union services are available at Tourist and Post Offices throughout the country.


18. Passport

UK and EU citizens do not require a passport or visa for travel to Ireland, with the exception of residents of Romania and Bulgaria, provided they have a valid national identity card, as it is useful for identification purposes. 
Visitors of all other nationalities should contact their local Irish Embassy/Consulate prior to travelling to the Republic of Ireland and visitors to Northern Ireland should contact their local British Embassy, High Commission or Consular Office. For information on the visa requirements for non-EU citizens, please see the Department of Foreign Affairs website at www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx.


19. Driving License

If you intending to rent a car, you will need a full clean Driving License or International Driving License. See Terms and Conditions.


20. Travel Insurance

We highly recommend that before travelling you purchase Travel Insurance. Guard against the unexpected and enjoy worry-free travel and golf. See Terms and Conditions.

 

21. Credit Cards

Most retail and service providers accept all major credit cards. However, a PIN (Personal Identification Number) is required for most credit cads for transactions in Ireland.

 

22. Weather

The weather in Ireland is usually very mild, even in autumn and winter but can be changeable. April to October are beautiful travelling months but always include your rainwear – just in case!

 

23. Sunset/Sunrise

Ireland has a warm temperate climate due mainly to the influence of the Atlantic Gulf Stream; consequently it does not suffer from extreme temperatures experienced by many other countries at similar latitudes. Golf can be played all year round but high season is from May to September. Sunset/Sunrise Times for 2013

 

24. Travelling by Air or Sea

Ireland's international airports are served by daily flights (direct or by onward connection) from airports around the world and are strategically located so that any part of the country is at most a two hour drive from an international airport. 
The main access points are Dublin, Shannon, Belfast International and Cork Airports. Ireland has several ferry ports served by car ferry from Britain and Continental Europe. Golf Digest Irish Tours can advise on the most suitable options for your vacation.


25. Sales Tax and Tax Refunds

The price of most goods includes VAT, which can be refunded at the end of your trip. Obtain a tax-free shopping form with each purchase and follow the instructions for completion.


26. Security

Ireland has by many standards a low level of crime, particularly in the rural regions where our holidays are based. Visitors should however be careful and it is advised to leave expensive jewellery, excess cash, traveller's cheques, passports and travel documents (when not needed) in your hotel safe.

Carry cash, wallets etc. in inside concealed pockets or in a tourist wallet/pouch strapped to the front of your body. Keep a copy of passports, credit card details etc. and relevant contact numbers in the event of loss. Label your luggage on both the inside and outside with your name, telephone number and address.


27. Medical Treatment

A doctor is available all day in most towns. Dial 999 in case of emergencies. Prescribed medications are widely available through chemist stores. If on prescribed medication it is useful to bring an adequate supply for your journey and a copy of your prescription in case of emergency. EU citizens should bring an E111 form and are entitled to free treatment in public hospitals. All other nationalities should check with their insurance agent as to the validity of their plan in Ireland and take out additional insurance if necessary.

 

28. Language

English is the language of the majority of the population and is spoken throughout the country. Irish is spoken mainly in Gaeltacht areas. Many tourist businesses employ personnel with additional European languages such as French or German.

 

29. Newspapers

There are six morning daily papers some of which e.g. The Irish Times have very comprehensive 'World News' sections. Papers from other countries are available in bigger towns and cities. National and international TV is available in most hotels.

 

30. Telephones/Internet

GSM Mobile phones can be used throughout the country. Public phones are common from which all calls can be dialed. Credit cards from most countries are accepted by the international telephone exchange. In case of emergency, dial 999 and ask the operator for the emergency service you require. Internet access is widely available in hotels and guesthouses, along with a variety of other WIFI hotspots in larger towns and cities. In many accommodations, Internet access is free of charge.

 

31. Electricity

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. Plugs are flat with three pins. A transformer is needed to convert 110Volt appliances (except for dual-voltage equipment which needs only an adapter). Hotel rooms are often fitted with these and adapters are generally available at reception.

 

32. Responsibility

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information no responsibility is accepted for errors, omissions or any other inconsistency, nor for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained by any traveller in reliance on the above information or advice.

 

 

Thank you for taking us to Ireland. Words cannot describe how honored and grateful we are to be part of such a special family. With that said, you have inspired me. Bottom line, I will never forget your passion, drive and commitment to the cause of our Warriors and Freedom. Thank you for your support! Best to you and your families. God Bless Ireland.
Major Ed Pulido US Army Retired

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