Last updated on November 25, 2023
Booking flights, renting a car, researching and booking golf courses and then also booking accommodation – many people shy away from the effort and prefer to book an organised golf holiday straight away.
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But an individual golf trip to Ireland can also be simple: The Irish love package deals! That’s why there are Stay and Play Golf Packages, Stay, Play and Dine Packages and Stay, Play and Spa Packages.
In addition, some golf hotels cooperate with several golf courses in the area, so you can also get a package for a stay of several days.
So all you need is a flight, a rental car and a nice golf package deal.
You can also spend a few days in Dublin and combine that with a Stay and Play Golf Package. Then you don’t even need a rental car. If you stay in Dublin City, you can explore the city on foot. A taxi will take you to your golf resort and pick you up a few days later – it can be that simple.
To make it easier for you to get started, I’ll present a few nice offers below as examples.
By the way, we live in Ireland (second home) and know the island very well because we have travelled there many times in all directions and have also played golf. In the summer we run our motorbike rental business here, a bit south of Dublin (www.easycruiser.tours) and also offer nice guest rooms (www.the-view-accommodation.ie).
Now let’s look at some combined offers for your golf holiday in Ireland:
Stay and Play in and around Dublin
There are a variety of golf courses around Dublin. Some of them also have a hotel with them or are golf resorts.
Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links
Portmarnock Golf Links is an incredibly beautiful championship golf course. As the name suggests, it is set in the dunes directly in front of the beach, to the north of Dublin. By the way, the course was designed by Bernhard Langer. The course is really breathtakingly beautiful. The hotel is also located in the dunes on the beach and has all kinds of amenities, including a spa. There are Stay and Play offers in different variations, with or without spa. See: https://www.portmarnock.com.
Killeen Castle Golf Resort
In the north-west of Dublin lies this historic castle. There is a Championship Course, the Hotel at the Castle and holiday cottages. Killeen has joined forces with several other golf clubs and also offers individual golf packages in combination. See: https://killeencastle.com/Golf_@_Killeen_Castle/Golf_Packages.
The K Club
The K Club is located west and a bit outside Dublin, but still accessible by taxi. The course is one of the top courses in Ireland and was designed by Arnold Palmer. There are even two courses in the 5-star resort. Golf&Dine, Golf&Stay, Golf&Spa – everything is possible, you can find the package deals on the homepage. See: https://www.kclub.ie/stay-and-play.
Castleknock Golf Club
Castleknock Golf Club is located in the western part of Dublin, not far from the airport and not far from the city. It combines a beautiful 18 hole parkland course with a 4 star hotel with pool, spa and gym. There are various package deals, see: https://castleknockgolfclub.ie/stay-and-play.
Carton House is also located a bit outside, west of Dublin. The historic house offers two championship courses, one a parkland course and one a links course. It’s debatable whether there are any links courses off the coast, but it’s probably laid out like one…Combinations of stay and play, plus spa and various activities can be booked. See: https://www.cartonhouse.com/golf.
Stay and Play in Ireland
All over the island there are golf resorts and clubs with hotels that also offer Stay and Play packages:
Mount Wolseley Resort
Mount Wolsely Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is located a short distance south of Dublin and offers an 18 hole championship course, a hotel and also holiday homes for longer stays. There is a partnership with Carlow Golf Club and Bunclody Golf Club and a golf pass that includes all three green fees. See: https://www.mountwolseley.ie/play-and-stay.
Glasson Lakehouse is situated near Athlone on a lake of the Shannon. A beautiful golf course in a beautiful location, a 4 star hotel and deal packages – nice and straightforward. See: https://glassonlakehouse.ie/golf/stay-play.
Doonbeg Golf Links
On the west coast, not far from the Cliffs of Moher, is the Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg. The course is certainly one of the most spectacular links courses in Ireland. The hotel also offers Stay and Play packages. See: https://www.trumpgolfireland.com.
Teach de Broc and Ballybunion Golf Club
The boutique hotel with the Gaelic name offers golf packages in cooperation with Ballybunion Golf Club. Both can be found not far from Tralee in the southwest of Ireland. There are two breathtaking championship links courses right by the sea. See: https://www.ballybuniongolf.com/articles/booking-a-weekend-of-stay-and-play-golf-in-ireland.
Diamond Coast Hotel and Enniscrone Golf Links
On the north-west coast of Ireland, not far from Ballina, you will find Enniscrone Golf Club with two fantastic links courses. The nearby Diamond Coast Hotel offers package deals. See: https://www.diamondcoast.ie and https://enniscronegolf.com.
Take some time out, see Dublin and then go golfing for a few more days.
Or go a little further afield and treat yourself to one or more golf stays inland or on the coast.
Ireland offers so many opportunities for a great golf holiday. With good package deals and stay and pay golf deals you can combine two or three offers at once: Stay, breakfast and dinner, one or more green fees on one or more golf courses. Plus spa, pool and wellness treatments and various other activities.
Treat yourself to some great golf days – in Ireland!
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