Inside Golf Travel : IG Travel Sept 2016
5 September 2016 | INSIDE GOLF TRAVEL atlantic, with the fantastic ailsa course and the majestic Royal troon. and loch lomond with the carricks golf course. now, what about Ireland? When it comes to links golf, it does pack a punch. Ireland’s southwest is renowned for its string of links courses which stretch along the edge of the atlantic ocean. Fashioned along windswept beaches and between high dunes, it takes you back to the game’s origins. there is nothing artificial here; just golf on foot, dictated by the natural landscape, the elements and the luck of the bounce. there’s the alister MacKenzie classic - lahinch, to the north, and Ballybunion, tralee, and the idyllic Waterville, on the Ring of Kerry to the south. and then there is the immaculate and awe-inspiring old Head Golf club, peering down on the ocean from 300 foot cliffs, on a peninsula which resembles a diamond earring in shape. Waterville and tralee boast some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland. Bays, peninsulas, mountains and ocean add to these inspiring golf experiences, but playing them is even better. Waterville has the most elegant and rhythmic dune systems. It is a course which builds and builds, with the closing three holes streaking above the ocean in a dramatic par-4, par-3, par-5 finish. tralee was designed by arnold Palmer, featuring a majestic back-9 which rises and falls to create many of the most impressive holes in the country. little needs to be said about Ballybunion, a links which rose to prominence thanks to tom Watson’s visit in the 1980s. It is another course of muscular dunes and an outstanding green setting. old Head is an unbelievable cliff-top golf experience. It doesn’t get more thrilling than this, with nine of its holes literally clinging to the cliffs’ edge. From the iconic links to the breath- taking landscapes, not to mention the hospitality and the craic, not many golf destinations in the world can compete with Killarney and its accompanying golfing greats. tour operator GoGolfing have hosted several tours to both Scotland and Ireland. For lovers of golf and life, these tours are guaranteed to hit your sweet spot. Start your journey in Ireland with a 13-day golf tour that will see you play six rounds of magnificent links golf. the fully-escorted tour will see you stay at dromoland castle, partake in a sumptuous medieval feast, soak in the Irish culture and history, take in the breathtaking rural landscape sprinkled with quaint villages and have the best time of your life playing golf. continue onto Scotland to walk in the shoes of open champions like arnold Palmer and tom Watson. It is a 13-day bucket list trip with seven rounds of golf that will take you to St andrews, the home of golf, loch lomond and turnberry, and to dundonald links where you will experience the atmosphere of the final day at the 2017 Scottish open. Sure, you can choose to just go to Scotland or to Ireland, but why not do both? Go to www.gogolfing.net.au for more information.
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