2019 Open & Ireland
The 148th Open Championship & Ireland Golf Tour
A tour to The Open and Ireland needs little introduction, such is the history and the prestige of the golf course venues!
So when Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland was awarded The 148th Open Championship for only the second time in history, we just had to be there!
And add in playing ten (10) of Ireland’s best links challenges. The names say it all …. Royal County Down – No. 1 in the world, as rated by Golf Digest, Lahinch, Old Portmanock, Trump Doonbeg, The Island, County Sligo at Rosses Point, Rosapenna – both the Old and Sandy Hill courses, Ballyliffin, and Portstewart.
The Open is like no other and the Irish are planning a welcome, like no other! And we'd love for you to come with us!
PaR nz Golfing Holidays Services
- Experienced Tour Guides – Kim & Denise on tour
- Extensive pre-tour planning and tour notes
- On tour electronic PaR nzTM Electronic Itinerary for day by day programme, times, restaurant suggestions and course notes
- Souvenir Tour booklet
- Tour pack that includes a souvenir tour shirt and jacket
- Fun golf tournament on tour with daily ‘Irish’ prizes
- Season Passes to the 2019 148th Open Championship @ Royal Portrush
Golf – 10 x 18 Hole Championship Challenges - All golf booked with trundlers (Push trolleys)
- Portmanock Old Course, Co Dublin
- The Island Links, Co Dublin
- Trump Int. Golf Links Doonbeg, Co Clare
- Lahinch Old Course, Co Clare
- Sligo Golf, Co Sligo
- Rosapenna – Sandy Hill, Co Donegal
- Rosapenna - Old Course, Co Donegal
- Ballyliffin, Co Donegal
- Portstewart – Strand Course, Co Londonderry
- Royal County Down, Co Down
Accommodation – all includes full Irish breakfast daily on tour
- 3 nights at the 4-star Portmanock Hotel, Dublin – double rooms
- 3 nights at the 5-star Trump Int. Hotel Doonbeg – courtyard 2bedroom suites
- 2 nights at the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo – double rooms
- 3 nights at the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, Donegal
- 5 nights at the 4-star City Hotel, Derry
- 2 nights at the 4-star Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle
Meals – in addition to daily breakfast on tour
- Welcome dinner in Dublin with refreshments
- Mid-way drinks and canapes in Donegal
- Farewell dinner in the Slieve Donard Hotel, with refreshments
- 18 days hire of coach and private driver
PORTMARNOCK GOLF CLUB (OLD COURSE) | www.portmarnockgolfclub.ie
Portmarnock Golf Club is known as one of the world's truly great links courses. It is on a small peninsula extending into the Irish Sea and is surrounded by water on 3 sides. Portmarnock Golf Club is located 10 miles North of Dublin city just south of Malahide on R106. The quality and location of Portmarnock have made it a superb venue for some great events over the years, the British Amateur, the Canada Cup, the Walker Cup and some 12 Irish Open Championships. The golf course is best known for its memorable set of finishing holes that has proven a formidable test even for the most skilled golfers. Arnold Palmer has even been quoted as calling Portmarnock's 15th hole, "the finest par-3 in the world."
ISLAND GOLF CLUB | www.theislandgolfclub.ie
The Island Golf Club in Dublin is one of Ireland's premier links golf courses. Located on the middle of three estuary-barrier complexes that lie at the mouths of estuaries in North County Dublin the course is across the estuary from the quaint village of Malahide, just north of Portmarnock. The links itself requires excellent shot making skills and offers countless superb holes. Despite its nearness to Dublin, the enormous dunes that are scattered throughout the golf course give it a secluded feel.
TRUMP INTERNATIONAL GOLF LINKS DOONBEG | www.trumpgolfireland.com
Doonbeg Golf Club founded in 2002 is set along 1.5 miles of crescent-shaped beach and dunes on Ireland’s southwest coast, Doonbeg Golf Club designed by two-time British Open champion Greg Norman is a thinking man's course, with premium on accuracy over power. The majestic dunes, centuries old, reach almost 100 feet. Norman's philosophy of least disturbance has produced a course created by nature and laid out by man. The par-72 layout features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back. The speed and direction of the wind causes consistent variation in play to allow for a range of conditions and abilities, most holes feature five or more tee locations. The most natural routing within the existing dunes resulted in an uncommon combination of five par 3's and five par 5's. With such unique attributes and stunning views of the Atlantic from 16 holes, it's clear you'll never play another course like it.
LAHINCH GOLF CLUB - OLD COURSE | www.lahinchgolf.com
Lahinch founded in 1892 is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland and the Old Course is one of the most respected links courses in the world. It sits right on the Atlantic coastline on the South West Coast of Ireland in county Clare. Lahinch Golf Club has two courses the Castle Course and the Old Course. The Old Course is frequently referred to as the 'Saint Andrews of Ireland' as it looks out on the ever-changing Atlantic Ocean. It is a classic links course with rolling dunes and fairways and typical MacKenzie greens. There isn't a mundane shot on the entire golf course, and your jaw will often drop at the views. Undulating fairways, heavily guarded greens and blind shots are among Lahinch's challenges. "Lahinch will make the finest and most popular course that I, or I believe anyone else, ever constructed." Dr. Alastair Mackenzie
COUNTY SLIGO GOLF CLUB | www.countysligogolfclub.ie
County Sligo Golf Club is situated at Rosses Point, a seaside village eight kilometres north west of Sligo town. It is one of the oldest and best-known links courses in Ireland. Its fine long sandy beaches, the Atlantic and the harbour are often in full panoramic view. Besides the magnificent views, the golf course offers an excellent round of golf. The course is filled with dramatic undulations, elevated tees, and raised plateau greens. The wind from the sea is a constant factor but the 3rd, 5th, 10th & 14th holes have satisfying downhill drives to compensate. The club is the home of the famous West of Ireland Open amateur championship played every Easter since 1923 and has hosted many other prestigious events including the Home Internationals, the Irish Close and the Irish Professional Matchplay Championship.
ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB, SANDY HILL COURSE | www.rosapenna.ie/golf
Rosapenna Golf Club founded in 1893 is situated 25 miles north of Letterkenny Town in northern Donegal and 23 miles northwest of Letterkenny. It consists of 2 courses the Rosapenna Old & Sandy Hills. Sandy Hills is in many ways the ideal of a modern links. Intended for the serious golfer, its narrow fairways appear constricting from the tee, but the landing areas sculpted from the dunes are deceptively wide. Measuring a hefty 7,255 yards from the tips, Sandy Hills was designed with championship play in mind.
BALLYLIFFIN GOLF CLUB, OLD COURSE | www.ballyliffingolfclub.com
Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old Course) was founded in 1947. It is a links course and is situated just outside Ballyliffin village, close to the northernmost tip of Ireland, about 30 miles North of Derry. Ballyliffin Old Golf Club is known in some circles as the "Dornoch of Ireland", the Old Course at Ballyliffin has long been regarded by those in the know, as the ultimate hidden gem. Measuring 6,612 yards from the Championship tees and a par 71 the Old course has many superb holes with challenging fairways presenting dangers at every turn.
ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB, OLD COURSE | www.rosapenna.ie/golf
Rosapenna Golf Club founded in 1893 is situated 25 miles north of Letterkenny Town in northern Donegal. It consists of 2 courses the Rosapenna Old & Sandy Hills. Rosapenna Old Course takes advantage of natural terrain to provide a classic links golf challenge, these links holes run between the ocean and the dunes in what is known locally as "The Valley".
PORTSTEWART GOLF CLUB, STRAND COURSE | www.portstewartgc.co.uk
Portstewart Golf Club founded in 1894 is a links course located 3 miles west of Portrush on the Causeway Coast, Co Derry. Portstewart is one of the few clubs in Ireland with three 18-hole golf courses - the Old, the Riverside, and the Strand. The jewel in the Portstewart crown is undoubtedly the Strand Course. It is a true test of golf set in classic links land, with elevated tees, towering sand dunes and rolling valleys which all combine to give a fascinating challenge of traditional golf. There are spectacular views at every turn of the Donegal Hills, Atlantic Ocean and the River Bann.
ROYAL COUNTY DOWN GOLF CLUB | www.royalcountydown.org
Royal County Down Golf Club founded in 1889 is located to the north of the seaside town of Newcastle on the east coast of Ireland. It is 30 miles south of Belfast and 90 miles north of Dublin. The club has 36-holes the Championship Course measuring 7,037 yards Par 71 with a standard scratch of 74 off the blue tees and the somewhat shorter Annesley Links at 4,708 yards Par-66. The Championship course is a links course that is renowned worldwide as one of the finest links test in the world. The first nine holes are ranked by many as the finest opening nine anywhere. The constantly undulating layout will challenge every part of your game with tightish' fairways, many grassy-topped pot bunkers and sloping, tricky greens - every hole is a classic links test.