How Much Does A Golf Trip To Ireland Cost?

If you are thinking of taking a golf trip to Ireland sometime soon, one of the big questions you probably have is How Much Does A Golf Trip To Ireland Cost?

The answer depends on so many factors, not least of which is where do you want to play golf on the emerald isle? There are hundreds of good golf courses to choose from. Some are public, some private, some semi-private. But if you want to play the very best golf courses, you will most likely need a member to play with you.

A second question is where do you want to stay? You can choose to stay and play on the same golf course for a week, or get a package deal that allows you to move around and play at a variety of courses. In addition to hotels and resorts, there are plenty of bed and breakfasts to choose from and the people are always friendly.

A third question: Do you want to rent a car and drive yourself? or deal with taxis and buses? In Ireland they drive on the left side of the roads and most intersections are roundabouts which take a bit of getting used to. There are some new motorways but a lot of the roads are small and narrow. It’s easy to get lost.

I just returned from my own golf vacation in Ireland. It wasn’t inexpensive, but it was worth every penny.

Here’s what the trip cost and the reason I chose to travel with the redtees.ie

They are a group of women who specialize in hosting women golfers who want to play the best golf courses in Ireland.  (They do take on the occasional husband or golf partner – no problem there, but their focus is on providing special golf trips for women.)

Initial cost estimate for a full week:

  • 1,800 Euro which includes all accommodation, 4 rounds of golf, and all transportation within the country. With the exchange rate between dollars and euros changing all the time it was hard to pin down a final number. But with bank fees, and wire transfers it came to close to $2,500.
  • In addition we chose to rent golf clubs for the week. (Both my companion Noreen and I were traveling after our week of golf, she with her husband to Paris, and I, with friends in Dublin and we didn’t want to schlep clubs around. Rental was 130 Euro for top notch Ping clubs: $187.
  • And then there was airfare to and from Ireland: $850!!! Aer Lingus fares are constantly changing and traveling in May as we did, is always more expensive.
  • So the total before souvenirs, gifts and nitty gritty bits and pieces: $3,537.

This may seem like a lot to some, but we played at four of the best golf courses in Ireland (see list below this post to read about each course) and got the very best tee times thanks to our hosts, who are members of these clubs. Our accommodations were all of the highest quality with every possible need met with great hospitality. And as far as transportation? They met us at the airport, drove us everywhere we wanted to go (including a short geneological side trip to discover my grandmother’s home town!) and entertained us with wonderful evenings of Irish song and good humor.

Just to give you a point of reference in terms of cost: I just got an email from a golf tour company who was advertising great rates: One person, one tee time, at the Links at Portmarnock (one of the courses we played) cost: $260 each and that’s at a discount rate! Does not include a cart (they call them buggies in Ireland) or a trolley (pull cart) or caddy (there aren’t many of those.)

Our golf adventure with the redtees.ie was nothing short of wonderful in every respect and I highly recommend them for your next golf adventure. (Rumor has it that they are planning on expanding to golf travel in Spain! so watch for that.)

Are you thinking about a golf trip? Where would you like to go? If you’ve already been on a golfing vacation, where did you go?

  2 comments for “How Much Does A Golf Trip To Ireland Cost?

  1. June 10, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I guess I need to start saving my pennies now, because playing golf in Ireland is definitely on my list of things to do in the next 5 years!

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