Today’s rainy weather has got me thinking of Ireland’s lush emerald mountains and fields, which are never short on rainwater. Being a member of the PGA does enable me to travel a lot around the globe, but even more than that— my wife, Carmel, is from County Carlo! Visiting her family in Ireland always gives me a nice excuse to find some great golf courses in a new country. Ireland might as well be one big golf course with all that greenery, but putting on the incline of the Wicklow Mountains does sound quite difficult. Luckily, I’ve found a couple golf spots that I enjoy for the challenge and the scenery. If you ever find yourself in the Emerald Isle, you have plenty of professional-grade courses to shoot your shot.
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Who knew there was an Arnold Palmer Golf Course in the middle of Kildare, Ireland? K Club has hosted countless major golf tournaments and events from the 2006 Ryder Cup to the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open to the European Opens (thirteen times!). Play at one of their two courses— Ryder Cup Course or Smurfit Course— for a beautiful, professional, and immersive challenge.
Arnold Palmer designed both the Smurfit Course and the Ryder Cup Course, which means that you can indulge in the “the excitement of pitting your wits against Arnold Palmer,” — or at least that’s what K Club says! Watch out for hole 4 in Ryder— it’s Arnold’s favorite! Start your day with a full Irish breakfast— something you need to try at least once if you’re in Ireland— at the River Room. Play a round of golf on each course, get an 80-minute spa treatment to relax your muscles and enjoy a night in one of their luxurious, beautifully-furnished rooms. There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to get you prepared for a full day of golf.
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This golf spot is located in County Wicklow, which is not too far south of the capital city of Dublin. If you’re planning a trip to Ireland, you will probably start in Dublin and hopefully branch out from there. The country is small enough– just about the size of West Virginia– to drive to and through neighboring counties in just a couple hours. Druid’s Glen Golf Club is certainly worth the trip.
Similar to K Club, Druids Glen has two championship golf courses: Druids Glen and Druids Heath. Druids Heath is the kind of place to go if you’re looking to really enjoy the natural landscape that Ireland has to offer. According to the club, “There are few places in the world that encapsulate the true spirit of the game of golf like Druids Heath, the mountains, sea and rolling Irish countryside provide stunning vistas throughout your round.” Even more, Druids Glen has proudly hosted the Irish Cup four years in a row, as well as the Seve Trophy. Enjoy a warm Irish breakfast at Woodstock House and play 18 holes on Druids Glen for just 60 euro!
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