Sunday, January 1, 2006
Hidden gems and must-plays for the ultimate golf pilgrimage
Where To Stay
In addition to the locations featured under “Where To Play,” consider these outstanding accommodations when traveling to Ireland.
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|Aghadoe Heights Hotel|
Lakes of Killarney, Co. Kerry
This small independently owned, immaculately presented hotel is winning awards faster than Annika wins majors. Located in the Lakes of Killarney, it is fast becoming a favorite of golfers to Ireland who appreciate fine lodging as much as their championship golf. www.aghadoeheights.com
|Butler Arms Hotel|
Waterville, Co. Kerry
This family-owned hotel in the Ring of Kerry, is the perfect base from which to discover the great golf of Ireland’s southwest. The charming town of Waterville and its famous links course are both just minutes away.
|Sheen Falls Lodge|
Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Only 30 minutes from the lively town of Killarney is the tranquil haven of Sheen Falls Lodge. This five-star retreat is the ultimate in country comfort and luxury with a world-class spa.
Killarney, Co. Kerry
There are two fantastic options in Killarney, the Killarney Park Hotel (www.killarneyparkhotel.ie) or the Killarney Royal Hotel (www.killarneyroyal.ie). Both offer exceptional service and cater to golfers who especially appreciate the spa facilities.
|Glenlo Abbey Hotel|
Galway, Co. Galway
One of Ireland’s most exclusive 5-star hotels is located in the vibrant city of Galway, gateway to the spectacular links courses of the northwest. There is a resident pro on site, as well as a double-green 9-hole lakeside golf course, but you’ll stay here for the fabulous service and luxurious accommodations.
Cork, Co. Cork
This small luxury hotel is located only a mile from the center of Ireland’s third-largest city, Cork, and yet it is a convenient base for Old Head and Fota Island.
|The Merrion Hotel|
One way to sample the best that Ireland has to offer is to stay in central Dublin at the five-star Merrion Hotel and travel out to play the many close-by championship courses.
| Moy House|
Lahinch, Co. Clare
This small charming country-house hotel sits on 15 acres overlooking Lahinch Bay. www.moyhouse.com
| The Bushmills Inn|
Bushmills, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland
Originally an old coaching inn, The Bushmills Inn has been faithfully restored into a wonderful comfortable hotel. The town is home to the world’s oldest distillery, and Royal Portrush is the closest of several championship courses.
|Slieve Donard Hotel|
Newcastle, Co. Down, N. Ireland
Perhaps the most recognizable scene in all of Irish golf is the view back down the ninth fairway at Royal County Down looking back toward the Mountains of Mourne. And if you look closely at the picture, you will see the spire of the recently renovated Slieve Donard Hotel.
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