Most flights arriving from the USA and Canada arrive in Ireland early morning, thus allowing an opportunity to golf on the first day. When planning your Ireland golf trip, it is recommended to golf in order to acclimatise to the local time and also it makes good use of the day.
When arriving in Shannon, you are within one hour of both Lahinch and Doonbeg ( Trump International Ireland) . Either course works well in terms of an opening round. Another option would be to play the shorter Castle course at Lahinch if you prefer not to play a championship links course on your first day in Ireland.
Should your itinerary take you south to Kinsale or Killarney for your first overnight in Ireland, a round of golf at Fota or Adare Manor ( when it re-opens in 2017) en route is a popular option.
For weekend arrivals in to Dublin, getting a morning round on the main championship links courses is usually not possible as members competitions usually dictate that the first available visitor tee times are mid afternoon. Royal Dublin Golf Club have recently introduced Sunday morning visitor tee times between 8 and 9am which is a welcome opportunity to play one of the traditional Irish links golf courses. Portmarnock Golf Club also make tee times available for visitors from 12 noon on Sundays, while the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links course has usually very good availability for visitors on weekends.
For groups arriving in Dublin and heading south or south west, the Seve Ballesteros designed Heritage Course with an overnight at the Heritage Killenard hotel is also worthy of consideration. Finally for golfers travelling north westwards from Dublin towards Sligo or Donegal, Lough Erne Resort is the ideal stopover. Great lodgings await you while the Faldo designed course is truly spectacular with stunning vistas over the surrounding lakes and countryside.
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