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The South West Swing


 

 

 

The South West SwingCourse Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The South West Swing


 

 

 

The South West SwingCourse Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The South West Swing

Take on the Irish South-West Swing and you truly will be following in the footsteps of Legend's. In our Detailed Course Descriptions you will not only learn the history of these great courses, you will also learn what some of Greatest Golfer's of all time have to say about the Legendary Links Course's of South West Ireland. All of the greats have experienced The South West Swing and it's not just the Glorious Golf Courses that they have fallen in love with... The Famous Irish 19th Hole is as good as anything you will experience anywhere in the World.

Check out our Suggested Sample Itineraries. All our Itineraries can be tailor made to suit individual budgets and requirements. To organize your own personalized Golf Vacation to South West Ireland please Contact:

E-Mail: mike@neilgolf.com

Phone: +353 87 990 1859

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Trump Doonbeg


 

 

 

 

 

Trump Doonbeg

Doonbeg, County Clare, SW Ireland

 

 

 

 

Trump Doonbeg


 

 

 

 

 

Trump Doonbeg

Doonbeg, County Clare, SW Ireland

 

 

 

 

Trump Doonbeg

Doonbeg, County Clare, South-West Ireland

It’s Ireland. It’s Irish golf. It’s links golf. Sand dunes like you’ll never see again. I tell everybody about this course. I tell them I have got the best site in the world and it’s Doonbeg in Ireland
— Greg Norman

Carved out of a landscape of grass covered dunes which border the Atlantic Ocean, each of the holes offers wonderful panoramas of the ocean and the Irish countryside. A recent re-design by Dr Martin Hawtree has added more definition and length to the course and it is now sure to be recognized as one of the Finest Links Golf Courses in the World.

Stewart Cink spent the week before his famous British Open victory in 2009 staying and practicing at the 5 Star Doonbeg Golf Club Resort along with 'educational' side-trips to the nearby Lahinch and Ballybunion:

Playing at Doonbeg, Lahinch and Ballybunion hardened me for the task. In four days, I didnt shoot better than two or three over par. It was blowing like crazy and I shot high scores; made big numbers on some holes. When I got to Turnberry - I knew what to expect and was ready to go
— Stewart Cink - British Open Winner 2009

Trump Doonbeg is included in the Following Tours:

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Lahinch


 

 

 

 

 

Lahinch Golf Club

Lahinch, County Clare, SW Ireland

 

 

Lahinch


 

 

 

 

 

Lahinch Golf Club

Lahinch, County Clare, SW Ireland

 

 

Lahinch Golf Club

Lahinch, County Clare, South-West Ireland

I’m a member at Lahinch which is one of my favourite courses. Some of my fondest memories of great golfing holes in the world, include the number four and number five holes at Lahinch
— Phil Mickelson

With its towering sand dunes, undulating fairways and rolling greens, this is the perfect natural golfing terrain - a true links.

The feature holes include the long 5th known as the “Klondyke”, with a completely blind second shot over a dune which straddles the fairway. This hole is followed by the “Dell”, the 156 yards par three 6th, which requires another blind shot to reach the green. The course has received much attention and praise following its restoration project which ended in 2003

Lahinch is the permanent home to the South of Ireland Amateur Championship.

 

Lahinch Golf Club is included in the Following Tours:

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Ballybunion


 

 

 

 

 

Ballybunion Golf Club

Ballybunion, County Kerry, SW Ireland

 

 

 

Ballybunion


 

 

 

 

 

Ballybunion Golf Club

Ballybunion, County Kerry, SW Ireland

 

 

 

Ballybunion Golf Club

Ballybunion, County Kerry, South-West Ireland

Having played the Old Course in Ballybunion many times since my first visit in 1981, I am now of the opinion it is one of the best and most beautiful tests of links golf anywhere in the world
— Tom Watson - Millenium Captain, Ballybunion Golf Club

The legend that is Tom Watson, captain of USA in the Ryder Cup 2014, is another lover of Irish links golf and was captain of Ballybunion in 2000, the club’s centenary year. His love-affair with Ballybunion started a long time ago and continues to this day.

Ballybunion is widely acclaimed as Ireland's most famous course and consistently rated amongst the world's finest. Perched on a sandy cliff top, it makes its way through dunes and valleys with dramatic changes in elevation. Wild and intimidating, but stunningly beautiful on the Atlantic. The greens are often perched on mounds or carefully sheltered between sand dunes.

The word Magic is often used to describe the Ballybunion Experience:

It demands greater imagination and shot-making skills than anything I have ever known. It makes me feel the same way as when I first saw St Andrews (where he won the British Open in 1984). The magic is the same
— Seve Ballesteros
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Waterville


 

 

 

 

 

Waterville Golf Links

Waterville, County Kerry, SW Ireland

 

 

  

Waterville


 

 

 

 

 

Waterville Golf Links

Waterville, County Kerry, SW Ireland

 

 

  

Waterville Golf Links

Waterville, County Kerry, South-West Ireland

The beautiful monster - one of the golfing wonders of the world
— Sam Snead - Winner of a record 82 PGA Tour events & and 7 Majors

Set against majestic scenery on the famous Ring of Kerry, you will a hardly find as tough a test as Waterville. Unsheltered from the sweeping winds from the Atlantic, this is as real golf can get. A spectacular location and an outstanding test of golf.

It’s signature hole is the par three 17th , named “Mulcahy’s Peak” after course developer John A. Mulcahy, where you tee off some 250 feet above sea level with a carry of 200 feet over dunes to reach the green.

In 1999 on the eve of the now famous Ryder Cup in Brookline, Massachusetts, United States team member Payne Stewart accepted the Captaincy of Waterville for the upcoming Millenium Year – the last golf honour he would receive before his tragic death. Today, a life sized bronze statue pays tribute to his Captaincy and his special relationship with Waterville.

 

Waterville Golf Links is included in the Following Tours:

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Tralee


 

 

 

 

 

Tralee Golf Club

Ardfert, Tralee, County Kerry, SW Ireland

 

 

 

Tralee


 

 

 

 

 

Tralee Golf Club

Ardfert, Tralee, County Kerry, SW Ireland

 

 

 

Tralee Golf Club

Ardfert, Tralee, County Kerry, South-West Ireland

I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine
— Arnold Palmer

Opened in 1984, Tralee Golf Course was the first European golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. 

It is said that Tralee Golf course requires two rounds: one for the scenery and one for the golf. With wonderful views from Barrow out to Fenit Island and the Atlantic, this stunning setting represents a true paradise for those willing to challenge what is widely acclaimed as one of the finest links courses in the world.

Tralee is the most beautiful course I’ve ever played... the sea and the light and the sky and the hills and the fields... It’s just the prettiest one.
— Actor Bill Murray (AKA The Most Interesting Man in the World)
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Old Head of Kinsale


 

 

 

 

 

Old Head Golf Links

Kinsale, County Cork, SW Ireland

 

 

 

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Old Head Golf Links

Kinsale, County Cork, SW Ireland

 

 

 

Old Head Golf Links

Kinsale, County Cork, South-West Ireland

Anyone who has a love of golf and scenic beauty should make a point of playing here, it’s as simple as that
— Mark O'Meara - Former Masters and The Open Winner

The course was first opened for play in 1997, and is now one of the most talked-about courses in the world. 

The Old Head is a remarkably dramatic piece of Ireland, it is built on a 220-acre diamond of land, jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic. Nine holes play along the cliff tops, and all eighteen holes provide stunning ocean views.

This really is one of the most spectacular golf courses on the planet and a must-play for any golf fan in their life.

 

Old Head Golf Links is included in the Following Tours:

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Dooks


 

 

 

 

 

Dooks Golf Links

Glenbeigh, County Kerry, SW Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dooks


 

 

 

 

 

Dooks Golf Links

Glenbeigh, County Kerry, SW Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dooks Golf Links

Glenbeigh, County Kerry, South-West Ireland

One of the best kept secrets in Irish Golf
— Ronan Rafferty - Sky Sports and European Golfer of the Year 1989

Founded in 1889, Dooks is one of the oldest Golf Links in Ireland

Set amid the blue waters of Dingle Bay and with Ireland’s highest mountain range, the McGillycuddy Reeks, overlooking every shot, this truly is a magical location for a stunning golf course.

A real “Hidden Gem”, Dooks is not as exposed as some Irish courses and features and amazing variety of gorse, heather and wild flowers, the "gentle" wind is never far away and the narrow genuine sandy fairways and well contoured greens offer you a real taste of traditional golf at its very best.

 

Dooks Golf Links is included in the Following Tours:

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Adare


 

 

 

 

 

Adare Golf Club

Adare Manor, County Limerick, SW Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adare Golf Club

Adare Manor, County Limerick, SW Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adare Golf Club

Adare Manor, County Limerick, South-West Ireland

This is a course you would wish to come out and play time and time again
— Padraig Harrington

Situated in the historic village of Adare and only 35 miles from Shannon Airport, this was the last major golf course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Snr. 

Set on the 840 acre estate of Adare Manor and stretching 7,453 yards from the championship tees, this majestic parkland course has a 14-acre lake that dominates the front nine and the back nine is routed through a heavily wooded area of the estate, with the beautiful River Maigue dominating the finishing holes and the Manor acting as a majestic backdrop.

The 18th hole ranks as one of the best ever designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr. 

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Dromoland


 

 

 

 

 

Dromoland Castle

Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare, South-West Ireland

 

 

 

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Dromoland Castle

Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare, South-West Ireland

 

 

 

Dromoland Castle Golf Club

Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare, South-West Ireland

It’s big, expansive, curved and covered with beautiful trees. And it’s all wrapped up with the beautiful Dromoland Castle
— Kevin Markham (Author of 'Hooked')

Dromoland Castle 5 star golf resort is one of Europe's finest country estates and now has a golf course to equal the splendour of the setting. 

This recently redesigned golf course roams through 375 acres of extensive woodlands, lakes and streams. The project, undertaken by the late world renowned, Irish golfing legend, J.B. Carr and one of golf's great golf course architects, Ron Kirby, has produced dramatic results.

Situated just 10 miles from Shannon Airport, this splendid parkland course sits perfectly on 400 unspoiled acres of lush wooded parkland enhanced by the gently flowing River Rine which becomes a feature for three of the many beautiful holes on the course.

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The 19th Hole


 

 

 

 

 

The Famous 19th Hole

In Ireland, we always carry on to the 19th hole!

 

 

 

 

The 19th Hole


 

 

 

 

 

The Famous 19th Hole

In Ireland, we always carry on to the 19th hole!

 

 

 

 

The Famous 19th Hole & The Irish Welcome

It’s 1999 and US Open champion Payne Stewart is living it up in the packed bar of the Butler Arms Hotel in Waterville. He is belting out a tune on his harmonica, as fellow major winner Lee Janzen, world number one David Duval and Aussie star Stuart Appleby shake their heads, laugh and sing along.

The pub is heaving, so Stewart jumps behind the counter for a 30-minute shift as guest barman. He isn't taking in any cash, his caddy reminds him.

“Drinks are on me!” Stewart yells back.

Having visited Waterville with pals Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara the previous year, Stewart couldn’t resist coming back. This time, he took friends to Kerry for a few warm up rounds at Waterville and Ballybunion in preparation for the following week’s British Open.

By the time he leaves the tiny County Kerry village on the Wild Atlantic Way, Stewart is telling people he wants to be the mayor. We don’t have a mayor, they tell him. But being Captain of the golf club is a much bigger deal. So they go one better and make him Captain for the 2000 season.

Tragically, Payne Stewart lost his life in a plane crash just a few months later. But his memory lives on in Waterville. A bronze statue has been erected in his memory by the many friends he made on those short trips.

We go into the pub and get around the piano. I bring out my harmonica and the next thing you know it’s about 4am!
— Payne Stewart

You see, finishing a round of golf doesn't mark the end of the day in Ireland... We always carry on to the 19th

 

TIGER WOODS has been one of the most regular visitors to Ireland and in particular the South West Region. He has also played a major role in raising Millions for local Charities through his support of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am Tournament in Adare Golf Club, County Limerick:

I had such a great time in Ireland that I’ve been coming over ever since
— Tiger Woods

And it’s not just the world’s best pros that can’t get enough of golfing along THE SOUTH-WEST SWING of Ireland. We don’t like to name drop but we’ve had visits from Bill Clinton, Dan Marino, Dan Quayle, Michael Jordan...and even the late Neil Armstrong.

And who better than Actor BILL MURRAY to sum up what everybody feels about Irish golf and the famous Irish Hospitality. Bill is a huge admirer of Irish Golf and in particular his personal favourite course, Tralee.

My favorite place to play golf is in Ireland, that’s where my ancestors come from and it’s the most beautiful country to play golf in. When you come as a guest to play golf you are treated like a King
— Bill Murray (AKA The Most Interesting Man in the World)

For your chance to Follow in the Footsteps of these Legends and to Experience the Ultimate Golf Trip to Ireland, check out our Suggested Sample Itineraries or to organize your own personalized Golf Vacation to South West Ireland please Contact:

E-Mail: mike@neilgolf.com

Phone: +353 87 990 1859

 

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