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What golfer alive hasn’t dreamed of one day playing the world-renown courses of Ireland?  Just thinking about it conjures up classic images…crisp morning air…mist lingering in the fairways…impossibly green grass and trees lining the rolling links…the careful choice of clubs as you match wits with some of golfing’s storied courses… and of course the 19th hole camaraderie of your foursome as you relate your triumphs and successes in the timeless ambiance of the Irish golf course pub. 

Join us as we explore some of the Emerald Isle’s famed golfing venues on one of our Ireland Golf Trips. In true Go Get Lost fashion we’ll get off the beaten path a bit, hang out with some of the locals, eat quite a bit of the regional fare, and immerse ourselves in the wonderful, warm Irish culture.   

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Itinerary

Day 1     Dublin, Carton House  

You should plan to arrive in the enchanting city of Dublin by mid-morning at the latest.  If you’re arriving on an international flight, you might consider arriving a day early in order to be here in plenty of time to relax, get a good night’s rest and vanquish the jet lag.  We can book you in to our tour hotel a day early, too.  Most US flights arrive early in the morning to the Dublin airport, and the hotel is only a 25 minute cab ride away.  If you prefer, we can arrange private transportation for you from the airport to the hotel.  Our home for the next few days is the historic Carton House which boasts two championship courses on the grounds. This elegant hotel sits on a thousand beautiful acres of stunning parkland, and in years past hosted the prestigious Irish Open.

After settling into our Carton House accommodations, we will proceed to the Mark O'Meara designed course for our first days golf experience. With views of the Dublin Mountains this course has everything you would expect in a championship course: smooth greens, pot-hole bunkers, and the River Rye causing much concern on different holes.  After your first memorable round of golf in Ireland, if you feel the need, you can proceed to the incredibly large practice area at the Carton House. They have a driving range, bunkers to fine-tune your chipping, and of course a large putting green - practice, practice, practice! You'll need it for day two. Tonight, in the heart of the hotel, we will have our first group meal in the beautiful Linden Tree Restaurant.

Day 2     Colin Montgomerie

Today we fuel up with a full Irish breakfast before we tackle a classic Irish Colin Montgomerie-designed course. This will be your first go-around with an Irish links course, which is quite different from the first day’s parkland-style course. It is an inland course but Montgomerie wanted to design a links course, and I think you’ll agree that he succeeded!  With an incredibly stunning setting amid fast greens, narrow fairways, and steep bunkers, you'll enjoy the scenic beauty of the course more than your scorecard. This course is truly an adventure into Irish golf. Afterwards we'll all gather at the 19th hole and brag about the number of balls lost as if it were a badge of golf honor. Possibly you'll need to proceed to the Carton House spa where you can de-stress in a peaceful setting. The Aveda Spa journey will have you calm, relaxed and invigorated for tomorrow’s golf adventure. Tonight we'll enjoy our last night at the elegant Carton House with dinner at the restaurant…or if you prefer to go native, you can stroll the twenty minute tree-lined walk into Maynooth town and try some of the local pub food and music.

Day 3     Malahide, Portmarnock Links 

After another hearty breakfast, we'll board our private motor coach and proceed to the little village of Malahide. Here we will experience true links golf on the world famous Portmarnock course. The best description I've heard of this course is "tough love". This links course, snuggled up against the Irish Sea, is unforgiving to poor shots.  With over one hundred bunkers, (all of them steep) and large greens, (all of them fast), a par or even a bogey on this course will make you feel like William the Conqueror!   Today, perfect ball placement and common sense will be the victors. If things become a little too frustrating, toss the scorecard and enjoy the golf, after all, there's a pint waiting for you in the clubhouse.

After the golf is finished and the clubhouse banter has ended, we’ll travel to the Grand Hotel in Malahide and check into our home for the next five days. After we get unpacked the guides will walk you into the little town of Malahide (five minutes…if you walk slowly) to familiarize you with the pubs, restaurants, and shopping. We'll show you our favorite pubs and then later walk to our group dinner. After that challenging 18 you had today, you'll be ready to devour a fantastic Irish meal.

Day 4    Go Get Lost Day

Sleep in today, this is your day off - OR hop on the DART train with the guides and travel into fabulous Dublin for the day. It's only a 25 minute ride and you're in downtown Dublin. The sights and shopping here are over-the-top and the guides can help you with whatever you prefer. Check out the Guinness Storehouse, take a Jameson Distillery tour, explore the fascinating prison of Kilmainham Gaol, or relive your heritage at the Viking Museum.  If golf is still your thing, we can hook you up with another nearby course that you will have you raving…about its beauty, not its difficulty!  Another enticing option is to stay in the hotel and take advantage of its Leisure Center. With a large indoor pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and state of the art gymnasium, you can pamper yourself and let your hedonistic side run wild.

Day 5     Seapoint Golf Club

Today we head north to a relatively young course in Irish golf years. The Seapoint Golf Club celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2014. This course is pure links ecstasy, a championship venue that has hosted the Irish PGA Championship twice in the last four years. With salty breezes blowing in from the Irish sea over precisely manicured links, you’ll find that today’s golf experience is a magnificent feast for all the senses.. You may want to bring your camera today along with your golf clubs. This course will make you want to return to Ireland just to play it, especially if your scorecard reflects your fun. Later we'll all hook up in the new clubhouse and compare scorecards and pictures. (Of course this is best done over a pint or two.) Eventually we will board our motor coach and head back to our home at the superb Grand Malahide Hotel.

Day 6     The Royal Dublin

Tuck into your Irish breakfast today, you’ll need it as you face off against the course considered to be the pinnacle of links golf…the Royal Dublin.   This fabled course has been played by nearly every professional golfer in the world, and they all agree: The Royal Dublin does not succumb easily. But you are seasoned links golfer now and you have the knowledge of how to play links golf. The setting alone is worth the trip, as this world famous course sits on Bull Island in Dublin Bay, first surveyed by Captain Bligh on the ship The Bounty.  For this course it's 9 holes out and 9 holes back. So the wind off the bay will be your friend for half the round and your enemy the other half. Lost golf balls are the norm here because of the tall, never-ending rough. When you walk off the 18th green you will know that you have played a championship course and gave it your best effort. This is a scorecard you will want to frame, regardless of the score, just to tell people "I've played the Royal Dublin Golf Course." It's not only an incredible experience but a badge of golf honor.

Day 7     Beaverstown Golf Club

It's difficult to believe this is our final round of Irish golf as we travel to one of the best parkland courses in all of Ireland. Yes, today you switch from links golf back to parkland golf, and what a course it is!  Beaverstown golf course is actually located in an apple orchard, and features some of the largest and most attractive greens in all of Ireland. You can score very well here…on the other hand you can 3, 4, or 5 putt just as easily.  The charm and beauty of this course is enhanced by an abundance of dog-legs, trees in the fairway, raised greens and a lovely stream.  Scenic beauty aside, the wide-open layout means that today is a day you can unleash your driver!  After finishing this incredible course, we retire to the clubhouse for lunch and lies about what we shot, what we could have shot, and what we'll shoot next year. The clubhouse at Beavertown is well known for is social merriment, and as is usually the case in Irish pubs, a few pints with the locals will help lubricate and enhance the storytelling.  Eventually we will make our way back to Malahide in our motor coach to check out any of the pubs that we have missed in the last few days. Tonight we have our final dinner at the guides favorite restaurant to laugh over the week’s wins and losses. Goodbyes will be said to our new friends, emails exchanged, and of course plans made for the next Go Get Lost tour!

Day 8     Farewell

After breakfast, the guides will assist you with your departure transfers

What´s Included

  • 7 Nights, double occupancy accommodations at listed hotels or similar
  • Meals as Specified, 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Two days free use of Carton House practice range
  • 18 holes of golf at Carton House’s Mark O’Meara course
  • 18 holes of golf at Carton House’s Colin Montgomerie course
  • 18 holes of golf at Portmarnock Links
  • 18 holes of golf at Seapoint Golf Club
  • 18 holes of golf at The Royal Dublin Golf Club
  • 18 holes of golf at Beaverstown Golf Club
  • Opportunity to visit Dublin with Go Get Lost guide
  • All transportation once the tour has begun
  • A lifetime of unforgettable memories!

What´s not Included

  • Airfare package
  • Departure taxes
  • Golf club shipping or golf club rental
  • Arrival and departure transfers, tour begins at the hotel outside of Dublin at noon on Day 1, and the tour ends at the hotel in Malahide on the morning of Day 8.
  • Personal items such as laundry, telephone, etc.
  • Gratuities for meals, porterage, local guides, coach drivers, etc.

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