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Golf during 14 day Ireland Tour

This tour has a free day in Dingle. Has anyone played golf on this day? There are a couple courses on the island which look interesting. I would need to rent (hire) clubs to play and would try to get a caddie for the full effect. I think one of the hotels may have some clubs. I emailed one of the courses with no reply and will try the other course. Considering this golf would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I would like to give it a go. Thanks for any information that you can provide.

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Not sure what time of yr u will be in Dingle but Tralee and Waterville courses will open May - June. I have found seasonal businesses do not respond to correspondence in Europe if they are closed for the season.The public course is called Ceann Siebal a country course u could ck on also.
Perhaps your hotel could assist u.

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try posting this on the Ireland forum, there is an Irish guide from Dingle that may answer your question.

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I'd go for Portrush instead. Great course there. In Dingle, you may find yourself busy with any number of other things, as it has a good deal more to offer. I found Portrush somewhat wanting & a round of golf at their exceptional course might be exactly what you're after.

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Ditto on Portrush, one of the best. They rent top of the line clubs and by all means get a caddie. If you REALLY want a "once in a lifetime experience" go early or stay afterward and take a short flight to Edinburgh, then drive to St. Andrews and play the Old Course there. If you're by yourself you can go to the starter's hut about 5:30 AM (he gets there at 6:30) and get in line for a tee time. If you're with a group of golfers there are other ways to get on. This is the only time in a golfer's life you can play the first golf course ever built (originally 22 holes). Speaking of" first evers", if you do make it to Edinburgh some day go to St. Giles church on the Royal Mile. It is the first ever Presbyterian church dating back to 1555. I took my mother-in-law (a cradle Presbyterian) there a couple of years ago and while reading through Rick's GB guide book found out about it. When I told her she broke down in tears, the best thing that happened to me on the trip...except St. Andrews.

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14day Ireland tour was my first RS tour in August 2014. On my tour there was no free day in Portrush. Our day was fully planned while in that city. I did ask our tour guide if Walter (our bus driver) could drop me off at the golf course on our way back into town.
It is a very nice golf course. My husband is a golfer, so I wanted to get him a golf shirt or something. Then I walked back to our hotel. If you have extra day at the end of your trip (since it now ends in Belfast) you could probably go back and play a round of golf. Dingle, I never saw the golf course. Our trip started and ended in Dublin in 2014.

I jealous.... you will love this trip. Ireland was wonderful. Thinking about going back in 2018 on the 8 day Ireland tour and combine with the 10 day Scotland tour.

Happy travels

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I am trying to use the "free" day in Dingle and not waste a "real" tour day somewhere else. I know about that great course. I would rather play an original "goat ranch" course in Dingle. I am trying to find someone who took the tour and used this day to play in Dingle. Thanks for all your help.

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I know this isn't quite the answer you are looking for, but... my husband was going to play on our free day ( afternoon). We were on the 8-day, but had a free day in Dingle. It was chilly and rainy, so that went out the window. However, our guide encouraged a golf game and would have been happy to set up a tee time. It seemed like it would be easy to do last minute; the guide asked he and another tour member that morning if they wanted to book a tee time. At this time of year, it seems that most people who are in the Irish tourist industry are taking a break- holidays, etc..so don't give up if you haven't heard anything yet. There is a guide from Ireland ( mentioned in a previous post) that frequently answers questions, so watch for his posts or scroll through posts in the Ireland forum to find him. I know he's been traveling lately and will probably be at the RS Annual Tour Reunion in WA, but if you find his posts, you can send him a PM.

I think the golf course was going to require a short taxi ride, although there was a par-3 course behind our tour hotel, Milltown House.

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Send a private message to: stephenmc

He's a RS tour guide who lives in Dingle and is quite active on the Ireland forum.

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I'm sure there is an easier way to do this, but I can't find it, sooo.. Type "Stephenmc" in the search box at the top. Don't let autocorrect try to change it. Topics in which his name/posts appear will come up. I know he posted in the topic about Skelling Michael ( about 6-7 topics down). Click on that post and scroll down to his post ( it's near the top). His name will show up in blue. Click on that and it will give you an option to send a Private Message. You just have to be signed in to send a PM.

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Bumping again. I tried Ceann Sibeal and they have a tournament that day. I sent an email to Castlegregory to see if they have availability. It is only a 9 hole course and maybe a tad farther away, but still Irish links golf. My PM to the tour guide didn't yield any results.

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I was on the Ireland tour last year. Although we had a free day in Dingle, we choose other options (Yes, Golfing was on my list). You can aboslutely go as long as the weather is good :-). If you want to golf while on the tour, Dingle would be the best opportunity. Portrush would by my second choice, but the day is packed with little free time to get in a full round; at least as far as I remember.

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Thanks. I really wanted to play on Dingle since I want a real goat ranch, not a nicely manicured course. Probably will go without playing but who knows.

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For anyone on the 14 day Ireland trip starting June 25, I am going to play at least 9 holes at Castlegregory on July 1, 2017 around 8:00 AM. I have arranged for a taxi out and back. I would welcome a couple extra players. I am going rain or shine as this is probably a once in a life time opportunity. Thanks.

Tim