Strike up a conversation about golf and more specifically golf travel and you can bet your bottom dollar that it won’t be long before the topic of Ireland comes up.
And why is that? Maybe it’s that Ireland is home to one-third of the world’s links golf courses. Maybe it’s the natural, stunning, and unspoilt scenery at every turn. Or maybe it’s that with 40 million Irish-Americans, we feel a strong connection to this little island on the edge of Europe. More than likely, it’s a combination of all these factors, combined with the reputation that Irish people have for being, fun loving, friendly, and welcoming race.
For those taking the plunge and deciding on a golf trip to the Emerald Isle, an array of plans need to be made to pull it all together. Air arrangements, golf and hotel reservations, sightseeing, ground transfers, currency queries, caddies, carts, all need to be considered. While it’s no doubt that with the dawn of the world wide web, it is has become easier and easier to make your own travel arrangements, the nature of golf and limited availability and members days can make a golf vacation that bit more tricky to plan. With that in mind, it’s no surprise many golfers look to specialized golf tour operators to help make their expectation a reality.
Our editor recently caught up with one such entity Links of Ireland. Justin Farrell, Owner and General Manager of Links of Ireland, is no stranger to golf. Following undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in business from a west of Ireland University, Farrell spent the following nine years marketing some of Ireland’s most well known links golf courses on the international markets. Charged with marketing some household names like Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portstewart Golf Club and Rosapenna Golf Links, and some hidden gems like Enniscrone Golf Club and Carne Golf Links, Farrell travelled across Europe, North America, and to Asia spreading the word about the Irish golf product.
In 2013, Farrell looked for his next challenge and Links of Ireland was born. Offering tailor-made Irish golf vacations, Links of Ireland strive to offer a personal approach. When pushed to summarise his business model, Farrell explains further. “When I established Links of Ireland, I was keen to ensure that every client received a personal and thorough service. Whether it be a two-ball looking for a long weekend break, or a group of 12 guys taking a 10-day golf adventure, each and every client’s itinerary is carefully planned and executed to ensure a fantastic experience is delivered.”
Before the conversation ended, a point was made that I think many overlook. The flight time from New York to Ireland is just under seven hours, making it comparable to the time taken to fly from the east coast of the U.S. to the West Coast. Regardless of budget, it is clear that Ireland offers the golf traveller an abundance of options. One thing’s for sure, if you do decide to take the plunge this year or next you’ll take home memories of a truly unique golfing destination and country.
Links of Ireland offices are located in Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. For information on their services, visit
www.LinksOfIreland.com, or emailTravel@LinksOfIreland.com