Ireland and The Open 2019

Ireland and The Open 2019

22 DAYS · 10 ROUNDS · 20 JULY - 10 AUGUST 2019

Ireland is home to dramatic landscapes, steeped in history and there is no doubt whatsoever that Ireland possesses many of the finest golf courses in the world.

This tour combines some of the best courses in the country, with some hidden gems. We’ll also spend the final day at The Open Championship.

You’ll be staying in excellent, central locations in Universities, which offer comfortable ensuite rooms and hearty breakfasts. There is no singles supplement or a requirement to share a room with others.

Each location we visit includes extended stays so you get to enjoy the city and walking tours to help get your bearings.

The tour begins in Belfast where we will play the highly rated Royal County Down, Malone Golf Club and Portstewart. While in Belfast you’ll also attend the final day of The Open Championship, held at Royal Portrush.

After Belfast, we continue on to Derry, where we play Ballyliffin, Bushfoot and Rosapenna Golf Clubs. We also visit the famous Bushmills Distillery.

We then travel through Sligo, where we play Dunfanaghy Golf Club, before continuing on through Galway to Limerick where we play Lahinch and Ballybunion.

The tour culminates in Dublin for the final three nights where we get to play The Island, one of the best courses in the Dublin region.

This tour offers tremendous value and will certainly be one of the most enjoyable golfing tours to Ireland offered.

Day One: Saturday 20th July 2019

On arrival into Belfast you’ll be met and transferred to our accommodation for the next seven nights, the historic Queens University campus. This evening we meet with our fellow travellers and kick off the tour with a welcome dinner including drinks.

[D] Queens University Belfast

Day TWO: Sunday 21st july 2019

After breakfast we travel to Royal Portrush to attend the final day of The Open Championship, being held in Northern Ireland for the first time in nearly 70 years. 

After the conclusion of the event we head back to Belfast for the evening.

[B] Queens University Belfast

Day Three: Monday 22nd july 2019

After breakfast we play Malone Golf Club, one of Ireland’s best parkland golf courses and virtually unknown. The club was founded way back in 1895 it’s situated 5 miles south of Belfast, in the lower Lagan Valley at Ballydrain. The front nine is called Drumbridge and the back nine is called Ballydrain – named after the local area. Measuring almost 6,600 yards, Malone is a solid test of golf. Accuracy from the tee is demanded, because many mature trees wait to stymie the wayward tee-shot. 

[B,L] Queens University Belfast

Day four: Tuesday 23rd july 2019

This morning we learn more about Belfast’s History of Terror. The walking tour explains how the Troubles began, tells the stories of the people involved, their place in the conflict and the effect these attacks and incidents had on the city and its people. It also shows how far the city has come since the ceasefires and Peace Process.

Enjoy the afternoon and evening to explore the city at your leisure. 

[B] Queens University Belfast

Day five: Wednesday 24th july 2019

The morning begins shortly after breakfast with a short trip down to Newcastle to play what many believe to be the World’s best golf course, Royal County Down. Located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zigzagging back and forth to provide a different vista from virtually every hole.

After the round, we’ll enjoy lunch in a local pub, before heading back to Belfast for the evening.

[B,L] Queens University Belfast

Day six: Thursday 25th July 2019

Today is a free day to explore all that Belfast has to offer. For those keen, one of Belfast’s many excellent golf courses presents a good way to spend a day.

[B] Queens University Belfast

Day seven: Friday 26th July 2019

We travel to Portstewart Golf Club, where we’ll enjoy a round of golf. Founded in 1894 and redesigned by Willie Park jnr in the 1920’s, Portstewart has played host to many major Amateur and Professional Championships over the years including most recently the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Set amidst imposing, gigantic sand dunes with panoramic views across the Atlantic mouth of Lough Foyle to the Inishowen peninsula beyond. It’s an incredibly challenging and thoroughly enjoyable golf course. 

[B] Queens University Belfast

Day eight: Saturday 27th July 2019

After checking out of Queens University we continue on to Derry, where we spend the next seven nights at the Ulster University.

The afternoon is free to explore the sites of Derry

[B] Ulster University Derry

Day nine: Sunday 28th july 2019

After breakfast we venture northeast to the famous Bushmills Distillery where we’ll enjoy a tour and whiskey tasting. We continue on to Bushfoot Golf Club for lunch followed by a round of golf. Bushfoot is a little known 9-hole layout offering incredible views and challenging golf for all abilities. 

We then travel back to derry later afternoon where the evening is yours to enjoy as you wish.

[B,L] Ulster University Derry

Day ten: Monday 29th July 2019

After a leisurely breakfast, this morning we embark on a walking tour of Derry. We’ll see over fifty natural and built attractions in the region, such as Derry’s Walls, The Bogside, The Peoples Gallery (Murals) The Bloody Sunday Story, The History of the Apprentice Boys, The Marching Season Traditions.

The afternoon is yours to explore Derry.

[B] Ulster University Derry

DAY eleven: Tuesday 30th JULY 2019

Today we travel north to Ballyliffin Golf Club, where we play the Glashedy Links. Ballyliffin is Ireland’s most northerly golf club, located off Tullagh Point on the Atlantic edge of the Inishowen Peninsula. The Glashedy layout is intertwined with the Old course, the holes weaving their way through the wild dunes. It’s a supremely challenging golf course which stretches out more than 7,200 yards, with nine brutal par fours in excess of 400 yards.

After golf, we travel back to Derry to enjoy an evening at leisure.

[B] Ulster University Derry

DAY twelve: wednesday 31st JULY 2019

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a full day to relax and unwind. For those keen to fit in some more golf, consider Castlerock or Portsalon excellent options.

[B] Ulster University Derry

DAY thirteen: Thursday 1st August 2019

After breakfast we play the Old Course at Rosapenna Golf Club. Old Tom Morris whilst visiting Lord Leitrim on his estate in 1891, is credited with the original design of Rosapenna’s Old course. Harry Vardon and James Braid made further changes in later years, so the course bears the architectural hallmarks of men who between them won no fewer than fifteen Open Championships.

Afterwards we travel back to Derry, where dinner and the evening is free for you to choose as you wish.

[B,L] Ulster University Derry

DAY fourteen: friday 2nd August 2019

Our final day in Derry is another free day. A good chance to rest and recuperate or to play some more golf, if you so desire.

This evening we celebrate the trip so far with a meal and drinks at a local pub.

[B,D] Ulster University Derry

DAY fifteen: saturday 3rd August 2019

After an early check out of Ulster University we travel northwest to play Dunfanaghy Golf ClubNestled on the western shores of Sheephaven Bay with its blue flag beaches and stunning scenery, Dunfanaghy Golf Club sits on the edge of the picturesque village of Dunfanaghy in the shadow of Muckish Mountain. Golf has been played on the seaside links of Dunfanaghy for over 100 years. The course was laid out in 1905 by Mr Harry Vardon, six times winner of the British Open.

This afternoon we travel on to Sligo, our stopover for a night enroute to South West Ireland.

[B] Institute of Technology Sligo

DAY sixteen: sunday 4TH August 2019

This morning we depart Sligo early enroute to Limerick. We stop for a leisurely stroll through the medieval streets of Galway. The tour brings to life the events that shaped this city and indeed Ireland also. From Viking raids, to the Spanish Armada, to Cromwell’s siege of the city and enslavement of the population, this tour will open your eyes to what life was like inside and outside the walls of ‘The City of the Tribes’, for the past thousand years. Afterwards we enjoy lunch at O’Connells Bar.

This afternoon we continue on to our base for the next three nights of the tour, the University of Limerick. 

[B,L] University of Limerick

DAY seventeen: monday 5TH August 2019

After breakfast we travel to Lahinch Golf Club, where we will play the Old Course. Old Tom Morris and Dr Alister MacKenzie have both worked on the course. Lahinch is an enchanting place to play golf. It’s rugged, distinctive, unusually varied and immensely entertaining. It’s a traditional out and back layout, situated next to the lovely beach of Liscannor Bay. 

Afterwards we visit the Cliffs of Mohr (Irelands most visited natural tourist attraction), before travelling back to Limerick for the evening.

[B,L] University of Limerick

DAY eighteen: tuesday 6TH August 2019

Today we venture to Ballybunion Golf Club to play the Old Course. Ballybunion is a thrilling challenge, a supreme test of golf. If you are a very good golfer and there’s a gentle breeze blowing, you might score well. If there’s an onshore gale blowing, you are best to forget scoring well and simply try to enjoy this exhilarating golf course. Bill Clinton played here in 1998, apparently making full use of his “mulligan” allocation.

[B,L] University of Limerick

DAY nineteen: Wednesday 7th August 2019

After checking out of the University of Limerick we travel back to Dublin where we spend the final three nights of our tour.

The afternoon is free to explore the capitial of Ireland.

[B] Trinity College Dublin

DAY TWENTY: Thursday 8th august 2019

This morning enjoy a 2 hour walking tour of Dublin conducted by history graduates of Trinity College and the National University of Ireland. The tour explores the main features of Irish history – Dublin’s development, the influence of the American and French Revolutions, the Potato Famine, the Great War and the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence, the Northern conflict and Ireland today. The afternoon and evening is yours to explore everything Dublin has to offer.

[B] Trinity College Dublin

DAY TWENTY one: friday 9th AUGUST 2019

This morning we play our final round for the trip, The Island Golf Club. Overlooked by the North County Dublin village of Malahide, the links is located in some of the most stunning dunes on the east coast of Ireland. It is also one of the oldest golf courses in Ireland and was ranked 13th in Golf Digest Ireland’s Top 100 Courses in 2015.

We celebrate the end of a successful trip this evening with dinner and drinks, having played sublime golf courses and met new friends.

[B,D] Trinity College Dublin

DAY TWENTY two: saturday 10th AUGUST 2019

Our tour concludes shortly after breakfast. For those travelling home to Australia, you’ll have time to reflect on the memorable trip. For those extending on to Scotland and England, more golf awaits!

[B] Tour Concludes


  • 21 nights accommodation:
  • – Queen’s University, Belfast – 7 nights
    – Ulster University, Londonderry – 7 nights
    – Institute of Technology, Sligo – 1 night
    – University of Limerick, Limerick – 3 nights
    – Trinity College, Dublin – 3 nights
  • 10 rounds of golf at:
    – The Island, Dublin
    – Ardglass Golf Club, Ardglass
    – Royal County Down, Newcastle
    – Portstewart Golf Club, Portstewart
    – Ballyliffin Golf Club, Inishowen
    – Bushfoot Golf Club, Portballintrae
    – Rosapena Golf Club, Donegal 
    – Dunfanaghy Golf Club, Dunfanaghy
    – Lahinch Golf Club, Lahinch
    – Ballybunion Golf Club, Ballybunion
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Three dinners including drinks
  • Seven lunches
  • Entrance fees at attractions visited
  • Expert locally guided city tours
  • All taxes and tips
  • Return airport transfers in Ireland
  • Fully escorted by professional Golf Journeys host
  • Luxury air conditioned vehicles throughout
  • Golf Journeys polo shirt and cap

Ireland and the open Golf Tour 2019 Pricing

  • Golfer – Twin Share – $9,860 per person
  • Golfer – Single – $9,860 per person
  • Non-golfer – $7,910 per person
Special group airfares in Economy and Business Class available on request. Please contact us for further information.

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