Celebrate Mothers Day with a great golf experience
With many of Scotland and Ireland’s most prestigious courses open to female play, there is no better time for a mother-child golf vacation.
St Andrews, Royal Troon, and Muirfield all feature incredible women’s golf in Scotland. This exciting trend of female-friendly play will be on full display in August at Kingsbarns Golf Links during the Ricoh Women’s British Open. And in 2019, Gleneagles will host the Solheim Cup. Though spread throughout the country, one could certainly visit all these iconic courses during a Scottish golf vacation.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a relaxing and luxurious itinerary ideal for moms.
Keep reading for recommendations on where to play, stay and explore during an exceptional Irish golf vacation.
PLAY: Old Head Golf Links
Golf vacations to Ireland should be anchored by play on stellar links layouts. For visitors to the southwest of Ireland, Old Head Golf Links is a true “must-play” course. We have a special connection to this exceptional course as Joe Carr – the late founder of Carr Golf – was part of the design team. The unique group also included Ron Kirby, former designer at Jack Nicklaus’ Golf Design Services; the late, great Eddie Hackett, former Irish golf professional and golf course designer; Paddy Merrigan, Australian course architect and agronomist; Liam Higgins, one of Ireland’s best-known golf professionals; and Haulie O’Shea, building contractor. An all-star team!
Situated on a headland protruding over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, Old Head features breathtaking vistas, challenging winds and natural hazards in addition to beautiful and diverse wildlife. The par-72 course plays to 5,413 yards from the ladies’ tees and stretches to over 7,100 yards from the tips. All 18 holes provide incredible ocean views. Nine holes thrillingly play along the cliff tops! Facilities include a driving range, putting green and short game practice area.
Our travel expert Mark Byrne lists the 12th hole at Old Head as one of the most breathtaking views he’s ever seen. Fellow travel expert Paul Schmidt names No. 7 as one of the best par-3s in Ireland.
“The tee box is among the highest points of elevation on Old Head,” notes Schmidt. “It’s not quite panoramic but nonetheless a view that is best described as heaven on earth.”
STAY: Perryville House
The story behind Kinsale’s Perryville House is as charming as its aesthetic. While traveling in the 1900s, the son of the original owner fell in love with an Italian woman. He decorated the house with romantic, ornate, tracery ironwork balconies in an effort to tempt her into moving to Ireland with him. The property was completely refurbished in the late 1990s and now serves as a delightful Bed and Breakfast. Small details such as oil paintings, fresh cut flowers and scented candles add to the Irish country house’s charm.
EXPLORE: Cork City and Kinsale
Kinsale, a quaint deep-sea fishing and yachting town less than a half-hour south of Cork, offers spectacular views and fantastic places to eat. Charles Fort, a star-shaped fort built in the late 17th century, is a popular Kinsale attraction. One of the largest military installations in Ireland, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in the country’s history including the Williamite War (1689 – 1691) and Civil War (1922 – 23). It was declared a National Monument in 1973. Vino lovers will enjoy the Desmond Castle Wine Museum, a Kinsale staple since 1997 documenting the fascinating story of Ireland’s wine links with Europe and rest of the world.
Cork City is known for its retail and sightseeing. Referred to locally as the “real capital of Ireland,” Cork is a great walking city with no shortage of things to see and do. Architecture buffs won’t want to miss St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Tudor-Gothic University College or Cormac’s Chapel. Foodies will be delighted by Cork’s impressive markets, specifically the English Market and the Grand Parade.