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Private Sale for GVI Readers: Unforgettable Golf at Ireland’s Doonbeg and Lahinch

by Craig Better

May172013

3 Nights of 5-Star Lodging, and 3 Rounds of Top-100 Golf from €562 per person (approx. $725)

Packages Include:Doonbeg

• Classic Links room at the Lodge at Doonbeg
• Breakfast each morning
• Golf at Doonbeg
• Golf at Lahinch
• Complimentary Taylor Made club rental
• 3 nights, 3 rounds from €562 (about $725)
For access to this special offer, email me:

editor [at] golfvacationinsider.com

You usually don’t stop what you’re doing and book a trip to Ireland, but today’s private offer might warrant it.

That’s because you can play two of the world’s best golf courses (Doonbeg and Lahinch) and stay in one of its best hotels (The Lodge at Doonbeg) in high season for less than you’ll find anywhere else.

Less, in fact, than at Doonbeg’s own website, where this special package is not even listed.

And for good reason.

It’s own Doonbeg/Lahinch package includes only two nights of lodging and one round of golf on each course.

This one gives you three nights and three rounds of golf for only a tad bit more, and it includes complimentary Taylor Made club rentals.

Now, as much as I’d like to make this about price, that’s really just the icing on the cake.

This is really an opportunity to play…

“Some of the World’s Most Striking Examples of Links Golf — Seaside, Sea level, Sand-based, and Routed Through Supremely Natural Duneland.”

That’s how the notoriously hard-to-please editors of Golf Odyssey characterized the golf at Doonbeg and Lahinch, and here’s what else they had to say about…Doonbeg Suite

The Lodge at Doonbeg:

“If you travel to Ireland and long for the luxurious experience you enjoy at the finest American golf hotels, you now have a new option. With its sumptuously decorated accommodations, a fully equipped spa, and location midway between Lahinch and Ballybunion, The Lodge at Doonbeg will undoubtedly draw many
high-end travelers.”

Golf at Doonbeg:

“Doonbeg’s grass-cloaked dunes rise 75 feet above the sea and are every bit as imposing as those at Ballybunion, Royal County Down, and Enniscrone…for every shot played through the air, another must be played – with flair, feel, and finesse – over the rumpled ground. Fairways meander along tranquil valleys,
greens perch defiantly upon the flanks of dunes or beckon from cloistered dells or rest with perfect naturalness mere steps above the beach…The outbound nine is studded with brilliant holes. Is the incoming nine as involving? Yes, indeed.”

Golf at Lahinch:

“Lahinch has it all: a dreamscape of rough and tumble duneland, exhilarating views over Liscannor Bay, and a succession of varied and compelling holes that test players of the highest rank (Phil Mickleson once called it his favorite links course) and yet gladden the heart of the 16-handicapper.”

Other Accolades:

Doonbeg:
Doonbeg Hole 6

Top 100 Irish Golf Courses (#23)
- Golf Digest Ireland

Top Courses in the UK and Ireland (#26)
- Golf Monthly

Top 100 Courses in the World (#99)
- Today’s Golfer

2010 European Golf Resort of the Year
- International Association of Golf Tour Operators

2008 Resort of the Year Award
- Ireland Golf Tour Operators Association

2002 Best New International Course
- Golf Digest

Lahinch:Doonbeg Hole 11

Top 100 Irish Golf Courses (#6)
- Golf Digest Ireland

Top 100 Courses Outside the USA (#16)
- Golf Digest

Top 100 Courses in the World (#42)
- Golf Magazine

Other Great Courses to Play

For those interested in playing more golf, the Lodge at Doonbeg happens to provide a very convenient base from which to play, among others, Ballybunion and Tralee.

On Ballybunion, Golf Odyssey’s editors wrote:

“This is mighty and thrilling stuff, pulse quickening, the pressure on the swing intense. Ballybunion may well possess more great holes than any other eighteen in the Irish landmass. It is unsurpassed for pure golfing pleasure, a remarkable balance of honest challenge, naturalness, aesthetic beauty, variety, originality, and sheer exhilaration.”

And on Tralee:

“The first nine can fairly be viewed as a warmup for the rollicking second half, one of Ireland’s truly great seaside nines. The ups and downs are startling. So are the massive dunes. Drives must often carry violently broken ground in order to reach constricted fairways. Shots to the green are sometimes imperiled by treacherous falloffs that end not simply in hollows but in veritable abysses. This is golf as high adventure.”

When to Go

DoonbegIf you’re interesting in taking advantage of this private sale, the sooner you make your arrangements, the better.

We’re approaching the heart of “high season” in Ireland, which, frankly, makes the special pricing on this offer that much more attractive.

By the way, non-golfers can have fun staying at Doonbeg, too, as it offers a wide variety of outdoor activites including surfing, horseback riding, fishing, cycling, dolphin watching, hiking, and rock climbing.

The Unadvertised Offer for GVI Readers Only

Just to review, this packages includes:DoonbegJust to review, this packages includes:

• Classic Links room at the Lodge at Doonbeg
• Breakfast each morning
• Golf at Doonbeg
• Golf at Lahinch
• Complimentary Taylor Made club rental
• 3 nights, 3 rounds from €562 (about $725)
For access to this special offer, email me:

editor [at] golfvacationinsider.com

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