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Why Golfers are Gathering in Ireland (private sale for GVI readers)

by Craig Better

Mar142013

the-gathering-logo-white I’ve previously mentioned how the Euro/Dollar exchange rate is attractive for taking Ireland golf vacations, but there’s an even bigger reason why you should consider one this year:

It’s called The Gathering, an event that’s only happening in Ireland, and only in 2013.

All year long, in villages and towns across the country, hundreds of events (“local Gatherings”) have been organized to showcase the very best of Irish culture.

As many of you know, Irish culture is often what’s remembered most about Ireland golf trips.

So, the historic Gathering is one reason I’ve been negotiating Ireland golf opportunities for you, including the following, unbelievably good one.

Private Sale for GVI Readers:

Save $500 on an Incredible Ireland Golf Package from the Experts at Celtic Golf

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This Package Includes…

6 Nights of Five-Star Accommodations:
Killarney Park Hotel or Aghadoe Heights Hotel

5 Rounds of World-Class Golf:
Ballybunion Old Course
Old Head Golf Links
Tralee Golf Club
Dooks Golf Club
Waterville Golf Links

Personal, chauffeured transportation

Full Irish Breakfast Daily

The Assurance of Celtic Golf

Published Price (based on 4 golfers):
$2,875 per person

GVI Reader Price:
$2,375 per person (April and October 2013) — Save $500
$2,575 per person (May to September 2013) — Save $300

Email me now to learn more (editor at golfvacationinsider.com)
or call toll free: 1-800-535-6148


I really don’t know where to begin in describing what a great opportunity this is.

But I guess it makes sense to start with…

The Top-10 and Top-100 Golf Courses You’ll Play

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Southwest Ireland is a treasure trove of top-ranked layouts boasting authentic linksland and dramatic, cliffside and seaside holes that helped made Irish golf famous.

Get ready to cross some names off your bucket list, because on this package you’re going to play:

Ballybunion Golf Club, Old Course (Top-10 in the World)
Yes, this is one of the 10 best golf courses in…the…world.
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Old Head Golf Links (Top-10 in Ireland)
Often called, “the Pebble Beach of Ireland,” Old Head sits atop a promontory jutting two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. But whereas Pebble Beach’s seaside holes are 65-70 feet above the beach, Old Head’s nine clifftop holes dangle 200-300 feet above the roiling sea.
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Tralee Golf Club (Top-10 in Ireland)
The first European design of Arnold Palmer and one of the most spectacularly beautiful golf courses you will ever play. The open and exposed front nine gives way to a rollicking back nine with startling elevation changes, massive dunes, and treacherous carries and falloffs. This is golf as high adventure.
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Dooks Golf Club (Top-25 in Ireland)
A wonderful balance of authentic links golf and sheer beauty. Dooks twists and turns amid the blue waters of Dingle Bay and affords views of three mountain ranges: Slieve Mish, the Dingle Mountains and McGillycuddy Reeks. Celtic Golf calls it, “A truly magical location for a stunning golf course.”
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Waterville Golf Links (Top 100 in the World)
Also set on a water-ringed promontory on the famous Ring of Kerry, Waterville is young by Irish golf standards (it opened in 1973 and was improved by Tom Fazio in 2003), but it’s considered one of the 20 best links courses in the world. Partial credit goes to its signature hole, the par three 17th, on which you tee off from 250 feet above the sea.
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By the way, shuttling you to and from each of these awesome courses so you don’t have to worry about gettomg lost or being late is…

Your Personal Driver, Guide…and Friend

Yes, you’ll have someone assisting you every step of the way.

I hope I don’t wreck a good thing here, but I honestly don’t know why Celtic Golf doesn’t charge more for this.

If you read the dozens of glowing customer quotes on Celtic Golf’s website, an astonishing number specifically mention their driver as *the reason* they had such a great time.

In fact, by the end of their trips, many people call their drivers, “a part of our group,” “a good friend,” or even, “a part of our family.”

The reason, of course, is that they are more than just drivers.

Part historians, tour guides, storytellers, comedians, restaurant/pub advisors, and personal concierges, these guys are as legendary — and helpful — as the Irish caddies you hear so much about.

They really do it all, and they do it in their genuinely warm and welcoming Irish way.

Here is just one of the many quotes about these guys…

“The most memorable part of our trip, in addition to the wonderful golf courses we played, was our driver and guide. He attended to our every wish and was a true professional and gentleman. He was so knowledgeable about the history and culture of Ireland, and treated us like we were old friends. He made every step of our trip a joy.”
–Cindy & Don Venema, Pennsylvania

Next Up: Your Luxury, Five-Star Accommodations

After each day of golf, you’ll be driven back to the hotel you’ve chosen: the Killarney Park Hotel or the Aghadoe Heights Hotel.

The Killarney Park is located in the charming town of Killarney. The Aghadoe Heights is about 10 minutes outside of town and overlooks mountains and lakes.

Both are five-star, full-service resorts (on-site dining, spas, etc.) and very comfortable. It really just comes down to what you prefer.

I’ll let the photos below further explain the differences.

Here’s the Killarney Park Hotel…

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And here is the Aghadoe Heights Hotel…

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The Unbelieveable Price I Mentioned Above

If you’re familiar with Ireland golf packages, you know $2,875 is already reasonable for these world-class golf courses, five-star accommodations, meals, and personal chauffeur service included here.

So to get an additional $300 or $500 discount makes it practically impossible to pass up.

In fact, when Celtic Golf’s Jerry Quinlan explained the discount he is extending to us, my reaction was…

It’s Like Getting Free Airfare (or a Huge Discount)

Most Ireland golf packages are “land only,” and technically, this one is, too.

But the discount you get for being a GVI reader can easily cover or largely offset the cost of your flights to and from Ireland’s Shannon Airport.

Now, here’s another reason I said I didn’t know where to begin.

This package obviously includes…

The Expertise and Personal Touch of Celtic Golf

So, while the package price says “Ford,” you’re getting the prestige and precision of Ferarri.

Celtic Golf’s Jerry and Josephine Quinlan have been taking golfers to Ireland for the past 23 years.

To say they’ve built a impreccable reputation is an understatement.

Let me put it this way: when members of the PGA want to go to Ireland, they call Jerry.

(If you call, there’s a good chance you’ll speak to Jerry, too, because he’s very hands-on).

The company is based in Cape May, New Jersey, but Jerry and Josephine also spend about six months per year at their home in Killarney, Ireland (near the hotels that are part of this package.)

This allows them, literally, to provide you the best of both worlds:

You get the safety and reassurance of doing business with a company in the United States combined with the all-important local connections and relationships “on the ground” in Ireland.

The former provides comfort, the latter provides advantages.

For instance, access to prime tee times.

And, room upgrades, which you’ll get as part of this package (if available at check-in), without even having to ask.

It’s one of the perks that comes from working with one of the most respected names in the business.

As usual, I don’t want you to take my word for any of this. Instead…

Listen to Celtic Golf’s Customers

“Personal touches made us feel like part of your family. It was like visiting our Irish cousin who happened to be well-connected at all of the best golf courses in Southwest Ireland.”
–Dave Schoenfeld, Georgia

“No wonder you guys have been successful for so many years. Everything flowed beautifully….a memory for life. Thanks again for a first class performance.”
–Art Ryder, Arizona

“Working with Jerry and Josephine Quinlan is like dealing with family. Their passion for what they do is unmatched.”
–Sean Fitzsimmons, New Jersey

Here are a few more soundbites…

“Exceeded all my expectations”
–Sean Collins

“Lived up to your great reputation”
–Tommye Anne Violette

“Flawless planning and execution”
–Bill & Anna Mann

“You have our family’s highest recommendation”
–Foster Wollen

“A class organization”
–Cindy & Don Venema

“Everything went like clockwork”
–Anita & Dennis McFadden

“Perfectly organized”
–Tim Witzel

“Attention to every detail”
–Steve Waugh

“An unforgettable experience”
–Ken Hanley

“We felt very well cared for”
–Susan Ryan

And Let’s Not Forget “The Gathering”

As I mentioned at the very top, this is your chance to be in Ireland during one of the most historic and festive times in its history.

So, not only will you be able to say you played some of the best courses in Ireland and the world, you’ll be able to look back one day and say…

“I was in Ireland for “The Gathering.”

Together, this makes for an awesome combination.

Again, Today’s Special Offer for GVI Readers Only:

Save $500 on an Incredible Ireland Golf Package from the Experts at Celtic Golf

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This Package Includes…

6 Nights of Five-Star Accommodations:
Killarney Park Hotel or Aghadoe Heights Hotel

5 Rounds of World-Class Golf:
Ballybunion Old Course
Old Head Golf Links
Tralee Golf Club
Dooks Golf Club
Waterville Golf Links

Personal, chauffeured transportation

Full Irish Breakfast Daily

The Assurance of Celtic Golf

Published Price (based on 4 golfers):
$2,875 per person

GVI Reader Price:
$2,375 per person (April and October 2013) — Save $500
$2,575 per person (May to September 2013) — Save $300

Email me now to learn more (editor at golfvacationinsider.com)
or call toll free: 1-800-535-6148

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