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  1. Great post Dave. North West Ireland really is an exquisite area of the world for golf. Most golfers on vacation in the country tend to miss it out and head to South West Ireland to the likes of Ballybunion, Lahinch, Waterville and Old Head. Or go to the North for Royal County Down, Royal Portrush and Portstewart. (But I think that you have already played all of those courses on previous trips ) I region is well worth a visit if you are planning an Irish Vacation and the hospitality and craic..... is as you can expect from the Irish... truly wonderful. BTW; I did some work experience for Guinness when I was younger; typically the beer overseas has a higher alcohol % content (which preserves it for longer in the cask), plus the Irish beer is fresher... as the locals drink it in volume! And the bar staff know how to look after it/the taps and pour a good pint... and I like the shamrock! I look forward to hearing about the rest of your trip. Thanks, Guy
  2. Which is the best destination for a Golf trip? Scotland or Ireland? You may have read MyGolfSpy's recent blog, where we asked two respective authorities of Scottish and Irish golf to go head to head and describe the perfect golf trip to their homeland... and the then say why their itinerary (over the other) deserved the mantle of the best golf trip ever! The article can be read here For those wanting to cut to the chase, the summary is as follows.... Kieran selected the line up below for the "Best Ever Scottish Trip": 1.Old Course, St. Andrews 2.Kingsbarns 3.New Course, St. Andrews 4.Championship Course at Carnoustie 5.West Links at North Berwick 6.Muirfield 7.Gleneagles Kings Not bad! However, when you put it up against Kevin's picks for "Ireland's Best Ever Trip", it's a tough call to decide which is the best... 1.Ballybunion Old 2.Ballybunion Cashen 3.Tralee 4.Waterville 5.Dooks 6.Old Head 7.Killarney What are your views? Which trip would you take? And are you lucky enough to have played any of these courses? Or, do you disagree with their choices? And if so which Scottish or Irish courses would you place in your ultimate trip itinerary? Thanks, Guy
  3. Boy, we have a fantastic sweepstakes running at the moment.... the only caveat is that you need to be able to get there if you win! Yes, we are giving away a 3 Night Trip to St Andrews, Scotland where you and a lucky buddy will play Kingsbarns, The New Course.... and The Old Course You will also enjoy 5* accommodations during your stay. The dates for the trip are June 8th to 10th... so just a couple of weeks away. Therefore, if you can get yourself over to Scotland in time, and you win, then it is all yours! The sweepstakes is hosted on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/GolfbreakscomTours/ You can also enter here: http://woobox.com/4a424p-j97 Good luck! Guy
  4. When the team at MyGolfSpy asked us for our picks for the Top 10 Courses in Scotland, it was not an easy task. You are genuinely spoilt for choice with world class golf throughout the country. But we knuckled down and came up with the following 10... when taking into consideration design, surroundings, ambiance and history. 1. The Old Course at St. Andrews 2. Championship Course at Royal Dornoch 3. Championship Course at Carnoustie 4. West Links at North Berwick 5. Championship Course at Machrihanish 6. Old Course at Prestwick 7. Kingsbarns Golf Links 8. Ailsa Course at Turnberry 9. Castle Stuart 10. Muirfield The full "Top 10 Scottish Golf Courses You MUST Play!" article can be seen here. Do you agree with our picks? Or which ones would you put in your top 10? And let us know if you have been lucky enough to play any of these courses! It's worth reading the article as some great comments and suggestions have also been posted by the MyGolfSpy community. Thanks, Guy
  5. Shameless plus coming up (apologies in advance!)... ...but I'd thought I'd let you all know that we still have a few St Andrews Old Course packages available for this summer. They all have guaranteed tee times on the Old Course... so you can ensure that you will be playing the tee time of all time! Package details and dates can be seen here. If this sounds tempting and you fancy a trip to the Home of Golf this summer then please get in contact on: 1-855-699-5853 (toll free) or usasales@golfbreaks.com Chris, Sean and Connor will be able to help you and answer any questions. Furthermore, you'll see that we still have one June package still available (8th-10th), which is only a few weeks away! Therefore, we are happy to give you a very good deal on this package if you can jump on a plane and get yourself over to Scotland in time. Finally, if you are looking for a complete bargain, then grab our Old Course October Offer. There are only a few green fees left, but we are offering 6 nights and 5 rounds (including the Old Course) from $1840 pp. View packages >> Happy golfing. Guy
  6. Just quick heads up that Golfbreaks.com's amazing sweepstakes to win a Golf Vacation for 4 to South West Ireland is ending this Sunday - May 15th. I am not over egging when I say that it really is that good. The winner and 3 buddies will enjoy 7 nights and 5 rounds, staying in Killarney in 4* accommodations and playing these world class tracks: Ballybunion, Waterville, Tralee, Dooks and Killarney. The prize details are as follows: 7 nights and 5 rounds of golf for 4 people to South West Ireland: ✔ 7 Nights' B&B at Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa 4* ✔ 5 rounds of golf at Old Course Ballybunion, Waterville Golf Course, Tralee Golf Course, Dooks Golf Course and Killeen Course at Killarney Golf Club ✔ Car rental (self drive) for your entire stay Please enter before Sunday, plus let all your golfing buddies know (to improve your chances of winning - as long as they invite you!). Enter here Good luck, Guy
  7. Wow!!! I won't quote the above Tommy as the review is pretty extensive, but what a phenomenal write up! Certainly jealous of this trip here in the office and it's started a good debate about our favorite! Here's some of our write ups and information on our Scottish locations - http://usa.golfbreaks.com/local-guides/scotland-guide/ Give us the heads up next time you're heading on a trip like this Tommy - we may be able to help. And if not, we'd love to just come along!!!!
  8. We wrote a blog a few months back about what to expect when playing golf in the UK or Ireland, highlighting some of the differences between UK and US golf clubs and courses. One big different (apart from the warm beer, bacon rolls, strange accents and occasional dodgy weather...) is that many of the signature courses don't allow carts (unless for medical reasons), so you'll need to walk the course either carrying your bag or with a pull trolley. Therefore a top tip, for UK and Irish trips, is to reserve a caddie in advance if you'd like a bag carrier (....and some great advice on how to play the course). Another tip is to bring a tie, as you never know what invites you might get on your travels (and you don't really want to turn down an invite to have lunch in the R&A due to a wardrobe malfunction...!) The full blog can be seen here. Thanks, Guy
  9. Yes, that is a very good point about using apps to help plan your trip. Obviously TripAdvisor and the like are good for reviews and recommendations of bars, restaurants, sights and things to do when you are at your destination. I would also recommend the Open Table app for booking UK restaurants - they have good coverage in most UK towns. When it come to golf apps, this is a whole new thread in itself! Apps like Tour Caddie and Swing by Swing spring to mind, but also Golfshake is very strong on UK and Irish course info and reviews. Happy travels! Guy
  10. You may have read our recent front page article on “How to Organize the Perfect Golf Trip to the UK or Ireland”… If you haven't then you can view it here. Anyway, I'd love to know any additional tips that you might have for organizing golf vacations (either to the US, UK or Internationally), so please post them below. Personally, one of the hardest things that I find when organizing a trip is to get friends (especially guys) to commit to coming, and not having them drop out at the last minute – which can cause a lot of pain. I find that the solution to that is to get the trip dates in everyone's diaries months in advance… and then get a deposit upfront from them as soon as you can (…you soon get their commitment once they've handed over hard cash!) Another top tip is; if one of your buddies snores loudly…. Then make sure that you put them a single room! (Or have a few whiskey's each the evening so that you sleep through it!) Let me know your top tips... Thanks Guy
  11. Members of the Golfbreaks team are currently doing a golf tour of the US, which luckily for them involves visiting, playing and staying at amazing golf courses and resorts. The trip is split into two legs: The 1st leg is around the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama and they are playing courses such as; Oconee Course at Reynolds Plantation, Judge Course at Capitol Hill and Cambrian Ridge. The 2nd leg is in Florida and the guys are playing such courses as; Turnberry Isle, Ryder Course at PGA National and Blue Monster at Doral. The question is... which leg of the trip would you rather?
  12. I was wondering if any lucky people out there had managed to secure a St Andrews Links Old Course advance tee time? If you have, firstly congratulations and secondly what other courses are you planning on playing in the area? Are you going for the big names: Old, New, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Gleneagles… or are you throwing in a few lesser known gems such as Panmure, Monifieth, Blairgowrie, etc… Or perhaps you are going further afield to the West Coast to play Turnberry, Prestwick, Troon (Open permitting…) or going down to Lothian to play Gullane, North Berwick, Muirfield, etc.? Anyway, regardless of whether you have or haven't, what would be your 'Dream Scotland Itinerary?' Thanks, Gary
  13. I am pleased to say that we are currently running another fabulous sweepstakes to win a 7 night, 5 round Golf Vacation for 4 people to Wales. The lucky winners will play the pick of the crop in South West Wales with rounds at Pennard, Ashburnham and Royal Porthcawl - classic old school links courses; the modern day masterpiece Machynys Peninsula - designed by Jack Nicklaus; and the world famous Celtic Manor Twenty Ten Course - home of the 2010 Ryder cup. You'll also enjoy 4-star accommodations throughout your stay in Cardiff and Swansea - fantastic cities to visit and enjoy the night life! Wales is riding high at the moment with national teams doing well in both the Rugby World Cup and the European Championships (soccer), so here is your chance to join in with the party, for a whole week, and play some world class golf! You can enter here: http://usa.golfbreaks.com/sweepstake/ Good luck.... and your entries need to be in by midnight on November 2nd. Guy
  14. Ireland is spoilt for choice with world class golf courses. In fact over a quarter of the World's true links courses are situated on the emerald isle (and the other 300 or so courses aren't too bad either!!!). From the likes of Ballybunion, and Lahinch in the South West to the delights of Royal Portrush and Royal County Down in the North, and Enniscrone and Ballyliffen on the rugged west coast which region deserves the title of being the number-one place to visit? If you've been there; tell us what's the best in your opinion. Or if you have not been; what regions would you like to go to first? And of course, with the Irish renowned for their warm hospitality, let us know about any good stories from your visit...! Thanks, Guy
  15. Yes, it is a great prize... I have been entering every day for the last month... but sadly don't think that employees are allowed to enter... !?! Anyway, today is the last day as the competition closes at midnight. Good luck to all those who have entered! Guy
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