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3300 (!) for an Ireland trip ?


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Okay, so being out of your budget... I say spend a lot less money and go play Sand Valley and Erin Hills. No, it's not Ireland, but Man are they great!!

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  • 3 months later...

I know this is an old thread, but wanted to give my experience. Went on a buddy's trip to Inverness area of Scotland in Sept. In Scotland for 6 days, we played a total of 9 (yes NINE) rounds of golf - Castle Stuart 2x, Brora, Golspie, Royal Dornoch 2x, Nairn 2x, and Moray. We stayed in combination of inexpensive hotels (Premier Inns), and an AirBnb, moving to be closer to the various golf courses. Rented 2 cars (I've been to UK many times, don't mind driving there). Total cost for golf, hotels, food, cars & drinks = 2200. Airfare from San Francisco to Inverness = $600. 

We got good deals on replays, which is why we played 2-a-day.  In hindsight, we would have either only played 1 round a day every day, or 2x/day and skip a day in between. We were pretty beat up by the end. Not used to walking so much.

Hope this helps with budgeting and planning.

 

PS. The experience of playing in Scotland was remarkably similar to Bandon Dunes. The wind, grasses, bunkers, rough, etc. very similar in feel to Scotland.  In 2018 golf alone in peak summer was about $1500 for 5 rounds over 3 days. $325 & $175 replay, if I recall correctly. We rented an airBnB for 14 of us that went on this trip, about a mile from the resort, cooked our own food for breakfast & dinner, saved a lot of money.

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I have played in ireland and Northern Ireland a number of times. and the number your buddy is quoting you is not far off. You can go cheaper and there are a few ways to do that. One would be to stay away from most of the more famous courses, maybe play one then book some hidden gems, there are lots of great courses there that just do not get to be in the spotlight. Also, many packages book you into hotels or boutique hotels, look for guest houses and B&B instead, somewhat cheaper, more friendly with lots of local knowledge. You might even run into a club captain from a course like we did, he got us on Royal Portrush for free. Inniscrone is a great hidden gem as is Carne, much cheaper to play than the big names and just as much fun.

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Sorry the correct spelling is Enniscrone.

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My nephew put a trip together for a foursome about 3 years ago. He did all the arraignments himself, no tour group, no package. We played 4 rounds of golf in 5 days, stayed at two different hotels(3/4 Stars). Flew into and out of Shannon. The whole thing cost about $1400. We drove ourselves, that would be the only thing I would change. We played Lahinch, Trump's Doonebeg, Port Marnock and Howeth . 

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I went to Ireland a few years back and paid more than $3,500.  I thought we could've done the trip for $3,000, including airfare.  So your quote isn't that far out of line.  You just have to decide how important certain aspects of the trip are related to accomodations and transportation.  I've previously gone to Ireland / N. Ireland on a solo trip where I self drove, stayed in B&B's, didn't eat out all that much, but played almost all the great courses.  It was cheap, but I've got the memories of playing all the great courses, but that isn't for everyone.

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