Thursday, August 8, 2013

Golf Ireland's Sunny Southeast

If you enjoy leafy meadowlands and endless golden seaside views, then this it the region of Ireland for you. Classic courses are rightly regarded as among the best in the world and draw golfers from around the globe. Here are a couple of the wonderful courses to play golf in Ireland's southeast:


Mount Juliet Golf Club, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Mount Juliet golf course first opened in 1991 with a friendly match between Jack Nicklaus and Christy O'Connor Snr. Since then the course has established itself as a premier venue for top professional and leisure golfers from around the world. Set in a world of its own, on lush parkland in the south east of Ireland, the course is both captivating and memorable. Tiger Woods declared that Mount Juliet presented "perfect fairways...and the best greens to be putter on all year."

Rosslare Golf Club, Rosslare, Co Wexford
Rosslare Golf Links is the hidden gem of Irish links golf courses. Situated in the sunniest part of the country, on the extreme south east coast, it stands on a narrow peninsula with the Irish Sea on one side and the huge expanse of Wexford Harbour on the other.

Away from the course there's plenty to do in Ireland's southeast too. The many beaches provide an excellent opportunity to try sailing or surfing - or to just wile away an hour or two enjoying a peaceful stroll along the pristine coastline.  You can visit the famous Waterford Crystal works near to Waterford city, and see beauty created by hand right before your eyes. There, you can also learn some of the history behind the renowned company, about it's centuries old business and about its distinct techniques. Or visit Kilkenny's bustling city center, Wexford's operas. For anyone with an Irish heritage, the quayside in New Ross will be of interest. There, an exact replica of the Dunbrody, a 19th century three-masted sailing ship, and a state-of-the-art visitor's center will provide plenty of insight into Ireland's emigrant past and its strong links to North America.

Whatever you choose, one thing is for certain; after a few days in Ireland's southeast and you will understand why people from outside of Ireland have been flocking to its shores since the time of the Vikings. Start planning your golf vacation to Ireland with Celtic Tours World Vacations

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