When to play
Most of Ireland’s courses, especially links, are open all year round. However, courses are in best condition and weather is most suitable for golfing from April to October. In summer, daylight hours can stretch up to 10pm so two rounds and a lazy lunch can easily fit into a day.
It’s always best to call ahead for availability and book your tee times in advance. For green fees, most clubs offer special rates for visitors and groups, so be sure to ask about any special offers from the club or your tour operator. They may also know about packages that allow you to play two or three courses over your trip, so that you get to test your skill against our greens.
If you haven’t brought your own clubs with you, many places offer club hire – just call ahead to check. The innovative Clubs To Hire service also makes golf easy for visitors. On arrival in Dublin Airport, you can hire everything from the clubs to all sorts of related golf equipment. You can even check out Clubs To Buy if you’ve liked the clubs you’ve hired so much while you're here, you want to buy them!
Book ahead, too, for caddies (available at bigger championship courses) and buggies or carts (not as common). The cost will vary for all. If you have a handicap certificate from your club it’s worth bringing it along. Bring plenty of golf balls, too, as you’re sure to lose a few! We did say our courses were challenging!