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April 24, 2023

Time to book that golf trip to Ireland is now

By Dan Vukelich, Alabama Golf News Online Editor
Royal Portrush, a stop on any golf trip to Ireland

2024 tee times are about to open up

Due to increased post-pandemic demand, the time to book that dream 2024 golf trip to Ireland is now, travel experts are saying.

The tee sheet for two renowned courses in Northern Ireland, for example, open up for 2024 reservations in May, according to the folks at Lyons Links, a luxury tour operator that books groups into Royal Portrush and Royal County Down.

“Timesheets at the marque clubs have been full for many months for the 2023 season, and in some cases practically full since last summer,” the company said in an online statement.

“Post-pandemic, the demand for these courses has sky rocketed and the majority of tee-times are sure to be snapped up in the days and weeks after [tee sheets] open, the first week in May,” the company said.

The advice comes just as Tourism Ireland is stepping up its game in the recruitment of American golfers to visit the Emerald Isle. The national tourism agency was at The Masters earlier this month to kick off its newest campaign.

Promoting that golf trip to Ireland

Included in that effort to encourage U.S. golfers to book a golf trip to Ireland, the agency has partnered with the Golf Channel and NBC to broadcast short segments on golf in Ireland.

The six-episode mini-series to showcase golf in Ireland will be shown during broadcasts of the three remaining major golf championships this season.

Filming is taking place at top Irish golf courses, including Lahinch Golf Club, Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club, Adare Manor Golf Club, The K Club, Portmarnock Golf Club, Seapoint Golf Links, Royal County Down Golf Club, Ardglass Golf Club, Holywood Golf Club and Royal Belfast Golf Club.

Filming is also taking place at the Cliffs of Moher and Game of Thrones Studio Tour.

The mini-series will air around coverage of the PGA Championship, U.S. Open, The Open and the Ryder Cup, as well as on the digital and social channels of the Golf Channel, during 2023.

Other golf-travel news

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán Beach Resort, and Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort have been selected among the “Top 500 Hotels in the World” by the readers of Travel + Leisure, the consumer travel magazine.

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, tucked away in a secluded valley 15 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, has been significantly expanded and refined since its debut in 2005. Fronting a splendid 2.5-mile stretch of unspoiled beach, this enchanting sanctuary at Land’s End was designed to showcase the beauty of the Baja Peninsula’s unique mountain-desert-ocean environment.

The resort featured the Jack Nicklaus-designed Quivira Golf Club, which runs along steep cliffs above the point where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.

In Mazatlan, the Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán Beach Resort recently completed $26.5 million renovation project paid homage to the hotel’s Old-World charm while elevating all elements of the property, including the guest suites, restaurants, lobbies, pools, and façade.

Guests at both the Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán Beach Resort and the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay can play at the Estrella delo Mar Golf Club, one of the top-rated courses in Mexico.

Dan Vukelich is the Online Editor of Alabama Golf News

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Featured image courtesy of Royal Portrush

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