The Champion Golfer’s Trail - A tribute to Shane Lowry
5 Nights / August-October
THE CHAMPION GOLFER'S TRAIL
This Golf Trail takes in the locations of the Irelands Shane Lowry’s greatest victories. Apart from the 3 superb championship courses we will take you on a journey around North East and North West Irelands coast with spectacular scenery and historic towns / cities. What Shane has achieved is quite remarkable. He is the only amateur to ever win his own national PGA open (The Irish Open) in Co Louth GC Baltray in 2009. He also won the West of Ireland amateur Championship in Co. Sligo GC Rosses point in 2008. Of course, the pinnacle was winning the The Open in Royal Portrush in 2019 where he also won the North of Ireland Amateur Championship in 2008. On this trip you will follow in his footsteps playing these superb championship golf courses.
♦ 1 Night 4* Maldron Hotel Belfast City Centre B&B
♦ 1 Nights 4* Adelphi Hotel Portrush BB
♦ 2 Nights 4* plus Harveys Point Lough Eske Donegal BB and 1 Dinner
♦ 3 Rounds Golf at Baltray ,Royal Portrush and Rosses Point
Aug /Sept €1025 pps - October €900 pps - Novemeber €775 pps
Maldron Hotel Belfast
Boasting a bar and on-site dining, Maldron Hotel Belfast City is located in Belfast, 800 m from The Belfast Empire Music Hall. The property is a 10-minute walk from The Waterfront Hall and an 18-minute walk from Odyssey Arena. The property offers a 24-hour front desk.
All rooms at the hotel come with a seating area and a flat-screen TV. The rooms at Maldron Hotel Belfast City feature air-conditioning and a desk.
A buffet breakfast is available daily at the property.
Titanic Belfast is 2.7 km from the accommodation, while St. George's Market is a 9-minute walk from the property.
Adelphi Hotel Portrush
The award-winning Adelphi Portrush offers 4-star luxury in the Portrush town centre. Guests have an on-site Bistro, luxury rooms and free access to a health suite with a spa, sauna and steam room.
Individually styled rooms each have a flat-screen TV and a bathroom with a shower, bath and toiletries. Rooms also have free tea/coffee and an iron, whilst some have sea views.
Adelphi Bistro’s varied menu is made using seasonal, local produce and is served in a relaxed setting. A full English breakfast is served every morning.
Using Dermalogica products, beauty treatments and a range of massage therapies are on offer in the hotel salon.
The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is 11.3 km away. The Bushmills Distillery is a 8 km drive.
Harvey's Point Hotel
This luxury hotel has a magical location amid the Bluestack Mountains, on the edge of Lough Eske. It is 6 km from Donegal town and offers gourmet food and a romantic atmosphere.
Each bedroom is elegant and private, and has a large Italian marble bathroom. Rooms also have a TV and facilities for making tea and coffee.
Harvey's Point restaurant has 2 AA Rosettes and provides relaxed, elegant dining. Food is made using locally sourced ingredients.
The peaceful Harvey's Point was AA Hotel of the Year 2007/08. It is ideal for fishing, horse riding, golf and hill walking.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo
With an 18 m swimming pool and a sumptuous spa, this Radisson BLU hotel is less than 10 minutes’ drive from Sligo. Free Wi-Fi is available, and Rosses Point Beach is a 5-minute drive away.
The bright and modern rooms each feature deluxe Vogue mattresses, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Guests can relax with a TV in each room, along with a minibar and free tea and coffee.
Healthstyles Leisure Club offers a fully equipped gym, as well as a sauna, steam room, and a children’s pool. Solas Spa and Wellness Centre features a herbal sauna, ice fountain, and crystal steam room.
Classiebawn Restaurant serves a Super Buffet Breakfast each day, including homemade pastries, fresh fruit, and Irish bread. The modern evening menu is served amongst views of Sligo Bay.
County Sligo Golf Club is 4.5 km away, and is less than 10 minutes away by car. Free parking is available.
Sight-Seeing, Restaurants and things to do on the trail:
This Golf Trail quite simply has some incredible scenery . The superb Antrim Coast drive from Larne up to Portrush rivals anything the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer. The historic cities of Belfast and Derry which have both seen dramatic changes in the last 20 years and deserve our visits. Donegal has so much to offer you from the peace and tranquillity of Harvey's Point to the raw Atlantic coast around Glencollumbkille. Killybegs offers you a chance to see Irish fishery in all its glory and to sample some of its catch! Finally heading to Sligo via Mullaghmore to end the tour at Co Sligo Rosses Point Golf course. This trip will leave you with some incredible memories. Please see below our sample itinerary as a guide for what you can include:
Day 1 - Travel to Baltray Co Louth Golf Course for today's Golf at the famous links. This is where Shane became world news in golf winning the Irish Open in 2009. The course is true Links with challenging blind shots and wonderful greens set in between the dunes. After golf travel to Belfast via Newry. Check in your hotel The Maldron located right in the centre of Belfast . Evening – check out the Cathedral Quarter. The Duke of York , The Harp Bar and the Dirty Onion are great pubs and usually provide traditional Music (call them before for whats on). For restaurants try the Ginger Bistro or Deanes. There are many eateries in and around the Cathedral Quarter. Day 1 Drive Distance (125 km Baltray to Belfast plus from your start point to Baltray)
Day 2 - After breakfast depart for Carrickfergus to follow the spectacular Antrim Coast road. Cushendall is a great place to stop to refresh and eat in Harrys or The Central Bar. Head on to Carrick a Rede Rope bridge for some spectacular views also the world famous Giants Causeway. Bushmills distillery offers a wonderful tour while sampling its finest produce. Arrive Portrush and check into your hotel, The Adelphi located right in the centre. There are great beaches in Portrush so don’t forget the togs !
Evening: There are many restaurants in Portrush . A really good tapas Restaurant directly across from the Hotel is Ocho. Harrys Shack in Portstewart a short drive away is highly recommended as is the Tides Restaurant. Day 3 Drive Distance 130.
Day 3 – Today you play the venue of 148th Open Championship Portrush the scene of Shane Lowry’s greatest triumph. (Morning tee time) This is truly a wonderful golf course and an experience you won’t forget. Wonderful holes and scenery and only 5min drive from the hotel.
After golf and refreshments depart for Harveys Point Hotel in Donegal . We recommend a quick visit to the historic city of Derry.( Journey time 1 Hour) Visit The Guild hall, City Walls, Tower Museum and the iconic Free Derry Corner.
Depart Derry for your Hotel Harveys Point in Donegal (journey time 1hr 15 mins) on the shores of Lough Eske for 2 nights well deserved relaxation. This property is one of the most popular award winning hotels in Ireland. You will also have one dinner included here. Day 3 Drive distance 135 Km.
Day 4 – Today you will relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Donegal. The Hotel also has a beautiful Spa called the Treatment Suite for wellness. You also have the opportunity to tour on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Wild Atlantic Way Drive Suggested Itinerary. Start with a short drive to the scenic town of Glenties and on to the fabulous beach at Nairn.
From there take the short drive to Ardara visiting one of several shops that Donegal tweeds and homemade knitwear.
Perhaps enjoy tea and a scone before heading on to Glencolmcille where you will visit the craft village and enjoy the beach. Then it’s on to some of the highest sea cliffs in Ireland at the stunning Sliabh Liag , A visit to the cliffs and the surrounding region is a must on your Wild Atlantic Way adventure. Experience the local culture, heritage and people of Donegal against the backdrop of our spectacular and rugged coastline.
Drive on to the village of Carrick. If you take the narrow coast road the house where actress Jessica Parker is often seen overlooking the ocean.
From there it is on to Killybegs where you deserve a nice seafood lunch in the Ahoy Café or the Fusion Bistro. A walk along the pier to view some of the huge fishing vessels is most enjoyable.
From Killybegs it is a straight drive back to Donegal arriving into Harvey’s Point in time for a fabulous evening meal.
Day 5 - After Breakfast depart for Sligo Town to complete the golf trail in Rosses Point Sligo – journey time 1 hour. (Shane Lowry won the West of Ireland amateur here in 2008). While en route you can visit Mullaghmore and Drumcliffe the final resting place of WB Yeats .
Golf today at Co Sligo Golf Course . Another wonderful championship golf links under the Belbulbin mountain and scene of Shane Lowrys West of Ireland victory in 2008.
After golf check in to Radisson Blu hotel for your last night of the tour Evening chance to relax and review your Champions Tour .
Dinner options in Sligo town: Monmartre or Coach Lane Restaurants are fantastic; for a taste of Japan try Miso its wonderful. Hargadon Bros offers fantastic food and is one of Sligos best bars. In Strandhill try Stoked or The Venue Bar superb food in either . Sligo has a growing reputation as one of Ireland's best cuisine locations with many many restaurants . Enjoy!!
Day 6 – Breakfast in hotel – Champions Trail ends
Baltray Co Louth:
County Louth’s Golf Club, perhaps better known as ‘Baltray’, is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s finest links.
County Louth’s Golf Club, perhaps better known as ‘Baltray’, is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s finest links. Host to the Nissan Irish Open in 2004 which was an unqualified success, it also hosts the East of Ireland Amateur Championship annually, a 72-hole strokesplay national championship.
It is a true links with many challenges, though still playable and enjoyable by every standard of player. It is an opportunity not to be missed.
Voted Number 8 in the World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses, Golf Digest (2019).
Founded in 1888, the legendary Royal Portrush Golf Club has two Championship Courses – the renowned Dunluce Course and the smaller but equally enjoyable Valley Course. Both command impressive views across the North Atlantic with breathtaking views of Scotland and Donegal but the golf is even more spectacular.
The Dunluce Course, re-designed in 1947 by Mr H.S. Colt and later in 1951, became host to the first ever Open Championship held in Ireland. During the entire tournament only two golfers managed to break 70. It’s easy to see why; the greens are scattered among huge sand dunes gently raised above the Antrim Coast providing vistas of sea, cliffs and islands. But no matter how appealing the view, attention must be paid to your game as Portrush can challenge even the most experienced of golfers. 2019 saw a monumental year for golf in Northern Ireland with the return of The Open to Northern Ireland for only the second time in histroy. The Open quickly became the fastest-selling event in the Championship’s history, and with over 237,000 spectators it broke more records as the best-attended Open outside of St Andrew’s, the home of golf. It was broadcast to over 600 million homes, with over 5400 hours of global television.Over half of the spectators came from outside of Northern Ireland. It truly put Northern Ireland Made for Golf on the map as well as Royal Portrush Golf Club.
Ahead of The 148th Open architect Martin Ebert added new seventh and eighth holes, fashioned from land on the club’s Valley Course, to replace its 17th and 18th holes. That means Calamity is now the 16th instead of the 14th as it was previously, and the old par-4 16th is
now the closing hole. However, Ebert did retain Colt’s famous greens, considered some of the best putting surfaces in the world.Portrush’s most celebrated holes are the fifth hole and the fourteenth. The fifth, ‘White Rock’ is one of the most exhilarating two–shots in golf. Over hit the second shot, and your ball disappears into the Atlantic! The aptly named, ‘Calamity’ requires total precision to carry the ball over an enormous ravine. Mis-hit this one and you could be taking your next swing from at least fifty feet below the hole. Is it any wonder that Golf World magazine regularly rates Portrush in the world’s top twenty golf courses?
County Sligo Golf Club, Rosses Point:
County Sligo Golf Club is located at Rosses Point, the course boasts one of the most scenic locations in Ireland perched on cliffs that tower over three expansive beaches overlooking the Atlantic.The panoramic mountain and ocean views are spectacular
Scenic and challenging 18 hole links course (6,638 metres) and 9-hole links course (2,785 metres). Bordering the Atlantic Ocean with Benbulben and Knocknarea backdrop and with scenic views of five counties from third tee. A challenge to the best of golfers and fun for all. Home to the West of Ireland Amateur Golf Championship at Easter. Open to visitors seven days a week, all year round. Course also has floodlit driving range.