Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Autumn's glories are not far off, but for now, summer savings are all the rage, especially in Ireland. To sample the classic links of the Emerald Isle at greatly reduced rates, contact SWING GOLF Ireland (011 353 66 7125733, swinggolfireland.com) and turn those green dreams into reality.The Ireland Golf Special includes rounds at some of Southwest Ireland's hidden gems, each that are loaded with scenery and charm. Play Killarney, Dooks, Ring of Kerry and Dingle. Cost is 199 Euros per person, valid August-October, subject to course availability. Oct_doonbeg_600x500 The McGillycuddy Challenge features rounds at a pair of seaside stunners, Arnold Palmer's Tralee and the incomparable Waterville, plus a third round at Killarney (Killeen), a former Irish Open site that some have called the most beautiful inland course in Europe. Cost is 269 Euros per person, valid August-October, subject to course availability.Blending ancient and modern, links and parkland is the Burren Challenge, with rounds along the Atlantic Ocean at perennial Top 100 standout Lahinch (Old), at Greg Norman's Doonbeg as well as one at Dromoland Castle's lovely inland layout. Cost is 235 Euros per person, valid August-October, subject to course availability.For maximum golf at maximum value, take on the Combo Challenge, which pairs both the McGillycuddy Challenge and the Burren Challenge, meaning you'll tackle Tralee, Waterville, Killarney (Killeen), Lahinch (Old), Doonbeg and Dromoland Castle. Cost is 504 Euros per person, valid August-October, subject to course availability.The seasonal Links Special features rounds at Dingle, Tralee and Dooks -- and includes an extra round free at Tralee. Cost in August is 245 Euros per person and 300 Euros in September, subject to course availability.For more information, please see the specials section at swinggolfireland.com/special_offers.php (Photo: Doonbeg Golf Club)

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