Meet the Kerry Challenge!

Great deal to be had in Southern Ireland with reduced green fees at Ballybunion and Killarney.

Bob Warters's picture
Fri, 8 Sep 2006
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Killeen’s 18th and Killarney clubhouse

So, you’ll be looking for a great value break with fabulous golf guaranteed between now and December 2007, will you now?

Well, the courses of South West Ireland are beckoning and Ballybunion and Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, usually rivals for the attention of golfing pilgrims, have got together to offer The Kerry Challenge – a chance to play three of their four courses from just £130.

The combination of Ballybunion’s Cashen course – a traditional links designed by Robert Trent Jones along the Atlantic shoreline - and two of Killarney’s Mahoney’s Point, Lackabane or the newly re-furbished Killeen course, provide the ultimate experience for golfers looking for quality golf at an affordable price.

From October 2006 to April 2007 and from October 2007 to December 2007, the cost to play Ballybunion New (Cashen) and two of the three Killarney courses is £130 (195 euro) and from May 2007 to September 2007 the price increases only nominally, to £150 (E225).


Spectacular Cashen course at Ballybunion

It’s a scheme that aims to take advantage of the high profile Ireland currently enjoys, with the Ryder Cup set for the K Club in Dublin later this month, while identifying an area of the country that has traditionally produced courses of the highest quality.

A regular Ryanair 65-minute service to Kerry (from Stansted) plays a key role in the new deal (around £258 return, including one golf bag).

Kerry Challenge passes must be purchased in advance (non refundable) from the two participating clubs and tee times booked (subject to availability). Local terms and conditions apply.

Says Killarney’s secretary manager, Tom Prendergast: "We are so lucky to be in this unique corner of the earth which has often been described as ‘the nearest golf club to heaven’. We realise how price sensitive the UK market is and we want to offer the Kerry Challenge Golf Pass as great value without compromising on quality.

"We also hope that many will take advantage of the opportunity to experience the renowned Kerry hospitality, dine out at in some great local restaurants and, if you have enough energy, sample the Killarney night life."

Fact File


Lackabane’s 18th green at Killarney

Ballybunion Golf Club (00353 (0)68 27146), Ballybunion, Co Kerry, Ireland.

Killarney Golf and Fishing Club (000353 (0)64 31032)

Recommended hotels

Four-star Killarney Plaza (00 353(0) 6421111) and Killarney Avenue, Town Centre, Killarney, Kerry. *Special rate at Plaza of E159 per person sharing includes two nights B&B with dinner on one evening between October and December 21, 2006 and selected dates between February and March 2007. Also E109 at Avenue (October to March, 2007) inclusive of two nights B&B with dinner on one evening.

Other specials available on application at five star Hotel Europe and Dunloe Castle Hotel and at five-star Killarney Park Hotel.

Winter getaways in Killarney from Aghadoe Heights Hotel from E295pp, The Ross (from E165), Dromhall and Randles Court hotels (from E119), The 19th green B&B (from E40) and from E30 at Woodlands B&B (Tel: 00353 (0)64 31467).

Recommended restaurants:

The Laurels in Killarney and Nick’s in Killorgan (00 353 (0) 66 976 1233).

Tourism enquiries

For further information about golf in Ireland visit www.discoverireland.com or call free on 0800 039 7000

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