Golf Resorts International Is Now a Proud Partner of The First Tee Organization

Golf Resorts International Is Now a Proud Partner of The First Tee Organization

Press Release: June 6, 2012 Golf Resorts International, the acclaimed television series showcasing the world’s premier golf destinations for the last ten years, is proud to become a platinum level corporate partner of The First Tee, a youth development organization that has impacted more than 6.5 million young people by providing educational programs that build […]

Where you can explore the <br />world’s finest luxury golf resorts

Where you can explore the
world’s finest luxury golf resorts

Golf Resorts International is a half-hour television series showcasing the finest golf resorts in the world such as Old Course Hotel at St Andrews, Scotland and The Lodge at Pebble Beach on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula. The series takes an in-depth look at the course layout, history, and resort amenities of these classic destinations. Golf […]

Doonbeg Resort, Ireland

Doonbeg Resort, Ireland

After spending a week at the Lough Erne Resort in Ireland, we headed to our next destination: The Doonbeg Resort. We had scheduled a Helicopter to pick us up, but unfortunately the weather wasn’t cooperating. If you travel with a group, I recommend booking a Heli service; it’s a great way to save some time […]

Lough Erne Resort, Ireland

Lough Erne Resort, Ireland

If you’ve not yet been to Ireland, definitely put it on your bucket list. Once you visit, you’ll want to return year after year. Spending time in Ireland was akin to stepping back in time. There’s so much to take in, green country alongside all its visible history!  We hopped into our rental car at the […]

Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach quite simply enchants guests with a magnificent, sparkling Oceanside setting. After countless awards of excellence, most recently awarded the platinum medal by Golf Magazine in 2009. The game of golf is at its worldwide best at the Pebble Beach Resorts where each course offers unique heritage, breathtaking beauty and a once in a […]

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, California

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, California

The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has been recognized, for over 8 years, as of the best secrets among travelers.  It is an escape unto itself and offers historic, casual elegance and features luxurious accommodations, a beautiful spa, and a storied past. Since its early beginnings, guests of the inn have acclaimed the resort for […]

Slieve Donard, Ireland

Slieve Donard, Ireland

Slieve Donard resort and spa, after recent refinements, has ensured that it is now the most luxurious destination in all of Ireland.  All 178 rooms are decorated in beautiful, traditional styles with modern comforts accompanied by some of the most spectacular views of the magnificent mountains and coastline.  The Victorian construction is over a century […]

Four Seasons Resort,  Lana’i

Four Seasons Resort, Lana’i

One of the biggest reasons to visit the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i is for its underdeveloped appeal, enabling its guests to experience a truly secluded and private kind of ocean-side paradise. The resort is located on a natural marine preserve, which is home to teems of colorful reef fish and protected species, including green sea […]

St. Andrews, Scotland

St. Andrews, Scotland

Known as the Home of Golf, it is every golfer’s dream to walk on St Andrews Links. The courses offer a landscape of infinite variety and have been a playing field for the sport for over 600 years, but have been evolving into the game we know today, all the while. The seven St Andrews […]

Mauna Lani, Big Island

Mauna Lani, Big Island

If one is looking for clear water, look no further than the Mauna Lani Resort on the Big Island located off the beautiful Kohala Coast where just about every room has a luminous ocean view. The resort’s overall feel is very open and if one enjoys walking, there are some wonderful walking trails running along […]

Princeville at Hanalei, Kauai

Princeville at Hanalei, Kauai

The resort claims to be one of the most magical island vacation destinations of Earth as it is simply “magnificent by nature.” Situated among lush sea cliffs towering above Hanalei Bay on Kauai’s North Shore, the resort provides its guests with a perfect tropical setting. Princeville at Hanalei is beautifully designed with exquisite ocean views […]

Pinehurst, North Carolina

Pinehurst, North Carolina

It is said that the American golf story both takes root and flourishes in Pinehurst. This destination is a three-time winner of Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine’s Best Golf Resort in America award, a three-time U.S. Open site and is home of the famed No. 2 golf course.  The resort offers a step back in […]

Las Ventanas, Cabo San Lucas

Las Ventanas, Cabo San Lucas

Just as the name implies, Las Ventanas is simply a window to Paradise. As one of the most acclaimed resorts in the word, Las Ventanas has attempted to redefine luxury and guest pampering as the resort hospitality reaches out with special touches in order to create a hallmark sense of resort ambiance. The desert resort […]

Four Seasons Lodge at Koele, Lana’i

Four Seasons Lodge at Koele, Lana’i

On the very private island of Lana’i, the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele is said to appear like a gracious country manor hidden within the central highlands of the island. Guests are invited to enjoy peaceful tranquility in the midst of Hawaii’s natural beauty and wildlife. The resort offers impeccable service along with many outdoor […]

The Boulders Resort & Spa, Arizona

The Boulders Resort & Spa, Arizona

If one were ever looking for an undeniably unique sense of place that is astonishingly in tune with the environment, untouched, unspoiled, it would be The Boulders Resort & Spa in Arizona.  The resort is a natural refuge and destination with extraordinary landscape inspired by the unsurpassed beauty of the Sonoran Desert.  In attempts to […]

Coeur d’ Alene Resort, Idaho

Coeur d’ Alene Resort, Idaho

Any vacationer in search of idyllic landscape, year round activities and spectacular settings are urged to take refuge at the Couer d’ Alene set on the shore of one of America’s most beautiful lakes.  The resort has been christened with “The Playground of the Northwest,” where they have been mastering the art of relaxation for […]

Mission Hills Resort, China

Mission Hills Resort, China

Mission Hills Resort and Spa is one of Southern China’s finest 5-star hotels and is an ideal retreat for vacationers, business travelers, and golf seekers who desire to take some time to discover or simply enjoy the ambiance of the world’s largest golf resort. The resort is split into two wings with very distinct styles. […]

Equinox, Vermont

Equinox, Vermont

The Equinox Resort maintains a wide variety of accommodations with approximately 200 rooms and suites in four uniquely decorated buildings – some rooms offering subtly elegant décor while others offer a soothing palette of earth tones for a harmonizing, country charm. Regardless of taste, however, this resort is sure to meet your standards with its […]

Gleneagles, Scotland

Gleneagles, Scotland

As one of Scotland’s most luxurious 5 star resorts and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Gleneagles is set on 850 acres of Perthshire countryside and is the home to three of the top Scottish Championship Golf Courses as well as a wide range of exhilarating outdoor leisure activities. Throughout the hotel, […]

Druids Glen, Ireland

Druids Glen, Ireland

Often referred to as “The Augusta of Europe,” Druids Glen is the leading golf course in Wicklow where both the flora and fauna of the Glen provide a beautiful, colorful background for a magnificent golf course. In this magical space, forests and streams provide a haven for wildlife in what was once home to the […]

Doonbeg Resort, Ireland

After spending a week at the Lough Erne Resort in Ireland, we headed to our next destination: The Doonbeg Resort. We had scheduled a Helicopter to pick us up, but unfortunately the weather wasn’t cooperating. If you travel with a group, I recommend booking a Heli service; it’s a great way to save some time and play more golf courses! Most of the resorts are equipped with Heli pads. What’s really cool is that they pick you up at your hotel and drop you off at the course you are playing that day. If you play early enough and plan it right, you can make arrangements for them to pick you up and drop you off at your next course.

What would have been about a one-hour helicopter ride ended up being a 6-hour drive for us. The nice thing about driving, though, is that you get to see such beautiful countryside. You can also stop along the way and even visit the little towns, which are all very charming. After making several wrong turns, we had finally made it: out of nowhere, the Doonbeg Resort appeared and what a sight! I couldn’t believe how secluded it was. The first thing I noticed as we were winding our way along the entrance road to the resort was the way it fit in so well with the surrounding, natural landscape. It looks as if it has been there for hundreds of years, but it’s actually only 4 years old. The golf course officially opened in July, 2002 and the lodge followed in May, 2006. It’s a breathtaking piece of property located right on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean with miles and miles of beach. The contrast was absolutely beautiful with the lush, green, rolling hills of farmland meeting the ocean. We even saw some surfers out catching waves. The accommodations were definitely first class and the guest services were some of the best as well. The food was first rate while the resort even has a local fisherman who brings in the fresh catch of the day.  The main part of the resort offers ocean view suites and courtyard suites that surround the property. The film crew stayed in a 3500 sq. ft. suite adjacent to the first hole. Everywhere you looked displayed of an amazing amount of attention to detail.

After settling in, I was excited to play the golf course. While uncertain of what the weather was going to be like the following day, we were happy when we woke up to sunshine. The course looked amazing with high dunes on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other – just beautiful!  Designed by Greg Norman and measuring close to 7000 yards, the course certainly plays longer than you first think. In any case, you’ll love the way he kept the natural landscape so intact. The course is definitely trying, but that is what links style golf is all about. I would highly recommend getting a caddie, while walking is the way to go. It is very interesting the way Norman designed the course. With 9 holes going out and 9 coming back in, you will be challenged all day by the wind off the ocean – not to mention the rapidly changing weather. You will use every club in your bag and will especially need your bump and run shot.

The resort itself offers some excellent food choices. You can enjoy a meal in a casual setting at Darby’s Pub or the formal dining area know as the Long Room, both named after the owners, Buddy Darby and Leonard Long. I would highly recommend having dinner in the town nearby at Morrissey’s, a local favorite!  It’s only a 15-minute drive from the resort, which is definitely worth it. Also, have the concierge arrange a day of horseback riding at the West Clare Equestrian Center. It’s a great way to take in the Irish countryside.

Definitely put this on your list of places to explore and experience. We spent a total of 7 days at this location and it was sunny most of the time.

Our last stop was Dunsany, County Meath, Killeen Castle located just 20 minutes outside of Dublin. The Castle dates back to over 800 years.  We were scheduled to tour the property and interview Rossi Jones, the Captain of US Team for the Solheim Cup that is to be played there in Sept. 2011.

When you pull up to the gate, the guard comes out to greet you. You continue up this country road for a few miles and then the Castle appears. At first it doesn’t look real, but the closer you get, you see it’s an actual Castle.

Jack Nicklaus designed the course and really did a fantastic job. The golf course is a Par-72 and measures 7,700 yards.  I just love the Irish countryside with its lush, green, rolling hills as far as you can see. All together, the property covers about 350 acres.

The course feature some truly amazing views, especially when walking up the 18th fairway with the Castle situated right in front of the green.

In 2011, they plan to open the Castle with guest rooms.  We spent two glorious days there, a great way to end our trip. Without a doubt, I would revisit – especially to stay in the Castle.  Just don’t forget to make your reservations early.

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