Travel Advice for Golfers Visiting Ireland

Most golf courses, particularly links golf course, are open all year round. Courses are in best condition and weather is most suitable for golfing from April to October, when it is recommended you visit.

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Handicap requirements are predominately a maximum of 24-28 for Men and 32-36 for Women

Dress Code

Generally dress code for the golf courses and the club houses in Ireland is smart casual. The following items of clothing are commonly not allowed:

  • Collarless shirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Football Jerseys or clothing displaying logos or slogans
  • Denims
  • Tracksuits or Leisure Suits
  • Untailored Shorts
  • Cargo Shorts
  • Runners/Sneakers
  • Knee length or sports socks should be worn with shorts and golf shoes are normally not permitted in the club house


Caddies can be requested on most courses Ireland and it is advisable to have at least one caddy per foursome. A good caddy can majorly enhance the groups enjoyment of the round, particularly if the golfers have not played the course before. Caddies are not direct employees of the golf courses and therefore can only be requested not guaranteed, however, if requested in advance the courses will do their best to accommodate the caddy requirements.

We can request caddies for you, please let us know if this is a service you require. Caddies can be paid for directly at the course on the day of play.

Equipment Hire

The majority of golf clubs in Ireland will have rental clubs and pull trolleys readily available for hire. Some courses will have electric trolleys for hire but these are usually in limited quantities. Drive on cart/buggy hire varies in availability and restrictions from course to course. Some courses such as Ballybunion Old Course and Royal Co Down do not allow carts/buggies on the course, while many others will only allow the use of carts/buggies for persons with medical reasons. There are however also plenty of courses that have carts/buggies readily available for hire and if hire of same is a prerequisite for any group member please let us know.

Pull trolleys generally do not have to be pre-booked but if club hire, electric trolley hire or drive on cart hire is required it is recommend that these be booked in advance, we can do this for you and the equipment hire can be paid for directly on the day at the club.

Cell Phones

Use of Mobile/Cell Phones are largely not permitted on the golf course or in the clubhouse.

Making up four-balls

Single golfers, two balls and three balls may be joined up with other golfers on the courses to make a four-ball.