A couple of the most frequent questions I have been asked over the last three years are, “when is it the best time of the year to come to Ireland to play golf” or “what month should I go to Ireland to play golf and avoid the rain and wind!”.
Well to be fair!!! We can definitely say please avoid golfing in Ireland during the months of November through April as it may not be possible to avoid the changeable Irish weather. So we should assume that there is going to be a good chance of wind and rain during your true Irish golf Links experience. Simply as John Ruskin said “There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather”.
But, before we start talking about the best months of the year to avoid the wind & rain on an Irish Golf Vacation. Please let us point out to you our top 10 things not to forget to pack before boarding the plane to start your Irish Golf Vacation.
Concierge Golf’s top 10 things not to forget to pack for your Irish Golf Vacation!
- What to pack??? The day before you set off on your Irish golf tour, may I suggest that you check the 10 day future weather forecast at each golf course location. I would suggest taking the average temperature from that forecast information and pack your bag to match those climate conditions.
- Do not travel without your rain wear! Regardless if the 10 day forecast stats 0% chance of rain in Ireland!
- Do not forget to pack your rain gloves and a warm hat! Crucial!
- If you need to take medications, pain killers & etc, please bring an extra supply. You may or you may not find the same medications in Ireland as you would at home.
- If you can only play golf in golf cart. Please do not forget to bring a doctor’s note/certificate as some golf courses operate a medical cert only for golf carts policy. The Old Course at Ballybunion will not allow golf carts on that course.
- Take a photocopy of your driver’s license and passport with you. If you lose a passport it will be easier to obtain a new passport at your County’s embassy.
- Pack extra socks, a pair of shorts, kaki & grey pants. Kaki and grey will match with almost any odd clean shirt you may have in your bag. This maybe a wardrobe police saver towards the end of your trip!
8. Extra balls, you can buy golf balls cheaper at home!
- Don’t pack too much of your own stuff! As you will need extra room for all the other stuff that you will pick up along the way.
- If you are looking forward to your first Irish golf vacation? Please be prepared for the strange affects you may feel after drinking a few extra pints of Irish Stout…
This is Concierge Golf’s opinion that the best time to play golf in Ireland is from the start of May to the end of September. But, may we point out that during the months of April and October that you can be lucky with the weather and you may avoid the colder & wetter playing conditions. That said the month of April could be greatest month of the year, as it was in 2011. But please note that during the winter months some golf courses are still working on their golf course and you should anticipate the general golf course’s greens to be slower as you would expect in June or July. This is the case with Ballybunion Old Course and at Trump Golf Links Ireland. Ballybunion have sodded 18 new greens on the Old Course since October/November 2015 and Trump Ireland Golf Links has completed redesigning the remaining 9 out of 18 holes since November of 2015.
However April is a quiet and peaceful month to be in Ireland playing golf. Maybe, you could be lucky with a good week’s weather at the end of October, but who knows! The weather is the weather!
Really there is no secret to picking the right month of the year for a golf vacation to Ireland. However, last year, the hottest month of the year was July with the average temperature recorded above 61.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus the months of August and September were the driest weather period during the golfing season. But this is not always the case, as mentioned earlier please expect rain, rain and more rain! Last year Ireland has experienced one of her most beautiful summers in decades last and I hope we have a lot more fantastic sunny summers to come in the next ten years!
For more information on how to correctly plan your next Irish Golf Vacation that includes visiting the best pubs in Ireland, the best Irish golf courses to play, great accommodation and where you can enjoy really good traditional Irish food? Please contact us today at our Concierge Golf Website or the contact information below.
We wish you every success and great happiness for 2016 and please, I trust you will enjoy your next Irish Golf Vacation.
All the very best from,
John Dooley PGA & Concierge Golf Ireland
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