Golfing in Ireland ‘was a definitely a bucket list trip’ for Pa. man
Adam Shemas is no stranger to outstanding golf trips.
He’s played many of the great courses along the East Coast, from Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head in South Carolina to Streamsong in Florida. He’s golfed out West, at Palm Springs in California, and has played some of the top courses in Las Vegas.
But last year, a golf buddy suggested an entirely different trip: golfing in Ireland.
So in July, Shemas – a 37-year old from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who works in the hospitality industry – embarked upon a golf trip to Ireland with Trinity Golf, a luxury golf trip agency out of Harrisburg that specializes in Irish golf tours.
“It was my first time in Ireland,” Shemas says, “and I wasn’t sure what to expect other than many changing weather conditions.”
After a week on the Emerald Isle and rounds at some of the best golf courses Ireland has to offer, Shemas came back with two conclusions.
One, he was right about the dynamic weather in Ireland. And two, ‘this was a definitely a bucket list trip for me.”
‘What golfers live for’
The only way to truly appreciate Irish golf is by playing the courses yourself. Shemas didn’t fully understand the hype until teeing off himself.
“Golfing in Ireland is not like anything I have ever experienced before,” Shemas says. “I have played supposed links courses, but none of them held a candle to playing in Ireland.”
Trinity Golf took his group to play Trump Doonbeg, Tralee, Dooks and Old Head.
“Old Head was probably my favorite,” Shemas says. “Between the views, the service and the quality of the course – it was amazing. Second to none.”
Shemas says his second favorite course was probably Tralee. The Irish golf course offered beautiful views, he says, and playing his best golf there only amplified the round.
Golfing in Ireland provided Shemas an experience he’s never before had as a golfer.
“Between the changing weather conditions and the need for accuracy on what felt like every shot, it was amazing and aggravating at the same time,” Shemas says. “It’s what golfers live for.”
Experiencing the Irish countryside
But while the golf in Ireland might be the main draw for some, there’s plenty to enjoy on Trinity Golf trips outside of the courses.
Shemas says he really enjoyed the comradery while traveling from area to area.
“We could relax while being driven around,” Shemas says, “with the occasional libation while taking in the scenery.”
One of his favorite aspects of the trip was staying at Killarney Royal, where he says his group was really able to enjoy themselves.
Killarney, he says, was “a classic European town, exactly what I would expect it to be.”
There were plenty of locations to go to – including the infamous Irish pubs – and everything was very lively, he says.
Just enjoy yourself
Trinity Golf prides itself on its itineraries, which emphasize luxury, including not only terrific golf but also staying at 5-star hotels and having an experienced concierge on each trip who manages every detail, from ground transportation, day trips and excursions, and bookings as requested for dinners.
It was what sold Shemas on taking the trip.
“Not having to worry about lining up transportation or driving in a foreign country made it very relaxing,” he says.
Shemas says the Trinity Golf staff thought of everything, as well as some things they would have never considered. They handled special requests during the trip and knew all the places they should go.
“If anyone is considering going on a golf trip to Ireland they have to go with Trinity Golf,” Shemas insists. “Literally, once you get to Ireland, there is nothing you have to do other than enjoy yourself.”