Golf Trips

Travel is Transformational

All travel can be transformational,
however, our golf trips can be life-altering too!

When Kevin McGrath came up with the Golf & Music Tour to Ireland several years ago, we had an immediate winner in our portfolio of golf tours. Our 2019 version in Scotland was sold out.

In 2021 we will be going to the great courses of Northwest Ireland and playing some that are still considered “hidden gems.” Our adventure will take us along the Wild Atlantic Way where you will see many miles of jaw-dropping coastal mountains, rolling hills, rugged countryside and ancient history. The beauty of this epic road makes it one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Paul Carroll & The Fabulous Begley Brothers will be along and both Kevin and Taba will also travel with the group. We only have space for 20 golfers, and as always, non-golfing spouses and partners are very welcome.

Here is our featured tour for 2021 to Northwest and West Ireland:

Ben Bulben photo for SC site - G&M Tour 2021

July 2021 Golf & Music Tour To Northwest & West Ireland

Join Paul Carroll and the Begley Brothers for the 2021 Golf and Music Tour to Northwest and West Ireland!

Play some of the hidden gem links courses in Ireland, with music and “craic” every evening in the pubs along the way!

Finish up the trip with a great “finale” concert in the clubhouse at Lahinch.

The 2021 Itinerary

Fri, July 9th: Depart U.S. for Shannon or Dublin.

Sat, July 10th:  Arrive Shannon or Dublin early a.m., meet coach and driver and transfer to the 5-star Lough Erne Resort near Enniskillen for one night and play the famed Faldo Course at Lough Erne on arrival that afternoon.

Sun, July 11th:  Transfer to 5-star Lough Eske Castle for two nights and play County Sligo GC on the way.

Mon, July 12th:  Play golf at Narin & Portnoo, recently remodeled by Gil Hanse.

Tues, July 13th: Transfer to 4-Star Mount Falcon Estate near Ballina for three nights and play golf at Donegal GC, another classic “links” course, on the way.

Wed, July 14th:  Take a rest day to explore Achill Island and the NW region of Mayo.

Thurs, July 15th:  Play Carne GL, the rugged golf links just outside Belmullet in NW Mayo.

Fri, July 16th: Transfer to the Cliffs of Moher Hotel in Liscannor for final two nights and play golf at the highly acclaimed Enniscrone GC on the way. 

Sat, July 17th:  Sightsee the Cliffs of Moher after breakfast, followed by golf at Lahinch, now ranked #35 in the World’s Top 100 Courses, that afternoon with dinner and concert in Lahinch Clubhouse afterwards. 

Sun, July 18th:  Depart Liscannor for Shannon and return flight to U.S.

Carne Golf Links, Co. Mayo for SC site

The cost of the 2021 Itinerary to include:

  • Eight nights accommodation in the selected Hotels including breakfast each morning.
  • Seven rounds of golf on the selected courses. 
  • Luxury golf coach & driver

We welcome non-golfers accompanying golfers on our Golf and Music tours.

For full information on pricing please contact:

Kevin McGrath (480) 219-0280 or email:  kevin@legacyofthelinks.com 

The travel provider is Scottsdale Collection 

To review past tours, click on the links below:

2019

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Taba and Kevin McGrath on the Swilcan Bridge on the Old Course, St Andrews, affectionately called The Old Lady by the locals and the location of the feature story and title of the book “A Stroll on the Old Lady.”

GOLF AND MUSIC TOUR TO SCOTLAND, JUNE 7 - 21, 2019

During the first segment of this tour, participants stayed in the charming town of St Andrews for 7 nights, luxuriating in being in the Home of Golf, like a full-time resident. All our hotel accommodations were in walking distance to the Old Course. As well as playing the Old Course (left), the New and Jubilee Courses in St. Andrews, we also ventured outside the town to play Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and Muirfield.

Golfers and non-golfers alike took the opportunity to visit the Golf Museum, Cathedral ruins and the graves of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom.

Our private Welcome and Farewell Dinners were a huge highlight, and our musicians lit up the town into the wee hours of the morning on many occasions. 

THE HIGHLANDS

In our second segment, we headed up to the Highlands, stopping off for three nights in the ever popular Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen. While there, we played Royal Aberdeen and Trump Aberdeen, before heading north to Inverness and playing quirky Cruden Bay on the way. The group finished off by playing Royal Dornoch (right), perennially ranked in the Top 10 of all the World’s Top 100 ranking lists, Castle Stuart and Nairn.

Was there some whisky tasting on this trip? You bet there was!

highlands

2016

Scottsdale Collection

The Golf & Music Tour to Ireland
June 18 - 26, 2016

Back by popular demand! This tour was sold out early in previous years so we suggest that you book soon to hold your spot.

Golfers travel with top Irish musicians, Mick & Fergie Begley and Paul Carroll, who will play golf each day and entertain each night in the local pubs as well as give a concert in the Lahinch Clubhouse on the final weekend. You might even find yourself inspired to join the lads on stage just like Debbie did during the grand finale last time.

The itinerary includes all of the great courses of the Southwest of Ireland, including three that are ranked in the Top 100 in the World.

After flying into Shannon, you will be transported by luxury coach to Old Head, Tralee, Waterville, Ballybunion, Doonbeg and Lahinch.

Departure is from Shannon and non-golfing spouses and partners are always welcome too!

2015

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The Golf & Music Tour to Ireland
June 20 – 28, 2015

Back by popular demand! This tour was sold out early for the last two years so we suggest you book early. Golfers travel with top Irish musicians, Mick & Fergie Begley and Paul Carroll who will play nightly in the local pubs as well as give a concert in the Lahinch Clubhouse on the final weekend. You might even find yourself inspired to join the lads on stage just like Debbie did last summer! The itinerary includes all of the great courses of the Southwest of Ireland, including three that are ranked in the Top 100 in the World. After flying in to Shannon, you will be transported by luxury coach to Old Head, Tralee, Waterville, Ballybunion, Doonbeg and Lahinch. Departure from Shannon.

2014

The Golf & Music Tour to Ireland
June 22 – 30, 2014

This tour was so popular in 2013 we are repeating it. Golfers travel with top Irish musicians, Mick & Fergie Begley and Paul Carroll who will play nightly in the local pubs as well as give a concert in the Lahinch Clubhouse on the final weekend. The itinerary includes all of the great courses of the Southwest of Ireland, including three that are ranked in the Top 100 in the World. After flying in to Shannon, you will transported by luxury coach to Old Head, Tralee, Waterville, Ballybunion, Doonbeg and Lahinch. Departure from Shannon.

The Samuel Ryder Tour to England & Scotland
September 16 – 24, 2014

After our inaugural Samuel Ryder Tour to England in 2013, we are again offering this tour in the week leading up to the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland. Golfers will arrive London and transfer to The Grove Hotel for three nights of five-star luxury.The tour starts with a visit to St Albans, Samuel Ryder’s home for his entire adult life. We play our first round at Verulam Golf Club, where Samuel Ryder learned his golf and later became Captain on two occasions. Then we go on to play six courses that have previously hosted the Ryder Cup, namely Walton Heath, Wentworth East, The Belfry, Southport & Ainsdale, Royal Lytham & St Annes, and Royal Birkdale. The other four nights we are based at the four-star Ramada Plaza Hotel in Southport, England. Depart Manchester for the Ryder Cup or other destinations.

2013

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The Samuel Ryder Tour to England 2013

We are excited to announce a very special tour in 2013 that will explore how the Ryder Cup Matches came about, starting with Samuel Ryder’s arrival in St Albans in 1895, where he set up his very successful penny seed packet business. At nearly 50 years old, some health issues led Sam Ryder to take up golf, initially with little enthusiasm. However, with a golf club in his hands for the first time, he immediately embraced the game and from that unlikely scenario, the Ryder Cup story was born!

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2013 Tour to Scotland (July 19th – 31st)

Following the successful 2012 Tour to Scotland when 20 golfers and a few non-golfers joined us for a memorable visit to the Home of Golf and then up to the Highlands to play the new Trump International Scotland course as well as other Top 100 courses such as Carnoustie, Cruden Bay, Castle Stuart and Royal Dornoch, we are again offering this same tour in 2013 to the many people who wanted to but couldn’t join us this past summer.

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2013 Golf & Fishing Tour to Ireland (Aug 16th – 24th)

At the request of several clients over these past many years, we have put together a unique Golf & Fishing Tour to the NW and West of Ireland. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Nick Faldo and fish for brown trout, perch and pike on Lough Erne and then stay at Mount Falcon Estate, as Mark O’Meara and Tiger Woods have in the past, to fish for salmon on the River Moy, arguably Ireland’s most prolific salmon fishing river! Oh, and the nearby golf courses are world-class too! Play some of the great “hidden gems” of Irish “links” golf and finish up with Lahinch, one of the “jewels” and ranked #42 in the World’s Top 100 Courses.

2012

Scottsdale Collection
Scottsdale Collection

The Dr. Gary Wiren Tour to Scotland

Visit St. Andrews, Aberdeen and the Scottish Highlands and celebrate the opening of Trump International - Scotland.

Travel with Dr. Gary Wiren on this Once-In-A-Lifetime trip to Scotland in July 2012 which includes playing golf in St. Andrews, The Home of Golf, and staying at the five-star Old Course Hotel. On our journey to The Highlands, along with classics like Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen, we will play the new Trump Scotland Course. Your links golf experience will be enhanced with PGA Master Professional Gary Wiren and you will gather many tips from an Instructor who has been inducted into both the PGA Hall of Fame and the GOLF Magazine World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. You will be regaled with many stories on the history of the game from someone whose passion for golf has led to the creation of one of the finest golf collections in private hands. Another highlight of the tour is a special invitation from Mark Parsinen, the owner and co-designer of Castle Stuart, to join him for the final day's play of the 2012 Scottish Open and play the course on the following day with the Sunday pin positions.

Scottsdale Collection
Scottsdale Collection

GOLF TOUR FEATURES NOTRE DAME vs NAVY NCAA FOOTBALL GAME IN DUBLIN, SEPTEMBER 1, 2012

Golf touring in Ireland, playing many of the finest pure links courses, is some of the best in the world. It’s rare when you can play golf on many of Ireland’s greatest courses and take in a college football game—the American kind. An unusual opportunity, then, awaits golfers who book their trip for the “All Roads Lead to The K Club” Tour to Ireland slated for late August 2012.

2011

All Roads Lead to Loch Erne

2010

All Roads Lead to Doonbeg

Testimonials

Kevin & Taba,

Thank you so much for organizing our amazing stay at St Andrews. We could not believe the views, great access, and lovely accommodations. We loved how close we were to The Dunvegan! What an amazing trip and wonderful vacation that we will be talking about for years. At least with our next trip to Scotland we “get it” now. What a great experience we had. Thank you for everything. Much appreciated!

Neal and Lindsey Steber

Scottsdale, Arizona

Taba and Kevin,
Thanks for helping me put together and go on the golf trip of a lifetime this past August. I still find myself daydreaming about St. Andrews, Castle Stuart, Turnberry, pubs, beautiful countryside, small towns, Dornoch Castle, and many other delightful places. I am hoping to put together an Ireland golf trip sometime in the next 3 years and will be in touch.

Jeff Groshell

Fall City, WA

Dear Kevin and Taba,

This was a perfect trip. I could write all day about how wonderful it all was. Everything I hoped for came true. I had no idea though that I would enjoy the other group members so much. I think starting with BIG Jim's Birthday, everyone felt like we were old friends. It all seemed so personal.

Every detail of this trip was well thought out. We loved the people, the food, the hotels and castle. David so rarely travels and he is ready to go again. You made it all so easy.

Linda and David

California

Dear Taba and Kevin,

Bonnie and I are still waiting to come down off the high we experienced while on our recent trip to Ireland. The “surprise” birthday party you organized for me at Dromoland Castle was a great highlight to savor.

However, the “All Roads Lead to Doonbeg” tour through the SW was without question the most enjoyable golf trip Bonnie and I have ever taken. We did not really know what to expect, but the group you assembled was unbelievable and we all ended up with 20+ new best friends.

Your own efforts into ensuring that everything ran smoothly was there for all to see. Bonnie and I cannot wait to return again. Ireland is a magical place and we are both hooked. To be honest, we didn’t want to leave!

Jim Larmond

Windsor, Ontario