THE PLACE: North West Tour Irish Golf Tours, Ltd.
THE DEAL: Five rounds of golf; seven-day minibus rental; six nights lodging at hotels in Clare, Sligo and Mayo. The Downhill House Hotel is on the banks of the River Moy, one of the best fishing spots in Ireland.>
THE GOLF: A modest package on the surface, but after a round at Lahinch, near Shannon Airport in the southwest, players will savor some of the wildest golf terrain on earth at Carne, Enniscrone, Donegal and County Sligo.
THE PRICE*: From $1,440 per person for a group of four, self-drive. Packages for larger groups are also available.
CONTACT: irishgolftours.com, 011-353/5138-1728
THE PLACE: Ryder Cup Challenge Eire Golf Tours
THE DEAL: Four rounds of golf; self-drive or chauffeur options. Four nights lodging at the Westin Dublin, directly opposite Trinity College in the heart of the city, ensures that all of the best pubs are within reach.
THE GOLF: Those looking for a sneak peek at the K Club in the weeks leading up to the Ryder Cup would do well with this package, which also features rounds at Carton House, the European Club and Druids Glen.
THE PRICE*: $1,789 per person for a group of four, self-drive; $2,023 for a chauffeured group of eight.
CONTACT: eiregolftours.com, 011-353/643-1638
THE PLACE: The North PerryGolf
THE DEAL: Four rounds of golf; minivan rental; five nights lodging and daily Irish breakfast at the Slieve Donard Hotel and the Bushmills Inn, between Giant's Causeway and Royal Portrush.
THE GOLF: Day one allows visitors to recuperate from the flight by sightseeing around Newcastle. With stern tests awaiting at Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Portstewart and Ballyliffin, this might not be such a bad thing.
THE PRICE*: $2,290 per person for a group of four. Visit web site for "Plan Your Own Tour" custom options.
CONTACT: perrygolf.com, 800-344-5257
THE PLACE: Southwest Ireland and British Open Package Jerry Quinlan's Celtic Golf
THE DEAL: Five rounds of golf; ground transportation via luxury coach; four- and five-star hotel lodging; sightseeing program for nongolfers; tickets to the final two rounds of the British Open at Royal Liverpool.
THE GOLF: The golf on this trip sure is sweet—rounds unfold at Ballybunion (Old), Waterville, Old Head, Tralee and Killarney. After trying your own hand at links golf, see how the best players in the world do it.
THE PRICE*: $4,295 per person, based on double occupancy. Nine-day, eight-night package from July 1524.
CONTACT: www.celticgolf.com, 800-535-6148