Why We’re Different
Included in each trip is an airport arrival meeting in Ireland with your guide. Your guide will help to stay organized with maps, restaurant suggestions, sightseeing options and even left-handed driving lessons if needed.
For larger groups he is available, behind the scenes, making dinner reservations, arranging for caddies and setting up golfing competitions. Overall, he is your host and local contact for all that is Irish. No other tour can provide this valuable and time saving service. You are truly our guest during your stay.
"I was incredibly fortunate to spend nearly a year in Ireland. Getting to know the people, their customs, attitudes, and humor. And in the process, I discovered two of their great passions and pastimes--golf and horses (riding & racing). Both of which provide access to some of the most extraordinary views of that spectacular island.
But the Irish Golf Experience was actually born the day I found myself at an 18th century estate, playing a Robert Trent Jones course, looking out on the ruins of an 11th century monastery, while a stream running fat speckled trout rushed by me just 100 yards away. That was one of many moments I found I wanted to share.
With nearly 400 exceptional courses on an island the size of Maine, golfing in Ireland is really quite remarkable. Add to that their music, history, art, education, dance, hunting, and, of course, Guinness--and you realize there is far more to experience in Ireland than world class golf. There is world class play with people who truly know how.
My partners and I hope to provide you with experiences that will last a lifetime--and the feeling that you have truly "lived" in Ireland. Not visited as a tourist--but experienced it as an insider would. Personal relationships make that possible. And we facilitate them by taking you to private clubs to team you up with Irish players.
The Irish golf experience isnít for everyone. It is neither a power golf trip nor travel on a budget. But a rare inside glimpse for those pursuing an ideal course of travel centered around a cultural pastime."
Jim Bocinsky, Partner & Founder
"I have always been fond of traveling to far away places and visiting new cultures. As a PGA Pro I’ve played many fine courses, come across many characters, and enjoyed my share of 19th holes, but never have I come across a better combination of all three than in Ireland. I am extremely excited to share the experience of a lifetime with you!
Our goal at IGE is to take you a step beyond the traditional golf tour and show a memory that will last a lifetime. Golf is just the avenue we’ll use to learn more about your ancestors or a new culture. The pubs, the racetracks, the fishing, the castles, the churches, the food, the Guiness! Ireland truely is a very unique place. One that is steeped in history and tradition. The more you’ll see the more you’ll want to experience. Our entire staff is dedicated to making your trip a life changing event. With everything Ireland has to offer the question isn’t what to do but how much can you do?"
Joe Sievers, Partner & PGA Teaching Professional
Kevin McGrath is a Dublin native. He is a five handicapper and member of both Portmarnock Old and Lahinch. While attending University College Dublin in 1972, Kevin captained the team that won the Irish Universities Championships for the third year in a row. Kevin also led the Irish Universities Team that beat the Scottish Universities for the very first time in Scotland. He played many times in the Irish Amateur Close Championship, and also competed in the Spanish and French Open Amateur Championships.
After finding success with several engineering and distribution companies, Kevin moved to Lahinch, where he now lives in a waterfront home with Geraldine Reidy. Their place is called Long Cove Lodge (http://www.longcovelodge.com/), a comfy B&B with great views across the bay toward the nearby golf links. As a mechanical engineer, Kevin traveled extensively in the U.S. Among the impressive arrows in his golf course quiver are Augusta National, Baltrusol, Chicago GC, Congressional, the Country Club of Brookline, Cypress Point, Maidstone, Medinah, Merion, National Golf Links, Olympic, Pebble Beach, Pine Valley, Riviera, San Francisco GC, Seminole, Shinnecock Hills and Winged Foot. As a result of his American travels, Kevin is the only Golfweek course rater who lives in Ireland.
Partner & Dublin, Ireland native