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Mainly looking for places with some BnB or places to stay in smaller towns that have some pubs and aren't too touristy, but I'm really up for anything.

* Arrival day in Dublin
Night - Drive near Old Head?  (about an hour south of Cork)
* Day 1: Playing Old Head Golf Links
Night - Drive to Killarney?
* Day 2: Playing Dooks Golf Club & playing Waterville Golf Links (both courses west of Killarney)
Night - 2nd night in Killarney?
* Day 3: #4 Playing Tralee Golf Club (close to Tralee)
Night - no idea
* Day 4 :#5 Playing Cashen & Playing Ballybunion Golf Club - both located same place (just west of Listowel)
Night - no idea, someone recommended Doolin
* Day 5: #7 Playing Lahinch Golf Course
Night - back in Dublin
* Depart Dublin

Most of the tee times are in the morning, so I'd like to finish golfing for the day and drive to the next town. Was thinking Killarney on the nights of Day 1 and Day 2 but if there's a better town, would be all for it.

Thanks for the help!

If it helps, here's a map:(https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1blYlvU_GIbuymRJA_kuTKqVPnvxTjHQO&usp=sharing but the courses aren't in order, but might be easier to look at.

Thanks!

J

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I'll provide at least a couple of suggestions.  In Killarney, I've stayed at the Killeen House three times now, its great.  Its a bit out of the town, so its not conducive to pub-crawling, but the restaurant is excellent, and the self-service pub is ideal.  I know there are dozens of B&Bs in the town, if you'd prefer to be in the center of things.  Killarney has been a tourist mecca for a couple hundred years.

Day 3 - I prefer to move the minimum number of times in a trip, so I'd go back to Killarney after playing Tralee.  The other option I'd consider is one night in Ballybunion.  I stayed at Teach de Broc the one time I was in Ballybunion.  Its directly across the road from the Ballybunion clubhouse.  Again, there are lots more B&Bs in Ballybunion, tons of pubs and restaurants.

Day 4, after golf take the ferry across the Shannon and stay near Lahinch.  Doolin is nice, 10 or 12 miles further north, relatively famous for live trad music in a number of pubs.  In Lahinch I stayed at a place now called Lehinch Lodge, its changed hands since I was there so I don't anything recent.  The location is good, very close to the golf course, and easy walking distance into town.  On our most recent trip we stayed at a B&B just outside Ennistymon, a few miles inland, but that appears to have gone out of business now.  Ennistymon is a nice little village, much more local than tourist, with  a couple of really cool pubs.  One of our favorite pubs in all our travels was the Nineteenth, right in downtown Lahinch.  We had a really good meal at Vaughans Anchor Inn, in Lisconnor.

Have fun, drink a pint of the black stuff for me!:beer:

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43 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

I'll provide at least a couple of suggestions.  In Killarney, I've stayed at the Killeen House three times now, its great.  Its a bit out of the town, so its not conducive to pub-crawling, but the restaurant is excellent, and the self-service pub is ideal.  I know there are dozens of B&Bs in the town, if you'd prefer to be in the center of things.  Killarney has been a tourist mecca for a couple hundred years.

Day 3 - I prefer to move the minimum number of times in a trip, so I'd go back to Killarney after playing Tralee.  The other option I'd consider is one night in Ballybunion.  I stayed at Teach de Broc the one time I was in Ballybunion.  Its directly across the road from the Ballybunion clubhouse.  Again, there are lots more B&Bs in Ballybunion, tons of pubs and restaurants.

Day 4, after golf take the ferry across the Shannon and stay near Lahinch.  Doolin is nice, 10 or 12 miles further north, relatively famous for live trad music in a number of pubs.  In Lahinch I stayed at a place now called Lehinch Lodge, its changed hands since I was there so I don't anything recent.  The location is good, very close to the golf course, and easy walking distance into town.  On our most recent trip we stayed at a B&B just outside Ennistymon, a few miles inland, but that appears to have gone out of business now.  Ennistymon is a nice little village, much more local than tourist, with  a couple of really cool pubs.  One of our favorite pubs in all our travels was the Nineteenth, right in downtown Lahinch.  We had a really good meal at Vaughans Anchor Inn, in Lisconnor.

Have fun, drink a pint of the black stuff for me!:beer:

Thanks for all the information! I'll look into the ones you listed. Wouldn't mind staying two nights at one town, but also want to see and experience a little of the other towns. Appreciate the help!

I'll make sure to have an extra pint for you!

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7 minutes ago, jdsully8 said:

Thanks for all the information! I'll look into the ones you listed. Wouldn't mind staying two nights at one town, but also want to see and experience a little of the other towns. Appreciate the help!

I'll make sure to have an extra pint for you!

Everyone is different, I just don't like packing and unpacking any more than necessary.  It definitely makes a lot of sense to stay two nights in Killarney.  I've also enjoyed walking into the same pub a few nights in a row, and quickly being treated as a "regular", although you won't be going out much after Day 2.  The drive from Dooks down to Waterville isn't far, but you won't average 40 mph along the way, with the same rugged roads on your way back to Killarney.   

A last question, or bit of advice.  Do you really have to fly into Dublin?  Shannon is much closer to the area you're planning to play, you could save hours of "windshield" time going through Shannon.

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On 10/14/2021 at 5:14 AM, DaveP043 said:

A last question, or bit of advice.  Do you really have to fly into Dublin?  Shannon is much closer to the area you're planning to play, you could save hours of "windshield" time going through Shannon.

Great advice Dave Thanks! Once I get done building our house, our next overseas golf trip is planned to be this area and I never thought of arriving anywhere but Dublin, my ignorance. Mahalo!

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