History of Golf
Golf in its current form has been around since the 15th century, the origins of which are traced to Scotland. Through the centuries it has seen a lot of changes including a ban by the Scottish Parliament in 1457 because it was interfering with archery practice which was a cause of concern for the nation’s defence! Thankfully the ban was lifted in 1500 and by 1552 the Old Course at St Andrew’s, Scotland, was opened to residents of the area.
The first of Ireland’s golf clubs were founded in the 1880’s, one of which is Lahinch golf club which we visit during our golf cruise. In 1910 the Irish Golfer’s Guide was published and by 1911 the Irish Professional Golfers’ Association was established.
Combining Golf with a Luxury Barge Cruise
What better way to play golf in Ireland than to combine it with a luxury barge cruise on board the Shannon Princess.
During the 6-day break, we visit four world class golf courses:
The Golf Cruise Experience
Starting the morning with a scrumptious breakfast, we will then transport you by luxury coach to the golf course. With an average transfer time of one hour, it won't be long before you will be playing a round of golf.
Set among the backdrop of lush Irish countryside and scenery, you will play on some of the finest golf courses in Europe.
No doubt all that fresh air will have created an appetite and in the evening you can sit back on board the barge and relax while we present you with a 7-course gourmet dinner.
With an array of elegant dishes, our foods are freshly sourced, free range and organic. We will cater to your dietary needs and can offer low fat, healthy eating options. If you still have energy after all of this, perhaps a visit to one of the local bars onshore for a bit of Irish craic and banter will finish the day in true style!
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Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess
ShannonPrincess II, cruising the River Shannon between Athlone and Killaloe. Explore the lovely Irish countryside... not only the rich wildlife and spectacular scenery, but their myths and legends as well. Pass by ancient monasteries, prehistoric cities, forts and Celtic vilages, while floating along the tranquil Shannon river.
Shannon Princess accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 cabins which can be configured as either doubles or twins, as you prefer. Throughout the barge, you will find antiquities, crafts, and art with many works by Irish and local artists.
Shannon Princess is available for private charters and individual cabin booking for shared charter weeks.
View our online brochure for the Irish Hotel Barge Shannon Princess which includes their various themed itineraries such as their golfing cruise. Then contact Paradise Connections to start planning your barging vacation.
and do a bit of golf, too...
View Shannon Princess's online brochure
Visit our website for more info on our barges and barging: www.BargeCharters.com