Things you should know
The Euro (€) is the currency of The Republic of Ireland, while the Pound Sterling (£) is used in Northern Ireland. Currencies can be purchased at banks or foreign exchange departments. Normal banking hours in Ireland are 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
ATMs are freely available in most towns in Ireland. Major credit cards are accepted in shops, hotels, restaurants etc.
Medical and Insurances
It is advisable to take out travel and medical insurance before you leave home. Preparation can safeguard your Ireland golf vacation. In the event of an emergency: Dial 999 or 112 and ask for the emergency service you require. A doctors available in most towns. Pharmacy stores are widely available but if you are on prescribed medication it is useful to bring an adequate supply with you or bring a copy of your prescription in case of emergency.
The standard electric outlet is 220 Volts AC. To use your personal appliances you will need a plug adapter that will fit the flat three-pin or round two-pin socket. We recommend universal adaptors which can be purchased at airports.
Driving in Ireland
All rental vehicles in Ireland are right hand drive and travel on the left hand side of the road. If an automatic vehicle is required then it should be booked well in advance of travel date due to limited supply. It is advisable to rent a GPS or bring your own with you to ensure you can relax while driving throughout your Ireland golf holiday.
The customary tip in Ireland is 10 to 20 per cent. Hotels and restaurants may include it in the bill in the form of a service charge. It’s not customary to tip in pubs unless you have table service. Tipping porters, taxi drivers, hairdressers etc is at your own discretion.
Nowadays, as most people have cell phones or smart phones you should check with your service provider with regards to charges for use on overseas travel. In general hotels and guesthouses will have internet connections or wifi and most towns will have internet cafes. Prepaid call cards are available in many general stores.
Caddies are available in limited numbers at all SWING courses and vary in cost depending on whether they are senior, junior or bag pullers. Caddies can be requested in advance but cannot be guaranteed. Senior and junior caddies will normally carry 2 bags (a double) and it is advisable to hire at least one caddy per fourball. Fees are cleared with the caddy master and ‘tip’ is at the discretion of the golfer.
Smart casual attire is expected at all SWING clubs. Knee length shorts and collared shirts are permissible.
A growing number of clubs are adopting a ‘soft spike’ policy although metal spikes are still allowable on many of the SWING courses. Spikes can be changed in all pro shops.
Golf lessons can be arranged by SWING with the resident professional at any of the courses or booked directly on the day of play if required.
It is advisable to bring a handicap certificate from your home club.
Pull carts / Electric carts (buggies)
Pull carts are available at all clubs for a small fee. Electric carts are available in limited numbers at most of the SWING courses. Some of the links courses do not permit the use of electric carts. These should be booked in advance.
Club hire is available at all the SWING clubs through the Professional/Golf Club Shops. It is advisable to book in advance. Bring your own golf shoes.
All SWING golf clubs offer full bar and catering facilities and golf apparel and souvenirs can be purchased at the well-stocked ‘pro shops’ at each location.