- May 30, 2020 // The Consummate Pro
A question we are very often asked by clients is “When is the best time to golf in Ireland?”. We have therefore put together a list of 8 tips to help you plan your golf vacation to Ireland.
- The main golf season is from the 1st May through the 2nd week of October when the courses are at their best.
- The grasses don’t really show signs of life until late April. Once the temperatures warm up, golf course presentation improves dramatically over the course of a few weeks.
- The weather at this time of the year is generally at its best. Statistically the driest month of the year in Ireland is June, although April is similar. The average temperature in June is approximately 18C (65F) degrees. The weather in Ireland (and Scotland) can however, best be described as ‘unpredictable’!
- This time of the year also accounts for the longest periods of daylight. At the beginning of June in Portrush for example, dawn occurs at 04:00 and dusk at 22:48, so there are plenty of golfing hours available. In Dornoch in Scotland for example it is even longer. Dawn is 03:00 and dusk, 23:00. Even in late August in Portrush, dusk won’t occur until 20:30.
- As we alluded to, April can be an excellent time to golf in Ireland, however a lot will depend on Spring conditions. If Spring has been particularly wet, artificial mats may still be in use on some golf courses. This happens occasionally at The Old Course in St. Andrews too.
- As nice as it is to play in warm sunny conditions, part of the experience of a golf vacation to Ireland is to experience playing the best courses in the world in some wind and rain. Links golf is the epitome of man (or woman) against the natural elements, and that includes the weather. Sometimes you just need to embrace it!
- Just because you decide to travel in June, don’t expect the conditions to be perfect. It would be wise, no matter what month you travel in, to pack for all eventualities. We always advise guests bring multiple, thin layers, with a good quality base layer a priority. That way you can easily remove a layer if it warms up, but you are not too bulked up if you need a waterproof on top.
- Finally, the shoulder seasons are much quieter. Late April/early May as well as late September into early October can often be the best times of the year to avoid the crowds. You will likely to get better tee times, less crowed restaurants and in some cases the pricing is better as May-September is defined as the “high” season.
In summary, there is no perfect time to plan a golf vacation to Ireland based solely on the weather. A huge part of the experience when you come to play the best courses in Ireland is as much off the golf course as it is on it. Nobody can predict the weather, but we can assure you that the Irish ‘craic’ will be mighty!