No matter what time of year you visit, the golf courses of the west of Ireland offer excellent choice and value. Ireland’s temperate climate means that its golf courses are open and can be enjoyed all year around. While the peak golfing season is from April to September, the courses are perfectly playable in the winter months as well.

If you are planning a golfing trip to Ireland in the summer months, you should book well ahead whether you want to book the tee times yourself or use a golf tour operator.

With 34 excellent golf courses in the region you have no shortage of choice to suit your price range. If you are looking for a challenge check out the Eddie Hackett designed Connemara Championship Links. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, you will be doing well if you can achieve even par on this often testing course.

Also in Galway is the challenging Bearna Golf and Country Club. Do not let the beauty of the surrounding landscape here distract you or you will soon be dropping shots.

Further north you will find Gort Golf Club which was designed by the famous Christy O’Connor Junior. This parkland course borders the beautiful Burren and provides a challenging but fun golf experience.

Touring Ireland’s west while taking in a few rounds of golf can be a dream holiday for any golfing enthusiast. Whether you are landing in Dublin, Cork or Shannon you can find plenty of car rental options for your holiday.

Thrifty Car Rentals, which has offices in all three locations, offers a good range of vehicles at economical prices. However, if you are arriving in peak season it is a good idea to book ahead at CARHIRE.ie for all car rental Ireland needs.