GOLF WITH HOYLAKE OPEN 2023

Hoylake Open Championship with courses including Portmarnock Golf Club, The Island Golf Club, & The Portmarnock Links

Golf with Hoylake Open 2023
– The Character of this tour

Duration – 5 nights or 9 nights
Logistics – Twin centre; daily ‘back-to-base’ structure with significant transfer
Transport – Self-drive with two ferries or flights.
Mileage – Moderate
Travel Class – Affordable
Non-Golf offer – Strong (Dublin, North Wales & Liverpool)

Play golf in Ireland. Sleep in Wales. Watch golf in England. The Faraway Fairways golf with Hoylake Open 2022 is quite an ambitious little programme, but it’s routed in pragmatism. We won’t be able to play the likes of Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham, or Formby during Open week so we’re looking elsewhere.

Dublin has long been recognised as the cheapest gateway into Europe if coming from North America. It just so happens that within 20 minutes of the airport we have the world class links of Portmarnock. We use the Portmarnock resort to book-end the golf, starting off at the Island Club and picking up the Portmarnock Links course the next morning before taking the ferry to Holyhead (North Wales). We then take the journey by road from the Isle of Anglesey into the mountains of Snowdonia and spend the night at Portmeirion. The hotel is part of the experience. Anyone who has ever caught the 1960’s cult classic show, ‘The Prisoner’, will immediately recognise this place as ‘The Village’. It’s a genuine architectural masterpiece. It is surreal but the village is actually a hotel. When the paying public leave, the hotel guests have the place to themselves.

We make our first visit to Hoylake the next morning, but rather than returning to Portmeirion that evening (it would become expensive and begin to stretch at what we might begin to describe as an unacceptable daily mileage) we’ve decided to bite the bullet and stay in Liverpool, a vibrant city where you will find things to entertain yourself with in the evening

We need to return to Dublin after it’s all over, but might as well sneak a crafty 18 in at nearby Conwy, host of 2020 Curtis Cup, before we take the ferry from Holyhead back to Portmarnock. Our finale is the world top-25 ranked links at Portmarnock to round of the golf with Hoylake Open 2023 package

Under normal circumstances the Liverpool hotel market isn’t that expensive so begins from a low base but we know that when the city hosts major sporting events hoteliers will seek to cash in. For this reason we’ve also built a shorter alternative itinerary that bases in the city and concentrates purely on the Open. The shorter version would have less va-voom about it, and would simply involve flying into Manchester and then driving over to Liverpool.

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The 2021 Open Championship as a Spectator


 

MORNING AFTERNOON OVERNIGHT
July 13th (W)
Arrival Liverpool Liverpool
July 14th (T)
THE OPEN, HOYLAKE THE OPEN, HOYLAKE Liverpool
July 15th (F)
THE OPEN, HOYLAKE THE OPEN, HOYLAKE Liverpool
July 16th (S)
THE OPEN, HOYLAKE THE OPEN, HOYLAKE Liverpool
July 17th (S)
THE OPEN, HOYLAKE THE OPEN, HOYLAKE Liverpool

 

The Golf Playing Extension (bookended by Ireland).

In total we play three courses in the Portmarnock area and one in north Wales, as a bookend split two by two. This means arriving a little bit earlier, and leaving a little bit later


 

MORNING AFTERNOON OVERNIGHT
July 12th (T)
Arrival THE ISLAND CLUB Portmarnock
July 13th (W)
PORTMARNOCK LINKS Sail, Dublin to Holyhead Portmeirion
July 14th (T)
THE OPEN, HOYLAKE THE OPEN, HOYLAKE Liverpool
July 15th (F)
THE OPEN, HOYLAKE THE OPEN, HOYLAKE Liverpool
July 16th (S)
THE OPEN, HOYLAKE THE OPEN, HOYLAKE Liverpool
July 17th (S)
THE OPEN, HOYLAKE THE OPEN, HOYLAKE Liverpool
July 18th (M)
CONWY Sail, Holyhead to Dublin Portmarnock
July 19th (T)
PORTMARNOCK Dublin Portmarnock

 

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PORTMARNOCK GC
PORTMARNOCK LINKS
THE ISLAND

5 to 8 Nights Duration
  • Premier
  • Affordable

AVAILABILITY OF COURSES - although we should avoid the worst of it by playing in Ireland, we'd still be looking for July tee-times and can reasonably foresee that during Open week demand for the Portmarnock courses is going to be high. There is a genuine 'sold-out' threat. Booking early is the best advice we can offer.

AVAILABILITY OF CCOMMODATION - Liverpool is a major city with a bigger hotel room footprint than locations like St Andrews, Portrush, Troon, or Carnoustie. It will subject us to a price spike however, and even with a greater supply, the better options will come under pressure and sell-out

DISCLAIMER - The content of all tours are sold subject to availability and final confirmation of price. We do not speculatively book hotels in advance. Late bookings might be subject to a market led price increment. The prices displayed are strong indicators of what you would expect to pay but can also fluctuate in line with choices people wish to add or omit. Please check what's included. Prices are per person based on two sharing

THE ISLAND GOLF CLUB

For good reason this course ranks # 78 in the top 100 ‘Architects Choice’. The Island Golf Club enjoys a unique setting bordered by sea on 3 sides. A classic links course set in a rugged terrain & nestled between the highest sand dunes along the east coast. The Island was indeed once on an island. It’s now attached to the mainland but it’s still an isolated peninsula-like spur of links land, sandwiched between the Irish Sea, the beach of Donabate and the Broadmeadow estuary. Few people know about The Island Golf Club, despite the fact that the course is over 100 years old and has featured in numerous ranking tables over the years.

PORTMARNOCK LINKS

This links Bernhard Langer designed links borders its illustrious neighbour, the Portmarnock Golf Club. For such a new layout, the Hotel Links is a very natural and understated course. There is nothing showy about the design; the natural land is used simply and effectively. The first eight holes play across gently-undulating ground with definition provided by varied grasses and pot bunkers. Then, around the turn, a cluster of shaggy sand dunes provides a much more pronounced aspect. Resort courses tend to be regarded by golfer’s with suspicion, but this one quickly established itself in Ireland’s top-20 and should be treated as an exception

TICKETS

It would perhaps be inappropriate for Faraway Fairways to try and ‘guess’ your precise ticket requirements? There is after all an array of possibilities regarding the numbers of days and the different levels of access. We’d up generating an unwieldy price table were we try and cover every base and possible combinations. The best solution is to make ticket purchase the subject of a separate discussion between us, and to omit them from any price estimates for now

Faraway Fairways can resell a sports ticket in the UK providing we transparently transact it at face value, and so long as it doesn’t involve a sale that is subject to crowd segregation and security (golf’s OK). It won’t take long however before you quickly discover that it is perhaps easier to process this independently and choose tickets to suit you. Faraway Fairways would require details from you to process a transaction anyway. You might just as well provide these direct. In addition, purchasing directly also ensures that the ticket(s) are delivered to you, and misses out the third party agent and hence a potential level of risk where something might go wrong

Ticket types can be viewed and purchased on the following link TICKETS CLICK

CONWY

Conwy is fairly flat, but relies instead on subtle fairway undulations to keep you thinking. It’s framed by the impressive headlands of the Great Orme to the east and the mountains of Llanfairfechan and Penmaenmawr rushing down to the sea in the west. Visually it’s a very pleasing experience, and the golf keeps you honest throughout the round, as there is no notable weaker section.

Conwy hosted regional qualifying for Hoylake in 2006, and is due to host the 41st Curtis Cup in 2020, hopefully marking a return to prominence for this links course. The question as to why the gentle dunes of the North Welsh coast haven’t spawned more top-quality links isn’t easy to answer? The land is more favourable than that on the Wirral peninsula (Hoylake).

PORTMARNOCK

With a rich history closely aligned to the progression of golf in Ireland, Portmarnock has hosted numerous Irish Open Championships, the Walker Cup, the Irish Amateur Championship and the British Amateur Championship. From Sam Snead to Seve Ballesteros, some of golf’s best-known names have tested their skills this majestic narrow tongue of shallow dunes-land, just north of Dublin. Considered by many as one of the fairest links courses in the world it delivers an incredible challenge and true test of golf. In 2016 Portmarnock secured a prestigious world-25 ranking, perhaps five-time Open Championship winner Tom Watson summed up the links best during his visits saying “There are no tricks or nasty surprises, only an honest, albeit searching test of shot making skills.”

Time to say Goodbye

Time, as they say, waits for no man, and sadly we’re no exception. Today it’s time to bid you farewell, hope you enjoyed your stay, and will consider returning soon. Better still, the return match awaits. We’ll ensure you get to your airport for a safe, and comfortable return across the Atlantic, where the benefits of flying east to west will now become apparent, as you land a mere two hours after you took off! Don’t forget to stay in touch through our blog, email, or the social networks, as we update information. Once again, thank you

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