After arriving in Glasgow, the Fighting Irish began their trip abroad with a stop at the Brig O' Doon and then a lunch and tour of Culzean Castle. The Brig O' Doon is a bridge crossing the River Doon at the south end of Alloway. The bridge remains as a place where fans of poet Robert Burns gather as it stands close to the Burns Monument and Memorial Garden at the south end of Alloway. The 18th- Century Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adams and is renowned for the elegant classical embellishments such as the oval staircase as the centerpiece of the castle.
A DAY AT TURNBERRY
Day two was spent at the Trump Turnberry Golf course that included a full Scottish breakfast and dinner in the Ailsa Craig Suite. Trump Turnberry Golf Resort resides on beautiful peninsulas of land on the coast of South Ayrshire. It features views across the Firth of Clyde to the islands of Arran and Ailsa Craig, the Mull of Kintyre and even to Ireland on a clear day. Created by Thomas and David Stevenson, there is a lighthouse that stands on the grounds of the the world's original resort. . For over a century, the resort has established a superb reputation in combining tradition and hospitality with championship golf.
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ROYAL TROON GOLF CLUB
The Old Course at Royal Troon ranks as one of the courses in Scotland as it provides golfers challenges with its winds and lush rough. You want to get off to a strong start because the back nine gets tougher with the northwesterly winds.
My favorite on-course memory was getting to play Royal Troon with Emma, Kevin and Karen -- Claire Albrecht
A DAY SPENT AT ROYAL PORTRUSH
After wrapping up play in Scotland, the team traveled to Belfast, Northern Island where day five was spent at Royal Portrush. The Irish checked into the Merchant Hotel which sits in the center of Belfast's historic Cathedral Quarter. Nearby attractions include Victoria Square, the Ulster Museum, Titanic Quarter, and Waterfront Hall.
Royal Portrush is situated on the North Antrim Causeway Coast and occupies a triangle of giant sand hills with views of the hills of Inishowen , Isle of Islay, Southern Hebrides, Giants Causeway, and the Skerries. This course gets its distinction from being the first and only Irish course to host The Open Championships.
GOLFING AT PORTSTEWART GOLF CLUB
Day six kicked off with team match play at Portstewart Golf Club. This course has gorgeous views of gigantic sand dunes and a panoramic of the Atlantic Ocean. The Strand is an extremely challenging course as it holds arguably one of the most intimidating opening holes. After playing, it was time to tour Giants Causeway before returning their hotel. Giants Causeway is made up of 40,000 massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea and is a dramatics sight that has inspired legends of giants striding over the sea of Scotland. Volcanic Activity played a role in the creation of this landmark nearly 60 million years ago, which, serves as the home of rare plants and animals.
VIEWS FROM GIANTS CAUSEWAY
I would say that visiting Giant's Causeway was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The geometric patterns of the rock formations along with the beauty of the surrounding ocean and mountains made the sight absolutely breathtaking. I had seen many pictures of Giant's Causeway prior to the trip, but none of them compare to actually witnessing it myself. - Abby Heck
On the final day of the Foreign Tour for the Notre Dame Women's Golf squad, they were treated to an Irish breakfast followed by the opportunity to play at one of the world's most naturally beautiful golf courses, Royal County Downs. Located in the Murlough Nature Reserve, the links stretch along the shores Dundrum Bay that provide a different vista from virtually every hole.
I think my favorite course was Royal County Down. Since it’s ranked #1 in the world, it was already high on my list before we even played it. But the beautiful views and great mix of unique holes definitely solidified it as my favorite course. - Isabella DiLisio
My favorite course was Royal County Down because of the beautiful views and challenging greens. - Claire Albrecht