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Tee-rific getaways in the finest spots

TravelBy Brian Farrell
Follow in Paul Dunne's footsteps at the Old Course Golf Resort and Spa
Follow in Paul Dunne's footsteps at the Old Course Golf Resort and Spa

Wicklow amateur golfer Paul Dunne caused quite a stir a fortnight ago when he led the British Open Championship at St Andrews as the tournament entered its final round.

Sadly, the 22-year-old didn’t lift the Claret Jug, but his plucky performance at the famous Old Course has done wonders for the golf and hospitality industry.

So, if you’re in search of a relaxing, golfing getaway, then our friends at trivago.ie have selected six of the most sumptuous resorts in Ireland and the U.K.

From the birthplace of golf to coastal retreats, these courses promise some of the best experiences around. Golf aside, each hotel also boasts an impressive facade, elegant bedrooms, extensive spas and restaurants with hearty cuisine.

1 Old Course Golf Resort and Spa, St. Andrews, Scotland

Where better to start than the home of golf? St Andrews boasts the highest concentration of premium golf courses in Europe and the oldest course in the world.

The hotel also features its own custom-created 18-hole golf course, The Duke’s, allowing guests guaranteed tee time and views over the West Sands Beach and dramatic Scottish coastline. The hotel consists of 144 spacious rooms, a choice of Scottish bars and restaurants and the exclusive Kohler Waters Spa. Rooms from €573.

2) The K Club, Kildare, Ireland

Built in 1832, The K Club is located in 550 acres of rolling Co. Kildare countryside and boasts two championship golf courses. An idyllic setting, the River Liffey meanders through a course designed by golfing legend Arnold Palmer.

Each of the hotel’s 69 rooms and suites are individually designed and each room offers exquisite views. The K Club also offers a luxury spa and a range of top restaurants, with a variety of dining options. Rooms available from €316.

3) Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales

Celtic Manor Resort consists of two elite hotels, a country inn and luxury lodges. It served as the venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup and has three championship golf courses.

Guests can expect to enjoy gourmet dining at the award-winning Terry M restaurant, a soothing spa and romantic country walks. The five-star Resort Hotel offers traditional luxury, with marble bathrooms and a Nespresso coffee machine in each spacious room. Rooms from €97.

4) Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Scotland

Gleneagles’ Centenary Course hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup and was redesigned by 18-time Major champion Jack Nicklaus. Guests to the hotel also have a choice of two other acclaimed courses: The King’s Course and The Queen’s Course.

The five-star hotel boasts an award-winning ESPA Spa, 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, an array of outdoor activities and 258 individually decorated suites and bedrooms. There are two restaurants – one with two Michelin stars. Rooms from €415.

5) Adare Manor Hotel, Limerick, Ireland

Built in the mid-19th century, this sprawling Gothic manor was converted into a five-star resort in the 1980s. The hotel has an array of evening entertainment options, including a cellar bar and an internationally-acclaimed restaurant boasting an eight-course tasting menu and 300 wines.

The hotel also features high Gothic windows, hand-carved fireplaces and four-poster beds for a traditional experience with a touch of Irish indulgence. Rooms available from €213.

6) Mar Hall, Erskine, Scotland

Mar Hall is set in 240 acres of tranquil woodland estate and is conveniently located just 10 minutes from Glasgow International Airport.

The mansion dates back to the Edwardian era, with 53 individually designed guest rooms. The 18-hole Earl of Mar golf course boasts views over the River Clyde and Kilpatrick Hills. Guests can unwind at the Decléor Spa and enjoy five-star hotel dining at the Scottish Cristal restaurant or the Italian-themed Il Posto. Rooms available from €232.