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Carr Golf reveals Irish travel itineraries ahead of 2020 Navy vs. Notre Dame matchup

Aer Lingus College Football Classic to be played in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium

(DUBLIN, Ireland) Carr Golf – Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Award Winner for “Best Tour Operator” four years in a row – reveals their exceptional golf and travel itineraries built around the 2020 Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Dublin.

Thrilling NCAA college football will return to the Emerald Isle next year on Aug. 29 as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish clash against the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen. ESPN’s College Gameday will also broadcast its first international show live from Dublin. As the “Official Golf Travel Provider” for this unique event, Carr Golf’s “one-of-a-kind” itineraries combine the game at Aviva Stadium with exclusive tee times and accommodations in sought-after venues and hotels across Ireland.

Sep. 1, 2012; Tyler Eifert attempts a catch in the 2012 Shamrock Classic at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland...Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Navy and Notre Dame previously played in Dublin in 1996 and 2012

Carr Golf’s Dublin and Northern Ireland itinerary is an incredible combination of world-class golf and authentic Irish sights. This past July, Northern Ireland hosted the Open Championship for the first time since 1951 at Royal Portrush Golf Club. The area is also home to Royal County Down (ranked No. 1 course in the world by Golf Digest), Portstewart Golf Club (known as having the best opening tee shot in the game) and Ardglass Golf Club (world’s first clubhouse dating to 1405 AD).


Portstewart Golf Club

In addition to tee times, guests will experience luxurious accommodations across three distinct properties. Dating to the 17th century, The Bushmills Inn features 41 oversized bedrooms and luxurious suites. Roaring peat fires and nooks and crannies throughout the property transport visitors to a bygone era without sacrificing any modern amenities. Slieve Donard Resort & Spa was named “2019 Best Spa / Wellness Hotel” by Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, and the Morgan Hotel, located in Dublin City Center, is nestled on the cobbled streets of the world-famous Temple Bar.


The Bushmills Inn

Carr Golf’s Dublin and Southwest Ireland itinerary begins in Shannon with a thrilling round at Old Head Golf Links, named “The Most Spectacular Golf Course on the Planet” by LINKS Magazine. Continue to Dooks Golf Club, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year and features captivating ocean views. Portmarnock Golf Club hosted the 2019 Amateur Championship and continually ranks among the top links courses in the world.

Relax and recharge in well-appointed accommodations at the Great Southern Killarney, an iconic landmark situated on six acres of beautiful gardens in the heart of Killarney, as well as The Morgan Hotel.


Old Head Golf Links in Southwest Ireland

“Two storied U.S. college football programs going head-to-head will make for an incredibly exciting and fun week in Dublin,” says Marty Carr, executive chairman of Carr Golf. “We are thrilled to showcase the unbelievable golf, accommodations and hospitality here in Ireland as we celebrate the Fighting Irish returning to their roots to take on the U.S. Naval Academy.”

Navy and Notre Dame will play each other this year on Nov. 16 in South Bend, Indiana.

For more information on Carr Golf:, 1.855.617.5701 (U.S. toll free) or +353.1.822 6662.

About Carr Golf Travel
For three decades, Ireland-based Carr Golf Travel has built its impeccable reputation on creating the ultimate golf escapes to exceptional courses in Ireland and Scotland like Ballybunion, Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Waterville, The Old Course at St. Andrews, and Turnberry. Deeply passionate about the game’s history and traditions, the family-owned company creates, plans and implements customized and unique itineraries that include tee times, luxury accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, fine dining, caddies and anything else needed for stress-free, unforgettable golf vacations and memories.

Joe Carr, the company’s late founder, was one of Ireland’s greatest golf heroes with over 40 championship victories including three British Amateur titles. He was the recipient of the Bobby Jones Award (1961), Walter Hagen Award (1967), and played in three Masters Tournaments at Augusta National. In 1991 he was the first Irishman to be honored with Captaincy of the Royal & Ancient. In 2007 he was the first Irishman to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Today, Joe’s son, Marty, operates the business as executive chairman. His brother Roddy is also actively involved. Named winner of Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Award for “Best Tour Operator” from 2016 – 2019, Carr Golf Travel hosts numerous prestigious annual events including the World Invitational Father & Son Tournament, Invitational Father & Daughter Tournament, Donald Ross Invitational and a number of Invitational Links Pro-Am tournaments in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland’s southwest. Moreover, the company is at the forefront of corporate event implementation, as well as developing itineraries built around the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, college football and NFL games in London.

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