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Carr Golf pairs golf with Navy-Notre Dame

September 16, 2019

Carr Golf Announces Handful of Navy vs. Notre Dame Travel Packages Remain Available

2020 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 – announces a handful of its exceptional custom-built itineraries for the 2020 Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Dublin remain available.

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. 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 in Ireland and Scotland.


Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland

This will mark the third meeting between Notre Dame and U.S. Naval Academy in Ireland. They will compete for the coveted Keough-Naughton Trophy named for dignitaries Donald Koeugh and Martin Naughton. Koeugh was the first inductee into the Irish American Hall of Fame. Naughton trailblazed Irish studies programs in the U.S.

Announced by Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, next year’s game is part of a five-game “American Football Series” estimated to bring in $250 million dollars to Irish economy. Aviva Stadium is home to the Irish Rugby Football Union and Republic of Ireland’s national football team.


Notre Dame and Navy previously travelled to Ireland in 1996 and 2012

“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.”

Both Notre Dame and Navy have begun their 2019 seasons with 2-0 records. The schools will square off against each other Nov. 16 in South Bend, Ind.


Sample stay-and-play itineraries surrounding the 2020 Aer Lingus College Football Classic can be found here. With strong partnerships across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, Carr Golf’s tailor-made golf vacations offer guests a range of luxury resorts, diverse golf courses, world class spas, and much more.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Dublin-based, Carr Golf provides unrivaled customer care for groups of all sizes and exclusive “one-of-a-kind” itineraries featuring luxury accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, fine dining, caddies and anything else needed for stress-free, extraordinary golf vacations. Carr Golf also works directly with a multitude of PGA club professionals on incentivized member and association getaways.


Portmarnock Golf Club

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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