Concierge Golf Ireland Testimonials
We used John for our bucket list trip to Ireland and we played the great links courses such as: Lahinch, Ballybunion, Tralee, Waterville, Dooks, Killarney, Old Head and Cork Club to finish. All the accommodations selected from the hotel in Lahinch to the B&B in Kinsale were all excellent. Great people at all of them. The courses John choose for us were great and when we turned up everything was really well organised. John also sorted rental clubs for us we all had PXG clubs that were great. The only complaint I would have is John did nothing about the scoring he needs to work on this, as he missed way too many putts. LOL. We met John for lunch at Cork GC which was a great touch. Throughout the trip he would check in and nothing was too much trouble. Well worth the money and I couldn’t recommend highly enough.
~ Kevin, Canada, Sept 2022.
While it has been a couple of months since my traveling partners (North American based) and I returned from our September golf week in Ireland, we cannot stop sharing the memories. John curated an extremely well-balanced week including five rounds at a different course each day while leaving enough personal time for ‘cultural’ pursuits including dinners, pubs, a distillery tour and free time to explore Dublin. The golf was challenging but not overwhelming for our level of play. As a golf pro, John had an innate sense of what would work best for our group of four and overdelivered on his selections. As an example, no one in our group traveled with clubs. Instead, John hand-delivered an excellent set of PXG clubs fitted individually. Services at each stop were outstanding with Henry, our guide and driver providing keen historical insights, local flavor and good dining suggestions that added immeasurably to our enjoyment. I would not hesitate to recommend John and Concierge Golf and look forward to planning our next overseas golf adventure with him. For next time, a lesson with John to begin the trip might help an individual (or group), regardless of skill level to get better prepared for the Irish links, especially on a first visit.
~ Gordon, Canada, Sept 2022.
“If planning a golf tour in Ireland be sure to contact Concierge Golf. Could not have asked for a better organized or excellent golf planned vacation. Hats off to the Concierge team. Sept. 2022.
~ Doug, Canada, Sept 2022.
I can not say enough about the service we received from John at Concierge Golf. We started planning our trip in 2020 just a month before the pandemic. Our trip was organized and cancelled two times over the last 2 years. John was there with us the whole time making all the necessary arrangements. So after waiting almost 3 years to go to St. Andrew’s we finally got there in August 2022. The trip was even better than our original plan back in 2020. John procured us better accommodations, ideal tee times, and ground transportation and did all the balloting for us to get on the Old Course. He answered his phone every time we called with a question, but since he did such an amazing job we hardly had to call him. If you are even thinking of taking a trip to Scotland or Ireland for golf, please please call Concierge Golf of Ireland.
~ Don, USA, Aug 2022.
“The trip was beautifully planned, with excellent communication and follow up by John Dooley personally. Tee times were carefully planned, travel arrangements and driver were ideal. The experiences at each golf club (Dingle, Waterville, Tralee, Dooks, Old Head and Cork Country Club) were perfect – welcoming staff, fabulous caddies, complete readiness for our arrival and well paced rounds. We had the “full Irish experience” of weather, but endured because we were well briefed and prepared.
John’s knowledge of Irish golf, and being a PGA professional, along with his distinguished career, equips him perfectly to give his clients the travel experiences of their desires.
John went above and beyond by meeting us personally a few times along the way, checking in along our journey, helped with dining recommendations, and guided us on where and when to get our needed Covid test for our return trip home. I cannot recommend John Dooley’s Concierge Golf strongly enough.”
~ Jan, USA, April 2022.
“I have had the distinct pleasure of benefitting from John’s expertise when it comes to planning and overseeing a golf holiday. John is always in the details, curates the trip to your desired tastes and is at the ready to problem-solve or pivot should an unforeseen situation arise. Congratulations on 8 years of running a world-class operation and I look forward to many more trips in the future.”
~ Kevin Lund, Canada, July 2020.
“My three sons and I spent 9 days in Southwest Ireland playing 8 wonderful courses! Everything went perfectly!! John met us personally twice and texted everyday to check on us. My boys said it was a “trip of a lifetime” I highly recommend John and Concierge Golf for your outing.”
~ Jim, Texas, September 2019.
“Simply amazing experience. John knows how to maximize your time with amazing courses, excellent hotels and wonderful restaurants. We recently completed our first Ireland golf experience with a group of 8 golfers and we all agreed it far exceeded our expectations. With our driver, Mick, all we had to worry about was showing up and everything else was planned to a ‘tee’. Perfect amount of downtime to explore and mingle with the locals and other tourists. We will use Concierge Golf for every trip over without a doubt.”
~ Barry K, TN, USA , August 2019.
“We selected Concierge Golf through recommendations in our local town. The service is fantastic, from meeting us at the airport, to selecting golf venues, hotels, restaurants etc..
I never usually use a service when I travel, but certainly am glad that I did so this time.”
~ Susie K, FL, May 2019.
“I took my family to Ireland in September of 2018. We used Concierge Golf (John Dooley) to arrange everything. Our group was complicated in that it had golfers and non-golfers. He accommodated both! That is, he helped us with our hotel (Trump Doonbeg; which was fabulous……..and i am not a Trump fan!) and he helped us with arranging golf, caddies and transportation. Moreover, he also picked up at the airport and took back as well. Further, my wife and 2 daughters did not play golf and he set up a separate driver and coach (van) for sight seeing.
He went out of his way to come and check on us during the trip making a 2 hour trip (each way) just to check on us. A little about me and my family so you can appreciate where i am coming from. My wife loves to travel; that is her passion. I love to golf, that is my passion. At the risk of sounding immodest, we only like to travel “first class”. (sorry but true). Anyway, John came through with first class arrangements for the golfers and non-golfers One always is concerned dealing with someone over the internet (at least i am) and allow me to ease your fears! He’s fabulous”
~ Bob Joyce, Florida, USA, September 2018.
I would certainly recommend Mr. John Dooley and his team. The organization and personnel were flexible, fully engaged and first class. If you’re looking for a well coordinated golfing and/or cultural tour around Ireland, look no further. Thanks JD
~ Jerry Sykora, Vancouver, CAN, September 2018.
“John and his team at Concierge Golf truly know how to plan and deliver a 1st class experience! From the first day John and I connected to start framing up the trip, through the many changes and iterations that always occur when trying to organize a group of unorganized golfers, all the way through the in-country delivery, John was a true professional. John was able to line us up with the best courses in all of Ireland, humorous caddies, 5 star accommodations and transportation, amazing food and somehow even delivered amazing weather! John is also well known and respected by all the club pro’s… great asset to have on your side! I look forward to working with John on future trips and have already recommended him to many friends back in the USA.”~ Tim Partridge, North Carolina, USA, September 2018.
~ Dan Carroll, Scotsdale, Arizona, July 2018.
We just wanted to send you a note of sincere appreciation for the fantastic golfing vacation that you and Concierge Golf Ireland arranged for us. The level of personalized service that you afforded us was truly exceptional, from the initial planning sessions to the fantastic suggestions of hotel accommodations to the fabulous choices of golf courses. The fact that you took the time to personally greet us upon arrival at the airport in Dublin, and became our fourth during two of our golfing excursions, was a fantastic bonus for us, and is greatly appreciated. To top it off, the free golf lessons you afforded us during our rounds were certainly unexpected and much appreciated!
The entire trip could not have been better. Even the ‘full Irish experience’ of wind and rain while playing Old Head Golf Links and Lahinch Golf club with you created a fantastic and lasting memory. Again, thank you very much for all of your time and attention to ensuring our vacation was a memorable one.
~ Tim & Terry O’Day Westborough, Massachusetts, June 2018.
“John, thank you so much for your incredible service and organization for Robert and my incredible Ireland/Scotland golf experience. Truly an experience we will treasure forever! You service accommodating our changes was 10 Star. Look forward to our next trip and referring you to all my traveling friends. ”
~ Roger Huddlestone, Claremont Country Club, San Francisco, May 2018.
The gang and I arrived back in Toronto last night safety and tired.
This is a short note to express my thanks to you for arranging a fantastic trip for us. I have been on many golf trips over my lifetime and this was by far the best I had never been to the Emerald Isle and it far exceeded my expectations.
Best regards, see you soon and thanks again.”
~ Don Fish, Toronto, Canada, May 2018.
I am the marathon golf dad that John references on his site tab Dooley Noted. I had to take a moment to write a review because it was such an amazing experience. Personally, I don’t write reviews very often, in fact, I don’t think if I’ve ever reviewed anyone or any business on google before. So that alone should tell you something.
John set us up with a spectacular itinerary ( he was quite concerned that we wouldn’t be able to handle it ) but i was insistent and he obliged quite well. He even went as far as asking some buddies to allow us to play with them at their member-guest tournament so that we could play courses that were closed to outsiders during a busy time on some of these courses.
Wow-what amazing people to allow us to play with them, made some great new friends too. Had an absolute blast. Top courses were Lahinch, Waterville, Tralee and especially Old Head Golf Links for scenery and fun. Favourite holes in order were 18 Old Head, Lahinch par 3 blind green (not sure which hole), Tralee 2, Ardglass 12 ( I think; the par 5 along the bay that I eagled ). John as an unexpected surprise also added a 45 min lesson complimentary after he played around with us at Cork Golf Club. Very good lesson and very kind of him. thank you for a wonderful trip john!! look forward to doing it again soon!
~ Jed Feller, Las Vegas, NV, Sept 2017.
“The trip was a great success. Now all the Scottish biggies are done! (Carnoustie, Muirfield, and St Andrews) Thanks to John Dooley Concierge Golf Ireland for staying on top of the ever-changing world of golf and weather. Thanks for a lifetime golf event!”
~ Greg Brock, McMinnville, TN, Sept 2017.
“Our group’s experience in Ireland was memorable in every way. Not only was John extremely flexible with any change of plans, but he made sure that all details were covered and on point. This trip was my second to Ireland, and if I ever go back, John will be the first person I contact. On top of all of this leg work, he also joined us on the course for most of the week, where he showed us that he’s still got it out there on the links! It was the best week of golf I’ve ever had, and I am so thankful to John for everything he did.”
~ Keith Zalaski, Boston, MA, August 2017.
“Just wanted to pass along my thanks for your role in our unbelievable week in Scotland. Your attention to detail was evident in every step of our journey. The accommodations were perfect, the day to day management of our schedule made for a relaxing and exciting trip. The golf was – remarkable – your selection and preferred recommendations were spot on. 5 Star trip all the way. Thanks for a week to remember,”
~ Kevin Lund, Toronto, Canada July 2017.
“I would like to thank John Dooley and his team at Concierge Golf for a fantastic week in southwest Ireland. Everything was seamless from airport pick up to our stay in the cottages at Doonbeg, helicopter services and perfect tee times, and even the impromptu golf lessons. To a man, all eight of us were impressed and will indeed come back in the future.”
~ Scott Bear, Hamilton Golf Club, Canada July 2017.
Dublin was a nice way to end our vacation to Ireland. We spent the first day walking around St Stephens Green and Merrion Square, took in the Whiskey Tour and then found a few neat pubs (Staghead and O’Neils). Yesterday, we toured Kilmainham Prison and Trinity College, found some more neat pubs (Porterhouse Bar, Kehoe Bar) had a great steak dinner at FX Buckley and ended the evening at O’Donohogues for a cleansing Irish whiskey.
Today to left Dublin and are now sitting in the Toronto airport waiting for our flight to Winnipeg. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Ireland and wish to thank you again for helping make it happen. We wish you all the very best and hope that our paths will cross again sometime in the future.
All the best,”
~ Aaron & Maureen, Canada, July 2017.
We have just returned to Toronto from a most fabulous golf trip to Ireland arranged by Concierge Golf Ireland. Everything was perfectly arranged, the golf courses, accommodation, food and suggestions for sightseeing. We wanted a combination trip ( golf and leisure/sightseeing ) as there was so much to see in the area. I can’t say enough about the care and availability of John Dooley in planning and executing the trip. We had no issues and everything was picture perfect. Thank you and we will definitely use Concierge Golf Ireland’s services again! ~ Karen and John McBoyle Canada, June 2015.
“Just an unbelievable time last week in Ireland. Highlighted by rounds at The K Club, Ballybunion and Tralee! 3 of my best-ever golf experiences. Add in a first-class hotel–the European Hotel in Killarney along with Maurice, the luxury shuttle driver and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate our 50th year on the planet! Thanks, JD for setting it all up and not missing any details including great dining and entertainment!”
~ John McCabe, Canada, June 2016.
“Concierge Golf Ireland did an excellent job choosing of golf courses and dining establishments suggested. Every detail was perfectly looked after in a thorough and prompt manner. Our Kerry Coaches driver, Maurice, he was truly professional well. A 1000% fantastic experience to last a lifetime and great memories created with the group!”
~ Scott McEwen, Canada, June 2016.
“John Dooley from Concierge Golf Ireland did an excellent job of selecting courses in and around Leeds, UK for our group. Every detail was take care of for us and there were no hitches encountered. The coach service was excellent with very comfortable Mercedes coaches and professional drivers who were always on time and completely flexible to meet our needs and requests.”
~ Jack McCowan, USA – July, 2016.
“John and his team at Concierge Golf Ireland did a great job. Every detail of the trip was awesome. The courses and the accomodations could not have been better. If you are planning a golf trip to Ireland you should use John!”
~ Phil McMahon, USA, August 2016.
“Although our trip was not actually in Ireland, John took amazingly good care of us in England for our golf vacation in 2016. John made arrangements to get us on the golf courses we wanted to play, and the accommodations he arranged were perfect. He allowed us to do little more than get on the airplane; he did everything else. Also, John at our request, played a round with us one day — great fun. I highly recommend booking with John for your next Ireland golf holiday!”
~ Kathryn Vizas, San Francisco, USA, July 2016.
I just wanted to write you a note to show my appreciation for such a great Irish Golf Tour last June 2015, everting thing to the smallest detail was thought of. We really liked the restaurants you selected and the pubs where the atmosphere were all great! I will be touch soon to plan our next trip for 2016 and beyond.
~ Paul Kerr President/CEO Scalar Technologies, Toronto, Canada June, 2015.