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Golfing in Ireland

August 14–22, 2009
Faculty: Barry Parkhill, Associate Athletics Director and U.Va. basketball legend

Price: $ 5,495 for golfers
~ $4,995 for non-golfing companion or spouse

(per person, double occupancy, land only)

Please call us at 866-765-2646.

Registration is Open

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Incredible scenery, challenging courses that test any golfer's skill and mettle, and legendary hospitality make Ireland one of the best places in the world for a top-quality golfing holiday. From lush green parkland to wind-lashed, rugged coastal dunes, Ireland is a destination of awe-inspiring scenery at every turn.

This trip features five of the best golf courses Ireland has to offer: Lahinch and Doonbeg in County Clare, Tralee on the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry and the Kilkenny and Mount Juliet courses in County Kilkenny. A rich cultural program is offered for non-golfers.

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Program Highlights

Golfers will have the opportunity to play:

Non-golfers will enjoy:

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The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, a former manor house dating back to the 18th century, blends the warmth of a country home with the style of a contemporary luxury hotel. Amenities include a private contemporary art collection, a residents' library and wireless internet access.

The Kilkenny River Court Hotel, on the banks of the River Nore, is overlooked by Kilkenny's majestic 12th-century castle. Amenities include indoor pool, geyser pool, steam room and wireless internet access.

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Breakfast daily, a welcome reception and four dinners

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Cavalier basketball legend Barry Parkhill was appointed the associate director of athletics for development in 1998. He previously served dual roles as director of alumni development for the U.Va. Alumni Association and director of capital projects for athletics. Before that, he spent three years as associate director of regional development in U.Va.'s Office of Development.

Parkhill's first association with the University began in the fall of 1969 when he enrolled as a scholarship basketball player. From 1970-73, he established himself as one of the greatest all-purpose guards in Atlantic Coast Conference history. The second player in school history to have his jersey number (#40) retired, Parkhill earned his bachelor's degree in education from U.Va. in 1973. He then played three seasons in the Americian Basketball Association, first with the Squires and later with the St. Louis Spirits. He returned to his alma mater in 1977 to serve as a graduate assistant coach under former head coach Terry Holland.

Parkhill was the head basketball coach at The College of William and Mary (1984-87) and St. Michael's College (1989-90). In between those two head coaching jobs, he worked as a consultant with Blue Cross & Blue Shield Insurance Company. He served as an assistant coach at William and Mary from 1978-83 under his brother Bruce and at the Naval Academy from 1990-92.

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Day 1 - U.S. / Shannon, Ireland

Depart home for Shannon, Ireland.

Day 2 - Shannon / Ennis

After an early morning arrival at Shannon Airport, a short drive brings us to our hotel in the heart of the town of Ennis. We'll stop at nearby Quin "Abbey," an early 15th-century Franciscan Friary built on the remains of a Norman castle. After lunch on our own, we visit the Craggaunowen Project, where we see a replica of a Bronze Age crannot—a village built on stilts in a bog—and the coracle that Tim Severin sailed from Ireland to Newfoundland in 1976, imitating the fabled 6th-century voyage of St. Brendan. We continue to our hotel to check in, unpack and relax before we gather for a welcome reception and dinner.
The Old Ground Hotel (D)

Day 3 - Ennis / Lahinch Golf Course / The Burren

Following breakfast, we'll head into north County Clare. We'll stop first at the Dysert O'Dea Archeology Center and view the church and High Cross on the adjacent site. Then we'll continue through Corrofin and Kilfenora, with its 12th-century cathedral and high crosses, to Lahinch golf course, a McKenzie course founded in 1892. We drop the golfers off and proceed to visit the Cliffs of Moher and continue to the spa town of Lisdoonvarna for lunch on our own. From there, we explore "The Burren," including several megalithic sites. This is an area of strange limestone scenery that was described in frustration by one of Cromwell's generals as having "neither wood to hang a man, water to drown him, nor earth to bury him in." Our final visit of the day will be to Corcomroe Abbey (St. Mary of the Fertile Rock), founded in 1194 and notable for carvings that reflect flowers of the Burren. We pick up the golfers at Lahinch and return to our hotel. The evening is free to sample local food and entertainment in the local pubs. 
The Old Ground Hotel (B)

Day 4 - Ennis / Doonbeg Golf Course / Limerick

The golfers leave Ennis this morning and head west to the coast to Doonbeg, a course designed by Greg Norman. After the coach returns to Ennis, the non-golfers depart for Limerick, the capital of the Shannon region, for a visit to the Hunt Museum, with its extraordinary collection of medieval art. There is free time for lunch and individual exploration in Limerick before we return to Ennis for a free evening. The golfers will be picked up and returned to the hotel.
The Old Ground Hotel (B)

Day 5 - Ennis / Tralee Golf Course / Dingle Peninsula

Today, non-golfers enjoy a full-day excursion south into County Kerry. We drop the golfers off at Tralee, winner of the 2007 IGTOA Golf Course of the Year, and continue around the scenic Dingle Peninsula. The Dingle blends magnificent views of coastal scenery with fascinating antiquities ranging from Iron Age stone forts to inscribed stones, early Christian oratories and beehive huts. We venture out to Slea Head for breathtaking views over to the Blaskets and visit the Oratory of Gallarus. We stop for lunch in the town of Dingle before continuing to Ballintaggart to view a collection of nine Ogham Stones in a circular burial ground and then cross over to the north coast of the peninsula. We visit the largest working windmill in Europe at Blennerville and return to our hotel via Tralee, to pick up the golfers. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
The Old Ground Hotel (B, D)

Day 6 - Ennis / Kilkenny

Leaving Ennis, we head southeast, arriving at Cashel in the late morning. The Rock of Cashel is like the Acropolis of Athens, dominating the surrounding countryside and supporting important religious structures: the cathedral, a round tower and Cormac's Chapel, the supreme masterpiece of Irish Romanesque art. After time for lunch, we continue our journey eastward to our hotel in Kilkenny. There will be time to freshen up before dinner at the hotel.
Kilkenny Rive rCourt Hotel (B, D)

Day 7 - Kilkenny / Kilkenny Golf Course / Powerscourt

Today, the golfers play at the Kilkenny course, five minutes from the town center.

From the Kilkenny webpage: "The course itself is mostly flat terrain with and abundance of trees. Notable features of the course are the four par threes, the long par four eleventh and the final four holes which has often ruined a fine card."

Non-golfers will be able to take an excursion to see the gardens at Powerscourt House, located at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, created in the 1740s by Richard Wingfield, Viscount of Powerscourt. With the highest waterfall in Ireland, Powerscourt offers numerous attractions including formal gardens and landscaped walks with more than 200 varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. After time for lunch, we continue to Glendalough, a monastic settlement founded in the 6th century. We return to Kilkenny in the mid-afternoon. The evening is free to explore Kilkenny.
Kilkenny River Court Hotel (B)

Day 8 - Kilkenny / Mount Juliet Golf Course / Waterford

A final day of golf is in store today at Mount Juliet, a Jack Nicklaus signature course.  After dropping off the golfers, we continue to Waterford for a visit to the famous glass factory. Enjoy free time for lunch in the town before we drive to the John F. Kennedy Arboretum with its extensive collection of young trees and shrubs. From here, it is a short distance to return to Mount Juliet to pick up the golfers. We retire to our hotel in Kilkenny for a farewell dinner.
Kilkenny River Court Hotel (B, D)

Day 9 - Kilkenny / Shannon / USA

After breakfast, we travel by motor coach to the Shannon Airport for flights to the USA.

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Program Fees

$5,495 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $525 per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes:

Price does not include: International airfare, airport and departure taxes; airport/hotel transfers for those not traveling on the group dates; meals not listed as included; charges for items of a personal nature including laundry, beverages and excess baggage charges; independent travel arrangements; travel and accident insurance; and passport fees.

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do so is by phone to ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646 or e-mail with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately three months prior to departure. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure (June 15), and must be paid by check.

Deposits can be made via check or MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover cards.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

Health: All participants must be in good health. This program is active and involves walking over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs. All locations may not be handicapped accessible. Any condition that may require special medical attention or other accommodation must be reported at the time of your reservation.

Deposits and Final Payment: Reservations will be accepted in order of receipt if accompanied by a completed reservation form and a deposit of $500 per person. Final payment is due by June 15, 2009 and must be paid by check. A significant change in fuel costs, the value of the dollar or group size could result in a slightly higher trip price.

Tour Size: The program cost is based on a minimum of 20 participants.

Cancellations and Refunds: Refunds, less a cancellation fee of $300 per person, will be made if Siemer & Hand is notified on or before June 15, 2009. No refunds will be granted after that date. All cancellations must be in writing.

Responsibility: A detailed statement of limitations and exclusions of liability of Siemer & Hand Travel, Inc., and the University of Virginia for loss of property, injury, illness or death will be provided to passengers upon enrollment and is available to prospective travelers upon request.

Siemer & Hand Travel, Inc.: Seller of fine travel programs since 1959. CST 1004239-10

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