Ballybunion, Tralee, Waterville and Portmarnock – these are some of the most famous golf courses in the world. This unique tournament allows you to play all of these incredible courses while representing your university! You will also enjoy a warm up round at The K Club Ryder Cup Course – the host course of the 2006 Ryder Cup.

The inaugural Ireland Alumni Challenge Cup is strictly limited to 24 teams of four players and takes place from 10th – 18th June 2020. The is truly a 5* event from start to finish and includes a 4 night stay at The K Club Resort on the outskirts of Dublin City, followed by a 4 night stay in the luxurious Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney in the south west of Ireland.


A full tournament theme will be used at all courses including 1st tee introductions, live scoring, caddies, warm up facilities and on course refreshments.

In addition to playing some of the world’s best golf courses, players will be treated to an unforgettable Ireland experience where they will

  • visit some of our most iconic attractions,
  • stay at some of our premier hotels,
  • dine at some of our best restaurants,
  • enjoy exhilarating evening entertainment
  • and experience the world-famous Irish hospitality.

This will be a spectacular tour from start to finish.


There are some incredible individual and team prizes including a magnificent specially commissioned Waterford Crystal trophy for the winning university.

There are some excellent options for family, friends and supporters to travel to this event with customised activities and on course access to support.

While there is a competitive element to this event, the focus is on creating magical memories and building friendships.  The tournament element of this event ensures that players of all skill levels can compete on a level playing field, and therefore this event is not confined to elite golfers.


All participants are treated to an ultimate Ireland Golf Tour where they will enjoy:

  • World famous golf courses,
  • Luxury 5* accommodation,
  • VIP visits to iconic attractions,
  • Mouth-watering meals at award-winning restaurants,
  • Exhilarating evening entertainment,
  • Luxury welcome gifts,
  • Incredible prizes,
  • and lots more!

This event offers participants the unique opportunity to experience life as a Tour Pro while savouring the prestige of representing their university.

The event organiser Fairways and FunDays has been voted Ireland’s Best Golf Tour Operator at the prestigious World Golf Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  Our company’s ethos is on creating magical memories for all of our clients.

Former 5,000 metre World Champion (and Villanova University alumnus) Eamonn Coghlan is the Ambassador for this incredible event and says:  “It is a great privilege to act as event Ambassador for the inaugural U.S. Alumni Ireland Golf Championship. As an alumnus of Villanova University, I understand the great bond that exists between fellow alumni.  I know first-hand how sensational it feels to represent your university at sporting events, and this unique event will certainly give participants this privileged opportunity. Throughout my career in sports and business I have travelled the world. From my experience I can honestly say that Fairways and FunDays are the most professional Travel company that I have ever dealt with.  I look forward to meeting all the participants and supporters of the U.S. Alumni Ireland Golf Championship in June 2020.”

So, what are you waiting for – get three university friends and register for this magical event.  Places are strictly limited.  For more information Contact a member of our Team