SGT Press Release

July 1, 2019

Shamrock Golf Tours (SGT) and The Travel Connection Inc (TTC) are delighted to announce a new strategic partnership, focused on designing, developing, and providing unique golf experiences and travel services, including air, ground transportation, accommodations, and activities for clients visiting Ireland.

The Travel Connection Inc is an international, full-service, licensed and bonded travel management company, with corporate offices located in the Cleveland suburb of Aurora, OH, USA. Celebrating its 42th anniversary in 2019, their team of travel advisors, travel service providers, group and destination planners, have been conducting business globally since 1977. Separate Corporate, Leisure, and Group Tour divisions ensure client expectations are met for varying travel needs. With a combined staff experience of over 150 years in the Travel and Leisure Industry, The Travel Connection was recognized as one of “Cleveland’s Best Travel Agents” by CBS Cleveland in May of 2013. The Travel Connection has also previously featured in Travel Weekly, and been a contributor for various local media.

The Travel Connection, is led by Ann Patricia Hollywood, (nee Doherty) who was born in Ardara, County Donegal. “Pat” has spent her entire professional career in the travel industry, and is now considered a recognized industry expert and veteran, having served as both Vice President, and then President of the Irish Travel Agents Association, based in New York, and is a distinguished member of the American Society of Travel Advisors.

As President of The Travel Connection Inc, Pat has developed a special relationship with the Irish Tourism Board and is widely respected in her field, which involves all aspects of the travel industry, being an accredited member in good standing with all major tourism associations. More than 50% of the The Travel Connection Inc’s business is Ireland related, which also includes Irish Travel Tours, the tour operations division specializing in Ireland. At Irish Travel Tours, the team create truly immersive and authentic Irish experiences by providing highly customized, bespoke packages, and travel planning services for those wishing to truly experience Ireland.

Considering that more than 20% of the worlds links golf courses are in Ireland, coupled with many famous parkland courses, there is no one better positioned that The Travel Connection Inc, to partner with Shamrock Golf Tours, as we continue to grow and expand. This strategic partnership creates an Irish team of unmatched knowledge, with a wealth of experience, and expertise. ~ Lar Hayes, Director, Shamrock Golf Tours - US Operations.

Since launching Shamrock Golf Tours, we’ve learned that when golfers take an overseas trip, they need more than just tee times and hotel reservations; they want the complete experience. With Shamrock Golf Tours, and The Travel Connection, you’re provided a local host who does much more than just transport the guests around. All of our golfers enjoy the legendary evening hospitality and entertainment that Ireland is famous for, as well as some sights and sounds only found on the Emerald Isle. You’re assured exceptional service from pre-planning your vacation until you arrive back home. ~ Ger Canning, Director, Shamrock Golf Tours - Ireland

About TTC:

The Travel Connection Inc, is a registered entity, recognized, and conducting business with all major international, and domestic governing bodies, consortiums, and associations including but not limited to the following:

Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), International Airlines Travel Association (IATA), The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), The American Society Of Travel Agents (ASTA), The Shamrock Club (Tourism Ireland Specialist), S.C.O.T.S. (Specialist Counsellor On Travel to Scotland), and BritAgent (VisitBritain Destination Specialist) as examples.

The Travel Connection has partnerships with all major Tourist Boards (E.G Tourism Ireland, South Pacific, Hawaii), Leisure Travel Providers (E.G Sandals, Apple Vacations, Beaches), Cruise Lines (E.G. Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruise Lines), Car Rental Providers (E.G. Avis, Hertz, Budget, National, Alamo etc.), Hoteliers (Marriott/Starwood, Hilton, Hyatt, Intercontinental etc.) as additional examples.

For information, please visit, or contact us at 1-330-562-3178

About SGT:

Shamrock Golf Tours specializes in custom, bespoke, golfing tours throughout Ireland. With offices and key personnel in both the USA, and Ireland, Shamrock Golf Tours designs exceptional Irish experiences, while providing access to some of the greatest golf courses in the world. Packages are tailored to various group sizes, and budgets.

For information, please visit, or contact us at 1-216-773-0084 in the USA, or at 353-892138339 in Ireland.