Ardglass Golf Club in County Down is one of the best values in Northern Ireland. The epic first tee is shown here. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor) The fourth hole at Old Head Golf Links climbs to the lighthouse. (Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor) Matt Ginella revealed his list of the best value courses, the don't miss, and the major course renovations in Ireland. (Courtesy of Golf Channel)

Matt Ginella on Morning Drive: Things to know if playing golf in Ireland



On the heels of Rory McIlroy's victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Golf Channel travel guru Matt Ginella (@MattGinellaGC) phoned in to Morning Drive to share with co-host Gary Williams (@garywilliamsGC) some quick tips for planning an Irish golf vacation.

Matty G revealed his list of the best value courses, the don't miss, and the major golf course renovations in Ireland.

Ginella: Things to know if playing in Ireland

Irish golf plaudits

Best value: Ardglass Golf Club in County Down, Northern Ireland.

Don't miss: Old Head in County Cork and Tralee in County Kerry.

Major renovations:

Trump International Golf Links Ireland in Doonbeg. "I understand it's very impressive, and I look forward to going back and seeing the changes that [Dr. Martin Hawtree] made to the Greg Norman original design."

Adare Manor Golf Club in County Limerick. "Tom Fazio is going to go in there and probably completely change Adare Manor and bring it back to something more like what we'd expect from golf in Ireland, so I'm looking forward to the changes there."

Ginella's top five golf courses in Northern Ireland and Ireland

1. Royal County Down Golf Club

County Down, Northern Ireland

2. Waterville Golf Links

County Kerry, Ireland

3. Lahinch Golf Club

County Clare, Ireland

T-4. Royal Portrush Golf Club

County Antrim, Northern Ireland

T-4. Portstewart Golf Club

County Londonderry, Northern Ireland

5. The Old Course at Ballybunion

County Kerry, Ireland

May 23, 2016



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Matt Ginella is Golf Channel's resident travel insider. He writes for GolfChannel.com and appears weekly on "Morning Drive." Before Golf Channel, Ginella was senior travel editor for Golf Digest and Golf World from 2007-2012 and covered courses, resorts and the avid amateur golfer's annual buddies trips to over 60 destinations around the country. Ginella graduated from St. Mary's College (Calif.) in 1995 and earned a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2003. Follow Matt on Twitter at @mattginellagc and on Instagram at @Matt_Ginella.