Southwest Ireland is one of the world's most popular links destinations for a variety of reasons: it's a mere five-hour flight from Boston to Shannon Airport in Co. Clare, the hospitality is first class, and the collection of links golf courses go pound-for-pound with any destination in the world.
Upon his return, he's gushing about the experience, from playing Waterville five days in a row to visiting coastal towns like picture-perfect Kinsale.
Video: Ginella ranks his top 5 golf courses in southwest Ireland
Meanwhile, GolfAdvisor Senior Writer Jason Scott Deegan has made frequent trips to southwest Ireland. So do any different courses crack his top 5, such as Trump International Golf Links Ireland, Ballybunion's Cashen Course , Dooks -- or parklands like Killarney Golf & Fish Club or Dromoland Castle ?
In fact, his top 5 has the same names as Ginella, albeit in a different order:
Jason Scott Deegan's top 5 golf courses in southwest Ireland
1. Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club
2. Tralee Golf Club
3. Old Course at Ballybunion Golf Club
4. Old Head Golf Links
5. Waterville Golf Links
Of course, the big gorilla lurking among County Clare golf is Donald Trump's recent purchase of Doonbeg, a five-star lodge and Greg Norman-designed links in County Clare a few minutes from Lahinch. Trump has already commissioned Martin Hawtree for a redesign of the links, which suffered immense winter storm damage in 2014, and he hopes to take on the infamous microscopic snails that inhabit the property's most dramatic dunes.
So the question is, once Trump has completed his work on Doonbeg (now named Trump International Golf Links Ireland ), will he be able to one day convince Ginella and Deegan to add Trump Ireland to their respective top 5s?
Considering so many Americans have been to southwest Ireland, chances are you've got your top 5 in mind too. We'd love to hear them in the comments below.