Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 6th
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 6th
The sixth hole of the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club sits on the sea. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Lahinch Golf Club
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Lahinch Golf Club
The Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club is one of the most famous links in Ireland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 1st
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 1st
The first hole on the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club climbs to an elevated green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 2nd
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 2nd
The second hole on the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club swings right. The prettier backdrops are coming up soon enough. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The 4th hole i.e. 'Klondyke' at Lahinch
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The 4th hole i.e. 'Klondyke' at Lahinch
Klondyke, the par-5 fourth hole of the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club in Co. Clare, Ireland, is a notorious crossover hole. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 5th
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 5th
Here's a sneak peek behind the dunes of the famous Dell hole, the par-3 fifth, on the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 6th hole
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 6th hole
Here's another view of the scenic sixth hole on the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club in southwest Ireland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 7th
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 7th
The seventh hole of the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club also overlooks the water. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 8th
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 8th
The 166-yard eighth hole of the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club plays over a deep, grassy pit. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 11th
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 11th
The 11th tee on the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club stares off into the blue horizon. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 12th
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 12th
A golfer prepares his approach shot to the par-5 12th green on the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club in southwest Ireland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 13th
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 13th
It's risky to attempt a 279-yard drive to reach the 13th green on the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 14th
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - 14th
A narrow opening in the dunes leads to the 14th green of the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - no. 5 Dell hole
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - no. 5 Dell hole
A white rock on the dune is the only clue where the flag might be hiding on the Dell hole, the par-3 fifth on the Old Course at Lahinch G.C. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - no. 18
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Lahinch Golf Club - Old Course - no. 18
The 18th hole of the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club finishes with the seaside town in the backdrop. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch clubhouse
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Lahinch clubhouse
Flags greet golfers near the clubhouse at Lahinch G.C. in County Clare, Ireland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Lahinch Golf Club - goat logo
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Lahinch Golf Club - goat logo
The goat is the famous logo of Lahinch Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Love isn't blind -- only the famous shots are -- at the famed Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club in Ireland

COUNTY CLARE, Ireland -- The Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club is southwest Ireland's answer to Scotland's North Berwick Golf Club. Both are historic links with quirky charms and beautiful surroundings.

While North Berwick is famous for oddities like shots over stone walls and the original Redan green, Lahinch takes blind shots to a whole new level.

When Lahinch was modernized in 2003, architect Martin Hawtree made numerous changes by rerouting four holes, adding two new par 3s (the 166-yard eighth and the 170-yard 11th), rebuilding 16 tees and altering 14 greens (restoring them to the look left by Dr. Alister MacKenzie in 1927).

What he didn't dare mess with were the Klondyke and Dell holes. These holes, the par-5 fourth and par-3 fifth, date back to the original work done by Old Tom Morris in 1894.

Once the fifth hole, now the fourth, the 475-yard, par-5 Klondyke requires a blind second shot over a hairy dune called Klondyke Hill. A flag man stands atop the dune to direct traffic, signaling groups on the fourth hole when it's safe to hit, so golfers walking up the 18th fairway aren't in harm's way. Only on a links like Lahinch could something so awkward still be accepted.

The Dell hole, the 154-yard fifth, is golf's version of hide-and-seek. Golfers hit to a sunken green surrounded by dunes. A white aiming rock on the front dune provides the only hint to finding the flag.

Lahinch -- ranked 35th in the world by www.top100golfcourses.co.uk and 41st by Golf Magazine in 2015 -- is hardly a two-hole wonder. The par-4 third, sixth and seventh holes all dogleg left through the dunes, revealing stunning views of the Liscannor Bay. The par-5 12th hole heads inland toward the ruins of Castle Dough before bending left along a river estuary. Rain or shine, it doesn't get much better than a day at Lahinch.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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