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Links golf steals the show for many foreigners golfers when they visit Ireland, but it's probably wise to sprinkle in a parkland course or two just to mix things up a bit. Some of Ireland's best parkland playgrounds are connected to lavish resorts that you just don't want to miss. Jason Scott Deegan offers up 10 parkland golf courses to consider on your next trip to the Emerald Isle.
So your golf group has finally decided on Ireland for your golf trip next year. Now the real fun begins, deciding between Ireland's top two pockets of links courses: southwest Ireland or Northern Ireland. Both region's top five are as good as you'll find in the British Isles and Ireland. I've done the tour of both now in the last couple years, and the golf experience for the visitor in each is spectacular but a bit different for a variety of reasons.
Matt Ginella ventures across the pond to explore the culture of golf in Ireland. After discussing the updated Adare Manor Golf Club with Andy McMahon, Ginella heads to town to listen to some traditional Irish music at Aunty Lena’s. The tour of Ireland continues with a visit to Waterville Golf Links and Ardglass Golf Club. Amidst teeing it up along the coast, Ginella makes time to try Bushmills Whiskey and visit Lahinch Golf Club, home of the 2019 Irish Open. The round trip ends with a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland to play a round with John Bamber. (Originally aired 2018)
If the British Open didn't get your motor running for a golf vacation, maybe the Irish Open will. There is still plenty of time left this summer to plan a golf trip to Ireland. If you looked at Ireland golf vacation prices a few years ago, it's time to look again. Here are some tips to help get your trip started.
The images of Irish golf are unmistakable: towering dunes, wispy grasses and flags snapping in the wind. To those who have never set foot on a true links course, the game can look entirely different in Ireland. Brandon Tucker offers up 10 things you should know to help you make a plan for a golf vacation to Ireland's west side.
Northwest Ireland -- a beautiful and unspoiled region of Ireland -- is home to one-sixth of the world's links courses. They're spread out like outposts along the coast, often with an hour or more of driving between them. Golfers heading to Ireland have always hit the Southwest first, mainly to check off top-100 courses. That mindset is slowly changing. What the Northwest lacks in ranking star-power, it makes up for in value and charm.
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Hogs Head, a new golf course by Robert Trent Jones II, isn't the only news coming from Ireland that Americans golfers should notice. The luxurious and historic Adare Manor will reopen this fall, while the Castlerock Golf Club in Northern Ireland embarks on a major renovation. All three courses should be ready to play by spring.