Ireland Golf Vacations - Dream Links

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It's not such a secret anymore that Ireland golf vacations may be even better than in dear old Scotland or anywhere else on the European tour, maybe better than anywhere else in the world. The Irish courses, some links and some "parkland" style (more lush and manicured, like American courses), offer a combination of history, knock-your-socks-off scenery and, of course, very challenging golf.

I'm most familiar with the courses in The Southwest. Here's a taste of some of the most famous dream links in this part of Ireland, and some information about a special tour operator I've chosen for our readers.

Lahinch, a course that's long on mystique
Golfers all seem to sense that Lahinch is special, even if they can't explain the precise reason.

Ballybunion, Ireland's grand dame of links
The old course that's #1 on just about everybody's "must play" list.

Doonbeg, the course that had to wait 100 years
Greg Norman's piece of work in Clare is georgous, but it will make you work. A hot new stop on an Ireland golf vacation for many.

Waterville, the beautiful monster
The ups and downs of history have, in the end, blessed Waterville in unique ways.

Tralee - A different approach to the game
A course that teaches you the benefits of match-style play.

Ballyliffen, a Donegal favorite
The sea, the mountains and the dunes frame this classic links.

Mount Juliet Estate
This lush parkland course and Georgian mansion offer a high-luxury getaway.

County Sligo's Rosses Point
A classic western links by the sea that will make you work hard to come out with a respectable score.

A classic known as Royal County Down
An "otherworldy" landscape and a super-tough layout make for a memorable golfing experience.

The Island, just outside the fair city of Dublin
A great stop near Dublin while you're on your Ireland golf vacation.

Carne, A Northwestern Secret
Sitting on the Atlantic cost in County Mayo, Carne is an world-class course where you may find yourself alone.

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