Ireland's often thrillingly wild coastline is home to some of the world's greatest links courses – from Royal County Down in the north, to Waterville and in the south west, Portmarnock in the east and Old Head in the south
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Royal County Down is a dreamy, awe-inspiring course, an assault on the senses. If you do not fall in love with it then perhaps links golf is not for you.
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Framed by the beautiful sea, the Dunluce links at Royal Portrush, famed for being the only non-British mainland host of The Open, is a special place.
Portmarnock is about more than just aesthetics. It is an Irish Muirfield and much like its Scottish counterpart, is adored by golf’s very best players.
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American designer Tom Fazio's work means Waterville is a links that combines tradition with bold invention, and on barely a single hole does the pace slacken.
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Lahinch, the Irish St Andrews, has only in the past few years begun to fulfil its true potential as one of the very best. A raw, rugged and brilliant links.
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That this wild, uncompromising links has been in place for years becomes clear after just one look. Ballybunion Old is an essential experience of Irish golf.
Unforced and endlessly varied, The Island is the most natural of links. Surrounded on three sides by water, this course is for those seeking the real deal in top-quality Irish links golf.
The redesign of Adare Manor has elevated this Limerick inland delight to new heights, a course that may become the finest European Ryder Cup venue of this century.
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County Louth is a seaside course of rare consistency, beautifully draped across its landscape, only lightly bunkered and never forced.
For the purist, County Sligo is in a class of its own in the north west and it certainly has a different feel to anywhere else within a hundred miles.