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5 Things You Need To Know

1. Northern Ireland’s Unique Courses
Some of the best, most traditional courses in the world reside in Northern Ireland. If you want a fantastic experience that most of your friends probably haven’t had, check out the Giant’s Causeway, Royal County Down and Royal Portrush. 

2. Pounds, Euros And Dollars
When traveling to the UK (comprised of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales), you’ll need to change dollars for pounds, which can cost a pretty penny. Ireland can be a bit cheaper to visit because its current monetary unit is the euro.

3. Be Prepared To Walk
There are very few places in Ireland or the UK that offer more than one or two riding carts, if any. Instead, pull carts (trolleys) are available, and caddies are optional at many courses. If you haven’t walked in a while, get some work in before your trip. Believe it or not, walking will make your experience much more enjoyable.

4. Caddies Know Best
While caddies have mostly become a thing of the past in the U.S., they’re alive and well overseas. If you want a caddie (we strongly suggest you take one when you can), be ready for some local color and good advice.

5. Driving On The Left Side Is Fun
Americans are sometimes hesitant to plan driving trips in the UK and Ireland—don’t be. Driving on the left is easy and fun.

Top 10 Places To Play  
Ballybunion (Old)
Ballybunion is one of the finest links in all the world.
Lahinch Golf Club
This old Tom Morris design (1892) traverses some serious mounds, including the infamous “Klondike” in the 4th fairway.
Old Head Golf Club
With 360-degree views of Courtmacsherry Bay and the Celtic Sea hundreds of feet below, Old Head makes Pebble Beach look bland.

St. Andrews (Old, New)
The Old Course is arguably the most storied track on the planet, and deservedly so. But the New Course is also great.
A famously tough links that’s just a short drive from St. Andrews.
Turnberry (Ailsa)
This host of multiple British Opens boasts breathtaking views.

Royal Dornoch
This is the gem of all Highland tracks, and the Royal Golf Hotel is a beauty.
A new classic outside St. Andrews.
Royal Porthcawl
The best championship links in Wales and a must play.

Royal St. David’s
The only Royal you’ll ever play in constant view of a real castle.


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