14 Jul '11, 2pm

The Road Less Traveled: A trip to northwest Ireland reveals outstanding courses and modest prices

The Road Less Traveled: A trip to northwest Ireland reveals outstanding courses and modest prices

When American golfers visit western Ireland, they typically follow an itinerary as established as the Spice Route. They begin at Lahinch, which is less than an hour from Shannon International Airport, and then they head south, along the coast, to Doonbeg (designed by Greg Norman); Ballybunion (truly one of the world's greatest); Tralee (which convinces you that Arnold Palmer, who designed it in the early 1980s, knows something about golf); Waterville (co-owned by a golfaholic American hedge-fund zillionaire); and Old Head (which isn't old but sits on one of the most spectacular landforms on the planet). I've taken that trip, and if you're short a player, I could pack in an hour. But there's a less-traveled route out of Shannon: to the north. I went that way recently and found what are now some of my favorite courses in the world. What's more, the golf was a bargain, the pe...

Full article: http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-courses/golf-travel/buddie...

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