Carolinas Golf Magazine

SPR 2019

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Seeing the South At the other side of Ireland is the Southwestern cor- ner of the island, which is teeming with outstanding golf along the Atlantic Coast. Perhaps the best-known destination among many is Ballybunion Golf Club in County Kerry, where the Old Course dates to 1892 – the year before the club itself was established. The more recent Cashen Course is equally stunning, minus a century of history. Further south are stalwarts such as Waterville Golf Links, which is another century-old links carved out of native linksland on the Ring of Kerry. This must-play course has every- thing you could want in a true links experi- ence: firm fairways, challenging-but-fair architecture, changing weather conditions and waterfront holes that will fill up your social media feeds for days. Enjoy the warm hospitality at Waterville, which embraces U.S. visitors. The late Payne Stewart was club captain at the time of his unfortunate passing, as he'd made friends with the membership on an Open Championship practice trip earlier in 1999. A new upscale option down the road from Waterville is Hogs Head Golf Club, a new design on the property formerly known as Skellig Bay. Open for just over a year, Hogs Head is quickly becoming one of Ire- land's most popular courses with U.S. trav- elers. Only 50 players a day are allowed on the course, giving it a feel of exclusivity – and making it important to claim a tee time in advance. Another must-see showstopper along Ireland's southern coast is Old Head Golf Links in County Cork. This one-of-a-kind course is on a unique peninsula that extends two miles into the Atlantic. The first settlers in the area date back more than 6,000 years, and it has been a strategic stronghold 36 | | S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 Ballybunion offers a pair of outstanding courses along Ireland's west coast with expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean. TOURISM IRELAND

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