|The trek to remote Ballyliffin is well worth taking on any Ireland golf trip. (Brandon Tucker/GolfPublisher.com)|
GolfEurope.com's Brandon Tucker spent two weeks on the Emerald Isle in March, driving from Dublin to Northern Ireland. Camera and laptop in hand, he offers some first-person sights and sounds in his daily blog series.
March 3: What is the deal with these white posts? On the trip-opening round at Portmarnock Golf Club outside Dublin, Tucker encounters a heretofore unseen phenomenon: white posts outlining the fairways. He ponders the pros and cons.
March 3: Rainbow over Portmarnock. You can get all four seasons in one round of golf on the Emerald Isle - a perfect environment for rainbows.
March 7: A scenic drive in Northern Ireland. The Causeway Coastal Route provides visual splendors galore.
March 8: Star of the future. You can't have a golf conversation in Northern Ireland without hearing about the local pride and joy: Rory McIlroy.
March 13: Is authentic travel dead? Overhearing Shania Twain in an Irish pub has Tucker asking some hard questions.
March 14: To gorse or not to gorse?: What's the story behind all that gorse on the links? Here's the answer.
March 19: The Ireland awards. Tucker presents his Ireland and Northern Ireland "best-ofs."
April 6, 2007
Dublin is Ireland's largest and most tourist-friendly city, with marquee attractions from the Book of Kells to the Guinness brewery, But Ireland's best known golf courses are almost all on the west coast, in the northwest or in Northern Ireland. Because of this, many golfers on wish-list trips never set foot in the capital. That's a shame, because a trip to Dublin can combine the charms of all things urban and Irish with exceptional -- and inexpensive -- links and parkland golf.
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