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The trek to remote Ballyliffin is well worth taking on any Ireland golf trip.
The trek to remote Ballyliffin is well worth taking on any Ireland golf trip. (Brandon Tucker/GolfPublisher.com)

Two weeks in Ireland: A golf blogger's journey

By GolfPublisher Staff,
Staff Report

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 1: Time for a two-week golf tour. Irritated by snow in Las Vegas, Tucker embarks for sunnier pastures: Ireland in March.

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: Braving the elements. How far are you willing to go to make your tee time at a world-class course like Royal County Down?

March 7: A scenic drive in Northern Ireland. The Causeway Coastal Route provides visual splendors galore.

March 7: A wicked hole for slicers. Royal Portrush features a hole few slicers survive.

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 10: Links golf at the edge of the world. Remote Ballyliffin Golf Club is Ireland's northernmost course and worth the trek.

March 10: More northwestern bargains. They say the roads in Ireland's northwest are bad. They're right. But it's smooth sailing at Enniscrone Golf Club.

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 16:One of Ireland's finest holes. It doesn't get much better than No. 6 at Lahinch Golf Club's Old Course - or more bizarre than the hole right before it.

March 19: The Ireland awards. Tucker presents his Ireland and Northern Ireland "best-ofs."

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