Great “joy to be alive” is found on the fine golf links of Ireland.
In the South West: Ballybunion *(Ba); Lahinch *(La); Waterville (Wa); Tralee (Tra); and Dooks (Do).
In the North and West: Port Stewart (PSt); Royal Portrush *(RPr); Castlerock (Cas); County Sligo *(CS); Donegal, Murvagh (Don); Port Salon (PS); Ballyliffin (BL); Carne (Cn); Connemara (Conn); Enniscrone (En).
More Fine courses have been built in Ireland since 1962 than in any other area. There are areas of Links/duneland still available.
I still have to play: Doonbeck (DB); The European (TE); Narin & Portnoo (NP); Rosapenna (Ros); St Anne’s (StAn); Strandhills (Sh) and Rosslare (Rl) among whom I am sure there will be much fine golf.
*featured in Frank Pennink’s 1962 “Golfer’s Companion”
I recommend Links of Heaven an excellent guide to Ireland’s golf courses. Published in 2007, this is Richard Phinney’s ‘Fine Golf Trail’.