A Golf Tour of the British Isles

by Anne Flannery

Nov 10, 2018

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Mark Twain once said golf is a good walk spoiled. If you don’t share this opinion, the British Isles may be the ultimate quest when it comes to courses. St. Andrews in Scotland is the most well-known course among golfers and walkers alike. This course is the first professional golf course where players tried to master the game 600 years ago.


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Keep in mind there is a rich golf culture in other countries, too, like Wales. These courses may not be steeped in as much history as St. Andrews, but they are every bit as beautiful. Try Nefyn Golf Club in Northern Wales. It boasts a sea view from every green, or Lahinch Golf Club in West Ireland. It has been described as the St. Andrews of Ireland although it defies comparison. If a golf vacation is on your bucket list, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales are your destinations.

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