The wildest parts of Ireland: 2012 Links Golf Trip – day 5

Day 5 – My idea in visiting the wildest parts of Ireland is that some of the world’s best links golf is hiding in these out of the way places where the sandy linksland runs hard by some of the most spectacular coastlines on earth. About and hours drive north of Donegal lies the two tiny towns of Narin and Portnoo and the wonderful golf course they share. Continue reading

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This week’s Open Championship (British Open for us Yanks) will be played at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s, an hour north of Liverpool. It’s at the northern end of some great links land which features a half dozen fantastic courses.

Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) is at the south end of the stretch, out on the Wirral peninsula. Then the special foursome; Formby, Southport & Ainsdale, Hillside & Royal Birkdale between Liverpool and Lytham.

If you get up early to watch the live golf, like I will, you’ll certainly hear about Lytham’s famous bunkers. There are over 200 of them and they are hazardous to your score. Attached is a photo from our 2010 trip. This is where I ended up when I tried to play safe and not go over the huge bunker-faced dune off the tee on the sixth.

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Did I mention that the wind can blow on the links…

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