Scotland & Ireland Suit Golfers to a Tee

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The greens: There is debate as to whether the Lahinch Golf Course should be called the St. Andrews of Ireland. But there is little disagreement that this championship course is one of the world’s best links layouts. David Brice of Golf International says, “Lahinchis one of those very special courses—with a very special layout and a one-of-a-kind gem—that simply should not be missed by any true blue, golf aficionado.” The 18-hole course runs 6,123 yards/par 71.

The amenities: Drinks are enjoyed at the hotel bar in the elegant drawing room, and in bad weather, guests curl up with a book in the library. The cozy dining room (guests only) serves imaginative 4-course dinners blending modern Irish and contemporary cuisine. The real dessert is the vista from the verandah over Lahinch Bay.

The scene: Moy House is a world away from the bustling seaside resort town of Lahinch—a peaceful haven. With the Lahinch Golf Club just minutes away and the famous Greg Norman-designed Doonbeg Golf Links a 35-minute drive away, golfers come here for location, location, location—as well as attentive service and wonderful food. Others, however, come to explore the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, go horseback riding, make day trips to the Aran islands or visit Ailwee Caves.

The rates: They run $145 to $320 dbl during the low season, $225-360 during high season, and include breakfast.