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There many individual factors that adds up to the ideal golf holiday. While many people choose to travel abroad in search of the perfect round, golf resorts in the UK and Ireland are becoming increasingly popular.

For several years now, Ireland has been catching up with Scotland as far as its reputation as a top golf destination goes; in particular, the south west of the country now boasts an excellent array of courses, with top end accommodation to match. For scenery, this part of the world is hard to beat. With a selection of both picturesque links and inland courses there is something for every golfer in this beautiful part of the world, and plenty to see and do after a few drinks at the nineteenth hole!

County Claire and County Kerry are both excellent golfing destinations, home as they are to several top notch links courses. The most famous of these is probably Ballybunion, but there are a whole plethora of less well known but eminently playable courses including those at Skelilig Bay, Waterville and Tralee.

This part of Ireland is well known for its stunning natural beauty. Many of the courses in the area offer unsurpassed views over the delightful Irish countryside, with hotels offering first class accommodating situated to make the very best of the lovely views in every direction.

While there are many destinations both near and far that offer world class golf facilities, if you want to stay in the UK then St. Andrews in Fife is undoubtedly right at the very top of most golfers’ wish list. Set in gorgeous scenery, and with a fabulous worldwide reputation for excellence, St. Andrews is the course that most passionate golfers aspire to play at least once in their life.

St Andrews truly does live and breathe golf. Fife is also home to many other impressive courses, including Crail, Kingsbarns and Lundin.

While St. Andrews has long been the spiritual home of golf in the UK, recent improvement in the infrastructure in the town mean that there are now some truly impressive hotels and resorts that mean a delightful holiday is guaranteed. Additionally, St. Andrews in easily accessible from the rest of Scotland, meaning that taking a tour of some of the other well-known golfing destinations – such as Troon, Gleneagles and North Berwick, is easily achievable. Indeed, why travel to mainland Europe or even further afield when the UK and Ireland are both so rich in outstanding golf courses?

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