County Louth Golf Club. How do they keep this links treasure such a secret? Covering 190 acres by the Irish Sea at the mouth of the River Boyne, this wonderful links course really has flown under the radar of the golfing world, which means smaller crowds in summer. Long hitters will love the atypical layout, a par-72 that features five par-5s, but beware the well-protected, undulating greens. Off R167, Baltray, Co. Louth. 041/988–1530; Nov.–Mar. €80; Apr. and Oct. €120; May–Sept. Mon.–Thurs. €160, Fri.–Sun. €175. No nonmembers Tues.; no nonmembers weekends Oct.–Dec..

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