When an Irishman describes his handicap as an "Irish 10," just walk away. He's a 5 or lower.

The rugged, ever changing climate necessitates you carry a wide range of foul weather gear and partake in a Guiness or two after every round. You don’t go to Ireland for the weather. But, the tradition, local hospitality, and scenic seaside courses are hard to find on this side of the pond. With so many courses crammed into a country of only 5 million, a spectacular track is just a short drive from wherever you are standing. A complete tour of the great courses of the Emerald Isle is impossible in one trip, but I suggest the southwest portion of the country that includes Lahinch, Old Head, and the magnificent Ballybunion. Ireland should be on the bucket list of every golfer.