Ireland, long a popular destination for golf vacations, enjoys a new buzz in 2019 with The Open, the sport's oldest championship, taking place at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland in July; in addition many of the country's renowned courses have recently undergone or are seeing major refurbishments. Need another reason to hop over the pond? Ireland is home to the top-ranked golf course in the world-Royal County Down. If you're thinking of a golfing holiday, travel expert Maura Nolan, founder and president of Irish Links Tours and Travel, which specializes in custom golf and travel experiences, provides 13 tips for making the most of your course time in the Emerald Isle.

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