Category: Northern Ireland

March 12, 2009

Ask Travelin Joe: Northern Ireland and Utah

Posted at 11:44 AM by Joe Passov

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Dear Joe,
A group of us travel to Ireland annually, but this is the first time we'll be visiting Northern Ireland. Besides Royal County Down, Portrush, Portstewart and Castlerock, we have one extra day to play. Between Ardglass and Ballycastle, which would you recommend?

John Lee, Washington Township, N.J.

Definitely Ardglass ($35-$82;, where three new holes elevate a once cramped layout. Even local boy David Feherty agrees. In Larry Lambrecht's great book on Irish golf, Emerald Gems, he says of Ardglass: "Some of the holes have a linksy feel to them, while the inland holes tend to have more of a pasture-like turf. It's kind of a sheep-versus-cattle thing, if you know what I mean, and if you don't, then jump at the opportunity to play it."

Another worthy option is the Valley Links at Royal Portrush ($50-$58;

Hello, Joe,
Our foursome is thinking about Utah for our spring break golf weekend. Can you talk us into giving up our Arizona security blanket?

Greg King, Plymouth, Minn.

Utah's St. George region is pretty enticing. You've got to stay to play, but Entrada at Snow Canyon ($100-$165; 435-634-7100, is worth the splurge.

Best among public tracks is scenic and playable Coral Canyon ($78-$103; 435-688-1700,, while Sand Hollow Resort ($50-$125; 435-656-4653,, boasts a back nine through red rock cliffs that's guaranteed to mesmerize.

Photo: Utah's Sand Hollow Resort.
Credit: Hunter PR

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