A good base for the touring golfer, with two course of its own and several top layouts close by.

Dooks is an excellent, beautiful, links course in Dingle Bay in County Kerry.

Castlerock 10th green

Castlerock is a fine links course in Coleraine in Northern Ireland

Malone Golf Club has some attractive holes based around the lake on the Ballydrain Estate

Roderick Easdale gets an idea of the splendour as well as the toughness of the test that awaits Europe's top pros in May