So last night my wife gave me the very exciting news that her mother would like to take the whole family for a week long holiday in Kinsale next summer, likely the week of July 4. I have played a fair amount of golf in Ireland, but never made it down to the Old Head, so that is certainly at the top of my list, but I am also trying to figure out what other golf I should try to squeeze in (my wife is not a golfer and my daughters will be 5 and 7, so I am not likely to be playing 36/day on this trip).
Cork sounds great and might be my best option for a second round, but what I really want is some true links golf, and unfortunately I don’t know of any links closer than Dooks, which is a little more than 2 hours drive. My wild plan that could lead to some domestic discord would be to head up to Ballybunion for a 10 am tee time at the Old Course, followed by an afternoon round on Cashen, then find a cheap B&B for the night somewhere in Clare to give me 6 hours or so at the Irish Open at Lahinch before rejoining my family. A more realistic version of that plan would be going up and back in a single day to play Ballybunion Old or Tralee, with 5-6 hours of driving included, and watching the action at Lahinch on tv.
Any little 9 hole links gems that I should be considering instead (or, dare I say, in addition)?