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NORTHWEST IRELAND ACCOMMODATIONS

BALLYLIFFIN
Doherty's Pollan Beach Hotel, Ardagh, Ballyliffin, County Donegal; 011-353-777-8840, pollanbeachhotel.com. Rooms: $49-$152.
There are fancier hotels in this beautiful village, but this one is comfortable, convenient and well managed, and its bar offers a panoramic view of both the beach and the golf courses.

CARNE AND ENNISCRONE
Enniscoe House, Castlehill, Ballina, County Mayo; 011-353-963-1112, enniscoe.com. Rooms: $82-$95.
A beautiful Georgian estate with plush rooms and a fine kitchen in a charming setting on Lough Conn, thirteen miles southwest of Ballina.

CONNEMARA
Rock Glen Country House Hotel, Clifden, Connemara, County Galway; 011-353-952-1035, connemara.net/rockglen-hotel. Rooms: $76-$103.
Outside the pretty town of Clifden, on Ardbear Bay, this one-time hunting lodge has well-appointed rooms and a terrific dining room.

COUNTY SLIGO
Coopershill House, Riverstown, County Sligo; 011-353-716-5108, coopershill.com. Rooms: $84-$107.
A lovely Georgian mansion a half hour from Rosses Point on five-hundred acres where peacocks wander the grounds.

DONEGAL
St. Ernan's House Hotel, Donegal, County Donegal; 011-353-732-1065, sainternans.com. Rooms: $135-$227.
This cozy four-star guesthouse sits on an island in Donegal Bay, accessible by a causeway between the golf course and the city.

ROSAPENNA
Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Links, Rosapenna, County Donegal; 011-353-745-5301, rosapenna.ie. Rooms: $86-$108. Suites: $108-$119.
On beautiful Sheephaven Bay, the hotel's bland exterior gives way to a warm and luxurious interior.

NORTHWEST IRELAND TOUR OPERATORS

These prepackaged itineraries vary in courses and accommodations; check web sites for further details as well as custom-itinerary options.

Golf International (golfinternational.com): six nights, five rounds from $1,525. Golf Tours Ireland (golf-tours-ireland.com): six nights, five rounds from $1,220. Golf Travel Company (e-golftravel.com): six nights, five rounds from $1,195. Golf Vacations Ireland (golf-irl.com): seven nights, six rounds starting at $1,825. Haversham & Baker (haversham.com): custom itineraries only. Irish Golf Tours (irishgolftours.com): seven nights, five rounds from $750. Jerry Quinlan's Celtic Golf (jqcelticgolf.com): eight nights, seven rounds from $1,995. Perry Golf (perrygolf.com): custom itineraries only. Wide World of Golf (wideworldofgolf.com): seven nights, seven rounds from $1,560.

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