Although MapQuest provides international directions, a better bet for U.K. travelers—especially golfers—is theAA.com. To get you from Dublin to Ballybunion, for example, the route planner is especially helpful, replete with detailed descriptions (including alerts of upcoming speed traps for heavy-footed drivers), distance, estimated time of travel and a search feature that locates nearby hotels, restaurants and courses. The site also boasts a special golf section with descriptions of more than 2,500 courses across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Another reliable source is ViaMichelin (via michelin.com), which offers maps throughout Europe and is also a supplier of in-car navigational systems.
Most car-rental companies offer GPS devices for an additional daily cost. (Avis uses the TomTom, which will point out golf courses.) If you have your own GPS that’s compatible in Europe, download maps from the manufacturer’s website. Course websites usually have directions from major cities, as well, but because signposting can be spotty, it’s best to get directions before you go.