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Q&A: Golf and Horesback Combo

The west coast of Ireland immediately comes to mind—particularly the Connemara countryside, which offers scenic golf along with the fabled Connemara ponies. The Connemara Golf Links in Ballyconneely (connemaragolflinks.com) is a championship links course built in 1973 by Eddie Hackett; there’s also Connemara Isles Golf Club (connemaraislesgolfclub.com), a nine-hole course joined to the mainland by a causeway and featuring the only thatched-roof clubhouse in Ireland. For the equestrian, both the Cleggan Beach Riding Centre (clegganridingcentre.com) and the Point Pony Trekking Centre (011-353/9523-685) offer half- or full-day riding along unspoiled trails and the area’s rocky beaches. Luxury accommodations are nearby at the Cashel House Hotel (cashel-house-hotel.com), a Relais & Chateaux property beside Cashel Bay that’s within driving distance of both sports. Or if you prefer an all-inclusive package, try Five Counties Holidays (five-counties-holidays.com).

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