A group of golf journalists have taken a trip with Irish Ferries from Holyhead to Dublin
to see the Republic's facilities for those who fancy crossing the water to enjoy the sport in the lush green surroundings of the Emerald Isle.
Tourism Ireland invited 11 journalists from regional newspapers based around the UK to show both how much there is to enjoy on and off the course, as well as the ease by which Ireland can be reached by ferry.
The group played at several courses, including Dromoland Castle and Doonbeg in County Clare, as well as the Heritage Resort at Killenard in County Laois.
Explaining the reasoning behind the invitation event, Tourism Ireland's head of business and sport tourism David Boyce noted that Great Britain is a major market for golf tourism.
He stated: "Our message is that the island of Ireland offers golfers the complete package - with top courses, stunning scenery and the warmest of welcomes."
Those who do like golf may be tempted to try this for themselves, making the most of the fact that they can get a ferry to Dublin by spending some time seeing the sights, sounds and rich heritage of the city itself.
One indication of the popularity and profile of golf in Ireland may be the many fine players it has produced down the years, with current stars from the Republic including Padraig Harrington, although it is Northern Ireland that has really hit the heights in recent years with Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell all winning majors.
While the Irish Open is in fact taking place in Ulster from June 30th - at Royal Portrush in Antrim - this is a tournament that is usually held in the Republic.
Last year, for instance, it was the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club in County Kerry that hosted the event.
That competition was won by Englishman Simon Dyson. Other Britons touring Irish golf courses after a ferry ride from Holyhead may not take home a big silver trophy, but they can enjoy a great sporting experience.
Posted by Mark Robinson