Cork Golf Club. If you know golf-course architecture, you're familiar with the name Alister MacKenzie, who designed Cypress Point in California and Augusta National in Georgia. One of his few designs in Ireland is Cork, better known as Little Island. There's water on this parkland course, but it's not the temperamental ocean; instead, Little Island is in Cork Harbor, a gentle bay. The highlight for most is the par-4 6th, where a broad fairway narrows toward the green, nestled in a former quarry. The course is little known, but it's one of the Emerald Isle's best. Little Island, Co. Cork. 021/435–3451. Mon.–Thurs. €70, Fri.–Sun. €80. 18 holes, 6192 yards, par 72, practice area, caddies, caddy carts, club rental, catering. Visitors: daily.


Inchydoney Beach. The beach is on an island connected to the mainland by causeways, and accessible by car. It consists of two flat wide stretches of fine white sand divided by a rocky promontory. The east side is the most sheltered and has dunes that can be walked. The slope to the sea is so gentle, that at low tide it's a long walk to find deep water. Busy in July and August, its vast expanses offer exhilarating walks the rest of the year. Amenities: lifeguards, parking (free), toilets, water sports. Best for: surfing, swimming, walking. Inchydoney Island, 3 km (2 miles) south of town, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.


Butch Roberts Deep-Sea Angling and Scenic Tours. Whether you want to watch whales, catch a shark, or just enjoy the scenery, Butch will tailor a day or half-day trip—year-round, weather permitting—on his comfortable 38-foot boat, Sundance Kid. The Marina, Kinsale, Co. Cork. 021/477–8054.

Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre. Get afloat in a kayak or sailboat from the center, with or without tuition. St. John's Hill, Kinsale, Co. Cork. 021/477–2896.


Old Head Golf Links. Golf doesn't get much more spectacular than this. On a celebrated 215-acre peninsula, which juts out into the wild Atlantic nearly 300 feet below, you can find an awe-inspiring spectacle that defies comparison. The only golfing stretches that could be likened to it are the 16th and 17th holes at Cypress Point and small, Pacific sections of Pebble Beach, from the 7th to the 10th, and the long 18th. Even if your golf is moderate, expect your pulse to race at the stunning views and wildlife. They've added 15 suites and a spa so you can now stay at the course for a few days. Old Head, off R604, Kinsale, Co. Cork. 021/477–8444. €220 May–Sept.; €160 mid-Apr. and Oct. 18 holes, 7215 yards, par 72, practice area, caddies (reserve in advance), caddy carts, club rental, catering. Visitors: mid-Apr.–Oct., daily.