Situated 30 minutes west of Dublin, its stately mansion the former ancestral seat of dukes and earls, Carton House, host of the 2013 Irish Open in June, offers two excellent layouts. The parkland-style O’Meara Course makes good use of the historic demesne's rolling hills and specimen hardwoods, with the River Rye in play at three holes. The Montgomerie Course simulates an inland links, its gently rolling fairways parted through tall fescue grasses in the open countryside. Cavernous bunkers and huge speedy greens supply the challenge. The hotel offers bespoke elegance, excellent dining, and a full-service spa.