Lahinch, the fabled links in Country Clare, Ireland, has it all: tumbling duneland, spectacular views across Liscannor Bay, and a storied history dating to the 1890s, when Old Tom Morris laid out the original course. (It was reworked in the 1920s by Alister Mackenzie and, more recently, by Martin Hawtree). Lauded as the “St. Andrews of Ireland,” this noble club, listed at No. 37 on the LINKS100 World Rankings roster, is, despite its international renown, in financial straits. According to a recent report in the Irish Times, Lahinch lost approximately 500 fee-paying members between 2009–12, forcing the club to reduce its initiation fee by nearly one-third, from roughly $32,000 to $12,800. Club captain Ray Hennessy blamed the membership drop-off on “the financial crisis,” adding that Lahinch is a second club for the majority of its nearly 2,700 members. On the bright side, green fee income is up 7 percent over last year. Bottom line: Get across the pond to savor a layout once described by Phil Mickelson, a club member, as his favorite links course. You may want to join, too.