If you have not taken the opportunity to play the magnificent links of Donegal Golf Club you may reconsider putting back the trip to the great wall of China for a few years and heading to Donegal instead. The links which was originally designed by the late Eddie Hackett has returned to Britain and Ireland’s top 100 courses list in recent years due in no small part to extensive design upgrades by Pat Ruddy who has gained the deserved reputation of “master of links design” world-wide. Not for the faint hearted , the course has now been stretched to a massive 6736 metres approx. 7400 yards. Add to the pot the ingredients of Ruddy’s relentless pursuit of excellence clearly evident in his adjustment to as many as 10 holes and you have one of the greatest links courses in Ireland. One of the wonderful things about Donegal Golf Club is the reasonable green fee. €50 euros midweek (Monday to Thursday) and €65 at weekends.