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With its abundance of archaeological remains from the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods, a visit to County Mayo is like touring an incredibly impressive natural history museum. All over the county there are ritual stone circles from the Bronze Age and over 160 recorded megalithic tombs, which are enormous and elaborate stone burial places, and there are many more that are unrecorded. There are four different types of Irish megalithic tombs and they can all be found within Mayo. The county has dramatically differing landscapes in the north and south and being the third largest county, it almost feels like Mayo actually encapsulates two entirely different counties. Vast areas of Atlantic bogland characterize the north while the south is a more verdant landscape with limestone outcroppings.

Golf has become a popular pastime in Mayo with 11 courses ranging from nine-hole par 3s to 18-hole championship layouts. Most of the courses share a landscape of rolling sand dunes, but it can be argued that there are none more dramatic than on Carne Golf Links. The course is the final work of Ireland's most well known golf architect, Eddie Hackett, and many say it is his most challenging.

Golf Courses in County Mayo