Leave the Emerald Isle risk-taking to Ryder Cup Captain Lehman If you plan on watching the Ryder Cup in person or are just planning for an Irish vacation, pack these nuggets of info in your carry-on luggage. There is no language barrier, but Ireland has a few quirks you should know about so you can spend less time worrying about details and more time finishing that Captain America costume.
A valid U.S. license is sufficient to rent a car in Ireland, but make sure to keep your license on you at all times. Beware: Speed limits are posted in kilometers. Pointing lamely to the "110" sign won't help if the cops pull you over-that's only 70 mph.
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-Dub Wood, Cool, Calif. Opt for eagles on the golf course, not the gridiron. Preseason football is a waste of time, even in football-mad Philly. Within an hour's drive of downtown you can tee it up at the Golf Course at Glen Mills ($75-$90, 610-558-2142), Hartefeld National ($110; 610- 268-8800) and Pine Hill ($100, 877-450-8866) in nearby New Jersey.
-Lou Jakowatz, Tucson, Ariz. Affordable quality golf is about as scarce as snow in Death Valley, but summer greens fees remain in effect in late September. For $50 or less, go with Trilogy at La Quinta (760-771-0707), the Golf Resort at Indian Wells (760-346-4653) or Arnold Palmer's Silver Rock (888-600-7272), which will soon be one of the courses hosting the PGA Tour's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Bear in mind that late September is overseeding time in the desert, so call ahead to check on conditions.