3. Old Head, Kinsale, Cork, Ireland
I'm honestly not sure what alienates serious golfers about Old Head. The clifftop setting is one of the most spectacular in the world, and a handful of holes just scream "Best in Show." They are unforgettable. And while I've written before about the rocky, heavy ground, the bland bunkers and the unsophisticated green complexes, I'm still enamored with the golf experience here. Maybe purists simply resent that a setting so magnificent doesn't have a design to match. I'll agree, to a point.