Thursday, May 19, 2016

Out in the (Irish) Open

The Liffey beside the K Club's par three 8th.
A taste of the magic behind the Irish Open

If you're going to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open - and even if you're not - here are a few of the facts and figures and special moments that sum up just some of the excitement of the Irish Open event. This was published in the Irish Examiner on Tuesday.

1. The Irish Open was first played in 1927, at Portmarnock Golf Club. It was won by a Scot, George Duncan, who beat the famous English golfer and golf course designer, Henry Cotton.
In all, 14 Major champions have won the event: Seve, Langer and Faldo each won it

Monday, May 16, 2016

Irish Open K Club Start a Just Reward for Brady's Hard Work

The 9th green and K Club Palmer clubhouse
PGA in Ireland members primed for The Irish Open at the K Club (May 19-22)

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open marks the opening event of a two-week European Tour salvo for the 2015 PGA in Ireland Order of Merit winner, Eamonn Brady. The 42-year-old will play at the K Club, this week, as the Irish Open rolls

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Shane Derby on the Growth of Carr Golf

The name of ‘Carr’ is as synonymous with Irish golf as Peter Alliss is with Open Championship commentating. And while Alliss’s career is coming to an end, Carr Golf is accelerating into an ever brighter future.

I met Shane Derby, the company’s new Business Development Manager, and asked what Carr Golf was all about and what it offers Irish golf clubs… as well as Irish golf. 

Q.  Can you give a little background on Carr Golf?
Shane: Carr Golf Services was founded by JB, Marty and John Carr in 1990. Dublin County Council had recently purchased land for golf course development at Clondalkin

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Killarney, Waterville and Muckross Park Hotel

The brilliant par three 17th at Waterville
Never mind it being a long way to Tipperary, when you’re travelling from Wexford it’s considerably farther to Killarney and Waterville, on Ireland’s Ring of Kerry. But the opportunity to play golf at these fine courses was too tempting to let an 11 hour round trip get in the way. And besides, a night of comfort in the Muckross Park Hotel was always going to ease the

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Portmarnock Links Uplifted

The par three 9th
The recently completed €1 million investment in the golf course at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links is already paying dividends... both for the resort... and for Irish golf.

Barry O’Connor, Director at the resort, said that the limited membership programme announced at the time of the

Friday, April 29, 2016

Birrrrrrrr.... illiant Irish Golf

Take a look at the photos and tell me you wouldn't like to play here. One of Ireland's unsung beauties, this is Birr Golf Club, in Co. Offaly, and the club is hosting a Junior (H'cap 6-11) and Senior (max h'cap 5) Scratch Cup on Sunday May 15th... for just €15.

So, for €15 you get to play a course which is famous for its natural flowing eskers, will be in fantastic condition, and will be played from the back tees (the par three 15th measures 226 metres). Oh, and it looks like this:

Book your tee time by calling 05791 20082 or online at Birr Golf Club. A soup and sandwich before your round will cost €5, while a main meal afterwards will set you back a tenner.

Views back over the 13th green.
Views back down the 4th
The famous 10th, into a narrowing chute of trees.
The par three 15th... 226 metres, no less.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Full Package at Castlemartyr (and a free fourball)

As Ireland's long climb out of recession continues, golf courses and hotels evolve, change hands and splutter with new life. As someone involved in Irish golf I have been fascinated by this evolution. No one is immune in falling from grace and only a few regain their place at the top.

Which brings me to the five star Castlemartyr Resort in Co. Cork. It

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Golf, The Olympics, and a Conundrum

In the last week, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and Vijay Singh have stated they will not be competing at the Rio Olympics. Their reasons are different, but they are extremely prominent names nonetheless. In between the three announcements a