Saturday, August 30, 2014

Northern Irish Open at Galgorm Castle

Edfors teeing off on the 1st hole.
It's a long drive from Wexford to Ballymena... but probably not as long as a Johan Edfors drive. That boy can hit the ball, and he is playing in the Northern Irish Open at Galgorm Castle this week. The tournament ends tomorrow, so if you're in that neck of the woods get yourself to the golf club, watch the Pros, enjoy the Food Village and all the golfing extras - there's a golf village, too.

I had been invited by Your Golf Travel to attend the event and it was an entertaining day out for sure.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Farnham Estate – Turning ‘Blu’

The excellent downhill par four 2nd.
Farnham Estate held some interesting memories. It was here in 2007 that I got stuck on the 13th hole. I don’t mean failing to escape from a bunker or walking off with a quadruple bogey… I mean stuck.

The back nine were still in the throes of construction and I had been given permission to walk them. Greens were mere pools of sand, bunkers no more than holes in the earth, fairways nothing but mud… and it was into the mud that I sank. It took a while to extricate myself, and a little longer to retrieve my golf shoe that had been sucked off my foot. It was a soggy walk for the final five holes.

Golf Irony... Mount Ober

When Hooked first appeared in bookshops in 2009, it came with the claim that I had played every 18 hole golf course in Ireland... which wasn't strictly true!

No, there was a course in Northern Ireland, just south of Belfast, which I never got to play. Its name is Mount Ober.

Why didn't I review it?

Monday, August 25, 2014

€30 Green Fee Value - Not Your Average Joe

Define 'value'... the dictionary defines it thus:
"the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something."
Coollattin Golf Club
When it comes to golfing green fees, that definition is tough to apply... but boy don't we love to bang on about it!

'Value' means different things to different people:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mystery Golf Course Winner... North West Golf Club

Colm Burke picks up the four ball for North West Golf Club.

Not only is the club one of the oldest courses in Ireland (1891), it is also one of the four founding members of the GUI. A lot of history plays through these subtle and dynamic fairways and slick greens outside Buncrana, on the Inishowen peninsula.
The side view of the 3rd green (from 18th tee)
Donegal is the best golfing county in Ireland... with Kerry hot on its heels... so any golfer swinging this way has only one problem - which of the great courses do they choose to play first!

Challenge By The Sea - at Greystones GC

The par four 6th
Greystones Golf Club dates back to 1895. Given its age, it's a classic course with a wonderful air of maturity to it... and the name of Harry Colt hovering in the background. At the moment it is in immaculate condition and the greens are as good as any I've played on in recent years.

Perfect greens are the ultimate aim of any golf club and achieving it must delight Committees, general managers and the greenkeepers themselves... as well as visiting golfers.

And now's your chance to play this parkland beauty for yourself:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Win a four ball to a 'Mystery' Irish Golf Club - Part II

The 'mystery Irish golf club' blog a week or two back proved a big hit. So... why not run another one?

Here are three clues and three photographs to help you win a four ball to this Irish golf club:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Gdansk the Great... Golf in Poland

Sand Valley Golf Club
Be honest... if I said name a European golfing destination beginning with 'P'... how many of you would guess 'Poland'?

Portugal - with its awards, its location and its weather - would be your first guess, wouldn't it! No surprise there. But Poland has so much going for it that you need to reconsider that 'P' priority.