Friday, January 6, 2017

Golf Digest Ireland Top 100 Ireland Courses 2017

Galway Bay at 63rd
The 2017 golf course rankings by Golf Digest Ireland have finally been released. These are laid out below. Just like last year you can pick and needle and doubt and gripe and despair at what you see here, but that's rankings for you.

Courses highlighted in green are those that have made significant moves.

Courses highlighted in blue are

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Irish Golf Clubs Move With The Times

Moyvalley's 17th green, to the 16th green
If you want to know how Irish golf clubs and golf resorts are preparing for the years ahead, here's a piece I wrote for the Irish Examiner. There are over 30 courses covered and that is really only a fraction of the investment clubs are putting into their number one asset. Indeed, neither Moyvalley (€1 million in 2016) or

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Top 10 Golf Course Photos of the Year

The famous 'bath tub' green on Cruden Bay's 14th
In no particular order…

1. Waterville

A trip to the south west took me to Waterville and Killarney for articles for Irish Golfer Magazine. It was early in the year and snow capped the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks above

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Golf Gifts and the Joy of Christmas

Macreddin, where the Destination Golf Premier Golf
Card offers visitors 4 green fees for the price of 2.
December has arrived and that can mean only one thing… no, not temporary greens and chilblains… it’s Christmas. What joy! An entire month of listening to Christmas tunes older than Attila the Hun… or Mick Jagger. If there was one shop – just one – that decided not to play Christmas music from dawn till dusk, day in, day out, I reckon that shop would be minting it.

Anyway, you didn’t come here to read the thoughts of a grouch so here are 12 Christmas ideas:

Monday, December 5, 2016

15 Key Golf Questions for Trump

Shortly, we will have the magnificent Donald Trump in the White House... and given his love of golf what can the game expect in the next four years? More to the point, how long before he:  

1. Declares who he thinks should Captain the 2018 US Ryder Cup team? Nigel Farage must fancy his chances.

2. Removes the USPGA from power and places all golf decision-making under Presidential control? (His two sons are put in charge so they can introduce endangered species to every golf course… that the sons can then hunt to save them travelling to Africa.) 

3. Claims that one of his many courses is the best course in the world… again?

4. Tries to influence the R&A to move the Open Championship to Aberdeen or Turnberry?

Monday, November 28, 2016

County Louth in Irish Golfer Magazine

The approach to the 3rd green
When you sit down and start writing a golf course review, your focus will usually settle on the key thing that overwhelmed you... or underwhelmed you. I confess to being disappointed when I hear people say they didn't like a course because the greens were in poor condition (in January) or that the round took too long because they got caught behind a slow four ball. I have often been asked how I set about reviewing a course and the answer is simple: I ask the question: how great an

Thursday, November 17, 2016

World Golf Awards 2016 - the Irish Winners

The World Golf Awards have just been held at the Conrad Resort, in the Algarve’s Quinta do Lago. It’s the 3rd year of the awards and the Conrad is becoming the host venue… which is not much of a hardship since it’s wall-to-wall five star luxury. (I’ve been lucky enough to sample it.)

In all, there are dozens of awards spread across the different continents and Ireland

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The 'Algarve Golf Challenge' from Golf Voyager

With only two weeks left to go to book your place (single or two-ball) for this golfing challenge, things are warming up nicely for the Golf Voyager event in the Algarve.

You can play in this event for just €315pp -and there are over €4000 in prizes to be