Wednesday, October 22, 2014

IGTOA Awards 2014 - Who Won What

The annual IGTOA Awards were held at Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Co.Mayo, only a couple of nights ago. The annual celebration is for all that is good and great about Irish golf in the eyes of the Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association. Here are their awards for this year - which include a couple of personal favourites: 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Festival of Golf, 4th November, Dublin... Win a Fourball

Views down the 18th at Co. Cavan GC
On Tuesday, November 4th, the Ballsbridge Hotel hosts the third Dublin Golf Night, now known as the ‘Festival of Golf’, organised by Failte Ireland. There will be 58 golf courses represented, showing off their courses, promoting green fee deals (for single golfers and society golfers alike), golf getaways, membership options and there will plenty of freebies during the event as well.

Oh, and it’s free for all visitors.
Rosapenna's par three 16th hole - Sandy Hills
It takes place between 5pm and 9pm so grab a few friends (or go solo) and make an evening of it.

As well as the golf clubs (see the full list below) there will be a full golf simulator to try out, and, if you’re after a bit of expert tuition, that will be available, too.

Farnham Estate, views over the 8th green back up the 6th hole.
It’s all about golf so some along and make some plans for 2015. Please share this post and let's spread the word.

The par three 4th at Headfort New
I have a four ball prize up for grabs at Killeen Castle Golf Club, worth €300. All you have to do is leave a Comment on the blog (which won't be published), with your name and email address and the answer to this question: How many 'castle' golf clubs will be at the event? The winner will be chosen at random from the correct answers. Draw will be made on Sunday 2nd October, at 6pm.

Here are those courses...

Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort
Arklow Golf Links
Athlone Golf Club
Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort
Ballyliffin Golf Club
Ballymascanlon House Hotel
Bundoran Golf Club
Carne Golf Links
Castle Barna Golf Club
Castle Dargan Resort
Castlemartyr Resort
Co Cavan Golf Club
Concra Wood Golf & Country Club
Cork Golf Club
Craddockstown Golf Club
Donabate Golf Club
Donegal Golf Club
Dromoland Castle Hotel & The Inn at Dromoland
Druids Glen Resort 
Dunmurry Springs Golf Club
Enniscrone Golf Club
Esker Hills Golf Club
Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Resort
Fota Island Resort
Galway Bay Golf Resort
Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club
Grange Castle Golf Club
Headfort Golf Club
Hollywood Lakes Golf Club
Kilcock Golf Club
Killeen Castle Golf Club
Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort
Lee Valley Golf & Country Club
Letterkenny Golf Club
Luttrellstown Castle Resort
Macreddin Golf Club
Malahide Golf Club
Mount Juliet
Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Country Club
Mountain View Golf Club
Nuremore Hotel
Portlaoise Golf Course
Powerscourt Golf Club
Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Golf & Spa Resort
Rosapenna Golf Resort
Royal Tara Golf Club
Slade Valley Golf Club
Slieve Russell Hotel
Swords Open Golf Course (and potentially Roganstown Hotel & Country Club (sister club))
The Boyne Valley Links Golf: County Louth Golf Club, Laytown & Bettystown and Seapoint golf clubs, CityNorth Hotel.
The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort
Trump International, Doonbeg
West Waterford Golf & Country Club
Westport Golf Club
Woodenbridge G.C

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tip of the Hat... Just Treats Irish Golf Deals

Bunclody's 15th hole. Rather spectacular
Just Treats stirs up some debate as to what is and isn't good marketing for Irish golf clubs, but the offers (four excellent ones this week - see below) open up a different world of opportunity to golfers.

Whichever way you look at it, clubs need to attract green fees and raise their profile. Just Treats is one means of doing that. Such channels/deal websites give golfers the chance to sample different golf courses that they might not otherwise have been able to afford... or even heard of. If they like it, they'll recommend it to friends... and so the club benefits, hopefully, by attracting future green fees... and even members.

Here are those 4 offers:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Today's Golfer... Not Today, Thank You

The Carlow GC landscape (and 6th green)
I know only too well that there are times when you should shut your mouth and keep your opinions to yourself. Don't speak until the brain has engaged - it has always been a problem for me. But sometimes... sometimes you just have to get things off your chest.

The current issue of Today's Golfer has a five page spread on Irish golf. It's entitled Undiscovered Ireland. Now, the magazine is one of the better golfing reads so giving it some stick is regrettable... but some stick is deserved.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mystery Golf Course Winner... Dunmurry Springs

John Langan picks up the four ball for Dunmurry Springs Golf Club.

Approach to the 3rd
 Mel Flanagan, the Irish golf course architect has designed some beauties, and Dunmurry Springs is growing into its landscape very nicely indeed. With its spectacular views and hillside location you'll tackle great holes that thrill and test.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Your Top 50 Irish Parkland Courses - €10,000 in prizes

Malone's 15th green from the 18th (last year's No. 29)
It's that time of year again! Well, it's only the 2nd time this has happened, so that might be an overstatement. Ireland's Golfing Weekly Magazine is running its '50 Top Parkland' courses survey.

This is your opportunity to pick your 50 favourite (or fewer if you don't get out much) parkland courses in the order you would rank them. Everyone else is doing the same (4,165 golfers voted last year) so take this opportunity and have your say!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Draw in the Dunes - The Ryder Cup of 1969

As the aftermath of this year’s Ryder Cup becomes confined to page after page of analysis, highlighting which Captain did what wrong/right, let’s reflect a little on the history of the Ryder Cup… it has become an increasingly bumpy ride over the years... but there remains one key moment in time that defines this event more than any other.

I’m talking about the famous concession – handed by Jack Nicklaus to Tony Jacklin in 1969. It was a defining moment in sportsmanship and it is one that still resonates.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Guess The Mystery Irish Golf Course - Win a Four Ball

Heading up to the 6th green and those views
I have three four balls to give away to Irish golf courses in the coming weeks - so pay attention.

Each comes with three hints and three photographs. All you have to do is guess which course it is and leave me a Comment below.

The clues for today's 'Guess The Mystery Golf Course' go like this:

1. It was designed by Irish designer, Mel Flanagan.