|Sunrise over the 4th green|
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
As the momentum for the Northern Irish Open continues to build, it was great to get back to Galgorm Castle last week. I was there to take photographs and the course was having the final touches applied (although not the sponsor hoarding, thankfully) ahead of an event that is growing in stature.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
|The 12th hole - a big dogleg right.|
Sunday morning was brutal. BRUTAL. The rain started… and never stopped. Our tee time at Macreddin was for 10am and Fin and I arrived at the same time… with no one else in the car park. The signs weren’t looking good and, not surprisingly, the course was as good as closed.
Dermot, the greenkeeper, said he’d move a few holes so they weren’t in water, and we could play as many as we wanted… which wasn’t many. Besides, it seemed
Friday, July 24, 2015
|Portstewart's 6th hole|
Which Irish golf hole are we talking about? The par three 6th at Portstewart. Who was giving their verdict? Jeff Wallach, Editor of The Grain golf magazine.
Several American golf writers are currently on tour across the Wild Atlantic Way… even if they did start at Portstewart. And it’s
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
|When Paul first took the lead|
Admit it… what red-blooded golfer wannabe hasn’t gone to bed at night dreaming of playing The Open, walking up the 18th, doffing the cap and then
Saturday, July 18, 2015
|En route to the 1st tee at Galway.|
Friday, July 17, 2015
OK, so it’s a bit of a segue from golf – and miles away from The Open Championship we’re all praying will restart – but I was on iTunes earlier and I heard a song that brought back memories of my camper van travels.
Which tracks, I wondered, would define those 14 months driving around Ireland.
Here are 14 songs that sum it up, and not a James Last track to be seen... if you’ve read Driving The Green, about my journey, you’ll understand my difficult relationship with a certain album called James Last Plays Abba.
- Good by Better Than Ezra
- Reconnect by Director
- The Pretender by Foo Fighters
- Fully Alive by Flyleaf
- Set it Off by Audioslave
- Once by Pearl Jam
- The Hook by Grant Lee Buffalo
- Getaway by Reef
- Stuntman by Kasabian
- All Sparks by Editors
- Monster by The Automatic
- I Miss You by Blink-182
- New York (live) by U2,
I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
If you don’t recognise any of the tracks, can I suggest you start with Flyleaf…
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
|Approach over water on the Glen's par four 15th.|
Druid’s Glen Resort continues to build its brand. With its high quality hotel, spa and leisure facilities it offers families everything they could ask for – Wicklow’s beaches are within easy reach, Glendalough is a pretty drive through the Wicklow Mountains, and it’s only 40 minutes from Dublin.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Bad Luck & Trouble