Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Royal Curragh in a Perfect Light

Royal Curragh Golf Club 14
The par three 14th hole... golfer on the tee
Taking photographs of golf courses calls for patience. Lots of it. And patience has never been my strong suit on a golf course. But combining my passions of golf and photography has given me a different insight into the game. It has made me respect the beauty of a classic golf course and the natural landscape that flows around you. That breeds patience... and devotion.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Selfie, The Felfie... and now the Golfie

How the Selfie has evolved! Get your phone out, snap a picture of your mug in front of a shop, in a plate of food or in a group of mates, and let everybody see it. What Ellen Degeneres and Barack Obama did for the worldwide spread of this self-promotion, the IFTAs single-handedly deconstructed. OK, so it wasn't that bad, but the IFTAs themselves were so far gone down the road of naff, cliche-driven boredom that a Selfie was never going to redeem the occasion.

The Felfie is a more recent phenomenon - basically a Selfie taken by a Farmer. Who knew they'd start their own in-thing!

Then some bright female celebrity spark got the idea of doing a Selfie with no make-up... and someone else saw this as a way to raise awareness of and money for cancer. Each Selfie nominee made a donation to the cancer society and then posted a Selfie of themselves, as well as nominating the next person. It was an ingenious tactic and it has and continues to raise millions.

Now We Have The Golfie

Yes, snap a picture of your good golfing self and let the world see you. If you thought wearing no make up was a bad idea, wait till people see your appalling golfing fashion sense! Golfers will forgive you... the world and your wife, not so much.

The idea was started by JustTreats Golf, and the idea is similar to the No Make Up campaign - take the shot, make a €4 donation to the Irish Cancer Society and then nominate two more golfing pals. Upload your Golfie and your donation screenshot to Twitter/Facebook and include the tag #golfieforcancer and you could win a spot prize thanks to Just Treats.

Here's what you need to know (and you don't even have to be on a golf course to show off that lovely mug): Just Treats

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Social Media Links Challenge 2014 - The Best of Irish Links Golf

Views over Carne's clubhouse
The Social Media Links Challenge is another in the growing line of amateur golf events taking place around Ireland. And, as always, this combines quality, thrills and value, coasting along the Mayo and Sligo coastline.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Portmarnock and the Art of Golfing Subtlety

View of the clubhouse and practice green from
the 9th fairway
March… the kind of month that has more swings than a kids’ playground when it comes to the weather. Which means being an Aries is fraught with birthday-golf danger. I tried to get a group of friends to play on my birthday a few years back. I had the Open Fairways card so we played Powerscourt East at a good rate… but after 9 holes four of the guys walked in. The other four persevered in a driving rain that rendered waterproof gear useless.

Irish Golf By The Numbers

An info graphic recently created by Your Golf Travel shows some interesting stats in Irish golf. With luck, that 8 total may climb to 9 by Sunday week.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

First Big Golf1Million Winner

One of the biggest challenges facing the Golf1Million team is getting people to believe that Golf1Million is a genuine tournament for amateurs. I understand the caution - the world isn't exactly overflowing with amateur golf tournaments offering all-expenses paid trips to Las Vegas to compete for a $1 million dollar prize - but it's there, it's real, and all you have to do is purchase a limited edition shirt to be in with a shot of going to Las Vegas.

And besides, there are lots of other prizes up for grabs before the tournament kicks-off in September 2015... including this one, which has just been won.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jack Fleck, 1955 US Open Champion

Last week, Jack Fleck (1921 - 2014) left our green and pleasant lands and headed for fairways unknown. He was aged 92.

His name might have stirred a memory with you. Golfers tend to know the names of great champions even if they know little about the champions themselves. Jack Fleck's name burned its way into golfing folklore when he beat Ben Hogan in the US Open in 1955. In a playoff.

It was a brilliant victory and the two men - Fleck and Hogan - had lived very different golfing lives up to that point. If you want to read the story of how they got to battle it out for the US Open, I suggest you pick up a copy of The Longest Shot by Neil Sagebiel.

Neil's blog is here 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Knight in Shining Armour... and a great day of golf at Strandhill

The par three 6th at Mulranny
(green to tee and ocean beyond)
A doff of the cap, a nod of the head, a smile and a thank you... whatever way you want to play it, a big congratulations to Strandhill Golf Club. Next Sunday (March 30th) the club is hosting an Open Fourball Rumble with all proceeds going to Mulranny Golf Club.

If you don't already know, Mulranny was battered by the February storms. Set on the picturesque Clew Bay, the Atlantic whipped thousands of rocks onto the golf course, covering fairways and ripping away the sea defences.