Friday, April 24, 2015

Ireland's Toughest Golf Holes - The Front Nine

In the current edition of Irish Golfer Magazine, there's an article on Ireland's 'Green Monster'... 18 holes that, if put together, would create the toughest course on the island and, perhaps, much further afield.

Here's the front nine in photographs, but if you want to get the list and descriptions of the full 18, pick up a free copy of the magazine at your golf club, or check out the online version (page 81). There's plenty of other stuff in the magazine (which will be blogged about in due course), so go get that copy.

1. Portsalon 2nd hole

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ballyliffin Golf Club Battles the Elements (and red tape)
The low dunes separating the ocean from the 13th green.
An article in today's Irish Independent is a stark reminder of the effects the destructive power of nature has on our Irish golf courses.

Last year, storms had a huge impact on courses on the west coast and across the south west, flattening swathes of woodland and encroaching onto links courses (Doonbeg* and Lahinch,

Saturday, April 18, 2015

10 Reasons to Go to The Irish Open

Here are 10 reasons why you should be attending this year's Irish Open at Royal County Down.

1. Royal County Down. Does anything more need to be said about a course that is often ranked as the best links in the world. Oh sure, you won't get to play it at the Irish Open (28-31 May), but you'll get to see the world's best golfers tackle this remarkable course.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Part II: The Gorse of Galway Golf Club

Some more photographs of Galway Golf Club, which just happens to sit on the Wild Atlantic Way and on the outskirts of one of the best foodie cities in Ireland.
The 4th green, with the 2nd green behind
Galway Golf Club is among the forgotten golf courses in Ireland, which is a shame... it offers a flash of everything and the place is brimming with confidence. I like a course that a) leaves piles of copies of the Irish Times sitting by the entrance, and b) has the self-belief to leave a Comment Card in full view, which covers the full day's golfing experience.

You can leave a few comments yourself at the bottom of this blog, because these photographs show you how good the course looks and how much fun you'll have.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Gorse of Galway Golf Club

20 degrees centigrade is not what you expect for the West of Ireland in early April. Clear blue skies and the gorse blooming. The colours were a brilliant contrast, and worked wonderfully as I spent the early evening with camera in hand. Here are a few samples. I'm out again in the morning... for more perfect weather.
Galway's 11th hole. A par three
Approach to the 17th

Straight down and to the mountains beyond. The par four 14th
Views to the clubhouse and beyond as golfers tee off on the 15th

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Masters, Golf World, Everything You Need to Know

Everybody is talking The Masters 2015. The first major of the season is big, and the fact that it's Augusta just makes it bigger. Then you have Rory looking to complete his Major trophy cabinet, Jordan Spieth showing that an even younger generation is charging through, and the mercurial genius of Bubba Watson waiting to tighten his recent stranglehold on the lush Augusta fairways... and it's a heady mix that will mesmerise worldwide golfing audiences in less than a week. Oh, and Tiger's playing too. Will he shine? Will he make the cut? Seeing him in the mix on Sunday will

Monday, March 30, 2015

Golf, Easter, Ireland

View from the 2nd tee at Strandhill
Three Little Words that will see your Easter celebrations move along very nicely indeed.

There will be golf all over Ireland this Easter… available to the masses courtesy of Open events in abundance. No doubt most of you have plans to play your home course (why are you paying your annual sub after all) but if you’re looking for a game, then you’re spoilt for choice with fun events, good prizes and, of course, perfect weather guaranteed.

Here are just six venues to get you started. You’ll need to check timesheets for formats (there’s a wide variety), etc., but is a good place to start.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New golf courses: Ireland vs Scotland

11th green at Castle Stuart
Last week was a week of big announcements in Scotland, with news that Donald Trump is looking to build his second course in Aberdeen (seemingly, he's over his little tizzy about wind turbines)... and further news that Arnold Palmer is to design a second course at Castle Stuart, only 100 miles away.

It will certainly add huge weight to what is