Thursday, July 24, 2014

Irish Open Weeks/Days 2014... Part 1

Views back up the course at Dunmurry Springs
Lots of them about - pretty much every place you look - and few better ways (or prices) to play many of Ireland's golf courses. And then there's the weather... take advantage while you can.

Here are three:
Dunmurry Springs
Lough Erne 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

McIlroy Refuses To Sign Autograph

Apparently this caused a Twitter storm. Apparently everyone and his mother now despise Northern Ireland's Golden Child. Apparently this follows Rory's 'brutal dumping' of Caroline Wozniacki.

Oh, the media love to turn mole hills into mountains. And these days the 'Public' get hysterical over a burnt slice of toast.

For those of you anti-Rory-ites who think the snubbed autograph was a travesty, here are five things to consider...

Irish Independent Weekend Magazine Article

As part of the promotion for my book 'Driving The Green', the Irish Independent asked me to write a piece on five of my favourite golf courses. It was for the Travel section of last Saturday's Weekend Magazine.

Choosing five is always tough and it seems so unfair on all the courses that don't get mentioned. If I asked you to list your top five golf courses, you'd list off five, then add another, think about it, mention another, groan because you'd left out that favourite course... and end up listing nine or ten. Don't believe me, then go ahead and try it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Golf and Dealing with Back Pain

Following on from a recent guest post on staying motivated, here's another guest blog on how to deal with back pain. It's something many of us struggle with. 

Sure, we don't hit the ball or twist the body with the kind of force that Tiger Woods exerts, so, hopefully, none of us will ever need the back surgery he endured in March, but back pain of any description is likely to see you leaving your clubs in the car and and your feet up on the couch.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kingspan Concra Wood Open

This is the third staging of this
 Europro Tour event, returning once again to the glamorous and beautiful Concra Wood Golf Club, in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.

The tournament, which has become a fixture on the PGA Europro Tour, will run from July 23-25. It will be screened around the world via Sky Sports, but you can easily drive up to Castleblayney and enjoy some great golf and some of the best scenery in the country.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rosses Point - Co. Sligo's Open Week

Rosses Point Golf Club
The par three 4th has wicked fall-offs everywhere but
the back.
It's not always easy to play the best courses in Ireland - especially when they're links and they're so populated with American links enthusiasts. But, every now and again (year after year in this case), you get an Open Week that makes it possible... and makes the journey to  a distant town an essential part of your summer's golf. And when you throw in the €20-€30 green fee, you'd be mad not to pay a visit to Sligo town and the brilliance that is Rosses Point.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Driving The Green Book Review

A huge thank you to Dean Goodison, for this review of Driving The Green, in the Wexford People. It gives the full flavour of what the book (and my travels) is all about.

Second part of the review is below:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Atlantic Coast Challenge - Day 2 - Carne Golf Links

Approach to Carne's Kilmore 8th 
Day 2 of the Atlantic Coast Challenge was spent on the monstrous dunes of Carne. The day was… in a word… blistering. Almost wrong for a links, but there was enough wind to add that necessary something. 9 irons became 7 irons, or over-enthusiastically thrashed 8 irons.