The fact that Carne Golf Club couldn’t get their hands on a copy of Hooked last year prompted my publisher (collinspress.ie) to begin the process of producing a second edition…
… only ‘second edition’ doesn’t carry as much impact as saying ‘revised and updated’ apparently.
[Photo: Views over Ballybunion's amazing dunes from the Old's 2nd green]
It’s been on the go since before Christmas, and it has been an illuminating process. As soon as word came that there was a reprint, I started contacting all the clubs to update green fees, which had peaked as the book went to print in 2008. And there was one very clear difference between Northern Ireland and their counterparts down south:
Down south, all but a couple of clubs have reduced or maintained their 2008 green fees; but up north, almost all have increased their green fees. True, it is only marginally (£1 to £5), and the green fees were always excellent value, but it does mean that across the island the rates are now more in tune.
The second edition has plenty of other updates - new clubhouses, revamped layouts, new holes and revised scores, not to mention the three new courses that have opened fully since 2008. Yes, it came as a blow when Turvey and Limerick County closed last month – after the book had gone to publication – but that has been in the offing for some time. More will close, of that I am sure.
[Photo: Greystones' par three 14th, with views up to the clubhouse]
Here is a small selection of clubs that have dropped their green fees…
Athenry: from €40 to €25
Bray: from €50-€70 to €25-€40
Castleknock: from €90 to €30-€60
Castlemartyr: from €95 to €35-€50
Doonbeg: from €200-€210 to €75-€170
Druid’Glen: €180 to €55-€90
Greystones: from €55-€60 to €25-€30
Kenmare: from €50 to €25-€35
Lee Valley: from €50-€65 to €35-€40
Palmerstown: from €160 to €50-€80
Roganstown: from €65-€75 to €40-€55
Waterford Castle: from €55-€65 to €30-€50