There are (at least) two such events going on at the moment. If there are any more, please let me know.
The first is Topgolfer.ie which kicked off back in March and runs until September. You can play an individual event, in the hope of qualifying for the grand final at Druid’s Glen on 1st and 2nd October, or you can play as many events as you want. There are 45 in total (a bunch have already been played) and they cross the country from Westport to Arklow and from Fota Island to Enniscrone. Add in the spice of the K Club and Dromoland and the choice is, in a word, excellent
[Photo: Arklow's par four 4th]
There’s an Order of Merit, too, so if you play multiple events – as many do – you can see how you’re doing against the rest of the field (and it’s another way of getting to the grand final).
- A great range of national courses to choose from across a wide range of dates.Reduced green fees.
- Player pack stuffed with goodies.Event Prizes.
- A grand final at Druid’s Glen over 2 days.
- Only that the competition is restricted to handicaps of 9 or better (and by ‘better’ I mean lower!).
- It’s strokes, but to single handicap golfers that shouldn’t be a bother.
[Photo: Bunclody's brilliant 6th hole - a dogleg left]
Pitched as the ‘Three Majors’, there are three events that take place over the weekends of this year’s remaining majors. You can play in each one or pick the one/s you prefer. They are:
Knighstbrook on Friday 17th June (US Open)
Bunclody on Friday 15 July (British Open)
Cost: €40 Euro
Old Head of Kinsale on Thursday 18 August (US PGA)
Cost: €75 Euro
If you’re in the top three, as well as winning prizes on the day, you qualify for the final which is held at The Heritage on Friday 9 September… win that and you’re in for a serious treat:
A two night stay for four people in the La Manga Club Hotel (two twin/double rooms), including breakfast with two rounds of golf per person and two shared buggies along with VIP access to the Spa.
[Photo: par four 2nd at Old Head - it's all water left]
- Three very good courses, with Old Head being the spectacular pick of the bunch.
- You were probably planning to take the time off to watch the majors anyway.
- Reduced green fees.
- Event Prizes.
- A grand final at The Heritage in Co. Laois.
- The grand prize of Spain for three days, for four people with two rounds of golf.
- Stableford, so it’s good/open for everyone (as long as you’re GUI/ILGU/CONGU).
- €75 might sound like a lot for Old Head, but compare that with the regular €200 green fee and it's worth it for one of Ireland's most remarkable golfing experiences.
- It's getting booked up fast!