A few months back I wrote a blog on the different Irish Golf Challenges that take place around this great island. Some go back 30 – 40 years, while others are much younger. I played in the inaugural Atlantic Coast Challenge in July 2011, and it was three days of pure bliss. Carne, Co. Sligo and Enniscrone are among the best links in the country… if you happen to have my book, look up the scores… and easily make my top ten.
Yes, there are other Challenges, but here you’re talking about three supremely exciting golf courses, each as good as the other two and in beautiful locations.
But on this blog you might not even have to pay that, because the Atlantic Coast Challenge organisers have given me a FREE line, worth €405, to give away to one lucky winner… you can even choose what time to play (subject to availability).
How To Enter
All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog, with your name.
So click the ‘comments’ link at the bottom of this blog and choose the ‘Name’ option, so you can leave your name! That's all.
If the prize isn’t claimed within two weeks, another winner will be selected. Please note that there is no cash alternative.
Links to Websites
If you’re flying in from Europe, Knock Airport is very close by (County Sligo) and flies to 11 destinations in Great Britain and a further 20 in Europe. Check out the map here
From the US, it has to be Shannon or Dublin.
Cars can be hired from all three.
These are general recommendations and pulled from a Failte Ireland search. I have stayed in only a couple of them, so dig around and you’ll find everything from self-catering to 4 star hotels.
Ballina (Between Carne and Enniscrone)
Ice House Hotel is close to the centre and very fancy indeed
Something v. special: Mount Falcon
And drop in to Murphy's pub on the River Moy for a superlative pint and atmosphere (it’s also on the way to Enniscrone Golf Club).
Belmullet (i.e. Carne Golf Club’s home town)
I stayed at the Broadhaven Bay hotel which is just before you get to Belmullet itself and 5 minutes from the golf course.
Several years ago I stayed in a self-catering cottage in Enniscrone and it’s a good solution if there are several of you.
The big town and therefore has the most choice – here are just a few:
Sligo Park Hotel is a few minutes out of town and was a very comfortable venue when I stayed here a couple of years back.
And there’s the Radisson Blu
The Glass House is in the town centre
Where to eat?
All three clubhouses serve good food and last year we found that a big breakfast and a late afternoon, post-round meal was more than sufficient… and left room for a couple of pints later on.
So what are you waiting for? Enter away, and be sure to tell your friends (on the condition they invite you, of course).