The Great North Links Challenge takes place between October 3 and October 5, 2012. The competition plays over Ballyliffin (Glashedy), Portstewart (Strand) and Royal Portrush (Dunluce). These are the three 'big' courses at each club (between them they have seven in all) and it includes this year's Irish Open venue, which will probably be in the best nick of its life.
There are plenty of remarkable Challenges out there (see my earlier post for details) and this is right up there with the best of them. You can still enter your team of four (or try to stick your name down individually - there are bound to be spaces) and the event is both Singles Stableford and Team Stableford.
If you're interested, contact Ballyliffin on 074 937 6119, but entries close next week.
Accommodation is plentiful, from Ballyliffin Lodge (twitter.com/Ballyliffinlodg) to The Ramada Portrush to The York in Portstewart, but this is just a sample from each venue. I've stayed in the latter two and found them both excellent.
For those concerned by the length of travel time from the two Northern Irish golf clubs to Ballyliffin - don't be: the Lough Foyle Ferry from Greencastle to Magilligan is running until October 7th.