Sunday, October 14, 2012

US Veterans Experience Ireland's Greatest Golf Courses

This is not a site you see every day on an Irish golf course, but it is certainly an inspirational one.

It is pure coincidence that when I was in Wales a few weeks back I met a golfer at Celtic Manor who had one artificial leg and, later that day, I followed a threeball at Royal Porthcawl who were accompanied by the club's blind President. It quickly makes you realise that golf is one of those sports you can always play and always enjoy... as 11 US veterans are experiencing on a special trip to Ireland's greatest courses.

[Photo: B.J. Jackson tees off the 1st at Ballybunion. Courtesy of Golf Digest Irish Tours]

Through the efforts of Linton Walsh (Editor, Golf Digest Ireland), over 40 Irish tourism companies have banded together to make this trip a reality for the 11 golfers (9 men and 2 women) and family members.

It's a 12 day trip, which started in Ballybunion and includes the likes of Tralee, Royal County Down, Portmarnock, Dooks, Waterville and Ballybunion, obviously. The weather at Ballybunion looked perfect for links golf - let's hope the next 10 days behave accordingly so these guys can experience everything that Irish golf (and hospitality) has to offer.

A number of US golf journalists are travelling with the group, so if you want to keep up to speed on where the veterans are playing and what they're up to, follow Golf Digest's Managing Editor Roger Schiffman on Twitter.

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