- Golf volunteers (clubs wouldn't get by without them),
- Tourism numbers (up 4% in 2012),
- Job creation (for every 35 people who come to Ireland it creates one job - an intriguing statistic), and
- The Gathering (which hopes to attract 325,000 extra visitors to Ireland).
|Dun Laoghire's 9th hole (Middle 9)|
Portside Media produce the Guide and they have introduced awards to recognise different facets of Irish golf. There were 23 awards, as follows:
|Royal County Down, approach to 2nd hole|
Ulster: Royal Portrush
|Connemara Golf Club, the glorious par five 14th|
Leinster: Mount Wolseley
Ulster: Hilton Templepatrick
Munster: Fota Island
Leinster: Esker Hills
Ulster: Portsalon (where McGinley's mother-in-law is about to be the first female President ever!)
Munster: Newcastle West
|Esker Hills, par three 15th|
For last year's winners, click here.
My thanks to Paddy and Marty, from Portside Media, for the invitation. It was another very enjoyable night full of optimism for the golfing year/s ahead.
The Guide includes a lengthy piece, written by me, about the dozen amateur tournaments/challenges that take place around the country, in which almost any golfer can play. Take a look, sign up and play in one.
The Golfer's Guide to Ireland 2013 will be available in all clubhouses around the country in the days ahead.