1. Connemara Championship Links Golf Classic
2. In Search of a Golden Eagle
Connemara Championship Links Golf Classic - 17th to 18th May, 2013
|16th at Connemara, clubhouse on the left.|
|Connemara's 7th with the odd mounds flanking the fairways and (some of) the 12 Bens beyond.|
Where can you stay?
Check out the golf club's website or Clifden Chamber of Commerce for starters - you'll find the best choice in the town of Clifden, a 15/20 minute drive from the golf course.
In Search of a Golden Eagle - 22nd to 26th September, 2013This is a four day event, playing over Rosapenna's two beautiful courses (Old Tom Morris and Sandy Hills) and Ballyliffin's two equally gorgeous courses (Old and Glashedy). Unlike the Connemara event, this is an all-inclusive package, with five nights' accommodation at the very comfortable Rosapenna Golf Resort.
The names behind these courses include Old Tom Morris, Pat Ruddy and Nick Faldo, so it's an eclectic and venerable list that guarantees some remarkable links golf... some old and traditional, some new and full of muscle. You'll play all four and decide for yourself which ones thrill you most.
|Views over Rosapenna|
This is a four-person stableford team event, with numerous prizes, goodie bags, shirts, dinner, car rental... and, importantly, the reward of becoming a Friend of the Golden Eagle Trust for one year. The Trust plays a vital role in the attempt to reintroduce Golden Eagles to this part of Ireland. It is a worthy cause.
|Approach to Ballyliffin Old's 3rd hole|
Keep a look out for other Gatherings and if there are any Irish Golf Gathering events that particularly catch your eye, let me know.