Friday, May 24, 2013

Guess This Irish Golf Course

I was up in Dublin today and took a detour on the way home. It was a perfect day for golf - as you can see - so I took this photo from behind the green on a course I passed. Anyone guess which golf course it is!

View back towards the tee (on the left). A par three.
Not sure if it was me, but one of the guys on the tee slapped his ball straight out of bounds (to the left of the photo). Nice Titleist Pro V1 too!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Modern Masterpieces of Irish Golf – Parkland

From Guest Blogger, Rory, a review of five of Ireland's most modern golfing parklands.
This is a follow-up to Rory’s blog on Ireland’s Links Masterpieces

The Emerald Isle is home to some of the most traditional golf courses in Europe; courses that are rooted in history and a great reminder of where the game has come from. The likes of Ballybunion and Lahinch have long been flying the flag for Irish Golf but, in recent years a number of new, younger courses have come to the fore, helping Ireland maintain its position as one of the best golf destinations in the world. Here are five of the best parkland courses to have joined the Irish Golf party in recent years and why they are a must for golf aficionados. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Tonight's Launch of #IrishGolfDebate on Twitter

Golf is a business - let's be clear about that. Golf clubs need to make money to survive... something that is proving particularly tough at the moment. To that end, Social Media is being explored more and more, but there is so much scope for Irish Golf Clubs to expand its boundaries....

... which is why a new #IrishGolfDebate on Twitter should prove very interesting indeed. Here's the Press Release I received:

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Atlantic Coast Challenge 2013 - 12 days left...

Teeing off on Enniscrone's 4th
There are 12 days left to enter one of Irish golf's great challenges. So why not make this the year to give it a lash. There are plenty of challenges to choose from, but this one has three of the most adventurous links courses to tempt you:

  • Carne
  • Enniscrone
  • Rosses Point

Friday, May 17, 2013

Irish Golf for Free. Play Bunclody on Sun June 9th

Approach to the 2nd hole
The next Inside The Ropes trip has been booked... and it's an Irish golfing gem.

Bunclody will be visited on Sunday, June 9th, with a 10.10am tee time. If you'd like to join me for a free round of golf, read on... 

Play Golf with Darren Clarke, at Royal Portrush...

... well you would, wouldn't you!

Your Golf Travel and Tourism Ireland are offering four golfers the chance to play a round of golf on the mighty Royal Portrush Dunluce links, in the company of the mightier Darren Clarke.

Let's be honest, he wouldn't be a bad man to have on your bag, would he! And it couldn't be easier to enter.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Irish Golf attracts 163,000 Visitors

Rays of light over Ceann Sibeal.
Irish Golf may be struggling a bit, with green fees falling across the board, but that only helped to attract golf tourists in 2012. True, the numbers are not quite reaching the dizzying heights of the Celtic Tiger years, but the following link outlines some impressive statistics on spend/satisfaction/repeat business. The research survey was conducted by Failte Ireland, and the link is from the Irish Examiner:

Golf tourism nets €200m from 163k visitors

There's plenty of doom and gloom around, but at least there are some rays of light.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Concra Wood... from the Tips

The par three 12th
Irish golf boasts many great parkland courses and, towards the end of the boom years, three in particular made a big splash: Killeen Castle (Jack Nicklaus), Lough Erne (Nick Faldo) and Concra Wood (Christy O'Connor Snr and Jnr).

And yet, Concra Wood has, to date, not received the credit it deserves.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Irish Golf Gets a Slice of Funky

I have seen a fair number of golf clothing companies promoting their wares on Twitter. Thanks to Just Treats, I have now taken the plunge and bought a pair of trousers from Golf Junkie, that will make my wife weep.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Quiz Time on Irish Golf Courses - The Answers/Winner

Connemara's exceptional par three 13th
Thanks for all the entries to my photo quiz on Irish Golf courses - some intriguing answers.

Several people thought the 1st was a photo of Connemara. With all the exposed rock I can see their rationale. It was The Heath, however, outside Portlaoise.

Only one person - Redhill - identified all 10 photographs. Here are his answers:

Monday, May 6, 2013

Ireland's Golf Gathering 2 - Carlow

The Bunclody clubhouse, behind the 18th green
(taken from their website)

Irish golf continues to promote itself through the 'Gathering'. 171 events are now listed under 'Golf', which is up from 134 when I first posted about it in February. I'm sure there will be more. Carlow has now pushed itself into the fray with the Carlow International Golf Classic

It plays like the Challenges I am so fond of promoting. In fact, it is exactly the same. 
Despite living in the next county over I had never heard of it... easily explained by the fact that this existed in a very different guise until this year. Now three of the best courses in the region have come together to offer a three day/three round event. It's something worth talking about.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Inside The Ropes at Co. Louth - Golfers are...

The three names picked are

JCDUB (Boards)
golfwallah (Boards)
seanoneill (Blog)

It's May, so I'm guaranteeing good weather for the round.

Friday, May 3, 2013

St. Andrew's to Play Host to Historic 189-Hole Challenge

Yep, that's 189 holes (11 courses) of golf in a calendar day... playing as a fourball... playing on foot... and playing for charity. Four golfing lunatics have decided to up the ante from 2007 (when three of them played the 10 St. Andrew's courses), as the Castle golf course has since been added.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Quiz Time on Irish Golf Courses - Win Balls

Photos of 10 Irish Golf Courses are shown below. Guess as many as you can, fill in the Comments box at the bottom and whoever gets the most right wins a sleeve of golf balls.