In a similar vein, golfers can now participate in a pairs tournament that heads to the north of our golf course-laden isle from August 28 to August 31, 2013. If you want to play excellent courses and combine links with parkland, sign up for The North West Open and play Ballyliffin (both courses), Lough Erne and Slieve Russell.
What makes this event so attractive is not only the quality of the courses and the entry fee, but also the organisation: your accommodation (4 nights' B&B) is included as part of the fee, and there's a 3 course meal thrown in on one night, with the prize-giving ceremony at the end. The prizes are impressive too:
|The 7th at Lough Erne
Lough Erne, host to the G8 (but don't let that put you off), is a lake-laced parkland in Co. Fermanagh. Designed by Faldo it is a big, big course in terms of scale and ambition and you are never far from water.
|The 13th at Slieve Russell
Ballyliffin and its two courses are two of the great links and they are quite different. The Old course is lower and closer to the sea, its fairways a maze of bumps that rollercoast towards greens. The Glashedy has more muscle, more danger, as well as a couple of climbs through the dunes to show off the daunting landscape.
|Approach to the 3rd at Ballyliffin Old