Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The debate is an ongoing one - new equipment makes us longer and straighter. In the professional game we've seen courses get longer and longer as they seek to defend themselves against the modern game's big hittersAs in many other sports, advances in technology have made golf far better to play for people at all levels, from the most successful professional to the casual amateur who heads to his local club once a week. The technology behind everything from the clubs and balls to the clothing and footwear has become far more sophisticated of late.
|Enniscorthy's short par four 16th|
Enniscorthy in Co. Wexford - one of the nicest and friendliest country courses I've played.
Galway Bay in Co. Galway - a Christy O'Connor Jnr designed course that takes you right down to the water. It's stark, windswept and rather beautiful.
Rosapenna in Co. Donegal - a superb resort with two links courses, one designed by Pat Ruddy (Sandy Hills) and the other an intriguing mix of Old Tom Morris and Mr Ruddy again (Old Tom Morris).
Monday, July 29, 2013
|The 11th hole at Adare, from the 157-yard White |
tees... now add on 73 yards.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
|Rosslare (Ranked at 62). Views over the 3rd green.|
Yes, it is another rankings table, but I happen to like this one...
... why? Because I was involved in creating it.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
|Fin drives off the 10th at County Sligo|
Sunday, July 21, 2013
|The impressive clubhouse behind the 18th green|
But when TopGolfer.ie announced its Junior Scratch Cup at Grange Golf Club in Rathfarnham, the opportunity to visit this old stomping ground was too good to miss. Good memories; top course.
Monday, July 15, 2013
I’ll start with what may be the most important thing in this review – assuming you are in the market for a golf simulator such as this – which is that I don’t play computer games so I have nothing to compare the OptiShot with. There are no Playstations or X-Boxes in my house, and there are no games loaded on my computer or smartphone. Don’t get me wrong, I like them well enough, it’s just that with my addictive personality I sometimes can’t let go. I once spent 36 hours playing the entire EA’s John Madden NFL game non-stop, from Week 1 to the Superbowl showdown.
As a result, when I was sent the OptiShot game I had a devil and an angel on opposite shoulders and they have messed with my head. But I did manage to squeeze out a review and here it is:
Sunday, July 14, 2013
|The sun has clearly gone to their heads|
soak up the nation's stock of ice cream, instead of sun screen. It has also seen our golf courses enjoying the best summer footfall in years. Who wouldn't want to be out on a golf course under these skies.
I saw a K Club offer on the back of the Irish Times yesterday - I use the term 'offer' loosely - and it got me thinking about how much it will cost to play Ireland's best parkland golf courses this sumer. Here are my Top 10.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
|The 6th, green to tee |
(lots of water to the right as you approach)
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Some more July Open Weeks to continue the list. This time it's Greystones (my home club) in Co. Wicklow, St. Anne's in Dublin Bay and Dunmurry Springs in Co. Kildare. There are also a couple of events at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links - where I played today.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Given our exceptional Irish golfing weather - a whole week of sunshine due next week - it really is a good time to keep eyes out for Open events around the country.
There are two Open Weeks this coming week at Concra Wood and Faithlegg. And the weeks after that (12th July - 3rd August) you can pick from a variety of events at Bunclody, Killeen Castle and Waterford Castle.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
From Your Golf Travel, some interesting info on the Open. If you can't see the following graphic clearly enough, try clicking it. If that fails, try visiting Your Golf Travel.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
The drive from Belmullet to Enniscrone takes about an hour and a quarter. It takes you through some barren landscapes with only the distant mist-capped mountains breaking the horizons. It is as eerie as it is beautiful.
Our final round in this year’s Atlantic Coast Challenge was at Enniscrone. We were playing for nothing but pride and I was waiting to see Ronan’s reaction to this stunning course. After missing out on Carne’s jaw-dropping back nine, he was about to discover a course with blind shots, dramatic dunes and twists and turns that not even Fred and Ginger could begin to imagine.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
|The 1st tee and that drifting drizzle|
I'd had water running down my legs since the 4th. Sometimes waterproofs come down to the gaps around the edges. And Ronan's 'showerproof' top was proving as effective as a fishing net at stopping the rain.
Here we were on one of Ireland's mightiest, most dramatic golf courses and you could see next to nothing. Every swing was uncomfortable, and every golf shot a stab rather than a swing. One of my goals at the start of this tournament was not to lose a ball. There was no fear of that at Carne - I could barely hit the ball out of my way.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
|Practice putting green and the grand old clubhouse|
County Sligo Golf Club (Rosses Point), Carne and Enniscrone are worth anybody's time.