Sunday, August 4, 2013

Open Weeks 7 - Irish Golf

The 7th at Westport
A bit late in the day as these two Open Weeks started yesterday or on Monday, but here you go:
  • Dundrum in Co. Tipperary
  • Westport in Co. Mayo
Westport needs no introduction, but Dundrum may need a plug.

Dundrum, Co. Tipperary
5th August - 12th August

One of those parkland courses that rarely gets the credit it deserves outside its local catchment area. A Society outing took place there earlier in the year and everyone came back raving about it, so it is well worth the trip. A river, big trees, clever routing... it all adds up to a fun round of golf
Based on the Open Week poster (below), Dundrum House is focusing on the fun of Scrambles. Singles and team events are also available, with visitor rates of €20.

Westport, Co. Mayo
3rd August - 10th August

With its stunning views and open spaces, Westport Golf Club has always felt like a 'big' course on the coastline of Co. Mayo. Slow to start, it's true, but a back nine to be reckoned with and savoured, with the sea nuzzling up to the par five 15th (my favourite 15th hole in the country) and some big slopes to tackle.

The par three 14th fires straight at Croagh Patrick
Open Week is a variety of Singles (mostly) and Fourballs (be it team, rumble or foursomes), with a green fee of €25 for visitors (10 for the 9 hole competitions.

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