Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Golfer's Bucket List - Carne

It wasn’t long ago that I was extolling the virtues, the beauty and the brilliance of Carne… and not just me – the other journalists who were at the opening of the new Kilmore nine holes have been busy doing the same (check out the links on Carne’s Facebook page).

I never tire of talking about and promoting this piece of heaven. It is a beast. It is as raw as it is riveting, and as unforgettable as it is unpretentious. It is special in so many ways, and its location in the distant lands of north west Ireland simply adds to its charm and mysticism.

So, when I received an email with details of the course’s September Specials, it was the perfect opportunity to plug it once again.

A view back down the new 'Kilmore' 7th - a hole which may well
become the toughest par three in Ireland - and the most scenic.

People – and golfers especially – talk about bucket lists. Believe me when I say that Carne should easily make the pail. For a review of the new nine holes, click here.

With some ‘Inside The Ropes’ participants suggesting that Irish green fees remain too expensive*, these offers from Carne should shut the naysayers up.

Carne Golf Links

Play & Stay Packages September Specials

Golf & Hotel accommodation in Belmullet
Inclusive rates from:            
1 B&B and 1 round of golf  - €69
2 B&B, 2 rounds of golf and 1 dinner  - €158
All rates based on per person sharing
Terms & Conditions apply
Option to play the spectacular new Kilmore 9 and the Hackett back 9 on the second day of the two day golf package. The link below will take you to a list of local B&Bs offering very keen Play & Stay packages. There is also a list of other hotels in North Mayo offering competitive golf packages.

If that's not exceptional value, I don't know what it is. Bear in mind that the 'accommodation' choices include the 4 star boutique Talbot Hotel (Belmullet centre) and the big, friendly Broadhaven Bay Hotel (five minute walk from the town).

Approach to the new 'Kilmore' 8th. The fairway looks baked - which it
is after a blistering hot spell - but these new holes are also settling in.
* It’s an interesting thing – green fees – because we’re never happy. Many golfers draw the line at €100, some at €150… some at €40. Something tells me this is a blog/research project waiting to happen.

Here's the full list of Hotels and B&Bs

(Irish) golf doesn't get any better and September's usually a good 'weather' month. Worth a trip don't you think!

1 comment:

  1. I really like to go. Its a bit far from Cork unless you had an occasion- This could not be better!!!