Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Social Media Golf Open 2014... Year 2

Doonbeg's stunning seaside 6th hole
2013 was the inaugural year of this golf event and to say it was a success is an understatement. 30 something pairs came together to fight it out (four ball better ball format) for an impressive trophy that took four rounds of golf to decide. The courses played are frequently listed among Ireland's best. 

The age profile hovered around the 30-40 mark which made the evenings... livelyWith accommodation arranged (it was an optional part of the package) it also meant that a good camaraderie was established early on, and isn't that the best part of golf. If you can't slag off the guys you're playing with there's little point turning up!

Last year the four courses played were Mount Juliet, Castlemartyr, Adare and Old Head. Not too sloppy, eh!

There is definitely a sense of 'if it ain't broke...' but this year there has been one enforced change.

Mount Juliet has been swapped for Doonbeg... which means the mix of courses couldn't be more diverse: a true links, an inland 'links', a seaside course and a parkland. That'll sort the men from the boys, although last year the tournament was pretty much over after two days as Kevin Connolly and Declan Devine (the 'Northern Bandits' from Tyrone) wracked up 48 and 44 points at Mount Juliet and Castlemartyr, respectively. There's no such thing as an unassailable lead in golf (ask Rory or Greg), but that's almost as unassailable as it gets. The boys will be back defending their title in 2014.

The par three 16th at Adare
Many of the pairings from 2013 have signed up for the 2014 event, so if you want to get involved, here are the details. I suggest you get a move on.

Dates: Wednesday 9 April to Sunday 13 April 2014

(FYI: Easter Sunday is April 20th)


Social Media Open Itinerary

Day 1, Wednesday 9th April 2013Golf at Doonbeg. Tee time 11am. Overnight in Lahinch (for those on the accommodation package)

Day 2, Thursday 10th April 2013Golf at Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort11.30am tee off. Overnight in Kinsale at White Lady Hotel, Tierney’s Guesthouse or Rockview B&B  
First Round of US Masters
The par three 12th at Castlemartyr
Day 3, Friday 11th April 2013Golf at Castlemartyr11am tee off. Overnight in Kinsale, Second Round of US Masters
Day 4, Saturday 12th April 2013Rest Day / Optional Extra Golf / Sightseeing / Possible Pub Crawl of the Town
Overnight in Kinsale. Third Round of US Masters
Day 5, Sunday 13th April 2013Final Day's Golf at Old Head Golf Links12pm tee off. Prize Giving Dinner at Old Head Clubhouse
Final Round of US Masters in front of the big screen at White Lady Hotel, overnight in Kinsale.
Day 6, Monday 14th April 2013
Depart for Home    

[Photo: the 2nd at Old Head]


Package price, golf & accommodation (4 rounds, 5 nights) €505 per person.
Golf only €275 per person.
These are the same prices as last year and for the courses being played and the craic being provided (use your imagination)... that's sound!

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