|Doonbeg's stunning seaside 6th hole|
The age profile hovered around the 30-40 mark which made the evenings... lively. With 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|
Dates: Wednesday 9 April to Sunday 13 April 2014
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First Round of US Masters
|The par three 12th at Castlemartyr|
Overnight in Kinsale. Third Round of US Masters
Final Round of US Masters in front of the big screen at White Lady Hotel, overnight in Kinsale.
|[Photo: the 2nd at Old Head]|
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!