Tuesday, December 31, 2013
This is a timely reminder for all golfers that winter, particularly, brings its own set of dangers to the golf course. The UK and Ireland have been battered by winds in recent weeks leading to falling branches and entire trees. And while you're unlikely to be golfing in 150 km/h winds, please remember that the aftermath can be just as dangerous. The winds may have stopped but, combined with the rain, root systems might have been weakened and trees can still topple. They do so, silently.
And since we're on the subject of dangerous weather conditions, do you know what you should do if you're caught out in a lightning storm? Sheltering under the tallest tree is not the answer! Also, stay away from your clubs/trolley/buggy as the metal can conduct electricity... as can your metal spikes, so take off your shoes if that's what you're wearing.
Follow the link for the full Leicester Mercury story.
If you're on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus or any of the other dozens of social media channels, please share this blog (buttons at end of this post) and/or the Leicester Mercury story... and help to ensure that we avoid any more weather induced fatalities/injuries on our golf courses. Thank you.
[Story/Link via Al Dunsmuir of http://www.golfclubmanagement.net]
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Evan Hilbert, apparently.
It's from the CBS Sports website (December 26) and not only do they list the golfers, they also rank them.
What exactly is the point of an article like this?
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Need a break from the family festivities? Fancy a few minutes of peace and quiet? Need time to digest all that delicious grub?
Sit back and relax with this Irish Christmas Golf Quiz. Here are 30 questions covering the golfing year. The majority focus on Irish golf, but there are some with a more international flavour, too.
It's really just for fun, but I have a goodie bagof bits and pieces I've been given during the year if you want to leave your answers in the 'Comments' box at the end of the post.
Monday, December 23, 2013
A nice start to the Christmas festivities.
If you want to win a free four ball for Dundrum House in Co. Tipperary, see the blog below.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
|Approach to the 17th at Dundrum House|
(photo courtesy of Dundrum House)
You can win four balls to one of these 6th-ranked courses, while the two free fourballs for the 7th-ranked courses can still be won up until 6pm on Monday Dec 23rd (follow the link below).
Parkland: Dundrum House
Links: Royal County Down (Annesley)
For the 7th-ranked, click here
Thursday, December 19, 2013
|The tall dunes of Enniscrone loom up beyond the |
7th green (photo taken from 8th tee)
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
|The new 4th at Corballis - a par three with views out to Ireland's Eye|
You can win four balls to both of these 7th-ranked courses:
For the 8th-ranked, click here
For the 9th-ranked, click here
Monday, December 16, 2013
|Mulranny and a 3 iron.|
Cathal Shanahan, who wins a free four ball to both 10th-ranked courses, Bearna and Mulranny. And they're pretty close together, too.
Shane O'Donoghue wins the four ball to the 9th-ranked course, Esker Hills.
Spurs Murray (aka Darren) wins the four ball to both 8th-ranked courses, West Waterford and Seapoint... a bit more travel involved in that one!
Congratulations guys. I'll be emailing you for addresses.
The 7th-ranked courses will be going up tomorrow. I'll give you a hint: one's in Dublin, the other's in Monaghan... any guesses?
... here's one we prepared earlier!
€60 for a four ball to Dunmurry Springs.
It's a fine course and one that's getting finer by the day. You'll find a blog about the course from this summer, here. You'll find photos here. You'll find their new website here.
Don't say I haven't got everything gift-wrapped for you. The course recently ranked at number 44 in Golfing Magazine's Top 50 Parkland Courses... and the course was designed by Mel Flanagan (a favourite designer of mine) so quality is assured.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
It's probably important to mention at this point that these golfers are seven years old and they're competing against their peers from over 50 countries.
Is it worth a look? Absolutely, and here are 10 reasons why:
Friday, December 13, 2013
|12th hole at Dromoland Castle|
|The 13th at Seapoint|
The 8th-ranked courses are:
Parkland: West Waterford
For the 9th-ranked, click here
There are two free fourballs up for grabs at the end of this post - one for each club... and you can still win fourballs for the 9th and 10th ranked courses.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
|Esker Hills 8th - a sharp dogleg right|
These are the 9th-ranked courses. For the 10th-ranked, click here.
Parkland: Esker Hills
Links: Laytown & Bettystown
There's a free fourball up for grabs at the end of this post.
Monday, December 9, 2013
|Barbed wire around Mulranny's sloping greens|
After some input from the gang on Boards.ie I got some useful alternatives... of which Fairways Less Travelled was perfect.
So here are Ireland's top 20 Fairways Less Travelled: 10 links and 10 parkland. Each blog will have free fourballs to be won.
Friday, December 6, 2013
|Ballybunion Cashen - one of GDI's biggest|
climbers, up 13 to 66th
"The list is a joke, when I saw Strandhill in the high 40s that said enough."
"I have no problem seeing Tralee and Lahinch number 2 and 3, you couldn't say they aren't good enough."
"Ardglass Down 14 (to 89)! The biggest drop on the list - crazy! Rest my case"*
That's the nature of lists like these. Here are two tables comparing the links and parkland top 15 rankings from:
- Golf Digest Ireland's (GDI) Top 100
- Golfing Weekly's Top 50s and
- Backspin's Top 30s
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I'm sure Ronan won't appreciate me calling him an elephant, but his memory demands no other comparison.
People have expressed surprise at how well I can remember all the golf courses and holes that I played in those heady camper van days of 2007 and 2008... but Ronan makes such memories look like amateur-hour.