|Approach to Cork GC's 2nd hole.|
Here are a few of the key ingredients that made up the Irish Golfing Year, 2014:
“You could give me another 100 rounds today at The Australian and I wouldn't sniff 63.... Well done @JordanSpieth very impressive!”
|The 15th hole at Limerick GC. The top photo is from 2008 - the bottom |
one is summer 2014. The trees around the green have been wiped out.
|Approach to Cork's 5th green from the left hand side.|
Irish Golf Course Selection of the Year: Royal Portrush
Yes, we knew it was coming, but Royal Portrush getting the official nod to host the Open Championship was a huge boost for Irish golf. It has been a long wait, since 1951, and 2019 - the anticipated year - can't come soon enough.
|Admiring the views at Royal Portrush|
Given its 2,500 km length along Ireland's western seaboard, this new tourism route has a rich vein of golf. From Ballyliffin to the north, to Old Head of Kinsale to the south, there are some 38 golf courses along the route - many of them ranked among the best in the world.
|Old Head of Kinsale's 18th hole|
|Here's Ballyneety's 1st hole... before and after.|
And a final non-Irish moment:
Rip Off of the Year: Ryder Cup