Saturday, June 13, 2015

Golf Open Weeks Ireland: Batch 3

Views over the 1st green on Ballyliffin Glashedy... to the
rock of the same name.
We’re at the peak time for Golf Open Weeks, here in Ireland. And it is rich pickings over the next month or two. The most difficult aspect of all that choice is deciding where to go, and when. Links and parkland… they’re both there, so get the calendar out and see what takes your fancy… because there is some serious value out there.

Here’s a list of 12 clubs from around the country to get you started:

Ballyliffin, Baltinglass, Beech Park, Co. Sligo, Enniscrone, Farnham Estate, The Heritage, Kirkistown Castle, Malone, Portumna, Whitehead, Wicklow.

Posters and details are shown below, in date order.


Beech Park (June 13 to 21)
A bit late in the day (as it starts today), but the weather is promising to be hot so why not give this lovely parkland a go. Book Online or call 01 458 0522.
Entry Fee is €20.

The par four 10th at Beech Park

The Heritage (June 15 to June 21)
Little introduction needed to the Ballesteros course, but the Open Week is timed to coincide with the US Open… and if you enter for one of the events… and Rory wins the US Open… you get a free round of golf at The Heritage.
Entry fee includes a warm-up bucket of balls.
Book online, email Tom Kennedy (, or call 057 864 2321. 
Entry Fee is €30-€40 per person.
(Details/Image taken from Tom Kennedy’s blog (
Approach to the rather beautiful par four 18th at The Heritage.

Baltinglass (June 19 to 28)
A hillside course in Co. Wicklow, with nine new (ish) holes which are really rather good. Call 059 648 1350.
Entry Fee is €20 to €25.

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The tempting par three 2nd at Baltinglass.

Enniscrone (June 22 - June 26)
All of the events are Stableford Singles and there's a novel price structure if you enter more than three events. One of my top five favourite courses in the country.
Entry Fee is €30.
View of the 12th green at Enniscrone. One of the best holes... anywhere.

Whitehead (June 27 to July 4)
A parkland in Co. Antrim, up on a hillside with sea views across to Scotland.
Entry Fee is £10.

Approach to the 3rd at Whitehead... Scotland on the other side of the water.

Portumna (June 27 to July 5)
It never gets the credit it deserves, but this Co. Galway course is a charming and idyllic parkland.
Entry Fee is €15.

The 8th hole at Portumna.

Ballyliffin (June 29 to July 5)
One of Donegal’s finest and the events are spread across both of the club’s courses – so head up and play them both.
Contact 074 937 6119.
Entry Fee is €40.

The 2nd hole on Ballyliffin Glashedy

Wicklow (June 30 to July 5)
A stunning seaside location… and if you don’t believe me, check out this video
Book online.
Entry Fee is €15.

Wicklow GC Open Week
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The excellent opening hole at Wicklow GC.


Kirkistown Castle (July 9 - July 14)

Malone (July 18 - July 24)


Co Sligo (August 1 – August 7)
A personal favourite, and if you get up to the course you’ll see the renovations in progress. Online booking isn’t available until July 1. Or call 071 917 7134.
Entry Fee is €25-€35.

Co Sligo GC Open Week details.
Views over the 16th and 17th at County Sligo GC.

Farnham Estate (August 11 – August 15)

Tuesday - August 11
Ladies & Gents Competition

Wednesday - August 12
Open Four Ball Competition (Mixed Teams Allowed)

Thursday - August 13
Open Singles Competition, Ladies & Gents

Friday - August 14
Open Four Person Team Event (Mixed Teams Allowed)

Saturday - August 15
Open Three Person Scramble (Mixed Teams Allowed)

Contact 049 437 7700.
Entry Fee is €20.

Views back up the short par four 10th at Farnham Estate.


And don't forget the brilliant Macreddin - included on a previous blog: (Macreddin 1-5 July)

The short par four 6th at Macreddin,
You'll find photographs of these Irish golf courses on my Flickr Pages.

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