It may not feel like winter quite yet but Irish golf courses know it's not far away. Temporary greens are coming in to play, forward tees and/or matted tees are being prepared, areas are already roped off... every club golfer knows what it's like. And let's not discuss plugged and unfindable balls in the middle of the fairway, mud up to your ankles and half an hour spent cleaning off your trolley when you're done. OK, so I'm taking it to extremes but it has happened!
Links golf courses do not suffer these same winter blues. Fairways and greens all stay in great shape
and many are fully open during the harshest months. And then there's the matter of green fees... often heavily reduced.
There's an 8 page article in the current edition of Irish Golfer Magazine covering winter golf at 27 links around the country. Turn to page 76 and start planning a trip - there is, truly, nothing like playing a links in brisk, cool wind on a February day. Even the photography in the magazine gives you that nice chilly feel.
There is also a review of Rathfarnham Golf Club, starting on page 66. Rathfarnham is the newest member of Ireland's 18-hole clubs and has one of the most interesting evolutions.
There's plenty more in the magazine - as there always is - so read it online or pick up a hard copy at your local golf club.
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