Monday, April 24, 2017

4 Best Drills to Practise Your Short-Game

There's a new Irish golf blog in town, by Ryland Davies, a man focused on improving a golfer's short game. Here is a blog he wrote recently on practice drills. Too few of us do it... even though we know we should... so let this be the inspiration as the main golfing season gets into full swing.

Check out the blog: Master Your Short Game and follow them on Twitter @mastershortgame

Practicing Short-Game

Over the years, we've worked with many players on their short-game. These are the 4 best drills to practise your short-game that we've seen impact on a player's game in the most positive way. 

1. ONE CLUB, TWO DISTANCES

In order to become a genius from 100 yards and in (the scoring zone), you need

Friday, April 21, 2017

Eric Trump's Visit to Doonbeg, 2017

The beach, the resort and where the rock wall will appear
The Trump wall is back on the agenda and back in the news following Eric Trump’s visit last week to Doonbeg. Ivan Morris, the golf scribe, recently wrote a piece in the Irish Golfer Magazine’s Digital edition (click here to read it), pointing to the enormous benefits such a wall would bring. These are simple: the local economy does rather well out of Doonbeg and its multitude of visitors; and Doonbeg is an excellent course and one Ivan has a passion for. Protecting

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Welcome the West of Ireland Golf Collective


A friendly neighbour will watch you play Connemara.
I’ve banged this drum before… the West of Ireland coastline, from Galway around to Sligo, has some of the most thrilling, beautiful and entertaining golf courses any golfer could ask for. And yet it is difficult to understand why this corner of the world does not receive more credit in terms of the links and seaside courses on offer. Especially when you compare green fees with the big names to the south and north.

Clearly West of Ireland Golf feels the same way. This new ‘collective’ of seven Irish golf courses stretches from Galway Bay Golf Resort, around the Wild Atlantic Way, to

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Scottish Cross-Sport... Rugby vs. Golf

If you have a few moments (3 minutes to be precise) you can watch a cross-sport of golf vs. rugby. Scotland star Stuart Hogg and European Tour golfer Richie Ramsay go head-to-head in a series of cross-sport challenges at BT Murrayfield – including an audacious closest-to-the-pin attempt from outside on the stadium grounds, over the stands and into the bowl.
With just one month until the national stadium hosts the European Rugby Champions Cup Final on Saturday 13 May, the pair were keen put their European credentials to the test under the officiating eye of 2011 winner Nathan Hines.

Watch as ‘Five & Five’, ‘Chipping Challenge’ and the ‘Hero Shot’ finale separate the competitive Scots from the all-important bragging rights.

The European Rugby Champions and Challenge Cup Finals are supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. It's a nice piece showing off two fo Scotland's greatest sports.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Inaugural Irish Golf Noticeboard Intercounties Championship


It is great to see more competitions coming on line for Ireland’s best amateur golfers. I will never threaten a handicap of 3 or better – only a tiny percentage of us will – but when you get to that level you want to be competing against similarly skilled golfers. The heat of battle can be intense and it tests your mettle. It is often the best way to improve, too.

On Facebook, there is a strong Irish golf forum/group called Irish Golf Noticeboard. It is run by Joe Lyons, who knows a thing or two about being a 3 handicap… or (far) better! Such is the activity on Facebook that it led Joe to establish a website of the same name
He knew there was an appetite among Ireland’s lower handicap golfers for competitive tournaments so he decided to establish an intercounties championship. Irish Golf Noticeboard has stepped into the breach and will run a strokeplay championship in Mount Juliet on October 28, 2017. A lot of consideration has gone into establishing the event and, ultimately, the goal is to create a representative championship where a Team Captain will be identified in each county in future years. In year one, however, in an effort to get the event off the ground, the organisers will accept the first 32 teams entered.
The tournament conditions are as follows:
1.The event shall be called The Irish Golf Noticeboard Intercounties Championship. Teams will comprise three players.
2. The 2017 Championship will take place at Mount Juliet Golf Club on October 28, over 18 holes gross strokeplay. The Lowest two gross scores of three will count. If there is a tie, it will be decided on the third card. If there is still a tie, it will be decided on the last 9, 6, 3, 2 of the third card.
3. Handicap Limit 3
4. The Championship will consist of the first 32 teams entered. While we would love one team from each county, in year one we will accept multiple teams from one County eg Dublin A, Dublin B, Dublin C. This gives players an opportunity to put their own team together. The first 32 teams with applications including paid entrance fees will be accepted into the championship. Subsequent entries will be placed on a waiting list.
5. The Championship will be open to Amateur Golfers only
6. Players may represent a County they are affiliated to under any of the following circumstances:
·       A member of a club within the represented county
·       Place of Birth
·       Place of Work
·       Home Address

7. Entrance fee is €225 per team
8. Practice on Friday available at €60 per person
9. Accommodation packages also available for teams traveling. Contact joe@irishgolfnoticeboard.ie for more information.
10. Prizes:
·       First (Intercounty champions)
·       Second
·       Third
·       First Individual
·       Second Individual
·       Best Nett
·       Best Dressed Team

11. A meeting will take place at 8.00pm on October 27 in Mount Juliet to decide on the 2018 format. All parties interested in developing the event in subsequent years are strongly encouraged to attend.
12. A sponsor would be more than welcome!
To enter email joe@irishgolfnoticeboard.ie and I will advise on how to process payment.
More Information to follow.