Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lahinch Golf Club 125 Years

Chipping in to the 6th green.
The club was founded on April 15th 1892, in Sharry’s Hotel on the main street of Lahinch (where the post office is today). Members of the Black Watch Regiment met and signed a lease with Daniel Thynne, and the first game took place on that very day, with holes marked out by feathers and sticks.

In 1894, Old Tom Morris arrived to lend his design expertise and it says a lot that over a century later two of his greatest holes (Klondyke and The Dell)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ireland's Western Golfing Wonders

Connemara Links
There are always going to be great golf packages put together for golfers, whether they are coming to Ireland... or living here. 'Western Wonders' from Fairways & Fundays doesn't discriminate!

If you want to play three exceptional coastline courses - including my all-time favourite - and stay for four nights in four star accommodation on Ireland's stunning Wild Atlantic Way, then this is a package that's as good as it gets.

I know some people gripe about the cost of green fees over here - something I think is overdone when you consider prices elsewhere (Portugal, US, UK) - but you can't even

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Big Irish Golf Giveaways

There are a couple of big giveaways by Irish golf companies at the moment... just in case anyone is interested.

Irish Golfer Magazine, €30,000, Closing date 29th September. Enter HERE

My Golf Opens, €25,000, Closing date 31st August. Enter HERE

That's it. Knock yourselves out! Oh... prizes are:

Irish Golfer Magazine

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Northern Ireland NIOpen... half way there

2nd green at Galgorm Castle
Two tied for halfway NI Open lead.

Ross Kellett and Tom Murray share the halfway lead of the Galgorm Resort & Spa Northern Ireland Open, presented by Modest! Golf after both tackling very different conditions in Ballymena.

Out in the morning, Scotland’s Kellett played in rain reminiscent of his native highlands, his birdie-birdie finish taking him to eight-under-par after an impressive five-under second round 66.

Murray’s round, by contrast, was mostly in sunshine, though a stiffer breeze had picked up in the afternoon, but the Englishman’s second successive 67 took him into a share of the lead at Galgorm Castle.
3rd green and sunrise.
Kellett finished in the top 20 on his last outing in Sweden two weeks ago and he acknowledged that,

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Northern Irish Open 2017, Galgorm Castle

The wall fronting the 7th green at Galgorm Castle
The NIOpen starts in earnest tomorrow and Galgorm Castle Golf Club is in fine, fine shape. The club/management have been working hard to keep things 'fresh' on the course and there is now a lot more rough hugging bunkers, with the fescue adding hugely to the colour (and dangers) of the holes.

A new wall has been added to the front of the par 7th green - see photo above - which has given it a far sterner and classier appearance.

Entry to the NIOpen is free of charge and there will be a bigger buzz than usual - not

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Galway Bay Inaugural Scratch Cup and Open Week

The 3rd hole at Galway Bay
On Sunday, 30th July, top Senior and Junior golfers battled it out in testing conditions on the superb Galway Bay championship golf course. The Senior Scratch Cup was played over 36 holes and, after Round 1, local favourite Eddie McCormack and Galway’s Joe Lyons couldn’t be separated with an opening round of 70.
Playing off the Blue Championship tees (7,300 yards) in the afternoon, some great golf saw Joe Lyons pip Eddie McCormack and Ronan Mullarney  to take the inaugural Galway Bay Senior Scratch Cup, sponsored by Pat Power.

Joe Lyons, a big fan of Galway Bay, said:

“The Course is in Fantastic Condition, both the greens and the fairways were perfect. Galway Bay is a true championship test off the Blue Tees. It was exceptionally challenging but I could find no fault with the course and the club, and it will be a perfect host for the Connacht Finals. It was also an added bonus to get one over on Eddie for a change. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it’s nice!”

Joe Lyons (centre) receives the trophy from sponsor
Pat Power, with Head Pro Dara Ford alongside.
In the Junior Scratch Cup played over 18 holes, Portumna’s Eamon Dervan secured the Cup with a 76, followed by John Bodkin with a 77 and local Marcus Brennan in 3rd with a 77.

Approach to the 12th hole.
The course is in great condition and was a good practice opportunity for the county’s top golfers to test themselves at Galway Bay before the Connacht Finals, which will be held on the course mid-August. This week is Open Week (see below), which will no doubt see added traffic during Galway’s busiest week of the year.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mount Wolseley Back Tees Event - Sat 5th Aug

3rd hole, green to fairway 
Another of Ireland's big golfing parklands is hosting a back tees event, and this one's on this coming Saturday, 5th August. Apologies for the late notice. Mount Wolseley, in Tullow, Co. Carlow, will be hosting the competition which will play over its full par 72 of 7,134 yards. The price of entry is a mere €25.

This is a Christy O'Connor Junior course and it is big... with a fast, furious and tough start. Get through the opening three holes (Indices 5, 3 and 1, respectively) and you have a chance, but don't be surprised to find a double bogey sneaking onto your card before reaching the water-laden 4th.

Tel: 059 9180161
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Mount Wolseley 2nd green
The par four 4th at Mount Wolseley.
Approach to the 420 yard par four 8th.