Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Golf Rush... to Ballyliffin

Next week on Tuesday (Dec 5), in the Irish Examiner, there will be an article (click for link) with lots of golf gift ideas for Christmas. One of the items on that list will NOT be a special deal for tickets for next year's Irish Open at Ballyliffin. It came through a touch too late for my Examiner piece... but it fully deserves to be included, so here goes: 

Following the huge success of this year’s event at Portstewart, the 2018 Dubai Duty
Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation, is expected to be the sporting showpiece of the summer when the world’s best golfers will converge for the first time in the event’s long history on County Donegal. The Ballyliffin Glashedy course will host the Open from July 4-8 . 

The 'limited edition' Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Festive Fan Pack is rather perfect for anyone with friends or family who love golf. It costs €99 and includes:

- Two one-day tickets for the event (for any day)
- €50 merchandise store voucher
- €20 food and drink on-site voucher
- One tournament programme
- 3 Titleist pro v1 golf balls with tournament logo

(Pre-Christmas delivery is only assured for orders placed by December 14th.)

Co Donegal – recently deemed the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’ by National Geographic – has breathtaking landscapes and that beauty extends from the Wild Atlantic Way's coastline into the very heart of the county. The Inishowen Peninsula will be a grand setting for this festival of golf but anyone thinking of going will need to plan their days on and around the peninsula. From finding somewhere to stay to deciding where to eat the remoteness of Ballyliffin makes this year's Irish Open a bit trickier than usual.

Still, this is a great golf gift and Donegal is a beautiful place whatever your reason for going.

Local golf can be found at the brilliant North West and Greencastle, or at Letterkenny, a parkland course on the outskirts of the town where many fans will be staying. If not there then the likes of Portsalon, Rosapenna, Narin & Portnoo golf clubs are some of Donegal's other brilliant links... or head over the Foyle on the Foyle Ferry, from Greencastle to Magilligan, and visit Castlerock, Portstewart and/or Royal Portrush. Nobody will be short of golf options in this neck of the woods.
The back nine rises back up into Glashedy's biggest dunes.
“So if you have a golf fan in your family, then our exclusive Festive Fan Pack really is the perfect Christmas present and offers tremendous value for money," said Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Championship Director, Simon Alliss. "And families with young children will also be delighted to hear that admission is free for all under 16s (when accompanied by an adult), so just one Festive Fan Pack could ensure a great day out for the entire family.”

To purchase a Festive Fan Pack for a loved one or to view other ticketing options visit

A portion of all ticket sales will go directly to The Rory Foundation, which supports children’s charities around the world and is hosting the tournament for the fourth year running.

The 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will again be part of the very successful Rolex Series, with a massive prize fund of US$7 million on offer.

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