Sunday, March 18, 2018

Are golf fans getting too boisterous?

Following Rory McIlroy's comments yesterday about fans' boorish behaviour, here's a recent article I wrote for the Irish Examiner. It followed Justin Thomas's intervention to get a fan ejected at the Honda Classic (22-25 February).

In the final round, Justin Thomas hit his tee shot on the 16th hole only for a fan to shout ‘get in the bunker’ as the ball was in the air. 

Who said that?” Thomas asked. “Was that you? Enjoy your day, buddy, you’re gone.

And so the fan was ejected.

Afterwards, Thomas said that as he approached the tee box the fan yelled, “I hope you hit it in the water.” This was then followed by the bunker taunt.

I was like, OK, I’ve had enough,” Thomas told reporters. “I just turned around and asked who it was, and he didn’t want to say anything, now that I had actually acknowledged him. So he got to leave a couple holes early.
“I don’t want to kick someone out just to kick them out. It’s just so inappropriate. We’re out here trying to win a tournament.
Twitter went into overdrive calling Thomas’s reaction excessive… many were vitriolic

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Golf Digest Ireland Top 100 Courses 2018 vs. Irish Golfer Top 100

Royal Portrush... No. 2 in both lists.
Finally Golf Digest Ireland (GDI) have released their Top 100 golf courses for 2018. We've been waiting a while! Especially as the Irish Golfer magazine Top 100 came out in November. Two Irish magazines going head to head is very refreshing indeed.

There are surprisingly few changes in GDI's 2018 results - compared to 2017 - so I have included these when setting the two rankings side by side below.

I  have highlighted the courses where there are interesting variations (in green) and

Monday, March 5, 2018

St Patrick's Day Irish Golf 2018

Portumna Golf Club
St Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend this year and now that Ireland have beaten Wales in the rugby – and assuming the Scots don’t pull off another upset – Saturday 17th  will see Ireland playing against England for a chance to claim the Grand Slam. Fabulous… but first and far more importantly there’s the matter of when and where you’ll be playing golf. Alternatively, head to Tramore Golf Club for the their 11-hole shotgun start, timed so that everyone can return to the clubhouse in time for kick-off and a bite to eat. (Smart thinking, that!)

Clubs always have open events on the 17th, but because it falls on a Saturday in 2018 it means you can expect Open events on Sunday and Monday, too. So sort yourself

Friday, March 2, 2018

Shining a Major Light on Ireland's North West

Carne Golf Links, Co. Mayo
Multi-major winning golf legends check out Irish Golf links courses

When Tom Watson visited Ireland’s south west many years ago he found golf courses few around the world knew much about. He loved the place and put Ireland on the map when he raved about it back in the USA. And so began the pilgrimage to courses now on every golfer’s bucket list.

Such fabled stories are few and far between these days as Ireland is regarded as one of the best golf destinations in the world. That doesn’t mean, however, that all courses get equal billing. Golf marketing company, North & West Coast Links Golf Ireland, has been promoting the courses that dazzle along the coastline from Galway Bay,