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
out, rustle up the gang and get planning.

Here are some to get you started. It's not a definitive list by any means so apologies to the courses I've omitted. Several clubs are hosting events over all three days.

March 17
  • Bunclody, 4 person team, €25pp
  • Esker Hills, 4 person team, €25pp
  • Laytown & Bettystown, 4 person team, €25pp
  • Connemara, 4 person team, €30pp

Connemara Golf Links
  • Newcastle West, 3 person team, €20pp
  • Portumna, 3 person team, €20pp
  • K Club (Smurfit), 3 person team, €45pp
  • Athy, Mixed Scotch Foursomes, €18pp
  • Greenore, 4ball, €20pp
  • European Club, 4ball, €60pp

Arklow Golf Club
  • Arklow, Singles, €25pp
  • North West, Singles, €25pp
  • Waterford Castle, Singles, €25pp
  • Donegal, Singles, €30pp
  • Killarney (Mahony’s Point), Singles, €30pp
  • Slieve Russell, Singles, €30pp
  • Palmerstown Stud, Singles, €35pp
  • Co. Sligo, Singles, €40pp
  • Enniscrone, Singles, €40pp
  • Killymoon, Singles, €15pp

March 18
Portumna, Esker Hills, Palmerstown Stud, Co. Sligo, Greenore and Athy, all have similar events to above.
  • Coollattin, Mixed 4ball, €25pp (on March 17th too)
  • Craddockstown, Singles, €15pp
  • Woodenbridge, Singles, €25pp
  • Connemara, Singles, €30pp

Co Sligo Golf Club
March 19
Again, Portumna, Esker Hills, Palmerstown Stud, Co. Sligo, all have similar events to above, as does The European.
  • Headfort (New), 4 person team, €25
  • Tralee, 4 person team, €50
  • Clonmel, 3 person team, €10pp
  • Gort, 3 person team, €20pp
  • Hollywood Lakes, Singles, €15pp
  • Balbriggan, Singles, €20pp

Carlow Golf Club
  • Carlow, Singles €20pp
  • Beech Park, Singles €25pp
  • Bunclody, Singles, €25pp
  • Luttrellstown, Singles €25pp
  • Mount Wolseley, Singles €25pp
  • Woodenbridge, Singles, €25pp
  • Rosslare, Singles €30pp
  • Killarney (Killeen), Singles, €40pp
  • Dunmurry, Singles, £15pp

The other important point to make here is the value... €20 for Carlow!! €25 for Headfort New. €30 for Slieve Russell. €40 for Co Sligo and Enniscrone - both top 10 Irish courses for me. 

Whatever you choose, have a great St Patrick's Day. Please consume golf responsibly.

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