|Strandhill, a popular and high ranking choice|
I knew full well that would be the case when I started the project to produce a list of Ireland's favourite golf courses. I called it a Top 100 because that's what catches the attention and, by inviting three other golfers to join me in selecting their favourite 25 Irish golf courses, I was fulfilling that brief. As it turned out there were 48 courses mentioned in all.
The purpose was to get four golfers to pick their FAVOURITE courses... and not what
they considered to be Ireland's BEST courses. There is a distinct difference. As I wrote in the introduction to the article, I consider Portmarnock to be one of Ireland's top three when it comes to BEST courses... but it doesn't make my Top 25 Favourites.
You can look at any of the four lists below and query inclusions and exclusions. I had to leave out the links at Ballyliffin (Glashedy), Rosapenna (Sandy Hills), and Doonbeg, as well as Mount Juliet, K Club (Palmer), Malone and Adare (although the old course would have made it). You'd expect to see those courses included but I also left out a few personal 'favourites' that you wouldn't expect: Fermoy, Rathcore, Macreddin, Moyola Park, Portumna, Birr and Portarlington. There were only 25 spaces... someone had to miss out.
The four members of the panel were:
The article appeared in the Irish Examiner on Saturday (you can see it here) but I decided to add this blog because the newspaper omitted the numbers that showed the order of our chosen courses. I suspect it was a formatting issue but it irked me nonetheless.
|The 13th at Druids Glen|
Oh, if you'd like to leave a comment then please do... I'm sure you'll disagree with plenty of the selections and the order in which they appear but just remember that our opinions are every bit as valid as yours. If you want to include your favourite 25, then please do - I'd be delighted to publish it on this blog.
Started golf: Aged five.
|The 13th at Royal County Down|
|Sunset over the 7th at Portstewart (Strand)|
|Portmarnock's 11th green|
Member: Greystones Golf Club
Irish courses played: 100+
|Mount Juliet's par three 3rd hole|
|Carlow's 14th. A course that made all four lists.|
Started golf: Aged 19.
Irish courses played: Over 150.
|Royal Portrush (Dunluce) par four 15th|
3. Top 25 Courses
The simplest question of all: when you walk off the 18th green do you just want to go back to the 1st tee and start over?