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Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Do Dooks because;

Dooks is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland. It is also among the best. As you approach it down winding roads between large houses with well kept gardens, the message pumps in that these people connect to traditional family values and naturally revolve socially around golf. Discovering the clubhouse over run by about [...]

By | August 27th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

Dooks Golf Course

Dooks My first impression was that its dimensions were immense. Walking out to the first tee, the dunes flowed around me carrying my eye to the sea beyond and the Dingle Peninsula. It is an expansive setting unalleviated by many trees and those that can be seen lean inland, permanently bent and misshapen by [...]

By | August 27th, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|0 Comments

Bantry Bay Course

Bantry Bay There are few obvious birdies on this course.  The first is a short par 3.  The second is on the edge of the sea.  For Ladies it is 364 yards to the flag.  It was at the back leaving little space between the hole, the gorse and the sea.  The green undulates [...]

By | August 20th, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|0 Comments

Beautiful Bantry Bay

Play Bantry Bay because it is a diamond among the hidden gems of golf courses; cut and shaped by Eddie Hackett and Christy O’Connor Jnr out of the hills overlooking Bantry Bay. Stay in Bantry Bay like I did, because it has a peace which will enfold you daring you to let go of cares, [...]

By | August 20th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

The Kenmare Course; marrying old and new!

    The course was originally 9 holes played across the hill on the lush meadow land beside the estuary, on ground leased for a penny a month from the Marquis of Lansdowne.  In 1993, the second 9 was opened, necessitating a golfer's traffic light to cross the road between the two parts. The first [...]

By | August 19th, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|2 Comments

Choose Kenmare- the town choice!

If you’re a woman you will want to play at Kenmare for the most basic of reasons.  It offers a chance to play golf on a charming course and high quality shopping.  The club house is in the heart of a town renowned for tempting clothes shops, the best restaurants in the South of Ireland [...]

By | August 19th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

The Attraction of the Ring of Kerry

            How can somewhere so wild, so tough, so beautiful converge into a course which is so hard to play and yet so satisfying no matter your standard?  It’s hard because it demands accuracy and observation as the course slopes this way and that. It’s tough because it twists and [...]

By | August 14th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

Kerry People

Mary O Sullivan Ladies Captain 2015 Mary O Sullivan teaches Irish, Gaelic and her voice has a lilt which is delicate and akin to music to my English ears.  She has been playing golf for many years and is a member both of both Kenmare and Kerry.  She mostly plays at Kenmare.. [...]

By | August 14th, 2016|People|0 Comments

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry Course The first hole invites a stonking long drive up a steep slope to an unseen flag.  The fairway begins after 100 yards or so of broken ground.  Thus from the first tee the strength and power required to play this course is advertised.  Or so it seemed and in response [...]

By | August 14th, 2016|Ireland Golf Courses|0 Comments

The McGiffords at Killarney

People Colin McGifford was Captain of the Marriott Beardsall Priory Golf Club in 2012. I was impressed that to raise money for his Captain's charity they cycled from Gleneagles to Derby.  Jane loves golf plays regularly with a handicap in the low 20s. They had played the Mahoney Point course the day before.  Over a [...]

By | August 13th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on The McGiffords at Killarney