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Old Head – unmissable experience

It is a grey morning.  I am in a motorhome on a caravan park at Tramore in  Ireland.  Yesterday I played golf at Old Head, which Links magazine described as the most spectacular golf course in the world.  It sits on a headland in Kinsale with a lighthouse at one end, a clubhouse built into [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

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

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

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

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

Playing Gracious Killarney

Why play Killarney? Killarney offers a high end experience of golf.  It is unashamedly elegant and beautifully maintained.  It advertises itself as Killarney Golf & Fishing Club the most prestigious golf course in Killarney.  The Irish Open was held there in 1991 and 2 and again in 2010 and 2013.  The club hosted the Curtis Cup in 1996.  [...]

By | August 13th, 2016|Blog, Ireland Caravan Parks|0 Comments

Losing a day

I heard how a bus driver stopped on the Ring of Kerry, forced four cars to back up while telling his passengers that the stupid drivers were going the wrong way and everyone knows that you must drive round the Ring to the right.  When I reached the ring I went right, drove through Killorgan [...]

By | August 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Cork- a traditional club with a championship course!

Open the door to Cork Golf Club, walk past the leather chairs that appear rarely used, the visitor’s book on a pedestal, the long boards of past Captains and Presidents, study the pictures lining the hallway of this premier parkland club.  Walk on past the glass cabinets full of imposing silver trophies ranging from massive [...]

By | August 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Happy 75th Anniversary Charleville

Charleville: halfway between Cork and Limerick As I left to meet Margaret Cashman the Ladies Captain at Charleville, someone asked me where I was going. “Oh!” came the reply, “Why? Tourists don’t go to Charleville.”  “Oh yes they do.”  I said, “If they like playing good golf courses”. Later I mused on this interchange, Charleville [...]

By | July 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments