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DOOKS GOLF CLUb Much more than a hidden gem



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LD GOLF’S JAMIE WALSH Jamie Walsh - kinematic sequence



PADRAIG DOOLEY Why 80% is often enough


DOOKS GOLF CLUB Much more than a gem









MOUNT JULIET GOLF CLUB At one with nature


JAMIE O’SULLIVAN The 50 yard chip shot



SNAG GOLF Getting everyone involved




GOLF VOYAGER A revolution in booking golf






Editor Diarmuid Sheehan · Design by Doodle Creative · PUBlished by Irish Clubhouse Magazine Ltd.



elcome to the summer edition of the Irish Clubhouse golf magazine. The publication you are reading has been distributed to over 170 golf clubs and a host of other golf related locations.

This magazine still aims to bring you stories and features which are of interest to the Irish golfer. The Irish Clubhouse Ltd. not only publishes this magazine on a bi-monthly basis but it also has a company Facebook page, and a company website The Irish Clubhouse hopes that readers will take a moment to “like” us on Facebook while also taking some time to go and check out our website where they can find out what is going on in the clubs around them. The Irish Clubhouse magazine is delighted to have pushed out from Munster and into both Leinster and Connaught. We are delighted to bring this magazine to over 100,000 golfers on a bi-monthly basis. We feel that this current edition is of the magazine is the best one we have produced yet with features on such world class locations as DOOKS and MOUNT JULIET golf clubs as well as bringing you information on a new company GOLF VOYAGER which could revolutionise the way we book golf holidays. As per usual we have bring you tips from golf professionals such as Jamie O’Sullivan, Marian Riordan and Liam Duggan while also hearing from Cork golf professional Padraig Dooley. For the second magazine in a row we bring you a feature from our genealogist Paul Gorry. Paul’s primary focus is on bringing golf history back to the masses as he attempts to bring the achievements of legendary and not so legendary golfers to our attention. I genuinely hope that you enjoy what our contributors bring to the magazine and if you have any comments please share them with us at After what has to be described as yet another difficult winter/spring period for clubs, all involved in the game locally hope that the summer can bring a little respite from the difficulties of wind, rain, frost and the dreaded course closures. Thankfully, courses are now beginning to come alive with activity on all levels. Clubhouses are beginning to see more patrons in their bars and restaurants, while


courses are beginning to see their time sheets filling up for Opens and weekend competitions. With the grass taking on a darker, richer shade of green and the sun sitting higher in the sky we tend to forget about what the winter brought. The courses where we play may look fantastic as they glisten in the summer sun but the reality is that plenty of them are struggling financially. However the dark fiscal clouds shouldn’t dominate the sky. While clubs may be finding it more of a struggle to keep things going, they, like all good Irish businesses are attempting to put their best foot forward and are still producing a world class product. For this we need to remember that the country’s green keepers deserve tremendous credit as they battle (and win) the yearly battle with Mother Nature. We are very lucky in Ireland that our courses are among the best in the world. The clubs we have here cater for every standard of golfer as well as every pocket size. As members, we need to support our clubs as much as possible as well as the clubs around us. There are so many great deals out there for green fees and Open days in the clubs of Ireland it seems a shame not to travel around every now and then and take advantage of the superb facilities of our neighbours. The Irish Clubhouse magazine and website will facilitate clubs, members and societies in any way it can to get their message out there but as the saying goes “information is power” and this is as true in the world of golf as it is anywhere else. Golf clubs need to let the players of Ireland, and beyond, know, what is available and hopefully this will help to increase the numbers visiting their facilities. Leaving all the financial headaches aside, we in The Irish Clubhouse wish all the golfers of Ireland good golfing over the next few months and we hope that all players enjoy their golf as if they were a 10-year old child - with no inhibitions and an ability to forget the bad holes while only remembering the good ones. Yours in golfing,

Editor Diarmuid Sheehan

The one question that I am asked time and time again is, “how do I hit the ball further?” Most golfers look at distance as something mystical and something that you either have or you don’t, but every golfer can gain a few extra yards by doing things correctly.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx PICTURED Jamie Walsh, (Latest addition to the LD Golf team)

So what is the kinematic sequence? In the golf swing, the kinematic sequence is the sequence and timing with which the body fires into impact. Research has shown that all great players have similar sequence of generating speed and transferring speed from their body to the clubhead. In an efficient sequence, power is generated from the ground up and is transferred from each segment in sequence peaking at the clubhead at impact. In making the downswing, it has been discovered that: 1. All body segments accelerate and decelerate in a specific sequence to ensure the clubhead arrives at the ball with maximum clubhead speed. 2. There is a specific sequence to the order in which the downswing is initiated. It begins with the pelvis, then the trunk, the arms and then the clubhead. As it does so, each segment builds on its predecessor, increasing the speed of the next, with maximum speed being achieved at impact through the clubhead. 3. If the timing of the sequence is not correct, energy will be lost as the sequence moves towards impact and consequently clubhead speed will be lost. Although it may seem very technical, the average player can take quite a lot from this.

Two key areas we will now look at are 1. Sequencing your swing correctly to lead to greater power 2. Using the hands correctly in the swing will help retain power and achieve greater clubhead speed at impact For typical club golfers one of the biggest flaws I see is the poor sequencing of the downswing. Most higher handicap players start their swing with their hands and arms rather than with the lower body. The following drill, demonstrated by Jamie Walsh - our senior Rising Stars instructor in North Cork, shows how we can get the sequence in the correct order to generate more speed.


The step drill Using a mid iron, address the ball as normal - Bring your front foot back to your back foot - Start your swing and as the club passes your waist, step forward with the front foot. This initiates the lower body’s turn into the downswing as the backswing finishes and fires the body in the correct sequence. Firing the hands in the right place and right time The hinging and unhinging of the hands in the golf swing is of great importance in

THE Irish CLUBHOUSE achieving accuracy and power. The last stage of the kinematic sequence is the uncocking and unrolling of the wrists into impact. The wrists unhinge approximately 100ms before impact and unroll <2ms before impact! As a player, if you can retain wrist hinge until this point in the swing you should really see a difference in the distance you achieve. In order to do so one key move I look to is the retention of the hinge of the right arm in the downswing. Tucking in the right elbow and then firing the right arm in the correct stages of the swing will help maximise speed from the top and thus increase potential clubhead speed at impact.

Tuck & fire drill Rehearse the following drill in slow motion until comfortable to add speed. As with the downswing, the sequence in this drill is key. This drill can achieve maximum effect using an impact bag.

1. In starting the downswing, tuck the right elbow into the ribs 2. As the hands and arms reach the waist, straighten the right arm

One of the best pieces of technology we have at our disposal at LDgolf is the K-VEST. This is a biomechanical feedback device that measures the efficiency of the swing. One of its primary functions is to measure the ‘kinematic sequence’ the power signature of a swing which then helps us to build a stronger, more consistent motion.

Using this in tandem with the step drill can really make a difference to the power you generate.

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Should You Swing the Driver

at 80% Effort? Last year (2013) on the PGA Tour, the average swing speed with a driver was 113 mph as measured by TrackMan® launch monitors at PGA Tour events. The highest average swing speed for 2013 was Charlie Beljan with an average speed of 124.45 mph. Charlie’s fastest swing was 130.12 mph, which was also the fastest on the PGA Tour for the entire year. Interestingly, if the average PGA Tour player was swinging at 80% of their max, then their maximum speed should be a whopping 141.25 mph. This simply isn’t the case. From my own observations on TrackMan®, players rarely gain more than 5 mph over their “normal” swing speed when asked to hit it as hard as they can. This is a great example of feel versus real.

When I ask players to smoothen out their swing and just take a little bit off, maybe 1- 2%, more often than not, the kinematic sequence tends to improve. The result? It can actually lead to an increase in swing speed. Additionally, the ball strike tends to be more centred which definitely leads to more ball speed and longer distance. A swing is never too fast (unless the ball has gone too far) but it can be too quick. Too quick = poor sequence = loss of speed. So next time you think you’re swing is getting too fast, tell yourself it’s too quick and concentrate on just smoothing out your swing. You may feel like you’re swinging at 80%, but Trackman® will tell you differently.

Most golfers feel they are swinging at an effort level that is significantly less their maximum, but the reality is they are swinging at an effort only marginally less then their maximum. To illustrate, all other things being equal, a golfer with a maximum distance of 250 yards will only hit it 200 yards with an 80% swing. Who wants to hit it 50 yards less? Because players tend to think they are so far under their max swing speed, when the ball starts going a little crooked, it’s very common to hear them say “My swing was too fast - I need to slow it way down”. My answer to this is “You want to hit it way shorter?” Don’t think of it as slowing the swing down. Rather, think of it as smoothing the swing out. This difference in thought process is subtle but crucial.

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Dooks golf club

Much more than a hidden gem The term “hidden gem” is bandied about way too often when one reads about golf clubs in Ireland. Of course there are plenty gems out there that are a little off the beaten track but the term needs to be used sparingly to describe only those that deserve the accolade. That said, when one thinks about gems (the sparkly and expensive kind that is) most of us know that it takes millions of years in extreme subterranean conditions to create these desirable marvels and while the required time frame might be a little less onerous – a great golf course also needs time to mature, to become desirable - to become a gem. 10



Club President, Tom Foley

How long should we have to wait? Well, 125 years should be just about right. A perfect example of this is the world famous Dooks Golf Course. Founded in 1889, Dooks Golf Club (which is one of the 10 oldest golf clubs in Ireland and one of the most spectacular and desirable golf courses in the world) is celebrating its 125th birthday. As one would expect from a place like Dooks, this is a tasteful and understated celebration made up of a host of golfing and low key celebrations that reflect the ethos of the place. You see Dooks isn’t flashy, it’s not in your face. It’s just Dooks. The club survives because of what it is - a tranquil place with a true sea-side links situated in a panoramic setting in a corner of Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry. The Atlantic Ocean can be seen from practically every hole and Ireland’s highest mountain range, the McGillycuddy Reeks, overlooks every shot. In Ireland there can’t be many more spectacular places to play this game.



7th hole at Dooks Golf ClubX

To mark this amazing 125 year milestone, the Irish Clubhouse magazine have taken to the extensive archives available at Dooks Golf Club to follow the route from conception in the 19th century to life in the 21st century.




9th hole at Dooks Golf Club

1st hole at Dooks Golf Club

Dooks was laid out as a 9-hole golf course in 1889 by members of the Royal Horse Artillery who were billeted at Wynn’s Folly, Glenbeigh. At that time military units came from all over Ireland for artillery practice in Rossbeigh. These included Scottish officers who had earlier established golf courses near the Curragh Military Base in Kildare and at the Phoenix Park in Dublin. In 1895, the Great Southern Hotel, Caragh Lake, took over Dooks and engaged Golf Architect, Anthony Brown, to bring the club to a higher standard. In 1897, the Farranfore to Valentia Harbour Rail Line, widely regarded as one of the most spectacular rail lines in the world, established a rail stop at Dooks to accommodate the increasing number of visiting golfers. In 1900, an additional nine holes were added making Dooks the first 18-hole golf course in Kerry, unfortunately, the extra nine holes were soon abandoned due to the costs involved.


Dooks was affiliated to the GUI in 1903 and to the ILGU in 1913. Move things on 50 years and in 1963, the clubs’ 75 year land lease expired and they were given notice to quit by the land owners, the Beresford McGregor Estate. The members ran an intensive “Save Dooks Campaign’’ which included a press conference and a televised interview at Dooks which was broadcast nationally. In 1965, the land owners agreed to sell the land to the members for £7,000. While this may not seem like a lot in today’s money, in 1965 £7,000 was seven times the club’s annual income. Bord Fáilte assisted the club with a generous grant of £3,500 and the balance was raised from the members through a bond issue. Having obtained ownership of the land, the members then set about adding nine new holes to bring the course up to championship level. What followed was

an extraordinary feat of human voluntary achievement, when the members, under their own steam and on a shoe string budget, designed and physically built the extra nine holes. The job was completed in 1970 at a cost of £3,500 and the new 18-hole course was officially opened by Mr. Gerry Owens, President of the Golfing Union of Ireland. The club continued to grow in membership and celebrated its centenary year in 1989. In 2002, the Club sought a meeting with renowned golf course architect, Martin Hawtree, who specialised in the design of links golf courses and had recently completed work for Irish courses such as Royal Dublin and Lahinch as well as numerous other top rated courses worldwide.



Captain, John Mangan


lady Captain, Shivaun Shanahan

Mr. Hawtree subsequently produced impressive plans for a complete overhaul and revamping of Dooks. After a great deal of discussion and fine tuning these plans were accepted by the club. Work commenced in 2003 and was completed in 2006 at a cost of almost €2.5m. The new Hawtree design has put Dooks to the forefront of Links Golf worldwide as a unique and genuine test of golf. Neither is Dooks content to rely solely on its reputation for excellent golf in a magical setting. It works hard to ensure that friendliness, hospitality and a unique club atmosphere are standard fares for everybody. A vibrant club, fully owned by its members, it always strives to be defined by the appellation “Friendly Dooks’ which has been used by others for many years to describe it. During 2014 the club will open itself up to the golfing world and extends an invitation to everybody with an interest in golf and golfing history to come and enjoy the Dooks experience. Many social and

golfing events are planned for the year and all are fully detailed on the website www.dooks. com. You can also follow the club on their Facebook Page “Dooks Golf Club 125” where you will see interesting posts on the club’s history and be informed of events as they happen throughout 2014.

course. Dooks Golf Club clearly delivers on this front but it is also not found wanting when it comes to the course facilities.

The Clubhouse


Dooks Golf Club is renowned for its friendliness and invites all visitors to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the clubhouse. Even though it was extensively remodeled great care was taken to ensure it retained its old world charm. From the moment you walk through the doors, the warmth of the greeting you will receive at Dooks lets you know your decision to visit was justified.

Golfers all over the world know that the course is the most important feature when deciding where to play courses other than our own. While we all like to have nice facilities to rest our weary bones it really is all about the

The tasteful and elegant clubhouse is all inclusive with beautiful locker room facilities for visiting golfers - and after a

While visitors are always welcome in Dooks, the club guarantees there will be an extra special welcome in 2014: their 125th Anniversary Year. For further information on Dooks, please contact Michelle McGreevy (Manager) by email: or by phone on +353 (0)66 9768205.


round on the magnificent course, players can relax in the bar and dining facilities which offer golfers the opportunity to reflect on the day’s events.

Restaurant & Bar The stunning restaurant at Dooks also offers a full service throughout the day. It has a wide variety of home cooked food with locally sourced produce. A selection of light snacks and traditional meals are available with larger groups easily catered for by the professional and courteous staff. The club management are always delighted to help plan the day so give them a call discuss your requirements.

Dooks Golf Links ProShop Dooks has a well-equipped pro-shop which carries all the leading labels. Here players can purchase all types of golf accessories, gifts and avail of the rental facilities, such as trolley and buggy hire. Players can also avail of caddies whose local knowledge is invaluable and a great help for first time visitors to the course. The club does ask that all intending visitors make reservations as early as possible and check in before play.


Dooks Golf Club has planned some events to celebrate their 125th birthday in 2014. Mon. 21st July. 125 Open Singles Tournament Thurs. 24th July. 125 Open Seniors Tournament. Sun. 3rd Aug. 125 Open Fourball Tournament Bookings can be made online, through the proshop (+353 66 9768205) or by email to

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Interclub Cup competition The 2013 Winners were Nenagh Golf Club represented by Ray Deering and Helen Leo with a score of 64.5, they were closely followed by Adare Manor, East Cork and Kinsale

The Munster Mixed Foursomes Interclub Cup competition has been held every year in Muskerry Golf Club since 1937. The competition, which became colloquially known as the “Examiner Mixed” is open to all clubs in Munster with one pair representing each club. Often, clubs organise a qualifying round to select two players while other clubs enter their Mixed Foursomes champions from the previous year.

Pictured below is Ray and Helen receiving the magnificent Trophy from the Captain Gearoid Walsh

In the past this Cup has been won by some of the greats of Munster golf including the legendary Jimmy Bruen.

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Marian Riordan ALKWARD LIES

Simple Golf Course Management is central in every game. How you think and plan your way around the course is the difference between a good score and a bad score. All too often I watch club golfers take on high risk shots when there is no real need to do so. Tree’s are 90% air approach is not the best approach! AWKWARD LIES To make solid contact from uneven ground, the big thing is work with the slope. In other words, don’t fight the slope; adjust your setup and swing to accommodate it. Here are some changes you should make for the uneven lies you face:

2. DOWNHILL LIE When playing from a downslope, take less club because the hill will delofts the clubface. Position the ball back a little and, as with the uphill lie, feel as if you set your shoulders parallel to the slope. If you don’t angle your shoulders, your body will be tilted back relative to the hill, and you’ll likely hit behind the ball. Shots from downhill lies tend to go to the right because you’re extending your arms down the slope. In effect, you’re holding off clubface rotation, which can leave the face open at impact. But don’t worry about releasing through the ball; just aim a little left to compensate.

1. UPHILL LIE On an upslope, take a longer club because the upward angle of the hill tilts the clubface back, adding loft. Play the ball slightly more forward than normal, and try to get your shoulders parallel to the hill. If your shoulders are too level, you’ll stick the clubhead steeply into the ground at impact. Set up with the slope, and then swing up the slope. You should also adjust your aim at address. Going uphill, you tend to hit the ball left because your hands and arms are releasing upward through impact, and that causes the clubface to rotate closed. So aim your body and club right of where you normally would.


3. BALL BELOW YOUR FEET The big challenge from this lie is getting down to the ball and staying there through impact. The tendency is to pull up or move onto your toes, both of which lead to poor contact. You really have to squat down and lean your rear end into the slope to lower your center of gravity; your weight should be on your heels. Because of this awkward squat position, body turn during the swing is restricted, so it’s more of a hands-and-arms motion. The key swing thought is, maintain the flex in your knees; that will help you stay in your posture. Still, your swing will tend to be more up and down, which means less clubface rotation, so aim left to guard against missing to the right. Squat down, and maintain your knee flex.


4. BALL ABOVE YOUR FEET This lie brings the ball closer to you, so you naturally stand a little taller. Grip down an inch or two to accommodate the shorter reach to the ball Set your weight a little more in your toes; remember, gravity will pull you downhill—in this case, onto your heels. From this upright posture, the swing will be flatter or more around the body, like a baseball swing. That creates more hand and arm rotation through the shot, with the clubface closing at a faster rate on the downswing. So the tendency with the ball above your feet is to hit it to the left. Aim right to allow for that. Stand taller, and stay more on your toes.

5. PLUGGED BALL IN BUNKER Escaping from a plugged lie requires keeping your clubface square. With most of the ball beneath the surface of the sand, you’ll need to get some “dig” out of your impact, so play the ball in the center of your stance and adopt a severely upright swing, picking the clubhead up quickly, then chopping into the sand and exploding the ball out and onto the green. Since most of your force is downward, don’t try to swing into a traditional, full finish. Instead, leave the clubhead in the sand with an abbreviated follow through. This shot will come out low and void of any spin, so plan accordingly.

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Rules Quiz 2014 Hole 1 Barry was scheduled to start his round at 09.00, but because he chose to stop for a cup of tea on the way, he arrived on the 1st tee, ready to play, at 09.03.What is the ruling?

A - Barry is disqualified. B - Barry incurs a penalty of two strokes at the first hole. C - There is no penalty.

Hole 2 Paul played from the tee onto the fairway and his ball came to rest against a towel that had fallen from the golf bag of a competitor in another group. What is the ruling?

A - Paul must play the ball as it lies. B - Paul must declare the ball unplayable. C - Paul is entitled to relief without penalty and may remove the towel.

Hole 3 In a hazard, Dave believed his ball was covered by leaves. In searching for the ball in the leaves with his club, he accidentally moved his ball. What is the ruling?

A - There is no penalty. B - Dave incurs a penalty of one stroke and must replace the ball. C - Dave incurs a penalty of two strokes and must replace the ball.

Hole 4 Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tee shot finished on the fairway. He made a practice swing and in the process accidentally moved his ball in play with his club. What is the ruling? A - Peter incurs a penalty of one stroke for moving his ball in play and must replace the ball. B - As Peter had not addressed the ball, there is no penalty and the ball is replaced. C - Peter is deemed to have made a stroke and must play the ball as it now lies.



Hole 5 Due to a wait on the 5th tee, Mary returned to the 4th green to practice her putting. She made several practice putts and then returned to the 5th tee before anyone teed off. What is the ruling?

A - There is no penalty. B - Mary incurs a penalty of two strokes. C - Mary is disqualified for practicing on the competition course.

Hole 6 Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tee shot came to rest in one of the fairway bunkers. She noticed a leaf lying very close to her ball and removed it, but in the process, caused her ball to move. What is the ruling?

A - There is no penalty. B - Ann incurs a penalty of one stroke and must replace the ball. C - Ann incurs a penalty of two strokes and must replace the ball.

Hole 7 Joe hit his ball onto a gravel-covered road. He decided to play the ball as it lay although he was entitled to relief from this immovable obstruction. Before he played, he removed some of the gravel from the surface of the road that surrounded his ball, without touching or moving the ball. What is the ruling?

A - Joe incurs a penalty of two strokes for removing part of the immovable obstruction. B - There is no penalty for removing the loose impediments. C - Joe is disqualified for improving his lie.

Hole 8 Andy asks his fellow-competitor how far the distance is between his ball and the hole. The fellow-competitor replies, â&#x20AC;&#x153;150 yards.â&#x20AC;? What is the ruling?

A - Andy incurs a penalty of two strokes for asking for advice. B - Both players incur a penalty of two strokes. C - There is no penalty to either player.

Hole 9 On the putting green, Edel grounded her putter immediately behind the ball. Before she completed her stance, the ball moved. There was very little wind. What is the ruling? A - There is no penalty and the ball must be played from where it now lies. B - There is no penalty and the ball must be replaced. C - Edel incurs a penalty of one stroke and must replace the ball.

Answers 1= B, 2= C, 3= B, 4= A, 5= A, 6= C, 7= B, 8= C, 9= C




THE IRISH OPEN AT FOTA ISLAND reSORT The Irish Open may not begin at The Fota Island Resort until June 19th but work in bringing a world class event such as The Open and over 100,000 fans to the banks of the river Lee started all of 12 months ago. Behind the scenes planning began on bringing the prestigious European Tour event back to these shores before the stands and the tents had left Carton House last year. At the forefront of this work has been Fáilte Ireland and their Head of Golf Tourism, Tony Lenehan. Fáilte Ireland’s role is to make sure that Ireland’s remarkable golfing product is recognised internationally – which all would agree is more important now than it ever was. Every year Ireland has the perfect opportunity to showcase the best of what it has to offer the international golfing visitor through the Irish Open; which this year is being held at the Fota Island Resort from June 19 - 22. When one hears the way Tony speaks about the product this small island has to offer the world the passion is clear, “We compare very favourably to the rest of the world when it comes to our golf tourism” said Tony. “The natural golfing terrain and hospitality that is on offer here is of the highest standard and able to hold its own on a global scale.” “Where else can you find one third of the world’s finest Links courses? Where else can you walk past 5,000 year-old dolmens or the ruins of medieval castles as you walk up the fairway? In what other country can you find courses where you return to clubhouses that are living, breathing, stately homes and centuries-old fortifications?” Why so much emphasis on the Irish Open? Well, worldwide exposure is the answer. The overseas media outreach of the Irish Open is not to be underestimated

with over 1,400 hours of international media coverage available in over 110 territories. There will also be daily live coverage in the USA and Canada on The Golf Channel for more than three hours each day. This level of coverage on Ireland is unprecedented, a unique story emanating from Ireland at this time generating such primetime coverage around the world. While the level of coverage is fantastic, it is even more significant when one analyses who will be viewing the event. The North American golfer represents 34% of the golf market, with each visitor from the states spending an average of €1,800 (which by the way is €600 more than the average golf tourist). While these figures are vital to our economy, they don’t represent the whole picture which clearly shows the importance of golf in Ireland. Recent Fáilte Ireland research shows that the golf sector provides a total overseas spend of €202m for the Irish economy with overseas golf visitors to Ireland of 163,000. A more telling statistic is that the average golf tourist spends two-and-a-half times that of the average non-golfing tourist. While our guests from America may make up the largest market share of golf tourism, our near neighbours from Britain and mainland Europe are not far behind, with 28% and 26% respectively. These markets are also at the forefront of Fáilte Ireland’s thinking as Tony Lenehan is keen to point out: “Our traditional markets – UK, the Nordics, Germany and the US are targeted by us because of the strength of the repeat business. The golfers who come here are series golfers who respect good courses. We have a great variety of courses throughout Ireland. There’s great value, there’s a very strong repeat market and most importantly there’s a 94% satisfaction level with the golf product and experience.”Having a satisfaction rating of 94% is obviously impressive but keeping that rating is the challenge, that’s why Fáilte Ireland, in addition to supporting the Irish Open as a major sponsor under Golf Ireland branding is now involved in delivering the quality assurance scheme for Golf Clubs in Ireland - which by-theway is the only quality assurance scheme that includes all 32 counties.

“When we were selling the experience we have to know we can stand over it” said Lenehan, who added “we have to be confident that the industry can provide a quality assured experience that is nationally accredited.” While Fáilte Ireland’s efforts and money are very important to the game and the Irish Open, at present the success of the Irish professionals on the world stage in recent years has brought the eyes of the world to these shores. Three-time Major champion and official Golf Ireland Ambassador Pádraig Harrington paved the way to Major Success for Ireland’s professional elite of Rory McIlroy (US Open, US PGA), Graeme McDowell (US Open), Darren Clarke (British Open) and Shane Lowry (Irish Open). They travel the globe and are tremendous representatives for the game of golf in Ireland.Another of this prestigious group of players is Paul McGinley, European Ryder Cup Captain for 2014. All of these superstars will be playing in the Irish Open at Fota Island Resort this year, where there will be qualifying points on offer for the Ryder Cup as well as the opportunity to gain a precious spot in the British Open at Hoylake, where the great Fred Daly became Ireland’s first Major champion. The recent purchase of the Fota Island Resort property by the Kang Family of China has had a massive influence on The Irish Open’s return to the five-star venue of Fota Island Resort, which also boasts a luxury spa and neighbouring wildlife park. The island of Ireland is made for golf. It’s green landscapes and rugged coastlines are nothing short of spectacular, with the green fees being modest by international standards. Golf in Ireland – over 400 courses…one unique experience.

IRISH OPEN TICKET DETAILS Advance tickets can be booked online Tickets for the event will also be available at the gate. Choose from a range of different ticket options, including family tickets, senior citizens and concessions for 16 – 21 year olds.

“Golf is a lot like sex. It’s something you can enjoy all your life. And if you remain an amateur, you get to pick your own playing partners. “ - Jerry Pate

golfing quotes


Golf is a game invented by the same people who think music comes out of a bagpipe.

Golf is a non-violent game played violently from within. - Bob Toski

- Anonymous I have seen men who have won a dozen or more tournaments, upon teeing off for their first USGA Open Championship, come close to vomiting. And golf is no easy game when you are trying to hole a downhill three-footer and throwing up at the same time.

Golf is like a razor. You get just so sharp and then it begins to dull a little more the more you use it. - Doug Sanders Golf is like solitaire. When you cheat, you cheat only yourself.

- Charles Price

- Tony Lema

Playing golf is like raising children. You keep thinking you’ll do better next time.

Golf is a lot like sex. It’s something you can enjoy all your life. And if you remain an amateur, you get to pick your own playing partners.

- E.C. McKenzie Golf is to me what his Sabine farm was to the poet Horace - a solace and an inspiration. - Ramsay MacDonald The fun part of golf is the variety of shots. In football you can do anything with a ball, but you can do anything with a golf ball as well. When you hit a shot and the ball does exactly what you want it to do ... that’s wonderful. It’s just great when you hit the ball well. You should always try not to make the ball cry.

- Jess Sweetser Having a great golf swing helps under pressure, but golf is a game about scoring. It’s like an artist who can get a two-inch brush at Wal-Mart for 20 cents or a fine camel-hair brush from an art store for 20 dollars. The brush doesn’t matter - how the finished painting looks is what matters. - Jerry Pate Learning to play golf is like learning to play the violin. It’s not only difficult to do, it’s very painful to everyone around you.

- Johann Cruyff

- Hal Linden

We can get so much out of golf. I know I have, and I’d like to see the same for you. Golf is the game of a lifetime, one in which you can get better and better. It’s not what you do that counts, but what you attempt to do.

People who say golf is fun are probably the same people who rationalize the game by saying they play it for their health. What could be fun about a game in the entire history of which nobody has ever shot the score he thought he should have?

- George Knudson

- Charles Price

Sudden success in golf is like the sudden acquisition of wealth. It is apt to unsettle and deteriorate the character.

Golf is the only sport I know of where a player pays for every mistake. A man can muff a serve in tennis, miss a strike in baseball, or throw an incomplete pass in football and still have another chance to square himself. In golf, every swing

- P.G. Wodehouse

“Tennis is like a wonderful, longstanding relationship with a husband. Golf is a tempestuous, lousy lover; it’s totally unpredicatable, a constant surprise.” - Dinah Shore


Mount Juliet

Compliments Mother Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Work We are all aware that Ireland has more than its fair share of spectacular, top-class golf courses. One only has to stick a pin in the map of this great little country and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure to land on the doorstep of a world class golfing facility. There are plenty vying for the title of Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top parkland course every year and while the Irish Clubhouse tends not to go in for these rating charts, not even we can argue when we see the name Mount Juliet at the top.



The spectacular Clubhouse at Mount Juliet Golf Club

This spectacular location, which is south of the medieval city of Kilkenny near the picturesque village of Thomastown, is an old hunting estate that spreads over 1,500 acres and contains the mighty River Nore and the smaller Kings River. Mount Juliet is without doubt one of the finest places to play golf in Ireland. The course in sensational, the clubhouse and hotel are out of this world and the overriding impression you get when you pull up to the caddy master’s hut is one of tranquillity.

Mount Juliet can claim many titles. One of the best courses in Ireland – without a doubt. One of the first world class golfing locations in Ireland – definitely, and one of the friendliest, welcoming places to play the game we love – absolutely. The Irish Clubhouse is delighted to be able to bring you some of the splendour of Mount Juliet but to be honest, we could never do this place justice - you have to visit Mount Juliet to get the full affect. The parkland course, the hotel and all the other facilities on site not only blend in perfectly with their surroundings but they complement, and even enhance the natural terrain – which to be fair,



Mount Juliet House Pictured below

At one with nature

is probably the best compliment anyone can pay a golf resort.

FACILITIES AND SERVICES ON OFFER. Mount Juliet is not unique in stating that it welcomes all golfers, be they individuals, societies or corporate groups but where Mount Juliet differs from most is the level of attention to detail that the resort goes to when catering for the visiting player. Like most, Mount Juliet boasts locker rooms, a bar, catering facilities and friendly staff but unlike the majority of clubs, Mount Juliet also offers an 18 hole putting course, a practice bunker as well as superb 10th tee catering facilities which provide high quality hot and cold snack food. There is also a driving range on site as well as metal spike changing facilities. And, if all that isn’t enough for you, go to Mount Juliet as part of a society or corporate group and you can avail of the check-in desk, course signage, scoring and scorecard preparation, goodie bags tailored to your needs, a golf results service as well as


catering for longest drive and nearest the pin competitions which all go a long way to making your event feel more professional and special.

event management. Academy facilities include covered and uncovered driving bays, practice bunkers, and chipping greens.

History The club also has an extensive range of hire equipment on offer for their guests such as state-ofthe-art Taylor Made hire clubs (both men’s and ladies), cart and buggy hire, pull and electric trolleys and plenty electronic stroke savers. For those looking to hone their skills, the resident PGA Professional Sean Cotter offers a complete range of tailor-made golf services including individual and group tuition, clinics and

It was 1986 and two legends of the game were playing an exhibition match at Royal Dublin. After the enthralling encounter between Jack Nicklaus and Seve Ballesteros, Tim Mahony (chairman of Toyota Ireland) approached the American legend to discuss the proposition of designing a course in Kilkenny. Five years later, 1991, another exhibition match was staged. However this time Nicklaus took on the great Christy O’Connor Snr at the official opening of the



The 13th green at Mount Juliet Golf Club

Nicklaus designed masterpiece - Mount Juliet. Due to the quality of the course, Mount Juliet fast became known as one of the top parkland courses in Europe and hosted the Irish Open Golf Championships in 1993, 94 and 95. From that point to this, Mount Juliet has (with the help of its professional, dedicated and experienced staff) matured and blossomed into a masterpiece of parkland golf course. With this in mind it was no surprise that the venue was chosen to host the prestigious American Express Golf Championship in 2002 and 2004.

THE COURSE Standing at 7,264 yards from its extremities, Mount Juliet is one of the longest courses of its type in Ireland. The course underwent plenty of subtle and not so subtle changes over the years which all seemed to enhance the 18-hole experience. Prior to the 2002 AmEx, the course was “Tiger proofed” by adding several new tees. The

work took place to try and keep a rampant Tiger Woods at bay but the plan didn’t halt the predator, who was at the height of his powers, as he won the tournament with a spectacular total of 25 under. Woods’ may have humbled the course but that didn’t mean that he didn’t appreciate the splendour of the place. Like everyone else that tackles Mount Juliet, he would have found that the third is a gorgeous par-3, played diagonally across a river from an elevated tee. The par-4 fourth continues along the same path, a short but dangerous hole with the green well protected by the water on the right and dense woodland on the left. After the turn, the 10th gives you a choice of targets as the fairway divides in two. It offers the choice of playing to either the right or left, but placing the second shot in such a position that it offers a straightforward pitch to the three-tiered green is the key to successful negotiation of this hole. For signature watchers, the par-4. 13th is widely regarded as Mount Juliet’s piece-de-resistance. A long tee-shot is required to a fairway



The beautiful 3rd hole at Mount Juliet Golf Club

that falls gently towards the green. A downhill lie for your second ads to the difficulty as you must traverse a deep lake immediately in front of a green that slopes dramatically. If all that isn’t enough for you, the 18th is a real gem. A very long straight drive sets up a long iron or fairway wood approach to a green that is tucked away beside a lake. A par is a great score for most here with a bogey an acceptable result if you can get it. The course at Mount Juliet is a credit to all concerned. It is maintained to the highest possible industry standards which is accepted by both members, visitors and professionals alike. The greens superintendent, Aidan O’Hara, is the key to this success as he has prowled the course for almost 25 years.

STAY AT MOUNT JULIET Mount Juliet has several different options for those of you clever enough to make the decision to stay. The main house is spectacular. Just what you would expect at a resort like Mount Juliet. Past the impressive entrance hall there is a feeling of period opulence in all the reception rooms. The bars recall are no less impressive while the relaxed décor of the drawing rooms provides an opportunity to unwind in total comfort. There are 31 bedrooms in Mount Juliet House with most offering views over the river and the paddocks of Ballylinch Stud., not to mention the Multi-award winning Lady Helen restaurant which holds 3 AA Rosettes and 1 Michelin Star. There is also accommodation at The Club House, which was created from the estate’s original hunting stables. There are 16 club rooms available here which all enjoy direct access to the Spa and Leisure Centre. If that wasn’t enough, there are 12 Rose Garden Lodges on the grounds which all offer spacious and contemporary living


quarters. Here, guests can enjoy all the privileges of a luxury hotel combined with the flexibility of a fully self-catered lodge. Visitors can also rent out the Chauffeurs Lodge or The Walled Garden House which provide yet more splendid accommodation at this world class destination.


Thomastown County Kilkenny Ireland T. +353 (0)56 777 3000 F . +353 (0)56 777 3009 E.

RESORT DETAILS • • • • • • • • • • • •

Caddy Hire: Yes Club Professional: Sean Cotter Course Designer: Jack Nicklaus Course Type: Parkland Dress Code: Yes Holes: 18 Opening Times: 7.30am- 6pm, 7 days Par: 72 Practice Green: Yes Pro Shop: Yes Course Distance: Jack Nicklaus 7,300yd Visitor Tee Times: Tee time website: golf; tee time link:

Green Fees Low season-high season €60-€90 per person Sunrise – Sunset Special Offer: (8-9am and after 4pm) €40 Mon-Thur €50 Fri-Sun

Douglas Golf Club. Maryborough Hill. Douglas. Cork

Thursday Open Singles: â&#x201A;Ź25 Early Bird Green Fee up to 9.30am Pre booking essential

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Tel: 021 4895297

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Jamie Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Sullivan Golf Pro at Charleville As for any pitch, grip down the club 1 inch to gain more control, but also to reduce the playing length of the club. Stand with a good posture and a slightly narrower open stance. This is so because there is no weight transfer and the open stance helps us to turn through the shot, possibly the most important move in pitching!! Keep the ball position in the centre of your heels, weight slightly favouring your front foot and the butt of the club aiming at your front thigh with your hands ahead of the ball.



THE 50 YARD PITCH SHOT Make an ‘L’ shaped backswing with just an arm and wrist movement, keeping the lower body quiet. (The length of the swing may vary for each individual). The downswing should be an unhurried move where you let your arms swing through the ball with very passive hands and make sure to turn you chest and eyes through to the target after impact. Your finish position should mirror the length of your backswing.

Impact will be a downward hit and the loft of the club with help the ball upward so avoid adding loft through impact by flicking your wrists and leaning back.

TOP TIP: By making sure you tempo and rhythm (length of swing and the speed of acceleration through impact) is unhurried and consistent, varying swing lengths and lofts used will vary trajectories, spin and distance. This is very important when dealing with different pin positions. Measure out your distances in 10 yard increments and start practising, just vary the swing lengths!!

Contact Jamie at • Charleville Golf Club, Charleville, Co. Cork • or 063 81257 or 063 21269 •


BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE ! Part 2 SNAG Golf equipment and programming has a proven track record for attracting many children in particular to the game of golf and this success has earned SNAG (starting new at golf) several awards and accolades around the globe with many within the golf industry viewing it as the worlds leading introduction system for learning the game itself. It should however not be under estimated what can be achieved when considering attracting new players from all sections of the community be they young or old, no matter ability or disability. The versatility of The SNAG Golf system means that now more than ever before we are able to bring golf out of its traditional settings and straight into the heart of the community. With some outside the box thinking like visiting non traditional locations such as Parks, Community Halls and Education Facilities we will have the opportunity to effectively introduce golf to more people and therefore encourage more to consider golf as their sport of choice, in effect what we are saying is that if you wont come to us then we will come to you, and with the SNAG Golf system we now have the right tools to do this successfully. By embracing the community we can break down the perceived barriers that exist around golf and with the SNAG Golf system as the catalyst we can be that many among this new audience can be attracted to our wonderful game. The concept is not a new one to SNAG Golf, who have been bringing golf into the community since they arrived here in Ireland. Over the past couple of years SNAG Golf have worked with organisations such as The Cope Foundation, Down Syndrome Cork, Vision Sports Ireland and Deaf Sport Ireland to name a few. SNAG Golf has plans in place with several Sports Partnerships across Ireland with some projects already running. A great example of


this is the work that is carried out by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Leisure Services who regularly roll out SNAG Golf programmes to increase sports participation and promote a healthier lifestyle to residents within their region. While some of these programmes might not lead directly to immediate increased participation levels back at the golf course the fact that the participant has had a positive experience from trying golf will increase the possibility of them having another go, maybe at their nearest golf range or maybe they will seek out their nearest PGA Professional for further lessons. These programmes really do offer an opportunity to highlight the values of golf not only as a sport but also as a health choice and give a greater positive image to the game of golf, which can only be a good thing. This in turn will lead to longer term benefits such as increased numbers taking up our game, and that is something that most clubs would surely welcome.

Golf is a sport that can cross all divides, SNAG Golf has seen this first hand with many of its projects within the community, Michael O’Keeffe from SNAG Golf explains “No matter how many times we run a programme the results always astonish us. One of the most memorable moments to date was when the sister of one of the players at one of our Down Syndrome programme came up to us and thanked us for what has been achieved with her sister, she went on to explain that it was the first sport of any kind she has participated in for over 20 years and would not miss the weekly sessions for anything, there is the proof of the real power of what can be achieved when opportunity is given a chance” We encourage all Golf Clubs to get involved with their local community, it can be a very rewarding experience not only socially but also financially. Many of the existing outreach programmes SNAG Golf are running in the local community end back at the nearest golf club, be it for a round of golf itself or to lay down plans to expand the programme with the support of the clubs PGA Professional where he or she works to help transition the new players from SNAG Golf to Traditional Golf for the long term where by they become a paid up member. A special word of thanks goes out to The Cope Foundation and in particular to Mr. Terrence McSweeney who has offered great support and guidance over the past couple of years with many of the pilot projects within the community that SNAG Golf have offered.

In the next edition we will be looking at How & Why the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley are using SNAG Golf in their quest to encourage more participation in the game and we will also review the awards SNAG Golf has won globally, recognising it as a leader in its field and putting at the forefront of industry best practice. We will also be revealing some new exciting partnerships SNAG Golf have set up here in Ireland with Golf Clubs and PGA professionals that are aimed at helping to “grow the game of golf” . More information on SNAG Golf can be found at or alternatively you can get all the latest news via our social media channels :

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WHEN GOLF CAME TO WICKLOW When the golf craze really got going in Ireland in the last years of the nineteenth century it took root in Belfast, Dublin and pockets of activity mainly in coastal areas. Clubs that could afford to engage professionals had to entice them over from Scotland. Locals got employment as green-keepers or caddies. In those days it was just a short step from green-keeper or caddy to professional, and club-making professionals took on local apprentices, so that slowly a new breed of native professionals emerged. One small area of northeast Wicklow was to produce more than its share of golf pros through the years. At the end of the nineteenth century Co. Wicklow had three golf clubs, Greystones (founded in 1895), Bray and Woodenbridge, both dating from 1897. Of course, Bray was the site of one of the earliest recorded golfing greens outside Scotland, back in the 1760s, but by the 1890s golf was being reintroduced as a new activity. The three early clubs were joined by Wicklow in 1904 and Delgany in 1908. Greystones and Delgany are a stone’s throw from one another, yet they set many caddies on the road to professional golf. But the story of northeast Wicklow’s professionals began in Bray. Bray initially engaged a Scottish professional but he did not stay long. By 1898 twenty-one year old Richard Larkin had replaced him. Though Larkin was born in Meath, he grew up in Dollymount, Co. Dublin. When he was twelve, Dublin Golf Club moved from the Phoenix Park to the Bull Island close to Richard’s home. Two years later it became Royal Dublin, but in later years its links became familiarly known as Dollymount. The arrival of the club brought employment as caddies for the boys of Dollymount. Richard Larkin was one of many youngsters from the area who went on to careers in golf.


Pat Doyle


Larkin’s presence in Bray had a long-term influence. In 1898 he married Ellen Martin from Greystones. Ellen’s younger brother Eddie came to live with them in Bray and work at club-making with Richard. This began a long association with golf for the Martin family.



Harry Bradshaw

In about 1902 another Dublin golfer, James Barrett, came to Greystones as caddy master and later professional. About four years later, when he moved on to Hermitage, he was replaced at Greystones by a local man, Tom Walker, who was a clubmaker of some note. In 1907 Barrett returned to Greystones to celebrate his marriage to Ellen Larkin’s sister Mary Martin. Later that year he played on Ireland’s first professional team, in a match against Scotland. Shortly afterwards he moved to Carrickmines, where he remained pro until his death in 1950. His son jimmy barrett succeeded him in the post. Presumably it was under Barrett at Greystones that another of the Martin brothers, James, learned his craft. In 1907, aged 20, James Martin was appointed the first professional at the new Milltown Golf Club in Dublin. The pinnacle of James Martin’s career came in 1922, when he won the Irish Professional Championship by a margin of five strokes at Portrush. The Martin family’s association with golf continued for many decades. Eddie Martin, the youngster who was making clubs under the guidance of his brother-in-law at the beginning of the twentieth century, eventually became professional at Greystones. Eddie’s son Jimmy was born in Killincarrig, Greystones, in 1924 and he followed in his father’s footsteps. He followed

also in his uncle’s footsteps in becoming Irish Professional champion in 1969. As a touring professional Jimmy Martin became the most successful member of the Martin family, winning four British Tour events, and playing for GB&I in the 1965 Ryder Cup team. Jimmy Martin was related to another golfing family through his mother, Christina Darcy. The most prominent of the Darcys of Bellevue, Delgany, was Jimmy’s much younger second cousin, Eamonn. One of Ireland’s most successful touring professionals, Eamonn Darcy had eight tournament wins and four Ryder Cup appearances. Extraordinarily, Eamonn was related also to another important figure in Irish professional golf. His granduncle was Pat Doyle who was runner-up in the 1912 Irish Professional Championship. Doyle was born in 1889 in Kindlestown, between Greystones and Delgany. He is claimed by Delgany Golf Club as its first professional, which is possible as he was 19 when it opened. He emigrated to the USA in 1913 and that year finished tenth in the US Open. He remained in America, one of the first generation of Irish golfers to carve out a career in that country. During James Barrett’s time at Greystones one of his protégés was a young caddy from Delgany named Ned Bradshaw. Ned was to become professional at Delgany, with his sons Harry, Eddie and Jimmy following him into the sport. Of course, the most illustrious of the clan was Harry Bradshaw, born in Killincarrig in 1913. Harry made three Ryder Cup appearances, won the Canada Cup with Christy O’Connor, and almost won The Open in 1949. Bill Kinsella, born in Greystones in 1906, began another family of golf pros. In 1930 he became professional at Skerries in north Co. Dublin, where his grandson Bobby is

currently the third generation of the Kinsellas to occupy that position. Bill’s sons Jimmy, Billy and David all were professionals, with Jimmy being a successful touring pro in the 60s and 70s. Twice Irish Professional champion, Christy Greene, was another native of this extraordinarily fertile golfing haven. Born in Kindlestown in 1926, he began caddying at Greystones at an early age and learned the game alongside Jimmy Martin. Greystones / Delgany has proved a rare breeding ground for professional golfers. The Martins, the Bradshaws, Tom Walker, Pat Doyle, Bill Kinsella, Christy Greene and Eamonn Darcy have left a lasting mark on the golfing landscape.

Paul Gorry is a genealogist by profession. Family involvement in championship golf led to an interest in Irish golf records. Applying his experience in research to original golf sources, over decades he has accumulated a huge amount of material on the achievements of Irish golfers, which he hopes to publish in book form. He is author of Baltinglass Chronicles 1851-2001 and Baltinglass Golf Club 1928-2003, and joint author (with Máire Mac Conghail) of the Collins Pocket Reference Tracing Irish Ancestors. Paul maintains a Facebook page called Celebrating Irish Golfing Achievements.



90% of golf holidays are booked by members of golf clubs. Sounds like a pretty obvious statement. Here is another fairly obvious one. Up to now, being a golf club member doesn’t benefit you in any way when you are booking a golf holiday. (I don’t think anyone can argue with that statement either). However things are about to change. FOR THE BETTER. Every so often something comes along that has the potential to change the way we do things. Often the idea may not immediately get the recognition it deserves but on occasion we see innovation for what it is and grasp it with both hands. Golf Voyager is one of those ideas that has the potential to change the way golfers plan and book their breaks. Of course there are numerous sites out there in the infinite space that is the internet but none of them offer golfers what Golf Voyager does.

HOW IT WORKS It is simple really. Golf Voyager invites a club to sign up with it (Free of charge). Then all members of that club can book golf trips on the Golf Voyager web site at guaranteed best rates available. Golf Voyager then sends back 40% of its commission to the booker’s club – and the club then takes that amount from the booker’s following year’s sub. See, I wasn’t joking, it really is that simple. Golf Voyager not only lets member’s book golf breaks (home and abroad) but now, thanks to an exclusive deal with (the world’s biggest online booking company) any hotel


break booked through Golf Voyager will see the same 40% of commission head back to the golfer’s home club.

THE COMPANY Golf Voyager launched on the Irish Market in November 2013 following two years of development. Co-founders Fintan Ward and Conor Galvin (who are both members of Shannon Golf Club) felt that their idea had the potential to change the way golfers go about booking their trips and green fees. The company guarantees golfers the best priced golf trips to every golf course in Ireland, UK, Spain & Portugal through its partnership with To date it has 46 Irish golf clubs affiliated to it and as stated already that’s at no cost to the golf club. What the Irish Clubhouse magazine likes about this story is that the idea came from the minds of two Irish golfers. Two ordinary local men that felt they could do things better than all the established sites. The Irish Clubhouse had the privilege of meeting the lads recently and we were all very impressed with both the idea and the men behind this

brilliant innovative company.

THE PEOPLE BEHINd GOLF VOYAGER Conor Galvin has been selfemployed for the past 16 years. His background is in the banking sector having previously worked in London, Zurich and Dublin as a Consultant analyst/programmer. He worked for Bank of Ireland in Dublin from 1996 to 2002 as project manager. Conor has a degree from the University of Limerick in Applied Mathematics and for the past 10 years has managed his own building development company, managing up to 100 people at any one time. Fintan Ward has a background in sales and business development with 10 years’ experience in the freight forwarding and logistics industry. Fintan worked for STS (Specialised Transportation Services Ltd) as business

THE Irish CLUBHOUSE development manager in Cratloe, Co Clare from 1996 to 2008. Following the closure of STS, Fintan worked as a caddy at Doonbeg Golf Resort from 2008-2012.

WHERE THE IDEA CAME FROM? During his time in Doonbeg, Fintan caddied for hundreds of golfers of all standards from all over the world. He discovered that he could organise full golf itineraries for a fraction of the cost that these golfers were spending and maintain the same standard of service that the travelling golfers expects. The golfers repeatedly spoke about the wonderful courses and fantastic time they were having in Ireland but the excessive cost was always a factor. Being a golf enthusiast Fintan (8-handicap) mentioned the idea to Conor (13-handicap) of setting up a golf tour operation while the duo were golfing in their weekly 4-ball at their home golf club in Shannon. Conor immediately saw the potential of the idea so they started looking for a booking engine that they could replicate for the Irish market.

Having discovered that there was no intelligent booking engine to be found anywhere in the world, the duo realised that there was a gap in this 60 billion dollar a year global industry that no one had explored. To build a global product, they needed to engage with a booking engine to provide them with accommodations throughout the world. is the biggest booking engine in the world so the duo directly mailed the CEO, Darren Huston. In this email they explained their idea and they were invited out to meet with the tycoon at the head office in Amsterdam in February 2012. Since then, as well as getting technical help with the website development process from the internet giant, Ward and Galvin have secured a unique partnership agreement with Huston’s company. When he signed the agreement, Darren Huston said that ”Golf booking is a great next area for innovation in online travel and booking and we’re excited about the work being done by the Golf Voyager team and I’m looking forward to working with them as their model progresses”. Now praise like that doesn’t come from any higher place in the tourism industry than from Mr Huston.

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Mallow Driving Range Michael Collins

Irish Clubhouse magazine was delighted to be invited into Mallow Driving range recently to chat with the resident professional Michael Collins about himself, the game he loves, driving ranges and where he sees the future for golf in Ireland. Collins, a native of the Mallow area is one of the most highly regarded coaches in Ireland. He currently is one of only seven GUI junior coaches looking after the junior game in Munster.

an ordinary golfer improve as I do seeing one of the elite get better” said Collins who now spends nearly half of his time plying his trade in France. “I got offered the chance to be a retained professional at Clement Ader Golf Club, (South East of Paris) for five days every fortnight. It was an opportunity I thought long and hard about but since I had studied French and Geography when in UCC, I thought it might be a good fit for me.” Collins’ teaching career is definitely on the upward curve as he is becoming one of the go-to-guys in the Irish game. “I’ve been very fortunate here in Mallow and have built up a good client list. Word of mouth has been very good to me and I hope it will continue into the future” Michael may have made his name on the course but he is a real advocate for the use of driving ranges. “I feel driving ranges should be a very important part of every players development.

Having competed on the Euro Tour for four years, Collins found himself at the mercy of several injuries, most notably a back injury that hampered his progression into the tour. The talented teacher also progressed to the second stage of Q School on no fewer that three occasions where he competed against some of the most established names in the game.

Having said that, they should be used correctly, the quality of practice at a range is more important that the quantity. An hour or so on the range needs to be focused. I see players all the time belt balls out the middle without a plan. Practice on and off a range needs to be targeted. Players wonder how they can do it on the range but struggle on the course. You need to have a plan and have targets on a range, then your game on the course will improve. We are lucky here in Mallow Driving Range that we have several target greens. These help players when they are faced with similar shots on the course. We also have grass bays available for eight months of the year so that also helps in a real setting.”

Michael has had plenty of highlights in his career, claiming the 2011 Irish Club professional title. He also competed in three Irish Opens (Twice in Killarney and once in Portrush).

Another issue that Collins comes across with the average golfer is the lack of warm-up. “Players have to warm up before going to the range or the course. 5 – 10 minutes will do. It may not seem like it, but in golf every muscle gets used. Some are used to stabilise while the rest are to generate power. If you were playing any other sport you would warm up so why not golf. The average player needs to get to understand this. It improves your game considerably.”

After his adventures around Europe, Michael now still only 34, settled into a teaching role at Mallow Driving Range where he currently teaches some of the most talented golfers in the region. On the day we visited, Michael was having one of his frequent one to one sessions with multiple winner at junior level, James Sugrue. “There are many brilliant youngsters out there at present” said Michael “James is probably the best that I have seen come through this place but the standards being set by some of the kids are phenomenal.” While teaching the likes of Sugrue may be a thrill for the father of two, he likes to spread his wings to golfers of all grades. “Honestly, I get as much of a thrill seeing


Collins likes most professionals, feels passionately about golf and about its future and has some clear cut ideas of what needs to happen. “Clubs need to attract families. It’s as simple as that. The club needs to be seen as a fun place for the whole family. If dad plays and the kids play then the mom should be encouraged to join, there should be something there for everybody. Most families love doing things together and unlike most sports, golf is a game where the whole family can play. If this is done, and I believe it is being done, the future of the game here will be strong.” For the foreseeable future, Collins will continue to split his time between Ireland and France which will inevitably benefit players in both countries and help this hard working pro rack up plenty frequent flier points.

Blarney Driving Range and Golf Academy

Blarney Driving Range and Golf Academy caters for a player’s long game, short game, putting, fitness, mental strength, course distance, control and much, much, more. This academy can now boast something for everyone. Whether you are practicing seriously or just using the game as a relaxing pastime, there is a place for you in Blarney. The academy has access to top PGA teaching professionals. On site, you will find PGA Advanced Munster Coach Fred Twomey as well as the PGA Cork Coach Paul Kiely. Regardless of your golfing abilities, Blarney Driving Range and Golf Academy is a place that every golfer should try to visit at least once and like most of the loyal patrons that frequented the range over the years you are sure to emerge a better player.

Contact them at 021 4382060

Brendan McDaid and Barbara Hackett have joined forces in Limerick City (Coonagh) Driving Range and Golf Academy. Renowned PGA Professional, Brendan McDaid has joined forces with Limerick Ladies European Tour professional, Barbara Hackett in an exciting new venture in the golf coaching world. Their vision is “to create a centre of excellence for golf coaching in Limerick which attracts golfers from all over the mid-west region and further afield.” Brendan, who is widely considered to be one of the top coaches in Ireland and has coached several European Tour professionals, (most notably Peter Lawrie), is very excited about his move to Limerick and is looking forward to this next phase in his coaching career. “The golfing world has changed dramatically over the last number of years and it is important for us as golf coaches to recognise that and adapt accordingly” stated McDaid who went on to say, at Limerick City (Coonagh) Driving Range and Golf Academy, we don’t just want to give lessons, we want to build a centre of excellence for golfers of all levels, men, women and juniors.

Barbara, (who was coached by McDaid throughout her amateur playing career - the highlights of which include an Irish Close Championship and British Open Amateur Medal), is looking forward to teaming up with her former mentor. The two clearly share an ethos of creating a golf learning experience that is ‘simple, effective and enjoyable’ for golfers of all levels. Barbara has developed a reputation over the last number of years as being the leading coach in the region for Ladies golf while Brendan’s reputation as a coach is such that he already has a significant client base from both Limerick and the surrounding area. Jointly, it is envisaged that they will provide the region with a comprehensive coaching service using both the facilities of Limerick City (Coonagh) Driving Range and local municipal course Rathbane, where Barbara is currently the professional. ‘Building a substantial Junior Golf Academy is one of our main goals, said Barbara who also wants to work with the golf clubs of the region to develop and promote golf, both for existing members and newcomers to the game.’

Contact BARBARA 086 8116255 or BRENDAN on 087 2436805 LIMERICK CITY (COONAGH) DRIVING RANGE (061) 455584


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Golf Chumann Cheann Sibéal (Near Ballyferriter Village and nine miles from Dingle) is nestled in a stunning green valley between the majestic hill of Cruach Mhárthain to the south and a ridge of jagged peaks to the north—Ceann Sibéal and the Three Sisters. To the east, Cuan Ard na Caithne caresses a two-mile long stretch of white sandy beach called Béal Bán and Mount Brandon. To the west, the mighty Atlantic is faced off by high rocky cliffs, punctuated with tiny coves and beaches just right for smuggling. At 6737 yards the 18 hole Par 72 is a traditional Irish link. The Club was founded in 1924 (as Dingle Golf Club). The original design was by Eddie Hackett. The back nine was developed in the eighties and the clubhouse in the nineties. Christy O’Connor Junior did some re-designing in the nineties also. Each hole is full of tricky undulations and swales, with hazards laid down long before the game of golf was dreamt of, including a winding “burn” that twists and turns through the entire course. As much a part of the experience at Dingle as our golf course, our clubhouse has a life all of its own. It resounds with the camaraderie of friends and locals, enjoying wonderful food and atmosphere in relaxed and casual surroundings. Upstairs you’ll find our lively club bar and dining room with wonderful views of the Links. Our menu is seasonal and created from fresh local ingredients supplied locally from both farm and sea. Ample parking available. A full hire service for clubs, buggies & carts. ProShop, fully stocked with leading brands & Ceann Sibéal Golf Club branded merchandise. Dingle Golf Links is the ideal location for your golfing holiday in Kerry, South West Ireland.

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