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How to find... Your guide to golf in Ulster, Connaught, Leinster & Munster, including directions

Featured Course Opulent luxury and sophisticated elegance await at The Heritage, Killenard

Plus Features, Latest news, Costa del Sol...

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Welcome Issue 6 ¡ 2017

006 Featured Course 008 News & Features 036 Overview of Ireland 038 Course Guides 060 Directories 082 Travel

Cover image & left The Heritage Golf Resort Publisher Golf Guide Digital Media Ltd High Legh Golf & Country Club High Legh, Knutsford Cheshire, WA16 0WA info@thegolfguide.co.uk www.thegolfguide.co.uk Managing Director - Paul Lambert Telephone: 07786 548629 paul@thegolfguide.co.uk

A Warm Welcome to The Irish Golf Guide Welcome to the relaunch Issue of The Irish Golf Guide which is now working in partnership with Tom Kennedy Golf Consultancy. This magazine has been designed to help the local and National golfer in selecting and finding the course they wish to play in Ireland. It gives each golf club the chance to showcase their course and facilities with superb photography and enough information to whet the appetite of any golfer or group of golfers who wish to visit. The Irish Golf Guide has been brought to you by Golf Guide Digital Media Ltd, who publish further magazines with The North West Golf Guide, Yorkshire & North East Golf Guides & a New Midlands Golf Guide coming in June in the UK, and the Costa del Sol Golf Guide in Spain which is in its 12th year . This quarterly magazine contains in depth reviews of Golf Clubs, Local and International News items, and special promotions. A select number of courses each issue have editorials describing the course, the facilities and signature holes and contain directions to the course. These editorials are the chance for each

club to highlight itself and detail any offers and deals they have running during that period. The magazine is listed in alphabetical order, with the showcase courses being colour coded by the areas they are in. These areas are Leinster, Munster, Connaught and Ulster. A full golf course listing is also featured in the magazine containing the address, phone number, email and website of every golf course in Ireland. The Golf Guide is aimed at golfers of all levels, from professionals and club players to beginners and societies. We hope that you will find this free publication an enjoyable read, and a must for choosing your golfing calendar of events in Ireland for 2017 and beyond with the backing of a full interactive Website which can be found at www.thegolfguide.co.uk and across social media at golfguidehq. The next issue will be available from all golf clubs, select golf shops, driving ranges and hotels from the middle of July 2017. Happy golfing from all at The Irish Golf Guide!

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The Heritage Golf Resort An imposing bronze statue of golfing icon Seve Ballesteros greets visitors at the entrance to the 5-star Heritage Resort and sets the tone for a great experience.

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First impressions are so important and in that regard the exhilarating Ballesteros championship course at the Heritage Resort has passed every test with flying colours since it was unveiled to rave reviews in 2004. In a short space of time this luxurious resort in the heart of lovely Co. Laois has become firmly established as one of Ireland’s premier golf and leisure retreats. The lay-out of the course, with its emphasis on an exciting risk and reward approach, reflects the legendary Spaniard¹s engaging personality and dashing style of play. The Ballesteros Course is presented in immaculate condition. It is a pleasure to play at any time as the limestone land provides great drainage ensuring a great playing surface all year round. The Heritage Resort has served as a superb host venue for several prestigious events, including the 2007 Seve Trophy. Major champions Nick Faldo, Vijay Singh, John Daly and Padraig Harrington have showered praise on the stunning Seve Ballesteros / Jeff Howes designed jewel.

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The multi-faceted Heritage Resort is nestled at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains and conveniently located within 40 minutes of Dublin off the main Dublin - Cork M7 motorway. The Ballesteros Championship Course is complemented by fabulous practice and tuition facilities. The state-of-the-art 38,000 sq ft clubhouse includes a magnificent new restaurant and fully stocked PGA pro shop featuring all the top equipment and clothing brands, while the resort’s hotel - complete with opulent spa offers luxurious accommodation and wonderful recreational amenities. All the facilities marry perfectly to create an outstanding venue for golf outings, invigorating breaks, conferences, private business meetings, product launches and special family occasions. The resort prides itself on offering a wonderful experience and Golf Operations Manager, Dean Redmond, a fully qualified PGA professional, spearheads a dynamic team committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service to members, guests, societies and corporate groups.

Contact Details The Heritage Golf Resort Killenard County Laois Telephone: 05786 42321 dredmond@heritageresort.ie www.heritageresort.ie

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Great Golf Events to Look Out For! with “Major Madness” at Dooks Golf Links in the gorgeous Glenbeigh, Co Kerry. They already hosted their Masters Major Madness with the next event coming up on Friday 16th June during US Open week. Further Open competitions will take place on Friday 21st July during The Open Championship and then Friday 11th August during The PGA Championship. Entry is just €30 per person which is amazing value, you can book online via www.dooks.com or call The Golf Shop on 066-9768205. Irish Challenge Pro-Am Qualifiers at Mount Wolseley The marvellous Mount Wolseley will host a number of Open 3 Person Team Competitions between now and August, the overall winner getting a Pro-Am Team spot in the Irish Challenge Pro-Am in September! The winners from each Weekly Competition will go forward to the Grand Final on 24th August with the overall winner getting a European Challenge Tour Jacket & Shirt for each Team Member along with a Pro-Am Team. Qualifying events will run on 25th May; 1st, 15th, 22nd & 29th June; 6th, 13th & 20th & 27th July and 3rd, 10th & 17th August. Entry for each event is €35 per person which also includes a Burger meal, great value with fantastic prizes on offer. Bookings via www.mountwolseley.ie or you can call 059-9180100. The Heritage Pro-Am at The Heritage Resort The Heritage Pro-Am in association with The Ballesteros Foundation takes place on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th June at The Heritage Resort in County Laois. The midlands venue is the only golf course in Ireland designed by the legendary Seve Ballesteros. There will be a €60,000 Prize Fund for Professionals and also wonderful prizes for the Pro-Am teams competing. To enter email dredmond@heritagresort.ie or call 057-8642321. Open Fridays at Beaufort Golf Club Weekly Open Competitions commenced on 31st March 2017 and will run every Friday until October 27th 2017. It is open to both ladies and gents and there will be a nice prize for the winning lady or gent. The cost to enter is just €25 per person. Major Madness at Dooks The Friday of each Major in 2017 will coincide

Shell Pro-Am at Carne Golf Links The Shell Pro-Am takes place at Carne Golf Links, Belmullet, Co Mayo on 17th/18th June. Teams of 3 play with an Irish PGA Professional over both days with a free practice round on Friday. There are great prizes available for the event. Call Carne Golf Links today at 097 82292 to enter or email info@carnegolflinks.com. Open Seniors & Junior Scratch Cup at

Powerscourt Golf Club The County Wicklow venue will host 2 separate Events in the near future. Their Open Seniors Team Event, 4 person Team, will take place on their excellent East course on Monday 24th July with an entry fee of just €30 per person / €120 per Team. Their Junior Scratch Cup will be hosted on the wonderful West course on Sunday 10th September with the same entry fee of €30 per person. For courses of this quality this is superb value. Entries via www. powerscourtgolfclub.com Opens at Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club The beautiful County Wexford venue will host a number of Open Singles and also Open Team Events throughout the Summer months and also into Winter. Great value golf is available here, you can check out their Open Events via www.bunclodygfc.ie

Blue Monster Opens at Lisheen Springs The lovely Lisheen Springs will host various Open Competitions overs the coming months, the highlight of these being their Blue Monster Open Singles on Wednesday 31st May, 28th June, 26th July, 30th August & 27th September! They will also have Singles Stableford, Team Events and Ladies Open which provide a great variety to choose from that all provide superb value.

Race to the Comer Cup at Palmerstown House Open Singles Competitions every Wednesday plus the May & June Bank Holiday Weekend will provide you with plenty of chances to enter the Race to the Comer Cup! Bookings via 045906901 or online on www.palmerstownhouse.ie Open Competitions at Ballykisteen The host venue for the Great National Hotels Irish Masters 2017 has some excellent Open Competitions until October with “Free Sub” Mondays and Open Singles every Wednesday, the entry fee for both events being only €15 per person. Online entries via www.ballykisteengolfclub.com Social Media Links Challenge The 4th staging of this Tournament will take place at County Sligo Golf Club, Carne Golf Links and Enniscrone Golf Links from Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th August 2017. It is a Pairs Event so Teams of 2 with a modified Stableford scoring to apply. The Golf Only Package is €165 per person (€330 per Team) while the following Play & Stay Packages are also available: • Golf & 2 nights’ B&B - €510 per Team of 2 (€255 per person sharing) • Golf, 3 nights’ B&B & Prize Giving Dinner €650 per Team of 2 (€325pps) • Golf, 4 nights’ B&B & Prize Giving Dinner €740 per Team of 2 (€370pps) To enter your team call +353-87-6453537 or email smlinks@tomkennedygolf.com


Looking for something to add a WOW factor to your golf day/event? Club-Clean Ireland provides an innovative and much appreciated service at Golf venues throughout the country, using our specially designed and built Ultrasonic machines, which can deep clean a full set of golf clubs, heads and grips, in a matter of minutes, and our colourful, branded pop up gazebo. Feedback so far has been very positive and we promise your members/guests will be amazed. And it’s hassle free for the club or venue; we bring all we need, set everything up and clear up afterwards. All we need is access to a power point within 25 metres of our set up area. Ideal for Corporate Events, Captain’s Days, Open Weeks, Charity Events, Pro-Ams etc. Can be booked as Fixed Fee for the day or on a charge per clean basis of just €5 per set. Operated at 25 golf events/venues in 2016 including World Invitational Father & Son Tournament, Waterville, Social Media Open, Ballybunion, and the Heritage Challenge ProAm, Heritage GC, Killenard For bookings or more info call 086 8368877 or visit our website www.club-clean.ie


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Wild Atlantic Way Open Ladies 4-Ball Championship at Carne Golf Links

Carne Golf Club have created an event to meet the growing demand both for lady golfers and from lady golfers. The club has set up a ladiesonly tournament - The Wild Atlantic Way Open Ladies Four Ball Championship - and those who enter (in teams of two) will be in for something special… and we don’t just mean the golf course, but the beauty of the region and the hospitality of all who live here. The inaugural event will be played on Saturday 10th June, but there are a couple of tempting extras: competitors can play a free practice round on Friday or a free follow up round on Sunday. Given that Belmullet is a little further off the beaten path and that this is a beautiful part of the world it makes sense to

take advantage. It’s also worth remembering that on a course this unique, your Carne ‘experience’ will really benefit from a second round. Any number of holes will mystify you on a first encounter and there are plenty of shots you will want to take another go at… the drop-dead gorgeous par three 16th for instance. The event is open to all lady golfers with ILGU handicaps, throughout Ireland, with an entry fee of €70. Accommodation packages, which include your golf entry fee, are also available at the nearby Broadhaven Bay Hotel, with 2 nights’ B&B costing €170pps, and 3 nights costing €210pps. A wide range of local B&B options are also available.

Carne is a big and shapely links… which may make it sound like a tough challenge, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Carne’s muscularity hides a very playable and fun course. Holes are dramatic – as are the views – but at 4,826 yards, par 72,the ladies course is most definitely accessible and thoroughly enjoyable. You’ll be challenged, for sure, but this is a unique golf links, one that every golfer should experience at least once… and given how the competition is being set up, you’ll have an opportunity to play it twice… and don’t ignore the new Kilmore nine, which only enhance the Carne adventure. To book, or for more information Contact 097 82292 or info@carnegolflinks.com


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Shootout Sunday introduced for 2017 NI Open, presented by Modest! Golf

A brand new format and a tournament full of innovation is certain to make the 2017 Northern Ireland Open, presented by Modest! Golf, one of the most talked about events in world golf this year and a must visit for golf fans across the UK and Ireland.

Now in its fifth year, the NI Open is one of the best supported events on the European Challenge Tour’s international schedule, both with record attendances and depth of field. And now in 2017, the NI Open has embraced the European Tour’s vision of introducing fresh new ideas and innovation to professional golf with the introduction of Shootout Sunday. The NI Open takes place at its perennial home Galgorm Castle from August 10-13 with 156 players teeing it up ahead of the traditional 36-hole cut, before a 54-hole cut followed by five rounds of six-hole strokeplay matches in what will be a high octane and dramatic #ShootoutSunday.

Continuing the short form matchplay theme from other European Tour events such as this year’s Super 6 in Perth, Australia, the NI Open will produce even greater excitement because the knock-out, strokeplay format on the final day will ensure the action continues until the last hole for each of the 28 matches. Mark McDonnell, Director of Modest! Golf, said: “We are delighted to return to the NI Open, this time as Presenting Sponsor. We love working alongside the European Challenge Tour and Galgorm Castle and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever before.” Fellow Modest! Golf Director Niall Horan commented: “We are excited to be coming

back to the NI Open and introducing a brand new format. Shootout Sunday will be a great concept, both for the players and spectators.” With a thrilling summer of golf on the horizon for Irish golf fans with two European Tour Group events in Northern Ireland, the NI Open’s exciting new format offers a new dimension that complements the staging of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart earlier in the holidays. Interactive and family events will also be on site at Galgorm Castle during the NI Open and one of the province’s sporting highlights will once again have FREE entry for all spectators. “We always look forward to returning to Galgorm Castle for one of our favourite weeks


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of the year and this year’s NI Open will now have the added dimension of an innovative new format,” said Alain de Soultrait, Director European Challenge Tour. “On the Challenge Tour we are proud of our role in helping to grow and develop the game of golf so this imaginative new tournament fits our tour perfectly. The Northern Irish crowds are among the most knowledgeable and passionate in the world and they support this event phenomenally every year, and we are sure that they will enjoy this year’s tournament, and especially the Shootout Sunday, even more.” Tournament Ambassador Michael Hoey continues to be closely involved and has been a key figure in helping to make the NI Open an even better experience for players, spectators and television viewers. “The NI Open comes hot on the heels of the Irish Open and what is being devised here at

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Galgorm is an exciting new twist which sets it apart from anything we’ve ever had in Northern Ireland,” said Hoey, a five–time European Tour winner, who finished eighth at Galgorm in 2016 behind winner Ryan Fox from New Zealand. “We have spoken to several players about the change in format, including last year’s winner Ryan Fox, and all agreed that the new format is an extremely exciting new prospect. The NI Open’s unique and innovative strokeplay matches on the Sunday is a first for professional golf and is sure to be a highlight on the global golfing calendar.” “The new format is certain to be more entertaining for spectators, especially with holes like the redesigned par three seventh sure to throw up plenty of drama as crowds converge at strategic parts of the course.” Like every year, the NI Open simply would not be possible without the ongoing help from the

tournament’s core supporters such as Tourism NI, Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Tourism Ireland, Sport NI and the Golfing Union of Ireland Ulster Branch. Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, said: “I am very pleased to say that we welcome thousands of spectators to Galgorm for the Northern Ireland Open. “They bring considerable economic benefits and I’m sure players, their support teams and many spectators will again be enjoying our legendary hospitality across Mid and East Antrim Borough’s hotels and guest houses in 2017. “The Borough will again also benefit from the global media coverage of the Northern Ireland Open this August and there is plenty more in golfing terms offered all year round with nine courses in all in the Borough.”

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The 2017 Irish Open Portstewart The 2017 Irish Open, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free and hosted by the Rory Foundation, will take place at Portstewart Golf Club from Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th July this year.


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After a tremendous tournament and fabulous finish especially at The K Club in 2016, where Rory triumphed, The Irish Open heads back North to the Des Giffin designed Strand Course. Defending Champion Rory McIlroy will head up an all-star field in July to include Irish Major winners Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell & Darren Clarke; World Golf Champion Shane Lowry and many other golfing greats from home and abroad such as Justin Rose; John Rahm; Danny Willett, Tyrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood & Lee Westwood. The Strand Course at Portstewart Golf Club is 1 of 3 superb links courses that offer a different challenge for every standard of Golfer. The Old Course is a par 64 course along the rocky shore east of Portstewart where the Club was founded in 1884 while The Riverside is a par 68 course featuring 9 new holes that run down to the river. The Strand is par 72 and is the true definition of a championship links course, and also the jewel in Portstewart’s crown. The Rory Foundation will kick off Irish Open week by hosting “An Evening with Rory” on Tuesday 4th July at Belfast Waterfront. All tickets proceeds will go to the charitable works of the Rory Foundation and it promises to be

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a fantastic evening. This unique event will be hosted by award winning action James Nesbitt, a lucky man indeed! There will also be another special guest in attendance on the night so stay tuned for that. It is a rare occasion that you will have the opportunity to get an exclusive insight into the life and passions of a golfer such as Rory McIlroy on his home turf, with tickets from just £40 to £60 it is a fantastic opportunity to get to know Rory better whilst also contributing to a great charity. There is plenty for children as well as The Irish Open, along with the chance to “Roar for Rory” in July! 2 lucky children from across the island of Ireland will be given the chance to win a unique opportunity for their schools to host a visit from the prestigious Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Trophy – as well as a family pass and VIP Tour at the tournament during Pro-Am day. To enter the competition, children of all ages – or their parents and teachers – should simply submit a short video or fun photograph of themselves, their friends or classmates shouting ‘Come on Rory’ (or any other player they choose) in support of Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2016 champion Rory McIlroy and the other top golfers who will be competing for

what has become one of the most sought after titles on the European Tour. Entries should be sent to roarforrory@duffyrafferty.com along with contact details clearly stating the child’s name, age, address and school. Alternatively, parents and teachers can tweet their videos and photos to @ddfirishopen or post on the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Facebook page with the hashtags #ddfirishopen and #roarforrory. Closing date for entries is Wednesday June 7 with the prize to be taken by June 23 or before the end of term. We are thoroughly looking forward to this year’s Irish Open at The Strand Course, Powerscourt Golf Club. There will be a fantastic field taking on one of Ireland’s best links courses, hopefully we can get another home winner and a finish similar to 2016 at The K Club would not nice as well! For more information of The 2017 Irish Open visit their website, www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.com. You can also get information on the Rory Foundation and The Irish Open on www.roryfoundation.com/the-irish-open-2017

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Beautiful Beaufort & Delightful Dooks Playing golf in County Kerry is very much playing golf in The Kingdom, such is the amazing array of classic courses to choose from. You have the old favourites such as Ballybunion, Tralee and Waterville; hidden gems like Dooks Golf Links and also picturesque parkland courses like Beaufort & Killarney Golf & Fishing Club. That is just to name a few!

Beaufort Golf Club Beaufort Golf Course is part of the Churchtown Estate, the centre piece of which is the Georgian house built in 1740 by Sir Roland Blennerhassett. The estate was bought in 1860 by James MacGillycuddy Magill who turned it into one of the largest dairy farms of its time in the Southwest region and remained that until recent times. James’s grandson and great grandsons closed the farm in the early nineties and with the help of golf architect Arthur Spring, developed Beaufort Golf Course which was officially opened in 1995. The golf course was sold in 2006 and the new owners then redeveloped it into one of the finest parkland courses in the southwest region.

The ruins of 15th century Castle Core standing beside the 15th green was designed as a square tower house. Castle Core (Castle of the round hill) was built circa 1480 by the MacGillycuddy’s, a branch of the O’Sullivan Mo’r clan. Fearing that it would have been taken by the English forces Donagh MacGillycuddy burnt the castle in 1641 but restored it in 1660. Donagh went on to become High Sheriff of Kerry in 1687. The castle was abandoned by Donagh’s son Denis in 1696 when he married into the Blennerhasset family in nearby Killorglin Castle. The stone of Castle Core was taken to build the Georgian house which is currently on the grounds of Beaufort Golf Club.


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Dooks Golf Links Dooks Golf Club, founded in 1889 is one of the 10 oldest golf clubs in Ireland and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2014. Dooks is often described as one of the true gems of Irish Golf. It is 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. Dooks was laid out as a nine 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

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soon abandoned due to the costs involved. Dooks was affiliated to the GUI in 1903 and to the ILGU in 1913. 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. This may not seem a lot right now but in 1965 it was seven times the clubs 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. 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. Adjacent to Dooks is an area known as The Commonage. It is 80 acres of natural dune lands of spectacular natural beauty. This area has recently been purchased by the club and it provides a mouth-watering opportunity for the future potential development of spectacular new links golf holes. Dooks is never content to rest on its laurels, like the pioneers of 1889, and living up to its club motto “Per Ardua, Ad Astra”, it is relentless in its pursuit of links golf excellence. 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 celebrated its 125th Year with many social and golfing events over the 12 months! Dooks opens 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. In 2015, Dooks won The Irish Mixed Foursomes title along with hosting the National Finals.

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I have used online promotional tools and in particular social media for at least past 7 years, especially in the golf industry and I would highly recommend if not insist that any reputable golf club or company must use this to further their business. Here are just a few examples of how you can help develop your golf business through social media.

Twitter This is currently the place to be - instant posts, real-time replies and a huge reach to a worldwide audience makes this a fantastic promotional tool. Many golfers and the majority of the golf industry chat takes place here so it is a great networking facility as well. I have booked a lot of groups through Twitter down the years actually and have also received enquiries through this medium. Research shows that your Twitter followers are a valuable and engaged audience, so treat them with respect and don’t always be selling – cool photos of your golf course or company or a funny story every now and then goes a long way to keeping them interested. 70% of your followers tend to broadcast your content through Quoting or Retweeting while 43% of your followers plan to make multiple purchases from the businesses they follow. It takes a bit of time to get the most out of

Twitter, at least 30 minutes a day to keep it up to date and increase followers. The worst thing I have seen is golf clubs that have created accounts only to see them with a few tweets and very few followers. It is a free resource, although time is involved but this should now be part of any golf club manager’s promotional campaign. The key to getting seen/heard on Twitter is to include links, hashtags and photos on each post while being relevant, informative and sometimes controversial to increase exposure. Facebook While Twitter might be the trendy cousin, Facebook is the photo album for the planet really (not everybody is on Instagram yet!). Some people say that those who don’t understand Twitter stay on Facebook but it is still an excellent resource. Photos of your course are best received here and it is the best

place I’ve seen to run competitions especially, helping increase followers and also driving traffic to your website if utilised properly. Like Twitter, you need to be relevant, informative and controversial at times to spark debate. Ensure you are not always trying to sell stuff with every post or status update though……that way people will get bored and think you are only after one thing when probably you are but there are ways around this – golf tour updates, congrats to local winners of golf tournaments and Majors and photos from your golf course. Start to build the Likes on your page by Inviting Friends followed by running those dreaded “Like & Share” competitions and promote your posts (if you have the budget!). LinkedIn This is the best professional networking site on the web, most people that do any sort of business are available here. I have managed


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to develop many contacts here and this has resulted in bookings along with creating viable partnerships and sourcing better suppliers as well. Build up your contacts, join the groups relevant to you - Irish Golf, Linked Golfers and Irish Golf Societies are musts here for Irish golf clubs for example. Ensure you contribute to debates which will help those following your updates and of course start some of your own while also posting promotions on your own events and special offers from time to time. Again, overkill or overuse with constant promotion of offers will soon turn people off so it is essential to take a balanced approach here. YouTube This is a fantastic outlet to promote your golf club or resort with videos of your course and facilities that you can roll our across your other social media platforms as well. The recent drone golf course flyovers are a superb selling

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tool and really add that little bit extra to your promotional tools. Make sure to keep your YouTube Channel up to date to keep your followers engaged and interested! Maintaining a Blog Setting up a blog and keeping it updated can be a valuable resource for potential members and visitors while also being informative for current members as well, it would also save on the time to email each member with the weekly/ monthly newsletter when you could just update the blog with current golf club results, golf club news and other relevant topics such as news from the PGA & European Tours while also maintaining a local angle. The blog topics can be wide ranging but ensure that when one is setup that it is kept up to date, at least weekly, with whatever news items you can think of. I would recommend WordPress.com or Blogger for setting up a potential blog.

Other social media for websites to consider would be Instagram (I’m still figuring this out myself!), Google+, About.me and Pinterest. There are more but it is tough to be on them all, my advice would be to get setup on the most popular ones and go from there! Whatever you do on Social Media I would recommend setting up profiles and keeping them updated daily but at the very least weekly if at all possible. If you would like Tom Kennedy Golf Consultancy to take a look at your Social Media setup don’t hesitate to email us: tom@tomkennedygolf.com or call +353-61-525182 with any enquiries.

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Cork duo Howard & Dunne Claim 2017 Social Media Open

The 5th Anniversary Tournament of The Social Media Open would take them to the same venues as 2016 - Ballybunion Old Course & Cashen Course, Dooks Golf Links & Tralee Golf Links - from Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th April 2017. This year had a record entry of 160 golfers (80 teams), having started with just 40 golfers 4 years ago when they took on Mount Juliet, Castlemartyr, Adare & Old Head.

Plenty golfers made it down on the Monday evening before play started the following morning, some taking it easy and preparing without the usual hangover while others were starting as they meant to go on that week! The craic was mighty in Kilcooly’s that night which did bode well for a great week, on and off the course! The first day’s play took in a 2 course start on The Old & Cashen at Ballybunion Golf Club on Tuesday 25th April 2017. While the 2 course start worked well it still entailed an early start on The Old Course with the first golfers setting off at 7.24am on a still but chilly morning. Rune Karlsen, Manager of Tromso Golf Club in

Norway, and his playing partner, Paal Kjelsrud, got things started as they did in 2016. The early scores were decent as the early risers seemed to be getting the better of the scoring conditions. However it was 2 teams that started later on The Old & Cashen courses that led the way after Round 1 – Cork brothers, John & Liam Deasy, returned an excellent 45 points followed closely behind them by another Cork team, John Howard & Jim Dunne on 44. Day 2 started under sunny skies at Ballybunion while those who took on The Old Course on Tuesday moved to the Cashen Course on Wednesday 26th April for Round 2 while the teams that took on the Cashen on Day 1 moved

onto The Old Course. Scoring was definitely better for the morning starters, even after the previous night’s festivities at Kilcooly’s, with the wind picking up in the afternoon making both courses a true test of links golf. John & Jim powered ahead in the 2nd Round with a great score of 45, giving them a 7 shot lead from Warrenpoint pair Brian McKee & Joe Lenfestey. Lewis Jones & Gavin Bonham added a solid 40 points to their 41 on Day 1 to lie in 3rd place. 10 shots covered the Top 8 but the chasing pack had it all to do to catch the Cork boys out in front. Ireland led the way in The Nations Cup with 2 rounds to go. Killarney was the next base for the Social Media Open gang for the


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following 3 nights with a combination of local hotels hosting the golfers. The 3rd Round of Social Media Open 2017 started under gloomy skies and a little rain but this soon cleared to a fabulous day at Dooks Golf Links on Thursday 27th April. The Italian contingent, all 22 of them, were some of the first golfers out on the day on the testing links course as all teams tried to climb the Leaderboard on “Moving Day”. Scoring was the best of the week so far with many teams returning scores in the mid to high 40s. Best score of the day come from Kate Docherty & Martina Syron who returned a fabulous 47 points while there were many teams returning 40 or better in the kind scoring conditions. John & Jim again recorded a consistent score, 44 this time to extend their lead to 8 going into the Final Round at Tralee the following morning. Tralee Golf Links was the venue for the Final Round of The 2017 Social Media Open and again this tremendous golf course lived up to all the expectations on Friday 28th April. The course was in phenomenal condition with the

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greens slick and rolling beautifully. The early starters definitely got the best of the scoring conditions, with the first fourball out on the course producing the best team score of the day in the shape of Stuart Hasson & Gay Hannon who returned 45 points. Nearest the Pin on the day also went to an early starter, Kate Docherty! As the wind picked up in the afternoon teams did struggle, especially on Back 9, but this did not detract from an amazing experience at Tralee. John & Jim has their worst day of the 4 at Tralee but still managed to post a creditable 40 points to ensure victory was guaranteed. Chris Garde & Billy Farrell, regulars at our Tournaments, took 2nd place. Lewis & Gavin secured 3rd place with a 4 round points total of 162 while Lindsay Hamill & Tom Baldwin grabbed 4th place on the countback from 4 teams on 159 with Paschal & Noel McMahon getting a Top 5 finish on the same score. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves as thoughts now moved to the Prize Giving Dinner at Randles Hotel in Killarney that evening. Ireland again triumphed in The Nations Cup

while Honourary Irish Captains, John Mooney & Shay Kelly, took The Conefrey Shield. The Prize Giving Dinner began just after 9pm in Killarney with all teams in the mood for celebrating, especially our Dutch contingent that provided the backing track for the evening from their table! A huge thanks to everybody for making the week what it was, all the players; the golf courses and all their staff; the wonderful Guest Houses and Hotels and of course Tournament Partners Conefrey’s Pharmacy, Druids of Ireland by LJ Golf, Irish Biltong, Open Fairways, Jonathan McDonnell, Vox Golf, Royal & Awesome, Club Clean Ireland, Wyldsson and Fresh Today. Planning is already underway for our 2018 Tournament and hope to see many of you there next year! Check out our Facebook Albums from our 5th Anniversary Tournament, you can also check The Social Media Open out on Twitter. Any queries regarding the Event you can email smopen@tomkennedygolf.com

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Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th August 2017 County Sligo Golf Club, Carne Golf Links & Enniscrone Golf Links 4th Annual Tournament, Teams of 2

Golf only €330 per Team of 2 (€165 per person) Includes all tournament rounds of golf Social Media Links Challenge Goody Bag Play & Stay Package Golf & 2 nights’ B&B - €510 per Team of 2 (€255 per person sharing) Golf, 3 nights’ B&B & Prize Giving Dinner - €650 per Team of 2 (€325pps) Golf, 4 nights’ B&B & Prize Giving Dinner - €740 per Team of 2 (€370pps) Includes all tournament rounds of golf Social Media Links Challenge Goody Bag Twin/Double occupancy. Single occupancy packages available on request. Additional Golf & Accommodation can be organised for those requiring it

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Wednesday 12th – Friday 14th July 2017 Trump Aberdeen, Cruden Bay & Murcar Links Inaugural Tournament, Teams of 2 Golf Only £698 per Team of 2 (£349 per person) Includes all tournament rounds of golf Social Media Open Aberdeen Goody Bag Play & Stay Packages Golf & 2 nights’ B&B - £918 per Team of 2 (£459 per person sharing) Golf & 3 nights’ B&B - £1,028 per Team of 2 (£514pps) Golf & 4 nights’ B&B - £1,128 per Team of 2 (£564pps) Includes all tournament rounds of golf Twin/Double occupancy. Single occupancy packages available on request. Social Media Open Aberdeen Goody Bag Extra Accommodation & Golf can be organised.

Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November 2017 Pinta, Gramacho & Vila Sol Inaugural Tournament, Teams of 2 Tournament Packages Golf & 3 nights’ B&B at Pestana Dom Joao II Hotel €299 per person sharing / €598 per Team of 2 Golf & 4 nights’ B&B at Pestana Dom Joao II Hotel. €349 per person sharing / €698 per Team of 2 Tournament Rounds Pinta Golf Course, Gramacho Golf Course, Vila Sol Golf Course Social Media Open Portugal Goody Bag & All Prizes Additional Golf & Accommodation can be organised for those requiring it

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O’Keeffe Claims Flogas Irish Amateur Open crown

Peter O’Keeffe, Douglas Golf Club, triumphed at the Flogas Irish Amateur Open at the magnificent Royal County Down Golf Club staged from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th May 2017.

The Corkman was in contention right from the off, starting with a 1 under par 70 on the par 71 layout in Newcastle, Co Down. He added a further 70 in Round 2 to tie for the lead with Scotland’s Christopher MacLean on 2 under par (140). As many of the field toiled for the final 2 rounds, O’Keeffe added 2 consistent rounds of 73 to first of all take the lead by 1 going into the Final Day’s play and then to ultimately claim a 3 shot victory with MacLean and England’s Tom Sloman tied for 2nd place. The only real blip in the Final Round being a 4 putt double bogey on the 15th but he still remained confident seeing out the last few holes to cruise home to victory. The true international look of the field was there for all to see with just 1 more Irishman in the Top 10, Alex Gleeson of Castle GC, accompanied by 4 Englishmen; 4 Scots; 1 Dane & 1 German. This was a memorable victory for Peter, being his first Irish Amateur “Major” and it puts

him right in contention for an elusive first Irish Cap as well. The victory was all the more memorable for O’Keeffe having returned from the professional ranks last year to amateur status, having completed the obligatory 2 year hiatus in the meantime. His work with coach Noel Fox and the work they have been doing has definitely paid off in droves, resulting in the first big career win. Speaking of his win on Sunday O’Keeffe said: ““It feels fantastic. Like, it was tough to keep my emotions in check there going up the last. It was nice to have a few shots to lean on. It hasn’t sunk in yet but I am absolutely delighted.” The future looks bright for Peter O’Keeffe, now a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Professional and Trackman certified professional among other qualifications and accolades. He runs O’Keeffe Golf Performance

at Dennehy’s Health & Fitness in Blackpool, Cork, which is immensely popular with golfers around Cork and also further afield. I’m sure more golfers will now come to improve their game with the new Irish Amateur Open Champion!

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Wire-to-wire Win For Maria Dunne at Irish Women’s Strokeplay

Maria Dunne, Skerries Golf Club, led from the very start to triumph at The 2017 Irish Women’s Strokeplay Championship played at County Louth Golf Club (Baltray) from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May 2017.

A magnificent 9 under par 66 set Maria on her way but that was just enough for a 1 shot lead after Round 1, from playing partner Gemma Clews from England. The weather closed in over the weekend and Baltray bore its teeth, so much so that there were no more scores in the 60s for the Final 2 Rounds and probably making it less likely there would be many charges through the field which could help those off to a fast start on Day, Dunne and Clews included. Having added a 1 over 76 to her outstanding opening round, Dunne was tied for the lead going into Day 3 with Clews who added a level par 75 to finish on 8 under. Early in the Final Round Clews had opened up a 2 shot lead over Dunne after 6 holes but the 11th proved a turning point in both their Final Day fortunes. Dunne made an up-and-down for birdie while Clews had unfortunately 3 putted for par, from then on struggled on the

Back 9 and drifted out of contention although only finishing 2 shots out of the lead after 54 holes. Elsewhere, England’s Sophie Lamb was making her play for the title. Birdies on 16 & 18 for Lamb resulted in a fantastic Final Round of 4 under par 71 and posted 7 under for the Tournament, leaving her Leader in the Clubhouse and awaiting what may happen with the others in contention out on the course. Maria Dunne was not letting this title go, however, holing clutch putts of 10 foot for par on 17 and then an 8 foot birdie on 18 to clinch a 2 shot victory over both Lamb & Clews. Similar to The Irish Amateur Open there was a distinctive international feel to the Leaderboard once more with 2 Irish; 5 English; 1 Welsh and 2 Germans making up the Top 10. Sinead Sexton, Paula Grant & Lucy Simpson all from Ireland managed creditable Top 16 finishes.

Taking the newly named Reddan-Garvey Trophy, in honour of legendary Irish lady golfers, Philomena Garvey & Claire Reddan, Maria spoke of her victory afterwards: “I am absolutely delighted, it was nerve wrecking! I just tried to focus on my own game and keep going one shot at a time, that’s easy said but I really tried to stick to it today. Once I realised I was a couple of shots ahead of my playing partners I said to myself to just par the last 4 holes and don’t worry what the others are doing. I managed to get a nice par on 18 which was a great way to wrap it up!”

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Golf & Rivercruising A marriage made in heaven

The thrill of playing on renowned golf courses that were far from home have always been tempered by the logistics of travel and the lack of local knowledge. Add to that the need to recruit likeminded individuals to join in the venture and suddenly a trip to Europe to play golf becomes merely a wistful and unrequited desire.

Does it? Is it just a dream, an unrequited desire? What if there was a way to combine visiting some of the most beautiful cities of Europe, such as Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, to name but a few? Add to that gourmet food every day, paired with sumptuous wines, and top it all off by playing Europe’s leading golf courses that host some of the European Tour marquee events such as the Porsche European Open, The BMW PGA Championship, The Solheim Cup and of course the respective Open Championships of the various countries? The concept is simple if you can combine all the necessary elements, which LGT Golf and AmaWaterways have done. The two companies mixed 2 parts golf fanatic with 2 parts gourmet food and wine, 2 parts luxury cabin accommodation and a splash of sightseeing, shopping, and cultural immersions to create the exclusive Golf River Cruise package. The cruise and golf package is a 10 day holiday in the heart of Europe that starts with arrival in Prague or Budapest, and gives golfer the opportunity to play 5 leading golf courses and still see the amazing sights of Budapest, Vienna, and Prague, as well as some of the more historically important sights such as Castle Dürnstein where Richard the 1st (Lionheart) of England was imprisoned as he returned from the crusades from 1192 to 1193. “I think that this is the real beauty of the product,” said Nicholas Boekdrukker, Managing


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Director of LGT Golf. “Guests have the opportunity to play the leading golf courses in Europe, see the most important sites and cities in 5 countries, and their hotel moves with them.” Stuart Perl, Managing Director for AmaWaterways UK said, “The opportunity to combine our top-rated river cruises with the best golf courses in Europe really is a marriage made in heaven.” The floating luxury hotel meanders along the Danube River, and each day passengers can take local excursions or immerse themselves in the local culture. The golfers, however, will have been whisked away in their luxury Mercedes V class van, and arrive at one of the leading golf courses of Europe. “Everything will have been arranged in advance for the guests – their tee time, practice balls for their warm up and pull trolleys,” he added, “After their round, they will enjoy lunch in the clubhouse while their clubs are cleaned by our staff.” This full service and attention to detail is something the self-confessed golf fanatic has picked up over the years playing on championship golf courses in Asia, the United States and in Europe. “I have been privileged to be able to play some really fantastic golf courses around the world and especially in Asia. The more I played the more I wanted to play on courses where quality was the overriding factor in those courses,” he said. “ Those experiences have become the cornerstone of the luxury golf cruise that AmaWaterways have rolled out for 2017 and beyond. The golf courses, are all of the highest quality. The service is a full concierge service throughout the journey. “Our staff accompany the boat and the golfers throughout the trip, so that our guests will have the same friendly face greeting them every day. As avid golfers themselves, they will ensure that our guests have the best possible service throughout their trip,” said Mr. Boekdrukker. This starts with the welcome gift that each golfer receives at the beginning of their trip, and goes on throughout the entire trip and beyond. On the Prague - Budapest route, the courses that are on the program have been designed by some of the best names in the business

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such as Jack Nicklaus and Bernhard Langer, and all 5 live up to their reputation as some of the best in Europe. Starting with 3 wonderful days in Prague, guests will play the Albatross Golf course, rated by Golf Digest as the best golf course in the Czech republic, and host of the D&D Real Czech Open. After a transfer to Vilshofen, the guests embark their vessel and enjoy the luxurious cabins and gourmet food on board. The next Golf course is the Bernhard Langer designed Beckenbauer course which hosts the Porsche European Open. Returning to their ship, guests cruise overnight to the city of Linz. While non-golfers take a day trip to Salzburg, golfers will go to the Diamond Country club, host of the Austrian Open. The 8th hole was

Golfers meet the ship in the late afternoon in Bratislava, and cruise overnight to Budapest. There they will play at the Pannonia golf and Country club, host of the Hungarian Open and Seniors Championships. A final evening is spent on the ship with a dinner evening cruise before disembarkation. At the end of their Journey, golfers will have played the best courses of 5 different countries, experienced the sights and sounds of 3 European capital cities, and dined in luxury on the leading cruise ships in Europe. “We want our guests to have an incredible experience, and I believe that they will return home with a smile on their face having experienced some of the best golf Europe has to offer.” said Mr. Boekdrukker.

redesigned by the enigmatic Miguel Angel Jimenez, and offers golfers a real challenge from the black tees. The ship continues its journey with its golfers safely back on board to Vienna with stops along the way for passengers to explore the famous wine region of lower Austria and castle Dürenstein. In Vienna golfers have a day off to explore this Imperial city. On the next day, while the ship moves on to Bratislava, Golfers depart for the Penati Golf Resort and play the Jack Nicklaus designed Legends course, which features the only par 6 on the European Tour, a monster at 787 yards.

Prices start at just £4,276pp or €4,900 Bookings & Enquiries LGTGolf – booking@lgtgolf.com Information and Brochure Download www.lgtgolf.com www.amawaterways.co.uk

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Vox Golf Modernising competitive golf Whatever about the equipment revolution in golf there is no doubting that digital technology has totally transformed how we play and interact with the game. Couple this revolution with today’s fast paced lifestyles and the need for golf to “Speed up its act” and VoxGolf comes into its own. In essence, VoxGolf is an app that brings modern forms of competition to your phone.

The concept was devised by Daniel Lewis and former Irish international and Challenge Tour winner Stephen Browne and the aim is simple, to create a better experience for golfers. In 2013 Browne teamed up with Lewis as they looked at mixing their passion for golf and digital platforms to make a better experience for golfers. “When you look at other sports like darts, cricket or snooker for example, they have all moved to faster competitive formats and all have grown rapidly because of this evolution.

Golf is moving to new formats at a slower pace but with new initiatives from the European Tour and PGA of America for shorter format events and the development of more 9 hole courses worldwide the game seems to be moving in the right direction” So how can VoxGolf benefit the club golfer? Simply put it gives you more choices and the opportunity to have some fun. The way golf is going now people have less time to play, everybody is being squeezed no matter what age they are so the idea of shorter, more fun,

formats with options of a competitive side is where golf needs to go. With VoxGolf you can get to the 13th tee of your round all warmed up and enter a competition for the last six holes. It can turn the casual mentality of a 6 or 9 hole game into a competitive event against a field. You can run open events any day of the week on any course as a group, society, member or visitor and all compete in one event. The options are endless.. Visit www.voxgolf.com


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1. CREATE For professionals, golf clubs and corporate groups or society organisers, a Vox Game can be set up in seconds on the web platform (www.voxgolf.com). Set the course, competition format and entry fee, and invite your golfers to play. Multiple courses can be easily created which may include a Front 9 and Back 9 course, a shortened 12-hole loop for the winter, or a Par 3 Shootout. It’s all added fun! Setting up competitions is extremely simple and you can enter the format, course and number of holes, as well as the start and end time. Stay in touch with your golfing group or members with the VoxGolf built-in messaging capability. Announce winners, upcoming events or proshop discount days instantly with the VoxGolf platform. 2. PLAY The VoxGolf app allows players to sign in to games on their mobile phone, with cashless

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entry fees, a digital score card and a live leaderboard showing progress in real time. Simply find and enter Vox Games directly from your phone. The app offers a cash or cashless option via credit card, as well as a location feature which shows open games available near you. Once you’re signed into a game, you can enter your score after each hole on the app. Number of holes, handicap allowance and indices on the digital scorecard are all automatically tailored to the competition format of the day. During and after play, each competitor can see a live leaderboard shown in real time on the app. Players can track their progress in the standings, as well as viewing fellow participant’s score cards. VoxGolf is ideal for enhancing the competitive experience beyond the usual “1st, 2nd,3rd” winners’ circle. The platform is fully customisable to offer options such as “Front

6, Middle 6, Last 6” competitions, a Par 3 or a Par 5 Shootout. You just build a game that suits where and when you want to play. 3. WIN Results are announced on the app immediately after the last score has been returned through push notifications, and winners can redeem their prize or avail of vouchers offered through the Vox Store. Your club, professional or society / competition organiser may offer physical prizes for winners, or opt for the Vox Credits system. Gather Vox Credits each time you win and spend them in the Vox Store to redeem vouchers for your favourite retail outlets or your club Proshop. From a golf club point of view VoxGolf is just as useful. It allows the club administrator send push notifications to members, collect all data from users in that club, including useful game analytics on playing habits.

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The Golf Guide in partnership with MASHIE We are pleased to announce MASHIE Golf will be our clothing brand partner for The Golf Guide 2017 Tour. MASHIE Golf & Lifestyle Apparel aim to bridge the gap between tradition and contemporary design using the materials of the highest quality and the latest technology. We feel is the perfect fit for our ever-evolving Tour bringing premium events to club golfers with the feel of a Main Tour environment. As part of the partnership, MASHIE are offering every member of the Golf Guide Tour an exclusive introductory discount on all clothing

on their website. They are also offering prizes at every event during 2017 so we are sure this is a perfect chance for our clients to win and become part of the MASHIE Golf family. If you’d like the chance to benefit from these offers, sign up to one of our events now! Despite being launched in 2016, MASHIE is already creating waves in the golf industry and we have no doubt they will become one of the most prominent golf clothing brands in the UK market over the next few years. For more information about the Brand, please visit their website www.mashie.online

MASHIE are looking for keen golfers to become Brand Ambassadors We believe the MASHIE “Gold Ambassador” package is the best clothing deal available in the golf market today. This fantastic offer provides any professional or amateur golfer the chance to become a Brand Ambassador and receive £500 worth of clothing for only £250. As well as this fantastic saving on their clothing, you also receive a large number of other benefits including; • 50% OFF all MASHIE products for life • FREE Entry to a 2017 MASHIE Ambassador Golf Day (which includes 18 holes at a Championship course, 2 course dinner and prizes)

• FREE Delivery on all UK orders • A full satisfaction guarantee with 30 day return & refund on all orders • Direct access to our MASHIE Ambassador Manager, who will help you with any questions or comments you have about this offer or our clothing • Lots of other exclusive benefits, product news and special offers throughout the year For more information, please contact us today on 01285 720111 or email kier@mashie.golf


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Ireland Regional Overview

Ireland Ireland is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth largest island in the world. Historically, Ireland is divided into four ancient provinces, Leinster, Munster, Connaught and Ulster. There are thirtytwo counties within those provinces. For tourism the country is divided into regions which may cross over provinces. This history is reflected in the warm hospitality, underrated delicious traditional dishes, brilliant music, and beautiful landscape. Whether enjoying a morning breakfast at a B&B, downing a pint or two in a pub, experiencing the local artists, or hiking along a seaside cliff, it is hard not to feel a part of the dramatic culture and rich history that is Ireland. Throughout the entire island of Ireland there are thousands of lakes and rivers that are natural wonders. In addition, Ireland’s ancient past makes it an archeological paradise, with many sites dating back thousands of years. There is so much to

explore and experience, that no matter where you travel in Ireland, it will be a fantastic exploration, with unsurpassed hospitality. The scenery is ever changing, simply spectacular, and literally unfolds before your eyes. All over Ireland you can enjoy the outdoors from fishing to golf, horse riding to water sports. Local eateries offer a wide range of food from simple to fine dining. However, whether plain or fancy, the fare is usually fresh, often home grown, and absolutely fantastic. Ireland is a golfer’s paradise - if you are prepared for changing weather, strong winds and challenging courses. The older Irish courses are legend, the new ones getting there. Choosing the perfect courses for a golfing tour of Ireland is a hard task, that is why The Irish Golf Guide is your perfect partner for choosing the course that is right for you. Whether you want famous links courses, classic parkland or luxurious golf resorts, Ireland has it all.


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Ulster Londonderry

Antrim

Donegal

Tyrone

Connaught Fermanagh

Down

Armagh Monaghan

Sligo Leitrim

Cavan Louth

Mayo Roscommon

Longford Meath Westmeath

Galway

Dublin Offaly

Kildare Wicklow

Laois Clare Carlow

Limerick

Kerry

Tipperary

Kilkenny Wexford

Waterford

Leinster

Cork

Munster

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Beaufort Golf Club Beaufort Golf Course is part of the Churchtown Estate, the centre piece of which is the Georgian house built in 1740 by Sir Roland Blennerhassett.


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Beaufort Golf Club, Beaufort, Killarney, Co Kerry, Ireland Telephone: (064) 664 4440 info@beaufortgc.com www.beaufortgc.com

How to Find

BEAUFORT

From Killarney head west and follow the road signs for Killorglin and the Ring of Kerry. Approximately 4 miles (7 Kilometres) along this road take a left hand turn for Beaufort Village. Cross Beaufort Bridge and take the next right turn into Beaufort Village. Continue straight along this road for approximately 2 miles until you see the sign for Beaufort Golf Club on your left.

Facilities Bar, Buggy Hire, Club Hire, Clubhouse, Food, Practice Area, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Golf Lessons

Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 7007 • 6571 • 6121 • 5417 H OLE

PAR

• YDS

H OLE

PAR

• YDS

1

4 419

10

3

177

2

3 186

11

5

559

3

5 520

12

4

314

4

3 170

13

4

395

5

4 424

14

5

535

6

4 324

15

3

180

7

4 325

16

4

386

8

4 445

17

4

421

9

4 381

18

4

410

The estate was bought in 1860 by James MacGillycuddy Magill who turned it into one of the largest dairy farms of its time in the Southwest region and remained that until recent times. James’s grandson and great grandsons closed the farm in the early nineties and with the help of golf architect Arthur Spring, developed Beaufort Golf Course which was officially opened in 1995.

MacGillycuddy burnt the castle in 1641 but restored it in 1660. Donagh went on to become High Sheriff of Kerry in 1687. The castle was abandoned by Donagh’s son Denis in 1696 when he married into the Blennerhasset family in nearby Killorglin Castle. The stone of Castle Core was taken to build the Georgian house which is currently on the grounds of Beaufort Golf Club.

The golf course was sold in 2006 and the new owners then redeveloped it into one of the finest parkland courses in the southwest region. The ruins of 15th century Castle Core standing beside the 15th green was designed as a square tower house. Castle Core (Castle of the round hill) was built circa 1480 by the MacGillycuddy’s, a branch of the O’Sullivan Mo’r clan. Fearing that it would have been taken by the English forces Donagh

Beaufort Golf Club is a superb 18 hole parkland championship golf course located just 10 minutes from Killarney Town on the Ring of Kerry road. It is a spectacular course in stunning surroundings and is enjoyable for all standards of golfers. The club is under the new management of Tadgh and Helen Clifford since 2013, and is going from strength to strength.


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Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club is situated in 300 acres of breathtaking parklands in the former Hall-Dare Estate on the Carlow Wexford border. Newly opened in March 2009 it is already ranked in the top 21 parkland courses in Ireland and was recently voted ‘The Best Hidden Gem in Ireland’.


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Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club Carrigduff, Bunclody Co. Wexford Telephone: 053 9374444 proshop@bunclodygfc.ie www.bunclodygfc.ie

How to Find

BUNCLODY

From Dublin North Side: Start from Red Cow. At Junction with M50 take middle-hand lanes onto N7 (signposted Limerick). Leave the M7 at junction 11, then join the M9 motorway (signposted Waterford). Leave M9 at junction 5, then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto the N80 (signposted Rosslare). Continue on N80 to Bunclody Entrance to Golf Course is opposite the Mill Race Hotel on the left hand side at the top of the Main street.

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Half Way House, Sauna, Driving Range, Short Game Academy, Electric Cart Rental, Buggy Rental, Trolley Rental, Club Hire, Pro Shop, Golf Lessons Available Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 7164 • 6728 • 5581 H OLE

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H OLE

PAR

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5 585

10

4

377

2

4 473

11

4

415

3

5 577

12

4

452

4

4 395

13

4

407

5

3 220

14

3

193

6

4 378

15

4

453

7

3 214

16

4

468

8

5 529

17

3

180

9

4 313

18

5

535

Designed by Jeff Howes, the Championship course runs over 7000 yards on the banks of the river Slaney and has a diversity of golf holes, rarely seen on one golf course. The Index 1 hole 16th tee box sits on the bank of the River Slaney giving a glimpse of the green over 400 yards away, an accurate drive is required through the mature pines with a little draw to avoid the fairway bunkers, to compliment a good drive requires a well executed mid to long iron to the green which is part surrounded by the River, a par will be a memorable result. An elevator will take you from the 17th up 5 floors to the 18th tee box giving a bird’s eye view over the river as you ascend. The bar and restaurant offer a warm welcome and tempting menu with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and of Mount Leinster, we are open to visitors and societies every day.

The golf course is set in 300 acres of breathtaking parklands in the former Hall-Dare Estate and the lift is provided as a convenience for weary golfers! It is a feature that could be copied to good advantage at a number of other Irish courses which present a stern walking challenge to all and a near impossible test to their senior citizens. Opulence and old world rural charm are being combined in a manner befitting the magnificent location here in the former Hall-Dare Estate. Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club is fast becoming another glittering jewel in Ireland’s crown of fine golf courses.This is a big golf course. It runs over 7,000 yards and is the highest point to date in the ascending design career of Jeff Howes. It is set to be a worthy neighbour to Mount Juliet. The town of Bunclody shares the Adare-style rustic charm and the luxurious Carlton Millrace Hotel is located just across from the entrance of Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club, Co. Wexford.

Check website www.bunclodygfc.ie for list of events or call pro shop on 053 937 4444. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.


CARNE GOLF LINKS

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Carne Golf Links Carne Golf Links in North Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland lies in magnificent unspoiled sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay and the wild Atlantic Ocean, near the town of Belmullet. Explore an area that is famed the world over for its’ fantastic golf course and white sandy Atlantic beaches that stretch for miles, its bountiful wildlife, warm welcome and hospitality.

Carne Golf Links was the last links course to be designed by the late Eddie Hackett and it is now believed by many who have played it to be his greatest design. An additional 9 holes (The Kilmore 9) opened in 2013, which were designed by Jim Engh Design and McIntosh Golf Design, and complete a stunning 27 holes of the finest Links golf in Ireland. The experience at Carne is best summarised by the golf writers and players who have walked our fairways. They have described it as a journey back in time to the origins of golf.  “In any string of words I might pen over the rest of my life, I might never write a more true sentence than this: Carne is absolutely brilliant. Front nine, back nine, every hole, every hill, every inch of the place is simply special.” - Tom Coyne (Author of ‘A Course Called Ireland’)

“For the first time in Top 50 history, two courses share the top ranking. Carne’s rise can be explained by the recent opening of its new Kilmore 9, a spectacular side of golf winding through the Mullet Peninsula’s most breathtaking dunes.” - John Garrity, commenting on his ‘World’s Top 50 Courses’ “If I was only allowed to play one golf course again it would be Carne. It’s this incredibly wild and beautiful setting with these huge sand dunes stretching 150m above sea level.” - Kevin Markham, author of ‘Hooked and Driving the Green’, Irish Sunday Times 1st June 2014 following his journey around Ireland playing 350 courses  “What a classic, wild and ranging layout, in a most stunning setting.” - Jay Morse, editor of forelinksters.com.


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Carne Golf Links Carne, Belmullet Co. Mayo, Ireland Telephone: 097 82292 info@carnegolflinks.com www.carnegolflinks.com

CARNE GOLF LINKS

How to Find On entering Belmullet town continue towards the Square (Roundabout). Take the 3rd Exit off the roundabout and continue until over the bridge. Take the left turn just after the Eurospar. Continue on this road for about 3km and watch out for signposts on your right hand side. Turn Right at the Gailf Chairn signpost and follow the road around to the right directly into Carne Golf Links.

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Buggy hire, Club hire, Driving range, Putting green, Pro shop

Course Information Hackett Course A 9 holes, Par 35 • 2970 • 2831 • 2509 • 2287 Hackett Course B 9 holes, Par 37 • 3162 • 2994 • 2860 • 2539 (38) Kilmore Course C 9 holes, Par 35 • 2952 • 2766 • 2454 • 2281

Memberships

2017 Open Events & Open Competitions

We are currently offering fantastic value on the following memberships: • *Overseas Annual membership at €360.00; • *Overseas Life Membership at €5,000 (€3,000 for over 50s); • *Life Membership at €5,000 (admin fee from year 2 applies)

Each year we have a variety of different open competitions and events that take place throughout the year. Our main Open Competitions for 2017 are:

(*terms and conditions apply)

• The inaugural Wild Atlantic Way Ladies Championship : 10th June 2017 • Shell Pro-Am : 17/18th June 2017; • Atlantic Coast Challenge which combines three of the best courses the North West has to offer (Carne/Enniscrone/County Sligo) : 3/4/5 July 2017; • Wild Atlantic Way Inter Club Championship : 7th & 8th October 2017 • Friends of Carne, a fundraising open for the course : 20/21/22 October 2017 All competitions can be booked via our website at www.carnegolflinks.com


DOOKS

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Dooks Golf Links


Contact Details

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Dooks Golf Club Glenbeigh Co Kerry Telephone: +353-66-9768205 office@dooks.com www.dooks.com

How to Find

DOOKS

Dooks Golf Club is very easy to find as it is situated on the famous Ring of Kerry Road, about 5 miles from Killorglin and two or three miles before you come to Glenbeigh, on the right hand side.

Facilities Bar, Buggy Hire, Club Hire, Clubhouse, Driving Range, Food, Practice Area, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Golf Lessons

Course Information 18 holes, Par 71 • 6586 • 6327 • 5979 • 5379 (72) H OLE

PAR

• YDS

H OLE

PAR

• YDS

1

4 373

10

5 529

2

4 311

11

3 167

3

4 359

12

4

4

3 167

13

3 156

5

4 438

14

4 392

6

5 470

15

4 329

7

4 452

16

4 357

8

3 170

17

4 392

9

5 493

18

4 418

354

For the golfer who is seeking a beautiful and tranquil environment to enjoy great Golf, Dooks presents a convincing case. Golf has been played in Dooks since 1889. The golf links is set out on one of the three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle bay. In the immediate foreground are the sand dune peninsulas of Rossbeigh and Inch and just a few miles away the whitewashed houses of Cromane fishing village provide an eye catching distraction. South eastwards are the famed McGillycuddy’s Reeks, to the Southwest are the lovely cooms and hills of Glenbeigh and across the bay to the north are the Slieve Mish and Dingle mountains. A truly magical location for a stunning golf course.

Dooks Golf Links is not as exposed as some Irish courses and features and amazing variety of gorse, heather and wild flowers, the “gentle” wind is never far away and the narrow genuine sandy fairways and well contoured greens offer you a real taste of traditional golf at its very best. Signature Hole: The 18th Par 4. An awesome par 4 into the prevailing wind. Drive over the hill towards the chimneys in the distance. From the top of the hill admire the vista while you prepare to hit a full shot to the green. For shorter drives lay up short of the dunes and chip close.


GALGORM CASTLE

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Galgorm Castle Golf Club Galgorm Castle is one of Ireland’s finest Championship parklands and is the Home of the European Tour’s Northern Ireland Open. Awarded the IGTOA’s ‘Parkland Course of the Year 2014’ award, Galgorm Castle is consistently ranked among the Top-3 Parklands in Northern Ireland.


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Galgorm Castle Golf Club 200 Galgorm Road Ballymena, BT42 1HL Telephone: 0282 5646161 golf@galgormcastle.com www.galgormcastle.com

GALGORM CASTLE

How to Find From Belfast/Dublin, travel north via the M2 and A26 and follow signs for Galgorm approaching Ballymena.

Facilities 18 hole championship course, 24-bay driving range, USGA specification Short Game Area and Putting Green, Fun Golf Area (6-hole pitch & putt and Himalayas putting green), bar & restaurant, PGA Professional staff, fully stocked pro shop.

Galgorm Castle’s championship course was ‘Ireland’s Parkland Course of the Year 2014’ & is consistently ranked one of the top parkland courses in Northern Ireland.

Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 7105 (71) • 6678 • 5559 H OLE

PAR

• YDS

H OLE

PAR

• YDS

1

4 437

10

5

521

2

4 312

11

4

446

3

5 479

12

3

158

4

4 323

13

4

384

5

3 197

14

3

177

6

4 419

15

4

373

7

3 138

16

4

417

8

4 401

17

4

457

9

5 513

18

5

526

The Championship layout is nestled in the heart of 220-acre Galgorm Castle Estate, providing a mature setting that promotes an easy, relaxing rhythm that makes playing golf so pleasurable. Designed by Simon Gidman and opened in 1997, the course now measures 7105 yards. This 18 hole championship course, with a 24-bay driving range, USGA specification Short Game Area and Putting Green, Fun Golf Area (6-hole pitch & putt and Himalayas putting green), bar & restaurant, PGA Professional staff, fully stocked pro shop.

The Clubhouse Bar & Restaurant, the award winning Eagle Bar & Grill is one of Ireland’s premier Clubhouse eating establishments. Chris Bell, former Northern Ireland Chef of the Year and Great British Menu Finalist heads the Eagle Bar & Grill. The Eagle offers traditional hearty meals alongside new offerings showcasing the finest, local produce, ensuring there is certainly something for everyone. Open to the general public


LISHEEN SPRINGS

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Lisheen Springs Golf Club Set in the rolling hills of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains Lisheen Springs Golf Club is a beautifully presented 18 hole parkland golf course that is surprisingly flat for its location. Built in 2002 and designed by Dr. Nick Bielenberg this Championship course stretches over 7000 yards off the blue tees across 200 acres. Boasting many course improvements over recent years it is of popular opinion that it is playing better than ever!


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Lisheen Springs Golf Club Lisheen Rd, Brittas Co. Dublin, Ireland Telephone: (01) 4583300 info@lisheenspringsgolfclub.ie www.lisheenspringsgolfclub.ie

How to Find

LISHEEN SPRINGS

GPS: 53.2280° N, 6.4491° W

Facilities Bar, Buggy Hire, Club Hire, Clubhouse, Driving Range, Food, Practice Area, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Golf Lessons

Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • XXXX • XXXX • XXXX • XXXX H OLE

PAR

• YDS

H OLE

PAR

• YDS

1

X XXX

10

X

XXX

2

X XXX

11

X

XXX

3

X XXX

12

X

XXX

4

X XXX

13

X

XXX

5

X XXX

14

X

XXX

6

X XXX

15

X

XXX

7

X XXX

16

X

XXX

8

X XXX

17

X

XXX

9

X XXX

18

X

XXX

“Compromising four par 5s, ten par 4s and four par 3s stretching over 7000 yards you will be tested by disguised landing areas, deceptive carries and the ever present threat of water.” The Lisheen Springs Golf Club was formed in July 2012 but the course itself has been enjoyed since 2002 and has been listed in the top 100 courses in the country as well as having hosted many top PGA, GUI & ILGU events. One of its particular strengths is its state of the art drainage which allows it to be open all year round, given our recent years of wet summers and winters it’s an increasingly important factor in a golfer’s choice of their home club.

Compromising four par 5s, ten par 4s and four par 3s stretching over 7000 yards you will be tested by disguised landing areas, deceptive carries and the ever present threat of water. The artistry of the course design has embraced Mother Nature and ensures that all levels of golfers will need to display equal measures of caution and courage to survive with score intact.

One of the most innovative and accessible golf memberships in the country Join Lisheen Springs Golf Club on a flexible package giving you the option of when you wish to play our championship golf course 7 days a week.


MOUNT WOLSELEY

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Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort Situated 12 km east of Carlow town, Mount Wolseley is set in opulent surroundings and boasts an 18-hole championship golf course. According to Christy O’Connor Junior, course designer, “Rarely after a first look around a potential site for a golf course had I been so impressed as at Mount Wolseley. What we have here is a fair but testing 18 holes of championship golf, none of which will disappoint even the most discerning player”.

This par 72 course provides a challenge to every ability as each hole presents demanding approach shots, with wide landing areas being the only concession. With its broad fairways, unforgiving rough and picturesque water hazards, Mount Wolseley has justifiably played host to a number of national and international golf competitions. Most recently Mount Wolseley has been chosen as the host venue to the European Challenge Tour Irish Challenge & 2017 marks its 3rd staging of this fantastic event. The Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is located on the grounds of the 18th century ancestral home of Frederick York Wolseley, whose family became synonymous with the automotive industry. This charming resort offers an eclectic blend of contemporary design

and lavish detail surrounded by 200 acres of peaceful landscape. Featuring 143 bedrooms including four suites and eight executive rooms, each with individually controlled air conditioning and interactive IT facilities with broadband access. Facilities include: Frederick’s award winning fine dining restaurant – voted “Best Hotel Restaurant in Carlow” and recipient of a 1AA Rosette. The Aaron Lounge and the Snug provide the ideal spot for relaxation and informal dining. Leisure and relaxation facilities are also provided at the Sanctuary Spa, Carlow’s only resort spa which features 14 treatment rooms using Elemis and Thalgo products, relaxation pool, dry floatation, experience showers and balneotherapy.


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Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort Tullow, Co. Carlow Golf Shop: 059 9180161 golf@mountwolseley.ie Hotel: 059 9180100 info@mountwolseley.ie

MOUNT WOLSELEY

www.mountwolseley.ie

How to Find GPS: 52.790611, -6.730338

Facilities Bar, Buggy Hire, Club Hire, Clubhouse, Driving Range, Food, Practice Area, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Golf Lesson. Buggy & Clubs Hire €30 for 18

Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 7157 • 6728 • 6382 • 5615 (74) H OLE

PAR

• YDS

H OLE

PAR

• YDS

1

4 383

10

5

529

2

4 417

11

3

191

3

4 435

12

5

504

4

4 338

13

4

409

5

5 499

14

4

318

6

3 187

15

4

438

7

5 521

16

3

198

8

4 386

17

4

397

9

3 184

18

4

394

The magnificent Golf Course at Mount Wolseley is firmly established as one of Ireland’s premier Parkland Courses. Designed by the late, great Christy O’Connor Jnr, the Golf Course at Mount Wolseley opened in 1996 & measures 7200 yards from the Championship Tees. With numerous tee options available it offers a challenge & enjoyment for all levels of golfers. Mount Wolseley is privileged to be chosen as the host venue for the forthcoming Irish Challenge Tour event between the 14th - 17th September. This will be the 3rd year Mount Wolseley has hosted this major professional event under the auspices of the European Tour Group & we look forward to welcoming some of the best talent in world golf. Take the opportunity to golf in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest golfers by choosing Mount Wolseley as your next golf destination.

the Midlands, West, South and Eastern regions, this challenging 18-hole Championship Course has matured beautifully with age and offers stunning views of the Carlow mountains and countryside. The latest clubs from Titleist are available for hire form €30 per 18 holes. Buggy Rental is available from €30 per 18 holes Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is one of Ireland’s finest destination resorts and the condition and presentation of the Championship Golf Course is a must for the avid golfer.

Mount Wolseley is the perfect choice for golf groups and individual golfers alike. Ideally located within one hour from Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny & Waterford and within easy reach of

GREEN FEES From €35 – €50. Group rates also available. Contact sales for further details t: 059–9180161 or e: golf@mountwolseley.ie OPEN COMPETITIONS Open Seniors competition on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Full schedule of open days on www.mountwolseley.ie/open-days.html


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Palmerstown House Estate Built in 2005, this extraordinary golfing resort is located in the seclusion and beauty of a once world famous stud farm. The golf course is set amidst a myriad of stunning mature trees, impressive bunkering and exquisite use of water. Palmerstown House Estate is truly a golfer’s paradise.


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Palmerstown House Estate Johnstown Co Kildare Telephone: 045906901 golf@palmerstownhouse.ie www.palmerstownhouse.ie

How to Find

PALMERSTOWN

Directions from Dublin International Airport: Palmerstown House Estate is approximately a 25 minute drive from Dublin International Airport. Travelling south bound on the M50, take the exit for the N7 (the Naas Road) and travel towards Naas. Once on the N7 - you take the exit number 8 for Johnstown/ Kill. You come to a roundabout - take the 4 exit over the bridge, you come to another roundabout - take the first exit and the entrance is 800 yards down on your right hand side.

Facilities Bar, Buggy Hire, Club Hire, Clubhouse, Driving Range, Food, Practice Area, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Golf Lessons

Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 7508 • 7043 • 6814 • 6558 • 5610 H OLE

PAR

• YDS

H OLE

PAR

• YDS

1

4 373

10

3

153

2

4 386

11

4

408

3

3 151

12

3

129

4

4 407

13

4

402

5

4 434

14

5

556

6

5 552

15

4

375

7

4 395

16

5

532

8

3 178

17

4

397

9

5 585

18

4

401

Golfers of all skill levels will find enjoyment and challenge on our well-designed 18-hole championship course. This challenging course is set amidst thousands of mature trees that boast a variety of colour throughout all four seasons, and each hole has its own individual charm. The 7,419 yard Palmerstown House Estate’s Course presents players with feelings of tradition, excellence and quality.

Shop staff is always available to answer any questions regarding any matter involving golf programming, course playability, or services provided. At Palmerstown House Estate our professional and friendly staff provide the best possible golf operation, programs and services to create an outstanding golf experience. The manor house is also available for rental as a golf base.

When you arrive, you will soon realise that Palmerstown House Estate’s Golf Course has the capability to become legendary on the Irish and European golfing map over the years to come. Members and Visitors are allowed to walk the course at any time and carts are available. There are many opportunities to play the course each week while experiencing a variety of friendly golfing partners.

Our course is open to visitors all year round. No handicap certificate is required, although beginners might find this championship course demanding.

It is the intention of every staff member in Palmerstown House Estate’s Pro Shop to provide outstanding service to our members and welcomed guests. The Pro


POWERSCOURT

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Powerscourt Golf Club Nestled in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains and surrounded by breath-taking views, you will not find many places in the world like Powerscourt Golf Club, only 30 minutes from Dublin airport, you feel like you have entered a different world.


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Powerscourt Golf Club Enniskerry Co Wicklow Telephone: 01 204 6033 golf@powerscourt.net www.powerscourtgolfclub.com

How to Find

Powerscourt entrance is on the right hand side opposite church entrance. The Golf Club is the first turn on the right hand side approximately 400m into the Estate.

Facilities Bar, Buggy Hire, Club Hire, Clubhouse, Driving Range, Food, Practice Area, Golf Shop, Putting Green, Golf Lessons - PGA Professional Paul Thompson, Leisure & Spa - Powerscourt Hotel, Onsite Accommodation - Powerscourt Hotel

POWERSCOURT

Direction from Dublin City Centre/M50. Take the N11 southbound (Wexford). At approx. 19km , take the exit for Bray south, Enniskerry, Powerscourt Golf Club. Turn left at roundabout, over flyover and rejoin N11 heading north. Take first left for Enniskerry Village, Powerscourt Golf Club. Continue along road to Enniskerry Village. Take the road to the left of the clock tower, in the village square, continue up steep hill for 600m.

The two championship golf courses are situated among the truly magnificent Powerscourt Estate which is home to 1,000 acres of what needs to be seen to be believed. Powerscourt is everything that symbolises Ireland’s natural beauty. The spectacular scenery and facilities have an immediate draw and it’s not difficult to see why Powerscourt is so highly regarded among golfers. The professional maintenance and conditioning of the courses means that full greens are in operation all yearround, allowing you to enjoy championship quality golf every time you play.

Groups and societies are always welcome at Powerscourt. Unlike many clubs, they can offer groups availability at weekends with a choice of great tee times and two championship courses. Powerscourt are renowned for hosting large corporate & society events, with excellent courses, clubhouse and catering facilities and the staff at the club are always welcoming and will make sure your event is a success. As well as world accolade winning Gardens, the Waterfall and Garden Pavilion the estate also boasts the beautiful Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa which offers five star luxury just a stone’s throw from the club and has excellent golfers packages available.

Course Information East Course 18 holes, Par 72 • 6441 • 5946 • 5433 (Yards) West Course 18 holes, Par 72 • 6352 • 5955 • 5243 (Yards)

Golf & Breakfast Special from €55 Pegasus Package Golf & Steak from €65 Sugarloaf Package Golf Chicken Curry & Pint from €60


THE HERITAGE

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The Heritage Golf Resort An imposing bronze statue of golfing icon Seve Ballesteros greets visitors at the entrance to the 5-star Heritage Resort and sets the tone for a great experience.


Contact Details

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The Heritage Golf Resort Killenard County Laois Telephone: 05786 42321 dredmond@heritageresort.ie www.heritageresort.ie

How to Find

Facilities Hotel, Spa, Bar, Restaurant, Conference Rooms, 10 Bay Floodlit Driving Range, Pitching Green and Bunker Practice Area, Indoor Putting Green, Golf School, Trolleys, Lessons, Club Hire, Pro shop Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 7319 • 6889 • 6516 • 5747 H OLE

PAR

• YDS

H OLE

PAR

• YDS

1

4 386

10

5

502

2

5 543

11

4

305

3

4 410

12

4

468

4

3 191

13

4

449

5

4 430

14

5

532

6

4 434

15

3

164

7

3 179

16

4

379

8

5 498

17

3

202

9

4 394

18

4

423

THE HERITAGE

Follow the M7 to junction 15th which is signposted Killenard. Once you leave the motorway follow the large signage for Ballybrittas and Killenard. The Heritage is signposted on all these signs. We have full bar and catering facilities on site for daylight hours, with a par 3 course and driving range also available.

First impressions are so important and in that regard the exhilarating Ballesteros championship course at the Heritage Resort has passed every test with flying colours since it was unveiled to rave reviews in 2004. In a short space of time this luxurious resort in the heart of lovely Co. Laois has become firmly established as one of Ireland’s premier golf and leisure retreats. The lay-out of the course, with its emphasis on an exciting risk and reward approach, reflects the legendary Spaniard¹s engaging personality and dashing style of play. The Ballesteros Course is presented in immaculate condition. It is a pleasure to play at any time as the limestone land provides great drainage ensuring a great playing surface all year round. The Heritage Resort has served as a superb host venue for several prestigious events, including the 2007 Seve Trophy. Major champions Nick Faldo, Vijay Singh, John Daly and Padraig Harrington have showered praise on the stunning Seve Ballesteros / Jeff Howes designed jewel.

The multi-faceted Heritage Resort is nestled at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains and conveniently located within 40 minutes of Dublin off the main Dublin - Cork M7 motorway. The Ballesteros Championship Course is complemented by fabulous practice and tuition facilities. The state-of-the-art 38,000 sq ft clubhouse includes a magnificent new restaurant and fully stocked PGA pro shop featuring all the top equipment and clothing brands, while the resort’s hotel - complete with opulent spa offers luxurious accommodation and wonderful recreational amenities. All the facilities marry perfectly to create an outstanding venue for golf outings, invigorating breaks, conferences, private business meetings, product launches and special family occasions. The resort prides itself on offering a wonderful experience and Golf Operations Manager, Dean Redmond, a fully qualified PGA professional, spearheads a dynamic team committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service to members, guests, societies and corporate groups.

Open Singles every Monday Open Week: 24th -30th July June Bank Holiday

Heritage Challenge Pro-Am in aid of The Seve Ballesteros Foundation - Irelands Biggest Pro-Am


TRUMP DOONBEG

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Trump International

Doonbeg

​ ith the purchase of Doonbeg in 2014, the vision of it’s new owner, The Trump Organisation, of a truly W great links course, immediately began to take shape. The significant task of the redesign of Doonbeg rested with Dr. Martin Hawtree, a 3rd generation architect.


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Trump International Golf Links Doughmore Bay, Doonbeg Co. Clare, Ireland Telephone: 065 9055600 doonbeg.reservations@trumphotels.com www.trumphotels.com/ireland/

TRUMP DOONBEG

How to Find Leave the M18 at junction 12, then at Killow West roundabout take the 1st exit onto N85 (signposted Ennis, Ennistimon). At roundabout take 2nd exit onto N85. At Clareabbey roundabout take 2nd exit onto N85. At Rocky Road roundabout take the 2nd exit, then at Kilrush Road roundabout take the 1st exit onto Kilrush Road N68. Bear right onto the N68. Entering Lissycasey. Turn right onto R484. Continue onto R484. Entering Kilmihil. Continue onto R483. Turn left onto R484. At the junction turn Right and continue up to the entrance on the left hand side. Continue forward onto the N67.

Facilities Bar, Buggy Hire, Club Hire, Clubhouse, Driving Range, Food, Practice Area, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Golf Lessons

Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 7026 • 6427 • 5992 • 5273 • 5062 H OLE

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

PAR

5 4 4 5 4 4 3 5 3

• YDS

H OLE

PAR

• YDS

510 389 290 580 266 284 183 514 138

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

5 3 4 5 3 4 3 4 4

508 142 383 450 132 327 175 374 347

Dr. Hawtree had already designed the spectacular course at Trump International Scotland, and with a portfolio that includes Lahinch, Portmarnock, St Andrew’s and Muirfueld, we knew the finished result would be remarkable and it truly is. Trump Doonbeg, regarded as one of the top golf resorts anywhere in the world! Situated on over 400 acres of Ireland’s most spectacular links overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean, Trump Doonbeg has been named the #1 Resort in Europe by Conde Nast Traveler, a World’s Best by Travel + Leisure, and many, many more. This spectacular Martin Hawtree-designed,

BECOME A MEMBER Membership at Trump International Golf Links, Doonbeg, Ireland provides a lifestyle of uncompromising personalized service, luxurious amenities and attention to detail that create a lifetime of memories. Contact: Brendan_Murphy@trumphotels.com​

18-hole Championship golf links course is a stunning site to behold. You will experience not only an incredible course, but unparalleled five star facilities, world-class hospitality and the highest standards of luxury. Offering views of the Atlantic from 16 of 18 holes, the par-72 layout features a single loop of nine holes out and nine back, playing 7,026 yards from the back tees. In line with Greg Norman’s (original designer) philosophy of ‘least disturbance’, the most natural route was taken in laying the course out through the sand dunes. As a result, the course has an unusual combination of five par 3s and five par 5s.


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Leinster Introduction

Leinster The province of Leinster takes in an area from the southern border of Northern Ireland through to the sunny south east corner of the island of Ireland, with over one and a half million people living in the vibrant, not to be missed city of Dublin and its surrounding areas alone. Leinster takes in the counties of Carlow, Dublin & Dublin City, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford & Wicklow. It has a long sea coast, stretching from Carlingford Bay in County Louth to Hook Head in County Wexford. Leinster is probably best viewed as a series of sub regions, each sub region encapsulating its own local geography, unique landscape and separate but co-joined history. From the ancient Hill of Tara and the world famous stone age site at Newgrange, at 5000 years old it is considered to be one the oldest man made structures in the world, to the vibrant and stylish city of Kilkenny and then to Wicklow, the famous

‘Garden of Ireland’, there are an amazing number of historical and fascinating places to visit for both the golfer and non-golfer alike. Dublin, it’s Capital is a county as well as a city and sprawls over a large part of this area. From the superb nightlife to the modern museums and art galleries, great little sea-side resorts along the coast, the lavish gardens of Howth Castle, or the unique and wonderful collection of Irish furniture and paintings at Malahide Castle - its all here in a city not to be missed. From a golfing perspective, there are more courses in Leinster than any other province in Ireland. With plenty of great links courses such as Arklow, Seapoint and St Annes, to the large inland golf resorts of Druid’s Glen, Mount Juliet and Carton House, not forgetting the reknowned K Club near Dublin, where The Ryder Cup was won so emphatically by Europe in 2006, Leinster has plenty of variety to challenge golfers of all levels.

“From a golfing perspective, there are more courses in Leinster than any other province in Ireland.”


The Irish Golf Guide

Leinster Directory

Abbeyleix Golf Club Rathmoyle Abbeyleix, Co. Laois Telephone: 057 8731450 info@abbeyleixgolfclub.ie www.abbeyleixgolfclub.ie

Ballinascorney Golf Club Kilmashogue Lane Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 4937755 info@ballinascorneygc.com www.ballinascorneygc.com

Bodenstown Golf Club Bodenstown Sallins Co. Kildare Telephone: 045 897096 bodenstown@eircom.net www.bodenstown.com

Ardee Golf Club Townparks Ardee, Co. Meath Telephone: 041 6853227 ardeegolfclub@eircom.net www.ardeegolfclub.com

Ballinlough Castle Golf Club Clonmellon County Westmeath Telephone: 046 94 33760 golf@ballinloughcastle.com www.ballinloughcastle.com

Bray Golf Club Greystones Road Bray Co. Wicklow Telephone: 01 2763200 info@braygolfclub.com www.braygolfclub.com

Ballymascanlon House Hotel Golf and Leisure Club Dundalk, Co Louth Tel: 042-9358200 info@ballymascanlon.com www. ballymascanlon.com Arklow Golf Club Abbeylands Arklow, Co. wicklow Telephone: 0402 32492 arklowgolflinks@eircom.net www.arklowgolflinks.com

Baltinglass Golf Club Baltinglass Co. Wicklow Telephone: 059 6481350 baltinglassgolfclub@eircom.net www.baltinglassgolfclub.ie

Bunclody Golf Club Carrigduff Bunclody, Co. wexford Telephone: 053 937444 info@bunclodygfc.ie www.bunclodygfc.ie

Beaverstown Donabate Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8436439 admin@beaverstown.com www.beaverstown.com

Callan Golf Club Geraldine Callan, Co. Kilkenny Telephone: 056 7725136 info@callangolfclub.com www.callangolfclub.com

Ashbourne Golf Club Archerstown Ashbourne, Co. Meath Telephone: 01 8352005 info@ashbournegolfclub.ie www.ashbournegolfclub.ie

Beech Park Golf Club Johnstown Rathcoole, Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 4580522 info@beechpark.ie www.beechpark.ie

Carlow Golf Club Deerpark Co. Carlow Telephone: 059 9131695 carlowgolfclub@eircom.net www.carlowgolfclub.ie

Athy Golf Club Geraldine Athy, Co. Kildare Telephone: 059 8631729 info@athygolfclub.com www.athygolfclub.com

Birr Golf Club The Glenns Birr, Co. Offaly Telephone: 057 9120082 birrgolfclub@eircom.net www.birrgolfclub.com

Carrigleade Golf Course Carrigleade Cross Graiguenamanagh, Co.Kilkenny Telephone: 087 6290713 Carrigleade@gmail.com carrigleadegolf.wordpress.com

Balbriggan Golf Club Blackhall Balbriggan, Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8412229 balbriggangolfclub@eircom.net www.balbriggangolfclub.com

Black Bush Golf Club Thomastown Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath Telephone: 01 8250021 info@blackbushgolfclub.ie www.blackbushgolf.ie

Balcarrick Golf Club Corballis Donabate, Co Dublin Telephone: 01 8436957 balcarr@iol.ie www.balcarrickgolfclub.com

Blainroe Golf Club Blainroe Co. Wicklow Telephone: 0404 68168 info@blainroe.com www.blainroe.com

Carton House Maynooth Co. Kildare Telephone: 01 505200 golfreservations@cartonhouse.com www.cartonhouse.com

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Castle Barna Golf Club Daingean Co. Offaly Telephone: 057 9353384 info@castlebarna.ie www.castlebarna.ie

Corrstown Golf Club Corrstown Kilsallaghan Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8640533 info@corrstowngolfclub.com www.corrstowngolfclub.com

Castle Golf Club Woodside Drive Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 Telephone: 01 4904207 info@castlegc.ie www.castlegc.ie

Citywest Hotel & Golf Saggart Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 4010500 sales@citywesthotel.com www.citywesthotel.com

Courtown Golf Club Kiltennel Co. Wexford Telephone: 053 9425166 courtown@iol.ie www.courtowngolfclub.com

Castlecomer Golf Club Drumgoole Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny Telephone: 056 4441139 info@castlecomergolf.com www.castlecomergolf.com

Clontarf Golf Club Donnycarney House Malahide Road Dublin 3 Telephone: 01 8331892 info@clontarfgolfclub.ie www.clontarfgolfclub.ie

Craddockstown Golf Club Blessington Road Naas Co. Kildare Telephone: 045 897610 enquiries@craddockstown.com www.craddockstown.com

Co. Longford Golf Club Glack Dublin Road Co. Longford Telephone: 043 346310 colonggolf@eircom.net www.countylongfordgolfclub.com

Deer Park Golf Club Howth Demesne Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8322624 dpgcmail@eircom.net www.deerpark-hotel.ie

Castleknock Golf Club Porterstown Road Dublin 15 Telephone: 01 6408736 info@castleknockgolfclub.ie www.castleknockgolfclub.ie Castlewarden Golf Club Castlewarden Straffan, Co. Kildare Telephone: 01 4589254 info@castlewardengolfclub.com www.castlewardengolfclub.ie

Delgany Golf Club Delgany Co. Wicklow Telephone: 01 2874536 info@delganygolfclub.com www.delganygolfclub.com Co. Louth Golf Club Baltray Drogheda Co. Louth Telephone: 041 9881531 reservations@colouthgolfclub.com www.countylouthgolfclub.com

Delvin Castle Golf Club Clonyn Delvin Co. Westmeath Telephone: 044 9664315 DelvinCastle@golfnet.ie Website n/a

Co. Meath Golf Club Newtownmoynagh Trim Co. Meath Telephone: 046 9431463 info@countymeathgolfclubtrim.ie www.countymeathgolfclubtrim.ie

Donabate Golf Club Balcarrick Donabate Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8436346 info@donabategolfclub.com www.donabategolfclub.com

Charlesland Golf Club Charlesland Greystones, Co. Wicklow Telephone: 01 2878200 golf@charlesland.com www.charlesland.com

Coolattin Golf Club Coollattin Shillelagh Co. Wicklow Telephone: 053 9429125 coollattingolfclub@eircom.net www.coollattingolfclub.com

Cill Dara Golf Club Little Curragh Co. Kildare Telephone: 045 521295 cilldaragc@eircom.net Website n/a

Corballis Golf Club Corballis Road Donabate Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8436583 corballis.links.golfclub@gmail.com www.corballislinks.com

Druid’s Glen Golf Resort Woodstock House Newtownmountkennedy Co. Wicklow Telephone: 01 2873600 info@druidsglen.ie www.druidsglen.ie


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Dublin City Golf Club Ballinascorney Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 4516 430 info@dublincitygolf.com www.dublincitygolf.net

Elm Park Golf Club Nutley House Donnybrook, Dublin Telephone: 01 2692650 office@elmparkgolfclub.ie www.elmparkgolfclub.ie

Glen of the Downs Golf Club Coolnaskeagh Delgany Co. Wicklow Telephone: 01 2876240 info@glenofthedowns.com www.glenofthedowns.com

Dublin Mountain Golf Club Gortlum Brittas Co.Dublin Telephone: 01 4582622 info@dublinmountaingolf.com www.dublinmountaingolf.com

Elmgreen Golf Club Castleknock Dublin 15 Telephone: 01 820 0797 admin@elmgreemgolfclub.ie www.elmgreengolfclub.ie

Glencullen Golf Club Glencullen Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 294 0898 info@glencullengolfclub.ie www.glencullengolfclub.ie

Dun Laoighaire Golf Club Ballyman Road Enniskerry Co. Wicklow Telephone: 01 2721866 admin@digc.ie www.dunlaoghairegolfclub.ie

Enniscorthy Golf Club Knockmarshall Enniscorthy Co. Wexford Telephone: 053 9233191 info@enniscorthygc.ie www.enniscorthygc.ie

Glenmalure Golf Club Greenan Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow Telephone: 04 0446679 info@glenmalure.com www.glenmalure.com

Dundalk Golf Club Blackrock Dundalk Co. Louth Telephone: 042 9321731 manager@dundalkgolfclub.ie www.dundalkgolfclub.ie

Esker Hills G&CC Ballykilmurray Tullamore, Offaly Telephone: 05793 55999 info@eskerhillsgolf.com wwww.eskerhillsgolf.com

Gowran Park Golf Club Gowran Co. Kilkenny Telephone: 056 7726699 golf@gowranpark.ie www.gowranpark.ie Grange Castle Golf Club Nangor Road Clondalkin Dublin 22 Telephone: 01 4641043 grangecastle@targetgolf.ie www.grangecastlegolfclub.ie

Dunmurry Springs Golf Club Dunmurry Hill Co. Kildare Telephone: 045 531400 info@dunmurrysprings.ie www.dunmurrysprings.ie

Forrest Little Golf Club Cloghran Swords Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8401763 margaret@forrestlittle.ie www.forrestlittle.ie

Edenderry Golf Club Kishawanny Edenderry Co. Offaly Telephone: 046 9731072 enquiries@edenderrygolfclub.com www.edenderrygolfclub.com

Foxrock Golf Club Torquay Road Foxrock, Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 289 3414 Email enquiries via website www.foxrockgolfclub.com

Grange Golf Club Whitechurch Road Rathfarnham Dublin 14 Telephone: 01 4932889 info@grangegolfclub.com www.grangegc.com

Glasson Golf Club Glasson Athlone Co. Westmeath Telephone: 090 6485120 info@glassongolf.ie www.glassongolfhotel.ie Edmondstown Golf Club Edmondstown Rd Rathfarnham Dublin 18 Telephone: 01 4931082 info@edmondstowngolfclub.ie www.edmondstowngolfclub.ie

Glebe Golf Club Kildalkey Road Trim, County Meath Telephone: 046 9431926 glebegc@eircom.net www.glebegolfclub.com

Greenore Golf Club Greenore Co. Louth Telephone: 042 9373212 greenoregolfclub@eircom.net www.greenoregolfclub.com

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Greystones Golf Club Whitshed Road Greystones, Co. Wicklow Telephone: 01 2874136 secretary@greystonesgc.com www.greystonesgc.com

Howth Golf Club Carrickbrack Road Sutton Dublin 13 Telephone: 01 839 2617 secretary@howthgolfclub.ie www.howthgolfclub.ie

Killerig Golf Club Killerig Co. Carlow Telephone: 059 916300 golf@killerigresort.com www.killerig-golf.ie

Hazel Grove Golf Club Mount Seskin Road Tallaght, Dublin 24 Telephone: 01 452 0911 info@hazelgrove.ie www.hazelgrove.ie

Kilcock Golf Club Gallow Kilcock Co. Meath Telephone: 01 6287592 info@kilcockgolfclub.ie www.kilcockgolfclub.com

Killin Park Golf club Killin Dundalk Co. Louth Telephone: 042 9339303 info@killinparkgolf.com www.killinparkgolf.com

Headfort Golf Club Navan Road Kells Co. Meath Telephone: 046 9240146 info@headfortgolfclub.ie www.headfortgolfclub.ie Hermitage Golf Club Ballydowd Lucan Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 6268491 hermitagegolf@eircom.net www.hermitagegolf.ie

Killiney Golf Club Ballinclea Road Killiney Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 2851983 killineygolfclub@eircom.net www.killineygolfclub.ie Kilcoole Golf Club Newcastle Road Kilcoole Co. Wicklow Telephone: 01 2872066 info@kilcoolegolfclub.com www.kilcoolegolfclub.com

Hibernian Golf Club 44 Northumberland Road Dublin Telephone: 087 2481 480 hiberniangolf@eircom.net www.hiberniangolf.com Highfield Golf Club Carbury Co. Kildare Telephone: 046 9731021 highfieldgolf@eircom.net www.highfield-golf.ie

Knockanally Golf Club Ovidstown Donadea, Co. Kildare Telephone: 045 869322 golf@knockanally.com www.knockanally.com Kilkenny Golf Club Glendine Kilkenny Co. Kilkenny Telephone: 056 7765400 enquiries@kilkennygolfclub.com www.kilkennygolfclub.com

Hollystown Golf Club Hollystown Dublin 15 Telephone: 01 8207444 info@hollystown.com www.hollystown.com

Hollywood Lakes Golf Club Ballyboughal Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8433407 hollywoodlakesgc@eircom.net www.hollywoodlakesgolfclub.com

Knightsbrook Trim Co. Meath Telephone: 046 9482100 info@knightsbrook.com www.knightsbrook.com

Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club Bettystown Co. Meath Telephone: 041 9827170 links@landb.ie www.landb.ie Leopardstown Golf Centre Leopardstown Foxrock Village, Dublin 18 Telephone: 01 289 5341 info@leopardstown.com www.leopardstown.com

Killeen Castle Golf Club Dunsany Co. Meath Telephone: 01 6893000 info@killeencastle.com www.killeencastle.com

Lucan Golf Club Celbridge Road Lucan Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 6282106 lucangolf@eircom.net www.lucangolfclub.ie

Killeen Golf Club Kill Naas Co. Kildare Telephone: 045 866003 admin@kileengc.ie www.killeengolf.com

Luttrellstown Castle G & CC Castleknock Dublin 15 Telephone: 01 808 9988 golf@luttrellstown.ie www.luttrellstown.ie


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Mount Temple Golf & Country Club Mount Temple Village Moate, Co. Westmeath Telephone: 090 6481841 mounttemple@eircom.net www.mounttemplegolfclub.com Macreddin Golf Club Macreddin Village Co. Wicklow Telephone: 0402 36999 info@macreddingolfclub.com www.macreddingolfclub.com

Navan Golf Club Proudstown Navan Co. Meath Telephone: 046 9072888 info@navangolfclub.ie www.navangolfclub.ie New Forest Golf Club Higginstown Tyrrellspass Co. Westmeath Telephone: 028 9221100 info@newforest.ie www.newforest.ie

Malahide Golf Club Beechwood Malahide Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8461611 manager@malahidegolfclub.ie www.malahidegolfclub.ie

Mount Wolseley Golf Club Mount wolseley Hotel Tullow Co. Carlow Telephone: 059 918 0161 golf@mountwolseley.ie www.mountwolseley.ie

New Ross Golf Club Tinneranny New Ross Co. Wexford Telephone: 051 421433 info@newrossgolfclub.ie www.newrossgolfclub.ie

Millicent Golf Club Clane Co. Kildare Telephone: 45 893 279 info@millicentgolfclub.com www.millicentgolfclub.com

Mountain View Golf Club Kiltorcan Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny Telephone: 056 77 68122 info@mviewgolf.com www.mviewgolf.com

Newbridge Golf Club Barrettstown Newbridge Co. Kildare Telephone: 045 486110 newbridgegolfclub@eircom.net www.newbridgegolfclub.com

Milltown Golf Club Lr. Churchtown Road Dublin 14 Telephone: 01 4976090 info@milltowngolfclub.ie www.milltowngolfclub.ie

Mountrath Golf Club Knockanina Mountrath Co. Laois Telephone: 057 8732558 mountrathgc@irocom.net www.mountrathgolfclub.ie

Newlands Golf Club Newlands Cross Dublin 22 Telephone: 01 4593157 info@newlandsgolfclub.com www.newlandsgolfclub.com

Moate Golf Club Aghanargit Moate Co. Westmeath Telephone: 090 6481271 moategolfclub@eircom.net www.moategolfclub.ie Moorpark Golf Club Mooretown Navan Co. Meath Telephone: 046 9027661 Email n/a Website n/a

Mount Juliet Golf Club Thomastown Co. Kilkenny Telephone: 056 7773064 scotter@mountjuliet.ie www.mountjuliet.ie

Old Conna Golf Club Ferndale Road Bray Co. Wicklow Telephone: 01 2826055 info@oldconna.com www.oldconna.com Moyvalley Golf Club Balyna Estate Moyvalley Co. Kildare Telephone: 046 9548000 golf@moyvalley.com www.moyvalley.com Mullingar Golf Club Belvedere Mullingar Co. Westmeath Telephone: 044 9348366 mullingargolfclub@hotmail.com www.mullingargolfclub.com

Palmerstown House Golf Club Johnstown Co. Kildare Telephone: 045 906901 info@palmerstownhouse.com www.palmerstownhouse.com

Naas Golf Club Kerdiffstown Naas Co. Kildare Telephone: 045 874644 info@naasgolfclub.com www.naasgolfclub.com

Portarlington Golf Club Garryhinch Portarlington, Co. Laois Telephone: 057 8623115 info@portarlingtongolf.com www.portarlingtongolf.com

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Portlaoise Golf Club Abbeyleix Road Portlaoise Co. Laois Telephone: 057 8661557 portlaoisgolfclub@gmail.com www.portlaoisegolfclub.com

Roganstown Golf Club Swords Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8432360 info@roganstown.com www.roganstown.com

Silloge Park Golf Club Ballymun Road Swords Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8429956 info@sillogeparkgolfcourse.com www.sillogeparkgolfcourse.com

Portmarnock Golf Club Golf Links Road Portmarnock Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8462968 info@portmarnockgolfclub.ie www.portmarnockgolfclub.ie

Rosslare Golf Club Rosslare Co. Wexford Telephone: 053 9132203 office@rosslaregolf.com www.rosslaregolf.com

Skerries Golf Club Hacketstown Skerries Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8491567 admin@skerriesgolfclub.ie www.skerriesgolfclub.ie

Roundwood Golf Club Newtownmountkennedy Co. Wicklow Telephone: 01 2818488 rwood@indigo.ie www.roundwoodgolf.com

Slade Valley Golf Club Lynch Park Brittas Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 4582183 info@sladevalleygolfclub.ie www.sladevalleygolfclub.ie

Powerscourt Golf Club Enniskerry Co. Wicklow Telephone: 01 2046033 golfclub@powerscourt.ie www.powerscourt.ie

Royal Tara Bellinter Navan Co. Meath Telephone: 046 9025508 info@royaltaragolfclub.com www.royaltaragolfclub.com

South County Golf Club Lisheen Road Brittas Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 4582965 info@southcountygolf.ie www.southcountygolf.com

Rathcore Golf Club Rathcore Enfield Co. Meath Telephone: 046 9541855 info@rathcoregolfandcountryclub.com www.rathcoregolfandcountryclub.com

Rush Golf Club Sandyhills Rush Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8438177 info@rushgolfclub.com www.rushgolfclub.com

Rathdowney Golf Club Coulnaboul West Rathdowney Co. Laois Telephone: 0505 46170 rathdowneygolf@eircom.net www.rathdowneygolfclub.com Rathfarnham Golf Club Newtown Rathfarnham Dublin 16 Telephone: 01 4931201 rgc@oceanfree.net www.rathfarnhamgolfclub.ie

St. Annes Golf Club Bull Island Nature Reserve Dollymount Dublin 3 Telephone: 01 8336471 info@stanneslinksgolf.com www.stanneslinksgolf.com Seafield Golf & CC Ballymoney Gorey Co. Wexford Telephone: 053 9424000 info@seafieldgolf.com www.seafieldgolf.com

St. Helen’s Bay Golf Club Killrane Rosslare Harbour Co. Wexford Telephone: 053 91 33234 info@sthelensbay.com www.sthelensbay.com St. Margaret’s Golf Club St. Margaret’s Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8640400 info@stmargaretsgolf.com www.stmargaretsgolf.com

Rathsallagh Golf Club Rathsallagh Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow Telephone: 045 403316 golf@rathsallagh.com www.rathsallagh.com

Seapoint Golf Club Termonfeckin Drogheda Co. Louth Telephone: 041 9822333 golflinks@seapoint.ie www.seapointgolfclub.com

Stackstown Golf Club Kellystown Road Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 Telephone: 01 4941993 admin@stackstowngolfclub.ie www.stackstowngolfclub.ie


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Summerhill Golf Club Agher Rathmoylan, County Meath Telephone: 046 9557587 summerhillgolfclub@live.ie www.summerhillgolfclub.com Sutton Golf Club Cush Point Sutton Dublin 13 Telephone: 01 8321703 info@suttongolfclub.org www.suttongolfclub.org

Turvey Golf Club Turvey Avenue Donabate, Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 843 5169 turveygc@eircom.net www.turveygolfclub.com The Island Golf Club Corballis Donabate Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8436205 louise@theislandgolfclub.com www.theislandgolfclub.com

Swords Golf Club Balheary Avenue Swords Telephone: 01 8409819 info@swordsopengolfcourse.com www.swordsopengolfcourse.com The Curragh Golf Club The Curragh Co. Kildare Telephone: 045 441714 curraghgolf@eircom.net www.curraghgolf.com

Wexford Golf Club Mulgannon Co. Wexford Telephone: 053 9142238 info@wexfordgolfclub.ie www.wexfordgolfclub.ie The K Club Straffan Co. Kildare Telephone: 01 6017300 golfsteward@kclub.ie www.kclub.ie The Links Portmarnock Portmarnock Co. Dublin Telephone: 01 8460611 info@portmarnock.com www.portmarnock.com

The European Club Brittas Bay Co. Wicklow Telephone: 0404 47415 info@theeuropeanclub.com www.theeuropeanclub.com The Heath Golf Club The Heath Portlaoise, Co. Laois Telephone: 057 8646533 info@theheathgc.ie www.theheathgc.ie

The Heritage Golf Club Killenard Co. Laois Telephone: 057 8645500 info@theheritage.com www.theheritagegolf.com

Westmanstown Golf Club Clonsilla Dublin 15 Telephone: 01 8205817 info@westmanstowngolfclub.ie www.westmanstowngolfclub.ie

Wicklow Golf Club Dunbur Road Co. Wicklow Telephone: 0404 67379 info@wicklowgolfclub.ie www.wicklowgolfclub.ie Woodbrook Golf Club Dublin Road Bray Co. Wicklow Telephone: 01 2824799 golf@woodbrook.ie www.woodbrook.ie

The Royal Dublin Golf Club North Bull Island Dollymount Dublin 3 Telephone: 01 8336346 info@theroyaldublingolfclub.com www.theroyaldublingolfclub.com Tulfarris Golf Club Blessington Lakes Co. Wicklow Telephone: 045 867000 golf@tulfarris.com www.tulfarris.com

Woodenbridge Golf Club Vale of Avoca Woodenbridge Co. Wicklow Telephone: 0402 35202 reception@woodenbridge.ie www.woodenbridgegolfclub.com

Tullamore Golf Club Brookfield Tullamore, Co. Offaly Telephone: 057 9321439 tullamoregolfclub@eircom.net www.tullamoregolfclub.com

Woodlands Golf Club Coill Dubh Naas Co. Kildare Telephone: 045 860777 admin@woodlandsgolf.ie www.woodlandsgolf.org

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Connaught Introduction

Connaught The province of Connaught (Connacht) lies in the West of Ireland with its coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. The counties of Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Galway and Roscommon are within its boundary. Historically, Connaught has retained its rich Gaelic heritage and today still has communities where the Irish language is spoken. These regions are collectively called the Gaeltacht. Connaught has some of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside to be found in Ireland, including the spectacular mountainous landscape of Connemara. The primary business centre of Connaught, and most densely populated area, is the thriving city of Galway to the south of the province. Galway is the capital of the West of Ireland. The streets and buildings of this ancient town have many interesting features, and its position on

the edge of the Gaeltacht makes it the gateway to magnificent areas such as Connemara, Corrib country, and the Aran Islands. The city itself is a continuing centre of growth with its University, Institute of Technology, Theatres, Cathedral, Castle, Hotels, Docks, Industries as well as other interesting attractions. As for golf, the dramatic scenery and splendour of the Connaught region has created wonderful natural landscapes for golf course designers to hone their skills. Like all areas in the west of Ireland, the first obstacle to a good score is Mother Nature herself. The golfer will find that he or she will not alone have to contend with the cunning and guile of architect allied to the terrain, but must adjust for what is benignly known in local parlance as the “westerly breeze” coming straight across three thousand miles of Atlantic Ocean.

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Achill Golf Club Keel, Achill Island Westport, Co. Mayo Telephone: 098 43456 conwaypat@eircom.net www.achillgolfclub.com

Ballinasloe Golf Club Rossgloss Portumna Road, Co. Galway Telephone: 090 9642126 ballinasloegolfclub@hotmail.com www.ballinasloegolfclub.ie Carne Golf Links Belmullet Co. Mayo Telephone: 097 82292 info@carnegolflinks.com www.carnegolflinks.com

Athenry Golf Club Palmerstown, Oranmore Co. Galway Telephone: 091 794466 athenrygc@eircom.net www.athenrygolfclub.net

Ballinrobe Golf Club Clooncastle Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo Telephone: 094 9541118 info@ballinrobegolfclub.com www.ballinrobegolfclub.com Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club Woodbrook Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim Telephone: 071 966 7015 ckgc3@eircom.net www.carrickgolfclub.ie

Athlone Golf Club Hodson Bay Athlone Co.Roscommon Telephone: 090 6492073 athlonegolfclub@eircom.net www.athlonegolfclub.ie

Ballyhaunis Golf Club Coolnaha Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo Telephone: 094 9630014 Email n/a www.ballyhaunisgolfclub.com Castle Dargan Golf Club Ballygawley Co. Sligo Telephone: 071 9118080 golf@castledargan.com www.castledargan.com

Ballaghaderreen Golf Club Aughalustia Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon Telephone: 094 986 0295 info@ballaghaderreengolfclub.com www.ballaghaderreengolfclub.com

Ballymote Golf Club Ballinascarrow Ballymote, Co. Sligo Telephone: 071 9189059 ballymotegolfclub@gmail.com www.ballymotegolfclub.ie Castlebar Golf Club Rocklands Castlebar, Co. Mayo Telephone: 094 9021649 info@castlebargolfclub.ie www.castlebargolfclub.ie

Ballina Golf Club Mossgrove, Shanaghy Ballina, County Mayo Telephone: 096 21050 (10-6) ballinagc@eircom.net www.ballina-golf.com

Bearna Golf Club Corboley, Bearna Co. Galway Telephone: 091 592677 info@bearnagolfclub.com www.bearnagolfclub.com

Castlerea Golf Club Clonalis Castlerea, Co. Roscommon Telephone: 094 9620068 castlereagolf1@eircom.net www.castlereagolfclub.com

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Claremorris Golf Club Castlemacgarrett Claremorris Co. Mayo Telephone: 094 9371527 info@claremorrisgolfclub.com www.claremorrisgolfclub.com

Portumna Golf Club Ennis Road, Portumna Co. Galway Telephone: 090 9741059 info@portumnagolfclub.ie www.portumnagolfclub.ie Enniscrone Golf Club Enniscrone Co. Sligo Telephone: 096 36297 enniscronegolf@eircom.net www.enniscronegolf.com

Co. Sligo Golf Club Rosses Point Co. Sligo Telephone: 071 9177134 teresa@countysligogolfclub.ie www.countysligogolfclub.ie

Roscommon Golf Club Mote Park Roscommon Town Co. Roscommon Telephone: 090 6626382 info@roscommongolfclub.ie www.roscommongolfclub.ie Swinford Golf Club Brabazon Park Swinford, Co. Mayo Telephone: 094 9251378 Email n/a www.swinfordgolf.com

Galway Bay Golf Club Renville, Oranmore Co. Galway Telephone: 091 790711 info@galwaybaygolfresort.com www.galwaybaygolfresort.com Connemara Golf Club Ballyconneely Co. Galway Telephone: 095 23502 info@connemaragolflinks.net www.connemaragolflinks.com

Connemara Isles Golf Club Annaghvane, Lettermore Connemara, Co. Galway Telephone: 091 572 498 connemaraislesgolfclub@hotmail.com www.connemaraislesgolfclub.com

Galway Golf Club Blackrock Salthill Co. Galway Telephone: 091 522033 info@galwaygolf.com www.galwaygolf.com

Strandhill Golf Club Strandhill Co. Sligo Telephone: 071 9168188 strandhillgc@eircom.net www.strandhillgc.com

Gort Golf Club Castlequarter Gort Co. Galway Telephone: 091 632244 info@gortgolf.com www.gortgolf.com

Tuam Golf Club Barnacurragh Tuam Co. Galway Telephone: 093 28993 tuamgolfclub@eircom.net www.tuamgolfclub.com

Loughrea Golf Club Graigue Loughrea Co. Galway Telephone: 091 841049 loughreagolfclub@eircom.net www.loughreagolfclub.com

Tubercurry Golf Club Ballymote Rd Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo Telephone: 071 91 85849 Email enquiries via website www.tubbercurrygolfclub.com

Oughterard Golf Club Gortreevagh Oughterard Co. Galway Telephone: 091 552131 oughterardgc@eircom.net www.oughterardgolfclub.com

Westport Golf Club Carrowholly Westport Co. Mayo Telephone: 098 28262 info@westportgolfclub.com www.westportgolfclub.com

Curra West Golf Club Curra, Kylebrack Loughrea, Co. Galway Telephone: 090 9745121 admin@currawest.com www.currawest.com


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Munster Introduction

Munster Munster is the southern most province of Ireland and is home to 6 of the 32 counties – Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Wareford and Tipperary. All the counties in Munster touch the Atlantic except for Tipperary – tha largest county in Ireland. Cork is the second largest county in Ireland and is also the second largest city. Other cities in the province include Limerick and Waterford. The major towns are Tralee, Killarney, Ennis, Clonmel and Thurles. Cork has a population of over 160,000 people. Like Venice the city is built upon the waters, and Cork centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city centre are spanned by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental air. However it is often said of Cork City that it has all the amenities of a large city, but still manages to retain its pleasant atmosphere and extreme friendliness, which you will experience on your visit. Cork is a city of

remarkable charm, and the visitor cannot fail to be captivated by its hilly streets, bumpy bridges and peaceful backwaters. Munster is a tremendously fertile area of Ireland with many major rivers including the Bandon, the Lee, the Blackwater, the Suir and the final stages of the Shannon and its spectacular Lough Derg which is a border point of Munster, Connacht and Leinster. Munster has a number of mountain ranges and includes the largest peak in Ireland - Carrauntoohil in Kerry’s majestic MacGillycuddy Reeks. Sport is almost regarded as a religion in Munster. The Gaelic Athletic Association - GAA - was formed in Thurles, Co.Tipperary and all Munster counties are passionate about their hurling and gaelic football. Munster rugby unites all the six counties and their followers and supporters are known the world over. There are golf courses to suit every golfer throughout Munster, from fine parkland courses

and resorts such as Killarney and Mahoneys’s Point in Kerry and Fota Island Golf and Country Club, Lee Valley and Monkstown in Cork. The province is also home to several spectacular and world reknowned links courses including Tralee, Waterville and Dooks in County Kerry, all situated on the wild Atlantic coast.

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Charleville Golf Club Charleville Co. Cork Telephone: 063 81257 info@charlevillegolf.com www.charlevillegolf.com Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort Adare, Co Limerick Telephone: 061 605274 golf@adaremanor.com www.adaremanor.com

Beaufort Golf Club Churchtown Beaufort, Co. Kerry Telephone: 064 6644440 info@beaufortgolfresort.com www.beaufortgolfresort.com

Clonmel Golf Club Lyreanearla Clonmel Co. Tipperary Telephone: 052 6124050 cgc@indigo.ie www.clonmelgolfclub.com

Adare Manor Golf Club (Old Course) Adare, Co Limerick Telephone: 061 396204 info@adaremanorgolfclub.com www.adaremanorgolfclub.com

Blarney Golf Club Tower Co. Cork Telephone: 021 451642 reservations@blarneygolfresort.com www.blarneygolfresort.com

Co. Tipperary Golf Club Dundrum Co. Tipperary Telephone: 062 71717 dundrumhouse@eircom.net www.dundrumhousehotel.com

Ballybunion Golf Club Sandhill Road Ballybunion, Co. Kerry Telephone: 068 27146 info@ballybuniongholfclub.ie www.ballybuniongolfclub.ie

Cahir Park Golf Club Kilcommon Cahir, Co. Tipperary Telephone: 052 41474 management@cahirparkgolfclub.com www.cahirparkgolfclub.com

Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club Tralee, Co. Kerry Telephone: 066 7133555 Email n/a www.ballyheiguecastlegolfclub.com

Carrick Golf Club Garravone, Carrick-on-Suir Co. Waterford Telephone: 051 640047 info@carrickgolfclub.com www.carrickgolfclub.com

Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort Limerick Junction Co. Tipperary Telephone: 062 33333 info@ballykisteenhotel.com www.ballykisteengolfclub.com

Castlegregory Golf Club Stradbally Castlegregory, Co. Kerry Telephone: 066 7139444 info@castlegregorygolflinks.com www.castlegregorygolflinks.com

Cobh Golf Glub Marino Carrigloe. Cobh Co. Cork Telephone: 021 4812399 info@cobhgolfclub.ie www.cobhgolfclub.ie

Castleisland Golf Club Dooneen Castleisland, Co. Kerry Telephone: 066 7141709 francis@castleislandgolfclub www.castleislandgolfclub.com

Cork Golf Club Little Island Co. Cork Telephone: 021 4353451 info@corkgolfclub.ie www.corkgolfclub.ie

Bandon Golf Club Castlebernard Bandon, Co.Cork Telephone: 023 8841111 enquiries@bandongolfclub.com www.bandongolfclub.com

Castlerosse Hotel & Golf Resort Lower Lake Killarney, Co. Kerry Telephone: 064 66 31144 res@castlerosse.ie www.castlerosse.ie

Dingle Golf Links Ballyferriter Tralee Co. Kerry Telephone: 066 9156255 dinglegc@iol.ie www.dinglelinks.com

Bantry Bay Golf Club Bantry West Cork Co. Cork Telephone: 027 50579 info@bantrygolf.com www.bantrygolf.com

Castletroy Golf Club Golf Links Road Castletroy Co. Limerick Telephone: 061 335753 golf@castletroygolfclub.ie www.castletroygolfclub.ie

Doneraile Golf Club Doneraile Co. Cork Telephone: 022 24137 info@donerailegolfclub.com www.donerailegolfclub.com


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Dunloe Golf Course Gap of Dunloe Killarney, Co. Kerry 064 6644578 info@dunloegolfcourse.com www.dunloegolfcourse.com Dooks Golf Club Dooks Glenbeigh Co. Kerry Telephone: 066 9768205 office@dooks.com www.dooks.com

Fermoy Golf Club Corrin Fermoy Co. Cork Telephone: 025 32694 fermoygolfclub@eircom.net www.fermoygolfclub.ie

Dunmore Golf Club Dunmore Clonakilty, Co. Cork Telephone: 023 8834644 dunmoregolfclub@gmail.com www.dunmoregolfclub.ie Fota Island Golf Club Carrigtwohill Co. Cork Telephone: 021 4883700 reservations@fotaisland.ie www.fotaisland.ie

Doonbeg Links Doonbeg Co Clare Telephone: 065 9055601 info@doonbeggolfclub.com www.doonbeggolfclub.com

Dunmore East Golf Club Dunmore East Co.Waterford Telephone: 051 383151 info@dunmoreeastgolfclub.ie www.dunmoreeastgolfclub.ie

Douglas Golf Club Maryborough Douglas Co. Cork Telephone: 021 4895297 admin@douglasgolfclub.ie www.douglasgolfclub.ie

East Clare Golf Club Bodyke Co. Clare Telephone: 061 921322 info@eastclare.com www.eastclare.com

Dromoland Castle Golf Club Dromoland Castle Newmarket on Fergus Co. Clare Telephone: 061 368144 golf@dromoland,ie www.dromoland.ie

Gold Coast Golf Club Ballinacourty Dungarvan Telephone: 058 45555 info@goldcoastgolfclub.com www.goldcoastgolfclub.com

East Cork Golf Club Gortacrue Midleton Co. Cork Telephone: 021 4631687 eastcorkgolfclub@eircom.net www.eastcorkgolfclub.ie

Glengarriff Golf Club Glengarriff Cork Telephone: 027 63150 Email enquiries via website www.glengarriffgolfclub.com

Ennis Golf Club Drumbiggle Road Ennis Co. Clare Telephone: 065 6824074 info@ennisgolfclub.com www.ennisgolfclub.com

Kanturk Golf Club Fairy Hill Kanturk, Co. Cork Telephone: 029 50534 info@kanturkgolf.com www.kanturkgolf.com

Faithlegg Golf Club Faithlegg House Faithlegg, Co. Waterford Telephone: 051 382241 golf@fhh.ie www.faithlegg.com

Kenmare Golf Club Kenmare Co. Kerry Telephone: 064 6641291 info@kenmaregolfclub.com www.kenmaregolfclub.com

Dundrum House Hotel, Golf Dundrum Cashel Co. Tipperary Telephone: 062 71717 golfshop@dundrumhouse.ie www.dundrumhousehotel.com Dungarvan Golf Club Knocknagranagh Dungarvan Co. Waterford Telephone: 058 41605 dungarvangc@eircom.net www.dungarvangolfclub.com

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Killarney Golf Club Mahony’s Point Killarney Co. Kerry Telephone: 064 6631034 reservations@killarney-golf.com www.killarney-golf.com

Limerick County Golf Club Ballyneety Co. Limerick Telephone: 061 351881 info@limerickcounty.com www.limerickcounty.com

Mitchelstown Golf Club Gurrane Mitchelstown Co. Cork Telephone: 025 24072 info@mitchelstown-golf.com www.mitchelstown-golf.com

Killorglin Golf Club Steelroe Killorglin Co. Kerry Telephone: 066 9761979 kilgolf@iol.ie www.killorglingolf.ie

Limerick Golf Club Ballyclough Limerick Co. Limerick Telephone: 061 415146 information@limerickgolfclub.ie www.limerickgolfclub.ie

Kilrush Golf Club Parknamoney Kilrush Co. Clare Telephone: 065 9051138 info@kilrushgolfclub.com www.kilrushgolfclub.com

Lismore Golf Club Ballyin Lismore, Co. Waterford Telephone: 058 54026 lismoregolfclub@eircom.net www.lismoregolf.org

Monkstown Golf Club Monkstown Co. Cork Telephone: 021 4841376 office@monstowngolfclub.com www.monkstowngolfclub.com

Kinsale Golf Club Farrangalway Kinsale Co. Cork Telephone: 021 4773258 office@kinsalegolf.com www.kinsalegolf.com

Lisselan Golf Club Lisselan Estate County Cork Telephone: 023 33249 info@lisselan.com www.lisselan.com

Muskerry Golf Club Carraigrohane Co. Cork Telephone: 021 4385297 muskgc@eircom.net www.muskerrygolfclub.ie

Macroom Golf Club Macroom Co. Cork Telephone: 026 41072 mcroomgc@iol.ie www.macroomgolfclub.com

Nenagh Golf Club Beechwood Nenagh Co. Tipperary Telephone: 067 31476 nenaghgolfclub@eircom.net www.nenaghgolfclub.com

Lahinch Golf Club Lahinch Co. Clare Telephone: 065 7081003 info@lahinchgolf.com www.lahinchgolf.com

Mahon Golf Club Cloverhill Blackrock Co. Cork Telephone: 021 4292543 info@mahongolfcourse.ie www.mahongolfclub.com

Newcastle West Golf Club Rathgonan Ardagh Co. Limerick Telephone: 069 76500 info@newcastlewestgolf.com www.newcastlewestgolf.com

Lee Valley Golf Club Ovens Co. Cork Telephone: 021 7331721 leevalleygc@eircom.net www.leevalleygcc.ie

Mallow Golf Club Ballyellis Mallow Co. Cork Telephone: 022 21145 mallowgolfclubmanager@eircom.net www.mallowgolfclub.net

Old Head Golf Links Kinsale Co. Cork Telephone: 021 4778 444 info@oldhead.com www.oldhead.com


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Parknasilla Golf Club Sneem Co. Kerry Telephone: 064 6645195 info@parknasillahotel.ie www.parknasillahotel.ie/golf

Slievenamon Golf Club Clonacody. Lisronagh Clonmel Co. Tipperary Telephone: 052 6132213 info@slievenamongolfclub.com www.slievenamongolfclub.com

Water Rock Golf Course Midleton, Co. Cork Telephone: 21 4613499 waterrock@eircom.net www.waterrockgolfcourse.com

Raffeen Creek Golf Club Ringaskiddy Co. Cork Telephone: 021 4378430 raffeengca@eircom.net www.raffeencreekgolfclub.com

Spanish Point Golf Club Spanish Point Milltown Malbay Co. Clare Telephone: 065 7084198 info@spanishpointgolfclub.com Website n/a

Waterford Castle Golf Club The Island Ballinakill Co. Waterford Telephone: 051 871633 info@waterfordcastle.com www.waterfordcastle.com

Rathbane Golf Club Rathbane Crossagalla, Limerick Telephone: 061 313655 info@rathbanegolfclub.com www.rathbanegolfclub.com

Waterford Golf Club Newrath Co. Waterford Telephone: 051 876748 info@waterfordgolfclub.com www.waterfordgolfclub.com Thurles Golf Club Turtulla Thurles Co. Tipperary Telephone: 0504 21983 thurlesgolf@eircom.net www.thurlesgolfclub.com

Ring of Kerry Golf Club Templenoe Killarney Co. Kerry Telephone: 064 6642000 marketing@ringofkerrygolf.com www.ringofkerrygolf.com

Tipperary Golf Club Rathanny Co. Tipperary Telephone: 062 51119 tipperarygolfclub@eircom.net www.tipperarygolfclub.com

Waterville Golf Club Waterville Co. Kerry Telephone: 066 9474102 info@waterfordgolfclub.com www.watervillegolflinks.ie

Tralee Golf Club Ardfert Co. Kerry Telephone: 066 7136379 info@traleegolfclub.com www.traleegolfclub.com

West Waterford G&CC Dungarvan Co. Waterford Telephone: 058 43216 info@westwaterfordgolf.com www.westwaterfordgolf.com

Roscrea Golf Club Derryvale Roscrea Co. Tipperary Telephone: 0505 21130 info@roscreagolfclub.ie www.roscreagolfclub.ie Shannon Golf Club Shannon Co. Clare Telephone: 061 471849 info@shannongolfclub.ie www.shannongolfclub.ie Skellig Bay Golf Club Waterville Co. Kerry Telephone: 066 9474133 info@skelligbay.com www.skelligbay.com Skibbereen Golf Club Licknavar Skibbereen Co. Cork Telephone: 028 21227 info@skibbgolf.com www.skibbgolf.com

Woodstock Golf Club Shanaway Road Medas Co. Clare Telephone: 065 6829463 proshopwoodstock@eircom.net www.woodstockgolfclub.com Tramore Golf Club Newtown Tramore Co. Waterford Telephone: 051 386170 info@tramoregolfclub.com www.tramoregolfclub.com

Youghal Golf Club Knockaverry Youghal Co. Cork Telephone: 024 92787 youghalcolfclub@eircom.net www.youghalgolfclub.ie

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Ulster From the natural wonders of the Giants Causeway and the Marble Arch caves, to the country houses and gardens of Castleward, Mount Stewart and Florencecourt, the glorious sandy beaches on the Antrim coast and the tranquil shores of Lough Erne and Strangford Lough, right across to the spectacular and rugged coastline of Donegal there is much to see and do in this varied and beautiful province of Ulster. There are the bustling and colourful cities of Belfast and Londonderry, with their many stylish bars, restaurants, hotels and many historical attractions. However, if you’re looking for breathtaking scenery, the Antrim Coast really is as impressive as its reputation suggests. It is one of the most beautiful shorelines in Ireland, winding past towering cliffs, sandy beaches, picturesque harbours and family resorts. Inland lies Lough Neagh, the largest lake in Great Britain and Ireland and the Fermanagh lakelands, sprinkled with tiny islands, wooded parks and monastic ruins.

On the west coast lies Donegal, with its breathtaking misty mountains, serene lakes and dramatic coastlines. Donegal boasts a vast rugged coastline softened regularly by a succession of beautiful beaches with golden sand and clear fresh waters. Inland, Donegal is wild and unspoilt with winding roads leading to never-ending spectacular vistas. Major attractions include Glenveagh National Park and Castle, Tory Island, Glebe House and Gallery, Colmcille Heritage Centre, Fort Dunree Military Museum and Abbey Mill Wheels. Letterkenny, County Donegal’s largest town, has a vibrant atmosphere. It’s a great place to shop for everything from high street fashions to quality handcrafted goods and designer clothes - alternatively, you can relax and enjoy a coffee in one of Letterkenny’s many continental-style cafes. Seaside resorts like Bundoran provide a change of mood - if you’re looking for lively nights filled with music, song and dance, then Bundoran is the place to go.

The golf courses in Ulster contain an impressive mix of quality Parkland, Heathland and Links courses, and in Royal Portrush and Royal County Down, two world renowned golf courses along with Ballyliffin and Rosapenna in Donegal, all of which offer a spectacular links challenge to keep golfers from both sides of the Atlantic returning to these shores again and again.


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Antrim Golf Club 45 Castle Road Antrim, Co. Antrim BT41 4NA Telephone: 028 94429001 antrim.golfclub@ntlworld.com www.antrimgolfclub.com

Ballyclare 25 Springvale Road, Ballyclare Co. Antrim BT39 9JW Telephone: 028 9332 2696 info@ballyclaregolfclub.net www.ballyclaregolfclub.net Ballyearl 585 Doagh Road, Newtownabbey, Antrim, BT41 1LL Telephone: 028 90848287 Email n/a Website n/a

Bangor Broadway Bangor, Co. Down BT20 4RH Telephone: 028 9127 0922 office@bangorgolfclubni.co.uk www.bangorgolfclubni.co.uk

Ardminnan 15a Ardminnan Road Portaferry, Co. Down BT22 1QJ Telephone: 028 42771321 markgowan@tiscali.com www.ardminnan.com

Ballyliffin Golf Club Ballyliffin Inishowen, Co. Donegal Telephone: 074 9376119 info@ballyliffingolfclub.com www.ballyliffingolfclub.com

Belvoir Park 73 Church Road Newtownbreda, Belfast BT8 7AM Telephone: 028 9064 6714 info@belvoirparkgolfclub.com www.belvoirparkgolfclub.com

Ashfield Freeduff, Cullyhanna Newry, Co. Armagh BT35 0JJ Telephone: 02830 868180 secretary@ashfieldgolfcourse.com www.ashfieldgolfcourse.co.uk

Ballymena 128 Raceview Road, Ballymena Co. Antrim BT42 4HY Telephone: 028 2586 1487 Email enquiries via website www.ballymenagolfclub.com

Aughnacloy 99A Tullyvar Road Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone BT69 6BL 028 8555 7050 Email n/a Website n/a

Ballyreagh Glen Road Portrush, Antrim, BT56 8LX Telephone: 028 7082 2028 Email n/a Website n/a

Blacklion Golf Club Toam, Blacklion, via Sligo, Co.Cavan Telephone: 071 98 53024 info@blackliongolf.com www.blackliongolf.com

Balmoral 518 Lisburn Road Belfast BT9 6QX Telephone: 028 9038 1514 enquiries@balmoralgolf.com www.balmoralgolf.com

Blackwood 150 Crawfordsburn Road Clandeboye, Bangor, Co. Down BT19 1GB Telephone: 028 91 852706 info@blackwoodgolfcentre.com www.blackwoodgolfcentre.com

Banbridge 116 Huntly Road Banbridge, Co. Down BT32 3UR Telephone: 02840 662 211 info@banbridgegolfclub.com www.banbridgegolfclub.net

Bright Castle 14 Coniamstown Road, Bright Downpatrick, Co. Down BT30 8LU 028 4484 1319 Email n/a Website n/a

Ardglass Castle Place Ardglass, Co. Down BT30 7TP Telephone: 028 44 841219 info@ardglassgolfclub.com www.ardglassgolfclub.com

Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club The Glebe Stranorlar, Co Donegal Telephone: 074 91 31093 info@ballybofeyandstranorlargolfclub.com www.ballybofeyandstranorlargolfclub.com

Ballycastle 2 Cushendall Road Ballycastle, Co. Antrim BT54 6QP Telephone: 028 207 62536 info@ballycastlegolfclub.com www.ballycastlegolfclub.com

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Buncrana Golf Club Railway Road, Ballymacarry Buncrana, Co. Donegal Telephone: 07493 62279 info@buncranagolfclub.com www.buncranagolfclub.com

Castle Hume Belleek Road Enniskillen, BT93 7ED Telephone: 028 6632 7077 info@castlehumegolf.com www.castlehumegolf.com

Co. Cavan Golf Club Arnmore House Drumelis Co. Cavan Telephone: 049 4331541 cavangc@iol.ie www.cavangolf.ie

Castlereagh Hills Manns Corner, Upper Braniel Road Gilnahirk, Belfast BT5 7TX Telephone: 028 90448477 Email enquiries via website www.castlereaghhills.com

Crossgar 231 Derryboy Road, Crossgar Downpatrick, Co. Down BT30 9DL Telephone: 028 44831523 Email n/a www.info-net.co.uk

Bundoran Golf Club Bundoran Co. Donegal Telephone: 071 9841302 info@bundorangolfclub.com www.bundorangolfclub.com

Clandeboye 51 Tower Road, Conlig Newtownards, Co. Down BT23 3PN Telephone: 028 9127 1767 info@cgc-ni.com www.cgc-ni.com

Cruit Island Golf Club Cruit Island Kincasslagh, Donegal Telephone: 074 9543296 Email enquiries via website www.cruitislandgolfclub.com

Burnfield House 10 Cullyburn Rd Newtonabbey, Co. Antrim BT36 5BN Telephone: 028 9083 8448 Email n/a Website n/a

Cliftonville 44 Westland Road Belfast BT14 6NH Telephone: 02890744158 Email enquiries via website www.cliftonvillegolfclub.com

Cushendall 21 Shore Road Cushendall, Co. Antrim BT44 0NG Telephone: 028 2177 1318 info@cushendallgolfclub.com www.cushendallgolfclub.com

Bushfoot 50 Bushfoot Road Portballintrae, Co. Antrim BT57 8RR Telephone: 028 2073 1317 admin@bushfootgolfclub.co.uk www.bushfootgolfclub.co.uk

Clones Golf Club Hilton Park Clones Co. Monaghan Telephone: 047 56017 clonesgolfclub@eircom.net www.clonesgolfclub.com

Cairndhu 192 Coast Road, Ballygally Larne, Co. Antrim, BT40 2QG Telephone: 028 2858 3324 cairndhugc@btconnect.com www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk

Cloverhill Lough Road Mullaghbawn, Co. Armagh BT35 9XP Telephone: 028 30889 374 info@cloverhillgolfclub.co.uk www.cloverhillgolfclub.co.uk

Donaghadee 84 Warren Road, Donaghadee, Co. Down BT21 0PQ Telephone: 028 91883624 office@donaghadeegolfclub.com www.donaghadeegolfclub.com

Carnalea Station Road Bangor, Co. Down BT19 1EZ Telephone: 028 9146 5004 Email n/a www.carnaleagolfclub.com

Concra Wood Golf & CC Castleblayney Co. Monaghan Telephone: 042 9749485 Email enquiries via website www.concrawood.ie

Donegal Golf Club Murvagh, Laghey Co. Donegal Telephone: 074 9734054 info@donegalgolfclub.ie www.donegalgolfclub.ie

Carrickfergus 35 North Road Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim BT38 9LL Telephone: 028 93351803 carrickfergusgc@btconnect.com www.carrickfergusgolfclub.co.uk

County Armagh The Demesne, Newry Road Armagh, Co. Armagh BT60 1EN Telephone: 028 3752 5861 Email enquiries via website www.golfarmagh.co.uk

Downpatrick 43 Saul Road Downpatrick, Co. Down, BT30 6PA Telephone: 028 4461 5947 Email enquiries via website www.downpatrickgolfclub.org.uk


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Dunfanaghy Golf Club Dunfanaghy Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Telephone: 074 9136335 dunfanaghygolf@eircom.net www.dunfanaghygolfclub.com

Holywood Nuns Walk, Demesne Road Holywood, Co. Down BT18 9LE Telephone: 028 9042 5503 mail@holywoodgolfclub.co.uk www.holywoodgolfclub.co.uk

Dungannon 34 Springfield Lane Dungannon, Co. Tyrone BT70 8QX Telephone: 028 8772 7485 dungannon.golfclub@btopenworld.com www.dungannongolfclub.com

Galgorm Castle Galgorm Road Ballymena, Co. Antrim BT42 1HL Telephone: 028 256 46161 golf@galgormcastle.com www.galgormcastle.com

Kilkeel Mourne Park, Ballyardle Kilkeel, Co. Down BT34 4LB Telephone: 028 417 65095 info@kilkeelgolfclub.org www.kilkeelgolfclub.org

Dunmurry 91 Dunmurry Lane Dunmurry, Belfast BT17 9JS Telephone: 028 9062 1314 info@dunmurrygolfclub.com www.dunmurrygolfclub.com

Garron Tower St Macnissi’s College Carnlough, Co Antrim, BT44 0JS Telephone: 028 2888 5202 Email n/a Website n/a

Killymoon 200 Killymoon Road Cookstown, Co. Tyrone BT80 8TW Telephone: 028 86763460 Email n/a www.killymoongolfclub.com

Gracehill 141 Ballinlea Road Ballymoney, Co. Antrim BT53 8PX Telephone: 028 2075 1209 info@gracehillgolfclub.co.uk www.gracehillgolfclub.co.uk

Kirkistown Castle 142 Main Road Cloughey, Co. Down BT22 1JA Telephone: 028 4277 1004 kirkistown@supanet.com www.linksgolfkirkistown.com

Edenmore 70 Drumnabreeze Road, Magheralin Craigavon, Co. Armagh BT67 0RH Telephone: 028 9261 9241 info@edenmore.com www.edenmore.com

Greenacres 153 Ballyrobert Road Ballyclare, Co. Antrim BT39 9RT Telephone: 028 9335 4111 info@greenacresgolfcentre.co.uk www.greenacresgolfcentre.co.uk

Knock Summerfield, Upper Newtownards Road Dundonald, Belfast BT16 0DX Telephone: 028 90483825 knockgolfclub@btconnect.com www.knockgolfclub.co.uk

Enniskillen Castlecoole Enniskillen, BT74 6HZ Telephone: 028 6632 5250 enniskillengolfclub@mail.com www.enniskillengolfclub.com

Greencastle Golf Club Greencastle Co. Donegal Telephone: 074 9381013 info@greencastlegolfclub.net www.greencastlegolfclub.com

Lambeg Bells Lane, Lambeg Lisburn, Co. Antrim BT27 4QH 028 9266 2738 Email n/a Website n/a

Greenisland 156 Upper Road, Greenisland Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim BT38 8RW Telephone: 028 9086 2236 greenislandgolf@btconnect.com www.greenislandgolfclub.co.uk

Larne 54 Ferris Bay Road Islandmagee, Co. Antrim BT40 3RT Telephone: 028 93382228 info@larnegolfclub.co.uk www.larnegolfclub.co.uk

Fintona Finton Co. Tyrone BT78 2BJ Telephone: 028 82841480 fintonagolfclub@btconnect.com www.fintonagolfclub.com

Helen’s Bay Golf Road, Helen’s Bay Bangor, Co. Down BT19 1TL Telephone: 028 9185 2815 mail@helensbaygc.com www.helensbaygc.com

Letterkenny Golf Club Barnhill Letterkenny Co. Donegal Telephone: 074 9121150 info@letterkennygolfclub.com www.letterkennygolfclub.com

Fortwilliam 8a Downview Avenue Belfast BT15 4EZ Telephone: 028 9077 0980 administrator@fortwilliam.co.uk www.fortwilliam.co.uk

Hilton Templepatrick Castle Upton Estate Templepatrick, Co. Antrim BT39 0DD Telephone: 028 9443 5542 Email enquiries via website www.hilton.co.uk/templepatrick

Lisburn 68 Eglantine Road Lisburn, Co. Antrim BT27 5RQ Telephone: 028 92677216 info@lisburngolfclub.com www.lisburngolfclub.com

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Loughgall 11 Main street Loughgall,Co. Armagh BT61 8HZ Telephone: 028 3889 2900 Email n/a www.loughgallgolfclub.co.uk

Massereene 51 Lough Road Antrim, Co. Antrim BT41 4DQ Telephone: 028 94464074 info@massereene.com www.massereene.com

Ormeau 50 Park Road Belfast BT7 2FX Telephone: 028 90640700 ormeau.golfclub@btconnect.com www.ormeaugolfclub.co.uk

Mount Ober 24 Ballymaconaghy Road Belfast BT8 4SB Telephone: 028 9079 5666 Email n/a www.mountober.com Lough Erne Golf Resort Belleek Road Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT93 7ED Telephone: 028 66323230 info@loughernegolfresort.com www.loughernegolfresort.com

Mourne Golf Links Road Newcastle, Co. Down, BT33 OAN Telephone: 028 4372 3218 info@mournegolfclub.co.uk www.mournegolfclub.co.uk

Portadown 192 Gilford Road Portadown, Co. Armagh BT63 5LF Telephone: 028 3835 5356 info@portadowngolfclub.co.uk www.portadowngolfclub.co.uk

Mahee Island 14 Mahee Island, Comber Newtownards, Co. Down BT23 6EP Telephone: 028 97541234 info@maheegolf.com www.maheegolf.com

Narin & Portnoo Golf Club Portnoo Co. Donegal Telephone: 074 95 45107 Email enquiries via website www.narinportnoogolfclub.ie

Portsalon Golf Club Portsalon Fanad, Co. Donegal Telephone: 074 9159459 info@portsalongolfclub.com www.portsalongolfclub.com

Mallusk Antrim Road, Glengormley Newtonabbey, Co. Antrim BT36 4RF Telephone: 028 9084 3799 Email n/a Website n/a

Newtownstewart 38 Golf Course Road Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone BT78 4HU Telephone: 028 8166 1466 newtown.stewart@lineone.net www.newtownstewartgolfclub.com

Malone 240 Upper Malone Road Dunmurry, Belfast BT17 9LB Telephone: 028 9043 1394 admin@malonegolfclub.co.uk www.malonegolfclub.co.uk

North West Golf Club Lisfannon Buncrana Co. Donegal Telephone: 074 9361715 secretary@northwestgolfclub.com www.northwestgolfclub.com

Mannan Castle Golf Club Donaghmoyne Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan Telephone: 042 9663308 info@mannancastlegolfclub.ie www.mannancastlegolfclub.ie

Nuremore Golf Club Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan Telephone: 042 9661 438 info@nuremore.com www.nuremore.com

Manor House Marine Lough Erne Killadeas BT94 1NY Telephone: 028 686 28100 info@manormarine.com www.manormarine.com

Omagh 83a Dublin Road Omagh, Co. Tyrone BT78 1HQ Telephone: 028 8224 3160 Email n/a Website n/a

Lurgan The Demesne, Lurgan Craigavon, Co. Armagh BT67 9BN Telephone: 028 38322087 lurgangolfclub@btconnect.com lurgangolfclub.com

Portstewart Golf Club 117 Strand Road, Portstewart, Co.Londonderry, BT55 7PG Telephone: 028 7083 2015 bill@portstewartgc.co.uk www.portstewartgc.co.uk

Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Farnham Estate Cavan Co. Cavan Telephone: 049 4377700 info.farnham@radissonblu.com www.farnhamestate.ie


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Spa 20 Grove Road Ballynahinch, Co. Down BT24 8PN Telephone: 028 97562365 info@spagolfclub.net www.spagolfclub.net Radisson Roe Park Hotel and Golf Resort Limavady Co. Londonderry BT49 9LB Telephone: 028 777 22222 Reservations.Limavady@RadissonSAS.com www.radissonroepark.com

Rockmount 28 Drumalig Road Carryduff, Co. Down BT8 8EQ Telephone: 028 9081 2279 info@rockmountgolfclub.com www.rockmountgolfclub.com

St Patrick’s Golf Links Carrigart Co. Donegal Telephone: 074 9155114 info@stpatricksgolflinks.com www.stpatricksgolflinks.com Strabane 33 Ballycolman Road Strabane, Co. Tyrone BT82 9PH Telephone: 028 71 382271 info@strabanegolfclub.co.uk www.strabanegolfclub.co.uk

Rosapenna Golf Club Downings Letterkenny Co. Donegal Telephone: 074 9155000 golf@rosapenna.ie www.rosapenna.ie

Royal Belfast Station Road, Craigavad Holywood, Co. Down BT18 0BP Telephone: 028 9042 8586 admin@royalbelfast.com www.royalbelfast.com

Tandragee Markethill Road Tandragee, Co. Armagh BT62 2ER Telephone: 028 3884 1272 office@tandragee.co.uk www.tandragee.co.uk

Rossmore Golf Club Cootehill Road Co. Monaghan Telephone: 047 71222 info@rossmoregc.com www.rossmoregc.com

Scrabo 233 Scrabo Road Newtownards, Co. Down BT23 4SL Telephone: 028 9181 2355 admin.scrabogc@btconnect.com www.scrabo-golf-club.org

Temple 60 Church Road Lisburn, Co. Down BT27 6UP Telephone: 028 9263 9213 info@templegolf.com www.templegolf.com

Shandon Park 73 Shandon Park Belfast BT5 6NY Telephone: 028 9080 5030 shandonpark@btconnect.com www.shandonpark.net Royal Portrush Dunluce Road Portrush, Co. Antrim BT56 8JQ Telephone: 028 7082 2311 info@royalportrushgolfclub.com www.royalportrushgolfclub.com

Silverwood Golf Centre Tormoyra Lane, Silverwood Lurgan, Co. Armagh BT66 6NG Telephone: 028 38325380 silverwoodgolfclub@myrainbowmail.com www.silverwoodgolfclub.com

Rathmore Bushmills Road Portrush, BT56 8JG Telephone: 028 7082 2996 info@rathmoregolfclub.co.uk www.rathmoregolfclub.co.uk Ringdufferin 36 Ringdufferin Road, Killyleagh Downpatrick, Co Down, BT30 9PH Telephone: 028 44 828812 Email n/a Website n/a

The Royal County Down 36 Golf Links Road Newcastle, Co. Down BT33 0AN Telephone: 028 4372 2419 golf@royalcountydown.org www.royalcountydown.org Warrenpoint Lower Dromore Road Warrenpoint, Co. Down BT34 4LN Telephone: 028 4175 3695 office@warrenpointgolf.com www.warrenpointgolf.com

Slieve Russell Golf Club Cranaghan Ballyconnell Co. Cavan Telephone: 049 9525090 enquiries@slieverussell.ie www.slieverussell.ie

Whitehead McCrea’s Brae, Whitehead Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim BT38 9NZ Telephone: 028 9337 0820 info@whiteheadgolfclub.com www.whiteheadgolfclub.com

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CostaLessGolf S.L

CostaLessGolf S.L offices are based in Fuengirola, Malaga, Spain and our company has been established since 2005. CostaLessGolf S.L prides itself on having an extensive knowledge of the very best golf courses and green fees at greatly discounted rates, 3*, 4* & 5* accommodation, car hire with fare fuel policies, luxury airport and golf transfers and club hire. Our services are provided not only along the Costa del Sol but throughout all of mainland Spain including the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, Portugal, Italy, France and Turkey. CostaLessGolf S.L is a member of IAGTO (The Global Golf Tourism Organisation) and strives to develop the very best working practises within the golf industry and develop good working practises within all areas of the global golf tourist industry.

With over 10 years of experience, CostaLessGolf has an outstanding proven track record and excellent working relationships with the resorts, golf courses, hotels, transfer, car hire and golf club rental services, which in turn give you the client the very best package for the lowest price available. We guarantee to provide our clients with the best value for their individual budget, especially in these difficult economic times, but without compromising on quality and very high standards. With flexible conditions clients are able to reserve a single green fee to a complete golf holiday package. We cater for individuals, couples and large groups of golfers with handicaps at all levels of ability, including ladies, gentlemen, professionals, juniors, academies, societies, residents and even non- golfers.

Our Mission Statement “Here at CostaLessGolf. com we guarantee to provide the best for less� is important to us and with the long established number of satisfied clients who regularly return we are confident you will not find better value golf holidays. CostalessGolf S.L is a Spanish Registered Travel Agency fully licensed, bonded and insured via AXA. We invite you to become part of the CostalessGolf holiday experience please contact us today for a free no obligation quote and be amazed what you can save. For more information please visit our website at www.costalessgolf.com / email: enquiries@costalessgolf.com / Tel:0034 952 661 849 where a member of our team will assist with your enquiry.


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Sunset Beach Club Hotel The Perfect Choice for Your Next Golf Holiday If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a keen golfer enjoying a well-earned break on the Costa del Sol. You’ll undoubtedly be aware of the wide choice of accommodation available in this beautiful part of Spain; however, it’s not easy to find a hotel that covers all your needs.

The hotel’s Panorama bar is a favourite with golfers. Located on the 6th floor of the hotel and boasting spectacular sea views, it offers a daily happy hour and live sports on large flat screen TV’s; you really don’t need to leave the hotel. Groups and societies are also welcome with the hotel offering a wide range of catering options including welcome drinks parties, gala dinners and the use of the private function room for prize giving ceremonies.

You will certainly want somewhere that’s easily accessible to golf courses, near bars, restaurants, and local night life - and that offers comfortable, value-for-money accommodation. With these basic requirements, you will find quite a long list of options, but Golf Guide are delighted to highlight one of our favourite Costa del Sol hotels – Sunset Beach Club - that really stands out from the crowd, in terms of services provided, facilities on offer and value for money in the golf season. This emblematic 4 star hotel enjoys a fantastic seafront location and boasts extensive services and facilities to cover your every need. Málaga airport is just a short 20 minute drive and you can get to many of the Coast’s most popular golf courses such as Torrequebrada, Mijas Golf, Santana, Parador, and La Cala Golf Resort in under half an hour.

As well as a convenient location, Sunset Beach Club has an outdoor pool and sunbathing area open all year round, an on-site supermarket open every day, daily Happy Hour in the Panorama Bar, pool tables, gym (fee applies), and plenty of other details to make your stay enjoyable and as hassle-free as possible – 24 hour reception & security, printer and computer for on-line check-in, luggage weighing scales, and English-speaking staff, to name just a few. From the moment you decide to plan your golf holiday, a quick call or email to the hotel’s dedicated golf desk detailing your requirements is all you need. Their friendly staff will take care of your accommodation, golf tee time bookings at discounted rates, car hire, transfers from the airport and to the golf courses and even golf club hire, if you don’t fancy lugging your bag through the airport.

Sunset Beach Club offers apartment-style accommodation which makes it perfect for two golfers sharing. The standard 1 bedroom apartments have a separate bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room and there is plenty of space to store golf bags in the large wardrobes. For a small added fee you can upgrade to one of their Prime Sea View or Deluxe Junior Suite apartments which have guaranteed sea views, large 42 inch TV’s and other little extras you won’t find in the standard apartments. If you hire a car, the hotel offers covered and outdoor parking facilities and if you stay between November and January you can take advantage of special offers with discounts of up to 50% for garage parking. The apartments-style rooms all have their own fully equipped kitchenette so that you can prepare your own food (or at least keep your drinks cold or make a cup of tea!); however,


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the Oasis Restaurant on the first floor tends to be the favoured option amongst golfers. Every morning they serve an amazing full buffet breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausages, beans, black pudding, hash browns, fruit… the works! If you’ve got an early tee-time and can’t make it to breakfast, the restaurant can prepare a breakfast picnic for you to take away. If you feel like wandering out for a drink, meal or night on the town, there are bars and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Benalmádena’s popular night spots of 24 hour square and the Marina are about a 5-minute taxi ride and Fuengirola is about 1015 minutes away. Sunset Beach Club is open all year round and whilst prices are very reasonable throughout the year, golfers will get the best-value packages by visiting in December or January. For a tailor-made quote for your next golf holiday, simply contact Annemie or Susana by email golf@sunsetbeachclub.com , phone (34 952 579400 Ext. 7822), or by completing the online form in the Golf section of the hotel website. If you’re interested in the accommodation only, or would like to find out more about the hotel’s facilities in general, you will find all the information you need, and can book directly online at www.sunsetbeachclub.com.

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The Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa The Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa is a five star resort ***** Tucked at the heart of the renowned Marbella’s golf valley, escorted by the hills of the Sierra Blanca, lays this resort. A true oasis within the Costa Del Sol. Nestled by the green fairways of La Quinta, guests are within easy reach from the vibrant Puerto Banus Marina Harbour, just 20 minutes, and the picturesque settings of the old town of Marbella, about 15 minutes

Located just 45 minutes away from Malaga International Airport (AGP), the resort enjoys a convenient direct access from the highway that links the major cities within the south of Spain. Marbella enjoys an average temperature of 18.7 degrees centigrade together with 320 days of sunshine throughout the year. La Quinta Golf & Country Club At our Golf Club you can enjoy the experience of playing golf in one of the best golf courses in the Costa del Sol. Situated in the heart of the Golf Valley, only 5 minutes from Puerto Banús. It’s designed by one of the most important ambassadors of the last 30 years in Spanish golf: Manuel Piñero. La Quinta Golf has a 27 holes golf course integrated in the natural surroundings of the area, from which one can view the Mediterranean Sea

and the mountains that encircle Marbella, whilst playing one of its three 9 holes option. In our Golf Club you will encounter a balance between modernity, tradition, nature and good ambience for playing golf. Pro-shop is available. The Westin La Quinta Golf Resort & Spa Our spacious 170 rooms and suites have been recently renovated in an ambiance of modernity and genuine hospitality. Guest rooms feature private balconies that offer captivating views over the pool, fairways and Mediterranean Coastline. There is a complimentary shuttle service to Marbella City Centre and Puerto Banús- subject to availability and season. The resort also has two restaurants, three bars and a Spa.


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The Main Restaurant focuses on International Mediterranean cuisine. Delight yourself in a relaxed ambiance with its vast variety of special dishes, themed evenings, and gastronomic events. Everything accompanied with the best selection of wines. The Club House Restaurant is a place to enjoy a splendid cuisine whiles overlooking panoramic views offered by our extraordinary surroundings. Enjoy our menu of mouthwatering and varied Mediterranean dishes with local products 3 Bars Dream1001 Arabian nights in our cozy Aljama Bar, ideal for an aperitif, snack or just after-dinner drink. A vibrant setting

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for social interaction and relax at the end of the day. The perfect place to try our artisanal cocktails, Crafted at Westin, with natural ingredients and fresh local flavors. El Mirador snack bar is the poolside bar with a terrace overlooking the garden and La Quinta golf course where Westin Fresh by The Juicer and tasteful cocktails and small snacks are served whilst enjoying the microclimate of Marbella. Hole 19 Bar Located on the golf course, it´s the ideal point for a short break during your game. Amazing golf views are presented while enjoying cold drinks and tasty refreshments or just having a cup of coffee during a golf day.

Spa Heavenly Spa by Westin™ features 1.500 m² which include: reception and changing rooms, beauty room, eight treatment rooms, wet treatment rooms with Hammam, Mediterranean Sauna, Aromatic Steam Room, Cascade Shower, Two Sensorial Showers, Hydrotherapy Pool and Refreshing Basin. Contact Details La Quinta Golf & Country Club Club, Urb. La Quinta Golf, Nueva Andalucía, 29660 Marbella Tel.: (+34) 952 762 390 Fax: (+34) 952 762 399 reservas@laquintagolf.com www.laquintagolf.com

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Parador de Málaga Golf By far the oldest course on the Coast and inaugurated by the Spanish Royal Family in 1925. Now consisting of 27 holes, the original 18 holes were designed by To`m Simpson, of Muirhead and Turnberry fame. An easy to walk course, although it is a long one, flat, a mixture of links, seawater lagoons and parkland, suitable for all levels of golfers but when yet that sea wind blows offering a severe challenge to even the most experienced of golfers. Mostly open fairways, flat and quite easy to read

greens, apart from the 9th, 12th and 15th. The ninth is a tricky par-3, difficult to reach on windy days, with a subtly contoured putting surface. The course has been rather underrated of late but is now under new management and in recent years the greens and conditions of the course has been vastly improved. Many visiting golfers like to play this course on the last day of their golfing holiday as it is only a five minute drive from the 18th hole (or 19th hut) to Malaga Airport.

Contact Details Parador de Málaga Golf Autovía MA-20 (Málaga-Algeciras)Salida-1, 29004-Málaga Tel.: (+34) 951 011 120 Fax: (+34) 952 372 072 malaga@parador.es www.parador.es


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Alhaurin Golf Resort

Alhaurin Golf is a beautiful and entertaining Seve Ballesteros designed course composed of 5 par fives, 8 par fours and 5 par threes and is surrounded by Mediterranean forestry and magnificent views over the Costa del Sol. Friendly staff, superb value for money, good quality course, complete with training area including an academy course, spacious natural grass driving range, putting green and chipping

green. Continuous improvements have been made to Alhaurin Golf, making it a must for all golf and nature lovers. It is located in Alhaurin el Grande, just above Fuengirola and mid way between Malaga and Marbella. The trees and plants within the course are typically Mediterranean with plenty of pine trees, Spanish oaks, cypress, orange trees, palms and olives plus a wide range of aromatic plants like thyme and rosemary.

Signature Hole The signature hole is number six, a par five dog-leg right with the most amazing tee positions and views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The drop in height from the tees is absolutely unique, and leaves most players with two more shots to reach the green, well protected by bunkers but not difficult to putt. This is one of those holes every golfer must play.

Contact Details Alhaurin Golf A-7053 Fuengirola/Coin, Km 15, 29120 Alhaurin el Grande Tel.: (+34) 952 595 800 Fax: (+34) 952 594 586 reservasgolf@alhauringolf.com www.alhauringolf.com

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