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Welcome Issue 3. June - July 2011

006 Featured Course 010 News & Features 028 Overview of Ireland 030 Course Guides 066 Directories 088 Travel

A Warm Welcome to The Irish Golf Guide Welcome to the third issue of The Irish Golf Guide. 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 the people who publish the Costa del Sol Golf Guide in Spain, and the North West Golf Guide, and Yorkshire Golf Guide in the UK. This formula has worked for many years in Spain and is proving a similar success in the North of England. This bi-monthly magazine contains in depth reviews of Golf Clubs, Local and International News items, and special promotions. A select number of courses each issue have editorial’s describing the course, the facilities and signature holes and contain the 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. The 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, club players, 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 2011 and beyond. The next issue will be available from all golf clubs, and select golf shops, driving ranges and hotels from the start of August. Happy golfing from all at the Irish Golf Guide!

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Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is one of the oldest, most established and internationally recognised clubs in Ireland with a membership of almost 2,000 from all over the world. Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is unique in that it is the only true ‘lakeside’ golf club in Ireland. It has some of the attributes of the seaside and the inland, and is nestled amidst the splendour of the famous Killarney lakes with the spectacular backdrop of the MacGillycuddy reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland. This unique corner of the earth has been described as ‘’heavens reflex’’ and the ‘’nearest golf club to heaven’’. With three courses, the club can offer three totally unique options and challenges to the golfer.


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1st, Killeen course. Opposite page: 4th, Killeen course

Killeen The Killeen course is very much the flagship course at the club. The Killarney lakes and high mountain range provide an imposing backdrop to this Championship course. Re-opened in June 2006 the course is slightly longer with faster greens that have been brought closer to the water hazards around the course. Killeen hosted last year’s Irish Open and the tournament returns to Killarney again in 2011 from July 28th to 31st. Ross Fisher was the winner of last year’s Irish Open where he won in record-equalling style by finishing the tournament 18 under par, matching the

tournament record set ten years ago by Colin Montgomerie. This year’s tournament will see players starting from a newly constructed 1st tee box on Killeen. This new addition extends the course from 6566 to 6590 metres. At 6590 metres it will challenge long hitters with accuracy being vital as there is water on virtually every hole. Nick Faldo on winning The Irish Open in 1991 was one of only three players to finish under par. The challenging golf is matched by the spectacular views with the 10th being a firm favourite where you are playing virtually onto the lake.

Features of the Killeen course

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Ross Fisher, last years Irish Open Champion

• Fabulous lake views on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th holes. • Spectacular par 3 on the 10th virtually playing onto the lake. • Fabulous closing holes with excellent lake views. • The 13th is a very tough Par 4, possibly the toughest hole on the course affectionately known as the ‘Tiger’ Hole.

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18th, Mahony’s Point

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yourself why the 18th is the most photographed in the world. While Mahony’s Point is the shortest, most scenic and friendly of our three courses, it presents an enjoyable challenge to golfers of all standards, the combination of undulating greens, well positioned bunkers and water hazards ensure that there is enough danger to spoil a good round.

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Mahony’s Point The shortest of our three courses has spectacular views of the famous Killarney lakes overlooked by the MacGillicuddy Reeks. The final three holes are breathtaking as you play towards the lake with the 18th described as “one of the most memorable holes in Golf”, a par three of nearly 200 yards that requires a huge carry across the corner of the lake. Discover for

• Fabulous lake views on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd holes as well as the 15th, 17th and 18th. • The 2nd and 3rd are two of the strongest par 4s in golf followed closely by the tough 11th. • At the 13th, the spectacular scenery of the lakes comes into view, which never fails to impress even the regulars! • Breathtaking views on the last three with the 18th, the most photographed being described as “Heavens Reflex”.

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Lackabane Lackabane is the newest of the three courses at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club. This Parkland course opened officially for play in 2000. Lakes and streams are a feature throughout the length and breadth of the course, adding beauty and danger in equal measure. At 6410 metres off the very back tees the long game will be tested to the full, as competitors in the 2002 Ladies Irish Open and the European Ryder Cup Challenge Tour participants experienced

in 2005. This course is suited to mid to low handicap golfers and is an excellent test of the long game. It is a course that requires thought and rewards good shots. It is a seriously good test of golf with hazards and water features with a good variety of holes. The 3rd is a par 4 of less than 300 yards, while the 7th is a par 5 that stretches to almost 600 yards. It’s fast undulating greens can prove every bit as challenging as Augusta National.

Featured Holes • Lake views from the High Tee’s on the 4th and 6th. • Lakes on 11th & 12th, signature holes as well as the 3rd and 15th. • The toughest hole is the 18th, a long par 4 plays into the prevailing wind.


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Special Offers Our current offer is the Killarney Championship Challenge. Play all three courses to experience the ultimate championship challenge at the offer price of €150 (October – March €125). For more offers, please visit our website www.killarney-golf.com 8th, Killeen course

Practice Facilities The practice facilities located on our Lackabane course have received significant investment in recent times. Facilities at the Killarney School of Golf now include a driving range with covered bays in addition to pitching, putting and chipping greens. Club Professional David Keating was appointed Club Professional at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club in January 2008. David is a class AAT PGA Professional well known throughout Ireland as being one of Ireland’s leading Club Professionals, specialising in Golf Instruction and Custom Club Fitting. David also has an esteemed

reputation as a Golf Coach and has coached teams to win Munster and All Ireland titles. Again, using state of the art technology he can develop each “unique swing” and help golfers of all levels to reach their full potential. Pro Shop The Killarney Golf & Fishing Club’s new Pro Shop opened its doors for the first time in May 2008. With an investment of €500,000 the new 2,700 sq ft Shop is located directly beneath the Club Bar and has panoramic views of the lakes as well as breathtaking views of the 18th Green on Killeen. The Pro Shop is state of the art and is one of the most well equipped and modern Pro Shops in Ireland.

Upcoming Open Days July 2nd Intermediate Scratch Cup Mahony’s Point July 12th/13th Racing Cup Mahony’s Point August 13th Senior Scratch Cup Killeen August 23rd Open Singles Mahony’s Point August 24th Open Fourball Mahony’s Point September 14th Open Fourball Mahony’s Point October 12th Open Fourball Killeen To book your tee time, please call 064 6631034 or email reservations@killarney-golf.com

Lackabane Open Singles The Lackabane Open Singles re-commenced on Friday 25th March and will run every Friday until September. Following the success of last year’s event, the Grand Final will take place on the Killeen course on the 15th October 2011 and all weekly winners will qualify to compete. The top class condition and overall presentation of the Lackabane golf course has attracted golfers from all over the country and once again we hope to show off our great facility over the summer months. The entry fee is €20 for visitors and all competitors must have an official Congu handicap. 18th, Killeen course

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WORLD NEWS

The Ryder Cup France will host for the first time in 2018 The historic announcement, which will see golf’s greatest team event return to the Continent of Europe for the first time in 21 years, was made by Ryder Cup Europe at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England. Le Golf National on the outskirts of Versailles near Paris, the well-established home of the Alstom Open de France, will become only the second Continental venue – following Club de Golf, Valderrama, in Spain in 1997 - when the 42nd edition of The Ryder Cup between Europe and the United States is contested in the autumn of 2018. Five nations – France, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Spain – had participated in an exhaustive and comprehensive Bid Process – the first conducted by Ryder Cup Europe - to identify the country best qualified to follow Medinah Country Club, Illinois, USA, next year; Gleneagles, Scotland, in 2014 and Hazeltine, Minnesota, USA, in 2016 as host of the biennial contest. George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour – the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe – made the official announcement

at the iconic Wentworth Club, a venue which in 1926 had staged an international match recognised as the forerunner to The Ryder Cup itself one year later. Also in attendance were delegates from the five Bid Nations, the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland, the PGAs of Europe, high ranking officials from the world of golf and the media, as France received the seal of approval to host The 2018 Ryder Cup. Richard Hills, Europe’s Ryder Cup Director, had led a four-strong Bid Committee, comprising 2018 Bid Director David MacLaren, Ryder Cup Match Director Edward Kitson and Financial Director Jonathan Orr, to examine and evaluate each Bid, including a series of thorough site inspections to the five countries who had confirmed their desire to stage The Ryder Cup in seven years’ time. A sixth, Sweden, had dropped out of the race in the spring of 2010.

Earlier this year, all five nations signed Conditional Host Agreements and the fully binding legal contract with France was triggered immediately on the announcement that they have become the successful candidate for the 2018 match. France has hosted 118 European Tour, 60 European Challenge Tour and 12 European Senior Tour events. Ten French golfers have won 24 tournaments on The European Tour and 36 players have gained 51 wins on the European Challenge Tour while Thomas Levet and Jean Van de Velde have represented Europe in The Ryder Cup in 2004 and 1999 respectively. Le Golf National, an impressive ‘stadium’ course which has received high praise over the past 20 years, will next month stage the 2011 Alstom Open de France for the tenth successive year and the 19th time in total since its inception 1991.


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The Irish Open

The Irish Open The Irish Contenders The Irish Open returns to Killarney Golf and Fishing Club in County Kerry for a second consecutive year following the huge success of the tournament in 2010.

Packed galleries watched Englishman Ross Fisher capture the title, holding off the surge off Padraig Harrington. That was the tournaments first return to Killarney in 18 years and was also played at the end of July for the first time, having vacated its traditional May slot. First played in 1927, last year the Irish Open had a fairytale winner when Irishman Shane Lowry became only the third amateur to win on The European Tour. The prize fund for the 2011 Irish Open will be confirmed at a later date but to claim the lion’s share the eventual winner will have to conquer not only a high quality field but also the Killeen Course itself. The jewel in the crown of the three-course Killarney Golf Complex was originally designed in 1972 by Eddie Hackett and Billy O’Sullivan. The Killarney lakes and high mountain range provide a stunning backdrop to the course itself. Here we present the profiles of the Irish players who will hopefully be battling it out for the 2011 Irish Open.

Padraig Harrington – 2010 Finished 2nd Padraig Harrington is an Irish golfing legend having won three Majors in recent times and he will be one of the favourites for the 2011 IrishOpen. He has over 11 tournament wins but won his first ‘major’ Tournament in 2007 when he won the British Open after a play off with Sergio Garcia. Earlier that year he had also won the Irish Open at this venue. He is now one of the World’s top golfers and is already being hailed as the greatest Irish golfer of all time. Padraig’s 2007 win at in the British Open at Carnoustie was the first ‘major’ Tournament victory by a European for 8 years and followed Paul Lawrie’s success of 1999 at the same Tournament and at the same venue. He followed up his British Open win in 2007 with another Claret Jug in 2008 and a PGA Championship in the same year, he really made a mark for Europe in America and he will always be remembered for that. His form has slightly dipped in the times since which is a slight worry for him and his fans, so he will be desperate to find his best form here at the Irish Open.


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Graeme McDowell – 2010 Finished tied 31st The popular Ulsterman has won seven events on the European Tour, including the 2010 U.S. Open which was also his first win on the PGA Tour. He has also represented Ireland at the World Cup and been a

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member of the European Ryder Cup team. Before turning professional, McDowell had a successful amateur career both in Ireland and in the United States, where he won many tournaments and was recognised as the most outstanding collegiate golfer in 2002.

He also represented Ireland internationally and was a member of the triumphant Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team in 2001. He will surely be a big favourite at Killarney, and would love to add the Irish Open to his growing list of achievements.

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Rory Mcilroy – 2010 Finished Tied 35th 21-year old Rory McIlroy needs little introduction as his rise to fame and golfing fortune have been headline news all season for the past few years. He comes to the Irish Open aiming to win it for the first time and he will no doubt be one of the favourites. Rory proved himself to be an outstanding links player when, as an amateur, he was very prominent on the British Open leaderboard at Carnoustie and it is a style of golf course that he relishes. That should well stand him in good stead at the Killarney Club and he has more than enough talent to win this tournament.


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Shane Lowry – 2010 Finished tied 21st Shane became only the third amateur to win a European Tour title - when he captured The 3 Irish Open at County Louth Golf Club in Baltray. Aged 22, Lowry beat England’s Robert Rock at the third play-off hole. In January 2010, he finished in fourth place in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, moving him into the top-100 of the Official World Golf Rankings. In June 2010, Lowry qualified for his first major championship, the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews. During the qualification, Lowry equalled Nick Faldo’s course record at Sunningdale when he posted a 62. Lowry went on to make the cut at St Andrews and eventually finished in a tie for 37th place. He is surely one to watch at Killarney. Paul McGinley – 2010 Finshed tied 14th One of the best known golfers on the European Tour, Irishman, Paul McGinley would like nothing more than to win the Irish Open Golf Championship. He has been close before, but certainly has the ability to win and this could well be his time. He has faded away somewhat in recent times and appears to have seen his best days but nevertheless he is still capable of stringing together one or two good rounds. Michael Hoey – 2010 Finished 7th Early in 2009, Hoey finished runner-up to Retief Goosen in the Africa Open on the Sunshine Tour. Then in April, he claimed his first European Tour title, at the Estoril Open de Portugal where he defeated Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño on the third hole of a sudden death playoff. The win also gave him a one-year exemption on the European Tour. Hoey represented Ireland, alongside Gareth Maybin at the 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup where they finished in 24th position. With his high placing at the same venue in 2010, Michael is sure to be one of the local favourites for 2011 at Killarney.

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Darren Clarke – 2010 Finished tied 12th Until recently Darren had struggled to find any real form in recent European Tour events, though he did manage a win on the Asia circuit in April 2008. He has been fighting to regain

his best form which at its heights is is a match for the very best in the world. He should never be ignored by any golf punters, and with his recent win in May at the Iberdrola Open, could we be seeing Darren back to his best?

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TRIBUTE

by Paul Eales

It was a very sad day for golf with the news of the death of Seve Ballesteros after a long battle with cancer. Like many millions of golfers and golf fans I grew up watching the daring deeds of he swashbuckling Spanish genius on TV.

I don’t think I ever relaxed during that round but Seve was charming and so considerate helping me out as the crowds rushed to get into position to watch him, forgetting I still had shots to play.

I was fortunate and privileged to play with Seve on many occasions on the European Tour. The aura and charisma he had is hard to describe, needless to say no other golfer came close. Every player would stop and watch Seve on the driving range and marvel at the imagination and skills he showed whilst just playing and hitting shots.

On Seve’s passing Jack Nicklaus said “Golf has lost a great champion and a great friend. We have also lost a great entertainer and ambassador for our sport. It was his creativity, his imagination and his desire to compete that made him so popular not only in Europe but throughout American galleries too.”

He was also very generous with his time always willing to help other players with their games, passing on tips and advice. I remember the first time I played with Seve I felt so nervous, like a schoolboy going to see the headmaster on his first day at school. He stood on the 1st tee swishing his driver dominating his world, the golf course.

Tiger Woods said of Seve: “Seve was one of the most talented and exciting golfers to ever play the game. His creativity and inventiveness on the golf course may never be surpassed.” Seve’s passion transcended golf and was appreciated around the world in other sports. Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic committee said: “Seve was a man

of incredible skill, charisma and courage as a sportsman, and the dignified way that he fought against the disease was characteristic of the man and was an inspiration to us all. He was a ‘once in a generation athlete’ in his sport and his influence on the game will live long after him.” Of course we all remember Seve leading European teams in the Ryder Cup matches as well as the iconic celebration on the 18th green at St Andrews in 1984 after holing a birdie putt to win his second Open Championship. He was 16 years old when he turned professional and aged just 19 when he won the first of his 50 European Tour titles. European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady said: “We have all been blessed to live in his era. He was the inspiration behind The European Tour.” Severiano Ballesteros RIP


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PRO FILE

Sean Cotter Sean Cotter is the resident professional golfer at the Mount Juliet Estate in Co. Kilkenny. Since he qualified as a PGA Golf Professional out of the Hermitage Golf Club in 1995, Sean has been teaching golf full time.

He joined Mount Juliet in July 2002 and was on hand to learn some ‘tricks of the trade’ at the ‘American Express’ golf championships held at the luxurious resort in 2002 and 2004, where he met with some of the worlds top 50 golfers and their coaches during the championships. Along with all this Sean is also a G.U.I coach with the Leinster branch, which involves working with some of the country’s up and coming golf stars from the southeastern region. He works with the young golfers during the winter months in preparation for the following season.

Sean’s pupils at Mount Juliet range from the absolute beginner to the scratch golfer. The facilities at Mount Juliet’s magnificent Jack Nicklaus designed golf course allow all aspects of the game to be covered, with short game lessons proving particularly popular. A 9 hole playing lesson is also available and involves playing on the championship golf course, allowing Sean to find and isolate your weaknesses, ultimately improving your game! Sean is available for individual or group lessons. Contact the golf shop at Mount Juliet on 056 777 3071 or email scotter@mountjuliet.ie


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“Sean is also a G.U.I coach with the Leinster branch, which involves working with some of the country’s up and coming golf stars from the south-eastern region.”

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LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR NEWS

The Solheim Cup Alison Nicholas, MBE

Alison Nicholas MBE, The 2011 European Solheim Cup Captain, comments on the thrill of the Solheim Cup competition, on Killeen Castle and on Ireland as a good destination.

On the thrill of the Solheim Cup competition It’s one of the best events on the ladies professional tour. You’ve got 24 of the world’s best players playing against each other so it’s a pressure packed, exciting contest. Anyone that’s experienced The Solheim Cup has enjoyed the event which is the biggest in ladies’ golf.

I think the short holes are very challenging; the sixth hole; the 16th; then 17 and 18 are two good finishing holes. On the 18th green you need to get the ball in the right place or it will be very difficult to get a birdie or a par. It rewards good iron play and you have to get your ball in the right place otherwise it will be difficult to score. There are some good natural amphitheatres around the course for viewing.

On Killeen Castle On Ireland as a golf destination It’s a great golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus. The greens are the trickiest part, I think. The fairways are fairly generous but you have to place your ball on the right part of the green otherwise it can be a very hard up and down. I think the short game will play a big part. If you hit your irons well and get them on the right part of the green then you’ll do well.

It’s a brilliant place. I have been doing these clinics around the country and there are some great people: they are passionate about the game. There are some great golf courses around Ireland and it’s a great place to visit: it’s as simple as that. There are many great golf courses to play and it’s a very hospitable nation.

The 2011 Solheim Cup will be held on September 23-25 2011 at Killeen Castle, Co. Meath. For more information visit: www.solheimcup.com Killeen Castle is a unique development set in the historic grounds of one of Ireland’s oldest and finest 12th century Norman castles. The spectacular 600 acre estate is home to a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. For more information visit: www.killeencastle.com


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REGIONAL NEWS

St. Anne’s Golf Club A Rich History and a Bright Future

St. Anne’s G.C was founded 90 years ago and the memories of triple crowns and the great Paddy Skerritt are still vivid in the minds of many members. However this hidden gem in the heart of Dublin intends to build on this history to create an even brighter future.

Development works in recent years have provided a course that is now ranked among Ireland’s finest, and the impressive links (Par 71) is both a challenge and a pleasure to play, surrounded as it is by the Irish Sea on one side and the peace and tranquility of a beautiful nature reserve on the other. The state of the art clubhouse offers excellent pre and post game hospitality as well as fantastic panoramic views of Dublin bay, while the club still retains the warm and friendly atmosphere that St. Anne’s has long been renowned for. Visitors and golf societies continue to recognise this by returning year after year. The club is even more vibrant having recently welcomed more than 100 new members who will help to forge future success both on and off the course.

In 2010, the club received a great boost when Anna Courtney (pictured right) triumphed in the Leinster Girl’s Championship at Balbriggan GC. Anna’s triumph was quickly followed by her selection to play for Ireland in the Home International Matches at Bangor GC., becoming the first St. Anne’s member to receive international honours. Anna hit the opening tee shot in the matches and went on to become one of Ireland’s leading point’s scorers. Anna’s undoubted talent, which had been evident from an early age, developed to its current level through a combination of the club’s forward thinking junior golf program, the support of her parents who are themselves active golfers, but most of all her own dedication to the game. Visitors sitting in the club house must have often looked out over the course towards the practice area, chipping area or putting

green and seen an elegant young lady working away at her game in all types of weather. The strength’s of Anna’s game are her prodigious length, a sound putting stroke, and a calm unflappable demeanour that sees her execute critical shots with apparent ease. Anna is the third generation of her family to play at St. Anne’s, and she shares a common understanding with all other members about what makes it special - a fantastic golf course with a warm and friendly atmosphere.


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FASHION NEWS

GOLFINO Spring/Summer Collection 2011

Spring Cosmopolitan Fashionable and sophisticated sportswear not only for the golf course. In men’s Spring Cosmopolitan, powerful colours are combined with soft shades and materials in an elegant style that remains true to the module’s sporty nature. Ruby red, rosé and a powerful ink blue are the key colours which, when combined with the various shades of grey, natural shades such as coffee and the bright stone colours, underline the stylish sportswear image. The polo shirts are presented in the highlight colours in Extra Dry fabric and in a discreet jersey grey. The highlights with a retro touch are the V-neck cardigan with a full button strip and the two-part V-neck pullover with fashionably interpreted Argyle patterns: both feature in a light, spring-like Pima cotton quality. A smooth bonded fleece rounds off this look with its mixture of 70s retro aesthetics and futuristic materials. Additional technical designs can be found in an airy, new interpretation of the Harrington jacket, which Steve McQueen and James Dean turned into a timeless feature of any man’s wardrobe. Socks in a matching ink blue with bright stripes match the outerwear perfectly and can be shown off anywhere.

Sleeveless Cardigan Price: 130 € / 195 CHF / 100 £ Material: 100 % Cotton (Pima Cotton) Colour: 54-Ink Available in sizes: 46-58 Short Sleeve Shirt Price: 110 € / 165 CHF / 90 £ Material: 95% Cotton / 4% Polyamide / 1% Elastane (Stretch Vichy) Colour: 37-Ruby Available in sizes: 48-58 4-Way-Stretch Trousers Price: 130 € / 195 CHF / 110 £ Material: 85% Polyamide / 15% Elastane (4-Way-Stretch) Colour: 12-Light Stone Also available in 82-Light Grey Marl Available in sizes: 46-58


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REGIONAL NEWS

Play-off joy for Moynihan at Faldo Series in Ireland

Donabate’s Gavin Moynihan was celebrating a place in the Faldo Series Europe Grand Final after emerging triumphant over Evan Farrell in a play-off to win the fourth Faldo Series Ireland Championship at Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh.

Joining Moynihan at the World Amateur Golf Ranking event hosted by Sir Nick Faldo will be Boys’ Under-21 winner Dan Murphy from Portarlington, Boys’ Under-16 champion Niall Foley, also from The Island, and winner of the girls’ division Victoria Bradshaw from Bangor.

A hat-trick of birdies on holes 15 to 17 of the Faldo Course at Lough Erne sealed a levelpar final round for Moynihan and a 36-hole total of 146 following his opening 74.

Established in 1996, 35 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 25 countries worldwide with over 5,000 golfers participating each year. Former winners include Lough Erne’s touring professional Rory McIlroy, plus Nick Dougherty, Marc Warren, John Parry, Melissa Reid, Florentyna Parker and Yani Tseng, all winners on Tour.

The 16 year-old then took that momentum into a play-off with co-leader Farrell (72-74) and defeated his opponent from Ardee, also 16, with another birdie on the first extra hole. Having also edged Farrell out of the Boys’ Under-18 title, Moynihan, a member of The Island Golf Club, will return to Lough Erne, home of the Faldo Series Europe, for the 15th Grand Final on September 12-14.

Supported by The R&A, the European Tour and Lough Erne Resort, the 2011 Faldo Series Europe schedule features a record 18 tournaments in 11 different countries including seven in England plus others in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Czech Republic, Russia, Greece, The Netherlands, Brazil, Germany and Slovakia.

Leading final scores: Boys’ Under-21: 148 – Dan Murphy (76-72) 154 – Cian Geraghty (81-73) Boys’ Under-18: 146 – Gavin Moynihan (74-72) 146 – Evan Farrell (72-74) 147 – Alan Lowry (72-75) 148 – James Hewitt (76-72) Boys’ Under-16: 153 – Niall Foley (76-77) 155 – Jack Walsh (77-78) Girls’ Under-21: 153 – Victoria Bradshaw (81-72) 165 – Chloe Ryan (86-79) For information & scores and results visit www.nickfaldo.com / www.faldoseries.info


The world’s best golfers are heading to Royal Liverpool, Hoylake in the next few years and now is your chance to test yourself amongst the fairways and bunkers of one of the greatest links courses in world golf.

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THe WiRRaL GoLf CLassiC is a 72 hole amateur golf tournament, open to men and women, held over some of the finest links in the country. Royal Liverpool, the stage of the Ricoh Women’s open in 2012 and The open Championship once more in 2014, headlines this 72-hole stableford event for club amateurs. The Wirral Golf Classic will be held on the peninsula from 19 to 23 September. All entrants will play a round of golf at each of the four participating courses; Caldy, Heswall, Royal Liverpool and Wallasey, with a rest day during the week. Caldy, former venue of the seniors’ Championship, boasts stunning views from its cliffs across the River Dee to Wales; Heswall was the venue for The R&A’s Junior Championships in 2006 and stages the North of England Under-16 Championships each year; Wallasey, home of stableford, is an open Qualifying venue enjoying beautiful views across the Mersey to Liverpool. The format will be an aggregate stableford competition with prizes for the top 20 players. And with prizes worth over £3,000 there is plenty to play for. Entry is just £219 per person. For further details call 0151 625 9994.

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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.


The Irish Golf Guide

Ireland Regional Overview

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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Arklow Golf Links Abbeylands, Arklow, Co. Wicklow Telephone: +353 (0)402 32492 Email enquiries via website www.arklowgolflinks.com

ARKLOW Golf Links

How to Find Follow the M50/M11 southbound and continue onto the N11 southbound. Take the first exit for Arklow. Cross Hoey’s bridge and take left up South Quay. Turn right up S. Green to junction. Take left facing Dainty Bakery Shop onto Tinahask Road. Take next right up Tinahask Road Lower. Take right fork at The Wicklow Baptist Church up St Michael’s Tce. Head straight up the hill and into Arklow Golf Links.

Arklow Golf Club was formed in 1927. Since the very beginning, the Club has extended a warm and inviting welcome to all of its visitors from at home and from overseas. Your friends at Arklow will ensure that your visit is much more than a great round of golf. South Wicklow’s beauty, the adjacent Irish Sea, reasonable rates and extraordinary service will guarantee your personal satisfaction above all else. This traditional links was originally formed by Hawtree & Taylor and has evolved with the aid of inputs from Eddie Hackett and in recent times Eddie Connaughton. The links has been described as a hidden jewel and the

Southern Region of the Irish PGA held their 2001 and 2002 Championships on this links. Signature Hole Hole 2, Par 4, ‘The Graveyard’ This is a stiff test as the green is unsighted from the tee due to a large dune. It is best to drive to the left of the fairway which avoids heavy rough on right and opens up a good view of the green. Difficult undulations on the green make this a tough par 4 and well worthy of its Index 6. The name derives from the distant past when it was an animal graveyard. Designer and five times (5) Open Champion J H Taylor considered this hole to be the best test of golf on the course.

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Putting Green, Pro Shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 69 • 6505 • 6074 • 5440 (72) H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

381

10

4

384

2

4

397

11

3

147

3

3

179

12

4

397

4

4

345

13

3

167

5

4

421

14

4

353

6

4

387

15

4

418

7

3

127

16

5

495

8

4

331

17

4

431

9

3

179

18

5

535

4 for 3 Monday to Friday Attractive membership options Full Membership Join now for €1,500, including 1 Year Annual Sub of €919 Five day membership No entrance fee and €649 per year


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Ashbourne Golf Club Archerstown, Ashbourne, Co. Meath Telephone: 01 8352005 Email enquiries via website www.ashbournegolfclub.ie

How to Find

Ashbourne

From Ashbourne Village:
Turn at Ashbourne House Hotel. Follow road for approx. 1 mile. Course Entrance on left just after the skew-backed bridge. From M50:
Take exit for N2 (Derry/ Ashbourne). Take exit 3 (signposted for Ashbourne/Ratoath/Swords). At roundabout take third exit (road to Swords). Take 1st left turn - there is a sign for the course at the junction. You will see the course on your right in a matter of seconds. From Airport:
Follow signs for M1 South. On M1 take exit for M50. Follow instructions above. Ashbourne Golf Club is a fine parkland layout designed by Declan Branigan Design with Ryder Cup Vice-Captain Des Smyth.

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Practice Area (Putting Green, Short Game Area, Practice Fairway), Pro Shop (Trolley, Electric Trolley, Buggy rental; Club Hire; Lessons).

Measuring 5,869 meters from the Championship tees, the par 71 course is not long by today’s standards, but it still proves to be a stern test of golf. The combination of Broadmeadow River and the five man-made lakes come into play on thirteen holes. The difficulty of the layout is further enhanced by a number of strategically positioned trees.

Course Information 18 holes, Par 71 • 5869 • 5717 • 5541 • 5024 (72) H ole Par • MTS

H ole Par • MTS

1

4

274

10

3

170

2

3

155

11

4

362

3

4

330

12

4

358

4

5

450

13

3

140

5

3

144

14

5

471

6

5

487

15

4

322

7

4

356

16

3

138

8

4

405

17

5

489

9

4

346

18

4

320

The combination of a fine golf course and a very friendly atmosphere in our clubhouse

makes Ashbourne Golf Club a perfect venue for a casual round or a society outing. The facilities have been improved with the opening of our new restaurant by award winning chef Keith Kenny. Golfers and nongolfers alike can enjoy Keith’s fine food in the friendly atmosphere of the bar or the more formal setting of the restaurant. Signature Hole: Hole 12, Par 4, 373 Metres A fantastic hole that brings the river into play from the tee and again on the approach. Steely nerves are required even if the golfer decides to lay up on their second shot. A classic risk and reward Par 4.

Join for only €2000, including first years subscription Terms and conditions apply

Early Bird Green Fee: €15 before 9am (on line booking only) 9.00am – 10.30am €19 After 10.30am €25 or fourball for €85 Subject to availability. Must be booked in advance

Monday Madness: Please check our website for special offers for great value golf on Mondays


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Athlone Golf Club Hodson Bay, Athlone, Co. Roscommon Telephone: 353 906 492073 athlonegolfclub@eircom.net www.athlonegolfclub.ie

How to Find

Athlone

From the East: Follow signs for Galway on the M6 motorway. Continue past Athlone on the bypass. Cross over the River Shannon bridge and take the Roscommon Exit (N61). Continue towards Roscommon for approximately 5kms. Athlone Golf Club is well sign posted and located to your right.

Athlone Golf Club was founded in 1892 making it one of the longest established clubs in the country. It is a superb 18-hole parkland course situated on the shores of Lough Ree in the centre of the country bounded on three sides by picturesque Lough Ree. Beautifully designed, the course exploits the natural splendour of its surroundings, affording from its vantage points and from the modern strategically appointed clubhouse, with panoramic views of the lake and its wooded islands. Its tree-lined fairways and undulating terrain make it a true test of golf for all standards of golfer.

Athlone Golf Club has hosted many provincial and national championships, including the All-Ireland Cups and Shields Finals in 1998. Also, in 2007, the All Ireland Mixed and All Ireland Ladies Championships were held here. Signature Hole: 13th, 396m par 4. A severe dogleg right to left, you drive over “the saddle” into a valley. The braver you are with your tee shot, the shorter the blind approach to the relatively small green, protected by a bunker to the left and mounds and hollows to the right. A par is a great score on any day. Anything higher and you will want to go back and play it again… but differently!

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Putting Green, Trolleys, Lessons, Club Hire, Club Repair Service, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 71 • 6164 • 5983 • 5695 • 5103 H ole Par • MTS

H ole Par • MTS

1

4

337

10

3

176

2

3

140

11

4

365

3

4

377

12

5

454

4

4

399

13

4

396

5

5

520

14

4

313

6

3

151

15

4

296

7

5

421

16

4

407

8

4

384

17

3

107

9

4

379

18

4

361

Athlone Golf Club Open Day Special Offer : Golf, Steak & a Pint €30 All Open Days €15 Open Week 24th to 31st July Open Competitions Every Wednesday


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Bray Golf Club Greystones Road, Bray Co.Wicklow Telephone: +353 1 2763200 info@braygolfclub.com www.braygolfclub.com

How to Find

BRAY

From Dublin Airport: Take the M1 towards Dublin City. Then take the slip road for the M50 and follow the M50 Southbound. Proceed through toll bridge and continue along the M50 until it meets the N11. Travel along the N11 for approximately 3 miles and take the 5th turn-off which is signposted for Bray & Greystones. At the roundabout turn right and travel along the Southern Cross Road until you reach the roundabout at the Ramada Woodlands Court hotel. Turn right and drive for 700 yards. The entrance to the course is on the left. Bray Golf Club is a magnificent USGA-standard parkland course, set in nearly 200 acres, between Bray Head and the Sugar Loaf Mountain with magnificent views of Killiney Bay and the Wicklow Mountains. Described as “spectacular in every aspect”, Bray combines stunning scenery with a classic layout.

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Meeting Rooms, Practice Range, Putting Green, Chipping Green, Trolleys, Buggies, Lessons, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 71 • 5990 • 5645 • 5188 • 5077 H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

389

10

4

288

2

3

152

11

4

291

3

3

380

12

4

338

4

3

161

13

3

150

5

5

430

14

4

360

6

5

466

15

5

428

7

4

340

16

3

149

8

4

316

17

4

385

9

3

154

18

5

468

Our course, which has been in play since June, 2003, was designed by Des Smyth (2006 Ryder Cup Vice-Captain) and Declan Brannigan and is a striking example of modern design with old style golfing values. It provides the perfect environment for all golfers. The design strategy involved a tiered effect for the

fairways, thereby negating to a large degree the effect of the sloping site on which the course was constructed. As a result a large number of the holes are relatively flat. The course was constructed using modern construction methods and the sand based USGA specification greens provide wonderful putting surfaces all year round. The choice of three tees on each hole provides the player with three different tests of golf. The Blue tees total 5990 metres in length, with the white measuring 5645 metres and the yellow tees 5188 metres.

Great value membership options available With installment payment schemes covering Entrance Fees and Annual Charges. Join Now as a Full or 5 Day Member and pay over 5 years !

Don’t forget our great 4 for 3 Offer on Green Fees Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturday afternoons.

Call: +353 1 2763200 · info@braygolfclub.com · www.braygolfclub.com


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Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club Carrigduff, Bunclody Co. Wexford Telephone: 053 9374444 info@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.

Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club is situated in 300 acres of breathtaking parklands in the former Hall-Dare Estate on the Carlow Wexford border. Although a new addition to the Irish golfing tradition Bunclody Golf Club is proving to be the premier golf course in the Southeast. The golf course runs over 7,200 yards making it an undeniably championship golf course. On site is a fully stocked Professional shop where the resident Golf professional Ian Kerr operates the Golf Academy. Our traditionally thatched club house has the characteristics of an old historic golf club yet it boasts stateof-the-art amenities. The golf course also

includes Ireland’s first ever elevator linking the 17th green with the 18th tee. The luxurious locker rooms and sauna provide weary golfers with a place to relax and unwind before availing our top class bar and restaurant. Signature Hole: The Index 1, 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.

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 Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

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

Open Week: 22 July - 1st August. €35 per person each day Check website www.bunclodygfc.ie for list of events or call the pro shop on 05393 74444


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Castlerea Golf Club Clonalis, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon Mobile: 087 1278066 Landline: 094 9620068 castlereagolf@oceanfree.net www.castlereagolfclub.com

How to Find

Facilities Bar, Catering on request, Putting Green

Course Information 9 holes, Par 68 • 5682 • 4908 H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

339

10

4

348

2

4

273

11

4

368

3

5

466

12

5

479

4

3

150

13

3

150

5

5

424

14

4

358

6

4

357

15

4

358

7

4

385

16

3

172

8

4

394

17

4

385

9

3

140

18

4

325

Castlerea

From M6: Continue onto N6 (signs for Gaillimh/Galway/Athlone). At junction 2, take the N61 exit to Ros Comain/ Roscommon/Sligeach/Sligo. Turn left at Roscommon Rd/N61 (signs for Ros Comain/Sligeach/Sligo). At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Circular Rd/N63. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Goff St/N61. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Racecourse Rd/N60. Turn right at Main St/N60. Turn left at St Patrick’s St/N60

Castlerea golf club was founded on 9th September 1905. The course was originally located on the Ballymoe road at Harristown.

historic seat of the O’Conor Don family.

It moved to its present location at Clonalis in 1907. The land was initially leased from the O’Conor Don family. In 1985, the members purchased the freehold interest in the lands.

Castlerea Golf Course is acknowledged as a fine example of a parkland 9 hole golf course. It comprises some 5682 yards and is built around a tributary of the river suck. The water and mature broadleaf trees represent an interesting challenge for all golfers.

The club house was replaced in 1990/91 when the current building was erected. The club continues to develop the course and grounds and purchased additional lands in 2007. This new development is in close proximity to the famous Clonalis House, the

Signature Hole: 4/13th hole is the most scenic on the course. A Par 4 with the men’s tee positioned beside the river and requiring a drive across water. The green is positioned close to a group of trees. Not a hole to slice or pull your shot.

Castlerea Golf Club Special Offers on Distant Membership Full Membership only €190 (outside 60kms) Students €100 (including 3rd Level) G.U.I. & I.L.G.U. Fees included. June 18th Saturday - Distant Members Club Competition. July 2nd & 3rd - Open Singles Weekend. All Welcome. Details Contact Mickey 087 1278066


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Citywest Hotel & Golf Resort Saggart Co. Dublin Telephone: 353 1 401 0878 proshop@citywesthotel.com www.citywesthotel.com

How to Find

CityWest Hotel

From Dublin City Centre, Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire Port: Follow signs for the West or the South. You will come to the M50 (Dublin orbital). Follow signs for the South and exit the M50 onto the N7 (towards Limerick and Cork). After about 4 miles you will see signs for Citywest Business Campus, ignore them and take the following exit marked by brown traffic signs for Citywest Hotel. Exit off the N7 and carry straight on for about a mile. Citywest Hotel is on your right.

Located in the grounds of this Dublin hotel, The Christy O’ Connor Jnr Championship course is a first class test of golf in a wonderful parkland setting covering a distance of over 6,010 yards. This par 69 course offers the combination of perfectly manicured fairways, superb putting surfaces and beautiful trees that provide the golfer with a wonderful and inspiring golf experience. Our expert Golf Team are always on hand to provide assistance for any of your needs whether it be a day out with friends, group & society outings or special corporate & charity events.

The 18th Hole is one of the great finishing holes in Ireland. As the golfer stands on the tee-box, they are faced with an inspirational par 4 that demands an acute level of accuracy. To successfully hit the fairway from the tee, the golfer must manoeuvre their ball through a narrow gap that is protected by mature trees on both sides, while at the same time avoiding the first of two lakes that runs down the left hand side of the fairway. Having successfully hit the fairway, the golfer is then faced with a daunting 2nd shot to the green, the main obstacle being a lake that runs right up to the front edge of the green. A good score at this hole will certainly make the 19th hole even more enjoyable.

Facilities Hotel, Convention Centre, Conference Rooms, Spa, Gym/Leisure Centre, Bars, Restaurants, Creche, Changing Rooms, Putting Green, Trolleys, Club Hire, Buggies, Pro shop Course Information 18 holes, Par 69 • 6010 • 5748 • 5451 • 4806 H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

371

10

3

157

2

5

440

11

4

339

3

3

171

12

4

380

4

4

370

13

5

540

5

4

375

14

3

154

6

3

183

15

5

487

7

4

286

16

4

385

8

3

177

17

3

137

9

4

380

18

4

416

Special offer for 2 nights B&B + 1 round of golf for €135 p.p.


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Cobh Golf Club Marino, Cobh, Co. Cork Telephone: 021 4812399 info@cobhgolfclub.ie www.cobhgolfclub.ie

How to Find Coming from the Dublin Road,
Turn left off the Dunkettle round about onto the Cork to Waterford N25 and follow directions as below.

Facilities Tea & Coffee facilities, Putting Green, Trolleys, Lessons, Club Hire, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 6618 • 6250 • 6007 • 5494 (73) H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

376

10

3

149

2

4

339

11

5

470

3

5

531

12

3

131

4

5

440

13

5

468

5

4

428

14

4

425

6

3

195

15

3

129

7

4

404

16

4

387

8

3

150

17

4

395

9

4

366

18

5

467

Cobh

Coming from Cork or Waterford direction,
Leave the N25 at exit to Cobh. Go through the roundabouts in direction Cobh and/or Fota Wildlife Park onto the R624. Travel 3 km (past the entrance to Fota Wildlife Park on right). Cross the Belvelly Bridge. Immediately turn right (staying on the R624). Follow the road for 2km. Entrance to the Golf Course is on the left side. Cobh Golf Club is unique in that it remains the latest members owned club to be affiliated to the Golfing Union of Ireland. It enjoys a vibrant membership with a friendly welcoming atmosphere to guests and visitors alike. The new course opened for full play in June 2009. This parkland style course is situated at Marino Point, and is 2 miles outside the picturesque town of Cobh in Cork Harbour. It is an 18 hole championship standard golf course with USGA specification greens and a genuine Island Green at the par3 10th. The magnificent site at Marino is

located in an elevated position and offers stunning views of the inner harbour, the estuary and surrounding countryside. Signature Hole Hole 10, Par 3, 167 Yards (Blue Tee) Located on the highest point of the golf course, with spectacular panoramic view, is every golfers dream (and nightmare), a Par 3 with an island green. The length of the hole is 170 metres from the back tee, but the drop down to the green is over 12 metres, so the hole plays much shorter than its length suggests. Additionally the green has plenty of gently sloping surrounds.

Open Singles every Monday and Friday Open Fourball every Thursday for €20 pp Early Bird Green Fee Specials 20€ before 10:30 Monday-Thursday


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Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club Newmarket-on-Fergus Clare

Dromoland Castle

Telephone:+353 061 368144 sales@dromoland.ie www.dromoland.ie

How to Find Dromoland Castle is ideally located 8 miles from Shannon Airport in Clare just outside Newmarket on Fergus. The proximity of this beautiful castle hotel in Clare Ireland to other major cities in the South /South West of Ireland make it an ideal location for touring: 19 miles from Limerick city, 48 miles from Galway city, 80 miles from Cork city and 88 miles from Killarney.

Dromoland Castle Golf and Country Club has been in existence since 1962 and golf has been played for 43 years over the lush rolling tree lined landscape that drains into Dromoland Lough with the Castle as a backdrop. The course was entirely revamped in 2004 at a cost of over €5million, and has subsequently been refined and polished over the following few years. The Course architects, Ron Kirby and the late JB Carr teamed up again following their success at the Old Head of Kinsale. The result is nothing short of spectacular and places Dromoland at the vanguard of “must play” golf destinations on the island of Ireland.

Already the course has earned a reputation equalling that of Adare and Mount Juliet and the quality of the greens and tees is compared very favourably to the very best worldwide. Dromoland Castle golf resort is one of the finest 5 star hotels in Ireland and now has a golf course to equal the splendour of the setting. Visitors to the course have eloquently described it as “the Augusta of Ireland”. Our signature hole is the par 3, 7th at 179 yards. Large lake vista with Dromoland castle as a background, well shaped green with green side bunker on the right and a feature pond short and left of the green.

Visit our website www.dromoland.ie for the latest offers

Facilities 5 Star Hotel, Spa, Bar, Restaurant, Meeting Rooms, Driving Range, 2 Putting Greens, Chipping Green, Trolleys, Buggies, Lessons, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 71 • 6975 • 6678 • 6247 • 5481 H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

390

10

4

418

2

4

588

11

3

565

3

4

158

12

4

440

4

3

402

13

4

152

5

5

411

14

5

397

6

3

421

15

4

293

7

4

148

16

5

179

8

5

391

17

3

341

9

4

495

18

4

443


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Druids Glen Resort Newtownmountkennedy, Co.Wicklow, Ireland Hotel & Golf Reservations Team reservations@druidsglenresort.com Telephone: 01 2870847

Druids Glen Resort

Druids Glen & Druids Heath Golf Courses barry.dowling@druidsglenresort.com Telephone: 01 2812504 www.druidsglenresort.com

How to Find From Dublin Airport: Take the M1 then follow M50 Southbound. Proceed through toll area, continue to the end of the M50 motorway and follow the signs for M11/N11 (Wexford/ South East) M11 continues onto the N11 through Kilmacanogue Village, onwards through Glen O’ The Downs* Enjoy the tranquility of the mystical Druids Glen, with manicured tree-lined fairways, historical landmarks, spectacular water features and vibrant floral displays.

Druids Glen Resort enjoys a breathtaking setting in wonderful Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland. Just 30 minutes driving distance from Dublin City Centre, the resort and hotel are a long established secret – its long list of loyal guests returning time and time again, for it’s relaxed atmosphere and friendly, yet meticulous service.

Known as “The Augusta of Europe” this famous course designed by Pat Ruddy & Tom Craddock, opened in 1995. Just a year after opening, Druids Glen hosted the Irish Open for four years in a row. Colin Montgomerie won two years running, followed by David Carter and Sergio Garcia, shooting a 64 in the final round. Druids Glen has hosted the prestigious Seve Trophy, a biannual event between the leading Tour Players of Britain & Ireland and Continental Europe.

Facilities at the resort include: 5 Star Resort & Hotel · 145 Deluxe Bedroom and Suites · Choice of Dining Options · 2 Championship Golf Courses · The Spa at Druids Glen Hotel · Leisure Facilities and 18 m Swimming Pool · Excellent Conference, Banqueting & Event Facilities · Stunning Wedding Venue.

From Dublin City: Take the N11 route towards Wexford, through Kilmacanogue Village, onwards through Glen O’ The Downs* From Belfast: Follow the signs for Newry, when exiting Newry follow the signs for Dundalk and on into Drogheda. From Drogheda head towards the M1 Southbound. Exit M1 and join the M50 travelling South bound. Continue on the M50 past the Toll bridge. Continue to the end of the M50 motorway and follow the signs for M11/N11 (Wexford/ South East) M11 continues onto the N11 through Kilmacanogue Village, onwards through Glen O’ The Downs* *From Glen O’ The Downs: Take the left turn signposted Newtownmountkennedy, the next left off the roundabout reaching a T Junction. Take a right and the next right at another T Junction. Take the next left and follow the signs.

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Druids Glen Resort

Druids Glen 18 holes, Par 71 • 7046 • 6560 • 6202 • 5541 (73) H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

427

10

4

401

2

3

174

11

5

512

3

4

330

12

3

168

4

4

417

13

4

461

5

5

492

14

4

333

6

4

456

15

4

395

7

4

392

16

5

481

8

3

152

17

3

178

9

4

369

18

4

422

When you come to play at Druids Glen, you’re playing one of the finest, most challenging, and most enjoyable golf courses in Europe - a course good enough to host the most prominent event in Irish golf. In 2000, Druids Glen was named “European Golf Course of the Year.”

Druids Heath 18 holes, Par 71 • 7434 • 7001 • 6629 • 6054 • 5423 (72) H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

420

10

4

384

2

5

536

11

3

185

3

3

186

12

4

462

4

5

504

13

4

345

5

3

182

14

3

159

6

4

450

15

5

474

7

4

409

16

4

448

8

4

351

17

4

372

9

4

391

18

4

371

There are few places in the world that encapsulate the true spirit of the game of golf like Druids Heath. The Mountains, Sea and rolling Irish Countryside provide stunning vistas throughout your round. The sea breeze calls for shot-making skills and imagination from the golfer.

In the words of Pat Ruddy “Druids Heath affords the player the opportunity to stride-out in a place which is invigorating to both body and soul with the ever present sea breezes adding greatly to a sporting challenge, which is quite difficult to concentrate on as the eye wanders eagerly fifty miles out to sea, twenty miles southwards over an unspoiled, rolling pastoral scene to Wicklow Head and inland to the Wicklow Mountains. Dull would he be of soul who would allow a few stray shots spoil a day in such a blessed spot”. Venue for the 2006 Irish PGA Championship, Druids Heath has played host to many of the worlds leading Tour Players.

Golf Societies Summer Weekend Summer Weekday Winter Weekend Winter Weekday

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For bookings Contact Jane Balfe on 01 2870812 or Email: jane.balfe@druidsglenresort.com For Golf Society Booking please reference Irish Golf Guide in order to win a two ball on Druids Glen and a two ball on Druids Heath for your society prize!


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Edmondstown Golf Club Edmondstown Road, Rathfarnham Dublin 16 Telephone: 00 353-1-493-1082 info@edmondstowngolfclub.ie www.edmondstowngolfclub.ie

How to Find

EdmonDstown

From the Airport merge onto M50 Southbound. At exit 12, take left slip road left to Knocklyon/Ballyboden/Firhouse. Go straight through two roundabouts. At 3rd roundabout take last exit onto Ballyboden Road. Keep straight onto R116 Edmondstown is on left hand side. From Dublin/Christchurch Place N81. Turn left to stay on N81/Nicholas Street. Keep straight onto R114. Turn left onto Rathfarnham Road. Turn right onto R115/ Willbrook Road. At roundabout, take 2nd exit . Keep straight onto R116 Edmondstown is on left hand side. Possessing a fair but testing reputation, Edmondstown Golf Club, in delightful environs in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains 7 miles to the south and west of the city centre, is a well maintained and manicured course in elevated deciduous parkland. Major focal points of the course are the secluded 4th and 6th holes, which are isolated from the remainder of the course by a meandering stream, drawing the golfer into a difficult shot to the green; indeed the aforementioned 6th remains one of the best inland par fours in Ireland. The Club plays host to many outings during

the year and can provide first class food and drink in a friendly atmosphere. It is this friendliness which members cherish among themselves and which ensures that visitors are made to feel welcome. Signature Hole: Hole 6 - Par 4 - 382 Metres The elevated tee yields a beautiful view of this well protected green, surrounded by river (front), as well as bunkers and ponds. But don’t spend too much time enjoying the scenery. Try to leave approach short of pin, as the green slopes strongly from back to front. Par is a good score, as danger lurks around every turn...

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Putting Green, Trolleys, Lessons, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 71 • 6011 • 5841 • 5493 • 4955 (72) H ole Par • MTS

H ole Par • MTS

1

4

376

10

4

310

2

4

338

11

4

338

3

3

153

12

5

477

4

5

494

13

3

140

5

4

391

14

4

358

6

4

382

15

4

275

7

5

451

16

4

322

8

3

160

17

3

166

9

4

330

18

4

380

Green Fees Specials to 30th June 2011 Play Edmondstown for 35 euro midweek or 45 euro weekend. Book now on www.edmondstowngolfclub.ie or Tel: 4931082 Corporate & Society Outings 2011 Contact Angela Sterling Finance & Marketing Manager angelasterling@edmondstowngolfclub.ie or Tel: 4931082 Membership – Closing date 30th June 2011 Applications to Selwyn Davies General Manager info@edmondstowngolfclub.ie or Tel: 4931082


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Fota Island Resort
 Fota Island 
 Cork Telephone: 353 21 488 3700 reservations@fotaisland.ie www.fotaisland.ie

How to Find

Facilities Hotel, Spa, 3 Golf Courses, Bar, Restaurant, Putting Green, Driving Range, Golf Academy, Trolleys, Buggies, Lessons, Club Hire, Pro shop

Course Information The Deerpark Course 18 holes, Par 71 • 6927 • 6488 • 6100 • 5509 The Belvelly Course 18 holes, Par 72 • 7121 • 6746 • 6349 • 5772 The Barryscourt Course 18 holes, Par 73 • 7362 • 6958 • 6567 • 5861

Fota Island

From Cork Airport Take the E30 as far as the Cobh Exit, approximately nine miles (15 kilometres) east of Cork. Follow the R264 towards Cobh for approximately two miles (three kilometres). Follow signs for Fota Island Golf Club and the resort is on the left.

Fota Island Golf Club is just a few minutes drive from Cork City’s international airport. Located in the heart of a 780 acre estate which is included in “The Inventory of Outstanding Landscapes in Ireland”. The splendid woodlands are woven into three challenging championship courses which are very much in the traditional mode, featuring strategically placed bunkers and undulating putting surfaces. The Deerpark Course at Fota Island Golf Club with its receptive greens and strategic bunkering impresses even the most experienced professionals. The Deerpark was proud to host the Irish Open in 2001 and 2002.

The Belvelly Course at Fota Island Resort, a Par 72 course stretching over 7121 yards from the championship tees, includes the new ninehole layout also developed by Jeff Howes. The Barryscourt Course at Fota Island Resort, a Par 73 course, also incorporates the new nine-hole layout. Signature Hole: Hole 10, Deerpark Course. A lovely down hill par 5, needs a tee shot down the right side of the fairway to comfortably reach this green in 2. The second shot is very dangerous to the green, with water short right and over the back. A good risk reward hole.


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Galway Bay Golf Resort Oranmore, Co.Galway Telephone: 091 790711 info@galwaybaygolfresort.com www.galwaybaygolfresort.com

GALWAY BAY

How to Find

The Natural water hazard is the Atlantic Ocean; such is the dramatic backdrop to this Par 72 PGA Championship 18 hole golf course that is Galway Bay Golf Resort. When designing the course, former Ryder Cup and World Cup golfer Christy O’Connor Jnr superbly blended the stunning backdrop of Galway Bay and the rugged curves of the Atlantic coastline with gentle undulating mounding along the fairways, water hazards, concealed bunkers and highly acclaimed putting surfaces. With variable wind speed and directions this Championship Galway golf course plays

differently each day posing a considerable challenge to even the lowest handicap golfers, yet it is a true and fair test of golf. After your round you can savour the moment with fond memories in the clubhouse looking out on the spectacular course as it winds its way along the shoreline of Galway Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Signature Hole: Hole 14. The par 5 14th is the signature hole playing 555 yards from the tips. The risk and reward left to right dog leg layout allows those who are able to cut the corner out over the bay to easily reach the green in two.

From Dublin: Follow M6 toward Gaillimh/Galway/B. átha Luain/ Athlone - Partial toll road Take the exit for Limerick/Sligo N18. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto N18 towards Limerick/Oranmore At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on N18 heading to áth Cliath/Dublin/Luimneach/Limerick/ Droichead an Cláirín/Clarinbridge. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit toward Limerick/Clarinbridge. Travel 1km and take right turn towards Oranmore village (Lidls on corner). Bear left onto Maree Rd and follow signs for Golf Club and Renville Park. Golf Club will be 3km on the right. Facilities Putting Green, Trolleys, Buggies, Golf Academy, Lessons, Club Hire, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 7308 • 6797 • 6453 • 5605 (74) H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

5

535

10

4

395

2

4

392

11

4

404

3

4

402

12

4

431

4

3

166

13

3

174

5

4

418

14

5

521

6

5

476

15

3

186

7

3

140

16

5

538

8

4

418

17

4

383

9

4

400

18

4

418

Open Weeks: June 3-June 11 and July 16- July 23. €25 booked online Galway Race Week Adult/Junior 2 ball scramble, €25/€15 call proshop for teetimes. June and July Special: 4 for 3 Monday & Tuesday

“The natural water hazard is the Atlantic Ocean” Christy O’Connor Jnr, Former Ryder Cup Player, World Cup Player & architect of Galway Bay Golf Resort


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Hollywood Lakes Golf Club Ballyboughal Co. Dublin Telephone: 353 1 8433406 Email enquiries via website www.hollywoodlakesgolfclub.com

Hollywood Lakes

How to Find From M50: Take M1 exit off M50, take Donabate turn off, go around roundabouts heading for Skerries. Take the N1 north to Blakes Cross (approx 3 miles). Take the first left after Blakes Cross into Ballyboughal village and then right. Continue for 2 miles until you see the gates of the club on your right-hand side. Hollywood lakes Golf Club is halfway between the villages of Naul and Ballyboughal on the R108. We are only 5 minutes off the M1 and only 15 minutes from Dublin Airport. Drogheda 15 mins, Duleek 10 mins.

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Putting Green, Trolleys, Buggies, Golf Academy with Pitching Area, Lessons, Club Hire, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 6707 • 6391 • 6100 • 5574 H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

329

10

4

376

2

4

404

11

3

167

3

4

372

12

4

350

4

3

129

13

4

350

5

5

470

14

5

583

6

3

168

15

5

505

7

4

383

16

4

407

8

4

374

17

3

176

9

5

472

18

4

376

Hollywood Lakes Golf Club is located on the outskirts of Ballyboughal village, in North County Dublin. It lies within a 20 minute drive from Dublin Airport. Consequently, it is ideally located for golfers travelling from abroad.

Combine this element of the design with a multitude of trees and it is easy to see where the challenge emanates from. A full bar and catering service is available in the friendly atmosphere of the clubhouse.

Designed by Mel Flanagan, who made major improvements during 2002, this 18-hole parkland golf course measures 6707 yards from the championship tees including a 641 yard par 5 and comprises a par of 72. This course is truly a test for every category of golfer. Currently there are 11 lakes and water features that sees water impact on 9 out of the 18 holes.

Our signature hole in most members’ eyes would be our 8th. Measuring just 379 yards it is a dog leg left and its degree of difficulty has increased since the introduction of a new bunker to the left of the green just in front of the water. A three wood off the tee leaves a mid-iron to a green which slopes from back to front and no matter where you are on the green you will have a very slick putt.


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Killarney Golf & Fishing Club Killarney Co. Kerry Telephone: 353 (0) 64 66 31034 reservations@killarney-golf.com www.killarney-golf.com

How to Find

Killarney

On leaving Cork Airport: Follow the signs Cork N27. Drive down hill towards the city until Junction with N25 (South Ring). Take the slip road before the Roundabout signposted Killarney, West Cork. Continue on this road (N22), bypassing Ballincollig. On arrival in Killarney, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit towards Tralee and Limerick. At the roundabout, drive straight through (signpost for Killorglin) and right again at the next roundabout, still heading for Killorglin. The Club is approx 1km on this road and the entrance is on the left.

The Golf & Fishing Club Killarney Golf & Fishing Club has a spectacular lakeside location next to the National Park approximately 3 km from Killarney town centre on the Killorglin - Ring of Kerry Road. Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is one of the oldest, well established and internationally recognised Clubs in Ireland. It has a membership of over 1,700 members from all over the world and the Club’s location is one of the most enviable in the World. With 3 Championship courses the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club can offer 3 totally unique options and challenges to the golfer.

The Killeen course is very much the flagship course at the club. The Killarney lakes and high mountain range provide an imposing backdrop to this Championship course. Reopened in June 2006 the course is slightly longer with faster greens that have been brought closer to the water hazards around the course. At 6564 metres it will challenge long hitters with accuracy being vital as there is water on virtually every hole. Nick Faldo on winning The Irish Open in 1991 was one of only three players to finish under par. The challenging golf is matched by the spectacular views with the 10th being a firm favourite where you are playing virtually onto the lake.

Killeen 18 Holes, Par 72 • 6566 • 6047 • 5608 • 5041 H ole Par • MTS

H ole Par • MTS

1

4

420

10

4

384

2

5

536

11

3

185

3

3

186

12

4

462

4

5

504

13

4

345

5

3

182

14

3

159

6

4

450

15

5

474

7

4

409

16

4

448

8

4

351

17

4

372

9

4

391

18

4

371

Visit our website www.killarney-golf.com for the latest offers

“Only I have made golf courses in England, Scotland and almost every country in Europe, but Killarney is Queen of them All” Hamilton White


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Mahony’s Point

H ole Par • MTS

H ole Par • MTS

1

4

420

10

4

384

2

5

536

11

3

185

3

3

186

12

4

462

4

5

504

13

4

345

5

3

182

14

3

159

6

4

450

15

5

474

7

4

409

16

4

448

8

4

351

17

4

372

9

4

391

18

4

371

Killarney

18 Holes, Par 72 • 6164 • 5826 • 5499 • 4932

Mahony’s Point, the shortest of the three courses has spectacular views of the famous Killarney lakes overlooked by the McGillicuddy Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland. The final three holes are breathtaking as you play towards the lake with the 18th described as “one of the most memorable holes in Golf”, a par three of nearly 200 yards that requires a huge carry across the corner of the lake. Discover for yourself why the 18th is the most photographed in the world.

Lackabane 18 Holes, Par 72 • 6410 • 6011 • 5582 • 5117 H ole Par • MTS

H ole Par • MTS

1

4

420

10

4

384

2

5

536

11

3

185

3

3

186

12

4

462

4

5

504

13

4

345

5

3

182

14

3

159

6

4

450

15

5

474

7

4

409

16

4

448

8

4

351

17

4

372

9

4

391

18

4

371

Lackabane is the newest of the three courses at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club. This Parkland course opened officially for play

in 2000. Lakes and streams are a feature throughout the length and breadth of the course, adding beauty and danger in equal measure. At 6410 metres off the very back tees the long game will be tested to the full, as competitors in the 2002 Ladies Irish Open and the European Ryder Cup Challenge Tour participants experienced in 2005. Signature Hole: Mahony’s Point the shortest of the three courses at 6,800 yards is a lakeside course with spectacular views including the famous, breathtaking 18th described by Gene Sarazen as “one of the most memorable holes in the world”.

Visit our website www.killarney-golf.com for the latest offers

“Only a man devoid of SOUL could not rapture in the splendour and tranquillity of Killarney golf club” Henry Longhurst


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Killeen Castle Dunsany Co. Meath Telephone: 353 (0) 1 6893000 info@killeencastle.com www.killeencastle.com

How to Find

Killeen Castle

From M50. Leave the M50 at junction 6 signposted Cavan and head North on M3. Proceed through Toll Plaza, and exit M3 Motorway at Junction 6 (Dunshaughlin, Trim(R154), Â Kilcock(R125) ). After exiting M3, turn right for Dunshaughlin. At Roundabout, take 1st exit towards Dunsany, and follow signs for Killeen Castle. Proceed for approximately 2 miles until you reach another roundabout, take first exit and main entrance to Killeen Castle is on the right hand side.

Killeen Castle is a unique development set in the historic grounds of one of Ireland’s oldest and finest 12th century Norman castles. The spectacular 600 acre estate is home to a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course; Europe’s only Dave Pelz Scoring Game School and will be complemented by a luxury hotel and spa in the near future. The lakes at Killeen Castle have been fully stocked and are teeming with fish while the idyllic rural demesne boasts a vast wealth of flora and fauna. Located near the picturesque village of Dunsany, just north of Dunshaughlin and overlooked by the ancient Hill of Tara, Killeen

Castle offers all the joys of true country living with easy access to the city, being only twenty five minutes from both Dublin City Centre and International Airport. The magnificent Jack Nicklaus Signature Course has had continuous hands-on involvement throughout its design and construction from one of the greatest golfers ever to play the game. Playing 7,700 yards long but spaciously rambling over 350 acres among superb natural woodlands, Jack has created a course to provide the sternest of championship challenges while still remaining accessible to the average golfer.

A J A C K S I G N A T U R E

N I C K L A U S G O L F C O U R S E

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Hotel, Fishing, Putting Green, Trolleys, Buggies, Caddies, Club Hire, Dave Pelz Golf School, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 7677 • 7142 • 6535 • 6118 • 5392 H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

402

10

4

403

2

5

532

11

4

410

3

4

321

12

5

463

4

4

368

13

4

386

5

4

413

14

3

180

6

3

163

15

5

500

7

5

460

16

3

182

8

3

181

17

4

375

9

4

415

18

4

381

Venue to The 2011 Solheim Cup 23rd – 25th September 2011

Visit our website www.killeencastle.com for the latest offers


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

How to Find

Bar, Restaurant, Putting Green, Trolleys, Lessons, Club Hire, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 70 • 5663 • 5370 H ole Par • MTS

H ole Par • MTS

1

3

181

10

4

315

2

4

344

11

4

344

3

5

513

12

4

299

4

4

230

13

3

159

5

4

316

14

4

377

6

3

166

15

5

470

7

4

284

16

3

172

8

4

361

17

4

399

9

4

360

18

4

373

Monkstown Golf Club rejoices in its distinguished history and its unique setting overlooking Cork’s glorious harbour.
 The antiquity of the site is evoked by the ruins of the old castle which provided the members with a distinctive club-house before the ravages of time turned the grand old building into an un-inhabitable place.



Signature Hole 16th hole, Par 3, 172 metres. Stunning shot over water to a back drop of mature trees

The shell that remains is a poignant reminder of past glories and of the once-proud building that enhanced such a glorious and significant site when it was built in 1636. It is fitting that its outline should form the crest of a club that was founded in 1908.

Keen rate offered to Societies of €35.00 per head

www.monkstowngolfclub.com

Facilities

Monkstown

From the M8, continue onto the N8. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto N25 heading to N22/N27/ N28/N71. Exit onto N28 toward Rinn an Scidígh/Ringaskiddy/ Carraig Leighin/Carrigaline/Baile an Roistigh/Rochestown. Turn left at Raffeen Village/R610. Take the 3rd left onto Castle Farm


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Mount Juliet Golf Club Thomastown Co. Kilkenny Telephone: +353 (0) 56 777 3010 info@mountjuliet.ie www.mountjuliet.ie

How to Find

Mount Juliet

M7 from Dublin, then M9 towards Waterford; arrive at club by taking Exit 9 from Motorway, following signposts at Stoneyford on the N10. From Cork/Limerick/Kerry via Clonmel N24/N26

Facilities

Mount Juliet Golf Course opened in 1991 with a match featuring golfing legends Christy O’Connor Snr. and Jack Nicklaus. The beautiful and challenging Mount Juliet golf course has established itself as a premier golfing venue for Top Professionals and leisure golfers worldwide. Chosen as the first and only Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in Ireland, the “Golden Bear” was meticulous and pain-staking in his design and overseeing of the construction of his great creation. In preparation for the WGC - American Express Golf Championship that was held here in September 2002 and again in 2004,

the Jack Nicklaus design team instigated some extensions and new features to the course, showing Mount Juliet’s continued pursuit of golfing excellence. Signature Holes: Feature holes on Mount Juliet Golf Course include the stunning 3rd hole, a par 3 from an elevated tee to a green guarded by a natural stream and lake... one that golfers always remember. Also the par 5, 10th hole with its copse of trees which tests the golfers strategy. The final hole, a long par 4 with water all down the left and a narrow approach to the green has decided many a tournament result.

Hotel, Spa, Leisure Centre , Equestrian Centre, Outdoor activities including Fishing , Clay Shooting & Archery. Club House & Hotel Bar, Choice of Restaurants, Children’s Games Room, 10th Tee Catering, Par 53 Academy Course, 3 Hole Academy Course, Covered Driving Range, 18 Hole Putting Green, Trolleys, Buggies, Lessons, Club Hire, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 7264 • 6926 • 6554 • 6286 • 5554 (73) H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

345

10

5

553

2

4

419

11

3

152

3

3

174

12

4

411

4

4

387

13

4

411

5

5

540

14

3

176

6

3

202

15

4

352

7

4

419

16

4

433

8

5

575

17

5

516

9

4

387

18

4

474


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Nuremore Hotel & Country Club, Carrickmacross, County Monaghan Telephone: +353 (0)429 661 438 info@nuremore.com www.nuremore.com

How to Find

Facilities Hotel, Spa, Bar, Conference Facilities, Restaurant, Putting Green, Club Hire, Trolley Hire, Buggy Hire, Lessons, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 71 • 6131 • 5835 • 5613 • 4853 H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

374

10

4

308

2

5

443

11

3

157

3

4

370

12

4

365

4

3

151

13

4

351

5

4

369

14

5

513

6

3

169

15

5

493

7

4

330

16

3

124

8

4

328

17

4

294

9

4

334

18

4

397

Nuremore

Starting out in Dublin, follow signs for Belfast or Airport onto the M1. Continue to follow Belfast signs. Go through the Toll Plaza. At Exit for the N33 - Leave the motorway, signposted Ardee, Derry. At 1st and 2nd roundabout on the outskirts of Ardee follow the directions for N2 Road, Derry / Carrickmacross. Approx 15 km from Ardee you will approach the Carrickmacross bypass. Take 1st left, signposted for the Nuremore Hotel & Country Club. After 4km you will see a sign for the hotel on the right hand side; turn right.

Originally established in 1991, the 18Hole Championship Golf Course at the 4 Star Nuremore Hotel & Country Golf Club has been described as one of the most picturesque parkland golf courses in Ireland.

relax and enjoy an excellent drink or meal after an invigorating round, the Nuremore Club House is the perfect ‘nineteenth hole’.

This superb, 71 par course makes superb use of surrounding lakes and landscape to be enjoyed at any time of the year and whether you’re a beginner or an experienced golfer a range of special packages will cater for your every need.

Hole 1, Par 4, 374 Metres. The first hole is a spectacular 374 yard Par 4. Hitting the long fairway leads to a short iron to the green

Whether you want golf lessons to improve your game, the latest clubs and equipment from our Pro Shop, or simply somewhere to

Please visit our website www.nuremore.com to view all of our latest offers

Signature Holes:

Hole 17, Par 4, 294 Metres. The signature hole is undoubtedly the 294 mts. 17th played from an elevated tee with spectacular views of the rolling countryside and lakes for which this part of the country is renowned.


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Palmerstown House Johnstown, County Kildare

Palmerstown House

Telephone: +353 (0) 45 906 901 info@palmerstownhouse.com www.palmerstownhouse.com

How to Find Directions from Dublin’s City Centre: Palmerstown House is approximately a 30 minute drive from Dublin’s city centre. Follow the signs for the M50, once on the M50 take the exit for the N7 (the Naas Road) and travel towards Naas. Once on the N7 take the junction 8 exit signposted for Johnstown/ Kill, take the 4th exit marked Sallins, at the next roundabout take the 2nd exit marked Sallins, the gate of Estate entrance is 400 yards from the exit on the right.

This extraordinary golfing retreat is located in the seclusion and beauty of a once world famous stud farm. However it is not only the tranquillity that makes it such a special setting; the golf course is set amidst a myriad of stunning mature trees, impressive bunkering and exquisite use of water. Palmerstown House truly is a golfer’s paradise. The Palmerstown House Estate is comprised of 800 acres of magnificent countryside that has been nurtured for generations to create a setting of splendid undulating meadows that are broken by forests of wonderful woodlands, sparkling lakes and

sinuous streams. Course designer Christy O’Connor Junior weaves the golfing tapestry effortlessly without disturbing any of this great estates magnificent character and charm. Christy O’Connor Junior singles out the 7th hole as one of his favourites. To ensure that the golfer is not faced with a blind second shot it is necessary to try and reach the corner of the dogleg with the tee shot. The golfer is then left with a short approach into a small contoured green. He calls this green ‘his fun green’ and with three different levels and a myriad of slopes and contours it is crucial for the golfer to land their approach shot as close to the pin as possible.

Facilities Hotel, Lodges, Bars, Restaurants, Function Rooms, Conference Facilities, Driving Range, Putting Greens, Chipping Green, Trolleys, Lessons, Clinics, Club Hire, Pro shop Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 7419 • 6556 • 6468 • 5610 H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

422

10

3

178

2

4

408

11

4

447

3

3

198

12

3

183

4

4

428

13

4

477

5

4

465

14

5

588

6

5

565

15

4

409

7

4

427

16

5

560

8

3

205

17

4

431

9

5

580

18

4

448

Open Days starting soon

Monday Open Singles - €60 Includes grill

Tuesday Open Seniors - €45 Includes soup & sambo

Wednesday Open Ladies - €55 Includes lunch & glass of wine


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Powerscourt Golf Club Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Bray Co Wicklow Telephone: 01 204 6033 Email enquiries via website www.powerscourt.ie

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, Restaurant, Conference Room, Driving Range, Short Game Practice Area, Putting Green, Trolleys, Lessons, Club Hire, Pro shop

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.

Welcome to Powerscourt Golf Club. Home of the Championship East & West courses. Both courses are currently rated among Irelands Top 20 Parkland venues and are a must for the discerning golfers calender. Powerscourt estate has been owned by the Slazenger family since 1961. It is renowned for its magnificent gardens and the highest waterfall in Ireland. In the early 90’s an 18 hole championship course within the 1000 acre estate was conceived. East Course: Following the contours of this mature and historic landscape, the talented golfer and successful Walker cup captain Peter McEvoy designed a testing and

Course Information East Course 18 holes, Par 72 • 6441 • 5946 • 5292 • 5433 (Yards) West Course 18 holes, Par 72 • 6352 • 5955 • 5507 • 5243 (Yards)

June Bank Holiday Weekend Two Exciting Golf Offers Offer 1: Golf followed by Powerscourt Club Sandwich, homecut fries and a beverage of your choice. €65 per person Offer 2: Golf for a 4 Ball. €200 per teetime

rewarding challenge for all levels of golfers. West Course: This new course was designed by David Mclay Kidd whose portfolio includes the acclaimed Bandon Dunes in Oregan. Like the East the West offers a variety of challenging holes presenting a fresh perspective on the stunning scenery of the Powerscourt Estate The Clubhouse as it appears today had a facelift in 2003 to accompany the opening of the West course. The Members Bar, Visitors Bar or Corporate area all have views of the golf courses and are the ideal location to relax and enjoy a meal after play.


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The Old Tom Morris Links has been attracting golfers for over a century and now, with the addition of the magnificent Sandy Hills Links , Rosapenna is set to become one of the top links destinations in the world. Both links courses provide a true seaside challenge for all levels of players. Old Tom Morris Links In 1891, while a guest of Lord Leitrim at his nearby estate, Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews, a winner of four British Opens in the 1860’s, took a drive to enjoy the Donegal scenery. Morris was quick to see the golfing potential of this fine stretch of Donegal coast line and before

returning to the home of golf he had stakedout the first Rosapenna Links, incorporating wide rolling fairways amidst the undulating terrain and of course those delightful greens. Play a piece of history created by the father of modern golf. As with most good links courses, the Old Tom Morris Links takes advantage of natural terrain to provide a classic links golf challenge Sandy Hills Links Sandy Hills. Remember the name! This course, opened in June 2003, is set to become one of the most famous golf courses in Ireland.

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Old Tom Morris Links 18 holes, Par 71 • 6901 • 6283 • 5304 (72) H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

364

10

4

414

2

3

151

11

4

450

3

4

349

12

4

383

4

4

375

13

4

322

5

4

345

14

3

175

6

4

361

15

4

398

7

3

140

16

5

446

8

5

502

17

3

188

9

4

365

18

5

555


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Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort Downings, Co Donegal Telephone: +353 (0)74 91 55000 Email enquiries via website www.rosapenna.ie

How to Find

Rosapenna

23 miles north west of Letterkenny on the R245. Take the first right after Carrigart, situated on left, one and a half miles miles from Carrigart on Downings road.

Facilities Hotel, Spa, Bars, Restaurants, 6 Covered Bay, Golf Clinics, Putting Greens, Practice Area, Trolleys, Buggies, Custom Fitting, Pro shop

Sandy Hill Links 18 holes, Par 71 • 7177 • 6383• 5787 • 4868 H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

461

10

4

365

2

4

411

11

3

166

3

3

162

12

4

330

4

4

346

13

5

510

5

4

445

14

4

321

6

4

390

15

4

400

7

3

182

16

3

167

8

5

487

17

5

455

9

4

391

18

4

394

In 2008 Sandy Hills was named in the top 100 golf courses in Britain & Ireland by Golf World Magazine, it is Sandy Hills first appearence on the list and went straight in at number 81.

Hills was designed with championship play in mind. However don’t allow this to deter you, with a multiplicity of tees there is a length to suit all strengths.

Destined to become a classic, designed by links master Pat Ruddy, Sandy Hills Links is in many ways the ideal modern links.

Practice Facilities Adding to the five star facilities available for golfers at Rosapenna is our golf practice centre which provides the perfect atmosphere to limber up before you play. With 6 covered bays, 100 metre wide turf teeing area, 2 putting greens, Short game facility, Practice sand bunker & green and State of the art video analysis, we offer Individual and Corporate lessons in all areas of the game.

Sandy Hills is in many ways the ideal of a modern links. Intended for the serious golfer, its narrow fairways appear constricting from the tee, but the landing areas sculpted from the dunes are deceptively wide. Measuring a hefty 7,255 yards from the tips, Sandy

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Seapoint Golf Club Termonfeckin, Drogheda, Co Louth Telephone: +353 41 982 2333 golflinks@seapoint.ie www.seapointgolflinks.com

How to Find

SeaPoint

From Dublin: Get onto the M1 heading North and continue through the Toll Plaza and across the Boyne Suspension Bridge. Take the Drogheda North Exit. Then take the right hand exit (Monasterboice) from the first roundabout. Go straight at next roundabout. At the 3rd roundabout take the first left for the Monasterboice exit. Continue on this road and follow the signs to Termonfeckin. When you arrive in Termonfeckin you will be opposite a church. Turn left and cross a hump back bridge. Take the next right which will be signposted for Seapoint Golf Club which is 1 mile further on the right hand side. The challenge at Seapoint begins from the first tee embarking onto a testing 7,150 yard Par 72 course set on 260 acres of magnificent links land. There is an abundance of natural vegetation and wonderful dunes awaiting any errant shot. Every club in the bag is required to play this championship course. Progress through a front nine with a slightly heath land feel with an abundance of gorse and mature tress lining the boundary of the course. Water comes into play on 5 of the holes. The back nine drift close to the sea and are characterised by uneven fairways, thick rough and deep bunkers, requiring

accuracy both off the tee and into the greens. Continuing home to the clubhouse presents little time to relax with the last three holes weaving through dunes and distracting the golfer with panoramic views and a strong sea breeze - pure links enjoyment. Signature Hole: Hole 11, Par 4. Placement off the tee is key at this hole, find the left hand side of the fairway just short of the bunker and you are in prime position. Be careful with the second shot as it is uphill and players tend to come up short. This is a beautiful par 4 and you will travel a long way to find one better.

Weekly Open Competitions €20 Early Bird Offer: Play before 9am for €20

“A fantastic course, great variety of holes, superb greens, a true test of golf” Darren Clarke, 2009 Host Venue Irish PGA Championship 2010

Rated in the Top 30 Courses by Golf Digest

Membership Package Available: Limited number of share Memberships at €5,000 5 day membership €800 7 day membership €1,500 Society Rates for 2011-2012 starting from €35 Book online at www.seapointgolflinks.com

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Conference Room, Driving Range, Short Game Practice Area, Putting Green, Buggies. Trolleys, Lessons, Club Hire, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 6473 • 6142 • 5125 H ole Par • MTS

H ole Par • MTS

1

4

329

10

5

466

2

3

134

11

4

344

3

4

340

12

4

392

4

4

388

13

4

370

5

4

353

14

4

384

6

5

469

15

3

138

7

4

384

16

4

338

8

5

494

17

3

156

9

3

169

18

5

496


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Slieve Russell Hotel Golf & Country Club Ballyconnell
 Co. Cavan Telephone: +353 49 952 6444 slieve-golfclub@quinn-hotels.com www.slieverussell.ie

How to Find

Slieve Russell

From Dublin: Follow the M3 Motorway, leading to the N3 through Virginia and towards Cavan. At the roundabout just outside Cavan town, take the N3 signposted for Enniskillen and at the roundabout after Belturbet take the first exit (N87) for Ballyconnell town. The Slieve Russell Hotel Golf & Country Club is situated approximately 5 miles from Belturbet on the left hand side (before you reach the town of Ballyconnell).

Facilities 222 bedroom 4 Star Hotel, Spa, Leisure Centre, Conference Facilities, Bar, 3 Restaurants, 9 Hole Par 3 Academy Course, Putting Green, Trolleys, Buggies, Golf Lessons, 5 Bay Floodlit Driving Range, Practice Area, Club Hire, Pro shop Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 7001 • 6530 • 6071 • 5533 H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

399

10

4

393

2

4

407

11

4

393

3

4

371

12

4

422

4

3

159

13

4

422

5

4

412

14

4

356

6

5

491

15

4

426

7

3

196

16

3

165

8

4

338

17

4

369

9

5

509

18

5

519

Forming part of a magnificent 300 acre estate, including 50 acres of lakes, our highly acclaimed 18-hole championship course is sensitively wrapped around the lakes and the drumlins of the County Cavan landscape. The course presents a wonderful challenge and the devilishly tricky greens present a searching examination of accurate approach play, which adds to the enjoyment factor.

The Slieve Russell Hotel Golf & Country Club has hosted some major European Challenge Tour and Irish PGA Tournaments. These include, the Buzz.com North West of Ireland Open, the Irish PGA Championship and also the Quinn Insurance PGA Charity Pro-Am, which has been held since 1997 and has now become an annual event and boasts the highest prize fund for Irish PGA Professionals.

Not surprisingly the complex has always proved very popular with visiting golf groups from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe and many return on a regular basis to sample our renowned hospitality.

Whilst every hole on the golf course is a challenge, the par 5 13th is the signature hole with its fairway hugging the shores of one of the course’s natural lakes offering a risk/reward opportunity on every shot.


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St. Anne’s Golf Club, Bull Island Nature Reserve, Dollymount, Dublin 5 Telephone: +353 (0)1 833 6471 info@stanneslinksgolf.com www.stanneslinksgolf.com

How to Find

St. Anne’s

From the M50: Continue to the very end of the M50, following signs for Malahide. You are now on the N32. Go straight through the traffic lights at Clare Hall. Keep straight, passing through one small roundabout. At next roundabout, take the 3rd exit in the direction of Donaghmede. Turn right at the T-Junction and take the 1st left onto Raheny Road. Go straight at traffic lights and turn left at T-Junction onto Watermill Road. Keep straight at traffic lights that bring you onto the Causeway Road. The entrance to St. Anne’s is on the left hand side. St. Anne’s Golf Club is an impressive links with a par of 71. There is not one ’pushover’ hole on the entire course and wind conditions can be a major factor in how the course is played. There are 408 Golf clubs in Ireland, but only 53 of these are links courses, and St. Anne’s are proud to be one of this exclusive ’club’.

with a new state-of-the-art clubhouse and significant development to the course itself. This included the building of five new greens and eight new tee complexes. The sacred turf of the old Croke Park pitch was used to great effect in developing, strengthening and giving real definition to the back nine in St. Anne’s.

The unique setting of this famous old links, with the splendid panoramic views of Howth Head and across Dublin Bay to the Wicklow mountains, ensures a most relaxing and enjoyable game. Founded in 1921, it is a member-owned golf club. In 2003 an extensive redevelopment of the course was completed,

Hole 7, “Brent”, Par 4, 472 yards (Blue Tee). The seventh hole is surely one of the strongest Par 4’s in North County Dublin. This long demanding hole requires an accurate drive to the right hand side of the fairway in order to set up a shot to the semi blind green. To play this hole in par is a delight whatever your handicap.

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Putting Green, Chipping Green, Warmup Full Shot Area, Links-land Practice Area, Trolleys, Buggies, Lessons, Club Hire, Club Repair Service, Pro shop Course Information 18 holes, Par 71 • 6717 • 6534 • 6264 • 5755 (72) H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

5

519

10

3

158

2

4

360

11

5

523

3

3

177

12

4

432

4

4

401

13

5

480

5

4

384

14

4

388

6

3

159

15

4

378

7

4

475

16

4

363

8

4

381

17

3

178

9

4

378

18

4

400

Green fee rates: 40 euros Monday – Friday inclusive. 50 euros on Saturday


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The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort Killenard County Laois Telephone: 00 353 (0) 5786 45500 Email enquiries via website www.theheritage.com

How to Find

The Heritage

From Dublin Airport - 60 Minutes - Follow signs southbound for the M50. Go through westlink toll bridge and take exit 9 heading southbound on the M7/N7 signpost for Cork. Continue on the M7/N7 and take exit for Monasterevin. Pass through Monasterevin village and travel for 3 KM and take right turn at Bolands Pub. Killenard village is located just 3 Km from this junction.

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 is a par 72 Championship golf course set in the beautiful rolling countryside of Co. Laois with the Slieve Bloom Mountains as a backdrop. Designed by Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes, this championship course provides the most enjoyable experience for golfers of all standards in Ireland. Five lakes and a stream meander through the course and brings water into play on 10 holes. 98 beautifully shaped bunkers and 7,000 trees adorn the landscape, which is very gently undulating without any climbing involved. A variety of tees allow the course to be played from 5,747 to 7,319 yards.

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Signature Holes: Hole 4, Par 3, 214 yards (Blue tee) Signature hole 214 yard par 3 from the Championship tee. Green protected on left with large bunker complex, and a large lake to the right and behind. Prevailing wind tends to push tee shot towards lake on right. Hole 18, Par 4, 447 yards (Blue tee) A demanding tee shot with lake on left side of fairway. A slight draw here off the tee sets you up for an approach shot to a green, tucked up against the lake with heavy bunkering on the right. A very intimidating finishing hole!


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The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club Straffan Co. Kildare Telephone: +353 (0)1 6017 200 resortsales@kclub.ie www.kclub.ie

The K Club

How to Find

Designed by Arnold Palmer, The Palmer Ryder Cup Course and The Palmer Smurfit Course are considered two of Europe’s finest Championship Courses. Golf Holidays in Ireland are not complete without a visit to The K Club, lets face it where else can you play The Ryder Cup and European Open Golf Courses at one venue? A unique statement of fact! The Palmer Ryder Cup Course is, quite simply, one of Europe’s most spectacular courses. Regularly ranked in the top 3 parkland golf courses in Ireland, this Palmer designed golf haven is a must play ‘badge of honour’ that has hosted the top golf players in the world.

The Ryder Cup in 2006 and 11 European Opens testify the importance of The Palmer Ryder Cup Course to European Golf. The best way to describe The Palmer Smurfit Course at The K Club is that of an inland links. However, its true attributes do not stop there. The Course has many dramatic landscapes with dune type mounding throughout, assisting in making this a true Championship Golf Course with many vantage points for spectators to view the Golf Professional at work. In essence the Course is entirely different from The Palmer Ryder Cup Course located just across the River Liffey.

Directions to The Kildare Hotel & Country Club From Dublin Airport. Take the M1 from the Airport and follow the signs for the M50 to the Westlink Toll Bridge. Immediately after coming off toll bridge, exit at junction 7 and head right to N4– Galway/Sligo & The West. Continue on this road on to the M4 Motorway. Exit Motorway at Naas/Maynooth signpost and a junction take left for Naas. Continue for approximately 5 miles/8km – cross Clane Road and follow sign for Straffan Past Barberstown Castle and into Straffan Village – continue through village – entrance to Hotel ½ mile/800 m on right hand side.

Facilities Hotel, Spa, Bars, Restaurants, Michael Dixon Golf School, Putting Greens, Practice Area, Trolleys, Buggies, Pro shop

Course Information The Palmer Ryder Cup Course 18 holes, Par 72 • 7350 • 6815 • 6240 • 5131 The Palmer Smurfit Course 18 holes, Par 71 • 7277 • 65682434 • 6244 • 5433

The K Club Home to two championship golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer Home to the Ryder Cup 2006 Home to 13 European Opens The Kildare Hotel and Country Club AA Hotel of the Year 2011 Proud recipient of the AA Five Red Star since 1994 consecutively

The K Club was home to 13 European Opens, the venue of the 2006 Ryder Cup and proud recipient of the AA Five Red Star since 1994 consecutively


3 Night Summer Family Fun from €345 pps

Three Nights Bed & Breakfast in a Superior Room.

Table D’hote Dinner on One Evening in the River Room Restaurant, Children under 6 years of age eat for free.

Also includes: Kids Club, Kids Parties, Face Painting, Duck Race, Fishing Demonstration, Golf Clinic, Wine Cellar Tour, Art Talk and

Full access to our extensive K Health & Fitness Facilities, including the swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub.

Condé Nast European Resort of the year 2006

Telephone 01-6017200 or visit www.kclub.ie


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Tralee Golf Club West Barrow, Ardfert Tralee, Co. Kerry Telephone:+353 (0)66 713 6379 info@traleegolfclub.com www.traleegolfclub.com

How to Find

TRALEE

From Shannon/Dublin: Follow signs to Limerick. Then take Route 21 to Tralee. *Avoid going through Tralee town by taking a right at first traffic lights, after second lights, go through next roundabout, go through next lights. At next lights turn right on Route 551 north towards Ardfert; go left on Route 558 towards Spa/Fenit; 1/4 mile beyond Oyster Tavern, Spa, at fork go right towards Churchill/Barrow. Follow signs to Tralee Golf Club. From Cork: Take N22 to Killarney, then N21 to Tralee. Follow directions* as above. Surrounded by the Atlantic, Tralee’s magnificent and challenging Arnold Palmer course offers incomparable views on all sides. Castles, distant islands, towering mountains and the beach that figured prominently in “Ryan’s Daughter” will captivate you. Built by Arnold Palmer, this stunning setting represents a true paradise for those willing to challenge what is widely acclaimed as one of the finest links courses in Ireland. It comes as no surprise to learn that, due to the majestic beauty of this setting, Palmer chose it to be his first and, arguably, his finest golf course in Europe.

In addition to boasting a clear view of the Atlantic Ocean from every hole, Tralee has a fully qualified resident professional, well stocked Pro shop, a comfortable restaurant & bar, and is known for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere. A trip to Southwest Ireland could not be complete without playing this most precious and unpretentious of golfing jewels. Signature Hole: 3rd. The Castle. The show-piece of the course - a slender finger of green rising from the crashing waves - requires no more than an eight or nine iron, but the rocks and hungry sea  at the right have claimed many a ball.

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Steam Room, Caddies, Putting Green, Practice Area, Trolleys, Lessons, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 71 • 6975 • 6678 • 6247 • 5481 H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

390

10

4

418

2

4

588

11

3

565

3

4

158

12

4

440

4

3

402

13

4

152

5

5

411

14

5

397

6

3

421

15

4

293

7

4

148

16

5

179

8

5

391

17

3

341

9

4

495

18

4

443

For special offers and packages visit our website at www.traleegolfclub.com


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Tramore Golf Club Newtown Hill, Tramore Co. Waterford Telephone: +353 (0)51 386170 info@tramoregolfclub.com www.tramoregolfclub.com

How to Find

Tramore

Coming from Waterford: turn right at the second roundabout. Proceed up the hill straight through the next two roundabouts on to the Ring road. The Golf Club is about a mile along the road on the right.

 Coming from the Cork road: turn right at the first roundabout. You are now on the Ring road.
Coming from the Dungarvan Coast road turn left at the first roundabout. The Club is 50 meters on your left.

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Snooker Room, Putting Green, Practice Area, Trolleys, Buggies, Lessons, Club Hire, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 72 • 6055 • 5918 • 5777 • H ole Par • MTS

H ole Par • MTS

1

4

353

10

3

180

2

5

445

11

4

347

3

3

146

12

4

306

4

4

340

13

4

325

5

4

304

14

4

393

6

3

152

15

3

108

7

4

385

16

5

455

8

4

375

17

4

316

9

5

460

18

5

433

The Old Course, “Championship golf at it’s finest”. It is widely accepted that in 1938 when Captain H.C.C. Tippet laid out Tramore Golf Course something special was created. Visitors over years have spoken fondly of their favourite holes and when Henry Cotton played Harry Bradshaw here in 1937 he described the Par 4, 17th hole as “one of the finest golf holes he had played”. That’s why in 2006 when course designer Jeff Howes was awarded the contract to remodel the original 18 holes it was on the strict understanding that he could only enhance what was already there. Those who are familiar with

TRAMORE

the old course marvel at the result and all are in agreement that Jeff Howes excelled at his task. Although the Newtown 9 Hole Course is a relatively new addition at Tramore, early comments are very favorable and a round of golf on it is “Highly Recommended” Signature Holes At 344 meters the Par 4, 17th requires a good drive up the right hand side as access to the green is restricted by tall trees on the left. The elevated green is protected by a bunker at the front and trees at the rear calling for a high degree of accuracy with your second shot.

Hosts to the Irish Youth Championship in June 2011 and the Ladies Senior Home Internationals in September 2011.

GOLF CLUB

Tuesday 4 Ball €25 p.p. Including Grill. Visitors fourball (minimum 4 players).

Friday Open Singles €25 p.p.

Including Grill. Open Singles Competition.

Groups and Societies: If you contact us with your requirements we can put together a very good deal for golf, golf and food, or golf, food and accommodation if required.


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Waterville Golf Links Waterville Co. Kerry Telephone: +353 66 947 4102 wvgolf@iol.ie www.watervillegolflinks.ie

How to Find

Waterville

From Shannon Airport: Depart along the N19 and follow signs to N18 (North) & Limerick. At Limerick follow signs for N20. Keep on N20 until you come to N21 signposted for Tralee. Take 2nd exit for Adare, and follow signs for Killarney/N21. Go through Abbeyfeale, past Kerry County Airport (on left). At junction with N22, turn left and at crossroads for Farranfore, turn right on the R561 signposted Killorglin. Follow signs for Glenbeigh and then Cahirsiveen, follow signs for N70/Waterville. Turn right signposted Ring of Kerry and continue until you see a sign for Waterville Golf Links. Golf at Waterville is a mystical experience – the beauty of classic links land, surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements. Over 100 years old, Waterville is rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the World. Waterville sits on a 40 acre estate overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It was built in 1790 with additional sections added over the years. It has 8 Suites and 4 Single rooms most of which have ocean views. All are beautifully appointed. The House also provides a fully equipped Gym, steam room and sauna plus massage. Waterville House is surrounded by a

short game practice facility plus range both by Tom Fazio which provides three tees for various wind conditions.

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, Waterville House accommodation, Putting Green, Golf School, Trolleys, Buggies, Lessons, Club Hire, Pro shop

Famous salmon and sea trout rivers with fly fishing equipment and ghillie services are provided. Waterville also has its own private helipad which is frequented by corporate and private helicopters.

Course Information

The clubhouse is all-inclusive, with locker facilities, pro-shop and adjacent golf school. The restaurant and bar feature fresh seafood, Irish fare and the best pint in Kerry, all served by the glow of turf fires.

18 holes, Par 72 • 7355 • 6810 • 6320 • 5346 (73) H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

395

10

4

450

2

4

432

11

5

477

3

4

408

12

3

164

4

3

176

13

5

492

5

5

551

14

4

416

6

3

166

15

4

396

7

4

404

16

4

352

8

4

402

17

3

168

9

4

405

18

5

556

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Green Fees: Weekdays: €125/€150 p.p. Weekends: €170 p.p. Contact our office for various golf packages available Early/Late Fees Monday - Friday before 9 am and after 4 pm €125 p.p. Everyday: Bar/Snacks, Lunch, Dinner Consecutive Day Golf Rates: Weekdays: €220. Weekends: €250 Accommodation also available at Waterville House


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Westport Golf Club Carrowholly Westport, Co. Mayo. Telephone: 353 9828262 info@westport.com www.westportgolfclub.com

How to Find

Westport

From Galway take the N84. From Dublin take the M4 and M6 to Athlone. Continue on to Longford through Charlestown, Swinford, Castlebar and on to Westport. From Belfast take the road to Lisburn, onto Enniskillen and head for Sligo. From Sligo to Charlestown onto Castlebar and through to Westport.

Westport Golf Club, which played host to the 2002 Smurfit Irish P.G.A. Championship, is a magnificent 18 hole parkland course with breath taking views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay. Since arriving in Carrowholly back in 1973, Westport Golf Club have hosted a number Amateur Championships. The most recent was the 2009 Amateur Senior Gents Home Internationals.

Facilities Bar, Restaurant, 20 Bay Driving Range, Putting Green, Chipping Green, Trolleys, Lessons, Clinics, Club Hire, Pro shop

Course Information 18 holes, Par 73 • 7000 • 6724 • 6327 • 5625 (74) H ole Par

• YDS

H ole Par

• YDS

1

4

335

10

5

498

2

4

330

11

4

420

3

3

152

12

3

220

4

5

488

13

4

439

5

4

343

14

3

180

6

4

445

15

5

498

7

5

511

16

4

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Westport Golf Club was designed by the internationally renowned Golf architect, Fred Hawtree, of the renowned British firm of Hawtree and Sons. Commenting that “the nature of the terrain, part inland and part

WESTPORT - the course that has held more amateur championships than any other course in Ireland. Green fees Mon, Tues, Wed: €30. Sat & Sun: €40 Open Days every Wednesday & Friday Until September 2011 Entry €20 inc.competition fee

seaside, the panorama which it commands and its considerable golfing virtues, make it uniquely attractive and memorable.” Signature Holes: 15th, Par 5, ‘The Reek’ (pictured below left): Majestic par 5, where Croagh Patrick follows every shot. Gents are faced with a 176 yard carry over the Atlantic Ocean to reach the fairway for the second lay-up approach to a well protected green. Don’t go left! 18th, Par 5, ‘Gibleen’: The new feature hole at the Carrowholly course. A monster par 5 with water all up the right hand side culminating in another massive undulating green.


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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.”


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arklow Golf Club Abbeylands Arklow, Co. wicklow Telephone: 0402 32492 arklowgolflinks@eircom.net www.arklowgolflinks.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.

“Some of the most beautiful & unspoilt countryside to be found in Ireland...”


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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 Golf Club Adare Co. Limerick Telephone: 061 605 274 golf@adaremanor.com www.adaregolfclub.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

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

Bandon Golf Club Castlebernard Bandon, Co.Cork Telephone: 023 8841111 enquiries@bandongolfclub.com www.bandongolfclub.com Bantry Bay Golf Club Bantry West Cork Co. Cork Telephone: 027 50579 info@bantrygolf.com www.bantrygolf.com

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

Cork Golf Club Little Island Co. Cork Telephone: 021 4353451 info@corkgolfclub.ie www.corkgolfclub.ie Dingle Golf Links Ballyferriter Tralee Co. Kerry Telephone: 066 9156255 dinglegc@iol.ie www.dinglelinks.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 Introduction

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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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Travel Spain > Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol Spain

The Costa del Sol lies in the province of Andalucia in the south of Spain. This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. This ‘Sun Coast’ runs for 150 km from Malaga to Estepona, with skies predominantly blue all year round and brilliant sunshine. Costa del Sol offers a series of large beaches, coves hidden amongst cliffs, famous leisure marinas such as ‘Puerto Banus’ and tranquil fishing ports.

In the provincial capital, Malaga, stands the military fortress of the Alcazaba, built by the Moors in the 11th century. At the far end of the Costa del Sol is the geographical & political oddity Gibraltar, with visits to see the Barbary Apes and abundant military history. This great diversity means that it has something to offer just about everyone, with enough entertainment and variety to please all types of visitor.

The Mediterranean sea is warm and safe and the hills and high mountains shelter the coastline, these elements allow for an all year micro climate making it the perfect location for golf. Known to many as the ‘Costa del Golf’ due to the outstanding choice of luxury golf courses set along this coastline, with over 50 to choose from you will have to keep returning to experience them all.


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COSTA DEL SOL NEWS

Ian Poulter Volvo World Match Play Champion After playing 108 holes against many of golf’s best players in hot sun over Finca Cortesín hilly layout, Ian Poulter emerged as the winner of the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

Ian Poulter denied Luke Donald the World Number One spot as he beat him in the final of the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain. Donald was trying for an unprecedented match play double after taking the WGC-Accenture title in Arizona in February, but his fellow Englishman triumphed 2 and 1 at Finca Cortesin. Poulter celebrated his son Luke’s seventh birthday in exactly the way he hoped - although not the moment when he fell down a bank trying to thrash his way out of a bush.

Helped by Donald three-putting the next, missing a three footer that would have taken the hole, Poulter went two up with an approach to two feet on the 464 yard 16th and a half on the next was good enough although he had to make a seven footer for it. It earned him €800,000, while Donald’s compensation was a cheque for €420,000.

Donald commented: “It was disappointing - I ran out of steam a bit and didn’t take the opportunities I had.”

Donald began the day with a chance to be number one. So did Kaymer, but in a repeat of the final in Tucson he came off a clear second best again in their semi-final. In fact, he did not even take him as far. Their first clash ended 3 and 2 and this time Donald cruised through 5 and 3, never trailing from the moment Kaymer bogeyed the second. By the time the German double-bogeyed the short tenth, finding sand and then going off the other side of the green, he was four down and he conceded after going in another bunker at the 15th.

In the first all-English final since the event began at Wentworth in 1964, Poulter, last year’s Tucson champion, was behind three times before levelling again with a 40 footer on the short 12th and then going ahead two holes later.

“He played like a machine a little bit,” stated Kaymer. “It was unbelievable - he hits the fairways, all the greens and he makes the putts. “It was like a PlayStation. I thought there’s maybe a little bit of a chance, but I just didn’t see it.

“Happy birthday Luke,” he said. “I thought it would be pretty special to win this today. “I finally started holing some putts. I’ve been frustrated for a few months and you have to hole putts to win.”

“He never really opens the door for you and it felt a little bit impossible. He really deserves to become the number one.” The other match was heading the way of Colsaerts until he reached the same hole, but three-putting there and driving into the bushes on the 16th allowed Poulter to draw level. The Brussels golfer, 108th in the world after winning his first European Tour title in China last month, holed from ten feet for a two on the next, but Poulter followed him in from nine. Then at the last, with Colsaerts on in two, Poulter pitched to five feet, halved in birdie fours and went through when his opponent fluffed a chip at the first extra hole and took a bogey six. In the final, after going ahead with a par on the second Donald bogeyed the fourth and fifth, but then came back with a 25 footer at the sixth. Back and forth it went after that, with Poulter’s tumble on the eighth even leaving him without his lucky ball-marker until it was retrieved by a referee. He levelled at the next and again with a 40 footer at the short 12th after bogeying the 226 yard tenth, then went ahead for the second time thanks to a pitch to three feet on the 14th. Donald missed from three feet for a threeputt bogey and only a half on the next.


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The secret is out! Or at least so it seems to some

With doom and gloom around every corner it’s refreshing to hear some positive news coming out of Los Arqueros Estates and their on site real estate business in Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club. On the Costa del Sol we meet lots of people involved in the property market but none as positive as Ian Cooper, Managing Director of Los Arqueros Estates. “We are finding great deals right now in Los Arqueros. UK vendors are cashing in their property and taking advantage of the weak pound and this is driving sales. At the same time, buyers who have been sitting on the fence are now pushing the button to buy.” So apparently confidence is back, we asked Ian who is buying? “As Los Arqueros was first developed by a Swedish company it has always been popular with Swedish clients and still is. Taylor Woodrow’s involvement over the past 14 years has meant the UK market has also been strong here and now we have seen a number of Dutch and Russian clients buying recently.”

And why? “Well that’s easy, excellent all round value. A community which is consolidated, safe, well established and 100% legal.” Anyone not familiar with Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club in Benahavis are in for a pleasant surprise. Firstly its location is amazing, offering stunning sea views towards the Mediterranean, with a backdrop of La Zagaleta and Sierra Bermeja and all just a few minutes away from the beach, Marbella and Puerto Banus. It not all about Seve Ballesteros’ 18-hole golf course either. As Ian points out, “a short drive away is the white village of Benahavis named the gastronomic corner of Andalucia with dozens of great restaurants. Added to this you can find a host of other sports activities and professional instruction all on site.” Ian has chosen to specialize in selling properties in Los Arqueros Golf and Country Club, with his properties ranging in price from €189.000

to just over €3.95 million. This allows a wide range of people the opportunity to experience a fabulous lifestyle and to enjoy all the facilities this development has to offer. For more information contact Ian at Los Arqueros Estates on 669 430 252 / 952 764 067 or email info@losarquerosesates.com


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