Scratch Monday

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Without another bank holiday weekend on the horizon until October, for some, the August bank hollier will be the last extended weekend of golf. There may be no finer way to see it out than to play golf, guilt free, on a Monday.

There will be three Scratch Cups up for grabs, as well as a whole number of Open Singles events.

Here are but just a few:

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SCRATCH CUPS

The Heritage Resort – Junior, Inter and Minor Scratch Cups (€30pp)

Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort – Junior and Inter Scratch Cups (€30pp)

Donabate GC – Junior, Inter and Minor Scratch Cups (€20pp)

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OPEN SINGLES

Ulster Region:

Lisburn GC (£20pp)

Slieve Russell GC (€30pp)

Whitehead GC (£15pp)

Connacht Region:

Strandhill Golf Links (€30pp)

County Sligo Golf Club (€45pp)

Munster Region:

Lee Valley GC (€20pp)

Waterford Castle (€20pp)

Killareny Golf & Fishing Club (€35pp)

Leinster Region:

Luttrellstown Castle (€30pp)

Moyvalley Twin Oaks (€25pp)

Tulfarris GC (€25pp)

Got an open or event you want to promote? – Get in touch @OpenGolfIreland

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Have Clubs, Will Travel

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It’s a most wonderful time of year and The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2016 is drawing close.

If you have plans to attend the Irish Open this year at The K Club, and fancy squeezing in a round too, below is a brief list of open competitions within easy reach of the main event.

Throw the clubs in the back of the car and get out there, and, for those about to golf, I salute you.

Pro-Am Day: Wednesday, 18th May 2016
Rathcore Golf Club €15pp
Craddockstown Golf Club €15pp
Castlewarden Golf Club €15pp
Palmerstown House Estate Golf Club €35pp
Luttrellstown Golf Club €30pp

Day 1: Thursday, 19th May 2016
Castlecomer Golf Club €15pp
Esker Hills Golf Club €20pp
Royal Curragh Golf Club €20pp

Day 2: Friday, 20th May 2016

Kilcock Golf Club €20pp
Corballis Links Golf Club €15pp

 

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Day 3: Saturday, 21st May 2016

Castlecomer Golf Club Senior & Junior Scratch Cups €20pp

Day 4: Sunday, 22nd May 2016

Killeen Castle Black Sunday – 7677 yards of funish hell – €50pp

A special mention too for The Heritage Golf Club, they will host an open week beginning on Monday 16th, it will run through until Sunday 22nd and you can book your place here.

For more information on all of the above, upcoming opens, news and more, please visit and follow Open Golf Ireland

Roganstown & Swords Open Pro-Am

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The Roganstown & Swords Pro-Am in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital tees off on 12 September 2016.

Prices per team range from €330 to €390 (there are early and late start times available on both courses) All fees include* breakfast, goodie bags, snacks and either a buffet lunch or post round 3 course meal.

Roganstown Hotel & Country Club will be offering special overnight accommodation rate for those competing. To reserve a slot for your team, please contact Ciaran Flaherty (Business Development Manager & Golf Sales) on +353 87 6886092 or email ciaranf@roganstown.com.

Roganstown Hotel & Country Club

Boyne Valley Golf Classic 2016

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The Boyne Valley Classic returns for 2016 to Royal Tara GC, Rathcore GC and the Knightsbrook Golf Resort.

Kicking off in mid August, courses are sure to play in their summer prime.

The cost of the three day golfing marathon is €360pp: included in that are three nights bed and breakfast in the stunning Knightsbrook Hotel, golf and gala dinner. A golf only package is available at €105pp and also includes gala dinner.

A generous prize fund is on offer; in excess of €3000, longest drive and nearest the pin prizes will also be available on each day.

For more information and booking visit: Boyne Valley Classic 2016

Challenge Yourself In 2016

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The European Challenge Tour 2016 will make two stops in Ireland this year.

The first port of call will be Ballymena’s Galgorm Castle, home of the 2015 Northern Ireland Open. This year, in the absence of the Irish Open the event will be the premier professional golf tournament to be staged in the province. The competition will run from 28-31 July.

In September, Mount Wolseley will again set the stage for the Volopa Irish Challenge – this year’s event may well be poignant with the loss of tournament ambassador, the late Christy O’Connor Jnr (course designer). An early autumn date is scheduled (8-11 September) with a prize fund of €180,000 on offer.

Both courses can be enjoyed by you leading into the Challenge Tour events. Catch the courses in their manicured magnificence this year.

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Galgorm Castle are currently running an open series until the end of March from as little as £15 per round. Summer opens start from £20 while general weekend rack rates are £60.

Mount Wolseley, during 2015 held a regular series of open events with prices ranging from €21-€26 and were open to all, we should expect something similar when they release the summer 2016 listings.

So, go on, challenge yourself this year at either championship course.

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Mount Wolseley

European Challenge Tour 2016

Fair Way To Go?

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A scene from the 10th Green from the Irish Open at Killarney Golf Club – Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Fáilte Ireland recently unveiled its Annual Review and Forecasts for 2015 and 2016.

In general, the outlook is good. Strong dollar/sterling versus euro rates , a 9% VAT rate in the hospitality sector, and, the long-standing view that Ireland is a safe place to visit.

These are three, of many factors that compliment an effective, high-impact marketing campaign by Fáilte Ireland, making this island an attractive destination.

Where does golf fit into this? – This, is still uncertain.

A quick scan across numerous platforms indicate that golf tourism has largely fallen off the agenda, perhaps, left to private tour companies, various club alliances and individuals to promote.

The last activity on the @Golf_Ireland account was in March 2014, the final golf related entry on the Fáilte Ireland website was also March 2014 while over on Discover Ireland things are slightly better with some content added in 2015, however tabs generally lead to dead ends.

Golf in Ireland is an accessible and popular activity and should be restored into the “package tourism” programme.

Update 13/1/2016: Golf Tourism Strategy in Northern Ireland (2015-2020)

Figures supplied by Fáilte Ireland

  
Fáilte Ireland Annual Review and Forecast 2015/2016

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Atlantic Coast Golf Challenge 2016

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The hugely popular and demanding Atlantic Coast Challenge returns later this year at Carne Golf Links, Enniscrone Golf Club and County Sligo Golf Club.

Played over three days (4/5/6 July 2016) it takes shape in a 3 person team format, golfers can compete for team and individual glory with a generous prize fund of €6000 on offer.

You can book your place here. The deadline for early bird spots has passed but great value still exists at the rate of €139 per golfer (consider that rack rates for these courses during peak summer can reach €140)

It’s a unique golfing experience on the edge of the world and one event, that’s not to be missed.

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