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Irish Biltong – the ideal snack for Golfers!

So, here is the scenario….you are just checking in for golf and there are the usual suspects looking up at you – Energy Bars, Fizzy Energy Drinks and all those lovely things that will give you plenty calories during your time on the golf course but generally won’t do you much good at all, not always the best thing for your golf game or your health. That is where Irish Biltong comes in!

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Irish Biltong is a 100% Irish Gourmet Beef Snack and has recently been awarded a Great Taste 2016 Award as well. It is high in protein, low in fat and ready to eat so it is an ideal on-course snack with you’re out playing golf. According to Dr Catherine Norton of Munster Rugby, “A 30 g serving of lean protein, such as Irish Biltong, will provide 21 g of quality protein in approx. 80 kcal. It’s an Irish product, tastes great and the players here at Munster Rugby can’t get enough of it“. That’s good enough for me anyway!

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The Founders of Irish Biltong, John and Noreen Doyle, both come from farming backgrounds and John has been in the meat industry for over 25 years. Their family history and experience in agricultural processes, along with rearing Irish grass fed cattle on their own farm, allows the Doyles to give people that essential ingredient of trust that every customer needs. From dry aging the beef, to hand curing, air drying, tender hooking and hand cutting the Irish Biltong, the product is produced with the greatest of pride with the oldest of traditional techniques known in the industry.

Give Irish Biltong a try the next time you’re looking for that golf snack on the go! They were a Tournament Partner of The Social Media Links Challenge this year and the golfers were raving about the product!! You can check out their Website for further details, check them out on their Facebook Page or give them a follow on Twitter.

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Society Challenge at Dooks Golf Links

The delightful Dooks Golf Links will host a Society Challenge on Saturday 29th October with the 1st Prize on offer being a FREE OUTING FOR 16 GOLFERS! The County Kerry course has been welcoming visitors since 1889 and is a fantastic venue for all levels of players.

The format of the day itself is a Team of 4 competition with 2 scores to count on each hole, full handicaps apply. The entry fee per Team is €200 (€50 per person) which includes a Breakfast Bap with Tea/Coffee on arrival, your Round of Golf of course and a Main Course after play in the Clubhouse. You can book your team in Online or if you have any queries please call +353-87-6453537 or email smopen@tomkennedygolf.com.

Make sure to check out Dooks on Twitter and Facebook as well along with their great Membership Offers too!

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GolfBirdie – Your Golf Eye in the Sky!

GolfBirdie is the first tee to green flyover guide of the world’s top golf courses. “It’s the modern stroke saver” and provides some amazing footage with their advanced drone video equipment. The amazing success of GolfBirdie has enjoyed in its early days doing business saw it getting to the Semi Final as part Virgin’s VOOM 2016 Campaign recently which was a fantastic achievement and shows just what a fantastic offering GolfBirdie provides!

Users simply download the Free App, search their favourite club and have a bird’s eye view with professional video commentary and local knowledge, it is a great promotional tool for any golf course or resort and also allows golfers to check out the courses before they play in a way they’ve never been able to do before. GolfBirdie helps you plan a golf trip anywhere in the word. No more looking at still images to decide where you would like to play. Each course has a 4k promotional video giving you the ability to see a course like never before.

So what can GolfBirdie do for your club?

GolfBirdie film a 4K tee to green flyover of your course, all of which will be included on our global app. The promotional video captures the true beauty of your course and its main features, providing great advertising material for your website, social media and TV advertisements. With clients such as the Old Head Golf Links, The Island Golf Club, the Oceanico courses and Vale de Lobo among others it is easy to see why GolfBirdie is getting increasingly popular as a means of promoting your Golf Club or Resort at the highest level.

The footage, which I have seen first hand is amazing and will definitely give you the edge over your competitors in the market by adding that “wow factor” to your promotional tools and Sales & Marketing plans! Being a part of GolfBirdie opens up a whole new market of potential customers planning golf trips to Ireland and puts your club in the spotlight when they are deciding where to play.

GolfBirdie have some fantastic pre-launch deals at present, contact tom@tomkennedygolf.com to discuss further and take your Golf Sales & Marketing to the next level! In the meantime check out their Website, give them a Follow on Twitter and a Like on Facebook.

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Membership at Dooks Golf Links

The delightful Dooks Golf Links based in the gorgeous Glenbeigh, Co Kerry, has some superb membership offers at present! Dooks was established in 1889 and celebrated 125 years last year, it is one of the most welcoming golf clubs in Ireland with a golf course to match.

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The Dooks Trial Membership is only €580 with the following benefits:

  • Membership & Unlimited Golf at Dooks Golf Club for 1 year
  • Use of the Clubhouse facilities
  • May compete in Club competitions subject to competition rules
  • Can avail of discounted Member Guest Rates (must be playing with the guests).
  • Can obtain a Handicap from the club
  • After 1 year, can transfer to Full Membership of Dooks Golf Club, subject to Terms & Conditions.

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Dooks Golf Club is also offering a limited number of Overseas Life Memberships! For a once off fee of €10,000, you can apply to become an overseas life member of Dooks Golf Club. To qualify, you should not be resident in the Republic of Ireland for more than 10 weeks per annum. Benefits of Overseas Life Membership are as follows:

  • Membership of Dooks Golf Club with Unlimited Playing Rights on the course during their time in Ireland.
  • Eligibility to play in Member Competitions subject to competition rules.
  • Discounts on purchases in the Bar & Proshop with a Member’s Discount Card.
  • May purchase prepaid members’ guest green fee booklets at Preferential Rates (must play with the guests).
  • Can avail of a “Friends & Family Unaccompanied Guest Green fee” rate.
  • Will receive a Welcome Pack on joining the club.

Any queries on the great Membership Offers at Dooks Golf Club please contact Maurice O’Meara, Golf Club General Manager, on 087-9031978. You can also email office@dooks.com or call the office on 066-9768205.

 

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Wild Atlantic Way Scratch Cup at Carne Golf Links

A 36 hole Senior Scratch Cup & Junior Scratch Cup will be staged at the fantastic Carne Golf Links on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August 2016! The beautiful Belmullet course will present a firm but fair test over the 2 days as it did for Shell Pro-Am earlier in the summer in June.

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The format for the 2 days is Strokeplay with some great prizes on offer. The handicap limit for the Senior Scratch Cup 4 & lower while 5-10 handicap holders can play in the Junior Scratch Cup.

An Entry Fee of only €50 per person will apply which is superb value for a course the quality of Carne and for 2 rounds of Golf as well! Bookings can be made online via the Carne Golf Links Website, by phone on 097-82292 or by emailing info@carnegolflinks.com. Local accommodation is available around Belmullet, please contact the Golf Club for further details and packages.

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Carne also have a phenomenal Distance Membership Offer available at present also, check it out on their website or email info@carnegolflinks.com with any queries! You can also give them a like on Facebook or a follow on Twitter!!

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Product Review – P2 Putter Grips

I was lucky enough to be part of the team that organised The Heritage Pro-Am 2016 in aid of The Ballesteros Foundation recently at The Heritage Golf Club. And even luckier to get the opportunity to try out one of the P2 Putter Grips over that weekend as well.

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The key feature of the P2 Grips is the patented off-centre shaft design. This design increases the effective lie angle of the putter, elevates the wrist position at address, and secures them in a position where their unwanted movements are restricted. By positioning the wrists in this higher position, the shaft of the putter now runs directly up the forearms of both arms and allows the putter to operate as an extension of the lead arm, as a result putts will be stroke closer to the sweetspot and will start closer to the intended starting line.

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This was definitely the case for me when I changed from my regular putter grip to the P2 Aware range. I found this to be particularly the case on longer putts when my distance control was good I would push or pull longer efforts, my new P2 grip definitely helped with this almost immediately and gave me a new confidence out on the course. I was able to get a few more long putts in on the day and keep those dreaded card-wrecking 3-putts to a minimum as well which was great!

So why would a P2 Grip suit you? P2’s testing with Quintic Consultancy has shown:
• Putts were struck closer to the sweetspot.
• Less twisting of the putter face open or closed at impact.
• Less hook or slice imparted on the golf ball.
• Putts start closer to the intended starting line.

That’s good enough for me anyway!

Check out the P2 Grip range to see what suits you best. P2 putter grips helps High Handicap Golfers as they often have a tendency to over rotate their lead wrist, instead of maintaining a square lead wrist through impact. The double flat sided design of the P2 putter grip, encourages both hands to be positioned squarely to the target making it more difficult to over rotate the wrist. As the off-centre shaft forces the wrists into a higher position, it limits the wrists range of motion which is crucial. P2 prevents the dreaded “wrist flick” at impact and encourages the lead wrist to continue working towards the target.

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Low Handicap Golfers generally already know the outcome of a putt if they allow the putter face to close through impact. Often in an attempt to prevent the putter face from closing they will actually hold the putter face in an open position through impact. This means that the putt will likely miss to the right of the hole. This type of golfer when using the P2 putter grip, rotated the putter face more on approaching impact, leading to a more centred strike and a putt struck on line. The P2 Grip Team believe this improvement is again due to the grips flat sides and off-centre shaft design. With the lower hand positioned on the tapered section of the grip, it is encouraged to rotate the putter face to a square position at impact.

I’ve definitely got plenty of confidence in my new P2 Putter Grip and I think you will too. Don’t take my word for it of course, try them out for yourself and improve your putting!

 

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Social Media Open Scotland

The Social Media Open Scotland will have its Inaugural Event this October from Tuesday 18th – Friday 21st October 2016. The venues are now confirmed and they will be Lundin Links on Tuesday 18th, Crail’s Craighead Course on Wednesday 19th, Scotscraig on Thursday 20th with the Final Day’s play hosted by Kingsbarns on Friday 21st.

The format of the Tournament will take the same format as The Social Media Open and The Social Media Links Challenge. It will be a Pairs event so Teams of 2, the Format for all 4 days being as follows – both scores to count on holes 9 & 18 with 1 score to count on the rest (1-8, 10-17). 3/4 Handicap apply.

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The venue for Day 1 on Tuesday 18th October, Lundin Links, was founded on the 8th May, 1868. In that year the Leven Clubs had extended their links from the Mile Dyke eastwards towards Lundin Links. This extended course occupied the narrow strip of land lying between the railway line and the Firth of Forth. It is a challenging links course and a fine test of golf, it offers some of the finest examples of links golf in Scotland and for many years has been a worthy participant in the Final Qualifying stages of The Open prior to its staging at St. Andrews (source – Lundin Links website).

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Crail’s Craighead Course, venue for Day 2 of Social Media Open Scotland, was opened in 1998 and achieved almost immediate recognition when The R&A held the World Junior Open there in 2000. The recognition of its quality has continued, with both the Scotland v. Spain International hosted there in 2006 and the Seniors’ Home Internationals in 2010. From 2011 the Battle Trophy  has been played annually over the course as a World Counting Event and in 2013 the prestigious Scottish Amateur Team Championships was also played over Craighead. The Craighead course, which is set at Crail Golfing Society and dates back to 1768 makes it the 7th Oldest Golf Club in the World (source – Crail Golfing Society website).

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Venue for Day 3, Scotscraig Golf Club, was founded in 1817 by some members of the St. Andrews Society of Golfers (later to become The Royal and Ancient Golf Club) who wished to play more golf than the Society’s occasional meetings afforded them. From the early 1800s to the modern day, Scotscraig Golf Club has been graced by the visit of some of the greats of the game – Braid, Locke, Nicklaus, Norman but to name a few! Over the past 20 years it has also played host to many Open Championship Qualifying events. Scotscraig has a rich history and is the 13th oldest golf club in the World and will be celebrating its bi-centenary in 2017! (source – Scotscraig Golf Club website)

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The Inaugural Social Media Open Scotland will culminate on Friday 21st October with the Final Day’s play at the awesome Kingsbarns Golf Links! While golf has been enjoyed over the links land of Kingsbarns beginning in 1793 it was not until the dawn of the 21st century that golf was truly resurrected there. Kingbarns is the only Scottish course to be built on links land in over 70 years and with its seaside setting it has joined the great old courses of nearby St Andrews and Carnoustie, bringing with it a new dimension to the traditional Scottish game. It will be a fitting finale to a great few days of golf & craic in Scotland! (source – Kingsbarns Golf Links website)

Our Golf Only package is £365 per person while we have Play & Stay packages available – Golf & 4 nights’ B&B for £569 per person sharing with the Accommodation available in the Old Grey Toon that is St Andrews! If you have any queries or would like to enter a team drop us a line on smopen@tomkennedygolf.com, don’t forget to give us a like on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!!

By tomkennedygolf Posted in Golf
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Carne Golf Links Distance Membership

I absolutely adore Carne Golf Links, an amazing course in a stunning location in Belmullet, Co Mayo. Pity it wasn’t closer to home but great links courses come with classic coastal settings and Carne has this in abundance. Carne Golf Links was also recently voted the 10th best course in Ireland as well so don’t just take it from me about this superb track, go up and try it for yourself too!

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Carne Golf Links currently have a great membership offer with a limited amount of distance memberships for 2016 for only €250 (12 months from when you sign) and a 4 year offer for €1000. For more information email carnemembership@gmail.com or CLICK HERE to check out this fabulous course.

You can also take part in The 2016 Social Media Links Challenge which takes in Carne, County Sligo GC & Enniscrone from Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th August!

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Irish Open Week 2016 at The Heritage

The Irish Open is always a great golfing week on the calendar and while you can watch some of the best players in the world at The K Club from 19th-22nd May you can always get some great value at The Heritage Golf Club! Play in any of their Open competitions during Irish Open Week and if we have an Irish winner of The Irish Open The Heritage GC will give you a green fee voucher for a FREE ROUND OF GOLF!!

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Schedule of Events

Monday 16th May – Irish Open Week Singles, €30 per person

Wednesday 18th May – Irish Open Week Singles, €30 per person

Thursday 19th May – Irish Open Week Singles, €30 per person

Friday 20th May – Irish Open Week Singles, €30 per person

Saturday 21st May – Irish Open Week Singles, €40 per person

Sunday 22nd May – Back Tees Challenge, €30 per person

For online bookings CLICK HERE, you can also book by emailing info@heritageresort.ie or by calling the Golf Shop on 057-8642321. Don’t forget to visit The Heritage Golf Club at the Fáilte Ireland stand at The Irish Open on Thursday 19th May to check out some great offers and giveaways on the day!!

Remember €1 from every Green Fee in 2016 will also be donated between Temple Street Children’s Hospital, The Cuisle Centre & Billy’s World!

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Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament

The Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament will take in 5 prestigious parkland golf course within the Belfast area – Malone Golf Club; Royal Belfast Golf Club; Holywood Golf Club; Belvoir Park Golf Club & Shandon Park Golf Club have come together to offer this unique tournament from Monday 4th – Friday 8th July 2016.

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You will play in this Titanic-esque event where your best 3 cumulative scores count over 5 days. 5 separate daily tournaments will also be available to book during the week on individual days, but all bookings must be pre-booked and paid for prior to the tournament commencing.

The itinerary is as follows:

  • Monday 4th July 2016: Malone Golf Club
  • Tuesday 5th July 2016: Royal Belfast Golf Club
  • Wednesday 6th July 2016: Holywood Golf Club
  • Thursday 7th July 2016: Belvoir Park Golf Club
  • Friday 8th July 2016: Shandon Park Golf Club

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There are various Tournament Packages available:

  • Play 5 Tournament Rounds: £175.00 GBP pp: Choose to Play all Tournament Venues (Best 3 Scores)
  • Play 4 Tournament Rounds: £160.00 GBP pp: Choose 4 Tournament Venues (Best 3 Scores)
  • Play 3 Tournament Rounds: £120.00 GBP pp: Choose 3 Tournament Venues (All Scores)

Who will be crowned as the Belfast Parkland International Champion in July? To enter get in touch with Patrick Aiken from TheGolfPA.com on +44-28-7032-6707 or email info@thegolfpa.com.