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December 10, 2011. Angkor Golf Resort, Kasekam Village, Sra Nga, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mandatory credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

Golf in Cambodia – Angkor Golf Resort

I never thought my first game of golf in 2017 would happen to be on Honeymoon (I didn’t bring the clubs for fear of an early divorce!) and I was even more surprised when I teed it up for the first time in the New Year in Cambodia, at Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap to be precise!

The setup is superb, along with getting picked up in their Courtesy Bus from my hotel which was a very nice touch indeed! David Baron, their Director of Golf, was on hand to greet me and I was given a very warm welcome from all the staff. A locker with my name on it and all, I took a little bit of time to check out the facilities before I headed for a back 9 start with my caddy! The facilities at Angkor Golf Resort are excellent and rival any other golf course or resort in Europe, the US or further afield. They are as follows:

  • 300 Yards Grass Range and Practice putting green
  • Chipping/ Betting Hole (19th Hole)
  • Contemporary Designed Clubhouse
  • Pro Shop with range of top brands
  • Modern Locker Room & Showers
  • Golf Cart, Clubs and Shoes rental
  • Restaurant that serves both Western and Asian cuisine (the local beer is great too!)
Hole 13, par 5. Angkor Golf Resort, Kasekam Village, Sra Nga, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mandatory credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

Hole 13, par 5.
Angkor Golf Resort. Mandatory credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

So, onto the golf course. What a great test, starting on the Back 9 I managed to split the first fairway and life seemed easy for a moment…….all that changed when I pulled my approach into the greenside bunker and proceeded to make bogey! Nick Faldo, who designed the golf course,  was always a great bunker player and the greenside bunkers especially will prove difficult to even those with fantastic short games. 11 is a short par 4 with a very smart design, play safe and give yourself another testing approach with probably a mid to short iron depending on how close you want to get to the water or go for the carry to a narrow landing area short right of the green. Suffice to say I tried to play safe but it didn’t work out too well, another bogey on the card!

Hole 18, par 4. Angkor Golf Resort. Mandatory credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

Hole 18, par 4.
Angkor Golf Resort. Mandatory credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

At this stage I was getting worried if my caddy had already given up hope on me but luckily a nicely struck 8-iron to a few feet on the par-3 12th gave me my first birdie of the day, especially useful as I was playing through an American couple at the time. 13 is an amazing par-5, meandering through the bunkers and finishing up at a beautiful green at the top right, definitely a par-5 when par is a welcome score. 14 & 15 are testing par-4s with water in play on both of them while I remember 16 well as the par-5 presented me with second birdie of the day, life seemed easy again!! It’s a tough finish to the back 9 at Angkor Golf Resort, 17 is a long par-3 with water right and not much room to bail out on the left. There is a safer short either short or front left of the green but I was in birdie mode but unfortunately my swing forgot I was, PBFU (as some of us know it) followed. 18 is a lovely finishing hole, with water your constant companion down the left hand side. With the pin cut tight to the back left of the green I felt another chance at birdie coming up, when my ball seemed to stop 10 feet from the hole it looked like it but a bit of backspin sent it trundling down towards the water. Another bogey and a chance gone but a super finish to what was an excellent 9 holes. Onto the front 9 and my back 9!

Hole 2, par 4. Angkor Golf Resort. Mandatory credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

Hole 2, par 4.
Angkor Golf Resort. Mandatory credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

The front 9 is different to the back 9 which provides a good contrast, starting again with a par 4 which is pretty much straight up. 2 good shots to the front of the green ended up with a stress free 2 putt, good start! The short par-4 2nd hole ended up with a bogey after too many visits to sand and avoiding trees and then it was onto the 606 yard par-5 3rd hole (off the Faldo Tees!).  What a monster of a par-5, thankfully I walked off with a par! My swing felt good and things were starting to click, my caddy was superb as well though as the putts started to drop. A routine par on 4, a nice short par-3 was followed by nearly driving the short par-4 5th. A lovely up-and-down from sand gave me my 3rd birdie of the day. Good pars followed on 6 & 7 and everything seemed rosy in the garden standing in the middle of the fairway on 8 with wedge in my hand for my approach. A couple of yards long though and a bogey resulted, another bad swing on the 9th left me walking off with 2 bogeys to finish but all in all a thoroughly enjoyable round of golf on a stunning golf course.

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Angkor Golf Resort isn’t just about the tourist or ex-pat golfers though. They are making great strides to help develop Junior Golf in Cambodia, ranked as the Best Course in the Country they are definitely leading the way here. Run in 5 Stages, it has opened up the opportunity to play golf to many children in the locality and Resident Professional, Alan Martin, must take a lot of credit for this. In November of 2015, over 250 children visited Angkor Golf Resort to experience golf which is fantastic. The Junior Golf Programme is very much linked to the Faldo Junior Series as well which provides even further opportunities for the children to play golf and play competitively too. Angkor Golf Resort even have their own Academy Ambassador, 16 year old Tevy Sareoun!

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A fantastic trip to Cambodia was made all the better for taking on the challenge of their best golf course, and Angkor Golf Resort is just that! They have something fantastic events coming up in the near future as well – Angkor Spring Event (Singles Stableford) on Sunday 26th March; their popular Fourball Championship from 7th-9th April and also The Faldo Challenge from 2nd-4th June. Check out their Events Section for further details!

For those on Social Media, Angkor Golf Resort is active on both Twitter and Facebook, so give them a follow and a like! It is a great place to tee it up if you are ever planning a trip to Cambodia and especially Siem Reap.

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Social Media Links Challenge 2017

Having enjoyed the best courses in the West of Ireland for 3 years now the 4th Annual Tournament of The Social Media Links Challenge will once again take place in August at 3 of the finest links courses in Ireland over 3 days when it tees off in late August. County Sligo Golf Club, Carne Golf LinksEnniscrone Golf Club once again provide 3 stern but very different golfing tests from Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th August 2017.

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The First Day’s play will be hosted at West of Ireland Amateur Open venue, County Sligo Golf Club, on Thursday 24th August 2016. It has been the host course for the 1st Round over the past 2 years of the event and provides an excellent venue in all aspects. This world renowned course will test each and every player as they strive to get into the leading groups from Day 1.

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Day 2 on Friday 25th August will take in the awesome Carne Golf Links in Belmullet, Co Mayo. The 2016 competitors faced some very tough conditions in driving wind and plenty rain but even the weather did not take away from the enjoyment of the golfers. This is one of the more remote courses in Ireland but as a result of that it has one of the most amazing locations for a golf course anywhere in the World!

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The Final Day of the 2016 Social Media Links Challenge will be played at Enniscrone Golf Club on Saturday 26th August 2016. This outstanding links course will provide a fitting finale to 3 days of sublime links golf on the West Coast of Ireland. The winning team this week will certainly deserve their prize!

The entry fee per person is only €165 Golf only (€330 per Team of 2) with the following Play & Stay Packages available. Accommodation is currently available at either Hotel Ballina or the Ballina Manor Hotel which are both less than 1 hour’s drive from Carne, approximately 45 minutes from County Sligo and only 15 minutes from Enniscrone GC. The first night’s accommodation on the 4 night package will be at the Riverside Hotel in Sligo.

2 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf – €255 per person sharing / €510 per Team
3 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf & Prize Giving Dinner – €325 per person sharing / €650 per Team
4 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf & Prize Giving Dinner – €370 per person sharing / €740 per Team

(The 3 & 4 night packages include Prize Giving Dinner at Hotel Ballina on Saturday 26th August)

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First Prize for the Social Media Links Challenge will include a Golfing Holiday to the Sun, FREE GOLF to come back and Defend the Title in 2018 along with the SM Links Challenge Trophy to take home for the year! Other prizes will be announced in due course but will include golf vouchers for Carne Golf Links, County Sligo GC and Enniscrone GC and many other golf related goodies from LJ Golf among others!!

The format of the Tournament will be a Pairs Event with 2 scores to count each day on holes 9 and 18 with 1 score to count on the other holes (1-8, 10-17). 3/4 Handicaps will apply for the event as well.

If you have any queries on the Social Media Links Challenge or would like to enter a team you can email smlinks@tomkennedygolf.com. You can also follow the event on Twitter @SMLinks or like us on Facebook. Check out the Review of our 2016 Event for what’s in store for you in a few months time!!

Hope to see you on the links in August!

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Tournament Preview – Qatar Masters 2017

The European Tour makes its annual stop in Qatar this week for the Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club. There are plenty players in contention and hopefully we can shed some light on the leading contenders and check out some of the best golf bets today.

Alex Noren

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The Swede has been in blistering form over the past year and even more so recently with an amazing strike record. Every time he tees it up he seems to be in contention right at the top of the leaderboard and I think this week will be no different. Odds as favourite of 11/1 reflect the market’s confidence.

Martin Kaymer

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The German put up his now seemingly usual showing in Abu Dhabi last week with another top-5 finish. He seems to love the desert conditions and can go close again this week, he did struggle with a few bogeys in some crucial part of the final round last week but he can definitely contend again in Qatar with odds of 13/1 putting him among the leading contenders when he tees it up at Doha GC this week.

Bernd Wiesberger

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The Austrian was also another coming out of Abu Dhabi with a good showing and can well contend this week. He one of the brightest stars on the European Tour and I would not be surprised if he was right up the leaderboard come the end of 72 holes this Sunday, Wiesberger is co-second favourite with odds of 13/1 reflecting his big chances in Qatar.

Tommy Fleetwood

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Last week’s winner is obviously a form pick but there are fewer back-to-back winners these days due to the quantity of quality on tour. Fleetwood’s finish on 18 in the final round, however, was something to behold under the greatest of pressure and Tommy can well post some good numbers this week in Qatar. He’s a great each way bet at 19/1.

A few outside bets to consider are Chris Wood (40/1), Pablo Larrazabal (40/1) and George Coetzee (50/1). Wood had a great year last year and albeit a less than encouraging Ryder Cup for the Englishman, he is one of the most improved players on the European Tour. Larrazabal got right into contention last Sunday and played some amazing shots down the stretch, coming up just short of Fleetwood in the end. Coetzee has a good record in the desert and could well go close again.

So there are my ones to watch for this week at Doha Golf Club for the Qatar Masters. Out of the leading contenders I think Martin Kaymer may well make up for his Abu Dhabi disappointment and claim the title on Sunday in Qatar, watch out for Larrazabal though at a great price each way! Enjoy the golf this week.

 

 

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SM Links Challenge 2016 Tournament Review

What a great few days in the West of Ireland in August! The 2016 Social Media Links Challenge had pretty much everything including nearly the 4 seasons of weather in 1 day during the 2nd Round!! Our 3rd Annual Tournament took place once more at County Sligo Golf Club, Carne Golf Links & Enniscrone from Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th August 2016 and it was a thoroughly enjoyed few days enjoying golf, craic and hospitality in Sligo & Mayo.

Day 1 took us to County Sligo Golf Club where the usual stern golfing test awaited us. There were a few hungover heads from the Welcome Party in the Garavogue Bar the night before but the links breeze soon helped to ease those as the teams got out on the course, the Bottle of Muldoon Whiskey on the 1st Tee did probably help a bit as well!

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After the first 18 holes Cork pair, John Tanner & James Cullinane, lead the way after a great score of 47 points with the Wexford brothers, Nicky & Gabriel Cosgrave 3 behind on 44. The chasing pack was made up of Linda & Keith Toomey on 42 along with Conal O’Reilly & Frank Moran; Gerald O’Connor & Bryan Leahy while Chris & Tim Garde and also Niall Livesey & John Howard were on 41 and right in the hunt.

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Craig Toomey letting rip off the 1st at Carne Golf Links

Day 2 started under dark skies, throw in near hurricane winds and at times torrential rain and the challenge of Carne was not for the faint hearted!  Scoring was understandably poor during the 2nd Round with only 2 scores in the 40s from Maurice Maye & Ian Fitzgerald along with Patrick Aiken & Jason Newton, who both returned 41 points and put themselves right into contention only 3 off the lead which was still held by Tanner & Cullinane who added a 33 to their 47 of Day 1 for a 80 point total after 36 holes. Many teams were now in contention, with 8 shots covering at least a dozen teams, going into the Final Round at the exquisite Enniscrone Golf Links.

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Enniscrone’s 12th green amongst the dunes

Clearer skies greeted the golfers on Saturday 26th August for Day 3 of The 2016 Social Media Links Challenge and the short drive from our base in Ballina also a welcome logistical bonus! Good scoring conditions mattered little during the Final Round as the golfing test provided by Enniscrone always levelling the playing field. Scoring was decent on the day, with some scores well into the 40s and it was the best score on the day that pipped long time leaders, John & James, right at the Winning Post! Chris & Tim Garde posted a phenomenal 47 points to grab victory on the countback with a 3 round total of 121 after 54 holes, beating John Tanner & James Cullinane. So close was the Final Round that 4 shots covered the Top 6 with Tommy Dunphy & Barry Hennessy in 3rd on 119, followed by Gavin Morris & Conor Corroon on the same score, Maurice & John came in 5th with 118 while Craig Toomey & Jonathan McDonnell (who got the 1st Tee Shot away back on Thursday at County Sligo) finished 6th with 117 points.

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Congrats to Chris & Tim who will return next year as 2016 Social Media Links Challenge Champions! A huge thanks to County Sligo Golf Club, Carne Golf Links & Enniscrone for presenting the courses in great condition along with the usual warm welcome for all the golfers. Massive appreciation must also go to our Tournament Partners – Golf Voyager, Wyldsson, Irish Biltong, Thin Gin, Muldoon Irish Whiskey, Jonathan McDonnell QFA, the Garavogue Bar, Golf Birdie App and OGIO Golf. We looking forward to returning in 2017 to these 3 tremendous links courses on the West Coast of Ireland.

If you would like to join us for The 2017 Social Media Links Challenge at County Sligo, Carne & Enniscrone drop us a line via smlinks@tomkennedygolf.com or call +353-87-6453537.

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The Golf Guide Ireland – Website & Magazine

The Golf Guide relaunches in Ireland this year with their new Irish Golf section on their Website along with 4 editions of their ever popular Magazine, available in both Print & Digital formats! With publications already all over the UK and in the Costa del Sol a move into the Irish market will help the many Golf Clubs & Resort to reach a greater amount of golfers in Ireland and further afield as well. Their Events have also been going from strength to strength and along with the Irish website & magazine launch they will also have their first Tournament in Ireland at The Heritage Resort next June.

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Golf Guide Magazine

4 Irish editions of The Golf Guide Magazine will be printed per year – each Golf Club or Resort getting Double Page Spread in each issue which will contain the following:

  • Large Main image & 3/4 smaller images.
  • Golf Club/Resort contact information & directions.
  • Description of the Golf Club/Resort and scorecard of the course.
  • Comprehensive list of Golf Club/Resort Facilities
  • Interchangeable banner advert for current offers & promotions.
  • A further Double Page feature article per year to be used at an appropriate time to showcase a special event or anniversary.
  • Quarter Page advert in the events section to promote any opens or invitation events that you have planned throughout 2016/17

Digital Magazine

The Golf Guide’s printed publications are now converted into a digital page turner, which allows the readers to view our products online from anywhere in the world on their mobile devices, smartphones, androids and tablets. Our circulation of this product is now on a par with the printed product, in the sense that the last Golf Guide magazine was viewed online more than 12,000 times. The Golf Guide expects this area to continue to grow in the coming months.

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Website & Social Media

A fully hosted digital page to advertise the club and its facilities on the Golf Guide website www.thegolfguide.co.uk. Content to be included on the site to include:

  • Rotating Image gallery on the digital page to advertise all club facilities.
  • Links to the Golf Club/Resort website.
  • Links to the Golf Tee Times and/or Resort in-house booking system.
  • Social media links to proactively share club content.
  • Interchangeable banner advert for current offers and promotions.
  • Unlimited news and feature content throughout the year.
  • Placing of all open events on our events page.
  • Point in time social media marketing campaigns for specific promotions.

The Golf Guide website currently has 2,500 visitors per week with Twitter and Facebook both with over 3,500 & 2,800 followers respectively, Twitter stats show 90,000 impressions in the last 28 days and The Golf Guide social media channels are constantly updated to ensure every advertiser and partner gets the maximum exposure possible.

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Golf Guide Tour

The Golf Guide’s Tour continues over the Winter with venues such as Nefyn Golf Club, Conwy GC & Bull Bay being some of the prominent venues. The Golf Guides Irish Tournament takes place at The Heritage Resort on Sunday 11th & Monday 12the June 2017 with some fantastic prizes up for grabs during all Events!

There are some fantastic deals for Golf Clubs & Resorts to feature on The Golf Guide’s Website & Magazine. They are as follows:

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The Magazine & Website / Digital Package

  • Cost for 2016/17 for €1,200 (VAT not applicable)
  • Includes full website features plus Social Media Promotion
  • The4 Issues for 2016/17
  • Fee payable in advance to avail of this offer

Individual costings as follows:

  • Website / Digital – €300 per annum
  • Magazine – €300 per Issue

If have any queries or would like to avail of one of our great advertising packages please contact Tom Kennedy on +353-87-6453537 or email tom@thegolfguide.ie. The Golf Guide – You’ll be lost without it!

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The Irish Golf Expo 2017

Ireland’s largest Golf Show comes to CityWest in Dublin on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th February 2017 when the Irish Golf Expo rolls into town! There are over 10,000 fanatical golfers expected to attend and based on previous Expos there could be even more than that at CityWest on the last weekend of February next year. Ticket Sales are available HERE and includes a Free Round of Golf as well!

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The move to Dublin from up North has been welcomed as approximately half of the 410 golf courses in Ireland (yes, that many!) are based in and around the greater Dublin area. This gives your golf club, resort or business the ideal opportunity to connect with and showcase your products & services to a very captive audience indeed! I would recommend booking early to make sure you get your exhibition space and to also take advantage of the robust marketing campaign for the Event, both online and in print!

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Some highlights to look forward to during The 2017 Irish Golf Expo include:

  • Q&A with Shane Lowry!
  • Trickshot Show
  • Free PGA Professional tuition
  • Indoor driving range
  • Custom club & ball fitting
  • Exhibition stands from golf industry leaders
  • Educational workshops from Ireland’s leading golf experts
  • Rory “Washing Machine Challenge“!
  • Golf Simulators – Long Drive & Closest to the Pin competitions

The Marketing & PR Campaign for The 2017 Irish Golf Expo will include a mix of TV, Radio, Print & Digital along with extensive PR activities in the run up to the event. A focus around the “Ultimate Fourball Prize Package“, worth over €10,000, will ensure a very high attendance at the event itself. There are also Partnership Opportunities, including Naming Rights, available on a number of different levels to suit your marketing budgets and company objectives. Some benefits of Irish Golf Expo Partnership include branding, database content, product placement, advertisement in the event programme, involvement in the Marketing & PR campaign including launch, social media and web content.

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The standard Exhibitor Package costs just €250 plus VAT per square metre, with a minimum 3m x 2m shell scheme as standard. Bespoke or Larger stands are of course available on request along with electrical & furniture packages, including a double wall socket, lights, table & chairs. Any queries on Exhibitor Packages please contact Tom Kennedy on +353-87-6453537 or email tom@tomkennedygolf.com.

For further information visit the Irish Golf Expo Website, you can also check them out on Twitter and Facebook. We look forward to seeing you at The Irish Golf Expo 2017 in February in Dublin! Get your Tickets online HERE!!

Links & Lakes Life Membership – Dooks & Killarney

Links & Lakes – International Overseas Life Membership

Dooks is one of the oldest Golf Links in Ireland, established in 1889, while Killarney boasts 2 of the best parkland courses in the South of Ireland. They are now offering a unique opportunity to join their 3 World Class Championship Courses.

The Links & Lakes Overseas Life Membership offers International golfers a Membership package that combines the natural raw links at Dooks Golf Links with the world renowned beautiful idyllic lakeside setting of Killarney Golf & Fishing Club.

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Golf has been played in Dooks since 1889 which makes it one of the oldest Golf Links in Ireland. For the golfer who is seeking a beautiful and tranquil environment to enjoy great golf, Dooks presents just that. It is is a hidden Gem renowned for its friendliness, spectacular views and presentation standards all year round.

Dooks is not as exposed as some Irish courses and features an amazing variety of gorse, heather and wild flowers, the ‘gentle’ wind is never far away and the narrow sandy fairways and well contoured greens offer you a real taste of traditional links golf as its very best.

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The club boasts 2 Championship courses – the 7,250 yard Killeen course which is a 4 time Irish Open venue (1991,1992, 2010 & 2011), and Mahony’s Point which, although a little shorter, offers ample card wrecking opportunities with its strategic bunkering, water hazards & large subtle breaking greens. These magnificent courses are nestled amidst the serene splendour of the famous Lakes of Killarney in the shadow of Ireland’s highest mountain range, the majestic MacGillycuddy Reeks.

In addition to the Championship courses, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club also offers a range of excellent facilities to enhance your golf experience such as extensive practice facilities, a Pro Shop, Bar & Restaurant and Golf Academy. Clud and caddy fire are also available.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

  • Members’ Tee Times available each day
  • Full use of club facilities at Dooks Golf Links and Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
  • Discount on food, beverage and Pro Shop purchases
  • Reduced lesson rates with Club Professionals
  • Golfing guests at significantly reduced green fee rates
  • Discounted green fees at Kerry Golf Clubs

MEMBERSHIP PACKAGES

  • Individual Life Membership: €20,000
  • Spousal Membership: €35,000
To enquire about our Links & Lakes membership, please email office@dooks.com or telephone +353-66-9768205.
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Social Media Open 2017

The Social Media Open returns again next April for its 5th Anniversary Tournament! The venues for 2016 return as well – namely, The Old & Cashen Course at Ballybunion Golf Club, along with Dooks Golf Links and Tralee Golf Links to make up 4 fabulous tests of golf. The dates for the Event will be Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th April 2017.

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Day 1 of The 2017 Social Media Open will involve a 2-course start at the Cashen Course & Old Course at Ballybunion Golf Club on Tuesday 25th April with half the field playing on the Cashen and the other half taking on the Old Course for the 1st Round. The Cashen Course, opened in 1982 and designed by renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones Senior, requires acute precision especially off the tee as fairways frequently disappear around corners. The careless tee shots can easily run out of fairway and find their golf ball buried in the marram grass, hopefully there won’t be many of them next April! The BallyB website puts it well in that “if the Cashen Course at Ballybunion Golf Club was anywhere else it would attract far more attention and plaudits than it does. It’s hard on a girl if her older sister is Sophia Loren!”

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The 2nd Day of The 2017 Social Media Open will again involve a 2-course start taking in the World famous Old Course and Cashen Course at Ballybunion Golf Club on Wednesday 26th April. The famous English golf writer, Peter Dobereiner said of BallyB’s Old Course: “If sheer pleasure is the yardstick, then Ballybunion’s Old Course gets my vote as the No. 1 in the world”. According to Ivan Morris’ editorial on the Ballybunion GC website, “by the mid-1970s, there was a growing trickle of well-read, international visitors that overnight turned into a flood in 1982 when Tom Watson made his famous off the cuff eulogy after accepting the Claret Jug at Royal Troon: ‘Nobody can call himself a golfer until he has played at Ballybunion; you would think the game originated there!’ Ever since, the North Kerry links has been one of the most lucrative and recognizable brands in world golf. Knowledgeable golfers realize that if they haven’t played golf at Ballybunion their golfing education is gravely incomplete”.

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The 3rd Round of The 2017 Social Media Open takes us back to Dooks Golf Links in Glenbeigh. This beautifully located links course was a favourite of many a team last April and it promises to present a great golfing test once more along with the now famous Dooks welcome! Also known for its narrow links fairways and well contoured greens, you will get a real taste of traditional links golf at its very best. The west Kerry scenery and a scattering of gorse, heather and wild flowers will go down a treat as well. Dooks has been welcoming golfers since 1889 and the course has gone from strength to strength each year, we are very much looking forward to returning here on Thursday 27th April!

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The Final Round of The 2017 Social Media Open will once again take place at the tremendous Tralee Golf Links on Friday 28th April! Course designer, Arnold Palmer, claims credit for the front 9 but has always maintained that “God designed the back 9”, unfortunately for all golf fans Mr Palmer has now passed on but we can luckily still enjoy his amazing work in County Kerry. Tralee Golf Links only opened in 1984 but has been getting rave review ever since, as PGA Tour player Kevin Stadler attests to…. “My favourite courses are Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Tralee Golf Club”. Not bad company eh! Beautiful views of Kerry’s picturesque surrounds and beaches are the perfect backdrop and the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean make up an ideal soundtrack to bring the curtain down on what we promise will be another excellent week of craic, with a bit of golf in between!!

Defending Champs – Joe Kennedy & Peter Murphy

The format for the Event will continue as in previous years – Team of 2 with both scores on holes 9 & 18 and 1 score to count on the other holes each (3/4 Handicaps apply) – while the Tournament packages are as follows:

  • Golf Only – €598 per Team of 2 (€299 per person)
  • Play & Stay – €1,078 per Team of 2 (€539 per person, includes 4 nights’ accommodation – 1 night in Ballybunion & 3 nights in Killarney – and Prize Giving Dinner in Randles Hotel, Killarney)

Along with the great golf and awesome accommodation there will also be some “social gatherings” organised over the course of the few days, always something to look forward to post-round! We are looking forward to another great few days of golf & craic in the South West of Ireland and hope you can join us next April! If you have any queries regarding The 2017 Social Media Open please email smopen@tomkennedygolf.com or call +353-87-6453537.

 

 

 

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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!