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.



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.


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.


  • 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


  • Individual Life Membership: €20,000
  • Spousal Membership: €35,000
To enquire about our Links & Lakes membership, please email or telephone +353-66-9768205.

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.


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!”


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”.


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!


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 or call +353-87-6453537.





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!


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!


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.


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

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

Golf Birdie App

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 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 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.


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 Local accommodation is available around Belmullet, please contact the Golf Club for further details and packages.


Carne also have a phenomenal Distance Membership Offer available at present also, check it out on their website or email 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.

Proven To hit putts closer to the intendedstarting line

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).


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)


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, don’t forget to give us a like on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!!

By tomkennedygolf Posted in Golf

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!


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 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!