My 2014 Blog in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. My blog was viewed about 9,700 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Swingbyte & Putter Wheel –

An Irish company,, has some great products that will make the ideal Christmas present for the golfer in your life! Swingbyte gives you fantastic feedback on your swing while Putterwheel will help you holes more putt, what more could you ask for?


Swingbyte is a revolutionary training aid that will allow you to see your swing like never before. It is a mobile golf swing analyser that attaches to any club in your bag, when paired with your smartphone or table it will give your a 3D & video view of your swing. Swingbyte can be used with air balls/practice balls so it allows you to practice anywhere, anytime. This swing analysis system will keep a log of all of your swing sessions so you can share them with your trainer/coach & friends and see your progress as you swing your way to lower handicap. Practice differently, play differently!

Putter Wheel - BreakingPar

The PutterWheel system is comprised of a highly engineered PutterWheel and its corresponding alignment template.The PutterWheel is not simply a ball with the sides cut off.  It is is designed to replicate the size, weight and feel of an actual golf ball. The PutterWheel is uniquely engineered to be highly sensitive to mis-hits, resulting in wobbling and curving off the intended line. Multiple engineering, manufacturing and testing cycles were deployed over 2 years to get the perfect combination of outer material hardness, internal weighting and other factors to provide the right amount of feedback. The red beveled edges make getting your eyes directly over the ball fool-proof. The corresponding alignment template is also an important part of the PutterWheel system. Once you have trained yourself to roll the PutterWheel smoothly on line, you can deploy that mental visualization on the course by drawing 2 parallel lines on your game ball with the alignment tool. can provide a 3 pack sleeve containing 3 Putter Wheels, their unique 2 line alignment template and a soft microfiber pouch. Packaged in the rectangular sleeve, this makes a great gift for your favorite golfer.

If you would like to enquire about either of these superb game improvement aids then get in touch with on +353-87-3396451 or email

The Heritage Golf Club 12 Days of Christmas

The team at The Heritage Golf Club will begin their 12 Days of Christmas offers this coming Monday, 8th December 2015. The highlight of the 12 Days being a €12 green fee rate on Friday 12th December along with Golf Carts for €12 and selected Main Courses in the Clubhouse also €12 that day!

12 Days of Christmas

The Heritage 12 Days of Christmas

Day 1, Monday 8th December – Book your Society today for 2015 and get 1 in 12 free (based on groups of 12 or more)

Day 2, Tuesday 9th December – 12% off all logo clothing in the Golf Shop

Day 3, Wednesday 10th December – Get 12% off 12 months membership of the Golf School!

Day 4, Thursday 11th December – 12% off all vouchers for Golf, Golf School, Golf Shop, F&B in the Clubhouse (Phone orders only)

Day 5, Friday 12th December – €12 Green Fee all day, Shotgun Start 12 minutes to 12 (11.48am)! €12 Golf Carts, €12 Selected Main Courses in the Clubhouse. Green Fee Rate Applies to online bookings, click HERE TO BOOK.

Day 6, Saturday 13th December – 12% off all Logo Golf Accessories in the Golf Shop

Day 7, Sunday 14th December – Play 12 holes for €12 per person / Leix Course Membership for only €75

Day 8, Monday 15th December – 12% off all vouchers for Golf, Golf School and F&B in the Clubhouse (Phone orders only)

Day 9, Tuesday 16th December – Book a Society outing or Play & Stay package today and be entered into a draw for a Green Fee Voucher for 12 golfers

Day 10, Wednesday 17th December – 12% off all Play & Stay packages in the Luxury Apartments

Day 11, Thursday 18th December – Book your 2015 Society outing today & get 1 in 12 free (based on 12 or more); 12% off all Golf Shop purchases

Day 12, Friday 19th December – Get a voucher for 12 Large Buckets of Range Balls for Half Price!

Any queries on the above please call 057-8642321 or Email us. We hope to see you at The Heritage Golf Club over our 12 Days of Christmas!

Enniscrone Golf Club – Society Special Offers 2015

The golfing jewel of the West, Enniscrone Golf Club, has some superb society offers for the 2015 golf season.

Enniscrone GC Logo

Their Gold Package consists of 1 round of Golf, dinner in the Clubhouse & 1 night’s B&B in either the Diamond Coast Hotel or Ocean Sands Hotel. Midweek this will cost just €80 per person sharing with Weekends costing €100 per person sharing.

Enniscrone’s Sliver Package includes Golf & Dinner for €45 per person midweek and €60 per person on weekends. Their Bronze Package has a Golf only rate of €35pp midweek and €50pp weekend while there is a 2-day package available on request for the Dunes course.

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Enniscrone Golf Club also offer a 2 Day Society Package with Golf on the Dunes course, Dinner in the Clubhouse, Overnight with Breakfast at the Diamond Coast Hotel or Ocean Sands Hotel followed by Golf on the Scurmore Course the following day for €95 per person sharing midweek or €115 per person sharing weekend. Enquiries for Play & Stay packages should contact either the Diamond Coast Hotel on 096-26000 or the Ocean Sands Hotel on 096-26700.

You can also contact Enniscrone Golf Club directly on 096-36297 or via email with any enquiries for society golf and membership. Check out their website and you can also give them a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter!

The Ballesteros Course at The Heritage

The team at The Ballesteros Course at The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort are delighted to confirm their Society & Group Rates for next year, they are as follows:

Dates Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Jan 1st – 16th March €25 €25 €25 €30 €30 €35 €30
17th March – 30th April €30 €35 €35 €35 €40 €40 €35
1st May – 30th September €30 €35 €35 €35 €40 €45 €40
1st  – 31st October €30 €35 €35 €35 €40 €40 €35
1st Nov – 31st Dec €25 €25 €25 €30 €30 €35 €30

Our group rates apply to group of 12 golfers or more, discounted group rates will apply on the above rates for groups of substantial numbers. Please contact Tom Kennedy for further details on these. We also have some Society Special Offers for 2015

2 Outing Special Weekends
Rate of €70 per person, applies Friday & Saturday
(1 one outing must be between January – March or October – December)

Heritage 9 & 18
2 Outing Special Midweek

Rate of €60 per person, applies Sunday – Thursday
(1 one outing must be between January – March or October – December)

Organiser Offer

Book & confirm an outing at The Ballesteros Course by 31st December.

Organiser gets a complimentary 4-ball to use prior to the Outing.

Organiser will receive complimentary Golf on the day of the Outing as well.

Applies to societies/groups of 20 or more golfers – will also receive a 4-ball voucher as a prize.

Our online golf rates are available be clicking Here. We will also have a number of events and Open Competitions available soon.

Play & Stay Offers at The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort


We have some fantastic Play & Stay offers at The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort. Check out details of our Golf Special, Overnight Golf Escape & Golfers’ Retreat by clicking HERE. We also have some superb Golf & Accommodation packages for groups, any queries email Tom Kennedy.

Membership at The Ballesteros Course

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We have 4 categories of Membership at The Ballesteros Course – Full Male; Full Female; Student & Junior membership. Full Male Membership is available on a 7-day basis for €1,000 while Full Female 7-day membership is €745. 5-day Membership is available on request by calling Dean Redmond on 057-8642326 or you can email in your enquiry to Student Membership is available for €330 per person while Junior Membership of our “Seve Club” is €220.

News from the Course

Our bunker programme begun in November with significant work being undertaken on all bunkers around the course. The main aim is to bring them back to fully playable levels and also ensure they drain better in times of torrential rain.

Other facilities at The Ballesteros Course
The Natural Golf School

Natural Golf School

Eddie Doyle, PGA Professional at The Natural Golf School is offering the perfect Christmas present for those of you looking to improve your golf game for the 2015 golf season, 6 months membership of the Golf School for only €99 per person! This offer applies from 26th December 2014 – 1st July 2015. Membership entitles you to:
– Unlimited range balls for practice
– Complete use of the short game facility which includes the practice putting green, chipping green (including practice bunker) & target greens set at 50, 75 & 100 yards
– 1 x 30 minute lesson with our experienced PGA Pro
To sign up contact Eddie on 057-8645300 or email

Lesson Offers for Christmas Normally Now You Save
Gold Gift Voucher
6 x 1 hour golf lessons plus 6 large baskets of balls
€414 €299 €115
Silver Gift Voucher
4 x 1 hour golf lessons plus 4 large baskets of balls
€276 €199 €77
Bronze Gift Voucher
2 x 1 hour golf lessons plus 2 large baskets of balls
€138 €99 €39
5 x 30 minute golf lessons
plus 5 large baskets of balls
€245 €150 €95
4 x 30 minute golf lessons
plus 4 large baskets of balls
€196 €125 €71
3 x 30 minute golf lessons
plus 3 large baskets of balls
€147 €99 €48

The Golf Shop: GOLFPLEX

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Mick and his team have some great offers for Christmas – Crested & Non-Crested Clothing, Footwear, Stocking Fillers & Gift Vouchers available. We also provide a Custom Fit service through Planet Golf in Portlaoise or this can be arranged at the Golf School as well. Call the Shop on 057-8642321 for further details. If you’re playing golf over the Festive Season we can also provide Golf Club & Buggy Hire.

Luxury Apartments

Main Bedroom

We have five 2-bedroom Luxury Apartments that are currently available on a Self-Catering or a B&B basis. They are ideal for Golf Groups and Societies as well with plenty of space for storing golf clubs. For enquiries please all 057-8642316 or email

Clubhouse Bar & Restaurant

Clubhouse at Night

Our Bar & Restaurant at The Ballesteros Course has been refurbished and is under new management who will be delivering fantastic food offerings with a top quality service, from a casual bite in the bar to fine dining in our restaurant we have something to suit everyone’s taste.

The Thatch Pub & Sol Oriens Restaurant

The Thatch is a proper Irish Pub serving great Guinness & wonderful whiskey in a relaxed atmosphere, a perfect place to unwind after taking on the challenge of the Ballesteros Course! Sol Oriens Italian Restaurant combines classic cuisine with an amazing atmosphere, don’t take our word for it though – check out some of their TripAdvisor reviews!

Thatch Pub

We hope to see you at The Ballesteros Course at The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort in the near future!


Discount Golf in Spain & Portugal with Golf Player Card

Like playing golf in Spain & Portugal? If the answer is yes then you will love the Golf Player Card!

La Manga Club

The Golf Player Card has been going since 1995 and offers card holders up to a 60% discount on over 280 golf courses around Spain, Portugal & Andorra. Just some of the courses you can avail of discounts on the card are La Manga, PGA Golf de Catalunya, La Cala & Finca Cortesin just to name a few! A full list of the courses can be found HERE. The Golf Player website also provides an online booking system to allow people to book their golf and just pay at the course when they arrive, please note that reservations and payments through this system are direct by the golfer and it is not linked directly to the Golfer Player Card – this is an additional service.

Golf Player Card holders can also avail of discounts at over 1,200 hotels across Spain, Portugal & Andorra as well. Some of the hotel chains the Golf Player Card is linked to include Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Derby Hotels Collection, Elba Exquisite Collection and many more! Other benefits consist of discounts in Golf Shops in Spain; Rental Car deals and also discounts in Restaurants in Spain.

La Cala Resort - America Course

The Golf Player Card is valid for 1 year and costs only €54 for some great benefits! If you would like to order your Golf Player Card please click the card below, most orders take a maximum of 10 days to reach you once put through. It would be an ideal gift for Christmas and will be delivered in time as well!


Any queries drop Tom Kennedy a line on

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