Mid West Alliance Golf 2018

The Mid West Alliance have finalised their 2018 Fixtures and along with a new Format they are ready for the new golfing season!

2017 MWA Champ Peter O’Keeffe

The Mid West Alliance is open to golfers under 9 handicap and will have 3 Categories within their 2018 Events – Category 1 will be for 3 handicap and lower, Category 2 will be for 4-9 handicap golfers while their new Over 45s Category (sponsored by Kemmy Stonecraft) will be just that, for Over 45s under 9 handicap. The MWA will have 7 Events in 2018 with the best 4 cards from each golfer to count towards the Shootout at Trump Doonbeg! The Top 18 that will contest the Shootout will be made up of the Top 6 from each Category. As per previous Alliances, the scoring format will be Gross Stableford.

2017 4-9 Category Champ Alan Neville

After the 7 events The Top 18 will contest the “Sunday Shootout” at Trump Doonbeg on Sunday 8th April 2018 where the Mid West Alliance 2018 Champion will be crowned!! Your top 4 scores from the Events will carry over into the Shootout.

The 2018 Fixtures for the Mid West Alliance are as follows:

  • Sunday 11th February at Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club, entry fee €35 per person
  • Sunday 18th February at Trump Doonbeg, entry fee €55 per person
  • Sunday 25th February at Galway Bay Golf Resort, entry fee €40 per person
  • Saturday 3rd March at The Heritage, entry fee €40 per person
  • Sunday 11th March at Ballykisteen Golf Club, entry fee €30 per person
  • Saturday 17th March at Dooks Golf Links, entry fee €40 per person
  • Sunday 25th March at Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club, entry fee €35 per person
  • Top 18 Sunday Shootout, Sunday 8th April at Trump Doonbeg

If you have any queries or would like to enter any of the MWA Events for 2018 please email tom@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com or call +353-87-6453537. Join the MWA Golf Mailing List for Updates – CLICK HERE! You can also give them a follow on Twitter or a like on Facebook!!

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Experience Ireland Golf & Travel Invitational 2017

Experience Ireland Golf & Travel (EIGT), hosted its Inaugural EIGT Invitational Day at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club on Friday 3rd November 2017.

Nearly 80 golfers, from all over the Irish Tourism Industry and further afield, took part on the day, in glorious sunshine beside the beautiful lakes of Killarney. A 12pm Shotgun Start got all the golfers on the course at the same time and many of them made the most of the fantastic weather and great condition of the Killeen Course at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club in posting some superb scores on the day.

Following the golf, there was a Craft Beer Tasting with Carlow Brewing Company while Halewood Wines & Spirits were on hand to give the attendees some of the finest whiskeys & gins to sample. Dinner was provided by the new caterers at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club – Geraldine, David & Team – which went down a treat after a great day’s golf. The Inaugural Winners of The EIGT Invitational were representing Killeen House Hotel, in the form of Stephen Foley & Derek Kelly who shot 47 points on the day. They went away with a Motocaddy Golf Bag each plus The Invitational Shield and hats from The Caddy Guy Ireland – a fantastic haul!

Derek Kelly (representing Killeen House) picking up the Winners Prizes

The Carlow Brewing team came 2nd on 44 pts, on the countback from Mount Wolseley (Eamonn O’Donnell & Michael White) who finished 3rd on the same score. The 43s were next – Trump Doonbeg (Kevin Kenny & Michael) were 4th while the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club team consisting of Lady Captain Sheila Crowley and outgoing President Breda Duggan. Derek Kelly also picked up the Nearest the Pin prize while Jason O’Leary from Dromoland claimed the Longest Drive with one of the final tee shots of the day on Killeen’s 18th Hole.

The feedback was fantastic from the golfers, both about the condition of the golf course and also the meal served afterwards. Of course, Experience Ireland Golf & Travel were also commended on somehow organising a summer’s day in November!!

Alice Thompson and Tom Kennedy of EIGT both spoke about the company and its plan for the future, including its 2018 Tournaments of which there are 4 – The Social Media Open in April, Social Media Parkland Championship in June, Social Media Open North in July and Social Media Links Challenge in August.

Alice Thompson of EIGT told us “It was great to have such a tremendous turnout on the day, and the support was greatly appreciated, especially in the off season for a lot of people. We hope to make it an Annual Tournament in the future! Many thanks as well to Cormac Flannery, Aoife Nolan, Geraldine and David McCarthy and all the Team at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club for their support in putting the Event together. Big thanks also to our Invitational Tournament Partners – Motocaddy, The Brand Geeks, Carlow Brewing Company, Halewood Wines & Spirits, Elite Events, Krave, Mount Wolseley, The Caddy Guy Ireland – for adding that little extra to The Inaugural Experience Ireland Golf & Travel Invitational!! We hope to see you all again next year”.

Let Experience Ireland Golf & Travel create your next Irish Experience! Our contact details are as follows: Office: 064-6622830; Mobile: 087-4629944 email: info@experienceirelandgolfandtravel.com.

Social Media Open 2018

The Social Media Open has been going since 2013 at some of the finest golf courses in Ireland – Adare GC, Ballybunion, Castlemartyr, Dooks, Doonbeg, Mount Juliet, Old Head and Tralee. You can check out details of our previous tournaments below via the following links – Inaugural Social Media Open2014 Social Media Open2015 Social Media Open; 2016 Social Media Open & 2017 Social Media Open.

The Social Media Open returns again next April for its 6th Annual Tournament! The venues of 2016 & 2017 return once more 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 24th – Friday 27th April 2018.

Day 1 of The 2018 Social Media Open will involve a 2-course start at the Cashen Course & Old Course at Ballybunion Golf Club on Tuesday 24th 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 2018 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 2018 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 26th April!

The Final Round of The 2018 Social Media Open will once again take place at the tremendous Tralee Golf Links on Friday 27th 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 2017 Champs – Jim Dunne & John Howard

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 – €670 per Team of 2 (€335 per person)
  • Play & Stay – €1,150 per Team of 2 (€575 per person, includes 4 nights’ accommodation – 1 night in Ballybunion & 3 nights in Killarney – and Prize Giving Dinner in Killarney, Venue TBC)

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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 2018 Social Media Open please email smopen@tomkennedygolf.com or call +353-87-6453537.

 

Social Media Links Challenge 2018

Having enjoyed the best courses in the West of Ireland for 4 years now – SM Links 2014, SM Links 2015 SM Links 2016 & SM Links 2017 – the 5th Anniversary Tournament of The Social Media Links Challenge will take place in August at 2 of the finest links courses in Ireland over 3 days when it tees off in late August. Carne Golf LinksEnniscrone Golf Club once again provide stern but very different golfing tests from Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th August 2018.

Teeing Off at Enniscrone GC!

The First Day’s play will be hosted at the exquisite Enniscrone Golf Club, on Thursday 23rd August 2018. It has been the host course for the Final Round over the past 4 years of the event and provides an excellent venue in all aspects. It will again host the Final Round this year but also provides the venue for the Opening Round in 2018. This world renowned course will test each and every player as they strive to get into the leading groups from Day 1.

One of the many views at Carne!

Day 2 on Friday 24th August will take in the awesome Carne Golf Links in Belmullet, Co Mayo. The 2017 competitors faced beautiful conditions last August and we are hoping for more of the same come the 2nd Round next year. 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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Enniscrone Golf Links, 16th Hole

The Final Day of the 2018 Social Media Links Challenge will be played at Enniscrone Golf Club on Saturday 25th August. 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). Accommodation is available at The Great National Hotel Ballina which is less than 1 hour’s drive from Carne and approximately 15 minutes from Enniscrone GC. The Play & Stay packages are as follows:

  • 2 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf – €269 per person sharing / €538 per Team
  • 3 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf & Prize Giving Dinner – €335 per person sharing / €670 per Team
  • 4 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf & Prize Giving Dinner – €385 per person sharing / €770 per Team

(The 3 & 4 night packages include Prize Giving Dinner at Hotel Ballina on Saturday 25th August)

2017 Champs – Bob Leggett & Alan McGovern

First Prize for the Social Media Links Challenge will include a Motocaddy Golf TrolleyFREE GOLF to come back and Defend the Title in 2019 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 and Enniscrone GC and many other golf related goodies from LJ Golf among others!!

The format of the Tournament will be a Pairs Event so Teams of 2. Scoring will be the same each day – 2 scores to count on holes 9 & 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.

Hope to see you on the links in August!

Social Media Parkland Championship

The Inaugural Social Media Parkland Championship comes to Ireland in 2018 with Woodbrook Golf Club, Powerscourt East & West courses providing 3 fantastic tests of golf over 3 days – Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th June (US Open week)! It’s been a while since we had a parkland course as part of our Events so it is great to get some golf in on 3 of the finest parkland courses in the country.

Day 1 will take us to Woodbrook Golf Club in County Wicklow on Thursday 14th June 2018. Although a flat course, the wind plays a most significant role at Woodbrook. When it blows from the North, 9 holes are affected, including 3 out of the last 4 which will make it a great closing stretch of holes for the Opening Round. When it’s from the South, the 10th plus the par three 11th, and the par five – 12th, 14th and 16th, all become very difficult long holes. A crosswind from the East affects almost every hole on the course and calls for shot making of the highest calibre. With its configuration of five par threes and five par fives, Woodbrook’s layout is unusual but, in the opinion of those who have played there, it is a championship course in every meaning of the word. We are very much looking forward to having Woodbrook host the Opening Round of #SMParkland in June next year!

Round 2 of #SMParkland takes us to Powerscourt’s East course on Friday 15th June 2018. “The East” was designed by successful Walker Cup Captain Peter McEvoy and it is enjoyed by members, corporate clients, societies, visitors and guests alike. It has hosted the 1998 Irish PGA which three time major winner Padraig Harrington won in a playoff. The East course also hosted the 2001 Irish Seniors Open. The course is maintained phenomenally and has some of the best greens in Ireland.

The Final Round of the #SMParkland Championship will be hosted at Powerscourt’s West course on Saturday 16th June 2018. “The West” was designed by David McLayy Kidd (of Bandon Dunes fame!) and his experience and detail for creating a challenging, rewarding and highly enjoyable golf course comes to the fore here at Powerscourt. The beautiful scenery and the greens from the West course can be heard talked about in the clubhouse all evening long from golfers who want a second chance at it. At the end of 54 holes The Inaugural Champions will have well and truly earned their triumph!

The Format for our Inaugural Tournament will be Pairs so Team of 2. Both scores are to count on 9 & 18 while 1 score is to count on holes 1-8 & 10-17, 3/4 Handicaps Apply with Stableford scoring.

Our Tournament Packages are as follows with accommodation available at the picturesque Parkview Hotel which is just 15 minutes away from all 3 courses!

  • Golf Only – €298 per Team of 2 / €149 per person
  • 2 night Play & Stay – €538 per Team of 2 / €269 per person sharing B&B
  • 3 night Play & Stay – €658 per Team of 2 / €329 per person sharing B&B
  • 4 night Play & Stay – €768 per Team of 2 / €384 per person sharing B&B

We will also be arranging some social “meet-ups” each Evening including the possibility of a Prize Giving Barbeque / US Open Night on Saturday 16th June 2018 at Powerscourt, stay tuned for details of this! If you would like to enter a Team please call +353-87-6453537 or email Tom Kennedy at Experience Ireland Golf & Travel. We look forward to seeing you in June for The Inaugural Social Media Parkland Championship!

 

Social Media Open North

The Inaugural Social Media Open North will come to Donegal in July 2018 with Narin & Portnoo, Donegal Golf Club and Portsalon GC providing a considerable golfing test for 3 days from Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st July (Open Championship Week)!

Narin & Portnoo is a gem of a links course with amazing views surrounding the golf course from all angles. The County Donegal course will be the venue for Day 1 of #SMOpenNorth on Thursday 19th July 2018. The course is situated in a beautiful seaside resort in southwest Donegal and is considered one of the finest natural and scenic 18-hole links courses in Ireland, with sweeping views of Gweebarra Bay. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you from Daragh Lyons, PGA Professional, and his Team and we are very much looking forward to beginning our Inaugural Tournament at Narin & Portnoo next July!

Day 2 will be hosted at the delightful Donegal Golf Club, or “Murvagh” as it better know by the locals! We will be here on Friday 20th July 2018 for #SMOpenNorth “Moving Day”! The course was built on a promontory of 182 acres that extends out into the Atlantic Ocean. The land was inhabited in past centuries due to the land being of geological significance. The course is a par-73 for both ladies & gents and consists of five Par 5’s, four Par 3’s and nine Par 4’s, stretching over 7400 yards from the tips, with five regulation tees from each hole, plus a beginner tee. The outside loop plays along the dunes and the ocean, providing stunning views of the surrounding area.

The Final Day of The Inaugural Social Media Open North will take place at the picturesque Portsalon Golf Club on Saturday 21st July 2018! As the contenders for The Open Championship will be trying to make their move at Carnoustie the teams at #SMOpenNorth will also be trying to claim the trophy on this beautiful links course in County Donegal! Portsalon Golf Club was founded by Colonel B.J Barton in 1891. The course was designed by Charles Thompson, the Portrush professional. The links quickly earned a reputation as one of the best around and attracted visitors from near and far. In 2000 a major redesign of the links was undertaken under the guidance of renowned architect, Pat Ruddy. He was tasked with upgrading the links to keep pace with the modern game which results in the course being lengthened considerably while 9 completely new holes were added. It will provide a fitting finalé for Social Media Open North!

The Format will be Pairs so Team of 2, both golfers will hit off each tee then picking the best tee shot and playing Better Ball from there! 2 scores are to count on holes 9 & 18 with 1 score to count on holes 1-8 & 10-17, 3/4 Handicaps will Apply.

We have the following Tournament Packages available to you (accommodation on Play & Stay packages will be at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny):

  • Golf Only – €338 per Team of 2 / €169 per person
  • Golf & 2 nights’ B&B – €578 per Team of 2 (€289 per person sharing)
  • Golf & 3 nights’ B&B – €698 per Team of 2 (€349pps)
  • Golf & 4 nights’ B&B – €798 per Team of 2 (€399pps)

If you would like to enter #SMOpenNorth please call +353-87-6453537 or email Tom Kennedy – Event Founder. We hope to see you in Donegal in July next year!

Experience Ireland Golf & Travel

Experience all that is great about Ireland with Experience Ireland Golf & Travel! Great golf course, heavenly hotels, stunning sightseeing tours and much much more!!

At Experience Ireland Golf & Travel we design beautifully bespoke itineraries, with overnights in some of the most outstanding hotels in Ireland, golf on Ireland’s top courses and all in the comfort of your own luxury VIP chauffeur driven vehicle. We are your exclusive agent who will add the personal touch and most importantly we are local so we can guarantee you a truly Irish Experience.

The Experience Ireland team has well over 30 years experience in Golf & Hospitality which they will use to the maximum when putting your Tour to Ireland together. Alice Thompson brings an amazing array of skills to the EIGT table through working at Beaufort Golf Club, as Guest Relations Manager at the magnificent Merrion Hotel in Dublin and also as “General Legend” with one of Ireland’s most successful Luxury Chauffeur Companies, J O’Callaghan & Sons, for many years. Alice’s attention to detail and wide knowledge of Golf, Sightseeing, Transport and Hotels is the perfect mix to plan your dream trip to Ireland. Tom Kennedy brings an in-depth knowledge of Ireland’s golf courses, some say he has visited every corner of these looking for his errant golf shots while there are only a handful of people that have tried more craft beer in Ireland than Tom! He also knows a thing or 2 about the finer restaurant in the country as well. An unique combination if we do say so ourselves.

Our services are wide ranging and include putting together some of the finest Golf Itineraries together for your next Golf Trip to Ireland! Experience some of the finest Castles, heavenly Hotels & Stately Homes on your next staycation through EIGT. Sightseeing is also a speciality of ours and we can plan an amazing Itinerary including the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and beyond! All of these wonderful ways to experience Ireland can also be put together along with your very own Luxury VIP Vehicle to take you there in style.

Let us create an unique Irish Experience on your next trip to the Emerald Isle. We are passionate about Ireland and have the experience in Golf & Hospitality to back that up! If you would like Experience Ireland Golf & Travel to put together an epic Irish Experience for your next trip get in touch via Email or give us a call on +353-64-6622830. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

Society Challenge 2017 at Dooks Golf Links

The delightful Dooks Golf Links will host our Society Challenge for the 2nd year running on Saturday 28th 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!

Pierse Motors Pro-Am at Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel

The Pierse Motors Pro-Am will take place on Tuesday 15th August 2017 at the Ballykisteen Golf Club. It promises to be a great event following on from the Euro Pro Tour Event staged there back in May with the condition of the golf course getting rave reviews! There has been significant investment over the past year in the golf course and hotel and this commitment from the new ownership is very much bearing fruit now.

Entries have been flying in for the 2017 Pro-Am, sponsored by Pierse Motors, and the Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel are very much looking forward to the day itself on Tuesday 15th August! There are still a few team spots available and at €350 per Team to include Entry for a Team of 3, a PGA Professional to play with your team and also Buffet Dinner after Golf this is great value!

You can secure your team spot for The Pierse Motors Pro-Am at Ballykisteen by emailing golfevents@ballykisteenhotel.com or by calling +353-62-32117 with any queries.

Ballykisteen have some Open Competitions coming up over the next few weeks, including an Open Singles on Monday 7th August with an entry fee of just €15 per person which is wonderful value for a course in such great condition! You can check out their Open Competitions HERE! In the meantime check out the Ballykisteen Golf Facebook Page and Ballykisteen Golf on Twitter for the latest updates from this terrific Tipperary venue.

Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament 2017

Become The Best In Belfast…

Take the opportunity to be part of history and play in the Inaugural Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament from Monday 3rd – Wednesday 5th July 2017 at Malone Golf Club, Royal Belfast Golf Club & Shandon Park Golf Club! You can head on from there to Portstewart Golf Club for The Irish Open making it a great golfing week in the North of Ireland.

The most prestigious courses within the Belfast area have come together to offer this unique tournament. You will play in this Titanic-esque pairs event where the best scores count over three days. With such close proximity to both Belfast Airports and the City Centre, Golfers will enjoy the fantastic golf by day and the excitement of the City by Night.

The entry fee for The Belfast Parkland International Golf Tournament is just £99 per person Golf Only while there are Play & Stay packages available from Patrick Aiken at TheGolfPA.com. Click HERE to get an Entry Discount Code, this must be redeemed by Sunday 18th June with entries using this Code submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 20th June.

All golf clubs are easily accessible and within approximately 5 miles of Belfast city centre. The event is open to both Lady & Gentlemen Golfers and is run on the Stableford points format. The deadline for Tournament entries Friday 30th June 2017 – To Enter your Team just call +44 28 7032 6707 or email info@TheGolfPA.com.