Easter Open Competitions at The Heritage

The Heritage will be hosting the following Open Competitions over the Easter Holidays and we hope you can make it to take on the challenge of The Ballesteros course!

Friday 3rd April (Good Friday), Open Singles at €35 per person
Monday 6th April (Easter Monday), Open Singles at €30 per person
Tuesday 7th April, Easter Junior Open Single at €20 per person (Junior Golfers – under 18s only)

Bookings can be made by calling the Golf Shop on 057-8642321, by emailing tkennedy@theheritage.com or by Booking Online.

Heritage Seve Series
The first Seve Series event take place on Monday 6th April and will run until every Monday until late September. The Winners and Runners Up from each week will get a place in the Seve Series Final in October with the Overall Winner getting a 2 night stay  for 4 people including Breakfast in one of our Luxury Apartments and 2 rounds of Golf!

Any queries on the above please call 057-8642321 or Email us. We hope to see you at The Heritage Golf Club over the coming weeks! Remember €1 from every Green Fee in 2015 will also be donated between Temple Street Children’s Hospital & The Cuisle Centre.

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The Heritage Winter Series 2015

Looking for some great golf deals to get you back into the swing of things this winter? Then check out The Heritage Winter Series!

12 weeks of Open Competitions will start every Monday from 12th January and will run until Monday 30th March 2015. The Top 2 players from each week to go into Winter Series Final on Monday 6th April and Prizes will also be on offer for each Weekly Winner & Runner Up.

The entry free is only €25 per person (€10 for Members) and this Entry Fee includes a Warm-Up Basket of Range Balls at the Golf School. You can book by phone by calling 057-8642301 / 057-8642321 while online bookings are also available by checking out our Open Competitions 2015.

Overall Winner of the Winter Series Final will receive a Custom Fit Driver from Planet Golf in Portlaoise!

€1 from every Green Fee in 2015 will also be donated between Temple Street Children’s Hospital and The Cuisle Centre.

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My 2014 Blog in review

The WordPress.com 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 – BreakingPar.ie

An Irish company, BreakingPar.ie, 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?

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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. BreakingPar.ie 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 BreakingPar.ie on +353-87-3396451 or email info@breakingpar.ie.

Carr Golf Invitational Pro-Am in October

Irish Golf Tour expert Carr Golf will be staging a Pro-Am in October, the trip lasting from Sunday 19th to Friday 24th of that month. PGA Pros and Amateurs alike will be given the chance to play some of the best links courses in the world over the 6 days, along with 3 of the Top 13 golf courses in the world according to Golf Digest.

The Tournament Package includes the following (for Full Package details click HERE):

Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links

  • Five nights’ accommodation: Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links/The Europa Hotel – Belfast
  • 5 rounds of Championship golf: Royal Dublin (Optional). Portmarnock Golf Club, Royal Portrush, Royal County Down (x2).
  • $10,000 prize fund for PGA Professionals
  • Full Irish breakfast and lunch each day
  • Gala dinner
  • Tournament gift
  • Transport in the form of coach and driver throughout
  • Tournament concierge with Carr Golf Representatives on site throughout

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Check out the Golf Channel Feature on the Carr Golf Pro-Am! For any enquiries please call +353-1-822-6662 from Ireland or 1800-882-2656 (Toll Free) from the United States, you can also email sinead@carrgolf.com.

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Tournament Preview – Waste Management Phoenix Open

This is consistently one of the best weeks in terms of fan-player interaction and also attendance with pretty much a football stadium stand erected at the 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale in Phoenix, Arizona. Scoring tends to be fairly good so expect a score not far off the 20-under par mark if the weather is anyway decent for golf which it is likely to be be going on the forecast.

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John Deasy is going for Graeme DeLaet to win this week in Arizona, best price 40/1 with 888sport and 33/1 with the majority of the rest. He is fresh off his second career runner-up finish and has finished no worse than a T7 in his last three starts. Top 10s in seven of his last 14 tournaments indicates that he is on a roll and looks good to pick up a win soon. His performance in the President’s Cup was also superb and he looks to have the mettle for playing under pressure and also notching up low scores.

Graeme DeLaet

One of John’s each way bets is for Keegan Bradley (top price 25/1 with most bookmakers).Tied for 16th at Torrey Pines, extending his string of top 20s on the PGA TOUR to seven in a row, the nephew of LPGA Tour legend Pat Bradley remains in good form. He has Top 25s in both starts at TPC Scottsdale and definitely has the ability and mentality to go low. One of John’s recent picks, Roberto Castro (100/1) is just waiting to catch fire at an event and this might be it.

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If you’d like to give John a follow on Twitter you will find him@johnalandeasy ! Prices accurate as of 7.30pm on 28/1/2014 via Oddschecker.com

My first 6 months in Ghana

How I ended up in Ghana
I got a phone call from Brian Shaw, Head Professional of Doonbeg Golf Club, in late 2012 telling me about the opportunity for a Director of Golf for Ghana working as part of a project involving Paul McGinley Golf Design, The R&A and Tullow Oil. When he first told me about it I thought he was taking the Mick, as Brian does from time to time! When I found out he was serious and that he thought I would be good enough, and possibly mad enough, to go then I definitely wanted to find out more and also put myself forward and apply for the job.

My CV was forwarded through Brian to Paul McGinley and from there to Joe Bedford, McGinley Golf Design Project Co-ordinator and also Greens Superintendent at Hollystown GC, who went through my application. I met Paul in Dublin just after Christmas and we chatted through the job itself, I loved the sound of it and especially the link with him and The R&A especially. I won’t lie, the money wasn’t bad either! When Paul told me I was his “first choice” I was delighted but I still needed to weigh up the Pros & Cons of committing to 3 years in Ghana, potentially ending a 2 year relationship with a fantastic lady, finishing up at my current workplace of Mount Juliet Golf Club and leaving family and friends behind in Ireland. I did tell Paul that moving to Ghana wouldn’t pose much of a problem having lived in Portarlington for 15 months!!

Having thought long and hard about things over the last days of 2012 I decided to accept the job offer, based on my position being ratified by The R&A and of course finalising the contract, visa, etc. Next up then was the meeting with The R&A.

In mid-February Joe Bedford and I made the trip over on a very early flight from Dublin to Scotland where we met Paul McGinley and Tullow’s Kevin Quinn at the airport en-route to The Home of Golf. Paul was filming for Allianz, one of his sponsors, so that gave Joe and myself time to go through the presentation before the meeting the next day. The next morning I was as nervous as I had ever been, even an approach shot to the Road Hole at St Andrews would have been less nerve-wracking than the way I was feeling. It did make me realise how much I wanted the job however! We met Paul and Kevin at the Old Course Hotel for breakfast which borders the 17th Hole on the Old Course. A quick run through the presentation again and we were ready to go, in typically Irish fashion we decided to walk up to the meeting at The R&A Clubhouse……but instead of using the footpath we decided to walk up the 17th and 18th fairways on the Old Course en route to what was probably the most important meeting of my golf industry career so far.
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The meeting went well and The R&A were happy with what we had in mind in terms of the 3 year programme so all that was needed to do from there was sort out the contract, visa, start date and a few other bits and pieces. The contract was eventually sorted out in mid-March and with that my notice was handed in to Mount Juliet, I did have a fantastic 14 months there and it was only a position such as the one I was taking up in Ghana that would have lead me to leave there. My last day in the job there would be Friday 26th April with a start date in early May for Ghana.

What is life like in Ghana?
It’s hot here, so hot sometimes that you would consider getting into the fridge and closing the door behind you, unfortunately I am a little bit too big for the fridge! Thank God for air conditioning, they really know how to do it over here. One of the big things to get used to is the malaria tablets, taking them every day has now become part of the daily routine although I have never really had to take medication much during my whole life and thankfully never really been overly sick down the years (touch wood!) so this was something that took a bit of getting used to. Malaria tablets for breakfast along with the Corn Flakes! The food isn’t too bad all things considered but the UHT milk is well and truly an acquired taste, you can’t have everything I suppose. Most of the shopping malls have most of the comforts of home though, apart from the Barry’s Tea and Taytos which I always bring back with me from my breaks at home during the year. The restaurants and bars aren’t too bad either, although I actually do plenty of cooking at the apartment during the week with an occasional night out here and there at weekends. I didn’t come all the way over here for the night-life anyway, there is plenty of time for that when I’m back home during my time off.

Having been here nearly 6 months now I have to say the golf courses do need a lot of work to get them even close to the standards of other countries, I definitely miss the green grass of home and especially the green grass on the Irish fairways any time I get back home for a break which is usually every 2-3 months. The tees and greens are generally decent enough but is little or no grass on the fairways meaning if you don’t pick the ball cleanly then you will be coming up short of most of the greens. It’s great in that you could plenty extra yards off the tee but when you’re duffing wedge shots then it is not overly enjoyable. The roads, or lack thereof in part, are also something that really brings it home that I am indeed in the Third World. Travelling to the majority of the golf clubs so far has given me the opportunity to see a lot more of the country albeit with the golf courses all located in the southern regions of Ghana, it’s safe to say though that some of the roads to the golf courses are well and truly off the beaten track!

Ghana Golf Development Project
The Ghana Golf Development Board (GGDB) was officially founded on Thursday 13th June during US Open week at the African Regent Hotel. The board members/stakeholders are The R&A, Paul McGinley Golf Design, Tullow Oil and the Ghana Golf Association (GGA) with me as Director of Golf. We had a film crew from Sky Sports News with us that week, filming Paul’s movements and getting some snippets from all of us for inclusion in 2 features on Golf in Ghana. There was a small mix up with the captions which got more attention back home that it would have had if the captions were right I think!

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What am I doing in Ghana?
My main functions as Director of Golf Ghana will be to get more people playing golf in Ghana, both young and old, by opening up the golf facilities to everyone; to empower the golf clubs to be more efficient in terms of Management, Sales & Marketing, Revenue Creation (green fees, corporate golf, membership) and golf operations; aid development of golf through sponsorship and partnership with the corporate sector and also develop Junior Golf in Ghana through teaching programmes and other Junior Golf initiatives. We won’t be re-inventing the wheel in terms of how golf is run in Ghana but more like taking what works in other countries and adapting them here. Not everything will transfer over but hopefully some will.

We have had some decent early successes, especially with over 100 Junior Golfers playing the Ghana Junior Open back in August. While the scores were not fantastic it showed the level of enthusiasm that was there. With 2 juniors (1 Girl, 1 Boy) to represent Ghana in the Junior Open Championship at West Lancashire Golf Club in July 2014 we have a lot of work to do to make sure they can compete with their counterparts from other countries. Hopefully we will be able to source enough funding to get them kitted out and some coaching before they head off to the UK next year. We will be asking all the golf clubs to hold qualifiers and to send their best juniors to the Final Qualifier which is likely to be held at Achimota GC over Easter.

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One of the main obstacles for developing golf in Ghana is the lack of exposure it gets at present. It is, however, improving with some of the press regularly featuring golf on the sports pages in a number of newspapers. The redevelopment of the GGA website helps as well, along with setting up a Ghana Golf Facebook page, twitter account and Ghana Golf blog. Some of the golf clubs are also following suit with Facebook pages and twitter accounts of their own, although this process is fairly slow to start with. The vast majority of golf clubs do not have websites of their own so by featuring them on the new GGA website at least we can get them some level of exposure there. Another stigma is that golf is for the rich, going on an average green fee rate of GHC 20 (approx €8) it is quite cheap in comparison as some boxes of Corn Flakes here cost that much. Of course if you don’t have GHC 20 to spend then it is expensive. We need to break down that thinking so we can make the game accessible to everyone that wants to play the game in Ghana.

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All in all it has been a very encouraging 6 months in Ghana. There has been a decent amount of work done but there is a whole lot to do still. I’m looking forward to the challenge of helping to develop Golf in Ghana.

Hello again Golfing World!

I have been a bit quiet on my blog lately, a combination of being busy as Director of Golf Ghana and also being one of the most lazy people in the World when I want to be! Anyway just a quick post to say I’ll be blogging a lot more over the next few months so hope you like my posts!

Winter Series Golf Events at Mount Juliet

Get into the swing of things early this season by taking part in the Winter Series at Mount Juliet. There will be 5 events running from January to April with prizes available for the best teams scores.

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The format will be Team of 4 events with 2 scores to count on each hole, there is a €60pp entry fee so €240 per Team. The entry fee includes a Burger on the 10th tee, the ideal way to get you energised for the back 9. And believe you me, if you have not tried the Mount Juliet Burger from Chris on the 10th Tee then you are missing out!!

Dates as follows:

Competition Name Format Date Time
Four Person Team Event Gents and Ladies 4-Person Team Thursday 10:10 – 12:10
24-Jan-13
Four Person Team Event Gents and Ladies 4-Person Team Wednesday 10:10 – 12:10
13-Feb-13
Four Person Team Event Gents and Ladies 4-Person Team Wednesday 10:10 – 12:10
27-Feb-13
Four Person Team Event Gents and Ladies 4-Person Team Thursday 09:30 – 12:50
21-Mar-13
Four Person Team Event Gents and Ladies 4-Person Team Thursday 10:10 – 14:30
04-Apr-13

You can book online via the following link: http://www.brsgolf.com/mountjuliet/opens_home.php, by phone on 056-7773012 or you can email golfreservations@mountjuliet.ie

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Golf Vouchers for Mount Juliet – a Cracking Christmas Gift

It’s that time of year again and what better way to treat the golfer in your life than a voucher for Golf at Mount Juliet! Here are some of our most popular vouchers:

A Round of Golf – All Year Round €90

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This golf gift voucher entitles the bearer to a round of golf at the magnificent 18 hole Jack Nicklaus designed Championship Golf Course at Mount Juliet at any time.

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Individual Golf Tuition – One Hour Video Lesson – €90

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This gift voucher entitles the bearer to a one hour video lesson with our resident PGA Professional, Sean Cotter.

The 3 Club Golf Pass – Play the Great Parkland Estates of the South East – €123

https://gifts.skchase.com/mountjuliet/golf/3clubpass.htm

This voucher entitles the bearer to play three of the Ireland’s leading golf clubs.  Mount Juliet, Waterford Castle and Faithlegg. The 3 Club Golf Pass allows holders to play 18 holes of golf on the championship course at each club.

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Fourball at Mount Juliet – All Year Round – €360

https://gifts.skchase.com/mountjuliet/golf/golffourballhighseason.htm

This golf fourball voucher entitles the bearer to a golf fourball at the magnificent 18 hole Jack Nicklaus designed Championship Golf Course at Mount Juliet at any time.

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And, finally, if you’re getting the golfer in your life something why not treat yourself to one of our fantastic vouchers this Christmas! They range from Monetary vouchers; Taste of Thursday; Great Escapes; B&B and Dinner packages and Activity Breaks that can include Spa Treatments, Horse Riding, Fishing, Clay Pigeon Shooting and Archery.

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Merry Christmas and hope to see ye at Mount Juliet soon!